At 67 years old a reflective Roger Waters took his new live production of The Wall to Saint Paul and it was a spectacular display that managed to transcend original intent while spanning eternal human struggles.
While surveying the preshow crowd I noticed an abundance of grandmas and grandpas filling the seats, yelling “WHOOOO”, and pointing at friends seated elsewhere. This was to be a show where everyone seemed to know someone and by the end we would all agree with solemn pledge to tear down the fucking wall.
The show opened with an near full-scale Luftwaffe Stuka dive-bomber crashing into the partially constructed wall and exloding into a ball of flames. The evenings first physical manifestation of the psychological thriller we all came to see. Since Roger Waters’ last tour of The Wall the technology has drastically improved and as the show progressed the bricks of the wall were filled in one by one. Although the wall would eventually become a completed projection screen it started out with simple bricks and a message, as much a statement on life as a metaphor, a message against war and all it entails. A message that would be reitterated time and time again throughout the evening as Roger Waters combined potent imagery and modern themes of loss with the timeless inner struggles of mankind. A binary battle of good vs evil, wrong vs right, and us vs them.
While Roger Waters may have come to grips with his inner demons his sense of justice has remained unwavering as his powerful voice. Yes, those preshow grandmas were correct. WOOOOOOO!
At times throughout the evening Waters transformed from an inexplicably fit and energetic man to a seemingly frail grandfather dwarfed by the the wall behind him and back. All while purveying his message of antiwar, anti-establishment, and anti-suffering.
Perhaps here in America we don’t respect our elders enough. Perhaps Mr.Roger is correct that we don’t value life as we should and at one point during the show he notes that every gun built is a thief. It steals food from the unfed. It steals life from the living.
It may not take an epic struggle with our own morality and mortality to tear down the wall, but it certainly seems to help.
Tear down The Wall!
Tear down The Wall!
Tear down The Wall!
Image =”1 of the 10,000 lakes” Uploaded on May 18, 2010 by Venkat Raja
It’s been a fun week in Minnesota. People have been talking about the weather and that’s how Minnesotans know everything is right with the world. It just so happens that the weather this week was nice and sunny. Yup the talk was all nice, unless of course you happen to follow politics. Mn political conversations were … well… politics as usual. The Right hates the left and the left hates the Right and the newspaper commentors hate teachers and nurses hate hospital administration and hospital administration hates unions and the unions hate politicians and the politicians just keep smiling and talking about the wonderful progress they’ve made.
Mr.Veto likes to fill up prisons so he vetoed sensible bipartisan legislation that would change current laws to keep bongwater from being counted as drug weight. Citypages covers the story with Bong water bill dries up with Tim Pawlenty’s veto. You have to read the comments.
Pioneer press puts it all into perspective Time to face it, Minnesota: Tim Pawlenty is seeing someone else
He goes on long trips without explanation. He comes home and criticizes my appearance, even as he pays greater attention to his own image. Where there once was fondness and love, now all I get is, ‘Your taxes are too high! You’re spending too much! You have to cut back!’
As if the RNC convention wasn’t a big enough bust Minneapolis now wants to get itself a convention.
Bob Collins has a poll going and so far people seem to think it’s a good thing. Huh.
Speaking of Bob, he has this to say “I’m not sure what creeps me out more, that a 40 yr old was pretending to be a gay hockey teen. Or that ppl folo a blog by a gay hockey teen” about this story Minnesota gay teen hockey blogger outed as 40-year-old man.
I couldn’t agree more.
Did you see this? Last-minute lake rule looks fishy I almost gave the story it’s own post just to use a headline about “bait and switch”.
Anyway, what’s going on this weekend? Here is a nice music roundup. I’ll probably update the post with some happenings links as the day progresses, but for now I’m out of time. So let’s wrap it up with a little bit of Dessa. She released her new video today “Alibi”.
(Image courtesy of Hymies)
Do you want to get your Record Store Day on? There’s no better place than Hymies
Our building at 3318 East Lake Street has been home to a record store since James “Hymie” Peterson and Kent Hazen first opened shop in 1987. There have been a lot of changes over the years, but it has always lived up to Hymie’s modest goal: “I’m not interested in making a lot of money,” he is remembered saying. “I’m interested in having a good store, a store people like coming to.”
The rumor is they will be selling records for 25 cents and having live music.
Here’s the line up
11:00 Buffalo Moon
12:15 Adam Marshall of the Humbugs
1:30 Stepped Reckonner
3:00 Martin Devaney
4:00 The Twin Cities Ukulele Orchestra
5:15 Fort Road Five
6:15 Jezebel Jones and her Wicked Ways
In between acts we’ll have DJs spinning all sorts of great stuff, including our friend DJ Ohmz. We’re providing a variety of snacks and beverages, and welcome regulars to bring things they’d like to share, too. We’re also planning on letting everyone explore the building a little and see the whole basement and the apartment.
