7/6/08 Headlines: What’s up at Lake of the Isles?; Multicultural music; Bush removes foot from mouth; Sunday books and blogs

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What the heck is going on with Lake of the Isles?
by Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
History looks different from different perspectives. There’s the history that people remember, the history that is written down, and the history that really truly existed. Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis possesses mystique and romanticism, but its current renovation and reconstruction project is controversial. Disagreements arise because of differences in what people believe the lake should look like, what they imagine it looking like in the past, what it has become due to man-made manipulation, and what it naturally tends toward.

Nine nights of multicultural music at the Minnesota History Center
by Betsy Mowry, TC Daily Planet
July 1 kicked off the 12th year of the Minnesota History Center’s spirited Nine Nights of Music. Every Tuesday night in July and August, the Minnesota History Center brings free outdoor music to the vast green lawn encircling its building at the intersection of Kellogg Avenue and John Ireland Boulevard in downtown St. Paul.

Bush removes foot from mouth, Nelson Mandela from Terrorist Watch List
by Molly Priesmeyer, Minnesota Independent
By the time you read this sentence, George W. Bush will probably have shoved his foot into his mouth again. But at least Nelson Mandela will still be off the Terrorist Watch List. The White House finally removed Mandela from the Bush Administration’s list of the world’s evil-doers–and only a week after Bush trimmed North Korea and Kim Jong Il from the ranks of the “axis of evil.”

Consciously dying
by Jeanne Bain, Minnesota Women’s Press
Our culture treats birth as a joyous event. A woman who creates her birth plan has a myriad of options. She gets to choose who is present at the birth, and how and where she gives birth, creating a sacred, self-directed event. We’ve come a long way in choosing to honor that part of the circle of life. Those involved in the conscious dying movement think we ought to treat death the same way.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Readers, Writers and Books

Soul sister
by Pam Taylor, Minnesota Women’s Press
The mood in the room was so calm no one even noticed her breathing had stopped. Minutes later, the room filled with a sense of peace that can only be felt with the understanding that a soul’s journey had just taken a new turn. With no struggle, no screams and no regrets, a beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, friend and nursing professor had continued along her quest for true spirituality with nothing holding her back and all the love in the world propelling her forward.

Alzheimers disease in the Hmong Community
by Grant Kruger, Asian American Press
Linda Gerdner, author of Grandfather’s Story Cloth, which shines a light on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Hmong Community, made a couple of stops in St. Paul recently. The disease is a progressive brain disease which is growing in numbers among the Asian community. As many as 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time. Today it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

The Locavore’s Dilemma: A new book touts local food in Minnesota
by Brett Laidlaw, Minneapolis Observer Quarterly
This is The Locavore Moment: The trend toward eating local, in-season foods has gained remarkable momentum over the last few years, celebrated in best-selling books and championed by movements like the “100-Mile Diet,” the brainchild of Canadians Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon, and Slow Food, the international group that works to preserve food traditions. Where sophisticated eaters once sought rare delicacies from distant lands — Italian truffles, Caspian sturgeon caviar, French foie gras — now those same savvy gourmands are likely to rhapsodize over more homely fare — an heirloom tomato, a parsnip, house-fermented sauerkraut.

NEW IN VOICES

Instant Runoff Voting boosts voting power for communities of color
Senator Mee Moua and Council Member Ralph Remington, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
In 1975, voters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, elected their first African American mayor using Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). The losing candidate filed suit, claiming that IRV is unconstitutional.

NEW IN BLOGS

The lover, sighing like a utility box (or, Mewling and puking on Hennepin Avenue)
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
The Hennepin Theatre Trust and Keep Minneapolis Beautiful have just called for artists’ proposals to decorate utility boxes in a manner interpreting Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” speech from As You Like It. I’m not kidding.

No, we don’t work for the CIA
Pablo and Nicole • Bolivia, 6/16/08, World View
Never a dull moment in El Alto, Bolivia. Today’s two sets of field interviews offered quite the dramatic contrast.

The Fourth of July 2008
by Stephen Young, The Fifth Column
I read the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July and, to my surprise, the words came up with a new meaning. Or maybe my current distemper about our politics put new meaning into the old words.

Fiction: My first wife
by John Jodzio, mnartists.org
I remember that you read the instructions for the rock polisher to me out loud. It was hot and we were sitting on that shit brown couch of ours that we’d found on the curb and huffed the 14 blocks home. As you read, your voice was full and confident, like you were announcing a fire sale on tires or carpet.

Delighted to be crazed
by John Munger, TC Daily Planet
This Monday, July 7, the first of two Fringe-For-All showcases happens at The Ritz. Migawd. It’s happening already. The Fringe Festival is my favorite time of year, crazy as it may be.

When is a dance show really a dance show?
by John Munger, TC Daily Planet
If you set the Fringe Web site search engine for “dance” you’ll get 23 entries. Don’t trust this result 100 percent.

Fringe 2008 Users Guide
by Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet
That “New to Fringe?” page on the Minnesota Fringe Festival website is mighty handy.

Returning favorites—Live Action Set (Part 4)
by Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet
Can we have a moratorium on the number of productions that members or collaborators of Live Action Set are involved in in this year’s Fringe? Not that I begrudge them a prodigious artistic output or anything, but if they add any more to their list, I’ll never get around to talking about anybody else.