THEATER | To Kill a Mockingbird: Park Square Theatre sings the gospel of civil rights by Jean Gabler, TC Daily Planet • This is an effective production of Harper Lee’s classic, still-timely tale.
MUSIC | The Joy Formidable leave a sell-out crowd at the 7th Street Entry gasping for air by Kyle Matteson, TC Daily Planet • Sometimes in music there’s “hype” that is purely that: manufactured excitement and buzz for the sake of selling more albums and concert tickets. Then there’s the rare totally justified hype based mostly on word of mouth. Thankfully The Joy Formidable fit squarely in the latter camp, and that was made incredibly evident at their sold out (just the night of though; there were tickets at the door) show at the 7th Street Entry on Wednesday night.
Van White Bridge: Seeking the right timing and price by Margo Ashmore, North News • Remember the Hollman decree? The 1995 court order that resulted in tearing down the Sumner-Olson “Projects,” dispersing the area’s economically poor residents throughout the Twin Cities, rebuilding with a community to house all income levels. There was one more thing expressed or implied: A Van White Boulevard bridge.
MUSIC | Dom at the 7th Street Entry: So sexy by Alex Gaterud, TC Daily Planet • On the basis of everything I believe in, I should loathe Dom. They thrive on a steady diet of acid while on tour. The guitarist thrusts his axe in the air whilst soloing, all the better to show nasty hos who’s boss. Their leader, the eponymous Dom, doesn’t share his last name with anyone, thus creating a whole “media persona” that helps them sell records. Dom wears a trucker hat while on stage. Inside, my moral standing is cringing.
Governor promises swift action following Black Economic Summit by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton told African American leaders last week that he would “move swiftly” to begin addressing the disparities in employment, housing and criminal justice currently facing Black Minnesotans. “I promise that we will move forward, and we will move forward together,” Dayton pledged at the March 30 Black Economic Summit at University of Minnesota Research and Outreach Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis.
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FRONT ROW SEAT | Osmo Vänskä weighs in on the greatest conductors of all time by Jay Gabler • The April issue of BBC Music Magazine features the results of the editors’ poll of “100 of today’s leading maestros.” The question: who are, or were, the greatest conductors of all time?
THE PUBLIC RECLUSE | MayDay 2011 workshops voice your concern by Alan Wilfahrt • During the workshops there are many ways to help. The section also includes people in black carrying signs moving among those in crow costumes, and that making of a sign is a one workshop project. Dig up that pithy quote and attend a workshop. It is fun!
MN BUDGET BITES | The education budget: Less about money, more about priorities by Scott Russell • With a budget of $14.2 billion in FY 2012-13, E-12 education is the single largest area of the state general fund budget, accounting for 40 percent of spending. Other than continuing the shift in school aid payments, the House (House File 934), Senate (Senate File 1030) and Governor Dayton do not recommend significant changes to the total size of the E-12 budget in FY 2012-13. The House and Senate propose reducing spending by less than one percent and the Governor increases spending by less than one percent.
THE PERENNIAL PLATE | Spring pie by Mirra Fine • I am a fancy pie baker. Which most people dont know. It’s actually a more recent development, as for a time I didnt realize my ability and it went unnoticed. And it wasnt because I didnt love pies, it was more that the thought of slaving over ingredients for three hours to create a beautiful dessert that would no doubt be gone in seconds and leave a sticky mess behind, made me feel tired.
YOU SURE THIS IS HOW RICHIE HAVENS GOT FAMOUS? | What else is gonna go right? by Dwight Hobbes • Beats me. But, baby, believe me, I’m open.