Bain Boehlke


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Kevin Bowe


#420: Bain Boehlke + Kevin Bowe

The Lowertown Line Airs New Years Eve!

Exciting news, local music fans: we’re ringing in the New Year with Dessa and Trampled By Turtles! The pilot episode of The Lowertown Line will air on tpt2 on December 31, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. Check out the promo below:

The Lowertown Line was recorded with a live audience at tpt’s Lowertown studios on October 24, 2012. The program is hosted by hip hop artist Dessa and features rock and bluegrass style Duluth band Trampled By Turtles, who performed and shared stories with their inspiring musical guest – Alan Sparkhawk of Low, Retribution Gospel Choir and The Murder of Crows.

The Lowertown Line music special features a five-song set from Trampled by Turtles as well an insider Q&A hosted by Dessa about Trampled by Turtles formal training, song-writing process/style and their Duluth connections. During the set, the band also welcomed Alan Sparhawk from the Duluth band, Low to perform and Sparhawk joined Dessa and Dave Simonett in talking about his body of work, process and training.

“I was on tour when MN Original  Series Producer, Ashleigh Rowe called me about hosting a new music special, and I jumped at the chance,” says The Lowertown Line host, Dessa. “Parked in a Walgreens’ lot in Chicago, I chatted excitedly with the producers, gesturing like a crazy person; the tpt team has a fresh and genuine enthusiasm for every project.”

Tune into tpt2 on December 31, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. for The Lowertown Line.

tpt’s Legacy Programming Wins Six Upper Midwest Emmys®

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced 2012 winners on Saturday evening at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, and Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Original programming received six Upper Midwest Emmy® Awards! We’re so appreciative of this honor from the Upper Midwest Regional Emmys® and to be recognized among such esteemed colleagues in the media. The MNO staff is particularly thankful for the incredible arts community in the Twin Cities, who permit us to share their talents, creative process and excellent work, with a statewide audience.

Most of all, we wish to thank the Minnesota State Legislature and the citizens of Minnesota for making MN Original possible with funding from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment.

Now, please scroll down to watch our Emmy® winning videos!

Magazine Program: Program – MN Original: Episode #319

Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Program and Writer – Program (Non-News): Lost Twin Cities III

Interstitial – Arts Scene: Minnesota (click on the link to watch the video)

Communist Daughter

Artist Day Jobs: Choreographer Denise Armstead Trains Dancers and Horses

Denise Armstead, founder of DA Dance, has always wanted to work with horses. Dance took priority for most of her career- but these days she balances training horses with choreography.

On Friday, Armstead’s passions all come together in the premiere of The Three Bonnies, a multimedia dance piece that combines horse footage, the blues, and dance to evoke stages of a relationship. The Three Bonnies will be performed at Burnsville Center for the Performing Arts on June 8 at 7:30 PM.


“Ixcatan” by Romantica

“You Promised Me” by Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps

Artist Day Jobs: Two Bettys Green Cleaning

Introducing Artist Day Jobs, a new series in which we’ll explore how artists and musicians are making a living to support their talents. Know an artist with an interesting day job? Email us at [email protected].

In 2005, Anna Tsantir had a full-time arts administration gig and no time for her art. She decided there had to be a way of making a living that also supported her true passion — and so Anna founded Two Bettys Green Cleaning Service, the eco-friendly house cleaning company she now runs. While Anna no longer cleans houses herself, she has 28 “Bettys” on staff, all of them artists, musicians, or healers.


Barstow Photography


“Gypsy Blood” by Colleen Budge and Zac Spangler
“Take the Lead” by Colleen Budge, Mike Johnson, and Tim Wagner

Watch more videos from MN Original’s On The Go Blog:


Artist Day Jobs: Denise Armstead

International Cartoonist Conspiracy: The Minneapolis Chapter

Practice Spaces: Orkestar Bez Ime
orkestar bez ime practicing

MN Original profile: Highpoint Center for Printmaking