Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
In 1973 a small group of artists met in the basement of Walker Church in south Minneapolis and formed Powderhorn Puppet Theatre. Six years later the name changed to In Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and nearly 30 years later the troupe is still going strong. Using the art of transformation in its stories and ceremonial performances, the company creates main-stage productions, educational programs, street performances and an annual May Day Parade and Festival that welcomes community participation. HOBT uses a variety of techniques, traditions and materials, including gigantic and small-rod puppets, shadow puppetry, hand puppets, colorful costumes and unique masks of all shapes and sizes. Both human and non-human characters are created, and performances focus on social justice and environmental themes. Still based in the Powderhorn neighborhood, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre has grown into an internationally renowned theater with roots deeply planted in its community. For more infomration, visit http://www.hobt.org/. Produced for KFAI by Dixie Treichel.
Ethiopia is said to be the birthplace of coffee, and this aromatic elixir continues to be an important part its culture. KFAI’s Allison Herrera met local immigrants to learn more, and was treated to a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.