Listen to past shows
September 8, 2018: PART 2: Talking about peace w/ authors Mark Ristau and Kate Towle
September 8, 2018: PART 1: Sandy Boren-Barrett, Artistic Director and CEO of Stages Theatre Company - https://www.stagestheatre.org/
September 1, 2018: Sidekick Theatre featuring Candace Barrett & Raye Birk; starring in Gin Game - http://sidekicktheatre.com/gingame/
August 25, 2018: Conversations and how they can connect us w/ Mikki Morrissette (MN Women’s Press) & Karen Olsen-Johnson (host) - http://womenspress.com/
August 18, 2018: Life Skills Advisor (Love/Relationships) Christine Schroeder - https://christineintuitivemedium.wordpress.com/
August 11, 2018: Parade of Homes with Peter Gray (Trestle Homes) & Christine Frisk (In Unison Design & Fuze) - https://www.paradeofhomes.org/
August 4, 2018: Diversity Inclusion with Cotty Versalles
July 28, 2018: Powderhorn Park Art Fair with Tabitha Montgomery - www.ppna.org
July 21, 2018: Fearless Comedy Productions in the MN Fringe with Tim Wick & more - http://fearlesscomedyproductions.com/
July 14, 2018: "Revolt" by Kit Bix and directed by Shannon Twony - https://www.minnesotafringe.org/2018-show-information/revolt-of-the-beavers
July 7, 2018: "Aphrodite's Refugees" at the MN Fringe with Monica Dionysiou & Aaron Young - https://www.montraperformance.com/ & https://www.minnesotafringe.org/2018-show-information/aphrodites-refugees
June 30, 2018: #FamiliesBelongTogether #FreeOurFuture! with Fernando Nunez & co-host Tabitha Montgomery (Powdernhorn Park Neighborhood Association) - amelia-shindelar.squarespace.com/donatetofreeourfuture
June 16, 2018: Park Square Theatre w/ co-host C. Michael-jon Pease (Executive Director): The Hounds of Baskerville (Director Theo Langason, Actor Marika Proctor) & French Twist (Director-Creator Joe Chvala) - http://parksquaretheatre.org/
June 9, 2018: Construction Advocacy with Steve Northway - www.constructionadvocates.com
June 2, 2018: Gerry Fernandez President and Founder at Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance; talking about Unconscious Bias and Cultural Intelligence in the restaurant industry www.MFHA.net
May 26, 2018: On Gardening with Catherine McEnroe and Kurt Schulz http://www.crowrivermedia.com/big_fish_lifestyle/events/kurt-schulz-opens-old-herbaceous-tuesday-night/article_2ccc9ac3-dfe0-5d90-a8ed-ba1fd7932b03.html
May 19, 2018: Christine Schroeder, intuitive medium, taking on-air calls - https://christineintuitivemedium.wordpress.com/
May 12, 2018: Powderhorn Shark Tank with Tabitha Montegomery, executive director of Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association - https://www.ppna.org/powderhornsharktank
May 5, 2018: Art-A-Whirl with co-host Dameum Strange, director of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA)
April 28, 2018: The End of Divine Truthiness: Love, Power, and God by Dr. Paul Green's (liberal theologist, author, teacher)
April 21, 2018: Saint Paul Art Crawl (more here) - https://www.saintpaulartcrawl.org/
April 7, 2018: Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) - https://nemaa.org/
March 31, 2018: Museum of Russian Art - http://tmora.org/
March 17, 2018: Ian Levy - Podcaster
March 10, 2018: Nickie Swoboda Education Director at Stages Theatre Company - https://www.stagestheatre.org/
March 3, 2018: Tabitha Montegomery, Executive Dir. of Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Assoc. - https://www.ppna.org/
February 24, 2018: Twin Cities Theatre Bloggers - Kit Bix http://minnesotatheatricals.com/and talkingbroadway.com, Becki Iverson http://compendiummpls.blogspot.com/, and Jill Schafer http://www.cherryandspoon.com/
February 17, 2018: The Fearless Five Conspiracy at Fearless Comedy Productions - http://fearlesscomedyproductions.com/event/
