by Kathleen Kvern, Project Director, mnartists.org   February 23, 2006

mnartists.org presents Radio mnartists: Live at the McGuire on Thursday, March 16, 8 pm, in the Walker Art Center’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater with hosts Marya Morstad of KFAI's "Art Matters" and Neal Cuthbert of the McKnight Foundation.

The event "Radio mnartists: Live at the McGuire" features a small selection of artists from the ongoing Radio mnartists series presented on the site and airing on KFAI's "Art Matters." "Live at the McGuire" is a celebration of Minnesota’s vibrant arts culture and the radical democracy that is mnartists.org.

The evening will feature interviews, performances, and lively conversation with Minnesota artists: here's some of what goes on:

The Black-Eyed Snakes, Al Sparhawk’s punk blues project, will tear up the place. “This isn’t a show, this is voodoo,” remarked one reviewer. “The Black-eyed Snakes are on to our dirty little secret. They know we all hungry for a let-out, the real deal, the greasy meal, the knife in the back, so to speak. And they’re going to give it to us, whether we like it or not.”

Bedlam Puppet Theatre/ Maren Ward and Sarah Garner make a different kind of voodoo with an excerpt from the their performance “Dog’s Bollocks!– A Neat Little Package.”

Bill Cottman, Beverly Cottman, Kenna Camara Sarge are performing together in AFRICAN american QUEEN for a day, from “WAYS of Knowing” (by J Otis Powell!). Beverly Cottman uses a chairand a story; Kenna Camara Sarge dances, moving to eliminate barriers of time and distance. Photographer Bill Cottman layers projected images and music by Rene Ford & Jeff Bailey to thicken the narrative thread.

Live Action Set with Spaghetti Western String Co. will do an excerpt from their new show The Percussionist. The collaboration of "the hippest string quartet in town" and the indescribable performing genius of Live Action Set (fresh from the Art Shanties) will delve into dark themes of revenge and explore society’s perception of normalcy.

Truthmaze , the spoken-word artist that you’ve heard so much about, is "One of TC's best hosts, he is sure to set your spirit free" say's Sha Cage of Tru Ruts Endeavors. Truthmaze will perform from his upcoming solo debut CD, Expansion and Contraction (Psoems 1:1).

Destruction/Interpretation/Reclamation, an original performance piece by Jake Keeler with Alex Lemon plays with formal language, like acrobats juggling a set of Havilland china. Nature, violence, transgression, self-awareness, are communicated in real time through poetry, audio, image manipulation and creation, and live action.

Finally, Yuri Arajs , the visionary curator (and artist of note himself)at Outsiders and Others Gallery, will show images of the amazing fellow visionaries that show at his gallery.

A cash bar reception and member registration assistance on the site will be hosted by mnartists.org prior to the event from 7–8 pm. A D.J. from KFAI Radio will provide music during the reception.

Radio mnartists: Live at the McGuire is a free event, but tickets are required and are available from 6 pm at the Hennepin Lobby desk the evening of the event.

Radio mnartists began as a series of 20 conversations with a varied group of artists from around Minnesota, including Gao Hong, Jane Evershed, Scott Stulen, Dave King, Manjunan Gnanaratnam, among others. To see the complete list of 20 artists from the initial series click on the related links below.

The series was produced by Marya Morstad, an award-winning producer and host of “Art Matters” on KFAI Fresh Air Community radio. The ongoing series reflects the diversity of artists working throughout the state and gives arts enthusiasts a compelling entry point into the broader Minnesota arts culture reflected on mnartists.org.

This event will be webcast on mnartists.org and rebroadcast on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio and AMPERS Independent Radio Stations statewide.

mnartists.org is an online database of Minnesota artists and organizations from all disciplines developed and maintained in partnership with the Walker Art Center and the McKnight Foundation.

Media support provided by KFAI 90.3 & 106.7FM “Radio Without Boundaries” and IPR Radio Stations.