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THEATER REVIEW | "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol" at the New Century Theatre: A Minnesotan twist on a classic
A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol, currently playing at the New Century Theatre in Minneapolis, is another opportunity for Minnesotans to laugh at themselves—something we seem to be very good at.MORE »
A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol, currently playing at the New Century Theatre in Minneapolis, is another opportunity for Minnesotans to laugh at themselves—something we seem to be very good at.
A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol tells the story of Gunner, a down-on-his-luck bar owner in northern Minnesota who can no longer find joy in life or love in his marriage. On Christmas Eve he takes his snowmobile out on the lake and falls through the ice. While in a coma in the hospital he is given the chance to observe his life with the help of visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come. Unfortunately for Gunner the ghosts are all embodied by Sven (budget cuts in the ghost world!), his old band partner and love rival.
The five actors in A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol are all veterans of musical theater in the Twin Cities and this production is a great showcase for their musical and comedic talents. Bonni Allen, Doug Anderson, Michael Lee, Jennifer Maren and Ross Young are each able to bring their character’s distinct idiosyncrasies to life to such a degree that this over-the-top story of Christmas redemption seems totally natural. In particular I enjoyed Michael Lee’s portrayal of the Christmas ghosts in his Robert Goulet persona and Jennifer Maren’s appearance as Tiny Tim.
Even though we all know how this story is going to end, I have never seen it told in a more eclectic mix of songs, choreography and irreverent humor, thanks to the story and lyrics by Phil Olson. In many ways this production takes the Church Basement Ladies out of the church and puts them in a bar in Bunyan Bay. The Norwegian Lutheran jokes are the same no matter who is telling them—and which audience is laughing at them. And, just like the Church Basement Ladies, Don’t Hug Me has become a franchise. There are four plays so far with plans for the fifth to premiere in 2014.
If you are looking for traditional Christmas entertainment, there are many wonderful productions for you to choose from. But if you are looking for a good laugh, I suggest you see A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol running through January 5.
Coverage of issues and events that affect Central Corridor neighborhoods and communities is funded in part by a grant from Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.
©2013 Jean Gabler "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol" at the New Century Theatre
Al tiempo de que te dirigías a las casillas para ejercer tu voto en las elecciones de alcalde y consejeros de la ciudad, como yo, tal vez te estabas preguntando acerca de este nuevo y equitativo método de votar, conocido como voto de elección por categoría (RCV, en inglés).MORE »
Al tiempo de que te dirigías a las casillas para ejercer tu voto en las elecciones de alcalde y consejeros de la ciudad, como yo, tal vez te estabas preguntando acerca de este nuevo y equitativo método de votar, conocido como voto de elección por categoría (RCV, en inglés).
Minneapolis primeramente usó el RCV en noviembre de 2009. Actualmente Minneapolis se encuentra entre la vanguardia al usar el voto de elección por categoría. Otras ciudades que utilizan este método son: St. Paul, MN; San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley y San Leandro, CA; Takoma Park, MD; Hendersonville, NC; y, Cambridge, MA.
Este noviembre, muchos de nosotros llegamos a las Casillas para usar el voto de elección por categoría en la elección de alcalde y consejero del 2013. Ahora que Minneapolis ha adoptado el RCV para la mayoría de oficiales de la ciudad, ¿cómo es que se le considera mejor al método de votación tradicional de un voto por candidato?
Así funciona el voto de elección por categoría: Después de que todos los votos son sometidos, los votos son tabulados usando un algoritmo. En teoría, es posible que un candidato gane en la primera ronda, si obtienen una mayoría relativa de votos de primera opción, 50% mas 1. En la primera ronda, aquellos con la menor cantidad de votos de primera opción son eliminados, y en un campo de 35 candidatos, eso eliminará a una buena cantidad. Aquí es donde se hace muy importante marcar a la segunda y tercera opción. Se te permite marcar sólo una opción. Pero, si a tu primera opción no le va bien en la primera ronda, no tendrás a un candidato que represente tu opción en la segunda ronda. Por el amor al argumento, digamos que 30 de los 35 candidatos son eliminados en la primera ronda. Si elegiste a cualquiera de ellos en tu primera opción, entonces tu primera opción ya no cuenta.
Entonces, las boletas se cuentan a favor de tu segunda opción y se le dan a ese candidato. En la primera ronda, digamos que Sr. Gris obtuvo 40% de los votos como primera opción, mientras que la Sra. Verde obtuvo 35% de los votos de primera opción. El resto de los votos de primera opción se fueron a los tres candidatos que quedan. Ahora, en la segunda ronda, la Sra. Verde obtiene 20% de los votos de segunda opción, mientras que el Sr. Gris consigue únicamente el 10% de los votos de segunda opción. La Sra. Verde entonces gana con el 55% del voto, una mayoría relativa segura.
En teoría, el voto de elección por categoría parece relativamente simple. Sin embargo, en la práctica se complica. Por eso es que contamos con las máquinas para sean ellas quienes hagan el trabajo por nosotros.
A los defensores del voto de elección por categoría les gusta señalar que ésta elimina las elecciones primarias. Y, como las primarias son distinguidas por ser poco concurridas y representan costos extras, estoy de acuerdo en que RCV es un avance.
Yo vivo en Brooklyn Center, pero viví hace cinco años en la Cedar Ave y 38th. Fue ahí donde conocí a Silvia Pérez y al programa de Mujeres en Acción y Poder (MAP). Este programa consiste en información, actividades, manualidades y recursos para la comunidad, especialmente para las mujeres que hablan español. MAP comenzó en el año 2007 y es una iniciativa de la Organización del Barrio de Corcoran.MORE »
Yo vivo en Brooklyn Center, pero viví hace cinco años en la Cedar Ave y 38th. Fue ahí donde conocí a Silvia Pérez y al programa de Mujeres en Acción y Poder (MAP). Este programa consiste en información, actividades, manualidades y recursos para la comunidad, especialmente para las mujeres que hablan español. MAP comenzó en el año 2007 y es una iniciativa de la Organización del Barrio de Corcoran.
La primera vez que asistí al grupo de Mujeres me interesó mucho porque ahí encontré apoyo entre el grupo y me hicieron descubrir algunos de mis talentos como mujer. Yo no tenía conocimiento de qué tan importante sería esto para el desarrollo de mis talentos. Uno de los talentos que descubrí es el potencial con el que cuento para realizar cambios en mi comunidad, como líder y crear proyectos con los jóvenes y padres de familia. El otro talento es que tengo mucha imaginación. También, me di cuenta que puedo ayudar a que la comunidad se exprese a través de murales u otras expresiones en el arte.
Me mudé a Brooklyn Center y empecé a reflexionar sobre mis talentos. Empecé a trabajar en la comunidad siguiendo el ejemplo de Mujeres en Acción y Poder, y abrí un equipo de futbol. Invité a mi comunidad de Brooklyn Center y Brooklyn Park, empezando con invitaciones, yendo a los restaurantes (Chinese Buffet, Subway, McDonald’s…) a buscar gente latina y darles a conocer mis intenciones con este proyecto. También, la Iglesia St. Alphonsus me dio una oportunidad de invitar a la comunidad y es así como inicié. Me llegaron niños de varias edades y empezamos, de un equipo se formaron cuatro equipos, tuve mucho éxito. El propósito de este proyecto era que los niños, después de la escuela tuvieran la oportunidad de conocer a otros miembros de la misma comunidad y hacer amistad. Otro propósito era que los niños salieran de sus casas y no vieran mucho la televisión, los juegos de Wii y Nintendo, para mantenerse más saludables.
Hace aproximadamente seis meses me volví a encontrar con Silvia Pérez y me invitó al curso de Líderes en Acción y Poder (LAP), para participar en el taller de líderes que hablan de diferentes temas de la comunidad de Minneapolis. Se tomó el tema de promotoras de seguridad pública en nuestro barrio con John Reed, un Especialista de Prevención del Crimen, miembro del Departamento de Policía de Minneapolis.
Empecé a asistir y desde entonces estoy asistiendo a las clases cada martes, con el propósito de tener más herramientas, conocimientos en liderazgo y para crear más proyectos en la comunidad.
La comunidad para mí se refiere a todas las personas en general que son activas, no importando el lugar donde viven o de donde vienen.
Sigo viviendo en Brooklyn Center, pero para mí contribuir en la comunidad de Corcoran es muy importante, porque ayudar a las necesidades de la gente me hace sentir gran placer en mi persona, me satisface porque ser líder es mi ser. Trabajar con Corcoran me beneficia en cuanto a crecimiento personal y profesional, al relacionarme con otros grupos de personas en las ciudades que ayudan con otros proyectos comunitarios.
Ahorita estoy creando un taller de piñatas con la finalidad de que la comunidad se conozca, y se creé un ambiente creativo no sólo para los latinos, sino para la comunidad en general. Es una gran oportunidad para conocer la tradición de piñatas y conocer su origen, y con el beneficio de crear sus propias piñatas para sus eventos.
Para mí un líder es la persona que toma iniciativa para hacer cambios positivos y constructivos en su barrio, comunidad o ciudad, es una persona que no espera nada a cambio, ni beneficiarse económicamente.
OPINION | Corcoran community: Creating leaders - An experience with "Mujeres y Líderes en Acción y Poder"
I live in Brooklyn Center, but I lived for five years at Cedar Ave and 38th Street. It was there where I met Silvia Perez and the program Mujeres en Acción y Poder (MAP) or translated as “Women in Action and Power.” This program consists of information, activities, crafts and resources for the community, especially women who speak Spanish. MAP started in the year 2007 and is an initiative of Corcoran Neighborhood Organization.MORE »
I live in Brooklyn Center, but I lived for five years at Cedar Ave and 38th Street. It was there where I met Silvia Perez and the program Mujeres en Acción y Poder (MAP) or translated as “Women in Action and Power.” This program consists of information, activities, crafts and resources for the community, especially women who speak Spanish. MAP started in the year 2007 and is an initiative of Corcoran Neighborhood Organization.
