From the Field: Simone Perrin

Add sailor to the long list of talents accordion player, theater artist and chanteuse Simone Perrin has mastered. In addition to appearing in the Guthrie Theater’s production of HMS Pinafore later that night, Perrin made time to perform two songs for MN Original onboard a gondola floating down the St. Croix river. Perrin was guided through the high river current by Gondola Romantica owner John Kerschbaum who shipped his custom-made boats from Venice to Stillwater, Minnesota. Stay tuned to tpt for an upcoming episode of MN Original featuring this musical voyage.


From the Field: Chaka Mkali

Chaka Mkali is a muralist, graffiti artist and musician who strives to empower youth from underprivileged backgrounds. As the Director of Organizing and Community Building at Hope Community, he’s leading a group of teens from the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis to create murals that not only beautify the community, but also instill kids with self-confidence through collaboration.


Little Earth
Hope Community
Waite House
Main Street Project
I Self Devine

From the Field: Heiruspecs and Dan Huiting

All Aboard!!

MN Original does a shoot Inception-style! MN Original crew shot Dan Huiting, of MPLS.TV fame, shooting Heiruspecs performing on the Jonathan Padelford Steamboat whilst cruising down the mighty Mississippi. We set sail as the band played “The Pushback.” Be sure to check out our segment on Dan and the video of Heiruspecs this fall on tpt-2.

Special Thanks to The Padelford Packet Boat Company for use of their awesome boat and Captain Gus Gaspardo for driving the boat! Visit their website for more info:

From the Field: Gregory Euclide

MN Original just wrapped filming relief painter Gregory Euclide at his hidden forest studio/home. Gregory’s diorama-like paintings negotiate experiences within nature, uses of land, and the mediation between human culture and natural landscapes. His materials harbor multiple meanings, embodying the struggle to preserve the environment and maintain a modern lifestyle. He recently finished the cover art for Bon Iver’s album Bon Iver, and appears in galleries + museums from NY to Paris. Preview Greg traipsing through dense forest and constructing new works, and look for a full profile on Mr. Euclide coming to MN Original soon!

Artist web site:

From the Field: Minnesota Historical Society’s 1968 Exhibit

The Minnesota Historical Society has enlisted the help of 20+ veteran volunteers to help re-construct a model of a Huey Helicopter as part of their upcoming 1968 Exhibit. The exhibit chronicles the events of one of the most turbulent, volatile, and influential years in American history, and the helicopter model will serve as an interactive component documenting the Vietnam war.

Check out these behind the scenes production photos from our shoot at the MNHS on June 8th, 2011. More information on the exhibit and the Vietnam vets involved in the project to come on an upcoming episode of MN Original.

From the Field: Perpich Center for Arts Education

MN Original films the talented high schoolers at Perpich Center for Arts Education, located in Golden Valley on June 2nd, 2011. Look for a full profile on an upcoming episode of MN Original!

Check out more behind-the-scenes and artist photos on our flickr page.