Inside the Daily Planet, 11/14/08

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Secretary of State lays out details of Senate recount
by Paul Demko, Minnesota Independent
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced the formation of a five-person statewide canvassing board today that will oversee the mandatory recount in the U. S. Senate race. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson and Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin, along with two other judges, will join Ritchie on the panel.

Workers seek support as foundry lockout enters third week
by Steve Share, Workday Minnesota
A lockout idling 160 union workers at a Plymouth foundry is now in its third week – and the union is reaching out to the rest of the labor movement for support.

Heather Henson’s puppet film collection comes to Minneapolis
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Heather Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, hasn’t fallen far from the tree—she’s dedicated her life to creating and supporting puppetry of all kinds. Among her many projects is collecting short films featuring puppetry; selections from that collection will be screening this weekend at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, with a live performance by puppet miniaturist Laura Heit. Henson is based in Orlando, where she heads IBEX Puppetry; she spoke by phone about the short films, her father, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul puppetry scene.

MUSIC | U Opera Theatre student signs with Metropolitan Opera
by David Introwitz, Minnesota Daily
Big productions are in place this year at the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, as it kicked off its 2008-09 season this weekend with “The Rape of Lucretia.” One member, however, is balancing his student life with a New York City career.

VOICES | Survival mode. A plastic toilet paper bag?
by Ricey Wild, The Circle
So here am I, celebrating an empty nest when I suddenly get all ambitious and clean out my closet from all the clothes on my floor. I wish I could describe to you the sheer magnitude of stuff I hauled out of there. Stuff I forgot I had and how the closet space, according to the laws of physics, could not possibly have held all that in it.

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LIFE OF CYN | How to wrestle a cougar • by Cyn Collins • Dear Cyn, I’m a first-year grad student at the U, and I’m just now getting out to explore Minneapolis beyond Dinkytown. I was at Bunker’s last weekend for the Radio On show, and my friend looked at the dance floor and said, “Wow! This place is full of hot cougars. You should totally get on that.” I agreed, but honestly I had no idea what he was talking about. What’s a “cougar,” where can I find one, and why would I want to? Sincerely, Wannabe Cougar Bait

ARTS ORBIT | Weekend what’s what 11/13-11/16: We built this city • by l’etoile magazine staff • The always impressive and vibrant roster of events our hardworkin’ cities have to offer show no signs of diminishing, despite the growing chill. From creative conversations to outrageous art shows, rockin’ music to wild dance parties, the inhabitants of the Twin Cities have plotted out a party-packed itinerary that will please just about anyone. Both sides of the river represent well this time around, with animation and music in St. Paul, art and theater in Minneapolis, and oh-so much more.

BLOG OF THE MODERATE LEFT | Shock and surprise: Democrat Mark Ritchie is a Democrat • by Jeff Fecke • You have to hand it to the modern Republican Party. Most candidates facing a recount would be quietly going about their business, lining up their legal advisors, maybe making a few points about what they view as important in the procedural approach to the count.