The first time that I attended the women’s group I was very interested because there I found support within the group and I began to discover some of my talents as a woman. I didn’t know how important is was to develop my talent. One of my talents that I discovered is that I have great potential to make change in my community as a leader and to create projects with young people and parents. The other talent is that I have a lot of imagination. Also I realized that I can help the community to express itself through murals or other opportunities in the arts.
I moved to Brooklyn Center and started to reflect on my talents. I started to work in the community by following the example of Mujeres en Acción y Poder, and I started a soccer team. I invited my community of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, starting with invitations going out to restaurants (Chinese Buffet, Subway, McDonald’s…) to find Latino people and to let them know about my intensions with this project. St Alphonsus Church also gave me the opportunity to invite the community and that is how it started.
I got kids of various ages and we started a league that formed four teams. I was very successful. The purpose of this project was that after school the kids had the opportunity to meet other members of the same community and make friendship. Another purpose was for the children to be outside their homes and to stay health rather than watching a lot of television, and games like Wii and Nintendo.
About six months ago I returned to meet with Silvia Preze and invited me to the course “Lideres en Acción Y Poder” (LAP) or translated as “Leaders in Action and Power.” This was to participate in a leadership workshop that would discuss different topics in the Minneapolis community. The theme of promoting public safety in our neighborhood was selected with John Reed, a Crime Prevention Specialist with the Minneapolis Police Department, as the presenter.
I started to go and since then I have been attending the classes every Tuesday in order to have more tools, knowledge in leadership and to create more community projects. Community to mean all common people who are active, no matter where they live or where they come from.
I still live in Brooklyn Center, but to me it’s important to contribute to the Corcoran community because helping people in need gives me great pleasure. I’m happy because to be a leader is to be who I am. Working with Corcoran benefits me in terms of personal and professional growth, and with my interaction with other groups of people in the cities that help with other community projects.
Right now I’m creating a workshop about piñatas in order for the community learn about them, and to create an environment not only for Latinos, but for the community at large. It’s a great opportunity to learn the tradition and origin of piñatas, and benefit from being able to create your own piñatas for your events.
To me a leader is a person who takes initiative to make positive and constructive changes in their neighborhood, community or city. It’s a person who does not expect anything in return nor benefiting financially.
(Translated by Ross Joy)
The Dinkytown small-area plan is on the agenda of two groups this week, with presentations on different aspects of the plan to the Marcy-Holmes board of directors on December 10 and to the Dinkytown Business Association on December 12. The Dinkytown Business Association, the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis City Planning Department are working on the small-area plan. They held public meetings in September and November at Varsity Theater to solicit public suggestions and reaction.MORE »
The Dinkytown small-area plan is on the agenda of two groups this week, with presentations on different aspects of the plan to the Marcy-Holmes board of directors on December 10 and to the Dinkytown Business Association on December 12. The Dinkytown Business Association, the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis City Planning Department are working on the small-area plan. They held public meetings in September and November at Varsity Theater to solicit public suggestions and reaction.
Developers and some other property owners in the Dinkytown area have organized to protest what they claim is neglect of their interests in the creation of this plan. Kelly Doran is now planning a hotel instead of an apartment building and the grocery store that the Marshall project developers promised the neighborhood may not materialize. For details on the development changes, see the first article in this series, Dinkytown developers open Pandora's box: Grocery, apartment building out; hotel and mystery tenant in.
Haila Maze, principal city planner assigned to Dinkytown, outlined the issues. Her presentations and a 104-page draft of the Dinkytown Area plan are posted online with separate analyses of historical preservation and the Dinkytown business climate.
Developer Kelly Doran objects to a “kind of undefined nostalgic view of Dinkytown” that, he said, is driving the small-area planning process “without recognition of the realities and the problems that Dinkytown is facing. Everyone had this view of what Dinkytown may have been and that’s not necessarily what it is.”
He said he’s working with property owners to write a response to the draft of the plan. “Most of property owners thought the presentation at Varsity Theater was biased; it provided a one-sided, anti-development view. It does not speak to property values," Doran said.
Maze said eight of the 13 members of the working group from the first meeting were property owners. “Those eight of the 13 are very keen on property rights,” she said. “Two of them even sold their properties to Opus.”
Greg Pillsbury, vice president of the Dinkytown Business Association, owns Burrito Loco Bar & Grill at 418 13th Ave. S.E., in a partnership with his brother. “I know most of the property owners," he said, "and I think they were represented. Everyone’s allowed to come; everyone’s allowed to give their input.”
“This is America so if they want to sell their property, no one can stop them,” said Pillsbury, who said Dinkytown’s strength is in its variety of small businesses.
“Dinkytown is a place where my brother and I can open a store 10 years ago and be successful,” Pillsbury said. “A friend can open a hair salon. Some gals had a belly-dancing store for a while.
“You’re going to see these opportunities go away if the rent goes up on everyone and the property taxes go up on people like me. Al’s Breakfast would not be able to open today if it had to go in there now.”
“Once the little guys make a place real cool, the big guys come and squeeze them out. I don’t want to see that happen in Dinkytown,” he said.
Joseph Amara, CEO and one of three owners of Magus Books, said the destruction of Dinkytown has already begun – the way small business districts have gone in Chicago and Milwaukee.
“If it weren’t for the Internet, we’d have been gone a long time ago,” Amara said. “We have materials on religions from Christianity to Zoroastrianism.”
His business attracts diverse customers from beyond the neighborhood with an unusual selection of books, ritual tools, incense, candles, a range of herbal products, and services such as classes, massage and consultation on herbal practices.
Pillsbury said he’s excited about the new apartments under construction in his Dinkytown block, but he said he favored Doran’s earlier proposed apartment building over the hotel. “I would prefer student housing; students would be there for a while, more of a captive audience. If he thinks it’s better to build a hotel, more power to him. If Kelly builds that, I think we can still keep the character of Dinkytown.”
On one side of the Refinery Salon is a sign indicating that the building was once the Dayton's University Store, the first Dayton's store outside of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. (Photo by Bill Huntzicker)
Defining and keeping Dinkytown’s character is a challenge of the small-area plan, planner Maze said. The Minneapolis city plan identified several areas, including Dinkytown, to be studied in more detail to allow for planned development and preservation.
“It is an area that people care about,” Maze said. “I feel a lot of responsibility because of my commitment to give everybody a say.”
Meeting regularly with a work group and soliciting public feedback at the Varsity meetings, Maze has begun compiling the results that she will present to the Dinkytown Business Association at its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 12, in Vescio’s Restaurant, 406 14th Ave. S.E.
The Dinkytown plan will be part of the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood plan, which is also being revised. Maize will present the Dinkytown draft to the Marcy-Holmes board of directors at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, at the University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601 13th Ave. S.E.
Pillsbury said he’s much more concerned about parking than historic designation. “The best way to preserve Dinkytown is to give us some parking,” he said. “Every time a developer wants a variance, he should give us some parking in exchange.”
Throughout the process, Maze has proposed a number of options, including designation as a historic preservation district.
Even if the plan recommends historic preservation, she said, the process of creating an historic preservation district would have to be done separately from the city’s adoption of the Dinkytown plan.
Her analysis says that Dinkytown has the association with historic events and important persons, distinctive design and physical characteristics, and potential to provide historical information necessary for National Register designation. Local advocates would have to create documentation to submit to state and federal preservation boards.
Public opposition to the creation of a local historic district, which could give the local historic preservation commission authority to review building changes, has been so strong that it won’t be in the plan, she said.
Skott Johnson, president of the Dinkytown Business Association, opposes the local historic designation, which, he says, puts too many restrictions on property owners.
Instead, Maze and Johnson have suggested National Register designation that would create a district that allows federal tax credits and grants to owners to rehab old properties. They have also recommended the Minnesota Main Street program, administered by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, which has helped small towns, including Stillwater, Winona and Red Wing, preserve their unique historic character while supporting revitalization and economic development.
“The Main Street is not a preservation tool as much as an organizing tool,” Maze said. “It can help a business association organize itself. It creates a voluntary toolbox so people can get together an create a larger network of support for the business community.”
The Dinkytown plan doesn’t create a historic preservation district. “The way it’s written, it says to ‘explore, look into’ the possibilities,” said Maze.
City Council Member Cam Gordon has proposed city conservation districts for areas, like Dinkytown and Prospect Park, that have cultural and historic significance not tied to specific buildings.
Maze said that the conservation district proposal has gone through many drafts and has not yet been approved by the City Council. “It would be nice to have it and be able to lay it side by side with historic designation and look at the pros and cons of each,” she said.
The Seward Art Crawl will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, from noon to 5 p.m. More than 60 artists will be displaying and selling their work at local art studios, galleries, businesses, churches and home-studios, including Corcoran residents Lawrence Nelson and Andrea Sepulveda.
The culmination of eighteen years of mixing mediums, Fly Eye art is Larry’s latest endeavor. They are combinations of observational paintings with photography, and collage. The photos are panoramic views squared. Thirty five photos fit together revealing a total field of vision including the periphery. These mixed media paintings become postindustrial mandalas, meditations on contemporary realities. They are invitations to stop, look, and listen to life as it’s happening.
Andrea Sepulveda enjoys photographing graffiti that is in some way representational and concrete – She sees it in all kinds of places: walls, train cars, sign posts, bridges, mailboxes and even fire hydrants! She also likes to be with nature – bugs and flowers especially.
