6/2/7/08 Headlines: Land of 10,000 rainbows; RNC-16 protests; Highway to eat homes; Circulating kids and teens

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RNC Protests: 16 park permits issued by St. Paul
by Paul Demko, Minnesota Independent
The City of St. Paul has issued 16 park permits for gatherings of at least 25 people during the Republican National Convention. The permits have been provided to seven different groups planning events at the five downtown parks where such gatherings will be allowed. Most of the groups are expressly opposed to Republican policies, such as Women Against Military Madness, the Welfare Rights Committee and True Blue Minnesota. But at least one organization staging an RNC event, Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission, is supportive of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manufactured home community protests highway expansion
by Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
“We’re living here for a reason and we don’t want to leave,” said Claudia Hernandez, a member of the Jackson Heights Resident Association at a June 13 protest over the potential closing of the her mobile home community due to the Highway 41 River Crossing Project.

The wheels on the bus go ’round Minneapolis and St. Paul
by Betsy Mowrey, TC Daily Planet
Summer is a favorite time for students (and teachers) everywhere—no early mornings, tedious homework or bland school lunches. But after the first week of glorious relaxation, what do kids do when they have the whole summer free, and few prospects for keeping busy?

Fatal stabbing is second homicide
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
Among the flowers and messages of remembrance placed by friends of Joseph Sodd II near the place of his death was John Donne’s poem Death Be Not Proud, written in chalk on the brick pavers along 19th Avenue South. Underlined twice were the words “our best men,” and underlined once: “desperate men.”

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Film note: Turbulent times for transgender teens
by Julia Opoti, TC Daily Planet
XXY tells the story of Alex (Inés Efron), a hermaphroditic Argentinian teenager on a quest for her sexual identity. Alex, who physically appears female, is sheltered by her parents: the family moves to a remote portal town in Uruguay so that Alex won’t be treated “like a freak.”

Film note: Sorrowful but beautiful Vivere
by Julia Opoti, TC Daily Planet
When her teenage sister takes off for Rotterdam with her musician boyfriend, Francesca finds herself on a long drive from Cologne to Rotterdam. While on the road, she rescues Gerlinde—an older woman pining for her married female lover—from a car accident, and the two ride together to Rotterdam.

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Krishna comes to the Kingfield Market
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
Okay, I really intended to get this post up days ago, or at least sometime before Sunday (today), because today is the day of the weekly Kingfield Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. at 43rd and Nicollet Ave. S., but life got hectic, and I had to go to Chicago for a conference, and so here it is, 9:20 a.m. on a Sunday morning. So I’m going to do a quick post and then jump on my bike and ride over to the market for breakfast.

Turkish coffee on Grand Avenue: Grounds for adventure
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
“It does get a little sludgy towards the bottom,” warned my server. “The grounds have been mixed with cardamom, so it has a spicy taste to it. Some people say it tastes like lemon Joy, but I think it’s delicious!”

Curry Up! and Kabobs
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I seem to have gotten on an Indian cuisine kick lately – not just Indian restaurants, but also grocery stores, where I can buy those colorful Indian sweets, made with condensed milk or lentil flour or sesame seeds, and flavored with pistachio, coconut and mango and all sorts of spices. Patel Brothers Groceries and Video, 1835 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis, has one of the best selections in town, but you can also find them across the street at Asia Imports, or at South Asian Foods in Fridley.

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What’s the state of the arts in Minneapolis?
by Michael Fallon, mnartists.org
It would be a fine thing if the vaunted art-city status that Minneapolis grants itself were provably true, and if the lip-service served up regarding support for local arts actually had the solid basis in fact that people claim.

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Weekend what’s what 6/26-6/29: Land of 10,000 rainbows
by l’etoile magazine staff
It’s a gay-la affair! The Twin Cities shines as one of the largest Pride festivals in the country, and we think that’s definitely something to be proud of! This weekend is all about love, respect, and partying like rockstars, so get with the glitz and don’t be afraid to rock those sequins!

Thousands of families shifting to Minnesota charter public schools
by Joe Nathan, School Talk
Minneapolis charter schools like Sojourner Truth and Minnesota Transitions and Harvest Prep are part of a strong trend in Minnesota public education. Thousands of families, especially low income, limited English speaking and families of color are shifting their youngsters from district to charter public school schools.

Press release of the day: The edge of Tomato
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
The longer I’m in this job, the more—and crazier—press releases I get. Among the recent notices finding their way to my inbox were a press release about a North Dakota couple flown to Australia for their honeymoon as a promotional stunt for Tourism Tasmania (“one of the biggest stories this past weekend in Australia and in North Dakota”) and a notice that a “sexy Minnesotan” named Shannon Sunderlin had been declared Playboy.com’s Cyber Girl of the Month (“the 5’1” blue-eyed stunner grew up in Eagon [sic] and enjoys painting, singing, and drawing”).

John Wayne was not Latino by Hispanic Fanatic, 5/26/08 • Today is Memorial Day, when we put flowers on the graves of dead soldiers, Marines, airmen, and Navy members, proclaiming them all to be a credit to America. This is true, for once, even of those who weren’t citizens.

Shameless plug of the day (weekend)—Twin Cities Improv Festival
by Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet
There’s a great mix of local and out-of-town improv acts on display—plus they have workshops by visiting artists.