THURSDAY, January 24
“Restructuring coming to the Strib, according to publisher’s memo”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9100
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
Big changes are coming at the Star Tribune — more big changes, that is — according to a memo publisher Chris Harte sent out to employees Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t mean to be gloomy, because I’m basically an optimist,” he wrote in the nearly 1,300-word memo, which outlined “a pattern of steep declines” throughout 2007 and “revenue performance that was well below the median average for the industry.”
“Bringing cultures and communities together in Dakota County”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9071
by Issa A. Mansaray, TC Daily Planet
“I will say the turnout is great,” said Binta Kawu, surveying the Dakota County Community Action Council (CAC) cultural festival and resource fair on January 12. “Up ’til the last minute, people were calling to say that they wanted to be part of it.” The fair, hosted at a Burnsville church, attracted more than seven hundred people.
“Protestors are Already Preparing for the RNC Convention”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8823
by Nancy Sartor, KFAI
Protesters representing the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War marched January 2 on a route they intend to follow regularly until the Convention in September.
INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Views and Reviews
“Music note: Junkyard Empire, Tickle Fight”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8856
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
About a year or so ago, I was at the Uptown Bar in Minneapolis, catching one of the strongest double bills I’ve ever seen: Tickle Fight opening for Junkyard Empire. If you ever get the chance to see either band, go for it. If you get wind that they’re on the same stage again, be ready for a night that has to be experienced to be believed.
“Theater note: ‘Peer Gynt’ reaches deep into your soul…assuming you’ve got one (i.e. you are not a troll)”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9058
by Anne Nicolai, Night and Day
In Humanities class at Austin High, we had read about Henrik Ibsen’s character Peer Gynt (say “pare,” not “peer”)—about the man who would not make commitments to family and home; who would sell friends down the river (not to mention selling slaves) without remorse; who got himself into more fistfights than Popeye the Sailor Man and who justified himself with the very same “I yam what I yam.” At least Popeye stuck around to protect Olive Oyl and Sweetpea, whereas Peer Gynt would have punched up old Bluto and left town.
“Theater Note: Well”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9098
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
Lisa Kron’s Well may have been a big hit on Broadway in 2006, but its Midwest roots make it feel right at home in St. Paul’s Park Square Theatre. The autobiographical show features Lisa (played by Christina Baldwin), trying to make sense of her growing up in the Midwest, as a white, Jewish girl in a predominantly black neighborhood and as the daughter of a feisty, hard-working and chronically ill mother.
NEW IN VOICES
“Why I don’t ‘support the troops’: Blasphemy in the temple of national security”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8928
by Steve Clemens
When conscientious people opposing the present war put up signs “Support the Troops – Bring Them Home”, it sends a mixed message. How does one “support” those, who, for a variety of reasons, chose to be trained to kill others on the basis of orders from a “superior” officer or the “Commander-in-Chief”? Clearly the primary responsibility for the war must lay with those who planned it, ordered it, and voted to pay for it with our tax dollars (or, more accurately, with debt to be placed on future generations).
NEW IN BLOGS
“The good, the bad, and the ugly”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8784
by Virginia Wright-Peterson, On Deployment Now
Virginia Wright-Peterson • Dateline: Iraq – Every week, I download pictures taken on the camera I almost always carry with me, look at what I’ve seen and then try to come up with words to explain my experiences. It is like a photo journal. This week, the phrase “the good, the bad, and the ugly” comes to mind.