Monthly Archives: June 2013

Park Board embraces change in response to changing communities — Outreach director says cultural competency now a basic staff expectation




By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



Minneapolis is vastly different today than a couple of decades ago as the city’s population has grown with more persons of color. Is the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) keeping pace with the demographic changes? Residents of color often complain that neighborhood parks and centers aren’t as welcoming as in the past, and many suspect it is because MPRB staff doesn’t reflect or respect them. However, in recent months the MPRB has instituted several changes they believe will better serve their increasingly diverse customers. “When you walk into our parks, people should know who our staff is,” explains Community Outreach Director Cordell “Corky” Wiseman on the staff dress code. Continue Reading →

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U of M student becomes seventh Black to serve on Board of Regents — The first, Josie Johnson, urges continuing the fight for diversity



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


The 12-member University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the school’s governing body. Its members are elected by the Minnesota Legislature and serve without pay. Eight members represent the state’s eight congressional districts, and four members, including a current U of M student representative, are elected at large. Their six-year terms are staggered so that only four positions are available for appointment every two years. Current Minnesota student Abdul Omari was among four new regents selected during this year’s state legislative session. Continue Reading →

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Entrepreneur turns doodling into profitable business — Cards By Beverly lets buyers express their own sentiments



Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


This being June and all, between school graduations, Father’s Day, birthdays and folk just generally being in their usual frame of mind to send someone a kind or pleasant sentiment, card shops are making a killing. One kind of customer, however, never seems to find quite the same selection as most consumers. The blank greeting cards section characteristically is the smallest and, accordingly, offers the least variety. That’s fine for shoppers who want to simply grab

something quick that says something nice and be on about their day. But what about those who want to give their own message to friends, family and other loved ones? Continue Reading →

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Supergroup BWB pays tribute to the King of Pop on new release




With the fourth anniversary of the passing of Michael Jackson upon us, it’s a good time to pause, reflect and celebrate his life and his music. Celebrating Jackson’s music is something a number of contemporary artists, jazz musicians included, have done more constantly in recent years. I’m thinking of Joey DeFrancesco, Vijay Iyer, Esperanza Spalding, and the list goes on. Not only is it a popular thing to do, it’s a fine way to pay tribute to one of the most important entertainers of all time. Speaking of fitting tributes to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, BWB’s Human Nature — featuring trumpeter Rick Braun, tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and guitarist Norman Brown — was released by Heads Up/Concord Music Group on June 18. Continue Reading →

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Die-hard Michael Jackson fans not likely to be impressed by ‘The Ultimate Thriller’

Judging by the response of most of the crowd — “We love you, Michael!,” dancing in the seats, “This is the best show I’ve ever seen.” — Mystic Lake’s “The Ultimate Thriller” on June 7 and 8, was a success. On the night of June 7, the team of musicians and dancers performed for an almost packed house. Any true fan of Michael Jackson would know that his career was not initiated by the Moon Walk. His unique voice, apparent even during adolescence, was what brought him early fame and kept him there for decades. So when this Latin-accented look-a-like tried to impersonate a soulful ballad, his voice, though passable, could in no way be confused with the King of Pop. Continue Reading →

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The discoveries continue



Keith had settled back in a window seat watching the asphalt shrink, watching the airport go away. Leaving Lesli and L.A.

In all his years in the business, for all the traveling it required, he’d never got quite used to flying. It amazed him, in a scary way, when these monstrous machines got off the ground and kept right on going. In the airport bar, Lesli had tried to explain the physics of an airplane getting off the ground and was amused, when she got done, that he was just as confused as when she started. He’d given up trying to figure it out, tossed back the last of his drink and flatly stated, “Aerodynamics my Aunt Fanny.”

She’d chuckled, finishing off hers. Continue Reading →

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Calling all Red Caps!

Rondo Days Festival searching for former Red Caps and families
The opening event of the 30th annual Rondo Days Festival will be a reception to honor the Red Caps, the station porters who welcomed and served travelers and the railroad industry at the St. Paul Union Depot for more than 78 years. As part of the renovation of this historic train station, the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority (RCRRA) is commemorating these men by establishing the Red Cap Room on the depot’s second floor. All former Red Caps, their families and friends are invited to attend the dedication ceremonies at the Union Depot on Friday, July 12 at 4 pm. Over the course of their long relationship with the Depot, the Red Caps brought a sense of professionalism, commitment and dedication to those traveling the railroads, which enhanced the reputation the Depot enjoyed. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music

The Garifuna Collective
Thurs., Jun 20, 7:30 pm • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or • The Garifuna Collective features an exciting roster of the top musicians in the Garifuna music scene of Central America and they are renowned for their work with the late Andy Palacio on the groundbreaking album Wátina, which selected as “The Greatest World Music Album of All Time.”




Carolina Chocolate Drops     
Sat., June 22, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, or • The Carolina Chocolate Drops are an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina comprised of several banjos, guitar, jug, harmonica, kazoo, snare drum, bones, quills, beatbox, tambourine and mandolin. Their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and was number nine in fRoots magazine’s top 10 albums of 2010.  

Questlove and D’Angelo
Sun., June 23, 7 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or • Questlove and D’Angelo team up for their two-man show, Brothers in Arms which has been earning rave reviews since they teamed up for D’Angelo’s first U.S. concert in 12 years last summer. Continue Reading →

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Second Harvest helps foodshelves triple their buying power

You’d be surprised how much good the smallest effort will do. For instance, consider the gift a couple bags of groceries can be when it comes to filling financial holes these days, as the economy keeps getting worse. In a household that’s still working, $30 worth of staples from the foodshelf means $30 that can go, for instance, to the still-rising price of gas for the car. Or it can cover a utility bill. Perhaps put a new pair of cheap, functional shoes on someone in the family’s feet. Maybe it can go toward the rent to help keep the proverbial wolf from jumping in the window. Continue Reading →

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What are shingles and why should I care?

Shingles, medically called Herpes Zoster, is a rash caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus. The rash is very itchy and usually presents with grouped blisters. The rash follows a band-like pattern on the skin, and a big clue is that it does not cross the midline. Often times, the area will feel odd, itchy, tingle or burn a few days before the rash appears. About 20 percent of people who have chicken pox will develop shingles later in life. Continue Reading →

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