Headlines: Atmosphere’s new album, African accountant/painter/storyteller, invasive species in the Great Lakes


How to Think Like an Art Critic–For Fun and Profit

The TC Daily Planet and mnartists.org present a one-day workshop led by veteran art critic Michael Fallon that will give students the skinny on some basics of well-reasoned art critique and, more generally, learn how to appreciate the arts from a critically active frame of mind. Anyone with an interest in the arts is welcome! Click here for more information.


Atmosphere: The golden age
by Justin Schell, TC Daily Planet
Rhymesayers Entertainment recently dropped Atmosphere’s latest full-length album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard chart, making it the highest-charting release in the history of Rhymesayers, a Minneapolis hip-hop label home to artists including Brother Ali, I Self Divine, and Eyedea & Abilities.

Interview: Atmosphere’s Sean Daley (a.k.a. Slug)
by Justin Schell, TC Daily Planet
“I wanted to tell these stories in a way that people from my neighborhood could visualize them or understand them. I didn’t know that people in Boise were gonna ask me about the Muddy Waters coffee shop.”

Koffi Mbairamadji gets inspiration from museums
by Nneka Onyilofor, African News Journal
Marcus Garvey once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Though, what good are roots to a people without an outlet and avenue to facilitate their knowledge of the past and personal growth toward the future. Well, at the root of the African community in the Twin Cities lies Koffi Mbairamadji, an accountant by day; painter and storyteller all the time. From Chad, Koffi came to the U.S. in 2002 and took part in the Twin Cities French Festival the following year. He got his start at Intermedia Arts and from there met other Africans to start his own collective group of artists called Gosso.

Great Lakes enviro battle over invasive species is heating up
by Tom Elko, Minnesota Monitor
Ballast water — the water that large ships take on to stabilize themselves when they’re running without cargo aboard — is a hot topic in Minnesota and in Washington, D.C., these days. Ballast water containing organisms taken on in one distant location and discharged in local waters is credited for bringing at least 30 aquatic invasive species to Lake Superior.


Adjunct professor numbers on the rise
by Jon Collins, Minnesota Daily
University data show a 10 percent increase in temporary faculty over the past five years.

Minneapolis, Bloomington eye protester registration for RNC
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
As the Twin Cities prepares for the flurry of activity surrounding the Republican National Convention in September, some cities are looking to regulate political protest.

Unemployed construction workers say they’re running out of time
by Michael Kuchta, Workday Minnesota
In talking to individual Carpenters at Tuesday’s jobs rally, their personal circumstances may be different, but the basic story is the same.


The door slams shut on civil rights
by Ron Edwards, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
In early 1959, an active-duty African American U.S. Navy Commander, James Tillman, arrived in the Twin Cities for a one-year appointment to head up the new Interfaith Housing effort. According to articles then in the Minneapolis Tribune, the Minneapolis Journal, and the St. Paul Dispatch, Mr. Tillman was to create an operational structure for the Human Rights Department in St. Paul and its commission, and for the Civil Rights Department in Minneapolis and its commission.


Student writers show how to destroy walls and build bridges
by Joe Nathan, School Talk
Strong writers like Alesha Horn, Natalie Gaffney and Jolene Bruska offer stunning honesty and insight. They help us be more open and compassionate. That’s part of these reason that almost 400 parents, grandparents, teachers, students, and state legislators came to the steps of Minnesota’s state capitol last week to honor them.