Twin Cities Daily Planet | Latest Headlines http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/columnists en MUSIC PHOTOS | Steel Panther at Myth http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/20/music-photos-steel-panther-myth <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/arts/2014/12/20/music-photos-steel-panther-myth" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/20/sp_001.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/patrick-dunn" title="View user profile.">Patrick Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TC Daily Planet </div> </div> </div> <p>Heavy Metal fans packed Myth Friday night, December 19th for a hard rocking and entertaining set by <a href="http://steelpantherrocks.com/" target="_blank">Steel Panther</a>. Supporting act "Like A Storm" from New Zealand started out the evening with a blistering set. The show was sponsored by 91X who held their X Girl contest finale and crowned the winner for next year.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/arts/2014/12/20/music-photos-steel-panther-myth"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Heavy Metal fans packed Myth Friday night, December 19th for a hard rocking and entertaining set by <a href="http://steelpantherrocks.com/" target="_blank">Steel Panther</a>. Supporting act "Like A Storm" from New Zealand started out the evening with a blistering set. The show was sponsored by 91X who held their X Girl contest finale and crowned the winner for next year.<!--break--><em>&nbsp;</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ©2014 Patrick Dunn </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/20/music-photos-steel-panther-myth#comments Arts Entertainment Music Daily Planet Originals Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:19:12 +0000 104778 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net THEATER REVIEW | "Motown the Musical" strikes a chord at the Orpheum Theatre http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/20/theater-review-motown-musical-orpheum-theatre <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/arts/2014/12/20/theater-review-motown-musical-orpheum-theatre" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/20/photo_9.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/betsygee7" title="View user profile.">betsygee7</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TC Daily Planet </div> </div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>Motown the Musical</em> is playing, joyously, at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theatre through&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1283066078"><span class="aQJ">December 28th, 2014</span></span>. Get yourself a holiday gift and go get a ticket. Based on Motown founder, Berry Gordy Jr.'s (sic), book "To Be Loved," the musical celebrates Gordy's talents as a writer, producer, entrepreneur, also his legacy and character while telling the story about the music and stars created at "Hitsville U.S.A."&nbsp;</span></div><span class="read-more"><a href="/arts/2014/12/20/theater-review-motown-musical-orpheum-theatre"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>Motown the Musical</em> is playing, joyously, at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theatre through&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1283066078"><span class="aQJ">December 28th, 2014</span></span>. Get yourself a holiday gift and go get a ticket. Based on Motown founder, Berry Gordy Jr.'s (sic), book "To Be Loved," the musical celebrates Gordy's talents as a writer, producer, entrepreneur, also his legacy and character while telling the story about the music and stars created at "Hitsville U.S.A."&nbsp;<!--break--></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Starting out with the infamous "dueling" between The Four Tops and The Temptations, the show never stops moving as a fleury of sound, light, and talent brighten the stage. You hear Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas, Junior Walker and the Allstars, Rick James, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and more .... many more. Almost every performance is spot-on in its tribute to the 'real deal'. Not-to-be-missed highlights include anything Michael Jackson (as a young boy) played by Reed L. Shannon, The Jackson 5 (Lynorris Evans, Robert Hartwell, Marcus Paul James, Rashad Naylor), or Marvin Gaye, played by Jarran Muse. Most performers play multiple roles, reinforcing the vast array of talent on stage.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There are a few pitch-perfect segues between scripted and dance scenes including when Gordy Jr. asks his family for an $800 loan, which grooves into "Money, That's What I Want"), a love scene between Gordy Jr. and Ross, which evolves into "You're All I Need to Get By" and a poignant "What's Going On?" after word breaks about the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There's also an interesting twist to the story line when the audience for<em> Motown the Musical</em> becomes a live audience for Diana Ross's 1970 Las Vegas debut as a solo artist. As my friend Dawn noted, it made you feel like you were "there" vs. just watching "here." A nice touch, we thought.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The production is 100 percent Broadway, sparing nothing in its cast, costumes, live orchestra, lighting and sound. The 2 hour and 40 minute production, on a national tour, includes over 60 Motown hits &nbsp;(arranged and orchestrated to resemble the original Motown recordings) and enlists 33 actors, 15 crew members, 10 musicians and 3 stage managers. A local orchestra plays with the traveling musicians at each stop.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Costuming by Esosa is superb, capturing decades with perfect polyesters and chiffons including Diana Ross's extraordinary '70s dresses and The Jackson Five's amazing striped pants. The choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams is completely in-step with the original performances (I remember! I never missed an opportunity to see the Jackson 5 on TV, and certainly never missed&nbsp;<span>the Jackson 5 cartoon&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1283066079"><span class="aQJ">on Saturday</span></span>&nbsp;mornings in 1971 and '72</span>). The orchestration by Ethan Popp was brilliant--moving the audience seamlessly between scenes. Overall the staging was helpful to the performance, adding psychedelic video and vintage news-reel footage to minimal sets. If there was anything to be a bit puzzled by, it was the rather austere cross beams used as background "frames" that were heavy and awkward looking.