NEWS YOU CAN USE | Bike basics from bike guru Grant Armour by James Sanna, TC Daily Planet • Wheels. Tires. Pedals. Fenders. Bike guru Grant Armour explains the basics of bicycles.
Man to file first lawsuit following RNC by Joshua Katzenstein, Minnesota Daily • The Anti-War Committee is announcing a lawsuit regarding police violence during the Republican National Convention at a press conference in front of St. Paul City Hall, according to a press release.
Film note: Spike Lee’s meandering, melodramatic Miracle by Jim Brunzell III, TC Daily Planet • Spike Lee is an influential and prolific filmmaker who has made over 20 films and is coming off his most successful film to date—Inside Man—but his latest film, Miracle at St. Anna, is far from monumental. Lee has turned James McBride’s 2002 novel into a complete disaster.
Iraqi artists star in Powderhorn exhibit by Mason Riddle, TC Daily Planet • With the exhibit Voices in Art from Iraq, the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) hopes to correct Americans’ misperceptions about Iraq. Moving beyond the daily news broadcasts of the war, beyond the images of the destruction and loss of life in a desert landscape half a world away, IARP wants Minnesotans to understand that Iraq is a country with a rich history, where people do many of the same things that we do.
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CABBAGES AND KINGS | Colombia: Hear the other side on Sunday by Alicia Ranney and Kristen Melby • In a September 21 article Colombian ambassador to the United States visits Twin Cities (republished from La Prensa de Minnesota), there were several statements the Colombian ambassador made misrepresenting the current human rights conditions in Colombia as well as the projected impacts of free trade for both the United States and Colombia.
ARTS ORBIT | Burn, baby, burn! by Jay Gabler • This Saturday in Stockholm, Wisconsin, artists Stanton Sears and Andrea Myklebust will build a wooden Fire Castle. And then they’ll burn it. And not only can you watch, you can help! (With the building, not the burning.)
SINGLE WHITE FRINGE GEEK | The couple in the front row by Matthew A. Everett • “It was fascinating to watch because up there on stage were these incredibly youthful men, and down in the front row were these two men, on the other end of life. They’d been through all these things together that we could only guess at, and they were still sitting there, holding hands. Maybe this was their story.”
ARTS ORBIT | Uptown street art in the waning days of summer by Dustin Nelson • So gritty and dirty…so much better for it.