Inside the Daily Planet, 08/14/08

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NEWS YOU CAN USE | Wanted: Your thoughts on Jabba the Hutt
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
A pair of St. Paul conceptual artists who go by the name tectonic industries (small t and small i, please) are preparing a new work, and they are looking for volunteers to sit in their studio this weekend and be filmed for up to an hour recounting the plots of the Star Wars trilogy.

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Music note: Making babies on the patio with Dance Band
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
If you haven’t yet been to Patio Nights at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, you are missing out on one of the summer’s hottest concert series. Last Thursday’s concert, with Mel Gibson and the Pants and headliner Dance Band, was no exception.

Film note: Secrecy revealed
by Cyn Collins, TC Daily Planet
How much secrecy is necessary for our national security, and to what extent is secrecy detrimental to our national security? How much information do we as citizens have the right to know, and how much endangers our lives as we know them? These and other questions are probed in the documentary film Secrecy, showing as part of the Walker Art Center’s Cinema of Urgency series.

Music note: Count on quality at Blue Nile open mic night
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Hoot night doesn’t get much more upscale than the Poets’ Groove Open Mic at the Blue Nile, hosted by Kevin Washington and Desdamona.

BLOG | Cell Phone Use 101
by Paul Dosh, World Views
If you have the personal numbers of several of Ecuador’s highest-ranking elected officials in your cell phone’s directory …

BLOG | Save the date: Saarinen coming to the MIA
by Mary Kay Bailey, Arts Orbit
Lovers of modern design, mark your calendars. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker will be sponsoring the internationally-touring “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” exhibit from Saturday, September 13, 2008—Sunday, January 4, 2009.

BLOG | Moorish Revival gem in disrepair
by Todd Melby, Building Minnesota
Preservationists are fretting over the fate of the Bardwell-Ferrant House, a Moorish Revival house located at 2500 Portland Avenue South in Minneapolis. Two years ago, the 1883 house sold for $385,000 (minus about $7,700 in owner upgrades). Today, Countrywide Mortgage is trying to unload the foreclosed property for $229,900.