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Guthrie’s Noises Off is a fun-filled break from the real world

When the Guthrie Theatre announced the inclusion of classic farce Noises Off in its 2018 season, the artistic director Joseph Haj could not have anticipated how vital the power of laughter would be in the face of everything going on in the world today. Noises Off provides exactly that: a welcome pause from reality to…

More Than a Word: how an NFL team name is deragatory
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More Than a Word: how an NFL team name is deragatory

“Boozhoo niijiiwag. Niminwendam eyaawan omaa noongom. Hello, my friends. I am glad to be here today. Ginoozhe Ogimaakwe nindizhinakaaz Anishinaabemong idash Katrina Phillips nindizhinakaaz zhanganaashiimong. Tallchief Woman is what I am known as in Ojibwe and Katrina Phillips is my English name.” This is how History Professor Katrina Phillips introduced the screening of John and…

A tale of two artists: the works of Caroline Kent and Lela Pierce ’08
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A tale of two artists: the works of Caroline Kent and Lela Pierce ’08

The Twin Cities accomplishes what few other mid-sized metro areas in the country do: maintain and support a thriving art culture. The Twin Cities produces (and manages to keep and groom) its own artists and major art spaces for significant periods of time, maintaining national notoriety and regional significance. The major institutions in the Twin…

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Kiss Me Not at the Twin Cities’ Arab Film Festival

Film industries around the world are beginning to address the widespread phenomenon of powerful men exerting control over female actors. What happens if those roles were reversed? This is the question that drives the absurdly comedic plot of Ahmed Amer’s Kiss Me Not, a parody film about the abrupt religious conversion of a well-known Egyptian…

WMCN host Phoebe Alley moves beyond genre
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WMCN host Phoebe Alley moves beyond genre

When I sat down to interview WMCN’s radio show host Phoebe Alley, I took it as an opportunity to learn something new about my friend’s music taste. I asked for the name of her radio show and theme, but could not get a definitive answer. By the end of the hour, I realized that the…

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A Musical Welcome at Family Fest

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Director of Choral Activities Michael McGaghie addressed a packed Mairs Concert Hall. Families that drove and flew in from around the world filled seats and overflowed into entryways, craning their necks to get a good view of Macalester’s Asian, Choral and African Music Ensembles. McGaghie briskly welcomed the audience, hushing…

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Beat poet and activist Gary Snyder to speak at Macalester

88-year-old Gary Snyder is a Beat poet, Zen Buddhist, environmental activist and Pulitzer Prize winner. This month, Snyder will leave the house he built in the Sierra Nevada mountains for an evening of poetry and discussion at Macalester. Poet and Macalester English Professor Wang Ping met Snyder while working as an interpreter for Beat poet…

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The Parking Ramp Project: Parking Spaces, Transient Places

One of the last stations in the Blue Line directed to Mall of America is Bloomington’s Metro Central Station. A two minute walk from the station leaves you at a corporate parking garage. During most days of the year, this parking garage is used to house the vehicles of HealthPartners Corporate, an insurance company and…

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