Check them out, it’s the last day before they close for two weeks and open in a new location just 5 blocks East.
With the tag line “We ride our bikes. every. friggin. day.” a new group of cyclists is born, 30 days of biking
The only rule for 30 Days of Biking is that you bike every day for 30 days, then tweet about your adventures with the tag #30daysofbiking. Event starts on April 1 and ends on April 30! Several participants will be in the Ironman long-distance bike ride on April 25. There will be a party at month’s end (form yet to be determined) to celebrate this.
“Does around the block count?”
On Twitter, @ChaseThisBear asks, “Does around the block count [for #30daysofbiking]?” Our answer: Absolutely. You can bike as much or as little as you want; the key is to get out on your bike and go somewhere every day in April, whether to work or the store. 20 miles or one. And then document it on Twitter with #30daysofbiking.
Trust, though, that you won’t be able to stop at a block.
It’s spring people, how about putting some peddle in your your step and joining the clan?
I’d like to dedicate this song to my bikes.
FLOODS!!! BRACKETS!!!! WCHA!!! SXSW!!!
Minnesotans have been crazy talking up the recent goings on, much to the dismay of… well … other Minnesotans. We’re a fickle lot, we like to talk a lot, sometimes. Other times we don’t want any talking. Most of the time we don’t want to hear or read about things we aren’t talking about. Of course, maybe I get too much of my information from Twitter.
If FLOODWATCH2010 is your thing Sornie is pulling together an impressive group of flood pics over and yon at Minnpics
MPR brings us a boatload of events this weekend
This weekend is burgeoning with more events than I know what to do with: book signings, dance concerts, theater, birthday celebrations, music, comedy… If you can’t find something in here to tickle your fancy, well all I can say is, you’re missing out.
2and21 says forget lakes. we got bikes.
While Simplegoodandtasty points out our great Mn craft beers Locavore Beer Lovers Have Much to Like About Minnesota Brew
Bob has some helpful information @justplainbob “@BCollinsMN Perhaps 90% of people don’t know — as I didn’t until recently — that you can recycle CFL at Menards for free. Spread the word!”
Remember that Duluth Google video I posted a while back?
Now Public Knowledge asks “Will Minnesota Senate Kill Duluth’s Chances of Getting Google Gigabit Project?”
Minnpost is talking healthcare Behind-the-scenes on health care maneuvering: how Tim Walz is deciding, how lobbying pressures mount
While Cinn.mn is taking on the ever popular immigration debate Minnesota Compass: The Economic Impact of Immigrants in Minnesota
•Immigrant-owned businesses generated $331 million dollars in net income to the Minnesota in 2000.
•Hispanic-owned firms in the state have grown 350% since 1990.
•Foreign-born workers account for the majority of growth in the labor force in Minnesota.
•Nationally immigrants represent 25% of physicians and 40% of engineers holding doctoral degrees.
•The U.S. Labor Department reports that the nation has an immediate shortage of 126,000 nurses, yet the average wait for a nurse to get a “green card” is six years.
•Rural Minnesota alone faces a predicted shortage of 8,000 RNs in the next decade.
In sad news longtime Mpls.St.Paul Magazine editor Brian Anderson passed away this week. In my household Brian was viewed as a thoughtful writer and it was his stories my wife would discuss the most.
On Saturday, March 20, he will be remembered by family, friends, colleagues, and readers at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Visitation begins at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Lakewood Cemetery. All of those Brian touched, either through his deeds or his written words, are welcome to attend
Let’s wrap this up with Mn’s own Romantica – These Things Are Too Beautiful (Live on The Local Show)
Everyone in Minnesota is talking about the giant snow storm on it’s way. It’s going to be HUGE!! Think 1991 times ten, hundreds of inches will fall over the course of a few days, power will be lost, snow shoed rioters will rule, the National Guard will have to intercede, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria.
Now if you check with your local radar or weather person they won’t mention it, but this storm is on the way. How do we know? Minneapolis has lifted it’s parking restrictions
So you had better live it up before this white blanket of destruction descends upon our fine state.
How about checking out tonight’s Steve Marsh joint with Ross Brockley? Steve Marsh presents Ross Brockley and Bight Club
Steve Marsh presents comedian filmaker goat and llama farmer Ross Brockley at Nick and Eddie this Friday night. Ross has opened for Louis CK and emerged from the same NY alt comedy scene as Janeane Garafalo, David Cross and Louis CK-he will be on the kqrs morning show friday morn.
Opening for Ross is Bight Club a g-funk and R&B hip hop duo who will be appearing at sxsw this year.
N and E’s first scheduled and intentional comedy night
I trust Steve Marsh and so should you
I’m not sure why Steve wrote “I trust Steve Marsh and so should you”, but it’s a little weird.
