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ADC provides Minnesota's African immigrants financial education

(Photo courtesy of Nasibu Sareva) Nasibu Savera, executive director of African Development Center: “We’ve been working really hard to make sure that we continue to strive for excellence in our services.”

Nasibu Sareva gained inspiration and enduring leadership lessons as he watched his grandfather, Juma, care for about 20 people in a single household in Tanzania. “My grandad raised just about everybody,” Sareva said. “He raised his children, nieces, nephews and even grandchildren.”


THEATER REVIEW | Gadfly Theatre's "Girl Gumshoe and Detective Dad": The case of the empty nester

Lauren Diesch and G. Zachariah White as the title characters in Girl Gumshoe and Detective Dad; photo courtesy of Gadfly Theatre Productions

I didn’t think this would happen again so soon (on the heels of Freshwater Theatre’s recent production of the new play The Man In Her Dreams), but with Gadfly Theatre’s production of Eli Effinger-Weintraub’s new comedy Girl Gumshoe and Detective Dad, I may have run across another piece of theater for which I’m too well acquainted with the subject matter and the artists to be entirely objective. But I’ll give it a go.


Should Southeast keep its library without a building?

Photos By: 
Bill Huntzicker

Should Southeast Minneapolis keep its library and, if so, should it remain near Dinkytown?


THEATER REVIEW | "The Marriage of Bette and Boo" a catch at Theatre in the Round

Photo credit Calabay Productions.

Christopher Durang is fast becoming one of my favorite living playwrights and the appeal of his morbid comedy is amply demonstrated by Theatre in the Round’s current production of Durang’s play The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Director Randy Reyes and a very effective ensemble tackle this complex comedy/tragedy emphasizing the family angst told through a lifetime of family gatherings. 


Minneapolis investigates banning Washington team name

After shaking up University of Minnesota administrators and other policymakers, the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins has moved downtown to City Hall, where elected officials are mulling a ban on the NFL team’s name.


THEATER REVIEW | Mixed Blood Theatre's "Colossal": Football, dance and broken hearts

(Photo by Rich Ryan) Young Mike (Torsten Johnson) takes flight on the football field with a little help from his friends (Mathias Becker, Ryan Colbert, Ian Zahren, Casey Hoeksta) in Mixed Blood's production of Colossal.

Playwright Andrew Hinderaker’s mentor challenged him to write an unproducible play. So Hinderaker created a story that required a football team, a drum line, a modern dance company, and an actor in a wheelchair who is quadriplegic (21 performers in all). The play was structured to take place just like a football game—four quarters of 15 minutes each, plus a halftime show, and a pre-show warm-up. That play became Colossal, and instead of being unproducible, it’s getting a rolling world premiere at five different theaters across the United States as part of the National New Play Network. One those theaters is Minneapolis’ own Mixed BloodColossal lives up to its name and then some, in both physical size and emotional scope. It’s a powerful meditation on the seductive power of America’s most popular contact sport (some would argue its most popular form of entertainment, period).  It’s also a haunting rumination on the way young men punish their bodies for a shot at glory, and punish their hearts in the elusive pursuit of love—a love of people and a sport that may not love them back.


University of Minnesota chirps in on bird-safe glass debate

Sami Nichols has seen firsthand the death sentence that glass can be for unsuspecting feathered friends.


Class of '85: Pass me the Cheez Balls

Collide Theatrical’s “Class of ‘85” is midway through its two week spot at the Southern Theater. We scooped up tickets because, as self-appointed Gen X media monitors, we have a duty to support all plays, movies, and TV shows about the 1980s. There was another draw for our visit to the historic theater on Minneapolis’s West Bank as a high school buddy of mine is the lead female vocalist. There is a surreal sort of comfort watching your high school friend from the 80s perform in a play about high school in the 80s thirty years after the original spectacle.


SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | New Primitives at NYE's

Pick a Thursday, any Thursday, and go over to NYE's Polonaise Room for some New Primitives. The band that Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez built is there every week, keeping the world safe for kick-ass Afro-Cuban Rock. They get out every now and again to big-time, high profile spots like Minnesota Zoo, Fine Line and The Cabooze. But, you can catch them bar-hall up close and personal and, trust me, it's one hell of a good time.


Askar takes on 40-year incumbent Kahn: Somali community to play big role in House District 60B election

On Election Day, Abdimalik Askar is hoping to topple a candidate who has served more than 40 years in office.

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