THINGS PEOPLE SAY | The great bailout heist: What will $1 trillion buy?
by Steve Perry, Minnesota Independent
As if $700 billion weren’t an incomprehensible enough sum on its own, that widely repeated figure only represents Henry Paulson’s personal stash of get-out-of-debt-free cards. The total tab on the array of taxpayer-financed Wall Street bailouts presently contemplated is likely to be closer to $1.8 trillion by the reckoning of CNBC, whose highly recommended estimate includes a rundown of the additional bailout billions.
A little (foreclosed) house on the (stolen) prairie
by Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
Thursday, September 18 was not a typical lunch hour at Edina Realty. On that day, a group of real estate agents gathered in a conference room with members of zAmya Theater Project and participated in a theater workshop aimed at finding solutions to the housing crisis.
Views and Reviews: Music to Our Ears
Music note: Babushka, babushka…Rusalka?
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
It took a few days of driving around the Twin Cities listening to Jenny Dalton’s new album Rusalka’s Umbrella, but it finally got under my skin. It’s a concept album, and the concept is water.
Cedar Cultural Center goes back to Nordic Roots one last time
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
If you haven’t been to the annual Nordic Roots Festival, don’t put it off any longer! This year’s go-round, its tenth, will be the last. Well, at least it will be your last chance to catch this sort of music under that official name. The scope will be broadened next year.
VOICES | The world’s last record store
by Almostred, Rift Magazine
Most of the record stores I visited regularly—Garage D’or, Rock-It, Northern Lights—are long gone. We tend to wax nostalgic about lost things, the way my mom gets all misty when she talks about using the outhouse when she was a kid. I doubt, however, she would relinquish the recent advancements in toilet technology she currently enjoys. I also doubt anyone laments losing the unholy hipster army that staffed Let It Be.
Interview: Jeremy Messersmith’s Minneapolis record
by Will McClain, Reveille Magazine
“I wouldn’t call The Silver City a high concept record, but most of the songs and locales are inspired by the Twin Cities. The record has a loose narrative that hops around to different places in town.”
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EYETEETH | A historic first: Army Combat Team assigned to domestic “civil unrest” • by Paul Schmelzer • Starting in October, the US Army will station active-duty troops inside the US for the first time, Democracy Now reports. Here’s what the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team may be up to:
BLOG OF THE MODERATE LEFT | Sounds Like a Good Deal! • by Jeff Fecke • This email sounds great Dear American:I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.
ARTS ORBIT | From red blood to the red carpet: A year’s top ten • by Jay Gabler • Looking back at the dozens of articles and blog entries I’ve written over the past year, I compiled this list of highlights—my ten favorite shows among everything I’ve covered.
SINGLE WHITE FRINGE GEEK | Now comes the night (a.k.a., music is dangerous) • by Matthew A. Everett • Music is dangerous. The upside to using music in a production of one of my plays is that it then invariably becomes imprinted with memories of that production.