Speaking of events.
Queen of Subtle has all of your local trivia needs covered I had no idea there were so many trivia venues.
David Brauer takes on the topic of radio station payments for music As stations bombard us with ads against the ‘radio tax,’ here’s the other side of the story
and naturally people have a thing or two to say (check the comments)
Which then spurs this follow up post A rebuttal to the ‘radio tax’ rebuttal
Look at the bright side.
It’s time for the City of Saint Paul’s Sidewalk Poetry contest! I’m tempted to enter again, but my excellent first snow haiku didn’t win and perhaps my poetic skills would increase if I were to brood for a couple more years.
Want to check out some cool music? Hit up the Are You Local? Vita.mn SXSW Send-off
Here are the set time
In the Entry:
6 p.m. Hunting Club
7 p.m. Bight Club
8 p.m. Joey Ryan & The Inks
9 p.m. The Moon Goons
In the Mainroom:
5:30 p.m. City on the Make
6:15 p.m. Romantica
7 p.m. The Pines
7:45 p.m. Jeremy Messersmith
8:30 p.m. Peter Wolf Crier
9:15 p.m. “Are You Local?” contest winner
9:45 p.m. Lookbook
That said let’s close this out with a little bit of the Lookbook
Thanks to TwinCitizen
Lookbook – Yesterday’s Company & The Only Ones
Learn about upcoming Third Thursday events.
Join the Third Thursday Group Pool and upload your own images from the event.
Well I missed another Third Thursday event, but I really want to go. The wife has decided she won’t be able to make the next couple, so I need a date or three. Want to go to the next one?
People, we have a fake applause situation. When one of our friends was listening to “Cause and Effect” for the first time, he remarked that it sounded like the background noise on the video game Rock Band. We giggled, and then became very, very sad. Honestly. Is there anything more depressing than the image of the Purple One at Paisley Park, wielding a plastic guitar with multi-colored buttons and playing with a backing band of cartoons?
Check out Toki Wright talk about BlackMale, an 8 song digital EP of all brand new music. “Seeing that it is Black History month it seemed like a fitting to release this interpretation of African-American manhood”
Although Mn has plenty of Minnesotans in the Olympics people still can’t seem to get enough Brett Favre talk.
Most sports fans are getting into baseball mode and What ‘choo talking about, Willis? has some things to say with Twinsanity
While MPR’s Laura McCallum takes on the more serious discussion of homelessness in Mn with A business plan to end long-term homelessness Ever notice how politicians say they are going to end homelessness, but then set the date way off in the future all the while defunding programs for the homeless?
Yeah, I’m sure that will work.
There’s been a lot of law talk this week and right in the midst of it all Sheila Regan fights the law and well, somehow actually wins. TCDP’s Sheila Regan gets court records opened
Secret court proceedings will see the light of day, according to an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on TC Daily Planet reporter Sheila Regan’s motion to open the records of contempt proceedings against Carrie Feldman. The appeals court allowed further government delay in opening the records, drawing a sharp dissent from Judge Bye, one of the three-judge panel hearing the case:
Congratulations Sis, but be careful, that’s not how the song goes.
Hey look that pretty boy Andrew Zimmern is going to be on the Tyra show. Fierce.
Speaking of MSPMAG Man-about-Town Steve Marsh (who still owes me 20 bucks and drinks, fucking hippy.) has two videos worth checking this week.
HEY YOU!!! Don’t forget to vote in the Pepsi Refresh contest, there are some good local entries.
You know what? It’s Friday, let’s close it out with Eyedea & Abilities – Smile
Image behind frozen minnehaha falls 1 Uploaded on January 30, 2010
by Dan Anderson whom writes
Behind the frozen Minnehaha Falls: Close to the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, the Minnehaha creek drops 53 feet off limestone bluffs creating one of Minnesota’s tallest waterfalls.
In the winter, the water freezes and you can walk behind a totally amazing wall of cascading ice
A frozen waterfall. How awesome is that?
Well, it’s Valentines Day weekend so love is in the air . . .I suppose. The wife made me watch Shakespeare in Love last night (as I surfed the web) and people at work are talking about making romantic plans.
Still need ideas? Citypages has The Wet Spot: Sexy V-Day gifts from the gas station
Sexy gift #1: Duraflame Giant Log ($5.99)
The first key ingredient in any erotic V-Day stew is setting the right atmosphere. With a Duraflame Giant Log, that special lady in your life will be all like, “Whoa, am I sitting by a real wood fireplace at a secluded cabin in the woods?” And you’ll be all like, “No baby, that’s a Duraflame Giant Log which I set on fire in my bathtub. Now watch me do some pushups without my shirt on.”
Whoever says you can’t buy love has obviously never enjoyed the sweet, sensual scent of a Duraflame Giant Log, available at your local Holiday gas station.