The Seward Winter Frolic combines the former Seward Art Crawl and the Franklin Frolic celebrating the vibrant artistic, cultural and business communities with support from the Seward Neighborhood Group and the Seward Civic and Commerce Association.
Art crawlers are invited to frolic at participating businesses by taking advantage of specials and giveaways. All venues are within walking distance throughout the Seward Neighborhood.
Art Crawl and Seward Winter Frolic: 10am – 5pm
Designated gallery spaces, home studios, participating businesses, churches throughout the Seward neighborhood. Free. Participating businesses will offer specials, discounts or giveaways. Maps available at participating local businesses.Free.
New: Pedicabs with heated seats and blankets will be available to transport shoppers throughout the neighborhood from 1 – 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, December 7
Art Car and Bike Parade: 10:30am
Parade route begins at Fire Station #7. Spectacle of local art cars and bikes will be lead through the neighborhood by a fire truck and band organ on a flatbed truck. Free.
Lighting Ceremony: 5:00-6:00 pm
Fire jugglers and other hot performances will light up the park to celebrate a warm community spirit during the cold days of winter. Triangle Park located at 26th and Franklin Avenues. Free.
Sunday, December 8
Art Crawl and Seward Winter Frolic: Noon – 5:00 pm
Designated gallery spaces, home studios, participating businesses, churches throughout the Seward neighborhood. Participating businesses will offer specials, discounts or giveaways. Maps available at participating local businesses. Free.
New: Pedicabs with heated seats and blankets will be available to transport shoppers throughout the neighborhood from 1 – 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
Susan Kolstad is a local artist.2013 Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the 'hood!
Dinkytown developers open Pandora's box: Grocery, apartment building out; hotel and mystery tenant in
In the continuing saga of Dinkytown development, Kelly Doran is now planning a hotel instead of an apartment building and the grocery store that the Marshall project developers promised the neighborhood may not materialize. These are major changes for two of the three large developments underway in the heart of Dinkytown, the four-block business district adjacent to the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus.MORE »
In the continuing saga of Dinkytown development, Kelly Doran is now planning a hotel instead of an apartment building and the grocery store that the Marshall project developers promised the neighborhood may not materialize. These are major changes for two of the three large developments underway in the heart of Dinkytown, the four-block business district adjacent to the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus.
As construction continues on two six-story buildings and Doran plans a third, the Dinkytown Business Association, the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis City Planning Department are also moving forward with a small-area plan. Developers and some other property owners in the Dinkytown area have organized to protest what they claim is neglect of their interests in the creation of this plan. For details, see the second article in this series, Small area, big plan as Dinkytown balances preservation, development.
Kelly Doran, CEO of Doran Companies, says he has a purchase agreement to acquire two buildings on Fourth Street Southeast between 13th and 14th avenues to build a six-story hotel where he had earlier proposed a six-story, mixed-use apartment building.
“We will have retail space on street level with five stories of hotel above it,” Doran said.
Doran said he’s “in discussion” with the businesses in the existing buildings, except the tattoo parlor, whose lease will expire within the year. A couple of the businesses, he said, are thinking of closing temporarily and reopening in his new building.
Doran, owner and developer of Sydney Hall at the corner of Fourth Street and 14th Avenue, has defended his record at bringing back previous businesses on the site, even though Erbert and Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop is the only one that remains from the previous building. A bookstore also returned, but it has since gone out of business.
The CVS Pharmacy in Sydney Hall, he said, was one of the top-performing stores in Minnesota for CVS. “Therein lies the question as to what the customers in Dinkytown really want," said Doran. "Ma and Pa businesses are great, as long as they’re catering to their market.”
“Our hope is to go through city [for approvals] early next year and hopefully start construction by summer next year with delivery of the building and hotel in summer 2015,” Doran said.
A hotel, he said, will help Dinkytown. “The hotel will drive people to businesses, bring in dollars, and help the existing community. We will have very little opposition that I’ve heard. Then the issues are what it will look like and how it will work.
“Hundreds of people every day could be staying in a hotel – people who will be buying goods and services in the community. They’ll be coming to the University to consider attending; parents will come to visit children attending the University; and some attend educational events at the University.”
Other hotels near the University are in Stadium Village and on the West Bank. They are The Commons Hotel (formerly University Radisson) at 615 Washington Ave. S.E. on campus; Days Inn Hotel, 2407 University Ave. S.E.; Courtyard Minneapolis (formerly Holiday Inn at Seven Corners) at 1500 Washington Ave. S.
Doran’s hotel will provide one level of underground parking, and a street level that would actually have more retail space than the current buildings, Doran said. Five floors of hotel above the retail would make his building the same height as the Opus Development under construction on the north half of the block, and the Marshall development now under construction on the other side of Fifth Street, on the former Marshall High School/UTEC site.
The Marshall project is being developed by BKV Group, which had told the neighborhood the six-story mixed-use building would have a grocery store as the major ground-floor tenant.
In May, the Marcy-Holmes association supported variances for large trucks to make deliveries to the proposed Fresh City Market owned by Fresh Madison Market of Wisconsin – a company that had planned to expand into Dinkytown and the neighborhood of Purdue University in Indiana.
Jeff Mauer, owner of Fresh Madison Market confirmed that negotiations with BKV Group's Realtor have broken down after “many months.”
“It was all about the cost,” said Mauer, who would not say how far apart they were on the price of rent. “I thought the students and the neighbors were excited to have us come, but the economics just didn’t work for us.”
Mauer, who has roots in Minneapolis, said he still hopes to open a store here. “We will continue to look for another site. It would be a great spot for us to be, and we could provide a valuable service. There’s so much building going on, so it’s certainly a possibility.”
BKV Group officials referred questions to their Realtors, who would not comment on specific tenants or say whether they’re still considering a grocery store.
“Our goal is to provide a retail opportunity that is valued and appreciated by our future residents as well as our Marcy-Holmes neighbors,” said an email from Scott Barton, vice president of real estate acquisitions at EdR, a collegiate housing developer in Memphis. “Unfortunately, we are unable to confirm or deny any specific entity or use with which we may or may not be negotiating. We hope to be able to comment more specifically soon regarding retail tenants at the Marshall.”
Doran will go to the Marcy-Holmes Land-Use Committee at 5:30 p.m. on January 14 at the University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601 13th Ave. S.E., with his request for a demolition permit to tear down his buildings on Fourth Street.
In September 2013, he proposed a mixed-use apartment building on the site instead. At that meeting, he said he had warned that approving the Opus development would open a “Pandora’s box” of development in Dinkytown.
After his presentation, committee member and architect Larry Prinds asked, “Did you say you came out of Pandora’s Box?”
“I did,” Doran replied.
Site preparations are underway for a new 5 story building at 2230 E Lake Street. The “Hi-Lake Triangle” will include 64 apartment units and over 5,000 square feet of street level retail directly adjacent to the Lake Street light rail station.MORE »
Site preparations are underway for a new 5 story building at 2230 E Lake Street. The “Hi-Lake Triangle” will include 64 apartment units and over 5,000 square feet of street level retail directly adjacent to the Lake Street light rail station.
Developer Wellington Management presented to and received support for the plans from CNO’s Land Use and Housing committee in 2012. Construction was delayed due to alignment considerations for a possible platform and rail line that Metro Transit is studying for the Midtown Greenway.
Mark your calendars: Corcoran Neighborhood Organization will host its volunteer recognition dinner on Wednesday, February 12 at Corcoran Park. You are invited to the annual event, which features a delicious dinner and an award ceremony honoring Corcoran’s Lifetime Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year.
Do you know someone who has greatly contributed to Corcoran neighborhood? If so, nominate him/her for a Volunteer of the Year award! Neighbors may be recognized for contributing to large-scale or small-scale events, gestures of goodwill, and other acts that benefit our community. Submit the nominee’s name, your name, and a brief statement explaining how the volunteer has contributed to the neighborhood to Elizabeth at info [at] corcoranneighborhood [dot] org or to 3451 Cedar Ave. S. You may also reach Elizabeth by phone: (612) 724-7457.
Elizabeth Logas is the CNO Program Assistant.
Even before I became the Youth Reporter this past summer, I enjoyed discovering things about Minneapolis and my neighborhood. It’s good to know things about the places where you live. That way when you meet somebody new and they ask, “Where do you live?” you can tell them interesting things about the area. Like most people, I have relatives that live in different cities and states. Some of my friends also have family members who live in different countries. When I get the chance to visit, I like to learn as much as I can about their hometown. Then when we talk over the phone, I can picture in my mind where they are and what adventures they’ve been having. The same goes for them, when I tell them about the things I’m doing here at home.MORE »
Even before I became the Youth Reporter this past summer, I enjoyed discovering things about Minneapolis and my neighborhood. It’s good to know things about the places where you live. That way when you meet somebody new and they ask, “Where do you live?” you can tell them interesting things about the area. Like most people, I have relatives that live in different cities and states. Some of my friends also have family members who live in different countries. When I get the chance to visit, I like to learn as much as I can about their hometown. Then when we talk over the phone, I can picture in my mind where they are and what adventures they’ve been having. The same goes for them, when I tell them about the things I’m doing here at home.
When people outside of the neighborhood think of Corcoran, the first things that usually come to mind include the YWCA, the Midtown Farmers Market, South High, and the light rail station. All of these places are right next to each other – so it makes sense that everybody knows about them. That’s one of the things I like about our neighborhood. It is easy to walk or ride your bike to check out all there is to see and do here. One of my favorite places (that is kitty corner from my house) is Corcoran Park. The park building has a daycare center and every year the neighborhood holds the Corcoran Festival in the park. I recently found out that it is one of the smallest parks in Minneapolis. I bet if you removed the island in the middle of Powderhorn Park – all of Corcoran Park would just about fit in that pond.
