“Who’s your top civic villain of 2007?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8697
by Steve Perry, The Daily Mole
You could think of this as 11 Who Don’t Kare: We want to know who struck you as the biggest public turd in the punchbowl that was Twin Cities 2007. So after conferring with some fellow Festivus celebrants, the Mole has assembled a provisional list of 11 nominees and the grievances they face, but no doubt we’re forgetting many worthy candidates. Who?
“Theater note: Ballet of the Dolls cracks one tough nut”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8683
by Christopher Pommier, TC Daily Planet
‘Tis the season when interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker abound. Dance companies dust off that old chestnut and try to fill seats, and their coffers, by giving it new life in any way they can. Classical ballet? Check. Modern dance? Check. Post-modern performance pastiche? Check, check, and check. However, if your childhood memories of The Nutcracker include nodding off to sleep as the Sugar Plum Fairy took the stage, I suggest you redeem your faith at the hot pink altar of the local dance company Ballet of the Dolls.
“Public, private, nonprofit sectors join to fight homelessness”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8668
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
A new initiative unveiled December 19 will bring partners from public, private and nonprofit sectors together to end long-term homelessness in Minnesota. HeadingHome Minnesota seeks to raise $217 million in new public money and an additional $60 million in private money over the next two years in addition to funds already raised to combat long-term homelessness.
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“Interview: Kinshasha Kambui, a ‘Natural Woman’ with a mission”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8550
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Whatever the area—politics, social activism, media, arts—when Kinshasha Kambui is involved, everyone from grassroots folk to people in business suits perk up their ears and pay close attention.
“Film note: Love among the ‘Savages'”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8655
by Stephen Sporer, TC Daily Planet
While The Savages is certainly a film any audience can connect to, those with siblings will find Tamara Jenkins’s new work particularly resonant. Jenkins, who wrote and directed the film with great delicacy, showcases the multi-layered competitiveness siblings share after years of family drama and history.
“Touareg band serves music of ‘proudest people on earth'”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8658
by Susan Budig, Mshale
Their music, played on a handful of electric guitars and one bongo drum, is as arresting as their costume. On a Saturday evening, shortly after 8 o’clock, six tunic-clad and turbaned musicians troop across the Cedar Cultural Center’s stage and with a brief ‘bonsoir,’ launch into their unique sound.
“Bebe Cools’ concert in Minnesota”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8659
It’s Saturday night and I’ve just walked into Blue Nile Restaurant. Bebe Cool, Uganda’s talented Ragga artist will be performing later tonight, and I have no notion of what to expect. At the moment, DJ Kevo from Kenya is at the turntables enticing the crowd to the dance floor.
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“Breakfast – not political deception – brings success in school”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8671
by State Senator John Marty
The Minnesota Legislative Commission on Poverty recently heard disturbing testimony about the school breakfast program: Some schools provide breakfast to students on days when there are standardized tests. After all, it makes good sense to do so.
But what about other days? Is it acceptable to have students sitting in class with empty stomachs on any day?