The Last Flapper is a one-woman play co-produced by Visions Theatre and Long Lake Theater that retrospects the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Last Flapper shines a spotlight on Zelda's personal experiences of creative genius, repression and passionate pursuit of life.
This Twin Cities indie folk/rock artist built a following by recording weekly YouTube videos. Del Cid has expanded her sound with the addition of a backing band; they have a new album due out on October 4 and recently released the first single, a song about a ghost named Bernadette. We found out more and heard some tunes when del Cid and her band joined us live in the studio on September 20. It was a preview of their show the same night at Prove Gallery in Duluth.
“DIY bedroom rock” is how this young Duluth-based musician describes his music. We got a taste when he joined us in the studio on September 20. He had an album release show for his latest, The Royal We, the following night at Blush in downtown Duluth.
Since our last visit with this Minnesota native, she made the difficult decision to close her Twin Cities yoga studio in order to follow the pull of making music her full-time job. Bue assembled a new band to record her forthcoming album, The World is Your Lover. Her website describes the collection, due to be released early next year, as “power pop, piano dream waves, and layers and layers of shimmery 90’s influenced guitars.” A lifelong seeker, Bue recently traveled to India, which led to her adding a new instrument, the harmonium, to her repertoire.
This Minnesota native recently moved back to the state after years spent in Alaska. The singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose influences rock, blues, and country, recently released a second album. He joined us in the studio on October 25 for a preview of his show the same evening at Wussow’s Concert Cafe in West Duluth.
In his 50 years playing music in the Twin Ports, this singer/songwriter/guitarist has performed in a long list of projects that includes Azure du Jour, Blue Healer, Spotted Mule, and Jim’s Country Laundry. He’s released numerous albums, both solo and with groups, and has written many much-beloved tunes, including “Beast in the Yard.” Truly a Duluth treasure, Hall played a 50th anniversary show on November 16 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth; he joined us in the studio for a preview on November 14.
We are delighted to welcome back this local favorite to our studios on November 20th. He’s doing a residency Wednesdays in November at the Cedar Lounge in Superior. We chatted with Parr about his latest, self-titled, album and heard some tunes.
Gillian Bedford has been exhibiting her artwork since the 1980s in galleries across the United States. Part of personal collections in Sweden, Germany, and South Africa, her pieces are now finding their way into homes right here in the northwoods of Minnesota . Her husband’s career brought them to Bemidji this past summer. It was a life move that took them far from home, but one she’s been thrilled about in more ways than one. In this Area Voices segment, we learn about Gillian’s path to Bemidji, how her art continues to change, her creative process, and how Bemidji’s art scene helped create a sense of community in her new hometown.
Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra along with his cabinet and the MN State Board of Trustees recently visited Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. Chancellor Malhotra spoke with Area Voices producer Katie Carter about the MN State system of colleges and universities, what impressed him about BSU and NTC, and what has inspired him over the years to continue his pursuit of ensuring access to quality, educational experiences.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the changes it has inspired, the Beltrami Historical Society, League of Women Voters and the Bemidji Public Library recently hosted a “Women in Politics” panel discussion featuring several women from the Bemidji area who hold leadership roles in politics and beyond. Three of those panelists, President of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College Dr. Faith Hensrud, Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht and Bemidji City Councilwoman Emelie Rivera stopped by the morning show and discussed a variety of topics related to their paths to leadership positions, the impact of mentors, navigating obstacles and much more.
Bemidji Community Theater opened their production of Annie last Friday. We spoke with stage manager Kristine Cannon about the production, the ways Bemidji Community Theater is giving back to the community and the many positive ways community theater affects those involved.