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I couldn't do the content of the story justice in this brief review ... it covers influential moments ranging from Gordy Jr.'s original inspiration of seeing Joe Louis fight (and win) in the late 1930s to his receiving an $800 loan from his family in 1959 to Motown's 25th Anniversary Special in 1983. Since it is based on an autobiography, it does lean towards portraying Gordy Jr. as an extremely benevolent and understanding guy. And being a musical, there are those too brief conversational exchanges between characters that seem forced or a bit awkward as the stage gives way to the next big dance moment. I admire that the show gives more than a nod to what Motown represented outside of its artists: social change, a place to experiment and explore creativity, a launch pad for the talent in Detroit, a culture-changer in the music industry and a place where great music mattered first.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The audience left the theater moving and dare-I-say grooving? No, but moving! And being grateful, so grateful, to those who dedicated decades of their lives creating the Motown sound and spreading its momentum. (There is not enough space to pay tribute to the myriad of behind-the-scenes women--from sisters to talent managers--who helped Gordy Jr. along the way.) I can't imagine a world without those songs, those voices, that history ... and I sure hope there are more Motowns out there yet to be discovered.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"></span></span><hr /><em><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Coverage of issues and events that&nbsp;affect Central Corridor neighborhoods and communities is funded in part&nbsp;by a grant from Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.</span></em></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ©2014 Betsy Gabler </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-relatedevent"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/events/motown-musical">&quot;Motown The Musical&quot; at the Orpheum Theatre</a> </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/20/theater-review-motown-musical-orpheum-theatre#comments Arts Entertainment Theater Daily Planet Originals Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:24:38 +0000 104777 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net MUSIC REVIEW | Young Suave performs live at Fallout in Minneapolis http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/19/just-another-day-young-suave-performing-live-fallout-minneapolis-0 <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/arts/2014/12/19/just-another-day-young-suave-performing-live-fallout-minneapolis-0" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/19/young_suave_and_casso_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/gino-terrell" title="View user profile.">Gino Terrell</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TC Daily Planet </div> </div> </div> <p>Coolife Entertainment’s hip-hop artist Young Suave along with fellow rapper Casso performed live at Fallout Arts Initiative in Minneapolis to round off a night with live performances on Dec. 6 and will perform again at the Winter Wonderland Showcase on Dec. 21 at Arneilla’s in St. Paul.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/arts/2014/12/19/just-another-day-young-suave-performing-live-fallout-minneapolis-0"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Coolife Entertainment’s hip-hop artist Young Suave along with fellow rapper Casso performed live at Fallout Arts Initiative in Minneapolis to round off a night with live performances on Dec. 6 and will perform again at the Winter Wonderland Showcase on Dec. 21 at Arneilla’s in St. Paul.<!--break--></p><p>“I loved it. It was energetic,” Casso said. “We got the crowd moving and I feel like we executed tonight.”</p><p>In addition to Young Suave and Casso, Founder and CEO of Coolife Entertainment Kilo Gotti was in attendance which Young Suave was honored to have him there. Gotti explained the vision of Coolife and what he sees in his artist Young Suave.</p><p>“The vision of Coolife is to put out nothing but good music. Good genres of music all over the world. We messing with everybody: country, rock-and-roll, hip-hop, everything,” Gotti said. “[Young Suave] is a hard worker…I send him an instrumental and he’s done with it the same day. If you ain’t working hard you ain’t going nowhere.”</p><p>Among the many bangers Young Suave has released, the two he performed at Fall Out was Medicinal, along with Casso, and Just Another Day.</p><p>Casso said he thinks their banger Medicinal got the crowd into their music and that some will have that track stuck in their head.</p><p>Young Suave announced to the crowd at the end of his performance that he had to make some last second changes to the music they performed after the seeing the crowd was different than what they anticipated. He advised any of his new fans to come to his show on Dec. 21 at Arneilla’s in St. Paul where he will perform more of his hits.</p><p>After the show, Young Suave said during their time off until his next performance he will be working on two tracks. One track called “Jigglypuff,” inspired by his favorite childhood television show Pokémon. His second track will be called “Rap It and Trap It.”</p><p><iframe style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qiLQ55IHxk4" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe> “The tracks that I make correlate to what I’m doing right now in life,” Young Suave said. “Right now I feel like I’m rapping and trapping the game. I’m trapping everybody else out. I’m the hardest working man in the business. This is the mentality I have and that’s the mentality I’m going to keep.”</p><p>Young Suave said he and Coolife Entertainment will be adamantly working to turn their vision into reality, after all their work ethic is embedded in their company name. In the documentary <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFW0Osx3fh4" target="_blank">Hip-Hop comes to Hamline U</a>, Coolife music artist Vinny Santana shared the meaning of their acronym COOLIFE Entertainment.</p><p>“Consistently overcoming obstacles living in a fake environment,” Santana said.</p><p>Suave said the team will continue to push and he thinks they have the right people in place to transform their vision into reality.</p><p>“I feel like we have a really strong team. We got a vision and the vision never stop, the vision don’t stop, the grind don’t stop for one minute. We’re a collective group,” Suave said.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Gino Terrell </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/19/just-another-day-young-suave-performing-live-fallout-minneapolis-0#comments Arts Entertainment Music Daily Planet Originals Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:45:52 +0000 104767 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Incoming House leadership announces 2015-16 committee membership http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/19/incoming-house-leadership-announces-2015-16-committee-membership <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/12/19/incoming-house-leadership-announces-2015-16-committee-membership" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/19/042313_pba1060_winter_cap.