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With the arrival of June and the fast approach of summer, Queen City residents have many seasonal activities to look forward to, but perhaps one of the most beloved is the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Pops concert series. Sprawled on blankets across the lawn with picnics and cool beverages, audience members enjoy symphony classics like […]

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“Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother” is playwright and director Rick Shiomi’s first new work since his departure from Mu Performing Arts (a Knight Arts grantee) last year. At Saturday’s stripped-down workshop performance of the play at Dreamland Arts, Shiomi described the work as “about halfway there;” he said he had some tweaking yet to […]

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It’s the first of the month, and that means there’s something planned for all types of people who may want to join the festive fun. Some events may be laid-back, while others may be hyped and ready to turn it up. Well, if you’re like me, you just may attend all four of these events. […]

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Study in Japan

Published on May 30, 2014 by in St. Paul

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By Iris Shiraishi, Mu Daiko Artistic Director A true highlight of my taiko career happened just recently!  A grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Next Step Fund enabled me to spend two weeks in Tokyo to study with master artist/instructor Kyosuke Suzuki of the Wakayama Ryu (school). Suzuki Sensei (teacher) teaches the music […]

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By Randy Reyes, Artistic Director Mu Performing Arts If you travel to small towns across Minnesota, you will notice a peculiarity about their restaurant offerings, something that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. In these small towns, with little cultural diversity, there is always a Chinese restaurant. This brought up questions for me about the restaurant owners. How […]

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By Enide Dufresne, Miami Music Project The Miami Music Project String Quintet made a remarkable impression with their three concerts on May 21st, 22nd and 24th for the prestigious Festival de Saint-Denis/Métis in Paris, France. They captured the very essence of Miami, by presenting a rich repertoire influenced by North American, Cuban, Haitian, Brazilian and […]

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There is a lot going on in Sanford Biggers’ “3 Dollars & 6 Dimes” exhibit at the David Castillo Gallery–maybe one of the biggest named artists Castillo has shown to date. Start with the title, which has a lot of numbers and history going on in it. Singer Erykah Badu made the phrase famous, and […]

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Tigertail’s WordSpeakTeam 2013

Every year, Tigertail fosters the literary prowess of South Florida teens through WordSpeak, a “life-changing spoken word programs for 1,000 South Florida youth.” Through WordSpeak and SpeakOut, Tigertail’s parallel LGBT spoken word youth program, the organization provides Miami students with access to prominent local spoken word mentor Teo Castellanos, as well as mentors from outside […]

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Saturday, May 24th was the closing of The Dress Show, a collaborative effort between radio station WDET and Public Pool art space, and the first in WDET’s Gallery Takeover series. Produced by Courtney Hurtt, WDET created a segment that explores and collects stories behind the 13 dress shops that sell traditional Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian […]

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The city of Akron is set to come alive with music this summer. There is a free concert every day of the week somewhere in town. Outside the city limits, especially in the Cuyahoga Valley, the musical scene is shaping up as well. The Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley partners with the National Park Service to […]

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