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Make Believe Neighborhood

PHOTO CREDIT: Bruce Silcox

By Stephanie Rogers

Make Believe Neighborhood –MBN is a celebration of Mr. Rogers and our own Phillips Community by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre -HOBT, directed by Bart Buch, this world-premiere is vignettes of positive impact of community members including Wayne Bugg, Patrick and Luisa Cabello-Hansel, Frank Downwind, Julie Graves, Abdul Mohamedon, Chase Redday, and the youth of Phillips Neighborhood; stories of the creativity of the Phillips Community. Stories from Fred Rogers’ biography and the impact of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood his TV show, which inspired generations of children intersperse Phillips stories.  Theatrical surprises and puppets of every scale and hue are blended by a soundtrack created and performed live by Martin Dosh.

Best of all, HOBT has funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board for free tickets to Phillips community members who wouldn’t otherwise afford $10.-$20. Tickets! MBN is for ages 4-104. Bring the whole family to a matinee or a date night! Free tickets: February 2 – 18, evening shows Fri. & Sat. 7:30pm and matinees Sat. & Sun. 2:30pm. Phillips residents: for free tickets call 612-721-2535 (hablemos español) or reserve at make-believe.brownpapertickets.com/discount code “neighbor.”

It’s no accident Opening is Super Bowl weekend – not because HOBT expects out-of-town crowds, but we want to give our immediate neighbors an artful alternative celebrating where we live and who we are. Whether a life-long Phillips resident or new to Mpls., whether you grew up watching Mr. Rogers or don’t know who he was, you’ll find something to connect with in this performance.

In a time of complicated social issues and conflict, HOTB invites you to the simple, essential truths of Fred Rogers – the ideas that many of our community members work to carry forward.  Your anger and sadness are valid, and you have the power to express them in a constructive way. One person can make a difference, in a neighborhood and on a larger scale. “I’m proud of you,” and “I like you just the way you are” are powerful statements.

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What Are Some of The Best Films of 2017?

Ten out of 120 Howard Viewed in 2017!

1.) “Paradise” (Rated R?) This film is from The 2017 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, entirely in black and white, the film is set during World War II, when three people cross paths. Simply put, “Paradise” one reason to go to big screen.

Cast: Yuliya Vysotskaya (Olga), Christian Clauss (Helmut), Philippe Duquesne (Jules),Viktor Sukhorukov (Heinrich Himmler).Running time: 130 minutes.Languages: Russian/German/French/Yiddish. Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy.

2.) “Phantom Thread” (R) A famous dressmaker Reynolds (Daniel Day-Lewis), and sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the height of their careers making dresses for film stars, heiresses, debutants and dames at the House of Woodcock. Reynolds is an older gent, a bachelor, has had his share of women but then a young, shy woman Alma Vicky Krieps) comes into his life.

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis (Reynolds Woodcock), Lesley Manville (Cyril), Vicky Krieps (Alma). Running time: 130 minutes. Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.

3.) “Dunkirk” (PG-13) Standard war movie with epic-like effects, including cinematographic beauty. The battle occurs May/June 1940, in Dunkirk, a city in Northern France, with a huge task of evacuating 300,000 men from the enemy fire, the Germans.

Cast: Fionn Whitehead (Tommy), Harry Styles (Alex), Jack Lowden (Collins), James D’ Arcy (Colonel Winnant). Running time: 107 minutes. Director: Christopher Nolan.

4.) “Get Out” (R) A unique psychological thriller involving an interracial couple: Daniel Kaluuya (Black) as Chris Washington and Allison Williams (White) as Rose Armitage meet her parents for a weekend. However, the weekend is no ordinary weekend because what happens is bizarre.

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya (Chris Washington), Allison Williams (Rose Armitage), Caleb Landry (Jeremy Armitage), Marcus Henderson (Walter), Catherine Keener (Missy Armitage), Bradley Whitford (Dean Armitage)Running time: 104 minutes.Director: Jordan Peele.

5.) “Lady Bird” (R) loved by critics and audiences alike, the movie deserves much praise and credit due to director Greta Gerwig. Gerwig should be nominated for best director for her fine work. The Academy has an abysmal record for nominating women for best director (maybe 5, at best); only one woman in the 52nd Oscar race has won best director: Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” (2008). But Saoirse Ronan is the main star, playing “Lady Bird”, attending a Catholic high school in Sacramento, California, in 2002. She wants to attend a college outside of California, but her parents cannot afford it. The young lady clashes with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and learns how relationships with the opposite sex isn’t easy. One of most mature films about teenagers in a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

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#METOO

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Traitors Among Us

By Peter Molenaar

Has everyone heard about the new tax code and its predicted effect upon our national debt? Naturally, the discussion has turned now to cutting Social Security, Medicare, and much more.

