Hey, Jason, can we talk?

BY ED FELIEN Hey, Jason, can we talk? I’ve been trying to reach you for weeks. But you won’t answer my emails or return my phone calls. On Jan. 4, I sent you the eight-point proposal for a cease-fire in Gaza we had just published in the January edition of…

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Please, go to your DFL precinct caucus  

 BY ED FELIEN Please go to your DFL Precinct Caucus on Feb. 27. It’s a matter of life or death for Palestinian children. More than 10,000 Palestinian children have been murdered by U.S. bombs dropped from Israeli planes or from U.S. missiles shot from Israeli bases. A caucus is a…

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Mr. Smith leaves City Hall

BY CAM GORDON Part 2 (continued from “Mr. Smith goes to City Hall,” Southside Pride, January 2024) On July 7, 2023, just a few weeks after Brian K. Smith retired from his position working in City Hall, I met and talked with him about his experiences. Last month in this…

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Find your perfect summer camp

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE The past – another country When the pandemic struck a few years ago, planning for summer camp experiences became a huge challenge for both summer program providers and for families wanting their kids to attend them. It was especially so in 2021, when we still didn’t…

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Valentine’s Day – how to celebrate this year

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Romantic dining Having a candlelit dinner at a romantic restaurant is a tried-and-true method of celebrating Valentine’s Day, and if that’s your thing, you can choose from a plethora of dining establishments in the Twin Cities. But cooking and dining in on something special is also…

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Trump, the avenger of white male grievance

BY ED FELIEN “You gotta fight like hell, or you won’t have a country anymore!” “Immigrants are poisoning the blood of America.” Trump’s racist and nativist appeal is not new. It was the crusading ideology of the Know Nothing Party prior to the Civil War. From “Mitch and John” by…

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South High – second in State 

BY SKYE SPINDLER The Minneapolis South High School debate team had phenomenal success at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) State Debate Tournament in January. Students from all across Minnesota got together for high quality, rigorous debate. Across two long days of competition, the partnership of Sofia Burgess and Noah Winters…

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A new community in the community

BY KAY SCHROVEN On Thursday, Jan. 18, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Calvary Lutheran Church at 39th Street and Chicago Avenue in South Minneapolis, the conclusion of an exciting and challenging $15 million project. This event was followed by a celebration as the newly transformed property was introduced to…

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Ways out of food insecurity

BY STEPHANIE FOX Last year, food insecurity in the Twin Cities increased substantially. Visits to the 472 food shelves rose from 300,000 to 500,000. The Minnesota Legislature passed a bill to provide $5 million in emergency funds, part of the Minnesota Emergency Food Assistance Program. The bill passed the House…

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Heart of the Beast needs your help!

Donate at www.hobt.org or by texting “Puppet” to 243725. In the Heart of the Beast is a puppet and mask theatre that has proudly served the Powderhorn and Phillips neighborhoods for 50 years. From a small group of street theatre artists and activists, HOBT has become a world-renowned theater recognized…

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Hundred Flowers

BY ED FELIEN Let a hundred flowers blossom, let a hundred schools of thought contend. For those of you who are irretrievably nostalgic about your wasted youth and want to relive the resistance to the war in Vietnam, the music and the fog of psychedelia (when you could pull up…

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‘Ironbound’ – chasing men, money and the American dream

BY KAY SCHROVEN The Minneapolis Frank Theatre players in “Ironbound” subtly and eloquently connect us to important matters of our time – immigration; women’s independence or lack thereof; domestic violence; class; economic issues; relationships; addiction; and parenting. Love is a luxury for Darja, a 30-something mother and Polish immigrant living…

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‘Dial M for Murder’

BY KAY SCHROVEN This iconic thriller has had multiple lives since it was first written in the early 1950s by Frederick Knott, an English playwright. Seventy years later the story still resonates and fills theaters. It is best known in the U.S. for the 1954 film version directed by Alfred…

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