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/mike-cook" title="View user profile.">Mike Cook</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Session Daily </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to know which House members will serve on the education committees in the 2015-16 biennium? Who will play roles as members of the agriculture, health and human services or transportation committees?</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/12/19/incoming-house-leadership-announces-2015-16-committee-membership"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Do you want to know which House members will serve on the education committees in the 2015-16 biennium? Who will play roles as members of the agriculture, health and human services or transportation committees?<!--break--></p><p>The <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2VVRCbxQP6sMzZDdEJmUHVqRGM/view?usp=sharing">rosters for all 26 committees and divisions</a> are now available online.</p><p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2VVRCbxQP6seUF0aVA5MS1JTjA/view?usp=sharing"><strong>[LEARN MORE: See each member's committee assignments]</strong></a></p><p>The committee schedule released Nov. 26 has been altered slightly regarding afternoon meetings. Those scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. have been changed to 12:45 p.m., and final committee blocks on Tuesday and Wednesday are scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m., not 4:15 p.m.</p><p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2VVRCbxQP6sWGFQMkR2WmRibXc/view?usp=sharing"><strong>[See the updated schedule]</strong></a></p><p>Committees are where the bulk of the legislative activity takes place in the early weeks of the legislative session. According to a <a href="http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/leginfo/Committees.pdf">brochure</a> from the nonpartisan House Public Information Services Department, “The committee holds public hearings on bills to put each bill into its best form. During the bill’s hearing, the committee can take testimony from the bill’s sponsors, the general public and experts in the areas the bill affects.”</p><p>For electronic alerts of meeting schedules and information, sign up <a href="http://www.house.mn/list/joinoffice.asp?listname=houseschedule">here</a>. All meetings are open to the public.</p><p>Updated contact information for the 2015-16 members-elect is available <a href="http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/hmem.asp#mem_elect">online</a> under the members-elect tab.</p><p>The Member’s Directory, often referred to as the “Green Book,” is scheduled to be available in mid-February. Included in the directory will be committee information and contact information for all 134 House members and 67 senators.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Session Daily </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/19/incoming-house-leadership-announces-2015-16-committee-membership#comments Government Minnesota Politics & Policy Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:55:42 +0000 104762 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net MUSIC REVIEW | Real Phonic Radio Hour with Kenny Vaughan, Gospel Machine, Ben Percy and Erik Koskinen http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/19/rmusic-review-real-phonic-radio-hour-kenny-vaughan-gospel-machine-ben-percy-and-erik-koskinen <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/ann-treacy" title="View user profile.">Ann Treacy</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TC Daily Planet </div> </div> </div> <p>Who doesn't want to celebrate Christmas in the most majestic, rockingest library in town? That's what we did Thursday night at the James J Hill. Everyone was so friendly and warm (that may have been the free samples of <a href="http://www.2gingerswhiskey.com/" target="_blank">Two Gingers</a> whiskey floating around) but it felt as much like a party as a show even though we aren't musicians and this event was clearly a night of musicians for musicians.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/arts/2014/12/19/rmusic-review-real-phonic-radio-hour-kenny-vaughan-gospel-machine-ben-percy-and-erik-koskinen"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Who doesn't want to celebrate Christmas in the most majestic, rockingest library in town? That's what we did Thursday night at the James J Hill. Everyone was so friendly and warm (that may have been the free samples of <a href="http://www.2gingerswhiskey.com/" target="_blank">Two Gingers</a> whiskey floating around) but it felt as much like a party as a show even though we aren't musicians and this event was clearly a night of musicians for musicians.<!--break--></p><p>Headlining the show was Kenny Vaughan, who is Nashville cool - dressed and done up in a way that doesn't sadly doesn't happen in the Midwest that often. He’s the sort of guy you listen to and think he’s like another band and then realize that actually they’re probably like him.</p><p>He started with an old school rock and roll instrumental—so old school that it could just as easily pass for country. The whole set was a retrospect of music genres from 1950 to present. There was a little surf, a little country, some 70s rock even a little '90s thrown in. Vaughan plays with Dave Roe Rorick - who played with Johnny Cash for years. You could hear the influence in the more country tunes. The drummer was a newer addition (Peter Abbott) but an accomplished musician as well.</p><p>The easy grace with which they play is fun to watch. To two legends playing so fast without breaking a sweat is inspiring! And to hear lyrics like "You don't even own a suitcase cause you're going nowhere fast" remind me of driving with my dad.</p><p><a href="http://www.gospelmachine.com/" target="_blank">Gospel Machine</a> brought the uplift of the holiday season with them. It was a little gospel, a little soul and a lot of hidden chords from some of my favorite '80s bands. Their first song started like The Jam’s <em>A Town Called Malice</em> but morphed into something a little different but with just as much danceable beat. I swear I heard a few notes from a Bangle’s song too. The band looks like they’re on break from the Geek Squad—a great look. Lead singer Jayanthi Kyle was animated and lovely with formal black party dress and knee-high high tops. He voice is low and joyous even when singing a cautionary tale of men who are no good!