That’s okay with me. I like the size of our neighborhood and that it is not too crowded or busy. We are classified as “mainly a residential neighborhood” because more than 60 percent of the land is used for single-family residences. This is probably why the Corcoran neighborhood is known for its strong sense of community among neighbors. We also have a lot of public art for such a small neighborhood. A well-known mural is the one at South High. When they were still working on it, my summer camp class visited the site and me with one of the artists, Greta McLain. Her work can be seen all over the Twin Cities and across the country. In fact, one of her murals is at my school, Southside Family Charter School. (It’s beautiful!). Our Corcoran Neighborhood Organization “uses public art as a vehicle to unite neighbors and turn ordinary spaces into public places.” You can see some photos for yourself at this link: www.corcoranneighborhood.org/programs/public-art/
Unfortunately, there is another kind of “art” that can be found in our neighborhood and many others: graffiti. If you notice some on your property or on a building, you are supposed to call 3-1-1 to report it. It helps to keep the community safe, when you make sure the local authorities know where and when this kind of vandalism is happening. If it is on your property, the City of Minneapolis requires graffiti to be removed within 10 days. You can do this with free products available at Minneapolis Fire Stations. Or, if you can’t remove it, cover graffiti with free paint offered by Corcoran Neighborhood Organization.
I suspect that most of you who get this newspaper delivered free to your house each month were already aware of what I wrote about today. Along with many more unique and special things about where we live. Perhaps your friends and relatives would like to know more about where you live. A good place to get them started would be to send them a copy of this newspaper. They can also take a virtual tour of Corcoran by going to: www.minneapolis81.com/tag/corcoran/
So the next time someone says, “You live in Corcoran . . . what’s it like?” you will have plenty of things to share with them.
Frances Copenhaver is the CNO Youth Reporter.
You know how when you are dieting, it seems like every place you look, there's news about diets? I wish I were dieting — because wherever I look, there's news about Alzheimer's.MORE »
You know how when you are dieting, it seems like every place you look, there's news about diets? I wish I were dieting — because wherever I look, there's news about Alzheimer's.
Along with my sisters and brothers, I'm shuttling back and forth to my parents' home this week, making sure that my mom has someone with her as she copes with the increasing toll of my father's Alzheimer's disease, which will soon put him in a skilled nursing facility. I know we are one family among a multitude, but I also know that each family's experience of the vicious progression of the disease is unique, and uniquely painful.
BBC reported December 4 that dementia cases, including Alzheimer's, are set to triple worldwide by 2050, going from 44 million people today to 135 people living with the disease by 2050. As more people live longer, more will be living longer with Alzheimer's and other dementia. Rather than being a disease of rich countries, it will be a disease of everyone, with more than 90 million in poor and middle-income countries that lack the capacity to offer assistance to patients and families.
The numbers come from the Alzheimer Disease International organization, which advocates for more money for research on prevention and treatment. Those are laudable goals, but the staggering cost of Alzheimer's today is the cost of caregiving. That means families and in-home care and community-based services.
For more information:
Alzheimer's Association, Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter (24/7 helpline 1.800.272.3900)
The Arc Minnesota 651-604-8066
My mom's care for my dad has gone on for years — according to the doctors, far past the point when most people have to seek assisted living facilities or nursing home care. As a spouse, she doesn't get paid for caring for dad, but other people may be assisted by paid in-home caregivers.
Adult day centers are another great resource, providing some care and structured activity, and some respite time for family members who are otherwise on duty 24/7. Until very recently, that's been a big help for my parents.
According to a press release from The Arc Minnesota, a coalition of 103 disability and senior community organizations called today for a five percent increase in state support for community-based services.
“'Community-based services that provide support to older adults and Minnesotans with disabilities are a critical component to helping them maintain good health and independence, allowing them to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible,' said Steve Piekarski, co-chair of The 5% Campaign and associate vice president of older adult services at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. 'A five percent increase for these Minnesotans and those who provide them with care should be a top budget priority next session.'
"The estimated $86 million would provide a rate increase for home and community-based services that support 93,700 older adults and people with disabilities, with the bulk of the money going to compensation increases for roughly 90,800 caregivers."
While most people think of Alzheimer's in terms of dementia, it also takes a physical toll, including difficulty in walking and swallowing, loss of muscle control and impaired reflexes.
In some ways, our family has been lucky. With support from family, community resources, and, most of all, the love and courage and unstinting work of my mother, my dad has been able to live at home for long years after the onset of the disease. Now that time is coming to a close. It's no longer safe for him to stay at home.
As we walk along this road, the calls of the Alzheimer's Association for increased research and of the 5% Campaign for better funding for community-based services both make a lot of sense to me.
State leaders will enter the 2014 legislative session with a projected $825 million budget surplus. However, caution is being urged.MORE »
State leaders will enter the 2014 legislative session with a projected $825 million budget surplus. However, caution is being urged.
Those were the messages from Minnesota Management & Budget as the November Economic Forecast was released. The twice-annual forecast provides a snapshot of the state’s economy and predicts if the state should have a projected surplus or budget deficit.
“This is certainly a better problem to have than the alternative,” said Gov. Mark Dayton.
According to MMB, the projected balance for the 2014-15 biennium is $1.086 billion; however, the first $246 million of the balance must statutorily be used to complete repayment of the K-12 school property tax recognition shift. Another $15 million will go to the state airports fund to restore money that was first borrowed in 2008.
“Paying back our schools is a victory for Minnesota kids and for our future,” said House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls). “In addition, our commitment to responsible budgeting is paying off. For a decade, Minnesota backed itself in a corner with short-term budget fixes, shifts and gimmicks which limited the choices we had to make the investments we need to make.”
State's economy makes gains
MMB Commissioner Jim Schowalter said Minnesota is one of the top states when it comes to economic performance, while the continued federal political budget and spending fights are resulting in a slightly weaker U.S. economic outlook.
According to an executive summary, the state’s economy continues to make solid gains: “Stronger employment and income growth in 2013 are contributing to a $787 million increase in forecast revenue in the current biennium due to projected increases in income and corporate tax collections. Forecast spending is down $247 million due in part to lower health and human services spending.”
State Economist Laura Kalambokidis said the state’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.8 percent in October, the lowest since the recession began in December 2007. The number is 2.5 percent below the national rate.
However, House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) said it is not time for “a victory lap,” noting that 49 percent of Minnesotans are still unemployed or underemployed.
“What it means is Minnesota families are making less money than they did prior to the recession,” he said. “Minnesota families deserve a full economic recovery. Unfortunately, while we do have a bit of a budget surplus right now, Democrats took $2.1 billion, a historic tax increase, from hard-working Minnesotans. Minnesotans, quite frankly, don’t care how much money the government has to spend, they care how much their family has to spend. … Now is the time to really focus on improving the situation for Minnesota families.”
Kalambokidis also said corporate profits are running high, and that higher income and corporate tax estimates are the source of almost all of the additional forecast revenue.
“This confirms the Minnesota model for economic success - a balanced approach” Dayton said. “We’re not the lowest-taxed state, we don’t strive to be – we haven’t been under Republican governors or Democratic governors – but we’re a high-value state. By putting money into education we have a well-educated workforce, we look at high-value manufacturing. … The fact that we’re the fifth-fastest growing state economy in the country and other objective measures just show that that kind of fear-mongering and nay-saying about Minnesota, which is, unfortunately the norm in parts of our system in the state, are once again being defied by the facts.”
Before legislators and special interest groups begin to salivate about what can be done with the new money, Schowalter urged caution.
“This is a great place to be, but we know that we’re very early in the biennium,” he said. “We know that there are a lot of uncertainties out there and we want to be sure that any changes we do make are sustainable, whether they are tax changes or spending changes. That’s going to require consistent fiscal management that has gotten us to this point. Or repaying the shifts and replenishing the reserves.”
Added House Majority Leader Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul): “It’s premature to throw a ticker-tape parade.”
Another forecast is scheduled to be released near the end of February, which, coincidentally, will be right around the Feb. 25 start of the 2014 session. Schowalter says there's always the potential that the February forecast could show a very different picture.
Dayton said he will not release a supplemental budget until after the February forecast is released.
“If these numbers hold, I expect to propose the elimination of all three business-to-business sales taxes effective April 1, 2014, at a cost of $231 million for the rest of the biennium,” Dayton said. “My other priority is a tax cut for middle-income Minnesotans by, for example, conforming to all the federal tax cuts, which would cost about $205 million this biennium. That would include eliminating the marriage penalty, which would reduce state taxes for some 640,000 Minnesota taxpayers and it would include increasing the working-family credit, which would lower state taxes for about 53,000 taxpayers.”
“We’re here to help him keep that promise,” said Senate Minority Leader David Hann (R-Eden Prairie).
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Katie Sieben (DFL-Newport) was not willing to say if the Senate DFL would support a repeal of the business-to-business taxes passed last session.
“We’ll want to look at the February forecast and get those more up-to-date numbers before those decisions are made,” she said.© 2013 Session Daily
South Minneapolis Healthcare Enrollment Events
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, there are new and expanded health insurance options for individuals and small employers.
Enrollment information will be available on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., Suite 200.
Learn about MNsure. Find a health insurance plan that fits both your budget and healthcare needs. There will be free in-person assistance to help you find, compare and get enrolled in a health insurance plan. Somali, Spanish and Hmong language speakers will be there to assist you.
Scheduled appointments are available and encouraged. To make an appointment, contact Liz Xiong, healthcare organizer, at 651-379-0754 or lizx [at] takeactionminnesota [dot] org.
To get ready for your appointment, gather the following information:
Household income—your best estimate of your household’s annual taxable income for the current year.
