“The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people, and punctured the illusion of a post-racial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of … [Read more...]
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“First Avenue’s really famous. A lot of bands make it after playing there.” When Purple Rain hit theaters in 1984, Apollonia’s line wasn’t really true, but 30 years later there is a legacy of bands that made it after playing “the house that Prince built.” Complicated Fun — The Minneapolis Music Scene, an original musical currently running at St. Paul’s … [Read more...]
The colorful animation work of Chuck Jones, the creative genius behind the popular Looney Tunes cartoons, is now on display at the Minnesota History Center (MHC) in St. Paul. Jones (1912-2002) “brought an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating distinctive, memorable characters to the art of film animation,” said the MHC press release on “What’s Up, … [Read more...]
Criminal justice reform starts “with the idea of human beings deprived of freedom. That is so profound,” said San Francisco-based independent filmmaker Noel Schwerin. “We can talk about sentencing reform, police brutality and parole reform, but if you want to really address justice, you have to talk about values. We[‘ve] got to start at a very human level to talk … [Read more...]
Nat (Jonathan Pryce) is the owner of Dayan and Son, a Kosher bakery located in London. The store's name is a bit of a misnomer since he's been the only Dayan working there ever since his father passed away. Nat's disappointed that his own son, Stephen (Daniel Caltagirone), opted to become a lawyer rather than join the family business. Consequently, he had to … [Read more...]