</p><p>Poet <a href="http://benjaminpercy.com/" target="_blank">Benjamin Percy</a> read from his upcoming book The Dead Lands. We heard about the apocalyptic birth of a grub or beast of a girl with black lidless eye, devoid of white or iris. My 10 year old date found it terrifying. I found it mesmerizing—or maybe I found Percy's voice mesmerizing. He allowed that his voice was even lower than usual due to a cold. It was perfect for his dark poetry—which ended without pause or key change with an ironic Merry Christmas.</p><p>The night was sandwiched with music from <a href="http://www.erikkoskinen.com/" target="_blank">Erik Koskinen</a> and the Real Phonic Band (Paul Bergen, Frankie Lee and JT Bates). It's fun to see them play a new twist on their songs. I think we even had a brief duet with Koskinen and Bergen. And the night ended with everyone on stage singing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Very festive—and it will all happen again next month!&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ©2014 Ann Treacy </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/19/rmusic-review-real-phonic-radio-hour-kenny-vaughan-gospel-machine-ben-percy-and-erik-koskinen#comments Arts Entertainment Music Daily Planet Originals Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:34:59 +0000 104753 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net THEATER REVIEW | "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" two Hours of laughs and music at Park Square Theatre http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/19/theater-review-2-pianos-4-hands-park-square-theatre-st-paul <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/arts/2014/12/19/theater-review-2-pianos-4-hands-park-square-theatre-st-paul" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/19/2pianos_notitle.jpg" alt="" title="" width="600" height="440" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/basil-considine" title="View user profile.">Basil Considine</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TC Daily Planet </div> </div> </div> <p>The story of <em>2 Pianos, 4 Hands</em>, if you wanted to analyze it, is about chasing dreams, obstinance, frustration, and the quest for identity. Alternately, you could say that it is a string of theatrical vignettes that are alternately funny and poignant. A little myopia might focus on moments recalling Victor Borgia’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWqFaGwNCMU">musical</a> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcV19rylSZc" target="_blank">humor</a> or perhaps what it might look like if Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck had to play a piano duet together (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv24TJ8iXcs" target="_blank">Daffy Duck vs. Donald Duck at the piano</a> isn’t quite the same thing, although Bugs has <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYM84n-2Sas" target="_blank">a solo turn or two at the piano</a> himself). The larger point is not that this play with music is one of these things, but that these are just some of the <em>types</em> of things interwoven into this piano-filled show. <em>2 Pianos, 4 Hands</em> is much more than the sum of its parts, as excellent as they are individually.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/arts/2014/12/19/theater-review-2-pianos-4-hands-park-square-theatre-st-paul"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The story of <em>2 Pianos, 4 Hands</em>, if you wanted to analyze it, is about chasing dreams, obstinance, frustration, and the quest for identity. Alternately, you could say that it is a string of theatrical vignettes that are alternately funny and poignant. A little myopia might focus on moments recalling Victor Borgia’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWqFaGwNCMU">musical</a> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcV19rylSZc" target="_blank">humor</a> or perhaps what it might look like if Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck had to play a piano duet together (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv24TJ8iXcs" target="_blank">Daffy Duck vs. Donald Duck at the piano</a> isn’t quite the same thing, although Bugs has <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYM84n-2Sas" target="_blank">a solo turn or two at the piano</a> himself). The larger point is not that this play with music is one of these things, but that these are just some of the <em>types</em> of things interwoven into this piano-filled show. <em>2 Pianos, 4 Hands</em> is much more than the sum of its parts, as excellent as they are individually.<!--break--></p><p>This is <em>2P4H</em>’s third run at Park Square Theatre, and it doesn’t look like audiences have tired of it yet. Michael Pearce Donley and Peter Vitale return as the hands-owning pianists and a multitude of teachers, parents, and other characters that flit close to their ivories. This array of characters is played to both serious and comedic effects, both of which are underscored by the design team’s own series of visual and sound effects. Tom Frey’s direction telegraphs as lean and tightly calculated; although no scenes feel rushed, the action moves quickly from scene to scene with no sense of lost time. There’s not a lot of time to reflect, but the script by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt has things hopping from scene to scene in a way that makes it not matter.</p><p>This is a show with a special resonance for anyone who took music lessons as a child, loved it, and later walked away–but especially for those who studied piano through high school before some other part of life or life decision intervened. Many smaller touches–the names of piano teachers, specific pieces music being played, etc.–have an extra layer of reference and throwaway humor for people of this background and close friends along the way. For anyone still walking down a musical path, there’s a special significance.</p><hr /><p><em>Coverage of issues and events that affect Central Corridor neighborhoods and communities is funded in part by a grant from Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ©2014 Basil Considine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-relatedevent"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/events/park-square-theatre-presents-2-pianos-4-hands">Park Square Theatre presents &quot;2 Pianos 4 Hands&quot;</a> </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/12/19/theater-review-2-pianos-4-hands-park-square-theatre-st-paul#comments CC area Arts Entertainment Theater Daily Planet Originals Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:28:48 +0000 104743 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net 'Motown: The Musical' actress-singer delights in her multiple legendary roles http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/18/motown-musical-actress-singer-delights-her-multiple-legendary-roles <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/12/18/motown-musical-actress-singer-delights-her-multiple-legendary-roles" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/18/ent_motown-musical1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/charles-hallman" title="View user profile.">Charles Hallman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Motown: The Musical</em>, the hit Broadway musical now touring the country, arrives next week for a 13-day run at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.