John Bauer

Development Director

John has been listening to KAXE since the early days in 1976, and has worked as our Development Director since 1995. You can hear him on the Morning Show on Thursdays and Fridays. He is also the women’s basketball coach at Itasca Community College. John loves animals, golf, and complaining about the Minnesota Twins.

Ways to Connect

"In terms of how I choose subjects, it's kind of a combination of physical exploration and...Google Street View exploration...  I look for a... formal structure that appeals to me in a building whether it's dilapidated or new.

"I do a lot of mental snapshots.  I'll look up, see something, go back down and paint it and try to capture them that way...it gets more expressive the faster I go, I find.  And then I don't think as much.  I just go with more of the feeling and try to get those brush strokes just as fast as I can on there...that's when cool things really happen." - Nate Luetgers on live-painting bands.  

Deathtrap is a dark comedy coming to the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.  Auditions are tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday morning… We spoke with director Steve Jaeger about the play, what he’s looking for in terms of actors (5 actors – 1 mature female, 1 female aged mid 20s-mid 50s, 1 younger male – early to mid 20s, and 2 mature males), what auditions are like. Everyone is welcome to audition, with or without acting experience!

Steve also tells us about the excitement and thrill of directing and being in theater that keeps him coming back for more.   

We check in with Betty Firth from the Ely Folk School every First Friday to find out what will be happening during the month.  From Chaga mushroom classes to beading to a walking theater production, there is a ton to get involved in this month in Ely! 

Every First Friday we discover what's going on in the arts scene around nothern Minnesota.  Today we spoke  with Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Arts Center in Grand Rapids and we caught up with Jennifer Gorman from Itasca Life Options who stopped in to discusses Crafted, an exciting program dedicated to empowering and providing opportunities to people of all abilities. Crafted offers space for people with disabities to make and distribute their art.   

The Bonfire Chamber Music Festival has been bringing the heat of chamber music to venues all over Grand Rapids, MN this week.  We spoke about it on the morning show and had a blast! The concerts continue tonight and tomorrow night in Grand Rapids at the Reif Center!   

"Like in real life, you have the low points and the high points.  Their life had plenty of low points, but they always found the life in even the darkest of situations." - Luke Votava

Every first Friday of the month, we connect wtih Betty Firth from the Ely Folk School. She tell us all about the amazing classes and events happening at the folk school throughout the month!  After talking with her we're all salivating and wishing we knew how to make apple strudel!  Other offerings at the folk school this month include potica making, creating diamond willow walking sticks, pine needle basketry, forest bathing and much more! Check out the Ely Folk School website for a full listing.  

On the first Friday of every month we check in with Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids.  She fill us in on all the haps and goings on in the arts scene around town.  So much happening in Grand Rapids tonight!  With options like iron pours, community rug making, live music and art exhibits including jewelry, bath and body products, tye dying, a vintage car show and even a collaborative fiber art show including more than 20 artists,  much more, there is something interesting for pretty much eve

We check in with the Ely Folk School every First Friday to find out what kinds of arts and cultural events are happening up there.  This morning Betty Firth filled us in on a variety of events including  pine needle basketry classes happening this weekend and some special classes taking place at the end of the month.  Teh folk school will host a series of events about the night sky and the dark sky movement.  Introductions to photographic software, taking pictures of the northern lights, a night photography class, and, among other courses, a class about understanding the effects of light p

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