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Phillips and The Alley Go to Harvard

By Susan Gust, Amy AusiÉirithe

The Alley Newspaper and its editor, Harvey Winje, have been invited to be a part of The Wendell Phillips Bicentennial Symposium at the Harvard Law School Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, June 2 – 4. This exciting invitation was extended to The Alley because the Symposium’s scholarly planning committee was enthused to discover a vibrant community with Wendell Phillips as its namesake. They were even more pleased to learn that the Phillips Community has embraced Wendell’s spirit of discord and discourse as its means to seek justice in the same way that Mr. Phillips did some 200 years ago. Harvey Winje and The Alley Newspaper were invited to attend this symposium and present how the life and legacy of Wendell Phillips inspires our work individually and in the community. Dave Moore and Linnea Hadaway’s poignant Spirit of Phillips cartoons will be also be featured at this symposium as a provocative way to popularize history and to exemplify issues that span generations.

Harvey Winje and Dave Moore are honored to travel to Boston in June to attend this symposium and to represent the work of so many in the Phillips Community and in the pages of The Alley Newspaper. Cartoons that have appeared in the pages of The Alley Newspaper will appear as part of the power point presentation given by Wendell Phillips scholar and Macalester College professor, James Stewart, as part of his keynote address at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School. Additional cartoons and graphics depicting Wendell’s words and their relevance in our community will be on display at the symposium.

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April Artisans Bring MAY DAY Pageant

By Harvey Winje, In the Heart of the Beast

The Annual May Day Parade and Festival is a harbinger and highlight of Spring exceeded only by the gatherings of all ages during April that produce this special pageant. You’ve heard “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, April artisans will bring another May Day pageant. It is truly a “Miracle at The Avalon,” In the Heart of the Beast’s Theatre at 1500 East Lake Street, where it is the first year for some people and for others, their 37th year. Folks of all ages will mold clay into shapes that layers of paper mache will change into life-like masks . It is truly a miracle of community building that uses imagination and transforms dumpster finds into magic dances of life. It is making the common things of life sacred. Join in one of the following times:

37th Annual MayDay Parade Workshops Begin April 2
Public MayDay Workshops
1500 Lake St E, Minneapolis
April 2 – 28
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tuesdays: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursdays: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
MayDay Parade and Festival
Sunday, May 1
1:00 pm: Parade begins at intersection of Bloomington Ave. and 26th St.
3:30 pm (approx.): Tree of Life Ceremony in Powderhorn Park
1:00 – 7:00 pm: Festival in Powderhorn Park
Website: www.hobt.org

In the Heart of the Beast Theatre will celebrate the 37th anniversary off the annual MayDay Parade and Festival on Sunday, May 1. Every year, thousands of people gather together to welcome the return of spring to Minnesota at this event. In preparation, during the month of April, our theatre will be transformed into a giant community art studio and opened to the public for the building of the parade.

Workshop participants will be given an overview of the Parade theme and then invited to choose which section of the Parade they would like to work on. Participants can come to as many or as few workshops as they want, and their creation will be theirs to keep after the Parade.

Workshops are free and open to everyone; no reservations or experience necessary. Children are welcome but must be supervised by adults at all times. Please wear clothes and shoes that are appropriate for painting.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) is a singular theater company recognized internationally for both its artistry and its service to the community. Through performance, ceremony, and teaching, HOBT explores and celebrates the human experience and the wonders of the world’s natural and cultural richness. The work of HOBT is strongly grounded in the concerns of its home neighborhood as they relate to regional and global issues. Through its artistry, the theatre brings people together in the hands-on creation of and participation in community-wide puppet and mask events.

 

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One seed = many fruits Many pieces = one beauty

By Patrick Cabello Hansel

Out of one seed comes many fruits. Out of many broken pieces comes one unique beauty. That is the hope of the “Semilla” Community Arts Program at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Phillips. The idea for Semilla—which means “seed” in Spanish—came from St. Paul’s work in the arts and community organizing over the past several years. This work has included numerous murals, arts camps for youth and productions with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. Working with Greta McLain, an accomplished muralist and mosaic artist, the church began this project last year as a way to teach mosaic skills and create beautiful art for the community.

“Mosaic is a wonderful way to bring people together across all sorts of divides: language, culture, neighborhood,” Greta says. “People of all ages and artistic abilities can work together to create beautiful art for their community. There is real healing in taking broken bits of tiles and even broken cups and plates to create something new.”

