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GRSF 2022: Set Design with Rodrigo Escalante

Imagine yourself as a pirate, scavenging the Atlantic Ocean with your crew looking for the treasures hidden within the sea. You and your scallywags have ventured far and wide aboard your ship, The Dazzling Pearl. Aboard this ship is an elephant…. Wait a second that’s not in the script…
This week we talked with Rodrigo Escalante, Scenic Designer for The African Company Presents: Richard the 3rd, which is a part of the GRSF 2022. Rodrigo talks with us about the importance of reusing set pieces, how a set feels when it is arranged, and how to translate reality into a given space. Rodrigo also talks with us about how he incorporated the ocean into his set in a very unique way. So find your scallywags and grab your eye patches as we learn more about set design together. I’m Max Ackman, and up next is KQAL’s Bill Stoneberg with Rodrigo Escalante, Scenic Designer for the GRSF, TODAY on Art Beat.

Original air date: 08/02/22
Art Beat is written and produced by KQAL on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


GRSF 2022: Costume Design with Harri Horsely

To be or not to be, that is the question… well it’s A question anyway… actually it’s the only quote I know from Shakespeare… so really I have many questions… That’s why I talked to Harri Horsley, Costume Designer for The African Company Presents Richard III which was part of the Great River Shakespeare Festival 2022. Harri talks to us about what the job of costume designer entails, why accessories are key, and how they got into costume design in the first place. We even get into how the clothes that people wear signify different things about them. So, to be or not to be… well, I say just come and be with us for the next 20 or so minutes and we can learn about costume design together, I’m Bill Stoneberg with Harri Horsley costume designer with the GRSF, today on Art Beat.
Original air date: 07/26/22
Art Beat is written and produced by KQAL on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


MWMF 22: Heart To Gold

Tonight on The Live Feed we take you to Mid West Music Fest 2022 for some live music from MPLS band Heart to Gold. The Wake describes them as a “punk rock” band inspired by The Ramones. With tracks going all the way back to 2018, Heart to Gold has a long history as a band together performing rock-styled songs, so grab your hair gel and eyeliner, I’m Max Ackman and this is Heart to Gold, LIVE from MWMF 2022, tonight on The Live Feed.

Original Air Date: 07/15/22.

The Live Feed is produced by KQAL FM on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


iDMAa Weird Media Conference and Exhibition: Margaret Dolinsky

Today on Art Beat, we talk with Margaret Dolinsky and Dave Casey about the art pieces featured at the Marine Art Museum during this year’s Weird Media Conference. Margaret’s project “Winona’s Way” focuses on Winona’s love for nature by portraying her art on canoe’s and then submerging the canoes, and herself into the Mississippi River. Margaret’s previous work is in VR systems that allow you to experience her art in a 3D landscape. I’m Max Ackman, and up next we talk with Margaret about CaveVR and Winona’s Way, today on Art Beat.

Original Air Date: 07/12/22.
Art Beat is produced on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


iDMAa Weird Media Conference and Exhibition: Infodemic

Recently the iDMAa held a conference and exhibition here in Winona and we were there check out all the weird digital art being presented. Two of the artists that we spoke with, Jennifer Gradecki and Derek Curry, had a video piece in the exhibition titled: Infodemic. Both artists are also assistant professors at Northeastern University in Boston and their piece Infodemic deals with the way that misinformation spreads through todays social and digital media while gaining traction as truth. How do we discern what is truth and what is fiction in todays world? Well, Jennifer and Derek are here to help us figure that out. And to prompt us to think a little deeper when consuming today’s digital media. I’m Bill Stoneberg with Jennifer Gradecki and Derek Curry at the iDMAa Weird Media conference, today on Art Beat.
Original Air Date: 07/05/22.
Art Beat is produced on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


MN Reads: “The Ski Jumper,” a novel by Peter Geye

The North 1033’s Chris Harwood speaks with Peter Geye, the author of The Ski Jumpers, a novel published in 2022 by University of Minnesota Press. Geye talks about his own experience as a ski jumper and, in turn, both the dreams and the metaphor it creates for the story’s protagonist, Jon Bargaard, who reflects on his life and memories as he deals with a terminal illness.


MN Reads: “A Common Thirst” by Gary Boelhower, Illustrated by Sarah Brokke

Gary Boelhower talks about his Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards nominated children’s book “A Common Thirst”


“Rafferty’s Last Case” by Larry Millett

Larry Millett talks about his new book “Rafferty’s Last Case”


“Where the Deer Dream” by Sarah Bamford Seidelmann

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann talks about her Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards nominated novel “Where the Deer Dream”


MN Reads: “Seven Aunts” by Staci Lola Drouillard

Joy and tears were both a part of the experience for author Staci Lola Drouillard in writing the 2022 release Seven Aunts published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Drouillard’s book focuses on seven of her aunts “holding home and family together.” The stories also explore some undefined (until now) concepts and tropes regarding the female experience; terms such as “mothersistering” and “chronic femininity” will be foreign at first glance, but conceptually familiar to readers.


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