Today in the Daily Planet, 11/8/07



“The Seward Spirit: A Family of Artists”:
by Jay Gabler, Special to the TC Daily Planet
One recent evening at the corner of 25th and Evergreen in the Seward neighborhood, late-autumn leaves glowed yellow as the sun set over the Graybar electrical supply warehouse. Tall stacks of aluminum tubes cast long shadows across the storage lot, and on the opposite corner, all was quiet at Aerie #34 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. It was a placid scene featuring wide expanses of flatness, but to call the spot a “prairie” would be a stretch.

“Swiftboat torpedoes Robbinsdale school levy”:
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020 Fellow
A shadow campaign led by anti-public education zealot Paul Dorr used lies, racism and fear to sink Robbinsdale’s school district levy referendum on Tuesday.

“Minnesotan running for Somalia’s Prime Minister post”:
by Staff, African News Journal
Longtime St. Paul resident Abdurahman Ali Osman says that he is the most qualified candidate for the position to become Somalia’s next Prime Minister.


“Nightingale sings”:
by Dwight Hobbes, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Adrienne Nightingale is one gifted singer-songsmith, as her work schedule readily attests. Nightingale constantly tours across the U.S. and abroad, working over100 gigs a year in places like Canada, Mexico, Spain and Kenya. She’s been heard over public radio from New York City to Los Angeles and on almost 700 Internet programs around the globe, including Feminine Groove, Music Highway Radio, Netteradio and Radio Crystal Blue.

“It’s a nice walk, but is it art?”:
by Dylan Thomas, Downtown Journal
On one of many walks Marcus Young will take through Downtown this month, the artist passed a bus stop filled with afternoon commuters.

“Sand From the Desert: Prodigy Journey from Addis Ababa to Minneapolis”:
by Julia N. Opoti , Mshale
Yohannes ‘Johnny’ Tona was born into a musical family in Ethiopia. In November, his band – The Yohannes Tona Ban – released his first CD making a name for himself in the Minneapolis Jazz scene.

“Togolese Musician Yawo, a Master of Surprises”:
by Etor Adamaley, Mshale
Yawo Attivor is a name Minnesotans and, more importantly, Africans residing in Minnesota, should be familiar with. He has been based in our very own backyard for the better part of a decade, and has been known to pull off some of the most vivacious musical displays the Twin Cities has heard or seen. Therefore, it was with a heightened sense of anticipation that I entered The Cabooze on Thursday, Oct. 12.

“Jeany Park leaving for Oregon”:
By Tom LaVenture, Asian American Press
Jeany Park, a playwright and actress whose work has helped bring the Asian American experience before Twin Cities theatergoers – is leaving for Oregon this December, on what could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Park, an actress who has not only paved her own way, is also credited with smoothing the path for many others.

“Nachito Herrera and Manny Laureano perform with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies”:
by Mario Duarte, La Prensa de Minnesota
For this season, its 35th anniversary, the MN Youth Symphonies has chosen music from internationally recognized artists such as renown Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera; Stephen Paulus, a U of M Alummnus, graduated in Theory and Composition; Shelley Hanson, producer, clarinet player and conductor; and Edward Niedermaier.


“Why I oppose the Davnie bill”:
by Pam Costain, All Learning, All the Time


“Public service”:
by Dave Healy, Park Bugle
When was the last time you heard someone described as a ‘public servant’? Although in this country the term has traditionally been applied to elected officials, we no longer use it much in that context. To many people’s ears it probably sounds rather quaint.