St. Paul

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By Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts This month I had the opportunity to give a short speech at We Day in Minnesota. We Day is “an annual series of stadium-sized events, We Day brings together world-renowned speakers and performers with tens of thousands of youth to kick-start a year of action through We Act. […]

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By Stephen Sokolouski, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s tenure as an Artistic Partner began last weekend with concerts in Uptown Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, and Mahtomedi. The remarkable performances captivated audiences—Pioneer Press critic Rob Hubbard described the first night as an “adrenaline-fueled thrill ride of a concert, one that inspired three standing ovations and will doubtless be one […]

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After more than three years covering the city’s cultural scene for Knight Arts, I’m moving on. Beginning in December, my friend and colleague Levi Weinhagen will cover St. Paul’s arts and culture beat for you here, and I couldn’t be leaving my spot in better hands. But before I go, in the spirit of the […]

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In light of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, announced last week, Raoul Deal’s exhibition of new and recent work in Macalester College’s Law Warschaw Gallery seems especially timely. At the center of his show, “Ni De Aquí Ni De Allá (From Neither Here Nor There),” are large woodcut prints and paintings inspired by oral […]

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By Shellae Mueller, Penumbra Theatre On September 10, 2014, Over 200 people turned out at Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, MN for Let’s Talk: Ferguson. This special program was created to invite the community to share in a conversation around the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the long-standing racial tensions in that community […]

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The crew behind Saint Paul Almanac and Cracked Walnut have been busy since early October, hosting readings in venues all over the city – 16 in all – for the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival. The lit fest concludes this year with events on Thursday, Saturday and next Monday, at Common Good Books, Amsterdam […]

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Here in St. Paul, new music has never been so accessible. Uninitiated listeners looking for inviting points of entry and seasoned fans alike need not look far to find a variety of offerings, thanks to the efforts of folks like Kate Nordstrum (curator of Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s fabulous Liquid Music series), and artist-led organizations […]

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By Peter E. Leggett, Walker West Music Academy This October, Walker West welcomed five new members to the Walker West Music Academy Board of Directors. Greg Finzell – Rondo Community Land Trust Harold Minor – Wilder Foundation Dameun Strange – Bush Foundation Nesret Shu-Ankh Theba – Kingfield Dental Karen Welle – Minnesota Dept. of Health […]

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By Peter E. Leggett, Walker West Music Academy For the past 14 years, on the 2nd Saturday in September, people of all ages and backgrounds have gathered at Selby Avenue and Milton Street in Saint Paul for the Selby Avenue Jazz Fest. Founded by Golden Thyme Coffee Shop owner Mychael Wright, The Selby Jazz Fest […]

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Forget Christmas music. This time of year, as the temps start to plunge, I’d rather listen to Latin music – takes the chill off, I guess. And we have a great variety of ways to scratch that itch around here: For masterful Cuban-inflected jazz, you can hear pianist Nachito Herrera play at the Dakota on the […]

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