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5:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

SHEL Brings Sisterly Sounds to Americana Music Festival

SHEL

SHEL is a quartet of sisters from Fort Collins, Colorado: Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook. They were all born within five years of each other and raised and home-schooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother. They’ve been performing together for around a dozen years.

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4:44 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Albert And Gage With Kenny Putnam - Part 1

Christine Albert and Chris Gage.

This concert is the first of a two-part program featuring Albert and Gage with special guest Kenny Putnam, recorded July 27th at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  Christine Albert and Chris Gage formed their duo in 1997 after Albert saw her future partner perform with West Texas alt-country singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore.  Albert moved to Austin, Texas in 1982.  Among her credentials are a trio of "Franco-Lone Star" fusion albums and an appearance on Austin City Limits.  Gage's roots are in South Dakota where he led the Red Willow Band in the mid-70's and early 80's.  He appear

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Arts - Music - Putnam
3:39 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Sittin' Down With Kenny Putnam

Kenny Putnam
Credit Courtesy Kenny Putnam

 An intimate discussion with local legend and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame fiddler Kenny Putnam. Join us as Kenny talks about his initial desire to play the cello, his early years in school orchestras, touring with the Red Willow Band, being part of “country-western guitarist-extraordinaire” Roy Clark’s world-renowned band and his return to South Dakota from a 15-year stint on the road – where Kenny now operates his own design and photo restoration business; when he’s not traveling somewhere across the state to play the fiddle.

      

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Arts
4:37 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Brazilian Musicians Bring Samba Rhythms to Sisseton

Paulo Padilha

Paulo Padilha comes from Sao Paulo, one of the biggest cities in the world. His music features the infectious, upbeat rhythms of Brazil with lyrics from the daily life of a musician living in a chaotic, Latin American metropolis.

This week the singer, guitarist and composer is in Sisseton as a part of a tour through the Arts Midwest World Fest program. He and his band are working with students and playing with local musicians. The visit culminates with a Saturday evening performance at the Sisseton Performing Arts Center.

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Arts
5:10 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Festival of Books: Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac

The hero of Joseph Bruchac’s new young adult book, Killer of Enemies, is a 17-year-old Apache girl named Lozen. She's living in a in a post-apocalyptic world running wild with genetically-modified monsters, or gemods. Her mother and brother are being held hostage by the Ones in a former penitentiary that serves as a sanctuary for survivors. Because of her unique survival skills and magical abilities, Lozen is conscripted by the Ones and sent on repeated quests to slay the gemods.

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Arts
4:50 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Festival of Books: Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Along with being an author, Dan O’Brien is also a wildlife biologist, falconer and buffalo rancher. He’s written six novels and four books of non-fiction. His latest book is Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land. It’s an account of efforts to raise buffalo with dignity and respect as a sustainable enterprise in the Cheyenne River Valley. It’s also a love story – of family, friends, the often harsh-landscape of western South Dakota and the American bison.

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Arts
4:46 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Festival of Books: Karin Slaughter

Karen Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is a best-selling crime writer whose latest book, Cop Town, is set in 1974 Atlanta. It’s the story of a couple of young female officers who are trying to prove their worth in the macho Atlanta PD and also tracking down a serial killer who is targeting cops. Kate Murphy is a young widow from a privileged background and new on the job. She’s partnered with Maggie Lawson, whose brother and uncle are also police officers.

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Arts
4:27 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Mat D And The Profane Saints

Enjoy a scorching set from Mat D and the Profane Saints this week on No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  The Sioux Empire club scene regulars headlined the second stage at JazzFest 2014 (presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society) in Sioux Falls on July 18.  Mat D has only been playing acoustic guitar for about 12 years.  He was drawn to the instrument after seeing Bob Dylan in concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City in 2002.  Mat D's burly vocals are perfectly surrounded by the Profane Saints; Kur

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Arts
4:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Festival of Books: Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano is best-known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street, but lately she’s turned to books and writing. Two years ago she published her first young adult novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. It’s set in Spanish Harlem in 1969 and tells the story of 14-year-old Rosa Maria Evelyn del Carmen Serrano and her adolescent struggles with her Puerto Rican heritage. She’s just started a summer job at a five-and-dime store when her grandmother shows up with secrets from her family’s involvement in Puerto Rico’s tumultuous history.

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Arts
4:24 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Mullet River Boys Bring the '20s to Spearfish

Mullet River Boys
Credit Mullet River Boys

The music of the Mullet River Boys harkens back to the fiddle and jug bands of the 1920s. The Minnesota-based band is led by Jack Norton who plays banjo, ukulele, guitar, trumpet and harmonica. The Mullet River Boys also mix in washtub bass, washboards, kazoos, slide whistles, tuned bicycle horns and more - all with the goal of corrupting audiences with pleasure.

