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The Fighter

Howard McQuitter II
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The Fighter

Cast: Mark Wahlberg (Mickey Ward), Christian Bale (Dicky Eklund), Melessia Leo (Alice Ward), Amy Adams (Charlene Fleming), Bianca Hunter (Cathy Pork Ecklund), Eric McDarmott (Cindy ‘Tar’ Ecklund), Jill Ouigg (Donna Eckund Jaynes), Dendrie Taylor (Gail ‘Red Dog” Ecklund), Kate O.’Brien (Phyllis Beaver Ecklund), Jena Lamia (Sherri ward), Cadin Dwyer (Kasie ward), Jack McGee (George Ward). (R) Running time: 115 minutes. Director: David O. Russell.

Boxing for the wards is a family affair. Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is an upcoming boxer, his older brother Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale), a former boxer whose current activity is spent often in a crackhouse, and their mother, Alice Ward (Melissa Leo), is the boxing manager. She organizes Mickey’s fights and Dicky trains him. Dicky brags he’s once gave Sugar Ray Leonard a few good licks

Mickey’s caught in a bind of a possessive mother and five sisters and his idol Dicky sent to prison for crack and an assault on police officers. When Mickey’s love interest Charlene Fleming (Amy Adams) enters his life, his family attempts to sever their relationship. As such, Mickey’s boxing career seems doomed much like Dicky’s.

Like other boxing films of the past such as “City of Conquest”(1040),”Requiem for a Heavyweight”(1962),”Fat City”(1972),the theme is boxer from a white working class neighborhood in crisis. “The Fighter”” is adequate with fine performances by Melissa Leo and Cristian Bale in particular.

 

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February 2011 Daves’ Dumpster

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Consequences

by Peter Molenaar

Hopefully, a good many visited “Dances with Wolves” as seen again on public television.  Certainly, it stands as one of the most beautiful and edifying of films…

“Your life is like a pebble dropped into a sea creating ripples endlessly…you do not know the end of a thought, action or word.”—attributed to White Eagle.

In the aftermath of Tucson, there occurred a simultaneous prayer.  I too bowed my head.  We sought to limit the swelling of Congresswoman Giffords’ brain.

My ancestors were agricultural pioneers in Kandiyohi County to the west.  They arrived two decades after the Dakota War of 1862 to settle the left-over spots.  Like good Dutch people, they drained the land.

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COMMENTARY: Changing your diet

By Randall Grey

There are so many products in our cupboards and refrigerators today that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.  If you were to look at the ingredients of the products which are in your cupboard or refrigerator right now, you will find an ingredient called High Fructose Corn Syrup. Just in my home alone, I found it in the cereals, canned vegetables, ice creams, some of the dips, salad dressings, mayonnaise, jams and jellies, sodas, frostings, pie fillings, flavored waters and also in some of the sauces.

After looking at all the food items consumed daily, almost every thing in every meal, contains High Fructose Corn Syrup.  And just think, these are just in the products in our own homes that contain this substitute additive.  Now, imagine how much of this substitute food additive is in foods we eat in restaurants.

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Anyone living in the Backyard area can help their community to improve health

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center

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 which has the goal of improving the health of the community. Health is defined as 1) a state of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being; it is not only the absence of infirmity and disease, 2) the state of balance, harmony, and connectedness within and amongst many systems – the body, the family, the community, the environment, and culture; it cannot be seen only in an individual context, and 3) an active state of being; it cannot be achieved by being passive.

This definition of health is not just a state of being – it is a process of becoming, and the residents of the Backyard are using this description of health to become healthier. They are actively working on projects which increase balance, harmony, and connectedness within the community.

The core work of the Backyard Initiative is done within the Citizen Health Action Teams or CHATs. A CHAT is composed of a group of people who work together on a common concern or issue in order to improve the health of the community and build community. Each CHAT meets at least monthly to plan ahead and make decisions, and then members of the CHAT carry out work between meetings. All the CHATs come together at least once a month to update each other on their progress and discuss common problems and strategies. They have agreed upon a list of principles that help CHATs to be inclusive and effective.

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All My Relations Gallery debuts Frank Big Bear

The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) celebrates the All My Relations Gallery Grand Opening with an exhibit of never-before-seen paintings by master artist Frank Big Bear.

Reception and Celebration

January 21,  5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Avenue, Mpls. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-6, p.m. Weekends 11-3, p.m. –located in the heart of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, the very neighborhood where Frank Big Bear lived while creating his prolific body of important early work.  FREE and open to the public.

Frank Big Bear Paintings—“From the Rez, to the Hood, to the Lake”, presents vivid canvasses by Frank Big Bear, recipient of the Bush Foundation Enduring Visions Award, among other honors.  Never-before-seen acrylic paintings, created by this Ojibwe artist best known for his surreal and detailed color pencil drawings, make their debut with this exhibit. Running from January 21, to February 28, 2011,.

Frank Big Bear Paintings is made possible through support of the McKnight Foundation, Target, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Compass/Medtronic, Rosemary H. & David F. Good Family Foundation and in cooperation with Bockley Gallery.

