Inside the Daily Planet, 11/29/07

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INSIDE THE DAILY PLANETVIEWS AND REVIEWS Theater review: A pleasantly prickly play date with ‘Mr. Marmalade’ by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet Adult actors playing young children who transfer their parents’ unhappy lives into their own relationships with imaginary friends? The challenge faced by Walking Shadow Theatre Company in staging Mr. Marmalade makes Max Fischer’s proposal to adapt Serpico for the high school stage look like a slam dunk. Against all odds, the company succeeds brilliantly by embracing the madcap invention in Noah Haidle’s 2004 play. Interview: New Primitives, righteously spiced by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet There is justice in the world: starting November 29, New Primitives are the Thursday night house-draw at Nye’s Bar & Polonaise Room in Minneapolis. This band wrote the book on powerhouse Afro-Cuban rock. When New Primitives throw down, it’s time to git on up and shake some hips. ‘Madeline’s Christmas’ delights by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet Changing hands: Art without reservation by Erin Vassipoulos and Emily Dussault, KFAI A new exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum entitled Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation features contemporary Native North American art from the West, Northwest, and Pacific. NEW IN BLOGS The problem with St. Paul by Stephen B. Young, The Fifth Column NEW IN VOICES Republican sex scandal showdown: Vitter versus Craig by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor National LGBT groups are demanding that the Senate Ethics Committee either open an investigation into Sen. David Vitter or drop the investigation of Sen. Larry Craig, both Republicans. Citing the hypocrisy of investigating Craig’s arrest while ignoring Vitter’s admission of involvement with prostitution, the groups charge homophobia as the motivating factor — one that is involved in many instances of bias in the handling of sexual impropriety.

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