I couldn’t agree more, sexy firelog it is. I think I have a few stored away in the garage for a sexy occasion.
WCCO shows it could be worse
Speaking of sexy. The Vita.mn Hotness images are posted and SOTC has a 7 questions interview with Christian-Philippe Quilici that gets out of hand. Apparently CP and I are going to meet for lunch and start a gang, Ya’ll.
MPR’s Bob Collins has a great story on the Wrenshall girls basketball team learning a life lesson
The Wrenshall (Minn.) High School Wrens girls basketball squad is 0-14 this year, but that’s not the worst of it. The worst of it was when the story of their 65-0 loss to Moose Lake/Willow River in December made the Associated Press wire and they got to be the butt of jokes across the country. Funny stuff, unless you’re a hard-working kid in Wrenshall — population 386 and one German exchange student playing basketball for the first time.
True confession time, back in the day we used to break into the Wrenshall school and drink (mountain dew?) in the hallways. Why? I have no idea, but I can tell you back in the day those Wrenshall kids really knew how to throw a hot tub party. It helped that there was no police force in Wrenshall. The entire town knew how to get into that school, but no one ever did any damage. Also, the school pool parties were super fun. I’ve known a lot of Wrenshall kids, all good. End Confession.
Yup, love is in the air. Romance. Break ups Hook ups. Some real Romeo and Juliette type shit is going down so let’s close it out with Jeremy Messersmith performing “A Girl, a Boy, and a Graveyard”
Image Uploaded on January 27, 2010
There’s been plenty of talk in Minnesota this week. Most of it about bacon and eggs, some of it about beer, and occasionally someone has brought up the topic of the weather. Typically, we kill that person with kindness while secretly thinking thoughts of the Caribbean. Since it’s Superbowl weekend I’ll open it all up with some football talk.
Bob Collins has The case for a Vikings stadium discussion
The Minnesota Legislature begins its 2010 session today (MPR’s Midday is originating its entire show from the Capitol today) and the chief topic is how to to close the state’s budget deficit.
But the slightly smaller gorilla in the room is a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Still, it has no significant chance of coming up for discussion this year.
Gov. Pawlenty tried to put the discussion in play yesterday during his appearance on MPR’s Midday when he offered several possible ways to raise some revenue for the Vikings, whose lease at the Metrodome expires at the end of next season.
Sooner or later, the issue has to come up for discussion. The question is: Should it be sooner? Or later?
I like the first comment by BSimon
You’re absolutely half-right, Bob. I say half right because the necessary discussion isn’t just about a hypothetical Vikings stadium, but the entire list of requests for state funding. What really needs to happen is a prioritization process, that includes analysis of the payback we’ll get from any given expenditure. For instance, how much do we spend on schools & what’s the return? Are we properly educating our future workforce such that they’ll be productive members of society, contributing back to MN? What about law enforcement – is the investment in law enforcement, the courts & prison system the best way to provide security & safety to the populace? Or can we achieve the same or better results by spending differently? So, back to the Vikings stadium. Supporters claim there’s an ROI, through taxing players’ salaries, or an intangible benefit of building a sort of community. Ok, how do we quantify that & prioritize it against other obligations? Should we build a stadium or hire more public defenders & fix some bridges? How about building a ditch around Moorehead? If we consider a new dedicated source of funding, like racinos, why would that revenue be earmared for a stadium, rather than addressing the enormous budget shortfall?
So, yes, lets discuss it. What are our priorities & how much are we willing to pay for them? In bang for the buck, a stadium falls a bit on the priority list, in comparison to ensuring our state’s future standard of living remains high.
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Steve Marsh and reporter Brian Lambert imbibe the latest cocktail creations by La Belle Vie’s star bartender Johnny Michaels while chatting about the politics of Michele Bachmann, Brian’s new radio show Brian and Sheletta on FM 107.1, and the death of happy hour at the state capital.
, Brian’s new radio show Brian and Sheletta on FM 107.1, and the death of happy hour at the state capital.
Remember when I talked about the Art Shanty Black Bania? Citypages points us to this video of Spoken word artist Paul Dickenson.
Minnesotan Jeff Severns Guntzel says what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate on War and makes a great video.
I ravaged the Utne Reader library looking for covers from the alternative press that helped to tell the complex and terrible story of our war in Iraq. Utne Reader librarian Danielle Maestretti and art director Stephanie Glaros helped me. Here’s what we came up with:
Fellow Cloquet escapee and writer CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER writes a fascinating story about Wille Murphy
Did you see that guy’s hair?
Speaking of hair Jason Derusha says
“The Good Question intern @allisonjanney has been researching hair. Not mine, obviously.”
Enough about hair, let’s close it out with the nicely waxed Brother Ali