February 10, 2018: Center for Victims of Torture and C. Michael-jon Pease - https://www.cvt.org/
February 3, 2018: Park Square Theatre's The Pirates of the Penzance - http://parksquaretheatre.org/
January 27, 2018: Break Free Workshop; breaking free from stress
January 20, 2018: Gregory Rich: Designing into the Future - http://habitationdesign.com/#2
January 13, 2018: Park Square Theatre's Cardboard Piano - http://parksquaretheatre.org/
January 6, 2018: Xtreme Theatre Smackdown at Stepping Stone Theatre - https://www.eventbrite.com/
December 16, 2017: Wine Fates - http://winefate.com/
December 23, 2017: Sarah Rasmussen, Artistic Director of Jungle Theatre - www.jungletheater.com/
December 23, 2017: Sarah Rasmussen, Artistic Director of Jungle Theatre - www.jungletheater.com/
December 16, 2017: Foodservice News - Minnesota Hospitality
December 9, 2017: Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family This Holiday Season
December 2, 2017: The Common Ground Company - https://www.thecommongroundcompany.com/
November 25, 2017: Stages – Snowball Fundraiser
November 18, 2017: The Museum of Russian Art – Sacred Art – Connecting Heaven and Earth –Matryroska the Nesting Doll
November 11, 2017: Second Harvest – http://www.2harvest.org
Oct 28, 2017: TOM GLASER
Oct 21, 2017: RYAN JOHNSON - Science
Oct 14, 2017: WOMEN'S CONGRESS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS - www.wcfg.org
Oct 7, 2017: ST PAUL ART CRAWL - https://www.saintpaulartcrawl.org/
Sept 30, 2017: ST PAUL ART CRAWL - https://www.saintpaulartcrawl.org/
Sept. 23, 2017: CELEBRATING THE MICRO-NATION OF SEALAND; an Interview with Prince Michael and Prince Liam - www.sealandgov.org/shop/ & www.amazon.com/Principality-Sealand-Holding-Michael-Bates/dp/0993320007
Sept. 16, 2017: MARK RISTAU - www.markristau.com
Sept. 9, 2017: PARK SQUARE - parksquaretheatre.org
Sept. 2, 2017: THE NORTHERN CLAY CENTER - northernclaycenter.org
Aug. 26, 2017: STUDIO E - Where Ideas Go Places - http://yourstudioe.com/
Aug. 12, 2017: FINDING THE "US" IN THE U.S. .... FINDING THE PATH TO INCLUSION
Aug. 5, 2017: HOPKINS - Season Preview 2017/18 - www.hopkinscenter.org
July 29, 2017: FRED JACOBS OF JACOBS MEDIA AND JACAPPS, LEADERS IN MEDIA RESEARCH
July 22, 2017: "IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE" AT THE FRINGE FESTIVAL - a cautionary tale of the freedoms of the press being threatened and civil liberties put at risk - www.fringefestival.org
July 15, 2017: JENNIFER ANNE MOSES'S PAINTINGS, WRITINGS, AND POINTS OF VIEW - http://www.jenniferannemosesarts.com
July 8, 2017: GREENSMITH - http://greensmithpr.com
July 1, 2017: ISAAC ROCHA - Diversity and Inclusion
June 24, 2017: HEART OF THE BEAST - Crow Boy - hobt.org
June 17, 2017: ONE VOICE - Pirates of Penzance - www.onevoicemn.org
June 10, 2017: PARK SQUARE - (Theatre) Nero Wolf - parksquaretheatre.org
June 3, 2017: HOPKINS - Development Art in the Attic Plus - http://www.hopkinsartscenter.com/
May 27, 2017: BLACK CAT SOCIETY - https://springboardforthearts.org/incubator-program/the- black-cat- society/
May 20, 2017: CONVERSATIONS WITH PETER BAILEY - A Hero's Journey - www.proutyproject.com
May 13, 2017: NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS ART ASSOCIATION - https://nemaa.org/
April 29, 2017: PRIME PRODUCTIONS - UPCOMING PLAY, LITTLE WARS - http://www.primeprods.org/
April 22, 2017: ST. PAUL ART CRAWL - http://stpaulartcrawl.org/
April 15, 2017: ST. PAUL ART CRAWL - http://stpaulartcrawl.org/
April 8, 2017: HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS - http://www.hopkinsartscenter.com/
April 1, 2017: PRIME PRODUCTIONS - http://www.primeprods.org/
March 25, 2017: PROUTY PROJECT - www.proutyproject.com
