4/17/08 Headlines: “Always there” for those in need; Cutting courts short; Internat’l Film Fest opens

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HEADLINES

“She’s always been there to help us”
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
Early on a cool, hazy Friday morning, people cross the street from McDonough Homes to stand in line at the garage located behind the large white house at Wheelock Parkway and Jackson Street in Saint Paul. Most are silent, keeping to themselves, though some engage in spirited conversations. After a while, the back door opens and Sister Kathleen Spencer steps outside, greeting everyone as she walks to the garage. When she opens the door, people slowly move into the garage where an assortment of bakery goods and other food awaits.

Justice being served? State courts see ‘devastating’ cuts
by Anna Pratt, Minnesota Monitor
Under Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s proposal to address the state’s whopping $935 million shortfall, the court system’s budget would be slashed by four percent, or $13 million, according to MPR. Among its consequences, it would mean cutting 220 jobs across the courts statewide. The Legislature’s idea of “plan b” isn’t much more encouraging for an already bare-bones judicial branch. (Up to 100 positions could be cut.)

Minneapolis-St. Paul Independent Film Festival opens
by Chris Steller, The Bridge
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Independent Film Festival begins Thursday, April 17, with the first of more than 100 films from 40-plus countries. The Oak Street theater will play a diminished role this year.

SECIA to kick off “Green Village” initiative April 17
by Bill Hoffmann, The Bridge
Event in conjunction with Beautiful U Day

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Views and Reviews

Music note: Stone Soup brings the devil’s own hell
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Finally, the wait for an album by blues-rockers Stone Soup is over with the arrival of Roots, a dozen cuts strong as sulfuric acid. There’s not one filler or throwaway number on the whole thing.

D’Lo gets down with Pangea
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Pangea World Theater’s area premiere Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show at Intermedia Arts will take some folks by surprise. After all, when was the last time theater—or anything else—dealt with something as deep as being gay, Hindu and into hip-hop? Go ahead: sit down, relax, and take a minute to remember. It’ll come to you.

Scandals, greed, and hypocrisy
by Michael Opperman, TC Daily Planet
Mixed Blood Theatre’s final play of the 2007-8 season is Uruguayan playwright Jacobo Langsner’s Esperando la Carroza. The satirical play, performed in Spanish with English supertitles, is Mixed Blood’s 10th annual bilingual production.

Vietnamese American makes art accessible – and makes good business
by Staff, Asian American Press
Christina Nguyen’s keen eye, a passion for new concepts, and an entrepreneurial spirit have put The Design Collective on the national map

NEW IN VOICES

A meeting, then a killing: one evening in Cedar Riverside
by Hussein Samatar, African Development Center
Last Friday in Cedar Riverside, neighborhood small business owners gathered to make their voices heard in a civic forum on long-term planning. It was just another day in the life of public access TV: a meeting in a gym – neighborhood people, city staff, the ward’s city council member – a slide show, some speeches.

NEW IN BLOGS

Book in one hand, baby in the other
by Alexandra Strong, Cabbages and Kings
After speaking with my aunt, I decided that I needed to write something about my experience as a pregnant teen.