Inside the Daily Planet, 8/30/08


NEWS YOU CAN USE | Back to School by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
As teachers and students head back to school, they need help. If you can donate school supplies, here are some ways you can help:

Profile of a collector: Walker Teen Arts Council (corruption) by Alex Amend, ARP! (Art Review & Preview)
There are approximately 9,600 objects in the Walker Art Center’s permanent collection, yet only seven percent of the collection is currently on display. Now, a vitrine in the Walker’s Bazinet lobby contains the newest additions: a locked suitcase, a pregnant Barbie, and a copy of 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, among others. This small collection, created by the Walker Art Center’s Teen Arts Council, is the product of a concerted effort by the program’s artists-in-residence to make the teens think about the nature of the institutions that display art.

China’s Olympics an awesome spectacle by Jennifer Holder, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
The Olympic flame has been extinguished, marking the end of the XXIX Summer Olympic Games. For me, the glow of the flame will not soon fade.


What are our best local color stories? by Grace Kelly, Cabbages and Kings
The scripted Republican National Convention stories are going to be boring, boring, boring. And right now editors are surfing lists like this one looking for local color stories. Here is our chance to tell our own stories on what makes us unique and special. You know that it is St Paul when…

Shameless plug of the day — Political comedy double feature by Matthew Everett, Single White Fringe Geek
This weekend only – Friday August 29th thru Sunday August 31st – between the two big political lovefests, some humor to skewer the way things are, and the way we wish they’d be, just to let it all out a bit with some laughter from two teams of very nimble comic performers. Smart, funny stuff, both highly recommended…

A place for the perplexed: Part three by Emilio DeGrazia, 8/25/08 • I’m relieved when all the cars and pickups sporting flags these days go somewhere away. I can never stand still long enough for the sadness to sink in when I face the American flag, now crowded with fifty stars and many invisible satellites.

A good death ends a good life by Joe Nathan, School Talk
You often hear that someone lived a good life, but rarely hear that a person had a good death. Both happened for John Brandl, a friend and Humphrey Institute colleague who died last week.