Social Security numbers—bring Social Security numbers (or document numbers for documented immigrants).
Employer coverage information—know how much employee
premiums cost at your work.
This event is sponsored by TakeAction Minnesota and other organizations including the Cultural Wellness Center, CLUES and Sabathani.
TakeAction Minnesota, with offices in St. Paul, Duluth and Grand Rapids, advances social, racial and economic justice.
Spark Wellness Moves into Mike’s Corner Store Space
Spark Wellness, holistic clinic and yoga studio is moving into the previous home of Mike’s Corner Store on 56th and Chicago Ave. in S. Minneapolis. Spark Wellness hopes to move into its newly
revitalized space before the first of the year, continuing its current services.
Parent Resource Group Meets in Minneapolis
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota provides support groups for families of children with mental illness. The support groups will help parents discover resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with mental illness, learn coping skills and develop problem-solving skills. A parent resource group meets the first Saturday of each month, from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., at Lake Nokomis Recreation Center, 4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy., in the arts and crafts room. This group also offers bilingual support for Spanish-speakers. For more information call Susan at 612-424-1823.
From Council Member Cam Gordon
The Council’s Community Development Committee has voted to apply for $635,000 in grant funds for environmental investigation and cleanup for Phase III of the Seward Commons development. The granting agencies are the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program, the Metropolitan Council’s Tax base Revitalization Account Grant Program and the Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund. The old Tri-State building at 34th Ave. S. and 25th St. E. is moving to a public auction. The underlying zoning of the building is residential, and it may have lost its nonconforming rights as an industrial building. Future use of the building may require rezoning to a low-density office residence district. My office has been in contact with Seward Redesign, and it sounds like there are several people interested in turning this building into something that benefits the broader neighborhood and fits in well with the uses along 25th St. E.
Grocery Distribution Volunteers Needed
3rd Thursday of every month, 4 to 7 p.m.
3100 E. 28th St.
In partnership with Target, Second Harvest Heartland is coordinating monthly grocery distributions through a mobile food pantry at 11 elementary schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This is a great volunteer opportunity for individuals and small groups looking to give direct, personal service in a fun, energetic environment. Call 651-282-0901 for details.
Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the ‘hood
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 7 & 8, (Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 12 to 5 p.m.)
All day long, businesses will be offering specials and local artists will display their work at several venues. There will be pedicabs driving shoppers all over the neighborhood. At 5 p.m. Saturday shoppers, residents and businesses are invited to gather in Triangle Park (26th Ave. & E. Franklin Ave.) to light up the park, creating a symbol of our warm community spirit during the cold days of winter.
“On the NSA” Talk by Coleen Rowley
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
May Day Bookstore
301 Cedar Ave.
The former FBI agent will speak about her recent trip to Moscow to present Edward Snowden the “Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.” Sponsored by MN Peace Action Coalition (MPAC). FFI: 612-333-4719 or www.maydaybookstore.org.
Free Defensive Driving Classes
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 12 to 5 p.m.
Dan Cheung’s Office
4020 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Defensive driving classes for people who are 55 or older. After completion of the DD class, participants will get a 10% discount for their car insurance no matter which insurance company they are with.
6th Annual Holiday Sale
Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 12 to 5 p.m.
Vine Arts Center
2637 27th Ave. S.
Discover unique art made by Vine Arts Center members. Come for two days of eclectic shopping and opportunities to chat and meet with the artists. The holiday sale includes ceramics, woodworking, painting, fine art collage, fiber arts and clothing, framed prints, cards, body care products, homemade food goodies and much more!
21st Annual Women’s Art Festival
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2121 E. Lake St.
The festival features art made and sold by local women. This year there are over 125 artists participating, selling jewelry, photography, pottery, textiles, food and much more. There is live music by women throughout the day. Come browse, shop, listen, visit with friends, enjoy!
Sunday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.
St. Olaf Catholic Church
215 S. 8th St., Mpls 55402
Join us for this beloved holiday tradition! Our Messiah sing-along brings together singers of all ages in a spirited rendition of Handel’s masterwork, led by Minnesota Chorale soloists and ensemble members. Sing from our scores or bring your own. Conductor is Kathy Saltzman Romey and organist is Lynn Trapp. Free and open to the public; free-will offering accepted.
Potluck: Building a Movement Against Drones
Saturday, Jan. 11, 5-7 p.m.
4200 Cedar Ave. S.
Bring a dish to share and come hear from Anti-War Committee members Misty Rowan and Sophia Hansen-Day about the Code Pink Drone Summit they attended in Washington, D.C. Then we’ll have a discussion about what to do to continue to build a grassroots movement against drones. Families welcome. Organized by the Anti-War Committee.
Art | Music | Dance | Theater | Community | Museums
Moscow Ballet: The Great Russian Nutcracker
Orpheum Theater • 910 Hennepin Ave. • 612-339-7007
Sporting spectacular new costumes and crackling choreography, this is the Great Russian Nutcracker as you’ve never seen it before. Moscow Ballet’s designers, ballet masters and artists continue to present the vision of enchantment and wonder to audiences, bringing holiday traditions and the grandeur of Russian culture to the stage. Showing Dec. 6-7
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave.
Featuring the work of contemporary American Indian artists C. Maxx Stevens and Henry Payer. Both artists’ practices are largely influenced by the use of found and re-appropriated materials. These two artists utilize the embedded pasts of the found objects to create works that draw from history, aesthetics, meaning and stories that the materials carry. They then reorganize the materials to create fresh, thought-provoking expressions.
Through January 18, 2014
Gage Family Art Gallery
22nd Ave. at Riverside Ave.
Love is more talked about than surrendered to (for Charles Wright)
What barriers do we create to inhibit our access to the things that will provide meaning and fulfillment in our lives? Charles Matson Lume’s installation explores systems that limit illumination despite our desires that state otherwise.
Through December 19
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St.
Prints on Ice
An exhibition of prints by members of its artists’ studio cooperative. This winter’s cooperative show features work of 40 local printmakers currently working in Highpoints facilities. More than 70 pieces were selected, including lithographs, relief prints, intaglio prints and screenprints.
December 6 – January 25, 2014
Instinct Art Gallery
940 Nicollet Mall
God’s Sketchbook for Creation
This exhibition is revelation of the sketches, demo versions and rough-cut designs for earth’s animals that were edited out before creation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind the scenes of creation and observe the working models, preliminary designs, a few outright failures, and some critters that simply did not “play well with others.” The sketchbook contains renditions of creatures that exist today, and perhaps more interestingly, the fantastical ones that might have been.
Through January 11, 2014
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis-based artist Monica Rudquist explores the interplay and patterns between the interior and exterior of forms and the spaces created between the forms when they are set side by side. Making multiples and working in series is part of her working process and vocabulary, an integral part of how Rudquist works through ideas. The show will exhibit wall, pedestal and floor pieces, creating both large and small vignettes within the spaces.
Through January 5, 2014
2948 Chicago Ave. S.
It’s Good in the ‘Hood
Thaddeus Jameson’s colored drawings are mosaics of contradiction: What seems to be drawn from life comes from different historical eras and locations. Some of his work is informed by his photographic memory and sometimes gritty ‘70’s movies, as they can caricature where you live into something beguilingly far out.
Through January 10, 2014
Sound Unseen Monthly Movie
3258 Minnehaha Ave. S.
The Punk Singer
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the band Bikini Kill, dance-punk trio Le Tigre and currently, The Julie Ruin, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Director Sini Anderson creates a biographical documentary of Hanna using 20 years of archival footage and in-depth interviews with the musician as well as other friends and fans.
Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
3010 Minnehaha Ave.
Davina and The Vagabonds Holiday Show
Davina and The Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism and Davina Sowers’ commanding stage presence. Based out of the Twin Cities, they play hot jazz-blues-cabaret-soul-lounge-rock that warms the soul and just plain makes you want to dance! $10 at door (cash or check only).
Dec. 21, 8:30
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. 55401
From Mill to Museum: The Hidden History of the Washburn Complex, 1965-2003
An exhibit of dramatic images and words about the Washburn A Mill during the years it sat abandoned; after General Mills shut down the mill in July 1965, this National Historic Landmark sat unused except for a few tenants, curiosity seekers and homeless people.
Through December 31
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave. S.
The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost
In 1613, 16-year-old Mikhail Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, inaugurating a 300-year dynasty. This exhibition provides an overview of the three centuries of Romanov rule, focusing on the tragic end of the dynasty in 1917-1918 and the dispersal of the remaining family members and their treasures after the Bolshevik revolution. The events that led to the collapse of imperial rule in Russia are well known, but what happened to their scattered property after the Bolsheviks seized power is a story still being unearthed.
Through March 23, 2014
818 S. 2nd St.
In a deliciously witty screwball comedy about a corrupt businessman trying to get ahead, Harry Brock, a junk-dealer millionaire on the rise, hunkers down in a lavishly decorated hotel room in Washington with his brassy chorus girlfriend Billie Dawn in tow. Hoping to influence a senator in some personal business dealings, he soon gets advice suggesting that the seemingly dim-witted blonde will need a little polish to get ahead in D.C. society. Brock hires a newspaperman for the task but gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing.
Through January 5, 2014
2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
Driving Miss Daisy
In this affecting story, Daisy, an independent, aging Jewish widow—stubborn and set in her ways—reluctantly surrenders the driver’s seat of her car to Hoke Colburn, a proud, soft-spoken black man. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.
Through December 22
The Powderhorn Theatre Arts
Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
3400 15th Ave. S.
A Christmas Carol
Adapted for performance by Steven LaVigne, the third annual production of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece will be directed by Noreen K. Brandt. Free and open to the public.
