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“Poets Poet” in Tribute to Roy McBride

Louis Alemayehu, reading his poem “Caught” in tribute to Roy McBride accompanied by Steven Hasse on trumpet at a Memorial Poetry Reading August 12th at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre. Scores of poems, testimonials, tributes, and songs by many artists (including Carey Thomas, pictured here) were dedicated to the life and memory of Roy McBride—a poet who exemplified that “poets poet” and was Poet Laureate of Lake Street. Right on,! Lake Street!

By Louis Alemayehu
Roy Chester McBride: Caught
Intoxicated on Lilacs
& simply simple complicated life.

You got caught, I got caught, we got caught…
in the web of life

That voice…
The rhyme and repetition,
the rhyme and repetition,
the rhyme and repetition…

I hear you now, I hear you know, in my brain
In my brain,
my brain,
my brain

I see you now
marching
in another 30 mayday parades

From Phillips to Powderhorn,
step by step
by step
by step
by step

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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 & The Robber

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

 

Harry Potter and The Deadly Hallows: Part 2-2011
**** (Four of five stars)
Warner Brothers
Rating PG-13
Running time: 131 minutes
Drama/Fantasy
Director: David Yates

Cast: Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Micheal Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbledore), John Hurt (Ollivander), Jason Issacs (Lucius Malfoy), Kelly Macdonald (Helena Ravenclaw), Gary Oldman (Sirus Black), Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape), Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva Mc Gonagall), David Thewlis (Remus Lupin).

For aching Harry Potter fans over the last decade, seven (“eight” films, additions (and some subtractions)of thespians, four directors arrive at the final Potter film: “Deadly Hallows Part 2”.The final battle is between the now grown, bespectacled Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe, and his nemesis Lord Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes. Voldemort planning to destroy Potter for good is what’s at play.

Between J.K. Rowling’s seven books and four directors Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates, respectively, the Harry Potter series is a phenomenon, perhaps the world’s finest as far as transformation from novel to silver screen.

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September 2011 Daves’ Dumpster

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Doo Wop And Cannon Falls

by Peter Molenaar

The luckier members of my generation were again able to watch public television’s annual review of the Doo Wop Pop Rock music emergence (late ‘50s—early ‘60s). As always, it was an awesome emotional head swoon. Moreover, let us self-reflect, the splendid performances of so many popular Black artists served to educate and humanize millions of white Americans

Note: I was born August 26, 1950…

How is it that these tunes are lodged in my brain and subject to recall? Probably it is owing to the daily school bus rides into the town of Cannon Falls. The good bus driver had the radio on all those years.

Yet the town remained white, with just a touch of Dakota blood mixed in. Any outside person of color was sure to incite such internal red flags as: Get a grip, be nice but do not touch. It was from elsewhere, moved by the music, that some white folks went South to confront the terror regime there. The news trickled in. We learned that some were killed.

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The Alley’s Roving Reporter at the August 13 Bridging Event: “What is something about this event that you will take home with you?”

 

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“Talking in the Backyard” Gardening Grows More than Food

by Ariele Strachan, Cultural Wellness Center

The Backyard Initiative (BYI) now has 13 Citizen Health Action Teams (CHATs) implementing health strategies developed by members who are local residents. The Growing the Backyard CHAT was given support by the BYI Community Commission on Health for their Family Garden Project in April of this year and have been working with families on gardening since late May. The Family Garden Project has connected with eight families in the Phillips, Powderhorn, Central, and Corcoran neighborhoods (the Backyard area) and has helped each of them to install a 4×4 foot raised bed garden. The Family Garden Project works with whole families — parents, children of all ages, grandparents and other members of the family — to make gardening a natural part of everyone’s day where different gardening activities are less chores and are more activities to bring the family and the community closer together.

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1st Annual Bridging Festival was a Blast!