</p><p>Grammy-nominated artist Ashley Támar Davis plays several roles, including Gladys Knight and Motown founder Berry Gordy’s sister Esther. She talked about her parts in a <em>MSR</em> phone interview.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/12/18/motown-musical-actress-singer-delights-her-multiple-legendary-roles"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Motown: The Musical</em>, the hit Broadway musical now touring the country, arrives next week for a 13-day run at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.</p><p>Grammy-nominated artist Ashley Támar Davis plays several roles, including Gladys Knight and Motown founder Berry Gordy’s sister Esther. She talked about her parts in a <em>MSR</em> phone interview.<!--break--></p><p>“The reason why I auditioned for <em>Motown</em> [is] because it was the first Broadway show I’ve seen in my entire life, which was last year,” explains Davis. She was impressed with the actors performing the Motown songs: “I got to see people who look like me.”</p><p>After telling a friend who watched the show with her that she could see herself on stage as well, “I auditioned for the [touring] show … it was definitely not a thought if I could do it — I just knew I could do it.”</p><blockquote><p><em>This article is reposted from TCDP media partner <a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com">Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder</a>. Check out the links below for other recent Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder stories:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/2014/12/12/five-big-steps-across-the-achievement-gap/"><em>Five big steps across the achievement gap</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/2014/12/17/preventive-medicine-police-stops-a-discussion-for-the-times/"><em>Preventive medicine: Police stops, a discussion for the times</em></a></li></ul></blockquote><p>“There are a lot of things different” about the musical, explains Davis. “The thing is portraying real people that are icons, and we are portraying them at a time where they were breaking barriers, and we are still in that time. [Those are] the emotional factors that I love doing.”</p><p>Being Gladys Knight on stage is challenging, says Davis, who studied several of her songs, including “Midnight Train to Georgia.” “Gladys has a certain tone and timber to her voice. She’s more of an alto singer. But I got a lot of my homework from Mr. Gordy himself. He said that when he first met Gladys Knight, out of everyone he met she really knew how to command a stage. She knew exactly who she was — image-wise and vocally all by herself. That’s where I got most of my [information] from Mr. Gordy.”</p><p>Also, Davis has to be prepared to play the role of Diana Ross at any given time. “I’ve played her three times. She’s different because she’s so feminine. The other ladies [I play] are more dominant [and] bolder. I actually play multiple roles” including Stevie Wonder’s mother, says the actress-singer.</p><p>At age nine, Davis once was a member of a six-member preteen girls’ group that competed on the <em>Star Search</em> show. The group lost and disbanded — three of the members later would form Destiny’s Child, featuring Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Latavia Robertson.</p><p>“That was fun,” Davis recalls, who attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, then went to Los Angeles to study music at the University of Southern California, where she became classically trained, graduated with a B.A. in music and learned how to sing in French, Italian, German and Swahili. Her demo a few years later reached Prince, who invited Davis to Paisley Park and offered her a production contract.</p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/December/ent_ashely-tamar-davis1.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="180" height="180" />After a second stint on <em>Star Search</em>, Davis was re-introduced to Prince, who hired her for his band. She later sang background vocals on his <em>3121</em> album. Her singing exploits later led her to Tyler Perry, who signed her to appear in several of his stage plays.</p><p>When asked about working with both artists, “Both of those men are very great at executing a vision,” says Davis. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned as an artist and a singer, and as a woman.”</p><p><em>Motown: The Musical</em> educates as well as entertain, surmises Davis. “A lot of people associate ‘[I Heard It Through the] Grapevine’ more with Marvin Gaye” but Gladys Knight and the Pips first recorded the song, she points out.</p><p>“I don’t think the youth per se in this generation appreciates Motown. I remember when we first started out with the show, I was really hurt that not a lot of high schools were bringing their students to see the show. But a lot of the kids that do come and see the show, they gravitate to a young Michael Jackson and a young Berry Gordy.</p><p>“It is very interesting that a lot of people don’t know Michael Jackson [began at Motown]. They know he started somewhere,” says Davis, who adds that the audience gets a real good look at Smokey Robinson’s contribution to not only Motown but also American music. “I think people fall in love with Smokey Robinson.”</p><p>Davis, a solo artist, is very appreciative of the Motown Sound and the artists that helped cement it in American music history. “I wasn’t born in that era. The hardest challenge is to really know how great they were with their melodies back then. The music has changed drastically now.”</p><p><em>Charles Hallman welcomes reader responses to <span class="spamspan"><span class="u">challman</span> [at] <span class="d">spokesman-recorder [dot] com</span></span></em>.