Safe Place Homework Help
Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Congregation
2001 Riverside Ave.
Adults students and children all welcome. Tutors available for all levels. Interested in being a volunteer or tutor? Need more information about the program? Contact 612-333-2561.
Senior Volunteers Needed
The Lutheran Social Service Foster Grandparent Program offers an opportunity to seniors 55+ to mentor and tutor elementary aged students at schools in South Minneapolis. Stipend, mileage and other benefits. Contact Sara Koch, 651-310-9448 or sara [dot] koch [at] lssmn [dot] org.
347 E. 36th St.
** Hosmer World Film Series
Sundays, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m.
Get a glimpse of the diverse world we live in through this series of award-winning international films. Rare cinema at its finest!
** Hosmer World Music Concert Series
Saturdays, Dec. 7 & 14, 2 p.m.
Enjoy live music from around the world.
** Computer Class for Complete Beginners
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Register online or call. Learn the difference between hardware and software, practice using a mouse and keyboard. Find out more about your computer training resources at the library. For students with
little or no experience using a
** Social Networking: Basics
Friday, Dec. 20, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Register online or call. Learn how to navigate the new generation of social media websites including Twitter, Linkedln and Facebook.
For hundreds of years, miners toiling deep in the earth have taken small birds with them. If the air got bad, the canary died and the miners knew they had to get out fast or perish. Today we use the expression “a canary in the mine” to indicate an early warning. Honeybees are that warning species for people.MORE »
For hundreds of years, miners toiling deep in the earth have taken small birds with them. If the air got bad, the canary died and the miners knew they had to get out fast or perish. Today we use the expression “a canary in the mine” to indicate an early warning. Honeybees are that warning species for people.
In mid-September, we had a honeybee warning right here in South Minneapolis.
First-year beekeeper Katherine Sill came home one day and saw thousands and thousands of bees on the pathway, some dead and some convulsing in their death throes. Katherine immediately phoned her bee mentor, Jenny Werner of the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. At almost the same time, neighboring beekeeper Mark Lucas was on the phone as well, having noticed that his bees were shaking on the edge of the hive and falling to the ground, dead. “They just come spilling out of the hive like they’re drunk,” said Lucas. The Bee Squad immediately got on the phone to warn Erin Rupp and Kristy Allen, co-owners of the Beez Kneez, a bee education company based in the Seward neighborhood, that their hive at Blake School in the Kenwood neighborhood might also be in danger.
It was. Katherine Sill estimates that two-thirds of her hive died. About a third of the Beez Kneez hive died. Some bees survived in each hive but, since bees need big populations to warm each other during cold Minnesota winters, it is likely that all three hives may be completely wiped out by spring, frozen to death.
In a way, it was a lucky tragedy, since the incident was investigated by both entomologists (insect scientists) at the university as well as scientists from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Independently, they found the insecticide fipronil, which is commonly sprayed on building foundations as well as in flower gardens—easy for bees to take home to their hives. It is legal and readily available.
Why a lucky tragedy, you ask? Because it is a very rare case where massive urban hive die-offs are discovered as the bees are actually dying, in time to figure out what killed them. There are lots of documented cases of bees killed by pesticides in rural areas, but this time is was a proven case in the city. We know what killed the bees and how it killed them. Worst of all, we know that the bees died from a cosmetic rather than agricultural application, and we now have proof that a completely optional use of pesticides on city flowers can kill as much as a massive spray with a crop-duster over a farmer’s field. Now we know.
Concern about insecticides—not just fipronil—led the Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission to invite well-known insect scientist Vera Krischik to address them last month. The commission advises the park board regarding tree issues, one of which is Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect from Asia, typically treated with systemic insecticides, classed with names like neonicotinoids, emamectin benzoate and neem-derived products.
There are more than 40,000 public ash trees on Minneapolis public land alone, in parks and along our boulevards. Despite the treatment, every single one of these trees is going to die. They cannot be saved. The “treatment” costs between $100 and $400 per year per tree (depending on tree size), and it will kill the EAB that is in a tree that is infested but looks healthy. But you have to apply the stuff every year. When you stop the treatment, the EAB comes back and will kill the tree. So these treatments do prolong the life of our ash trees, but are the treatments themselves dangerous? Entomologist Vera Krischik studies these things, studies the chemicals, and she came to let us know what the science says so far.
My take-away: The treatments are dangerous to pollinators. And indirectly to us as humans. The problem is with flowering plants. Once neonicotinoids get into the flowers, the pollinators ingest them and often take them back to the hives. Even at doses so low that bees don’t immediately die, it affects their nervous systems.
They wander off and forget how to get back. They forget to get pollen for the hive. They stagger around and die. There have been some 15 scientific papers documenting the sub-lethal effects of neonics, including navigation and memory problems that eventually cause bee death. It isn’t the only factor causing the tragic colony collapse syndrome that has led to a huge worldwide decline in bee populations, including the loss of half the honeybees in the U.S. during the last year alone. But it is pretty clearly one of the causes, which is why the European Union has just banned all neonic use for the next two years, attempting to see if removing this fatal factor will be enough to restore their bee population.
It is complete folly to spray this stuff on flowers, on flowering trees like lindens (basswood) as well as on plants around the base of trees. So “soil drenches” are pretty directly dangerous. Tree injections are a bit less so, especially on seedless ash trees like those we have planted on our boulevards. But some 100 insects depend on the ash trees for food, including honeybees in the early spring. The neonics don’t just kill bees; they also kill butterflies, woodpeckers, and hummingbirds directly, and a host of other birds that starve to death when we kill off their insect food supply.
A third of our human food is pollinated by insects. Without the pollinators, we would not have most fruits and many vegetables. It is not the slightest exaggeration to say that a die-off of pollinators also foretells a human die-off as well. With a world population of 7 billion, predicted to increase to 9 billion in a few years, many already hungry, it is hard to imagine that everyone will have enough to survive with a third less food. So honeybees are the canaries in our mine.
This is a lot of doom and gloom, as my wife would say, but there is actually quite a lot that you can do to save our pollinators, to save ourselves.
First, don’t “treat” that ash tree with any systemic insecticide. I’m truly sorry, but that tree is going to die. There is no good that can come from killing pollinators in the process. It is legal to treat the trees if you use a registered pesticide company; that’s state law, so far. It is even legal to “treat” a boulevard ash tree at this point, although you must have the company notify the parks department. But don’t. Just don’t, if you like bees and butterflies and hummingbirds, or even if you just like to eat.
Second, call your parks commissioner and ask that they change policy regarding insecticide use on public land. They are already doing a great job in a difficult situation, removing park ash trees as soon as they can and replacing them with other tree species. But we really should not allow systemic pesticide treatment on boulevard ash trees either. The Minneapolis parks commissioners have pretty full control over boulevard trees, so they can stop insecticide use for EAB there at any point they want. Call 3-1-1 and get your parks commissioner’s number and give them a call. I can tell you with complete certainty that they would rather respond to you as a citizen than respond to pressure from pesticide applicators who want to get your money for “treating” the tree.
Third, the State of Minnesota currently does not allow the City of Minneapolis to control pesticide application on private land, but that could change. Call your council member and ask them to put local control of pesticide use on the legislative lobbying shopping list. The entire state of New York has banned most of these systemic pesticides for non-agricultural use and Minneapolis could also, if the state made local control legal. And if we can’t get an outright ban on use of these poisons, at least we could ask that spray information be made public, so we can know which neighbors we should be talking to. Again, call 3-1-1 for your City Council member’s name and number.
Fourth, inform yourself. Beez Kneez in the Seward neighborhood has a couple of movies coming up, with a bit of discussion. At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.10, they will be showing the movie “More than Honey.” Also at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, they will be showing “The Vanishing of the Bees.” Both are at their wonderful little honey processing facility at 2204 Minnehaha Ave. Come in through the 22nd Street door, just left of Spokes.
Let’s see what we can do here. Wouldn’t it be great if we could create a little urban oasis for the pollinators, and maybe for ourselves as well?© 2013 Southside Pride
When the Seward Co-op moved into its new space on Franklin in January of 2009, it was expecting that in five years sales would be at $20 million. Not yet at the five year mark, it has far surpassed that projection with sales at $30.5 million. It’s not just sales that have exceeded expectations for the Co-op. The number of owner has more than doubled since 2009, from 4,500 to 11,500.MORE »
When the Seward Co-op moved into its new space on Franklin in January of 2009, it was expecting that in five years sales would be at $20 million. Not yet at the five year mark, it has far surpassed that projection with sales at $30.5 million. It’s not just sales that have exceeded expectations for the Co-op. The number of owner has more than doubled since 2009, from 4,500 to 11,500.
Co-op at Capacity
This exponential growth has tested the limits of the Co-op’s current production capabilities in the bakery and meat department and has placed office space and meeting rooms at a premium. It’s these cramped quarters that sent leadership in search of a second location that would provide much-needed space. Sean Doyle, the Co-op’s general manager explained that they had looked at several locations in the neighborhood – a foreclosed house behind the co-op and the space that used to house Filmzilla – but it wasn’t until he talked with Eddie Landenberger from Redesign that the idea of moving into the former Franklin Creamery building on 26th and Franklin Ave became a possibility.
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The Franklin Creamery
The space had previously been leased by Desiring God, a Christian publisher, and was slated to become an outpatient addiction clinic. Landenberger felt the Co-op would be a good fit for the space because of the Co-op’s financial stability and its willingness to invest in the space. The Co-op liked the building for its significant square footage (12,000 sq ft), which would provide enough room for offices, meeting rooms, and a production kitchen.
The building seems like a natural fit – it was originally built for the Franklin Co-operative Creamery Association, a highly successful dairy cooperative that first organized in 1919. Like the Co-op, the Creamery was a nationally respected cooperative and was used as the “show place in the Cooperative movement,” according to research by Steven Keillor on the Creamery.