Yes, money has always
corrupted our democracy, but the open talk about having to satisfy “the donors” is new. Effortlessly, Wall Street wealth will now
multiply at a faster pace. Arthritis and silicosis are the dividends meant for me.

Smith Foundry Christmas party, December 19, 2017:

Inadvertently, an old buddy (white male) brushed my shoulder. A Trump enthusiast, he hastened past, not wanting to engage in a stare-down match.

No, not every white worker voted for D. T-rump. See the following, as taken from an online post:

“Contrary to what those idiots on the Hill believe, people have worked 20 or 30 years and more and have paid into both [Social Security and Medicare]…. That’s our money, you morons….”

Yet, we are told not to chastise our Trumpsters, because we will soon need their votes, and after all, it was capitalism which ground them down to such smallness that mere tweets to white male supremacy made them feel great again. Right? However, I too am a white worker (not a politician, as such) and therefore (out of love) reserve the right to get up in their faces.

On the other hand, Trump claims the new tax code will be “rocket fuel for our nation’s economy”. Really? Think maybe two or three low orbits around the planet, certainly no shot to the moon… and then, when the inevitable crash comes, “we the people” will be too broke to bail out the banks.

Evidently, there are traitors among us.

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FRANK REFLECTIONS-February 2018

BY FRANK ERICKSON

Even though the government’s use of military snipers abroad is so corrupt and murderous, most Minnesotans will have no problem with military snipers on top of downtown Minneapolis buildings during the Super Bowl because the snipers won’t be cutting down any unarmed “men of military age” or unarmed “suspected terrorists” walking down the street of Minneapolis.

No problem. Let’s play some football as long as the snipers only murder Arab Muslims in the Middle East we trust them.

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Triple D’s Thursday: A Dinner and Dialogue on Diabetes 

Thursday, February 1, 2018 5 to 7 pm.

Bring your family and neighbors. There will be healthy foods to assist in creating diets that are good for those with diabetes.

We want to connect with people who have diabetes or are caring
for people with diabetes.

Hosted by:
The BYI Resource Center

Located at the Midtown Global Market

920 East Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-353-6211

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January 2018 Alley Newspaper

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Phillips West Neighborhood Organization and Community Partners invite you and your family to the 21st Annual

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Messiah Congregation, Epiphany** Sale and Celebration, Jan. 26 & 27, 725 East 25th Street

BY ANN E. KEATING

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church is having an Epiphany Sale and Celebration on Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm as we vacate our historic church at 725 East 25th Street.

Come wander the rooms and reminisce. Pick through the books, take home a poster or a hymnal. Sit in the sanctuary one more time and listen to our wonderful organ.

I am sure you will meet many of your old friends.  Refreshments and places to sit and visit will be provided where you can share memories with each other.

Check out the archives, maybe you would like to take home our bowling trophy from 1950 or a really old Bible. See the wedding dress of the first bride married at Messiah. Look at the photographs and find members of your family or maybe even one of your friends. They probably will look a little younger.

Have you always wanted a church pew? This will be your chance to buy one. There is always a need for a folding chair for that special occasion. They are available for sale too.

All these items and many more will be available at bargain prices.

For those who would like to do so, an opportunity to share your nostalgia, your memories and have them videoed and recorded for posterity will be made available so they, too, can be stored in our archive room and shared with future generations.

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Urban Ventures’ Center for Families: A Program for the Whole Family!

BY PRISCILLA BROWN   

On a cold and snowy night in December, a room is filled with adults and children dressed in their Sunday’s best, but they’re not here for a holiday party. They’re here instead for a graduation.

This wasn’t a celebration for the kids, but for the adults, both men and women, who were being recognized for the twenty weeks of hard work they invested into strengthening their families. Urban Ventures’ Center for Families equips parents with the tools that help improve the entire family. Some of the topics taught are:  parenting dynamics, discipline, communication, conflict resolution, forgiveness and role of the parents.

Staying aligned with Urban Ventures’ new strategic plan, the Center for Families doesn’t just stop at equipping adults with the necessary skills and resources to lead their families but staff also aim to provide a holistic approach and serve the children as well. While the parents are in their adult education classes, their children (ages 6 months -15 years) are following their own curriculum which mirrors what the adults are learning (and with plenty of fun thrown in!).

The hope is for the whole family to be learning together. An example of this is when the adults are focusing on communication, the children will learn the importance of listening and responding to their parents while even creating their own “listening ears” in the process. Older children, such as teens, will talk about the importance of clear communication, which is then reinforce through different activities. Meanwhile, parents are learning how to improve their communication at home among their family.

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