All My Relations Arts is a ten-year old arts program at Ancient Traders Gallery  until 2010 when it became an initiative of NACDI Info or tours: contact Elizabeth Day eday@nacdi.org, 612-235-4970

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Victor Borge: Life and Laughs of a Scandinavian Humorist Exhibit Opens at the American Swedish Institute

Victor Borge

February 18 – May 1, 2011

Exhibit  explores Victor Borge’s life and achievements with  film clips, recordings, photographs and memorabilia. Admission: see below.

Born Børge Rosenbaum in Denmark on January 3, 1909, Mr. Borge trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and began his career in Denmark in the 1930s. While touring in Sweden, the Third Reich invaded Denmark, Borge, being Jewish, could not return home.  He went to the  U.S on August 28, 1940.

Affectionately called “Great Dane,” Victor Borge was an engaging musician, humorist,  humanitarian, and one of the most popular performers in the US and Scandinavia. He effectively used physical and visual elements maintaining a consistent, dynamic energy and high level of spontaneity, marked by impeccable timing and highly developed musicality.

During 60 years in the U.S., he performed on radio and television, in films, on stage, and at the White House. In 1956, he performed on Broadway with his Comedy in Music; still the record for longest-running one-man show. Recognized as an ambassador of goodwill in  Denmark and America, he was knighted by the five Nordic countries and honored by  U.S. Congress and the United Nations.  Borge died Dec. 23, 2000.

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East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center at 2300 17th Ave. Exemplifies reward of unity after 40 years of vision and six years of struggle

[Historical Note by Editor]: It has been forty years since hopes and visions of improvement to the two blocks of land between 17th and Cedar Avenues and 22nd and 24th Streets began.  Initial plans and proposals for dense housing were halted by limited citizen initiated political “arm twisting” that was nonetheless effective.  That effort led to park development limited to the barest of un-staffed, built facilities.  Six years ago that same awareness and tenacity of local residents– knowing their numbers and needs were greater than were being met and propelled by the obvious inequity of program and facility availability for local youth compared to other parts of the city—initiated concentrated focus on further improvement.

The January 22, 2011 Building Opening and Ribbon Cutting marks the culmination of six years of creative and determined effort by neighborhood organizations, residents, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board with city, county, and state support.

The newly constructed 14,000 sq. ft. building features a high school-sized gym and adjacent kitchen, a teen center, computer lab, and rooms that will accommodate a variety of programming. At 30% more energy efficient than the average building in Minneapolis, the East Phillips building sets a new standard for energy efficiency in Park Board community centers.

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ReUse Center Closed after 15 years

by Harvey Winje

The Reuse Center in Phillips closed on Dec. 11th, held a one week on-line auction, gave away the remains, and was ended by Dec 31st.

The Mpls. Reuse Center, which began as the first retail sales store selling reusable building materials in an urban shopping center in the United States, opened at the Hi-Lake Shopping Center on October 15, 1995. An Elder from Little Earth, Gladys Cain, opened the program with a traditional American Indian smudging and blessing followed with remarks by Senator Paul Wellstone, David Morris, city, county and state political representatives, environmental activists and community residents. This event topped off the culmination of 2 years of writing a business plan, fundraising, and conducting a pilot project in local warehouses in Phillips.

The ReUse Center did not originate from an idea of a few nor did it come from an entirely environmental perspective. Instead, it arose out of a controversy between Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis versus the Phillips Community about clearing land of 27 homes and 5 businesses where a state of the art, garbage transfer station was to be built costing 10 million dollars. A diverse community of homeowners and renters, seasoned activists and passionate mothers decried that their children were worth more than what a garbage station represented and that together, they would fight to prevent this from occurring. The garbage transfer station was not built in Phillips. In fact, it was not built anywhere. Instead, the community did the research to discover that they could save Hennepin County these many millions of dollars with a relatively simple remodeling to the downtown incinerator to accept the existing garbage trucks to operate efficiently. This organizing effort became the catalyst for The Green Institute.

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The Alley’s Annual Fundraising event persevered through record snowfall!

The record-setting snowfall the evening of The Alley Newspaper’s Annual Meeting and Fundraising Auction understandably limited attendance and income for this important event.

Bravo and thanks to the three dozen who were able to navigate the streets and snowdrifts.

Thank you also to the individuals and businesses whose donations were auctioned.

The Alley does need additional financial contributions donations to accomplish our work this New Year.

In spite of enormous snow drifts and narrowed streets, the US mail is still getting delivered remarkably well. Please consider using the mail and making a tax deductible contribution to Alley Communications, the community-owned nonprofit that produces The Alley Newspaper. Assist The Alley in 2011 to continue to ENGAGE and INFORM about life in the neighborhoods of Phillips Community and also reaching into the Backyards of Central, Powderhorn Park, and Corcoran Neighborhoods.

Every increment of $5 is appreciated. Give whatever amount you can afford.

Address to: Alley Communications P.O. Box 7006, Mpls., MN 55407

Or you can donate online by clicking on the donate now button on the left column of this website

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