Right: 1942 Franklin Creamery price list (From the personal collection of Dick Westby, Minneapolis, Minn.)
Despite its solid construction, maintenance to the building had been deferred, and the Co-op plans to invest a significant amount of money into the space to bring up to date. “Quite a bit of improvement needs to happen to the building,” commented Doyle. “It needs a new roof, new windows, a new elevator. In terms of making it a building that is operating at the high standards that we want.” Because of the significant investment the Co-op would make in the building, it was able to negotiate a lease that would provide it with the option to purchase the space in seven years.
The Seward Co-op still needs to go through the city and neighborhood approvals process before work can begin, but feedback they have received from owners and board members has been positive. Doyle noted, “At the annual meeting, it [the Creamery lease] seemed to be really well received. They [owners] would love to see the building be purposed in a way that serves the community more effectively.”
In the past, the space had been closed off to passersby. As plans progress and construction begins, expect to see the building become more open and welcoming with better street-level design.
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- E-DEMOCRACY | Prices at the Seward Coop (Multiple authors, 2013)
- Seward Co-op plans for second store run into questions of race, class and food justice (LaDonna Redmond, 2013)
- Friendship Co-op proposal: Opportunity for community or one more white space? (LaDonna Redmond, 2013)
- African Americans in the Twin Cities co-op movement (LaDonna Redmond, 2013)
- Historical background of African American cooperatives (LaDonna Redmond, 2013)
- Community residents want to be heard, not 'saved' by new Seward Co-op in South Minneapolis (Alexa Horwart, 2013)
There’s a chill in the air and a light snow is falling—it’s perfect weather for the Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the ‘hood festival. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 7th from 10 am–5 pm and Sunday, December 8th from 12 pm–5 pm.MORE »
There’s a chill in the air and a light snow is falling—it’s perfect weather for the Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the ‘hood festival. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 7th from 10 am–5 pm and Sunday, December 8th from 12 pm–5 pm.
What began fourteen years ago as the Seward Art Crawl has blossomed into a seasonal celebration that’s well worth the effort to bundle up and venture out into the cold. In its present incarnation, neighborhood artists open the doors to their homes and studios for one of the best art crawls in the city, while many local businesses feature live music, serve up hot apple cider, and offer seasonal specials and activities. Festive, relaxed, homespun, and locally made, the Winter Frolic is holiday shopping at its very best.
Friday Events: Kick-off Benefit
A complete line up of weekend fun begins Friday, December 6th with the Seward Neighborhood Group’s Kick-off Benefit, held at the Playwrights’ Center from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The event showcases the work of local performance artists, including live music and readings from Patricia Cumbie, Tara Innmon, John Coy, and Julia Klatt Singer. Neighborhood restaurants will dish up a sampling of culinary delights, while the Town Hall Brewery provides beer and wine. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple, and include entertainment, food, and drink. Proceeds support the great work of the Seward Neighborhood Group.
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Saturday Events: Sculpture Unveiling, Art Car Parade, Lighting Ceremony
On Saturday, December 7, don’t miss the unveiling of the Seward Gateway Sculpture at 10:00 am at Fire Station #7, an event sponsored by Articulture, Seward Neighborhood Group, and Seward Redesign. For the past three months, a group of teen artists have been working on the glass mosaic sculpture, which is a response to the question, “What is our collective understanding of home and community?”
The very act of working together to create the sculpture provides one of the answers. Articulture’s Deborah Ervin explains, “We’ve worked with teens on each of our public projects, and watching the teens grow and develop through the act of collaboration is awe-inspiring. This group was smaller than the groups we’ve assembled for the murals, so everyone was able to get to know each other much better as a result. That kind of connectivity is at the heart of community projects like this.”
After the unveiling, at 10:30 am, the ever-popular Art Car Parade will depart from the fire station and roll east down Franklin Avenue toward the future home of the Chef Shack at 31st Street. A band organ will lead this year’s parade of fifteen art cars, with a fleet of decorated bikes bringing up the end. (Note: Bicyclists are invited to gather at Articulture from 4-6:30 pm on Friday evening to deck out their bikes for the parade.)
The rest of the day is yours to explore artist’s studios, get your hands dirty at a Northern Clay Center workshop, or stop by the Seward Co-op for live music and holiday shopping. To make getting around a little easier, two pedicabs will be cruising the neighborhood, providing free rides to all art crawl destinations.
At 5 pm on Saturday evening, be sure to wander over to Triangle Park at 26th and Franklin to watch the holiday lighting ceremony. Grab a warm cup of chai, provided by Verdant Tea, and cozy up by the fire while you enjoy the fire juggling show and live music.
Sunday Events: Art Crawl & Pedicabs
Check out the art and businesses that you weren’t able to get to on Saturday. Businesses will once again be offering specials throughout the day, and artists will be displaying their work. Be sure to see the map (link below) for all of the artist stops.
Catch a free pedicab to zip around Seward and get a glimpse of the neighborhood from a different perspective.
- To see a complete schedule of events and download a map, go to http://sewardarts.org/2013/10/14/get-the-brochure-get-the-map-2/
- Seward Winter Frolic Website.
About Kari Cornell
Kari Cornell is a freelance writer and editor who has lived in the Longfellow Neighborhood since 1996. She’s a huge fan of vintage collectibles, good food, tinkering in the garden, and making something clever out of nothing. Cornell is the co-author of Growing with Purpose: Forty Years of Seward Community Cooperative and has written a number of cookbooks for kids.
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Technical, clerical and health care workers’ unions at the University of Minnesota have approved contracts accepting cost increases to the employee health insurance program after more than four months of vocal opposition to the hikes.MORE »
Technical, clerical and health care workers’ unions at the University of Minnesota have approved contracts accepting cost increases to the employee health insurance program after more than four months of vocal opposition to the hikes.
A Board of Regents committee will review the contracts Dec. 12, which include a 3 percent raise for most union members. If passed, the contracts will face the full board the next day.
University officials couldn’t comment on the union contracts because the regents haven’t approved them.
The Office of Human Resources announced in a July email that it was making changes to the UPlan, the employee health care program, including adding a deductible and increasing copays for primary and specialty care. The email said the cost increases were necessary to help the University avoid a $48 million excise tax in 2018.
Beginning that year, the Affordable Care Act will put an excise tax on “high-value” insurance plans to discourage consumers from overusing the benefits on these plans.
To assess whether the cost increases will put the value of the UPlan at the right level to avoid a tax, the University needs to implement the changes as early as 2014, the July email said.
Although cost increases aren’t ideal, faculty members generally accept the UPlan changes, said law professor Fred Morrison.
“I think there is an understanding among many faculty that they will be necessary,” he said. “But they are unfortunate.”
The annual open enrollment period, when UPlan members can adjust their health insurance plans, ended Monday, according to OHR.
Some union members likely took advantage of that time to find the most inexpensive insurance plan possible, said Cherrene Horazuk, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees chapter of University clerical workers.
She said people have told her they were looking at the lower-cost, smaller-network Accountable Care Organization plan, commonly known as an ACO, which the University is offering for the first time in 2014.
“I know that people were very concerned about the costs overall,” Horazuk said.
Sliding scale set aside
Three local AFSCME chapters held a rally in opposition to UPlan cost increases and in support of a sliding scale model for health insurance premiums in September. Under a sliding scale model, employees would pay premiums tied to their salaries.
“It’s an equitable way of distributing the costs,” said Barbara Bezat, president of the AFSCME chapter of University technical workers.
But after repeated attempts at discussing the sliding scale proposal with the University, union leaders said, the recently approved contracts don’t include the model.
“The University was unwilling to negotiate sliding scale,” Horazuk said. “We’re going to continue to advocate for a sliding scale health care plan.”
AFSCME tried to discuss a sliding scale model during direct bargaining with the University and during meetings of the Benefits Advisory Committee this fall, Horazuk said. She said the unions first proposed the idea during the summer.
The BAC is a group of faculty, staff and retired employees that deals with benefit issues for non-union University employees.
Morrison, a committee member, said AFSCME members passed out fliers with information on the sliding scale model at BAC meetings — but they didn’t raise the issue with enough time to actually implement it if the University accepted it.
He said a project like a sliding scale premium system would require extensive planning before implementation.
“It needs to be raised much earlier,” he said.© 2013 The Minnesota Daily
The County is planning on restoring the landscaping on Hiawatha Avenue between 32nd Street and 46th Street. Tonight will be the first of two open houses where residents are invited to view the plans, ask questions, and provide comments.MORE »
The County is planning on restoring the landscaping on Hiawatha Avenue between 32nd Street and 46th Street. Tonight will be the first of two open houses where residents are invited to view the plans, ask questions, and provide comments.
Robb Luckow from Housing, Community Works, & Transit explained on the Hennepin County website the reason for the new plantings, “The landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue is showing its age. The trees are in poor condition and provide inadequate tree cover. The corridor welcomes travelers to Minneapolis, yet lacks aesthetic appeal.”
The County is working with consultants from LHB to develop the restoration plan, conduct soil testing, identify plants and trees best suited for the roadway, and develop a planting scheme.
The landscaping plan is expected to be completed in early 2014. Planting could begin in spring or summer, depending on funding.
There will be two open houses where you can learn more about current plans:
- Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Park Recreation Center, 3334 – 20th Ave. S. in Minneapolis.
- Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hiawatha School Park Recreation Center, 4305 East 42nd St. in Minneapolis.