March 18, 2017: KRISTI ABBOTT - http://www.madebykristi.com/
March 11, 2017: ANDERSON CENTER - http://www.andersoncenter.org/
March 4, 2017: HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS - http://www.hopkinsartscenter.com/
Feb. 25, 2017: HOPKINS - Bluegrass, Julian Lage and Chris Eldgrige - Force of Nature, Mary Olson - 2 youth art exhibitions upcoming
Feb. 18, 2017: MICHAEL BISCHOFF - Don't Postpone Joy - http://www.dontpostponejoy.info/
Feb. 11, 2017: TOM GLASER - FULL HEART LIVING
Feb. 4, 2017: PARK SQUARE THEATRE - http://parksquaretheatre.org/
Jan. 28, 2017: NEMAA, NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS ARTS ASSOCIATION - https://nemaa.org/
Jan. 21, 2017: HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS - http://www.hopkinsartscenter.com/
Jan. 7, 2017: SANDBOX THEATRE IS PRESENTING THE PLAY "BIG MONEY"
Sandbox Theatre will be visiting Connections Radio to talk about their new play BIG MONEY. BIG MONEY is the incredible true story of Michael Larson, the man who rode his obsession for get-rich-quick scenes and work-arounds all the way to the largest one-day payout in game show history when he won $110,000 on a 1984 episode of Press Your Luck!Sandbox will tell us about their unique process for creating new plays, building stories from scratch as an ensemble. Their inclusive, artist-driven work brings together the voices of Twin Cities actors and musicians to stages all over the metro. BIG MONEY runs January 12-28 on the Boss Stage at Park Square Theatre in downtown St. Paul. www.sandboxtheatreonline.com/big-money-2017/
Dec. 31, 2016: A DIVERSE WORKPLACE (Part II)
December 31st show hosted by Laurie Fitz brings part 2 of the Stanton Adam Consulting radio program. Clients often approach Stanton Adams Consulting, wanting to change their business model. Their services cater to clients interested in modifying their companies but who may be unsure how to do it. Cecilia and Malissa really help their client's capabilities grow and evolve. And they enjoy helping businesses completely turn around and we’re proud to be a part of the process. In this show Cecilia and Malissa discuss the four forces of change in exploring the future changes of demographics. They also discuss the upcoming Leadership Institute on January 12th Check out more information on how to register for their Leadership Institute program. http://www.stantonadams.com/enroll
Dec. 24, 2016: A DIVERSE WORKPLACE (Part I)
On the December 24th 2016 show Laurie Fitz hosts and we meet Cecilia and Malissa Stanton Adams. Chief Cecilia Stanton Adams currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Stanton Adams Consulting LLC . She is a visionary leader with more than 15 years as a strategic leadership and diversity expert. Through her consulting work she offers innovative approaches to leveraging a diverse workforce. She provides proven techniques for building the skills needed in the 21st century. She is most noted for her ability to foster paradigm shifts, change behavior, and empower individuals, teams, and communities. Malissa Stanton Adams currently serves as COO for Stanton Adams Consulting LLC. She brings over 15 years of Operations Management, and Organizational Development. Malissa is often sought out for her research and knowledge of the African-American experience and her anti-oppression work. She has a passion for racial equity, social justice, and community relations. She is most noted for her ability to motivate others and act as a liaison between organizations and members of under-served communities. http://www.stantonadams.com/
Dec. 17, 2016: LIVING HAPPINESS RADIO HOUR
Tom Glaser and Patty Hlava host the Living Happiness Radio Hour, part of Connections Radio Show.
