Inside the Daily Planet, 10/16/08

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Theater note: Lower case delights at the Open Eye by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet • Theatre de la Jeune Lune alumna Sarah Agnew is currently onstage with Jim Lichtschiedl at the Open Eye Figure Theatre, performing an original—very original—show called archy and mehitabel…life in lower case. The lower-case imperative comes from the fact that Archy (Lichtscheidl) is a cockroach who communicates via typewriter but cannot manage the shift key. His companion and sometime antagonist Mehitabel (Agnew) is a vain alley cat who believes she is the reincarnation of Cleopatra.

Music note: The Fleet Foxes, stellar sellouts by Jonathan Behm, TC Daily Planet • Chances are, next time the Fleet Foxes come to town they will play somewhere much bigger than the Cedar Cultural Center. The band have leapt forward in popularity so quickly that their last visit this past summer, at the 7th Street Entry, probably only attracted a fifth of the number of people who came to see them this time around. Next time they’ll surely have to play a supersized club like First Avenue.

VOICES | Black people at First Ave? Yes, there was once a time. by Almostred, Rift Magazine • Once, First Avenue hosted actual rap concerts attended by actual black people. I saw Base & EZ Rock, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, EPMD, and a Stetsasonic / Public Enemy package tour that illustrated the evolution of hip-hop in a single evening.

“Naked” performance art—What is it? by Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet • What exactly is performance art? To find out, head to Intermedia Arts for their Naked Stages festival, which happens this weekend and November 6-8. I asked this year’s Naked Stages artists to explain what performance art means to them.

Music note: Supreme Privacy reign at Café Loto by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet • Now, you’ve got different forms of jazz: bebop, swing, avant garde, so on and so forth. The best way to describe what Supreme Privacy bring is to call it just plain old regular jazz—though there is by no means anything plain about how what these guys do.

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HISPANIC FANATIC | Bonus Points If You Can Sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” In Its Proper Key by Daniel Cubias • Let me return to the subject of my previous post, in which I advocated for amending the U.S. Constitution. I argued that being born in America should not be sufficient for citizenship. My idea is that people who want to be citizens should have to pass a test, just like naturalized immigrants do. One’s birthplace or family history would have nothing to do with it.

THINK FORWARD | Health and Environmental Risks of Sludge Use in Food Production by Ben Lilliston • Consumers should choose foods produced without sludge and avoid use of sewage sludge-based fertilizer products in home gardens, concludes a new guide by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

FACTS AND FICTIONS | What Is To Be Done 3 by Eleanor Arnason • I have taken to writing angry political poetry, which I used to do in the 1960s and have not done much since.