In the world of minis, there are close encounters with bugs that seem prehistoric, adventures in far off places, and seemingly impossible tasks – like milking a cow. Photographer Kurt Moses and his wife, Edwige, began documenting the life of minis several years ago on their site Un Petite Monde (A Small World). But it wasn’t until Moses shared his photos with Longfellow resident and graphic designer Kelly McManus that the idea for the book Welcome to the Small World: A Book of Big Surprises! was born. McManus wrote little stories for each of the images and compiled them all into a book.MORE »
In the world of minis, there are close encounters with bugs that seem prehistoric, adventures in far off places, and seemingly impossible tasks – like milking a cow. Photographer Kurt Moses and his wife, Edwige, began documenting the life of minis several years ago on their site Un Petite Monde (A Small World). But it wasn’t until Moses shared his photos with Longfellow resident and graphic designer Kelly McManus that the idea for the book Welcome to the Small World: A Book of Big Surprises! was born. McManus wrote little stories for each of the images and compiled them all into a book.
The three brought the book to Kickstarter where it has received overwhelming success. Currently, they have 15 days remaining to receive funds, and they have already surpassed their goal. With new stretch funding goals set, they hope to add more pages to the book, increase the print run, and create an eBook.
Q&A with Kurt, Edwige, & Kelly
We had the chance to ask the team a few questions about the process – from photographing minis to writing compelling storylines. The Q&A is below:
MB: Kurt, on your website Un Petit Monde, you comment that your inspiration for your photography stems from how you view view life and the world around you. Can you talk a little bit about what you mean by that?
Kurt: Photographing the miniatures is a way for me to express my beliefs, ideas, thoughts, and feelings. For example, the puddle monster scene with the crab has the miniature figure raising his oar/paddle in self defense but he doesn’t appear to be all that concerned. He may be up against something powerful and threatening but he feels confident he’ll overcome. Some scenes are less charged and more about being at peace or being content with life. I see life full of challenges and obstacles, yet beautiful at the same time. If I’m successful with my photography, it will convey these ideas and feelings.
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MB: How do you pick your locations for the photo shoots? Do you have a good idea of the image you want to capture before you get there, or do you wait for inspiration to hit once you arrive on the scene?
Edwige: Kurt and I choose locations that are intriguing or meaningful to us in some way. We like to spend time together in quiet, beautiful, often historically relevant places. We love the MN North Shore, we are drawn to Route 66 and its significance, and we think that the Southwest is a gorgeous backdrop for the miniatures. We are also sometimes presented with great opportunities, like our photo shoot in Hawaii. We are always in the process of planning a trip for the miniatures. Depending on the location Kurt has more or less an idea of the image he wants to capture. I would say that the farther the destination and the more research and thought goes into each scene. When Kurt and I take a walk in our nearby State Parks, he will have a handful of preselected minis that he thinks will come in handy and will photograph them as we explore. On extended trips, the locations and the scenes are more studied.
MB: Kurt, I read that you shoot with available light and don’t do much to change variables like weather, people, bugs. Some of your images have bugs or animals as one of the subjects. Is this interaction with bug/animal and mini serendipitous or a planned encounter?
Kurt: Completely by chance! I may look for insects and small animals to interact with, but often they don’t turn out to be what I had intended. I like to think of it as photojournalism: you might be called to document a house fire but that doesn’t mean you’ll end up photographing the red fire engine spraying water on bright orange flames, instead you may be documenting steam rising from smoldering ashes. Although I have an idea I’d like to convey through my work, the environment and unknown variables may change whatever preconceived ideas I had.
MB: Can you talk a little bit about the collaboration process for developing the stories that accompany the images?
Kelly: I feel like I get the best part — the “looking through the Christmas catalog in pajamas by the fireplace” part — which is getting a first peek at the just-sent treasure trove of images Kurt just finished shooting, getting to pick my favorites, all the while imagining different story lines. The story’s essence is already there, I just pull a bigger story from it — make it spark, add a little additional magic. What’s been fun in the collaboration process is when Kurt says things like “I had no idea that story was in there.”
Kurt: I love that the stories come solely from how Kelly interprets my photography! I wouldn’t want anyone to dictate how I photograph something so personal as my images, and I don’t want to influence Kelly’s interpretation of what she sees in them.
Kelly: Yes, I think we collaborate well, because we’ve known each other for so long; there’s a trust in each other’s talents that is implicit. So I don’t fuss with the image concepts (Ok, full disclosure: I’ve totally tried to noodle and he’s always right — my ideas never work!), and he leaves the stories to me. We’re a good team together. From there, I selected about 70 images, and then started developing the stories. For me, it’s about discovering how a kid would interpret the scenes. Or I might decide what kind of contrary or ironic adventure is happening. From there it usually flows. All in all, we’ve landed on about 20 final images for the book.
MB: What has been the most challenging part of the project?
Kurt: My style of shooting has evolved since starting this project and you can see the progression when comparing the newer and older work side by side. I would say it has been a challenge to stay consistent with how I present my thoughts and ideas while I adapt to different lenses and camera gear.
Kelly: I’ve had my fair share of challenges developing the book, typical of any creative process: doubt, procrastination, life, distraction, fear of rejection, etc.
MB: Why did you decided to go with a Kickstarter campaign instead of going through the traditional publication route?
Kelly: We tried pitching it via the traditional publishing route, and we were told that it’s too unconventional of a kids book for agents to sell because the narrative doesn’t follow a traditional story arc (start with a problem, end with a solution.) But what we found over and over again was that when kids read the book the “industry standards in storytelling” fell to the wayside. When presented with these magical, up-close, fairy-tale-like photos they were mesmerized and the small stories in each vignette enhanced that for them. It was the same experience with adults.
So my decision to do a Kickstarter campaign was a way to put all the cards on the table … a way to lay it all out and say “Here is our idea. Help us get this printed.” My greatest delight is not only seeing family and friends as backers, but to see backers from the UK to Brooklyn, and everywhere in between. People we don’t know, all saying “Yes!” How fun is that?
- Help fund the book’s Kickstarter campaign on the Small World Kickstarter page.
- Visit Kurt and Edwige’s website Un Petit Monde.
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I knew when I was preparing to interview DJ Chuck Chizzle I’d need to block off a large amount of time.MORE »
I knew when I was preparing to interview DJ Chuck Chizzle I’d need to block off a large amount of time.
See, I’m a music head and I can talk music all day, but Chuck, the mix DJ for KMOJ’s Moyning Show, is a true music head and he can (and does) talk music all day. But as they say, he gets it honest.
Chuck Chizzle, 37, born Charles Doughty, Sr., is a second generation disc jockey (his father, Charles Bell, spun under the moniker Chuck Chillout, and chizzle is urban slang for chill), his uncle, William Doughty, was with Flyte Tyme and Graham Central Station and his great uncle played with Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
“Music is all I’ve ever talked about – DJing is my love,” said Chizzle. “I’ve lost girlfriends, I’ve been homeless – all to follow my dreams (of being a disc jockey). I’d spend most of my paychecks on buying records. If I had a choice of paying my phone bill or buying the last couple 12-inch (records) I needed then I wasn’t paying my phone bill.”
One particular story Chuck told me drove his point home, as Chuck explained how he chose music over food.
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“I had a girlfriend and at the time she saw I didn’t have any money and she gave me some money and said, ‘and don’t you spend it on no damn records,’” said the dedicated DJ. “Sure enough I got a call about a Mos Def, Hi Tek, Reflection Eternal import (a rare LP printed and pressed for overseas consumption) and of course, I spent that money on it.”
Thankfully for the DJ whose mixes air weekday mornings on the Twin Cities’ only urban format station, choices such as that don’t have to be made anymore.
Chuck said his early years of spinning were more than adventurous. His first DJ gig was at an after hours biker spot and his equipment was less than desirable.
“I rocked off of two cassette tape decks. I had to be all of 15 at the time. They wouldn’t let me leave the booth except in between each song I’d have to go out to the car I rode in to cue up the next tape,” said Chizzle. “But I rocked it – and I kept on rockin’ it. I can remember we used to ride the bus with about 10 people carrying records and crates to a gig – djing mostly for free.”
The hungry DJ from north Minneapolis soon earned a name for himself; and along with fellow Northsider, Dell Dilla, teamed with St. Paul DJ Big Reese to form the DJing crew Triple Threat. Triple Threat grew and the name changed to the now well-known Mashwell Brothas. Mashwell consists of Chuck, Dell, Reese, Levy Jones, Chris Styles, No Mic, Fund Raiser, DJ Roby One, DJ Intenz, Bianca “Cali” Lewis and Gifted Compositions. Lewis is Mashwell’s unofficial publicist and Gifted Compositions is a design company.
“But it’s all Mashwell. We’re a family,” said Chizzle.
While Chuck made his name as a club DJ, he’s gaining exposure daily, spinning on the Moyning Show with hosts Lisa Moy and Shed G.
“I gotta big up Lisa and Shed for giving me an opportunity,” said Chuck, who is on his second stint with KMOJ and who was with B-96 (KTWN-FM) before it moved away from an urban/hip-hop format. “People like what I’m doing (on air). I try to do something different each time and have some fun with it. When you’re spinning your music you’re putting your personal stamp on it.”
Aside from daily mixes on the radio, fans can catch Chuck at Hunan Garden on Saturdays in St. Paul, 380 Cedar St., and at various other events and venues.
Chuck and I talked music for nearly an hour about everything from the state of today’s hip-hop, to how DJing has evolved from records to CDs to Serato (the DJ program that eliminated the need to carry crates of records and created seemingly thousands of DJs overnight), to DJ pet peeves and beyond.
His passion flowed with every word he uttered. After a while the talk morphed out of an interview into two music heads choppin’ it up about the subject they both love. But abruptly the discussion had to end. It was late in the evening and Chuck was eager to start working on his latest mix.
Photo: Chuck Chizzle (By Harry Colbert, Jr.)© 2013 Insight News