By Dallas Johnson

Our 12 hour event on 8/13 (two dozen activities moving through 10 sites) exceeded our wildest expectations. The active embodiment of an invitation, the majority of the day was hands-on and interactive. It was well attended and numbers grew with each stop along 24th St. From collecting the water at dawn, bringing the water together (w/ Sandy Spieler), Simone Speer’s dance workshop at E Philips Park, singing quietly in a circle (with Louis Alemayhu at PCC), decorating parade regalia (w/ Heart of the Beast), marveling at the Somali Mall, the parade up 24th St (with three 12 foot puppets, musicians and our decorated umbrellas), a big crowd and Patrick Nolan’s original poem at the murals unveiling (w/ artists Elissa Cedarleaf and Greta McLain), neighborhood skit honoring Muriel Simmons that ended in a spiral dance, party at Center for Changing Lives with art activities, seed balls, MPRB’s kids’ games, live African music, The Alley-hosted storytelling, snow cones and fudgicles, my original song with Julie Allen’ ASL interpretation)…we showed how creative, welcoming, willing and visionary we are when we come together.

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Ingebretsen’s Celebrates Nine Decades for Nine Weeks

By Carsten Smith

Every birthday is worth celebrating, but some birthdays are worth an extra special effort. For Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gifts, that birthday is the ninetieth, which will be celebrated this October. “My grandfather opened the store here because it was a Scandinavian neighborhood at the time. The neighborhood has changed, but we still feel supportive of it and supported by it. We are glad to be here,” says Julie Ingebretsen, gift store manager and the granddaughter of the store founder, Charles Ingebretsen.

“We have a calendar full of special events, many of which revolve around food, naturally, and the neighborhood is invited!” says Julie. For nine Saturdays, one for each decade, Ingebretsen’s will have “Taste of the Times,” a celebration of food fads and fashions over time. Starting October 1, from 11 to 1, customer will receive free samples of food representative of that decade. The first Saturday will be lefse, representing the 1920s and the strong Scandinavian presence on East Lake Street at that time. Spam; Victory Cake (a recipe that evolved out of the need to comply with WWII food rationing) and Bundt cakes; Jell-O; hotdish; quiche and fondue; bacon; and New Nordic cuisine, will follow. If you don’t remember bacon being a food fad, don’t worry. “We are doing a bacon-themed weekend because I like bacon,” laughs Julie.

The grand finale of Taste of the Times is November 26, when there will be a selection of birthday cakes. Kransekake, the traditional almond-based cake that appears at all important Norwegian celebrations will have center stage. In honor of Minneapolis history, there will be lots of bundt cakes, and a selection of other favorites. Paul Robinson, company manager of Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, accompanied by various puppeteers, will present the history of Ingebretsen’s, a show that was developed during the HOBT’s Lake Street Excavations project.

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Thrones

by Louis Alemayahu

Peace, Welcome,

Enter all you Kings and Queens of various hues,

Find your thrones,

rest your bones,

look to the four directions.

This place-of-presiding was made for you:

breathe and be.

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Touchstone Plaza at Peavey Park “Bridges” Generations

By Robert Albee

Imagine a public art project that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and is promptly neglected—no, make that abandoned—by the very community that commissioned the work in the first place!. That’s the legacy of Touchstone Plaza, located on the southwest corner of Chicago Avenue and East Franklin Avenue in Peavey Park. I never knew there was a plaque with a fabulous poem and community challenge called “Thrones” by Louis Alemayahu. Over the years, I’ve heard friends declare the mosaics to be hideous and a blight to the neighborhood. Some even wanting it moved or bulldozed into oblivion—all 88,000 pounds of concrete that makes up the mosaic-tiled “Thrones.”

A group of Ventura Village volunteers led by residents Jim Cook, Dee Henry Williams and me showed up recently with a public address system and a hand-held microphone and offered it to anybody who’d speak or sing. No advertising or public notice, just the three of us and some sound equipment on a 97 degree day. In the next two hours, this abandoned corner that earned Peavey Park the distinction of being the most crime-ridden park in Minnesota came alive to the cadence of voices—mostly African American who talked their sorrows and joys, their salvations and challenges for anybody to listen.

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