This week's guest is Josie Robinson, author of The Gratitude Jar. Robinson had everything we're supposed to want. A job, a husband, two adorable boys. Yet she was miserable. What helped her rise up from the depths of depression? The simple yet profound practice of gratitude. Her story will not only move you, it will stay with you and inspire you throughout the holiday season and beyond. (Find out more at http://josierobinson.com) Tom Glaser is the author of Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know. www.fullheartliving.com.
Dec. 10, 2016: A KLINGON CHRISTMAS CAROL
Host: Laurie Fitz will be joined by artists from "A Klingon Christmas Carol" currently playing at the Historic Mounds Theatre.
This is a classic tale of SQuja’ learning the true meaning of courage and honor on the eve of the Long Night this play is presented in the original Klingon with English supertitles. Artists have been persuaded to share their thoughts in English . . . but we may get a treat to hear some original Klingon vernacular and cultural nuances. This promises to be great fun for both Trekkies and the adventuresome spirit. Join us as we explore the classic tale of ghosts and redemption, adapted to reflect the Klingon values of courage and honor. Learn more about "A Klingon Christmas Carol" here.
Dec. 3, 2016: THE SOUL OF GERSHWIN
Host: Laurie Fitz
Join "Connections" Radio show for a fun preview of The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer this Saturday at 9am on AM950. To listen online http://www.am950radio.com/listen-live. Host Laurie Fitz will be interviewing Executive Director Michael-jon Pease, Musical Director Joseph Voss and the show's Director - Peter Moore. Co-hosting our radio show will be Michael Paul Levin who is performing in the show. Expect great conversation and behind the scenes fun about this soulful play. The show takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive “American Songbook.” George Gershwin himself, joined by three stunning singers and a fantastic band, reveals the folk songs, blues, jazz, Yiddish theatre, cantor chants, and opera that fused into songs like I Got Rhythm and Embraceable You. Call in and join the conversation on Saturday -- our call-in number is 952-946-6205. More information on the interview will be found this week on https://www.facebook.com/connectionsradioshow/ Make the "Connection" and join us Saturday on AM950 from 9am to 10 am to CELEBRATE "The Soul of Gershwin". Tickets on sale now -- get them now at http://parksquaretheatre.org/box-office/shows/2016-17/the-soul-of-gershwin/#1468850400412-b36988e4-7c44
Nov. 26, 2016: THE OUTDOOR PAINTERS OF MINNESOTA & INSPIRED BY NATURE
Host: Laurie Fitz & Co-Host Jim Clark Visual Arts Manager for Hopkins Center for the Arts
This week's show highlights the current gallery shows at the Hopkins Center for the Arts -- "The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota" running through December 3rd and "Inspired by Nature" running through December 4th. Our guests include Mary Jo Ellis, a member of the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota
http://www.outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org/ and Janet & Howard Goltz of the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
earn about the adventures of painting outdoors and the science of the botanical art. To learn more about the gallery shows check out http://www.hopkinsartscenter.com/tickets-events/exhibitions/exhibitions-at-the-center/
Nov. 19, 2016: WHAT MAKES ART IMPORTANT?
Host Laurie Fitz, Co-hosts: Jim Clark, Kelly Blau, Elizabeth Horab
Laurie Fitz joined by Jim Clark the Visual Arts Manager & Artist, Kelly Blau – Concert and Event Coordinator & Musician and Elizabeth Horab, playwright, director, educator and performer explore our relationship to art and ways to think about the "live" artistic experience! This leads us to talking about the upcoming music concerts at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. December 10th - a Country Hoedown of a Holiday show, "Asleep at the Wheel" on January 24th -- Rogue Valley, romantic and dreamy (as heard on the movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and February 4th's concert DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrision . . . the next generation of the Jazz GREATS. Listen in and hear the conversation as well as preview the music of the upcoming concerts.
For more information on the music events at Hopkins Center for the Arts go to http://www.hopkinsartscenter.com/tickets-events/music/
Nov. 12, 2016: INTERACT CENTER'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & UPCOMING SHOW "WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE"
Host: Laurie Fitz. Join us this week as we promote the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Interact’s mission to create art that challenges perceptions of disability. We’ll be sharing about the November 3oth party that will feature Kevin Kling, Shanan Custer (Master of Ceremonies), art for sale, a live and silent auction, music, theater, delicious food, a champagne toast and complimentary valet! To purchase tickets visit: interactparty.org.
