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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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Beyond Wisconsin

by Peter Molenaar

March 13, 2011…

There were pleasant greetings between the handful of neighborhood folk who attended the most recent rally in Hudson. David Bicking was there. His handmade sign read: “Labor Creates All Wealth”. In jest, I pondered out loud, “Oh, I thought ownership of the means of production created wealth.” And then, yet another great semi-truck roared beneath our occupied overpass. Honk. Honk. Honnkkk…

Are public workers being unjustly scape-goated?

Well, for starters, millions of good paying American jobs have been shipped overseas. And then came huge tax breaks for super-wealthy people in a time of war. To which we must add some wildly irresponsible Wall Street speculations and sub-prime mortgage schemes which culminated in a $700 billion bailout. You be the judge.

My own handmade sign read simply: “Tax the rich”. Some long ago training as a draftsman found a nice expression. Requests for photo poses were many. Smile.

In today’s world, just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined—more loot than the combined assets of 155 million people. Or, to slice it in a different way, 20% of America owns 85% of the country’s wealth. Clearly, public workers are in the category of “the people”—the 80% which owns a mere 15% . Therefore, the attacks against these workers are an absolute disgrace.

Note: Wisconsin teachers average about $46,000 a year—top hedge fun managers “earn” $48,000 per hour.

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Fire Destroyed Bloomington Lake Clinic except for records

The Bloomington Lake Clinic (BLC) on Bloomington Avenue near Lake Street was destroyed by a fire on Wednesday, March 9. It is an 80-year-old medical clinic serving more than 50,000 patients in greater Minneapolis, The clinic’s second site is still in full operation at 79th Street and Xerxes Avenue in Bloomington, Minnesota and has taken on all of the staff from their Bloomington Avenue. Here is the Bloomington Lake Clinic’s update.

BLC ROAD TO RECOVERY – UPDATE 1

  • All physicians and staff from the Lake Street clinic have relocated to and are serving patients from the Xerxes Ave. location.
  • All critical clinical and business systems continue to be operational due to medical records and business systems being hosted off-site. Loss to medical and other records was minimized.
  • Phone services for physicians and staff from the Lake Street clinic have resumed — all phone numbers are operational and voicemail is expected to be restored soon.
  • Email service was hosted off-site and was unaffected by the fire; however, computers and laptops were lost. Laptops have been restored for critical employees. All other employees are able to access Web mail and computers are being replaced as quickly as possible.

“Thank you to everyone in the community who has reached out to us,” said Bob Vogel, administrator of Bloomington Lake Clinic. “We appreciate the outpouring of support during this difficult time. We are committed to providing quality care to patients in this community and are working as quickly as possible to put together a plan of action.”

“Most important, we are pleased to report that we are operational from the Xerxes Ave. clinic and our physicians are seeing all patients from this location. Patients can rest assured that we are able to provide the same level of care to them from our Xerxes Ave. location, and that they will be able to reach us,” said Vogel. “We will continue to release additional updates and communicate with patients and others with whom we do business on the progress of our recovery efforts in the form of news releases, updates on our Web site and other appropriate means.”

HOW TO CONTACT BLOOMINGTON LAKE CLINIC

All patients may contact Bloomington Lake Clinic at the Xerxes Ave. location:

Bloomington Lake Clinic
7901 Xerxes Avenue South, Suite 116
Bloomington, MN 55431

Phone: 952-888-2024

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What is TRANSITION TOWN PHILLIPS? Here, in a nutshell

By Corrine Bruning

The transition towns concept hails from England, is that peak oil and climate change are challenges that are real and will start having major effects on our oil based society. We look to become resilient and create an Energy Action Descent Plan that moves us toward a localized clean energy future. This also means learning how to grow and preserve food, utilizing all the unused land in the neighborhood to grow food, or to be a better rain catchment system. It means really advocating for transportation change and equality, by making personal choices, and persuading policymakers to make good transportation policy choices. But most importantly, it means getting to know your neighbors and establishing bonds that will help us muster together through these hardships, and not as enemies.

The beginnings of the group formed at a “Local Resilience” event held by Alliance for Sustainability on November 13. Since, then we’ve come together to discuss what we want our neighborhood to look like (bicycles, mosaics, gardens, murals, dog parks, waving and smiling neighbors), and what skills we’d be willing to share and learn. Also, as this team has grown, we’ve had discussions around energy and food, and really would like to make strong relationships with our neighbors, neighborhood groups, and businesses. Our ideas range anywhere from insulation bulk buys for the neighborhood to a street dance with local artists, musicians, and chefs. If anyone would like to find out more about Transition Towns Phillips, please visit our website at: http://transitionphillips.groupsite.com, or email: corrine.bruning@gmail.com

So, that’s Transition Town Phillips in a nutshell.

 

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“Bridging Minneapolis” Wins FEAST FUNDING

‘Bridging Minneapolis,’ the community-arts’ project on both ends of the 24th Street Pedestrian Bridge [see March The Alley, Page 1] recently won the public vote at FEAST, a city-wide arts funding competition. The $1,000 proceeds are being used to move the project forward. Watch The Alley as it unfolds! (Contact Dallas Johnson for information and to share your ideas: dallicious@gmail.com).”


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Update on the Backyard Initiative: BYI Citizen Health Action Teams Update

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center

Every month at the Cultural Wellness Center, members from the Backyard Initiative Citizen Health Action Teams, or CHATs, come together to update each other on their activities and talk about common principles and problems in their community building work. Last month, on February 17, CHAT members discussed what it takes to work together and accomplish what they set out to do.

The Backyard Initiative was started two years ago as a community partnership between Allina Hospitals and Clinics and the residents of Phillips, Powderhorn Park, Central, and Corcoran with the goal of improving the health of the community. Most of the work of the Backyard Initiative is carried out within Citizen Health Action Teams, where community members on each team have developed a strategy for improving health and are now in the process of implementing that strategy.

CHAT Leadership in the Community

Elder Atum Azzahir from the Cultural Wellness Center, the facilitator of the meeting, explained to the CHAT members that the Commission on Health, a body of primarily community members from each CHAT, will be looking at the work of each CHAT this year in terms of how the work contributes to the health of the whole community and involves people from the community. She told the members, “The Commission is going to be asking ‘Is the CHAT growing in its connection to other people?’ How are you adding to your list of people in the Backyard? Are they connecting to what you are doing, becoming part of what you’re doing?

She then asked the CHAT members to think about their leadership skills and what skills they need to develop to be effective leaders. The CHAT members identified building relationships, identifying resources, strategic planning, and influencing, directing, and organizing people as the set of skills that are needed to do the work. Elder Atum told the group that last year the CHAT members were more focused on envisioning their projects and planning; now new skills are needed for implementing them. Some CHATs may not be able to last throughout the year if they don’t develop these skills. Elder Atum stated that the Cultural Wellness Center staff will teach some of these skills throughout the year. “One of the most important is the skill of self-study, of reflecting on what you are learning about yourself. If you cannot self-study and correct yourself, you’re not going to be able to get anything done.”

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