Where has all the music gone?

Sometimes I plan courses I would like to teach if I were still an adjunct or a high school teacher.

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In the spotlight with Hmong Youth Leadership Group counselor Jennifer Thao

I had the great pleasure to sit down with recent University of Minnesota CEHD graduate and new CHAT Youth Leadership Group Counselor, Jennifer Thao at the charming picturesque Nina’s Coffee Cafe, located in Cathedral Hill of St Paul. As a Board member and arts lover, I must say I am proud that CHAT has a bright and talented young leader guiding the Youth Leadership Group (YLG).

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In the spotlight with Tou Yia Xiong, 'Tree Top Adventure' creator

Tou Yia Xiong is an illustrator and designer who recently designed a toy which was featured on ABCs daytime talk show The View during their Best of 2014 New York Toy Fair segment. Tou Yia’s toy design, called Tree Top Adventures, is an elevated four quadrant wooden activity center that includes 6 bead tracks and 6 gliding tracks.

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SOUNDING OFF ON SOUND | No secrets in this town

(Photo from David Hanners website)

You need get only a few bars into and a couple verses into veteran singer-songwriter David Hanners' newest, There Are No Secrets In This Town, to recognize sure-handed craftsmanship.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Steel Magnolias" packs an emotional punch at Old Log Theater

A private moment in Steel Magnolias. Photo courtesy of the Old Log Theater

Steel Magnolias is an extraordinary play about ordinary and sometimes terrible events that people live through. Seeing the Old Log Theater's excellent new production will not make you want to go out and change the world, but it will make you laugh a great deal and might make you hug a loved one tightly when you get home. This is a play that resonates with audiences because of its veracity and encapsulation of real life and its rhythms – a drama that resonates with its down-to-earth authenticity and lands very close to home.

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Brilliant debut from under-appreciated Minnesota chanteuse

It's amazing the quantity of quality talent that calls the Twin Cities home.  How some of it still awaits national stardom is a good question.  Take, for instance, neo-soul cha

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OPINION | Roosevelt Library hours should be extended

The Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods are fortunate to have a great neighborhood library, Roosevelt Library (4026 28th Ave. S.), right here in the community. The recent renovation updated technology and expanded space for library patrons. Hennepin County’s investment in Roosevelt Library and our community is greatly appreciated.

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Eileen Cooke: A National Library Week tribute to Minnesota's champion of libraries

With a firm hand and a smile that could charm the toughest solon, Minnesota native Eileen Delores Cooke (1928-2000) shaped and steered the legislative agenda of America’s libraries. She anticipated the role of telecommunications technology, held firm to the principle of freedom of information, and saw to it that the there are public libraries in small towns throughout the nation.

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, April 14–Sunday, April 20, 2014

Welcome to single-sort, curbside recycling, Saint Paul! We are following the simplest of recycling adages: keep it simple and people will use it. If I can fit all of my recycling into one bag, will I have room for more art in another? Saint Paul is reducing, reusing, and recycling. I hope this affords us more creative spaces and the time to fill them with talent. I've listed a few examples here.

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