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U rightly shifts stance on alerts

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday morning that it will modify its crime alert policy after more than a year of scrutiny for how the messages can perpetuate racism and stereotyping, pa

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Demands by Whose Diversity? aren’t new

The Whose Diversity? group at the University of Minnesota.

Rising Rates of Student Loan Debt Demand Solutions

On average, college students in Minnesota graduate with nearly $31,000 in debt.

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Visa reform may help international students

International students at the University of Minnesota.

When Jim Wu graduated with a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota nearly two decades ago as an international student, his new employer helped him obtain a work visa that

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THEATER REVIEW | Mu Performing Arts' "F.O.B.": Haunted by ghosts of the past

Steve (Randy Reyes) is mocked by Dale (Michael Sung-Ho) as Grace (Meghan Kreidler) looks on in Mu Performing Arts' production of F.O.B.; photo by Michal Daniel

I’m conflicted.  F.O.B. is an Obie Award-winning play. It’s David Henry Hwang’s first significant play. It launched his career and laid the groundwork for everything he wrote that followed, from The Dance and the Railroad to M. Butterfly to Yellow Face and many others. It also deals head-on with the poisonous and self-defeating issue of racism within ethnic minority groups in a way that’s so honest it’s sometimes hard to listen to (in a good way, because it should be uncomfortable). 

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MUSIC REVIEW | Drone not Drones: 28 hours and 28 tones of drone

Over the weekend the Cedar Cultural Center gave itself over to 28 hours of drone for the annual Drone not Drones concert. The event is a fundraiser for Doctors without Border and according to the website they raised thousands of dollars. Thanks to KFAI there was a livesteamof the event – for whose who’d rather cozy up in the comfort of their own home. The archive is available on Bandcampwith proceeds going to Doctors without Borders.

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THEATER REVIEW | "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" charms Theatre in the Round

At the Blaine School for Girls in Scotland in the early 1930s, Jean Brodie’s young students hang on her every word as she passionately expounds on her pet topics – sexual freedom, Fascism, and her romances. ©2014 Aleutian Calabay

Theatre in the Round’s staging of Jay Presson Allen’s play The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a rare treat. Dann Peterson directs a well-paced production with some excellent performances. 

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MUSIC PHOTOS | The Current's 10th Anniversary featuring Billy Idol and Steve Stevens at the Turf Club

Photos by Patrick Dunn

It was great to see people packing into the sold out Turf Club in St. Paul January 19th to support and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of 89.3 The Current. It’s establishments like this that keep the Twin Cities known for being rich in the arts. The event titled Mary Lucia’s Rock and Roll Radio show created a little extra buzz as they were able to arrange for 80s rocker Billy Idol who is out on tour to swing by and squeeze in a 6 song acoustic set. Idol was packed full of charisma and his strong vocal only needed his longtime guitar master Steve Steven’s to do the music justice. The rockabilly style “To Be A Lover” was a standout and of course “Rebel Yell” was the big closer.

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THEATER REVIEW | Swandive Theatre's "Defying Gravity": Lost in space

Elizabeth (Roneet Aliza Rahamim) reaches out to her mother in the stars in Swandive Theatre's production of Defying Gravity; photography by Joan Banick

Jane Anderson’s play Defying Gravity is NOT about the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, and it IS about the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. That, in a nutshell, is the problem. It feels like the playwright is trying to have it both ways. She doesn’t want to be bound by the literal facts of the disaster, but she wants to piggyback on all of its traumatic emotional resonance for an audience. The script and the production by Swandive Theatre (to my recollection) never mention the Challenger by name, but they also use images and audio from the 1986 mishap. To use a slightly more current and raw example, it’s as if someone created a piece of theater about a “generic terrorist attack” but confronted the audience with footage of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. While Defying Gravity doesn’t feel manipulative in a cynical way (the good intentions behind the storytelling feel genuine), it is, nonetheless, manipulative.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Keeping kids rocking with Bunny Clogs and Guitar Party at the Cedar

Photos by Ann Treacy

Saturday the morning the Cedar Cultural Center was hopping and toddling with Bunny Clogs and Guitar Party – two bands for kids with members who are well known to a Twin Cities audience.

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