In addition we will be talking about their upcoming play – “What Fools These Mortals Be”. Interact Theater’s ensemble ignites the stage this fall with Master playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling heading up the cast for an unforgettable evening of theater, humor, music, and over-the-top foolishness accompanied by original music and stage direction by Ivey Award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel. The show opens November 19th and runs through December 17th.
To learn more about Interact go to www.interactcenter.org
Nov. 5, 2016: FILIPA TOMAS AND BRADLEY WAYNE SMITH TALK ABOUT THEIR SHOW "CRAZY GLUE"
Host Laurie Fitz and Co-Host Elizabeth Horab will be having the absolute bee’s knees conversation with Filipa Tomas and Bradley Wayne Smith who are Performers, Devisers, and Co-Artistic Directors of the London-based Single Shoe Productions. The tour of their “Crazy Glue” will be playing at the Southern Theater November 17 – 20, a scrummy performance that combines theater, clown, dance and film into a compelling story that is gobsmacking accessible, intercultural, inventive, playful and poignant.
Get tickets here.
Crazy Glue was inspired by award-winning author Etgar Keret’s short story of the same name, the performance has Tomas & Smith communicating solely through sound effects and their own invented language as they tell a universal story of love and loss.
Watch their trailer here.
When a newly-wed couple find their first love has given way to the thornier terrain of married life, they discover how far they will go to fix their relationship even when it seems beyond repair. The physical comedy of Buster Keaton combined with the madcap absurdity of Looney Tunes as Single Shoe Productions plunge into the mad, messy, sticky side of love.
The project first began in June of 2012 when Co-Artistic Director Tomas discovered the short story Crazy Glue on Smith’s bookshelf. Now, after three years of devising with seven international collaborators the show inspired by that discovery has toured to popular and critical acclaim. Supported by the Arts Council England, CRAZY GLUE premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, before touring the UK, Germany, Bulgaria and now the USA. Join our conversation and plan to attend Crazy Glue playing at the Southern Theater November 17 – 20! www.singleshoeproductions.com
Oct. 29, 2016: "LET ME OUT - UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVE MIND AND BRING YOUR IDEAS TO LIFE" AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR & MUSICIAN PETER HIMMELMAN
Hosted by Laurie Fitz
This show celebrated creativity and ways we can get going in pursuing our dreams. Grammy and Emmy nominated musician and author Peter Himmelman shared imaginative insights from his new book - "Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life". The rich conversation included stories from both his musical background as well as warm memories of family and friends. His Brain Bottle Openers got us thinking and talking about ways to create “access” to the ephemeral . . . and by so doing bringing out our authentic selves. Examining ways fear can stop us, Himmelman shared about confronting the inner critic . . . our “Marv” and all the ways we let our inner critic create judgements that stop us. Take a listen and be encouraged to start the path in making your goals a reality .Using science-based techniques plus methods designed to unlock creative potential (mined from his years as a successful musician) Himmelman shows how to open your mind and become “intentional” with your vision. More about Peter Himmelman (and how order his new book “Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life”) can be found on his website -- http://www.peterhimmelman.com/news.php
(AND thanks Peter, for bringing all your magic to Connections Radio! Looking forward to having you join our show again for a cup of tea and good conversation!)
Oct. 22, 2016: "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" -- Talk About It.
Hosted by Laurie Fitz and joined by Elizabeth Horab, Playwright and Educator and Roberta Fernandez from FARE Hypnosis Center - the show explored the importance of understanding and bringing greater awareness to Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Awareness Month and October 22nd was designated as the "Shout Out Day" to encourage and support women and men to share their story AND be supported in having their truth be shared in a supportive environment. Special thank you to callers who shared their stories and comments. For more information on Domestic Violence and how to get help for yourself or people you know please check out www.NNEDV.org When we talk about it, we encourage those who need help to seek it out. Don't be silent.