VIEWS AND REVIEWS Kirby: Review by Jay Gabler, Special to the TC Daily Planet For a theater company whose next production is a feel-good musical about plucky women who travel the country promoting Spam, it was a brave decision to tackle the complicated legacy of Kirby Puckett. The star centerfielder died only last year, and local memories of Puckett are still fresh–memories of his glorious on-field triumphs as well as the damaging allegations he later faced. Gold Standard comes to the Cabooze by Dwight Hobbes, Special to the TC Daily Planet Soul funksters Gold Standard have the right name name. Since 2004, they’ve been brandishing power-packed, state-of-the-art sounds the likes of which hadn’t been heard since the late ’60s, when The Electric Flag and Al Kooper’s original Blood, Sweat & Tears brought big-band arrangements —albeit briefly—to rock and blues. The Deception: Review by Jay Gabler, Special to the TC Daily Planet The tone of ‘The Deception’ is set in its opening moment. Instead of rising to the eaves in the typical stately fashion, a shimmering green curtain drops to the floor and is immediately yanked offstage by an unseen mechanism. As though the falling curtain had been a checkered flag, the drama behind the curtain roars into action, hurtling at breakneck speed through a course of love, lies, and bribes. If most theater goes to 10, this adaptation of an eighteenth-century French play goes to 11: ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ on crystal meth. Bottle house and minerals inspired art by Dan Haugen, The Northeaster New art show combines fascination with minerals and lifelong focus on Minneapolis. Africa and hip hop, a beautiful Manifestation By Ibe Kaba, Africa News Journal Manifest got me into the Fine Line. For the first time ever, after I don’t know how many years, after visiting almost all the clubs, bars, and dancehalls downtown had to offer, I finally made it across the street from South Beach (before it became Karma) and walked through the doors to the Fine Line. Why I never visited Fine Line before, I don’t know. The stars hadn’t aligned I guess. But finally they did on September 14th 2007. They had to: Africa was in the building. Undercroft Gallery hosts rare mother-son exhibition by Dave Healy, Park Bugle For much of human history, a son was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps. Erick Wiger gave the long-standing formula a twist. He became an artist, and he credits some of the influence for that career decision to his mother, Jeanne, who counts art among her many vocational and avocational pursuits. NEW IN BLOGS A little different by Sovanthy Meng, New Minnesotans Speak NEW IN VOICES Oertwig cleared of allegations, but prejudice lingers by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor The St. Paul School Board’s longest-serving and only openly gay member stepped down in April after a patron at a St. Paul public library accused him of watching child pornography. Police told reporters last week that their investigation into the allegations indicated that Al Oertwig had not been viewing child pornography. The media attention to his case gave rise to wild accusations and misperceptions because Oertwig is a member of an unpopular minority: gay men.