Arts & Culture
Matthew Brown had the opportunity to speak with artist and educator Wayne Potratz Sept. 26. Wayne recently retired from the U of MN after 45 years of teaching, and was named the 2013 Outstanding Art Educator by the International Sculpture Center. He's guest artist at Last Chance Gallery during Crossing Borders, which runs every day from 10 to 6 through Oct. 5. You can learn more about Wayne and see his work here.
There were so many great acts and voices at this year's Radiowaves Festival, it was hard capturing them all!
Dick & Ann chatted with local musician & composer Briand Morrison on the eve of the CD release party for "Spiral." Briand partnered with the North Shore Music Assosication, with funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, to write 12 original blues, rock and jazz pieces for guitar with backing instruments and vocals. The CD includes performances of 17 local musicians, and several songs are sampled in this interview. You can learn more about Briand's music here.
Dick & Ann welcomed The Pines (Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt) to Studio A Sept. 19 to chat and play a few songs. Listen for beautiful melodies and haunting lyrics. They were in town to wind up their summer touring season at Betsy Bowen's What's Upstairs. You canlearn more about The Pines here.
There will be a CD release concert for Briand Morrison's Blues Galaxy at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on September 20.
Bob Carter & Dick Swanson were delighted to welcome Pat Donohue, one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world, to Studio A Sept. 12. Pat is the guitarist for the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band of MPR's A Prairie Home Companion, and was in town to play North House's Unplugged concert the next evening. You can learn more about Pat's music and his performance schedule here.
Best-selling author Lorna Landvik on her latest novel, "Best to Laugh," and her own career in comedy-
Ann Possis had the chance to speak with Minnesota author Lorna Landvik recently about her new book, "Best to Laugh." It's loosely based on her real-life experiences living in Hollywood and being a comedian, and in this interview she shares stories from her time there. Lorna is signing her book Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais. Learn more about Lorna and her work here.
Rich Mattson and his band the North Stars (Germaine Gemberling, Eli Bissonett, and Russell Bergum) dropped by The Roadhouse Sept. 5 on their way to play Radio Waves later that evening. Listen for wonderful original music. You can learn more about Rich's music here.
Dick & Ann welcomed local musicians John Gruber (guitar) and Max Bichel (violin) to Studio A Aug. 29 for fun conversation and delightful music. They were both scheduled to play a few times at this year's Radio Waves music festival.
Cartoonist Bill Barnes chatted with Ann Possis Aug. 29 about what's so special about cartooning, how the Web has changed the business, how people can get into it, and lots more. He was in Grand Marais Sept. 4 to teach a two-hour class at the Grand Marais library. Check out his comic strips Unshelved and Not Invented Here.