Maija Jenson

Program Director

Program Director Maija Jenson invites you to share your programming comments or to get involved at the station. KUMD thrives on your involvement, through member support, volunteer efforts and community participation.  Maija joined the KUMD team in 2008.  She is the host of the weekly arts program "Radio Gallery" and is one of the many staff, student and volunteer djs that make KUMD your community connection. She brings a lifetime of public radio listening, degrees in journalism and art and 15 years of public radio experience from KFAI, WHA, WSUM and KUMD.   Maija was raised in northern Minnesota by activist artist hippies with no TV but lots of public radio including the CBC, MPR and KAXE.  Besides music, radio, teaching and art, Maija enjoys an active life in the great outdoors with her family.    

Ways to Connect

This weekend is the Free Range Film Festival held each year at the Food Farm's Wrenshall Barn.  Films will be shown Friday night starting at 7 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

As always the festival is comprised of independent shorts and some not so short films by regional and national filmmakers. This year's schedule has 25 films ranging from 2  to 95 minutes.

Duluth AmeriCorp volunteer Alayna Johnson has been working to bring recycling and composting to summer events at Duluth parks.  Creating low-waste events her focus and is a matter of providing proper receptacles along with good signage and education. You can volunteer this summer as a part of the effort where trash talking is encouraging composting at the Chester Creek Concert Series.  

Learn more about participating in Trash Talking at Chester Creek

Friends of Sax-Zim Bog

Up north at the Sax-Zim Bog, much to the surprise of some, complete strangers may come stollong through their front yard, with binoculars or fancy cameras. This has become the daily norm for some Northern Minnesotans and their famous bird feeders. From the edge of the Sax-Zim bog in Forbes, Minnesota, Ryan Dawes reports.

Plan your visit to the Sax Zim Bog

We regularly weed and water our vegetable and flower gardens, and today Tom Kasper reminds us to also feed our plants, on a regular schedule.  Plant food is fertilizer, which you can find for sale, or in your own backyard compost pile.  Good options over commercial chemical fertilizers which give you an organic harvest include compost and fish and seaweed emulsions.  Listen for more tips on feeding your plants. 

Adam Swanson

This is an exciting week at the Wrenshall Barn with the Free Range Film Festival happening Friday and Saturday plus new shows from some Twin Ports favorites.

Natalija Walbridge

Last year, Duluth artist Natalija Walbridge was the award winner for fiber arts at the Park Point Art Fair and this year she returns with her original textile works from her creative endeavor, Dock 5.  She has become known for her lift bridge design messenger bag but her canvas bags also carry a variety of art and graphic designs from vintage maps to works inspired by the natrural world. 

Lance Cyril Mountain

Prøve Gallery celebrates the new collective show "Chromascope" on Friday June 15, with works of over ten local and regional artists creating a visual panorama. 

Radio Gallery: Chance

Jun 5, 2018
Kathy McTavish

There is still time to see Chance, an art experience created by local composer and media artist Kathy McTavish. Chance is a thought-provoking, experiential installation at the UMD Tweed Museum's Sax Brothers' Gallery, up through the summer. It is a self creating, coded, digital and audio installation, ever-changing through the hours of the day and the seasons of the year. To get the full affect of the work, you want to visit multiple times as no two days of the exhibit are the same.

Norah Shapiro

"Time for Ihan," directed by Norah Shapiro comes to Duluth at 3p.m. on Saturday, at Zinema 2. This Minnesota-made documentary film captures the journey to elected office for Ilhan Omar, the first Somali American elected to state office in the United States. Director Shapiro will be in attendance for a post showing Q&A and joins us here on Radio Gallery.

Director: Daniel Stine

The Duluth Superior Film Festival celebrates opening night with the Northland premier of the locally-filmed heart-warming story "Virginia Minnesota" on Wednesday, May 30 at Clyde Iron Works.

Commons

The Sea Grant wraps up their 2018 season with a focus on research happening in the Northland, like how beaver dams affect water flow and trout populations.  Other work shared this week involves rip current safety research as well as  advances in preventing zebra mussels hitching a ride on ships. 

Skye

There are different viewpoints on what constitutes a long song.  When it comes to writing, Bob Dylan has spun some long yarns like the 11 verse "Hurricane" or 10 verses of Desolation Row.  Never have they seemed so long as when written out, by hand, stenciled in 2 inch type.  "Some of his longer songs are 27 feet long" says installation artist Skye.

Tara Austin

This week painter Tara Austin opens her new body of work "Boreal Ornament" in the George Morrison Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute.  Along with Jonathan Herrera, Austin welcomes the public the opening on Thursday, May 10, with a reception and gallery talk from 6 - 9pm.

An MFA graduate from UW Madison, Minnesota native Austin brings the northland and Nordic traditions of rosemåling into her vibrant flora, patterned paintings.  Listen for more about her process and inspirations and check her work on display at The Duluth Art Institute May 10-July 1.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 5

May 4, 2018
Singer of the band holds up his guitar yelling out in excitement.
Stevie Twining for KUMD

      Homegrown Day 5 opened with an unofficial festival event that’s been happening so long they might as well put it in the field guide next year. SoupB4Supe offered up delicious soups ranging from vegan hot and sour to potato jalapeno and a warm communal feel as Homegrown musicians and fans mingled in the kitchen, on the porch, at the foosball table, or in the backyard of the venue dubbed 2104. Homegrown committee member Erin Naughton-Garrison presented Starfire with a cake in honor of his upcoming 50th birthday.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 4

May 3, 2018
Duluth musician joins another band on
Michael Mayou for KUMD

    It’s a bit mind-blowing to see an 11-year-old female lead singer nail everything from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Metallica to the B-52’s “Love Shack” while the 16-year-old female guitarist shreds along.

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