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The Twin Cities' top-rated morning show is doing the ol' switcheroo.
Meteorologist Matt Brickman and traffic reporter Kim Johnson will join current anchors Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas at "WCCO 4 News This Morning" starting Sept. 1.
Brickman will take over for Mike Augustyniak who, in a statement released by WCCO, said he asked for a reassignment.
"My body doesn't work as well at 3 a.m. as it does at 3 p.m.," he said.
Current traffic reporter Natalie Nyhus will become anchor of the Saturday morning show, the gig currently held by Brickman.
"After four awesome years on mornings, I was ready for a new challenge," Nyhus said.
In a letter sent out to staff, news director Mike Caputa reiterated that the changes were made at the requests of Nyhus and Augustyniak.
Lea Thompson and Howard Deutch
Could "Fargo" have triggered a sudden interest in Minnesota? Perhaps.
Deadline.com is reporting that HBO is considering a series called "Stillwater," in which a New York City cop's life spirals out of control once he moves to small-town Minnesota. No cast members have been announced, but the behind-the-scenes team has some strong local connections.
Howard Deutch, who will direct and executive produce the pilot, is married to Rochester native Lea Thompson, best known for playing Michael J. Fox's mom in "Back to the Future." Deutch also directed 1995's "Grumpier Old Men," which was shot in and around the Twin Cities. (He also directed a film called "The Replacements," but it has everything to do with Keanu Reeves playing football and nothing to do with our legendary band).
Mark Steven Johnson, who is writing the first episode, is from Hastings. He wrote the original "Grumpy Old Men," which remains one of the most successful films ever shot in the state.
And then there's co-executive producer Colin Farrell, who, um, may or may not have once had a drink at the Minnesota airport.
No word yet on when or where shooting will start.
Minnesota Film and TV Board executive director Lucinda Winter said Monday that she's reached out to HBO and Deutch's office, but that it's "way, way too early in the process" to know if the show is seriously considering shooting the pilot in the area.
Winter is hopeful that relatively new incentives, which could include a 25 percent rebate for local production, will have Hollywood come calling.
"We're going to make a lot of noise as things progress," she said.
The Oslund and Associates landscape architecture firm, in association with Snow Kreilich Architects, is expected to be picked for a $10 million reconstruction of the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardenand renovation of the Cowles Conservatory.
Money for the project came from the Minnesota State Legislature which appropriated $8.5 million in state bonding funds in May 2014, and from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) which is providing up to $1.5 million for new stormwater management systems.
The 11 acre Sculpture Garden, sited across the street from Walker Art Center near downtown Minneapolis, is built on former marshland owned by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). The Sculpture Garden, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, opened in 1988 and hosts 45 sculptures that are owned by the Walker.
The Oslund team was chosen from three finalists. The team will be recommended to a committee of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for action on August 20 and, if approved there, to the full MPRB for action on September 3. If approved by the MPRB, as expected in September, the team will begin getting input from community meetings starting in October. Designs will be drafted over the winter, and construction should start in summer 2015.
The project will include repair or replacement of "deteriorated and inadequate infrastructure," the MPRB said in a statement. Among those items will be irrigation, drainage and stormwater systems, walkways and retaining walls.
The garden and conservatory will be closed throughout construction which is scheduled to be finished in fall 2016.
The old Brave New Workshop at 2605 Hennepin Av. S., Minneapolis, has been sold and will be rebranded as a performance space operated by a new nonprofit.
Dudley Riggs had moved his comedy troupe into the building in the early 1960s and it served as home to shows almost continuously until 2011, when the owners of the business moved the club downtown.
Still, the Workshop was using the 2605 Hennepin space as the Brave New Institute School, where classes in improvisation and other stagecraft were held. No one from the Workshop was available to comment on the future of that program. Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic, both veterans who had performed on stage, had been co-directors of the school. They both left earlier this year for other jobs. The Brave New Workshop business is owned by John Sweeney and Jenni Lilledahl, who purchased it in 1997 from Riggs.
The theater, which had about 200 seats, will be remodeled and operated as the Phoenix Theatre. A nonprofit called The Arts’ Nest is being launched to program the space, according to the group’s executive director, Jenna Papke.
Papke said the purchase price was $485,000 and the buyer was an individual who has organized a limited liability partnership called ERK. She did not identify the person, other than to say he or she is on the Arts’ Nest board of directors. The building is being rented to The Arts’ Nest for the cost of taxes and insurance, Papke said. Records show that the 2014 tax bill was about $25,000.
Those documents also show that the previous owner was RICMAR LLC, with an address for Richard Kohn of Cumberland, Wis.
Papke said the new space will open in November. Mission Theatre Company will be the first company to use the theater, with a new work by playwright Sam Graber. The play, "Detainee," will run Nov. 6-15.
Hundreds of actors and writers found their legs in The Brave New Workshop at 2605 Hennepin. Al Franken and Tom Davis did shows there. Hollywood screenwriter Pat Proft called the theater one of best rooms for comedy because of the way laughter resounded off the walls. Sweeney and Lilledahl had moved BNW shows to Calhoun Square for about three years but moved back in 2002.
Keating is best known to the wider universe as a soap opera star, particularly for his superbly oily lothario Carl Hutchins on “Another World.” He was nominated for an Emmy in 1996 for his work as Carl. He also performed on “All My Children” and “As the Word Turns.”
But long before he was a daytime villain, Keating trained with Sir Tyrone Guthrie in Minneapolis. He appeared in “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” and “The House of Atreus.” He returned to Minneapolis in the past 15 years as Malvolio in “Twelfth Night” and as Scrooge (at right in Michal Daniel's photo) in the 2004 production of “A Christmas Carol.” His performance in that role was considered the best in Twin Cities theater that year by Star Tribune critics – an estimable achievement given how familiar the character is.
He also played a key role when Joe Dowling staged Brian Friel’s “The Home Place” on the Guthrie proscenium. In 2007, he brought a solo show, “I and I, about aging and the self, to the Guthrie studio.
“Charles Keating was a quintessential actor’s actor,” said Dowling, the Guthrie director. “Mercurial, flamboyant, highly intuitive and with a deep and rich voice. He was a joy to work with and brought his great intelligence and his inquiring mind to every role he played.”
His film credits included "The Thomas Crown Affair," and "The Bodyguard." In addition to the soaps, he did TV with "Alias," "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Hercules." And on stage, he was Tony nominated for a revival of “Loot” in 1986.
Keating, London born, was married 50 years and died at his home in Connecticut. His wife, Mary, and two sons survive.
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