</p><p><em>Bottom photo: Ashley Támar Davis plays several roles, including Gladys Knight, in Motown: The Musical. (Photo courtesy of facebook.com/TamarDavisMusic)</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-relatedevent"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/events/motown-musical">&quot;Motown The Musical&quot; at the Orpheum Theatre</a> </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/18/motown-musical-actress-singer-delights-her-multiple-legendary-roles#comments CC area Music Theater Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:57:11 +0000 104724 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net OPINION | Black athletes weigh in on police violence http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/18/opinion-black-athletes-weigh-police-violence <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/12/18/opinion-black-athletes-weigh-police-violence" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/18/sports_view_breathe.jpg" alt="" title="" width="600" height="440" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/charles-hallman" title="View user profile.">Charles Hallman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recent events of police brutality, a problem that Blacks in this country have faced for decades, have pushed Black athletes out of their normal say-nothing postures.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/12/18/opinion-black-athletes-weigh-police-violence"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Recent events of police brutality, a problem that Blacks in this country have faced for decades, have pushed Black athletes out of their normal say-nothing postures.<!--break--></p><p>Several NBA players and two college teams last week donned “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts during warm-ups. Pro football players emerged from the locker room with their hands up. All this was in protest over what happened in Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland, and across this country from sea to shining sea to thousands of Blacks who have had their lives snuffed out by police officers over the years.</p><p>Is it about time?</p><p>“Every generation going all the way back to Jack Johnson in the turn of the 20<sup>th</sup> century has made statements. I think this generation is no different simply because they didn’t speak up when many of us thought they should have,” explained Dr. Harry Edwards last week on NBA Radio. “Somehow, this notion took hold that these athletes were making too much money; they were too corporatized and commoditized to take a position. I think that was all premature.”</p><blockquote><p><em>This article is reposted from TCDP media partner <a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com">Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder</a>. Check out the links below for other recent Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder stories:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/2014/12/12/five-big-steps-across-the-achievement-gap/"><em>Five big steps across the achievement gap</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/2014/12/17/preventive-medicine-police-stops-a-discussion-for-the-times/"><em>Preventive medicine: Police stops, a discussion for the times</em></a></li></ul></blockquote><p>Edwards says he was proud a couple of years ago when the Miami Heat players wore hoodies during pregame warm-ups to protest the Trayvon Martin killing.</p><p>“They…have a voice that is legitimate,” said President Obama last week in an ESPN Radio interview. “Some of our greatest sports heroes — Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Arthur Ashe — they spoke out on issues that mattered at pretty critical times,” he said, adding that athletes are citizens, too.</p><p>However, some think a Black player or a Black president should stay in their place and out of such issues as police brutality against folk that looks like them. But Edwards quickly noted that it doesn’t matter whether you are a pro athlete or a former community organizer who was elected U.S. president six years ago: “I don’t care if you are living in a gated community and making $13 to $30 million dollars a year as a professional athlete,: the reality is that we tend to respond and identify to those things that potentially victimize us and those that we love.</p><p>“Whether you’re Kobe Bryant or LeBron James or Derrick Rose, if you are a Black male, the potential is that at some point you’re going to have some kind of a face-off with a police officer. I have been pulled over and have been in a heated debate with a police officer [or] stopped while walking in a city that I have lived in for over 47 years in the same house with the same woman.”</p><p>I’ve been stopped more than once by police in my hometown, in this town, and in other towns during my lifetime. I saw my father who was in his 60s called a boy by a White policeman while his young son watched during a supposed stop for a traffic violation that occurred only in the policeman’s imagination. I grew up in Detroit more afraid of the men in blue than of any criminal because the then-police commissioner publicly declared all Black young men my age and older as “cold hard thugs.”</p><p>I instructed both my sons to always have their hands in full view when stopped by police, never make any sudden moves, and say ‘Yes, officer’ when asked to respond.</p><p>There are times, nonetheless, when Black pro athletes can’t be “sideline participators,” believes Edwards. “But I also think there are issues…that become so pervasive and so fundamental to life and culture in this society that if you have a studied, intelligent point of view, you should express that,” he advised. “I think that there is an obligation to speak up on these types of issues irrespective of your station and position in this country. It’s about being an American citizen in the 21<sup>st</sup> century.”</p><p>I wore black clothing last Sunday as instructed by AME Church Senior Bishop John Bryant to show that Black life matters. I asked Minnesota Timberwolves guard-forward Corey Brewer after his game Sunday night if he was aware of this. “I didn’t know that. I got my black [jacket] on,” he said. “I think it’s good that athletes are starting to step up to speak out.”</p><p>“Everybody that has a stake in this thing is going to have to be around the table — police, the politicians, the pastors, the community activists, and the young people” to work for change, said Edwards. “The only real issue is how many burned buildings are we going to have to climb over to get to the table.”