By Jesse Marx
By Chris Parker
By Jake Rossen
By Jesse Marx
By Michelle LeBow
By Alleen Brown
By Maggie LaMaack
By CP Staff
I do not want to make it difficult for the FBI, local police, or anyone who cares to find out what is going to happen when the RNC rolls into town ("Moles Wanted," 5/21/08). It's already happening. The revolution is growing, gaining strength every day. All kinds of subversive activity permeate everywhere you turn. The revolution is you, me, him, her. We'll continue promoting thought. We'll continue encouraging action. We'll go where the wind carries us. We'll do whatever strikes our fancy. As for the rest of you, do your own thing. That's what it's all about. I don't see any potlucks in my date book, but you never know. (Na na na na na, can't catch me.)
Bill Drebenstedt Minneapolis
First off, thanks for doing a piece on comedy in the Twin Cities ("Get Up, Stand Up!," 5/21/08). But I have to take exception to a good chunk of what you wrote. To the layman, it may have seemed well thought-out and researched, but not to someone like myself who actually started the standup comedy scene in this town. It's been 30 years now since I walked into Mickey Finn's in northeast Minneapolis to pitch the owner on doing standup comedy on weekends there. I'm Jeff Gerbino, by the way, and I know you may have been growing eyelids when I was doing this, but how about getting some of it straight so the next generation of comics doesn't have to open up his comic bible and read, "In the beginning there was Louie and Louie saw that it was good."
Jeff Gerbino Burnsville
In your City Pages article, you wrote: "The ensuing backlash resulted in clubs all over the country going out of business. Today, just two comedy clubs, Acme and the Joke Joint in Bloomington, remain in the Twin Cities." You left out a few more. Scott Hansen, a Minnesota comedic veteran, has a new club in St. Paul called This Place Is a Joke, and I have been working on opening up the next premier comedy venue called MinneHAHA Comedy Club. Until a permanent location is secured I have been producing quality comedy entertainment at Tavern on the Ave. in Mankato as well as at the Steak and Ale in Bloomington. Both venues have had near-capacity crowds and have been very well received. I will also be involved with bringing comedy to the new Burnsville Performing Arts Center when it opens in early 2009.
Wow, Robert Wilonsky saw a different movie than I did with the latest Indy flick ("Indiana Jones and the Fortress of Sad Decline," 5/21/08). Wilonsky said it was "no fun at all," with "scant action sequences," "hoary dialogue," and "convoluted mumbo jumbo." He criticizes Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, and Shia Lebeouf, and feels that the awful Temple of Doom is a far superior film. Let's face it, sequels have their challenges. How many times—Godfather II excepted—has the sequel been as good or gone in fresh directions successfully? After the long wait, I enjoyed the world-weary Indy dealing with a different set of bad guys, getting the tough, bright maid Marian back, and adding a much better sidekick than "Short Round" in Mutt Williams. And I saw plenty of action sequences. Some silliness, sure, but Indiana Jones is a very expensive set of serial episodes, after all. I hope no Jones fan lets any critic keep him or her from enjoying this one.
I hope your story about Cole's struggles to receive treatment will be fruitful ("Cole's Case," 5/14/08). The entire medical community can't be immoral. Hopefully somebody will step up to the plate and treat this young boy. This family deserves nothing less.
Dan Higgins Northfield
Beth Walton has hit upon an interesting concept: doctors out to harm your children. And lucky for us, she has named names in her article. Being a recent graduate of this corrupt system, I can report to your readers that this is unequivocally true: The U of M actually does have classes now on how to deceive parents and how to cover up medical mistakes! And there must have been a huge error in this case—how else could doctors from three top establishments miss a case of central nervous system tuberculosis in a kid growing up on the impoverished shores of Lake Minnetonka? Duh! It's hard to imagine any alternative explanations! City Pages, sadly, has once again misdirected its "journalistic" energy on an interesting and valid topic through narrow research and completely one-sided viewpoints.
Joshua Rhein, M.D. Indianapolis, Indiana