Mosaic workshops are held every Wednesday night, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at St. Paul’s, 2742 15th Ave S. Workshop participants of all ages learn basic design and color selection, how to use tile nippers, and both direct and indirect mosaic technique. The training emphasizes learning skills that can then be shared with block clubs, community and other groups.

Greta and the community arts teachers she has trained have led workshops at St. Paul’s Church and St. Paul’s Apartments, a low-income housing project for seniors, and El Colegio Charter School. They will begin working with students and parents at Andersen School in April, and on Lake Street in late spring.

Phase one of the project will create beautiful mosaic flower planters throughout the community. Phase two will continue to create planters, while expanding to create murals that combine both painting and mosaic. Included will be a new gateway into Andersen School.

A Community Arts Camp for youth ages 12-18 will be held at St. Paul’s the week of June 12. Youth will be trained in mosaic and mural arts, as well as learn how to organize their communities using the arts.

Funding for the project has been provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.

For more information, call St. Paul’s at 612-624-3862 or e-mail: stpaulscreate@aol.com

 

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Geneology Second only to Gardening

How does geneology become accurate when almost identical markers with common date of death, February 11, 1914, for brothers Lars G. Anderson and Lars G. Nelson is juxtaposed with the “burial cards” with names as Lars and Louis Stublein including death on January 10, 1909. Markers are at Block E, Lot 20 of Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery and records are in Cemetery office amongst those of the other 20,000 +people buried there.

by Susan Hunter Weir

Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in America (gardening is first). Genealogy is like solving puzzles—finding that one clue that leads you to the maiden name of your great-great-grandmother or locating the name of the town where she was born. Millions of people spend their leisure time searching the internet, digging through trunks in attics and reading obituaries looking for information about long-lost relatives.

The cemetery office has records on all of the 21,000 people buried there. The amount and type of information varies a little bit and tends not to be as complete for the earliest burials (the 1850s and 60s) as it is for later ones. Every person has a burial card, and most cards contain information about that person’s age, place of death and cause of death. Some contain birthdates and birth locations. For those who died after 1876 there are burial permits as well.

Grave locations are recorded in a large plat book. The original plat book was created during the Depression, a project of the Works Progress Administration. It is drawn with India ink on vellum and individual graves are hand tinted. Occupied graves are colored green except for veterans’ graves which are red; empty graves are brown. A few years ago, after someone broke into and vandalized the cemetery office, the original plat book was removed to the archives in City Hall. The cemetery has a full-sized, color digitized copy of the original.

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Searching – A Serial Novelle Chapter 25: “Something Special for Someone Special”

By Patrick Cabello Hansel

Sometimes you have to stop searching, and let the search find you. Sometimes you have to let go in order to hold onto what you really love. Ana and Luz had confronted their pasts, now it was time to discern where the past was going. And as they walked out into the still swirling snow, they realized they had to do this part of the search alone.

“Luz”, Angel said, timidly. “I think I need to go talk to my mom and dad some more. I want to make sure that you’re OK. I don’t want to leave you alone when…” His voice broke off, and he held his head up to the sky, as if in desperate prayer.

Luz took his arm with her hand. “I’ll be all right, mi amor. I need to see about some things myself. I’ll be OK.”

“I don’t want you to be afraid,” he told her.

“Angel, it’s one thing to be afraid. It’s another to live in fear. Do you know the difference?”

“I think so,” he said. “For most of my life, I thought I had to fight my way through every trouble. If I was afraid, I got tougher. If I didn’t know how to do something, I worked harder. I think maybe I have to learn something different now.”

Then the two embraced. It was an embrace of two people who know that they may never see each other again. Fear, longing, love, hope intertwined in their hug. It was the hug of brothers or sisters who cross oceans or deserts to find a new life in a new land. Children taken from their parents arms by the brutal hand of the conquistadors. Grandchildren saying goodbye to the grandparents at the nursing home. Luz and Angel held on, not so much for dear life, but to remember, in their muscles, the love they would never give away. Even if they lost.

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Food Obsession: WHAT DID I TELL YOU?

By Jane Thomson

I said to read the whole recipe before making the dish. Here are a couple of recipes that are easy to make if certain very specific instructions are followed. They are in caps here, but such details don’t always hit you in the eye when you give a recipe the once-over.

BEER BREAD – this quick bread goes with anything and is good toasted. I got the recipe from Mary Gardner, who lives upstairs in my building. She is a frequent host; also an author and teacher at the Loft Literary Center. Among other books, she has written Outlaw Biker – My Life at Full Throttle with her friend, Deadeye Hayes.

Turn oven to 350 degrees. Grease an average-size bread pan very well.

