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MUSIC REVIEW | Noise to be seen and heard: Indian Burial Ground, Delores Dewberry, fire island AK, and Analscubahive at the Kitty Cat Klub

Monday night at the Kitty Cat Club I saw what I think I expected from a noise show before I’d ever seen a noise show – but in a bar setting. I’ve been to a few noise shows now in basements and apartments or one of two noise bands playing with others at a bar but last night was all noise all night. I noticed a pulse throughout the show. Each performer picked it up or somehow incorporated a sound that beat like a pulse. Sometimes it beat like almost indiscernibly like someone resting - sometimes it pounded with rage, but it was interesting that while the waves of the pulse changed, it was always there. That being said, that may just be me trying to find commonalities and patterns where there are none.

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Conservation districts: Saving the neighborhood or going NIMBY?

Recent controversies over a teardown moratorium in Southwest Minneapolis and massive development in Dinkytown have highlighted many city residents' desire to control what's happening in their neighborhoods. On the other side, many developers criticize the push for limits as "not in my backyard" opposition to progress.

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ST. PAUL NOTES | Low-power FM station approved for St. Paul

Low-power FM is coming to St. Paul, with the FCC approval of a proposal based in the East Side. The next meeting of the radio committee will be April 15th at 6 PM at the Dayton's Bluff Community Council offices at 798 East 7th Street.

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MSPIFF 2014: The final countdown

Spring in the Twin Cities comes with Minneapolis International Film Festival (MSPIFF) where over a hundred movies from all over the globe will be screened April 3-27. 

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MUSIC REVIEW | 20-minute perfect set with Perfect Pussy at the 7th Street Entry

Perfect Pussy at 7th Street Entry

Usually I understand that some people don’t like punk music or noise – but then sometimes I see a band, such as Perfect Pussy, that makes me wonder just what’s wrong with some people. Perfect Pussy played to a pretty full house at 7th Street Entry on Sunday, March 30. They are a noise-punk band out of Syracuse NY. Band members include lead singer Meredith Graves, Ray McAndrew on guitar, Garrett Koloski on drums, Greg Ambler on bass and Shaun Sutkus keyboard – well kinda keyboard.

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COMMENTS of the WEEK | New or not new in labor negotiations?

Can it be because winter is finally fading, and most Daily Planet readers have gone outside to watch the snow melt? Whatever the reason, last week’s crop of reader comments was unusually small — with one major exception.

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What's next for Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School?

In November 2013, just over a year after it opened, Pierre Bottineau’s governing council voted to close the school, citing financial trouble. MPS, however, retains authority over the school and they have stated their commitment to keeping the school open. For the 2014-2015 school year, Pierre Bottineau will move to the Cityview School building, where it will share space with Cityview Elementary. Cityview was one of the schools closed by MPS in 2009; it will reopen this fall as a K-5 “STEAM” school. By relocating to Cityview, the school will have a broader attendance area, and students from both north and northeast Minneapolis can be bused to the school.

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Despite hard work, lack of resources cripples Pierre Bottineau

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Once the proposal for Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School was approved, a new founding board for the school was formed. This board was made up of parents, community members, and, eventually, Pierre Bottineau teachers. In 2011, this council hired one of its own—Tina Maynor—to become the school’s first director, or “teacher-leader.” According to board member Chrissy Brogdon, who is also a Pierre Bottineau parent and a French teacher at Anwatin Middle School in Minneapolis, Maynor stood out immediately as a strong candidate for the leadership position.

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Minneapolis Public Schools not ready for teacher-led school?

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Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School, the state’s first site-governed school, opened with high hopes, but faced the threat of closure only a year later. Wbat happened? And what can Minneapolis learn from the experience?

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Open or closed: What happened to Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School?

Prospective PBFI students learn colors and body parts. (Photo courtesy of Pierre Bottineau school)

In the fall of 2012, after more than three years of planning and preparation, Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School (PBFI), opened in north Minneapolis. Just over one year later, the school’s independent governing council, which manages the school under the authority of the Minneapolis School Board, recommended that the school be closed. Now it looks like the school will remain open for at least one more year, but not as a language immersion school. After the high hopes and hard work that went into Minnesota's first site-governed school, what happened? And what can Minneapolis learn from this experience?

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