Inside the Daily Planet, 11/27/08


MUSIC | Cloud Cult on the Bowery
by Dustin Luke Nelson, TC Daily Planet
NEW YORK CITY—One song deep into the set at the Bowery Ballroom and Craig Minowa leans into the mike, his signature green visor with eyes stenciled into the brim reflecting the red light hanging above the crowd, and points at the glockenspiel to his left. They are improvising a bit tonight. Their keyboard has gone M.I.A., but true to form, Cloud Cult find a way for this to become a positive thing. Instead of cutting songs or trimming the set, they try to make the show something special, something different. The bells will replace the keys.

NEWS YOU CAN USE | A vegan turkey day report
by Maura Youngman, TC Daily Planet
Pass the Tofurky, bring on the vegan mashed potatoes, and be sure to leave some room for the chocolate carmel Chai Rice Dream. With just days to go before Thanksgiving, vegans from around the metro shed some light on how to celebrate a meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, cruelty free “Turkey” day.

The gun
by Ice Pick Studios, PCTV
A short narrative film about the dangers of guns in the community. Made by teens in the summer 2008 AVID! film program at Phillips Community Television (PCTV).

Hmong actors making history: Meet the Gran Torino family
by Louisa Schein, Hmong Today
The plot of Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino is a closely guarded secret. But now that shooting has wrapped up, how the Hmong actors fit into their roles is becoming more visible. Clint Eastwood’s character, Walt, stumbles into the middle of a struggle within the Hmong community. He tries to intervene in a contest between a war-torn family and a ruthless street gang over the soul of a teenage boy.


ARTS ORBIT | MNFashion Flash fall winners
by Ellen Dahl • MNFashion along with MNartists had a competition this fall for photographers, stylists, and make-up artists. They were to go out and create photo shoots with an impromptu, street fashion aesthetic. Here are the winners!

BLOG OF THE MODERATE LEFT | The gentleman doth protest too much
by Jeff Fecke • California prof demands freedom from sexual harassment training. Poor Prof. Alexander McPherson. A professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California at Irvine, McPherson was recently denied his academic freedom.

ELEVENTH AVENUE SOUTH | Going slow on marriage equality
by Andy Birkey • OutFront Minnesota and Marriage Equality Minnesota differ on tactics, if not on goals.