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Arts
4:18 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

New Book Celebrates 40 Years of 'Austin City Limits'

On October 17, 1974, Willie Nelson performed at the KLRN television studios on the University of Texas campus for the inaugural Austin City Limits. Over the course of four decades and hundreds of episodes, the program has featured a wide variety of artists from legends like Ray Charles and Chet Atkins to contemporary bands such as Arcade Fire and the Decemberists.

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Arts
3:33 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Book Festival Returns for 12th Year

Children's author Kate DiCamillo is appearing at the South Dakota Festival of Books Friday, September 26 at 7 pm at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls
Credit Kate DiCamillo

Authors ranging from Atlanta crime writer Karin Slaughter to  children’s author Kate DiCamillo are featured  at the 12th annual South Dakota Festival of Books Thursday through Saturday in Sioux Falls and Brookings. This year’s event also features a Young Readers Festival which takes place at the Children’s Museum in Brookings on Thursday and the Washington Pavilion and Siouxland Public Libraries in Sioux Falls on Friday and Saturday.

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Arts
3:20 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

New Memoir interweaves South Dakota Childhood with South Korea Trip

In the spring of 2006, South Dakota State University English Professor Mary Woster Haug went to South Korea with her husband, Ken, on a university exchange program. Although she’d always dreamed of living in a foreign country, Korea didn’t interest her at first. But with the urging of their daughter, she and her husband decided to make the trip.

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Arts
3:16 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

South Dakota Film Festival Returns to Aberdeen

Bridey Elliot and Clare McNulty from "Fort Tilden," one of the films featured at the South Dakota Farm Festival
Credit Kickstarter

The South Dakota Film Festival kicks off  in Aberdeen on Wednesday. The festival presents 78 films, from shorts to full-length features. Many of the film’s stars, producers and directors will also attend. Festival producer Tom Black joined Dakota Midday for details on the event and some of the featured guests.

For more information visit www.southdakotafilmfest.org.

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Mines Students Find Artistry In Science

Michael Willman, left, and Ian Markon practice the ancient craft of blacksmithing.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

On a recent Thursday evening, a few School of Mines and Technology students gather in a downtown Rapid City parking lot to demonstrate the relationship between art and science. As SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports, if creative geniuses pay attention to aesthetics as well as facts and numbers, there’s an indivisible relationship between form and function.

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Arts
4:20 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Rough & Tumble

Credit Miner Brewing Company

Nashville has a couple of rising stars in the folk music duo of The Rough & Tumble.  Scott Tyler and Mallory Graham share in the songwriting and, according to Tyler, they instantly found a common language.  Their harmonies can bemoan great sadness and celebrate peace, comfort and joy.  In 2013, they released two songes each month as part of The Rough & Tumble Holiday Awareness Campaign.  Some of the songs celebrated the 5th of July, A Day for the Remembrance of the Souls of Lost Whales and Talk Like a Pirate Day.  You get the picture!  The Rough & Tumble performed during the Min

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Arts
2:25 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

New Website Promotes Arts in Rapid City

The Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project at Rapid City's Main Street Square
Credit Jim Kent

Getting the word out about events and activities is a challenge for every artist and group. But now there’s a new website that’ll help make that easier in the Black Hills area. After several months of planning and testing, ArtsRapidCity.org is now on-line. The website lists upcoming events in the area and serves as an arts and culture directory.

On Friday evening at Main Street Square in Rapid City, Arts Rapid City celebrates the launch of the new website. The event begins at 8 pm following the final Art Night Downtown of the season.

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Arts - Music - Putnam
3:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Putnam Shares Musical Vocabulary With Fiddle

Kenny Putnam
Credit Courtesy Kenny Putnam

It’s always nice for a musician to receive recognition for their work, whether by applause, a standing ovation or an award. Reaching the point where your ability is so acclaimed you’re chosen to be in a Hall of Fame, however, is a rare honor indeed. But as we discover, the induction of one musician into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame came as no surprise to someone who worked with the man from the U.S. to Moscow. 

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Arts
5:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Google to Create Virtual Tour of National Music Museum

Harpsichord by José Calisto, Portugal, 1780
Credit National Music Museum

Google is coming to Vermillion to create a virtual tour of the National Music Museum. A crew will use  a seven- foot trolley to capture 360-degree imagery that will allow visitors from around the world to explore the museum’s collection of historical instruments online at the Google Cultural Institute.