12 oz. beer AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

¼ cup sugar

3 cups of “SELF-RISING” flour: no substitutions; no mixtures

Mix sugar with flour, mix in beer, pour mixture into bread pan. Bake for 45 minutes; cool on rack, turning out of pan after about 15 minutes.

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Lake Street Council Annual Awards

The Lake Street Council (LSC) announced 2011 Annual Awards during 43rd Annual Meeting at Safari Restaurant and Banquet Hall, 3010 4th Avenue South March 15th.

“Each of these businesses has shown exemplary innovation and community responsibility,” Joyce Wisdom, LSC Executive Director, said. “They are committed to the betterment and economic vitality of Lake Street.”

Best New Lake Street Business Start Up

Lake Wine & Cheese, Binh and Christina Le

Binh and Christina took the former G & L Furniture store, which had been looking a little shabby, and extensively remodeled it for Lake Wine & Cheese. The Le family has a background in food/beverage retail and restaurants, operating the Arby’s and Ben and Jerry’s outposts at MSP Airport and the Metro Liquor Warehouse in St. Paul, along with a few other businesses around the country. They bring a focus on customer service to this business.

Lake Wine and Cheese is a stylish concept, combining the liquor store with cheese shop/deli/gourmet foodstuff retail, operated by Ken Liss. Lake Wine and Cheese feels like a cozy, European-style market.

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Take Me Home Tonight

Take Me Home Tonight

Take Me Home Tonight

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Theiopolis Cinema

* “Take Me Home Tonight”(2010) Comedy. Cast: Topher Grace (Matt frank), Dan Fogler (Barry Nathan), Teiesa Palmer (Tori Frederking), Anna Faris (Wendy Franklin). (R)95 minutes.Director: Michael Dowse.

Actor-co producer Topher Grace and actor Dan Fogler showed up for questions and answers after their movie “Take Me Home Tonight” was over. I wasn’t really interested in staying around for a movie I didn’t care about. I’m happy these young men are enjoying some success but their movie, to be blunt, is so generic so as to be ad nauseam.

Nothing in Michael Dowse’s comedy distinguishes itself from umpteen comedies about white teens and twentysomethings partying, drinking beer and looking for that girl with whom he missed a chance to have sex. To Dowse’s credit, most of the scurrilous language and gross behavior is missing from this comedy set in the 1980s–Ronald Reagan, Cultural Club ,award-winning movie”Gandhi”, tax cuts (for the wealthy), punk hairdos.

One problem Topher Grace, at age 32,can’t pass for a 22-year old. Another problem maybe Dan Fogler, as Barry Nathan,and Anna Faris, as Wendy Frankin, do not fit the age either. All three characters, especially Barry and Matt, seem to be aimless in their lives, acting out in hedonistic fashion as in drinking, snorting cocaine and one character lies by saying he works at Goldman Sachs when he actually works at a video store just to impress a girl form his high school. He should have told the truth and who knows what would have happened.

I like nostalgia in movies if they are worth their salt “Take Me Home Tonight” doesn’t begin to fit the bill either for nostalgia or comedy. I think I hear a little voice in my head: “Don’t worry ‘Take me Home’ will be a fossil just like most of today’s ‘comedies’”.

 

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Movie Coffin

Jane Russell

By Howard McQuitter II

Jane Russell, 1921-2011

Actress Jane Russell, 89, died the day after the 83rd Academy Awards–February 28–one of the most popular beauties of the silver screen in the 1940s in San Maria,California.

She got her first role in the film “Outlaw” (1943) by director Howard Hughes, a movie the censors criticized for its provocative scenes of Russell’s low-cut blouse. The movie barely got by the censors two years later in limited showings. “Outlaw” wasn’t a particularly good movie, but the stunning beauty attracted male moviegoers by the millions.

Jane starred in other movies “Young Widow”(1946),”Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), “Gentlemen Marry Brunettes” (1955) “His Kind of Woman”(1951), “The Las Vegas Story” (1951), “Mamie Stoyer” (1956) and “The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown”(1957), a big flop.

Her roles past “Nightgown” nearly disappeared. For a short time she worked in television and then returned to the film “Fate is the Hunter” (1964). She did the film “The Born Losers” (1967). Her last film was “Darker Than Amber”(1970).

If only Jane Russell has been a better placed actress beyond in more telluric roles, she was a better actress beyond her beautiful face and body.

Jane was born in Bemidji, Minnesota, but moved to Canada and then to California. She was a life-long Republican and believed in pro-life causes. Russell didn’t much care for some of the liberal actors and actresses in Hollywood.

 

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April 2011 Daves’ Dumpster

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