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Monday May 27th 2024

KFAI Remembers “Balcony” beginnings 40 years ago with documentary

KFAI Crew on steps of Walker Community United Methodist Church, 3104 16th Av. So. many years before it burned May 27, 2012; 103 years after 1886 congregation built it by gift from Thomas Walker, lumber baron & others.

“Little City in Space” directed by noted Czech Republic director Miroslav Janek (Citizen Havel) is a rare, special screening co-presented by: KFAI Radio and Sound Unseen celebrating KFAI”'s 40th Anniversary. Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | DOORS AT 6:30pm/SHOW AT 7pm at The Trylon Cinema, 2820 E. 33rd St, Mpls., MN 55406 Cost: $10 in advance / $12 at the door.

In 1983, documentary filmmaker Miroslav Janek became involved with a group of volunteers running a tiny community radio station out of the belfry of a Walker Methodist Church in South Minneapolis. Operating at humble 14-watts, KFAI hosted a motley crew of characters pumping out blues, progressive rock, foreign language programming, and absurdist radio theater to anyone who could pick up the signal. The result of a year”'s worth of footage, Janek”'s “Little City in Space” documents the early days of KFAI radio, which celebrates its 40th year on-air this year. The film highlights some of the station”'s disparate volunteer DJs, including Chicago bluesman Lazy Bill Lucas, accordion player/barber Helge Lamo, and Minneapolis blues mainstay Willie Murphy. Dir. Miroslav Janek, 1984, USA/Czech Republic, 60 min., Digital.

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