</p><p><em>Charles Hallman welcomes reader responses to <span class="spamspan"><span class="u">challman</span> [at] <span class="d">spokesman-recorder [dot] com</span></span>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/18/opinion-black-athletes-weigh-police-violence#comments #blacklivesmatter #Ferguson #ICantBreathe Eric Garner Michael Brown Mike Brown police misconduct Opinion Race/Ethnicity Sports Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:40:30 +0000 104719 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Bloomington threatens to arrest Black Lives Matter organizers, not protesters http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/18/bloomington-threatens-arrest-black-lives-matter-organizers-not-protesters <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/12/18/bloomington-threatens-arrest-black-lives-matter-organizers-not-protesters" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/18/nologo_million_march_mn-million_artist_movement_by_anna_min_of_min_enterprises_photography_llc_14_of_62.jpg" alt="" title="" width="600" height="440" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/sheila-regan" title="View user profile.">Sheila Regan</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TC Daily Planet </div> </div> </div> <p>A Black Lives Matter protest planned for Dec. 20 at the Mall of America hit a snag this week when Mall of America officials threatened to remove any protesters and potentially have them arrested. The protest is part of a national movement aimed at raising awareness about police violence against people of color.</p><blockquote><p></p></blockquote><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/12/18/bloomington-threatens-arrest-black-lives-matter-organizers-not-protesters"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A Black Lives Matter protest planned for Dec. 20 at the Mall of America hit a snag this week when Mall of America officials threatened to remove any protesters and potentially have them arrested. The protest is part of a national movement aimed at raising awareness about police violence against people of color.</p><blockquote><p><!--break--></p><p><em><strong>Related stories: </strong></em></p><ul><li><em><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/14/photos-blacklivesmatter-momentum-continues-protesters-march-downtown-minneapolis"><strong></strong>[PHOTOS] #BlackLivesMatter momentum continues, protesters march on downtown Minneapolis</a></em><em></em></li><li><em><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/05/photos-blacklivesmatter-protesters-halt-35w-traffic-we-re-ready-change">[PHOTOS] #BlackLivesMatter protesters halt 35W traffic: “We’re ready for change”</a></em><em><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/14/photos-blacklivesmatter-momentum-continues-protesters-march-downtown-minneapolis"></a></em><em><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/14/photos-blacklivesmatter-momentum-continues-protesters-march-downtown-minneapolis"></a></em></li></ul></blockquote><p>A letter, signed by Mall of America Management, was sent by courier to the homes of several of the organizers, saying that advocates were allowed to protest on the Alpha Business Center Lot, adjacent to the mall, but that any protesters inside of the mall would be subject to removal, as the Mall of America is private property.</p><p>Black Lives Matter organizer Michael McDowell said the letter was delivered to his house by courier on Dec. 12, though he didn’t receive it until Dec. 13. “I was feeling like they were trying to intimidate and keep us from trying to portray the message of Black Lives Matter,” McDowell said.</p><p>According to McDowell, the organizers plan to meet at the MOA rotunda as planned. “We’ll be singing Christmas carols with a twist,” he said. “We’re trying to raise awareness of the epidemic that is going on.”</p><p>McDowell got involved with Black Lives Matter in the wake of the Michael Brown case in Ferguson. Black Lives Matter, he said, is not affiliated with an organization, and there are about 10 people locally who are working together “because we decided to collectively use our skills,” he said.</p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/December/moa_letter_1.png" width="600" height="577" /></p><p><em>(Above, the letter sent to the three Black Lives Matter organizers from MOA Management.)</em></p><p>According to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatterMinneapolis">the Black Lives Matter Facebook page</a>, 250 people attended a training Wednesday night for Saturday’s protest. And 2,400 people have registered to attend the protest.</p><p>The Daily Planet contacted the Bloomington Police Department but didn’t receive a response in time for publication.</p><p>Sandra Johnson, the City Attorney for the City of Bloomington, said that only organizers who received notification “that they are not welcome” will be subject to arrest. Other protesters will simply be asked to leave, she said. The organizers listed on a press release that would be subject to arrest include Black Lives Matter organizers McDowell and Mica Grimm as well as Nick Espinosa.</p><p>Johnson said that the arrested organizers “probably wouldn’t be kept in custody,” but instead their information would be taken and issued a criminal citation. Most likely trespassing, she said.</p><p>“This is not the first event that has been planned at the mall,” Johnson said, saying the mall has a set of protocols set up with the Bloomington police, which are not public information. “It’s all kept private because [MOA] is on the FBI list of targets of terrorism,” she said.</p><p>Johnson said that while the designated spot outside, adjacent to the mall does require a permit fee of $20, she would most likely pay it herself. Mostly, she said, the permit is so that organizers are sure to know where the location is and how to get to it safely. The permit also gives officials notice of how many people will be there.</p><p>While the Minneapolis Police didn’t make arrests at previous Black Lives Matter protests, Johnson said the Bloomington Police Department would react differently for the planned MOA protest. “This is private property,” she said. “The shots are being called by Mall of America… I can’t tell Mall of America that they have to open up private property to protest.”</p><p>McDowell said the organizers anticipate a police presence on Saturday, but that he’s “hoping the police will be as cooperative as the Minneapolis police were with protesters,” he said.</p><p>As for the demands of the protest, McDowell points <a href="http://www.startribune.com/local/yourvoices/277556681.html">to a letter penned by St. Thomas law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds to the Mayor of Minneapolis</a>. In it, Levy-Pounds lists things like addressing police culture, setting up a third-party review structure and seeking community input on issues such as body cameras.</p><p>In an interview, Levy-Pounds said she counts herself as a supporter of the young organizers of Black Lives Matter. “There’s a long history and tradition of non-violent peaceful protest challenging unjust laws and raising consciousness of Americans and so these young people are following in that tradition,” Levy-Pounds said. “As St. Augustin said: An unjust law is no law at all.”</p><p>According to Levy-Pounds, it shouldn’t matter whether the Mall of America is a private space or not. “At the end of the day, we patronize the Mall of America,” she said.</p><p>When asked what the organizers planned to do in case of arrest, Levy-Pounds said, “We hope it doesn’t come to that.”