Views and Reviews
Manga and anime at MCAD: Taking cartoons seriously
by Mark Weaver, TC Daily Planet
The influences of manga and anime are everywhere, even if they’re not always identifiable. Japanese artists often go unnoticed in the US because people often dismiss manga and anime as mere comics and cartoons. Despite this prevailing attitude, manga and anime are making significant and transforming inroads into the cultures and economies of the world. The Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits (SGMS) sessions that ran at MCAD from September 26 to 28 not only responded to the popular aspects of this phenomenon, but also provided a forum for a deeper and more profound look at the influence manga and anime are having over a variety of cultural forms and in various arenas around the world.
Theater note: A far-out Jury
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Off-Leash Area’s The Jury aims to take the audience inside the head of a traumatized and reckless young woman. Dance is not always best experienced from close-up (I’ve been splashed with the sweat of a Nutcracker Prince, and believe me, it breaks the spell), but both Jennifer Ilse and Elena Giannetti can act as well as dance, and together they turn the garage theater into a searing little hothouse of emotion.
Music note: Storyhill at the Cedar, as comforting as old friends
by Jennifer and John Hierlinger, TC Daily Planet
As we rounded the corner to the Cedar Cultural Center we were surprised at the lack of conspicuous buzz. Where were the long lines we saw at previous Storyhill shows? Where were the mobs of people filling the seats long before the opening act? Had Storyhill lost their spark? It had been two years since we had seen last seen the duo in concert…maybe something had changed. Fortunately, as Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson took the stage with guitars in hand and opened with the dramatic “Good Rain,” our fears subsided and we settled back into our seats.
VOICES | Simon LeBon’s cup
by Almostred, Rift Magazine
Duran Duran circa 1988 was nothing more than a New Order tribute act, but you couldn’t tell from the number of fainters we were pulling from the audience. Emotions ran high in a sold-out house full of twenty-something women and gay men trying desperately to recapture the lost innocence of an idealized past.
Interview: Charmin Michelle, Minnesota’s hardest-working chanteuse
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Jazz chanteuse Charmin Michelle must live on roller skates. The Twin-Cities-based veteran is either working, just finished working, or gearing to go to work. Consistently booked solid, week to week, month after month at local nightclubs and on tour, whatever the lady’s doing, she is doing it right.
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KEEPING THE FAITH | U.S. Army at the RNC by Mary Turck • 10/8/08 • Army Col. Michael Boatner admitted October 7 that active-duty U.S. military were sent to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention. Col. Boatner, the future operations division chief of USNORTHCOM, told Amy Goodman on Democracy Now that the army was “up there in support of the US Secret Service. We provided some explosive ordnance disposal support of the event.”
EYETEETH | Oh my. On stump, McCain addresses “My fellow prisoners” by Paul Schmelzer • At a rally today, John McCain addressed “my fellow prisoners.” I mean, it’s kinda true, but could that really be what he meant?
SINGLE WHITE FRINGE GEEK | Review: “100,” Workhouse Theatre Co. (Four stars) by Matthew A. Everett • “100” starts with an intriguing premise. Four characters are dead and about to be, for want of a better word, processed back through the assembly line of souls and returned to the living world. They can only take one memory of their past life just ended with them. All other memories will be erased.
ARTS ORBIT | Spotted at the W Hotel by Ellen Dahl • A stylish downtown denizen.
CABBAGES AND KINGS | A picture of a neighborhood by Alec Timmerman in MN Blue • My wife and I own a modest home in a Saint Paul neighborhood. I took the follow screen capture from an MLS search that allows you to view only foreclosed houses. Every home in this picture has been foreclosed, and this is only a partial listing that have made it onto the MLS so far.
FROM THE SOAPBOX | Looking into the “soul” of the Republican Party by Myles Spicer • In 2001, President Bush met with Vladimir Putin, and exclaimed: “I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul.” Well, Thursday, Oct. 2, I watched the Vice Presidential debate, and looked into Sarah Palin’s eyes, and saw the “soul” of the Republican Party. It wasn’t as pretty as the “soul” Bush saw in Putin (which turned out to be pretty dark).