Inside the Daily Planet, 08/14/08


Southern board rejects call for independent evaluation
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
The board of the Southern Theater has rejected a call by the Southern Community Working Group to allow an independent evaluation of the board’s decision to suspend artistic director Jeff Bartlett, the group has announced.

Citizen lobbying at the state legislature
by staff, Minneapolis Television Network

Food and Restaurants

The Favor Cafe: Miami Vice to Southern Fried
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
It’s a scene enough to bring tears to a restaurant owner’s eyes. As we dined Friday night at the new Favor Café (the former Restaurant Miami), 913 W. Lake St., one party after another walked in the door – mostly young women dressed for a night of partying. Some of them sat down at tables, while others headed straight for the bar. And each time, the owner or a waiter had to inform them that, even though there was a well-stocked bar in plain sight, they could not order a drink – the restaurant is still waiting for its liquor license. (Our waiter said he hoped it would arrive in a week or two.)

SerenTori: Laotian, Vietnamese, Thai and More
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I was by myself the other day when I stopped in for lunch at SerenTori restaurant, 5748 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, so I could only try one dish, which made it kind of a tough choice. The $6.95 lunch specials didn’t sound that appealing – they’re mostly Chinese take-out classics like Sesame Chicken, Egg Foo Young, and Mongolian Beef (all come with fried rice and choice of eggroll or cream cheese wonton).


Freewheelin: Getting in gear for the RNC
by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva, TC Daily Planet
Picture one thousand Republican delegates, press members, volunteers, protesters, and Twin Cities residents on one thousand free bikes during the Republican National Convention. Humana, a healthcare company and Bikes Belong, a nonprofit bike advocacy group, are peppering the Twin Cities and Denver with free bikes throughout both conventions.


Look BLOG Homeward, Angel: The death of Mahmoud Darwish
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero
This past Saturday, one of the world’s leading writers died. He was a towering figure whose more than 30 volumes of poetry place him alongside international literary giants like Yeats and Lorca, Eliot and Mandelstam, Whitman and Rilke, Dickinson and Montale, Dario and Amachai. He was a Palestinian.

Where are those babies? We must have those babies
by Daniel Cubias, Hispanic Fanatic
A few years ago, I ran into the sister of my childhood friend (a guy who I briefly thought was my cousin, but I was confused) shortly after his wedding, where I was a groomsman, but he doesn’t have children yet, and…