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Arts
2:50 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

'White Wall Sessions' Begins Second Season

The White Wall Sessions behind the scenes
Credit The White Wall Sessions

Since its television debut in 2013, the White Wall Sessions has provided a unique showcase for local, regional and national musicians. The show's producers capture performances in a documentary style, creating an intimate feel for viewers. Their goal is to preserve a musical moment in time.

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Arts
9:07 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Allan Sherman's Song Parodies Still Relevant 50 Years Later

Allan Sherman
Credit Robert Sherman

In the summer of 1963, radio stations across the country were playing Allan Sherman's novelty song about a kid's miserable experience at camp, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah.” The song came from Sherman's album My Son, the Nut which was the last comedy album to hit the top of the charts before "Weird Al" Yankovic's Mandatory Fun hit number one this summer.

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Arts
3:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Challenging Perceptions of Disabilities through Theater

A scene from Flutter Productions' "Ascent"
Credit Flutter Productions

The goal of Flutter Productions is to challenge the perception of people with disabilities through theater and contemporary dance. The company works with organizations to create original works for people of mixed abilities and ages.

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Arts
7:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Jenny Braig Paintings Celebrate East And West River

A Jenny Braig oil painting of a scene on a Black Hills back road.

South Dakota is celebrating 125 years of statehood. SDPB honors that milestone with stories that explore the state’s identity and heritage through unique ideas, people, and places.

In this edition of our series “Landscapes of South Dakota"  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray Speaks with Spearfish Artist Jenny Braig about her oil paintings that depict both the East and West sides of the state.

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Arts
2:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Dancing for World Peace

Olga Aru
Credit Moscow Ballet

Moscow Ballet ballerina Olga Aru has danced around the world, including France, Sweden and Egypt. She was in Cairo during the Tahrir Square protests. She’s in Rapid City this week at Prima School of Dancing, auditioning student dancers for Moscow Ballet’s November 25 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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Arts
2:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

No Cover, No Minumum Radio: Hank Harris

This week's concert features South Dakota-based musician Hank Harris. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental, and sometimes even silly, Harris combines heartfelt lyrics with his clear vocals and intricate guitar playing. This show was recorded on May 3rd, 2014, in celebration of his new album: Peace.

Harris first came to South Dakota in 1973. He soon became part of the Red Willow Band—one of the most popular national acts to ever hail from South Dakota. Since the group disbanded in the 80s, Harris has released nearly 20 albums of solo and collaborative work.

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Arts
2:54 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Zachary Lucky & John Statz

Zachary Lucky is known for simple, delicate country/folk arrangements that conjure up love and the prairie with a lyrical emphasis on storytelling.  Of the Saskatchewan native, No Depression said, "Lucky's songs have lived lifetimes.  They sit you down, tell you their stories and heighten your senses to the wonders of nature, love and self."  "The Ballad of Losing You" is the sixth release by Lucky, the grandson of Canadian country music legend Smilin' Johnnie Lucky.  It hit shelves last September.

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Arts
2:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Landscapes Photo Contest to Capture Day in State

Badlands of South Dakota
Credit SDPB

As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB wants to help explore the state's unique identity. On Tuesday, August 19th people are invited to photograph what being South Dakotan means to them with images of home, work, favorite places and more.

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Arts
2:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Film Tells Saga of South Dakota's Sue

Peter Larson and Sue Hendrickson with Sue the T-Rex
Credit Black Hills Institute of Geological Research

In the summer of 1990, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute in Hill City unearthed a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in western South Dakota near Faith. It was the largest, most complete T-Rex ever found. They nicknamed the dinosaur Sue, after Sue Hendrickson who first discovered the bones.

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Arts
4:10 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Sena Ehrhardt

Sena Ehrhardt.

Sena Ehrhardt is no stranger to South Dakota.  From the Twin Cities, Ehrhardt continues to perform throughout the area on a regular basis.  She was raised around the blues by her father/guitarist Ed Ehrhardt.  She performed at JazzFest 2012 in Sioux Falls and, a year later, released "All In" on Blind Pig Records.  It was produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines and yielded the song "Dreamin' of Dyin'" which received a 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Song of the Year.  A new CD from Ehrhardt entitled "Live My Life" is due to be released this

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Arts
11:42 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Baby Mountain

Baby Mountain performs at Dakota State University in Madison.
Credit Dakota State University

Chicago-based artist, musician and teacher Tim Lowly and Tucson-based musician and teacher Karima Walker perform under the moniker "Baby Mountain."  Lowly's art exhibitions have been viewed from coast-to-coast, including the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  He creates realistic paintings of people - sometimes questioning priorities of power and prestige.  His art inspires his music while his music inspires his art.  Lowly created a portrait of Walker while she was attending North Park University in Chicago w

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