</p><p>Over the years, Mall of America has been a magnet for controversy over the right to express freedom of speech there. Because of its large size, because it’s an indoor location during cold winter months and because of the potential impact with so many visitors especially during the holidays, it’s been an attractive spot for actions such as a <a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2012/12/30/idle-no-more-flash-roundy-mall-america">2012 “roundy” held by Idle No More organizers</a>.</p><p>A year later at a repeat action, <a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/01/01/arrests-idle-no-more-round-dance-attempt-mall-america">protesters were arrested by Bloomington Police on New Year’s Eve</a>.</p><p>In 1997, attorney Larry Leventhal asked Hennepin County District Court Judge Jack Nordby to throw out a case against a group of animal rights protesters, who had been protesting against Macy’s for the fur the company sold, because his clients were excercising their right to free speech in a public space. Part of Leventhal’s argument was the $189 million in public dollars used for the mall’s construction. That ruling was then overruled in a court of appeals.</p><p>Prior to the Republican National Convention in 2008, the city of Bloomington worked with the ACLU to come “come up with a plan to balance the rights of free speech with keeping order,” according to a Star Tribune article from that year. The deal eliminated insurance and security deposits that were needed for a permit, which would be required for protests of more than 50 people.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p><em>Correction: A previous version of this story claimed the letter sent to organizers was from the Bloomington City Attorney. The letter was from Mall of America management.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Sheila Regan </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/18/bloomington-threatens-arrest-black-lives-matter-organizers-not-protesters#comments #blacklivesmatter #Ferguson #ICantBreathe bloomington Business Eric Garner Mall of America Michael Brown Mike Brown police misconduct Corrections Daily Planet Originals Local Minnesota National Politics & Policy Public Safety Race/Ethnicity Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:36:05 +0000 104716 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Hebrew National lawsuit ends http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/18/hebrew-national-lawsuit-ends <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/12/18/hebrew-national-lawsuit-ends" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/18/hebrew-national-logo-6221.gif" alt="" title="" width="600" height="440" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/mordecai-specktor" title="View user profile.">Mordecai Specktor</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> American Jewish World </div> </div> </div> <p>A lawsuit alleging that <a href="http://www.hebrewnational.com/" target="_blank" title="Hebrew National">Hebrew National</a> hot dogs were not made from “100% kosher beef” as advertised has come to an end.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/12/18/hebrew-national-lawsuit-ends"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A lawsuit alleging that <a href="http://www.hebrewnational.com/" target="_blank" title="Hebrew National">Hebrew National</a> hot dogs were not made from “100% kosher beef” as advertised has come to an end.<!--break--></p><p>The plaintiffs in the suit, which was first filed in June 2012, have not appealed the Oct. 6 decision by the Dakota County District Court, which granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.</p><p>“It would be unholy, indeed, for this or any other court to substitute its judgment on this purely religious question,” Judge Jerome B. Abrams wrote in the introduction to his 43-page ruling (<a href="http://ajwnews.com/court-dismisses-hebrew-national-lawsuit/" target="_blank" title="Court dismisses Hebrew National lawsuit">10-10-14 AJW</a>).</p><p>On July 31, Abrams heard arguments on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the defendant, <a href="http://www.conagrafoods.com/" target="_blank" title="ConAgra Foods, Inc.">ConAgra Foods</a>, Inc., the parent company of Hebrew National. The 11 plaintiffs in the lawsuit (Melvin Wallace, et al. v ConAgra Foods) contested the motion.</p><p>“No court in the land can pick a side, interpretation or point of view as to whether those religious requirements are met or unmet in these circumstances,” Abrams stated, regarding the legal wrangle over <em>kashrut</em>, Jewish dietary laws. He noted that ConAgra Foods relied on a “qualified religious observer,” <a href="http://www.trianglek.org/" target="_blank" title="Triangle K Kosher Supervision">Triangle K</a>, to certify Hebrew National products as kosher.</p><p>The plaintiffs had argued that they had paid a premium price for a product that was falsely advertised as being kosher; but various slipshod production methods, and a quota system for passing through a specified percentage of beef as being kosher, resulted in hot dogs that were not completely kosher.</p><p>The lawsuit was filed in the Minnesota state court, in Dakota County, then moved to the federal court at the request of ConAgra. A federal court judge dismissed the lawsuit early in 2013. In April, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case back to the state court.</p><p>The American Jewish World broke the story of the lawsuit targeting Hebrew National, which was reported around the world.</p><p>Failed Messiah, a locally run Web site that reports on Orthodox Jewish affairs, editorialized that the lawsuit was “clearly misguided” and “was pushed by Orthodox former employees [of AER Services, Inc., the company doing the kosher slaughter for Hebrew National] who appear to have misrepresented how [halacha] works to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, who then proceeded with the extremely flawed lawsuit, which they have now, finally, lost.”</p><p>Hart Robinovitch, a partner in the Minneapolis-based <a href="http://www.zimmreed.com/" target="_blank" title="Zimmerman Reed ">Zimmerman Reed</a> law firm, in the Scottsdale, Ariz., office, was the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.</p><p>ConAgra Foods was represented by Corey Gordon, who is with the <a href="http://www.blackwellburke.com/" target="_blank" title="Blackwell Burke">Blackwell Burke</a> law firm in Minneapolis.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 American Jewish World </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/12/18/hebrew-national-lawsuit-ends#comments Business Food and restaurants Religion Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:33:47 +0000 104715 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net