Inside the Daily Planet, 12/20/07


Views and Reviews

Theater Note: An eye-opening holiday pageant by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet An advantage of staging precisely one annual performance of your holiday spectacular is that you can afford to distribute free cookies to each audience member. It was an audience thusly sated with sugar—and rollicked by the rambunctious Brass Messengers—that settled in to enjoy the Open Eye Figure Theatre’s holiday pageant at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis this past Monday night.

Interview: Mayda, a Korean-Minnesotan funk phenomenon by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet Funk phenom Mayda has built a strong rep among Twin Cities industry insiders, working with the likes of, among others, premiere guitarist Jellybean Johnson (The Truth, The Time) and keyboard ace Chance Howard (The Truth, Prince, The Time). She’s performed on national television shows Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show, with local appearances on Radio K and WCCO-TV. So if you’ve got friends who listen to music so funky you have to open a window when they play the stereo, don’t be the least bit surprised if you find them bending your ear about her recording debut Stereotype, a 5-song EP tailor-made to make you want more.

A tribute to DeJunius Hughes, founder of Twin Cities International Black Film Festival by Dwight Hobbes, Insight News DeJunius Hughes wasn’t nothin’ nice. Through grit, mother wit and his fiery determination to realize the autonomy of Black cinema, Hughes changed the Twin Cities film scene. His death leaves enormous shoes for someone to try to fill if Hughes’s seminal, pioneering work is to be sustained.

NEW IN VOICES ‘Tis the seasonby Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press On toxic family gatherings, and the importance of taking care of yourself

NEW IN BLOGS Decline of civilization by Stephen B. Young, The Fifth Column