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    The Nose Nobody Knows

    THIS WEEK THEATRE de la Jeune Lune will open its second production of Edmond Rostand's classic Cyrano de Bergerac. Jeune Lune's 1988 rendition, directed by John Clark Donahue, is still talked about as one of the best theatrical productions of the d...

    by Anne Ursu on November 18, 1998
  • Home Is Where the Art Is

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    Home Is Where the Art Is

    THE BEAUXMAGE FINE ART gallery is an unassuming place on a busy street just south of downtown St. Paul. As I knock at its front door on a recent weekday evening, I'm greeted by the sound of barking and the scraping of canine toenails on a hardwood f...

    by Michael Fallon on November 11, 1998
  • The Bars That Bind - Eight years for burglary. Eighteen for rape. Life for murder. Five women talk about doing time with their men behind bars.

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    The Bars That Bind - Eight years for burglary. Eighteen for rape. Life for murder. Five women talk about doing time with their men behind bars.

    Women On The Outside The numbers tell their own story: Since 1970, the head count in federal prisons has swelled from just over 21,000 inmates to more than 110,000. Sixty percent of them are in on drug charges, and, no surprise, 93 percent are men....

    by Kelly Wittman on November 11, 1998
  • The Project - Vikings guard David Dixon came a long way to play pro ball

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    The Project - Vikings guard David Dixon came a long way to play pro ball

    Reclining on a swath of brittle, impossibly green Astroturf in the Minnesota Vikings' field house at Winter Park, David Dixon winces slightly as he works over an ache in his shoulder. The injury, aptly known as a stinger, arises from a compression o...

    by Mike Mosedale on November 11, 1998
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    Off Beat

    When Is a Subsidiary Not a Subsidiary? As city officials debate whether to declaw the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission--presumably to clear a path for Dayton Hudson to build a Target store downtown ("Civil Disobedience," 10/21)--the city's Depar...

    by City Pages Staff on November 11, 1998
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    Off Beat

    By the Time We Get to Phoenix What to do about The Hottest Governor's Race in History when your paper goes to press on election day before the polls close? As Off Beat was pondering this seemingly unanswerable question... something told us to cal...

    by City Pages Staff on November 4, 1998
  • The Life of Brian Herron - Brian Herron has battled racism, hatred, and self-doubt. But none of that prepared him for the Minneapolis city council.

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    The Life of Brian Herron - Brian Herron has battled racism, hatred, and self-doubt. But none of that prepared him for the Minneapolis city council.

    Three-fourths of a turkey sandwich is staring up at Brian Herron from a clear plastic pod. He keeps eyeing the food, reaching toward it, and then pulling his hands back to the edge of the table. The morning's meeting still knots his brow. It was st...

    by Beth Hawkins on November 4, 1998
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    Enter the Fat Dragon - Defying American convention, HK film star Sammo Hung throws his heft at network television

    It didn't start with Vanilla Ice. By now everybody knows that American culture is at least half black--a tale of "love and theft," as the scholar Eric Lott called it. Wherever you look, someone's uncovering the miscegenation at the core of our most...

    by Jesse Berrett on November 4, 1998
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    Building the Perfect Beast

    While the "genius" label does occasionally attach itself to the ignored, neglected, or forgotten, it sticks far more easily to the squeaky-wheel type. As we close out the 20th century, a revisionist view has been developing of the genius as not jus...

    by Julie Caniglia on November 4, 1998
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    To Try, or Not to Try

    I don't often comment on stories in Minnesota Parent. I figure, if you're interested in the story, you'll read it. If the story doesn't speak for itself, there's scant more I can say for it. But this month is an exception. I can't ignore a cove...

    by Jeannine Ouellette Howitz on November 1, 1998
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    The Good, the Bad, and the Sleepy - A tale of two CDs

    A Child's Celebration of Lullaby Various Artists (Music for Little People, 1998) $12.95 Moondreamer Priscilla Herdman (Redwing, 1998) $15.95 Though it may be an apples-and-oranges comparison, and though how much such things matt...

    by Scott Robinson on November 1, 1998
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    Travels With Joshua - Drawing a larger, more luminous map of the world

    Joshua flaps his hands and rises on the balls of his feet, squealing with excitement. St. Mary's Catholic Church of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, has begun its Sunday medley of sacred music. For the next four minutes, my son is in a carillon-induced stat...

    by Vicki Pieser on November 1, 1998
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    Timeless Films - Make time to check them out

    Last summer the American Film Institute published a list of The 100 Best American Films, and in the process it gave us all something to do: squabble amongst ourselves. The direct outcome of the list's announcement was not necessarily increased vide...

    by Phil Anderson on November 1, 1998
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    Lessons from a Lynching

    Wyoming seemed a distant place until I set foot in the Cathedral Church of St. Mark last month. I'd read the newspaper reports with trepidation and committed the details of Matthew Shepard's murder to memory (scarecrow, 21-year-old, .357 Magnum), bu...

    by Joel Hoekstra on November 1, 1998
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    Exclusive! - "Queers only" events can send mixed messages

    It was the standard low-budget party invitation, with word-processor fonts, witty phrases, and a kitschy photograph printed on Kinko's stock. The usual info was there--the address of the venue, a starting time too early to be taken seriously, and th...

    by Jim Foti on November 1, 1998
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    Full Disclosure - Minnesota's gubernatorial candidates explain their positions

    When it comes to political matters, few issues are black and white. A yes/no answer may fail to address the complexities of a particular question. In that spirit, and using OutFront Minnesota's survey questions as a guide, Q Monthly asked the major...

    by Q Monthly Staff on November 1, 1998
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    Roll Call

    Just as the invention of the VCR made life much easier for movie buffs, so the Internet has proven to be manna from heaven for political junkies. The voting records of elected officials and the full texts of bills under consideration by legislatures...

    on November 1, 1998
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    Cold-blooded Tale

    Fans of local mystery writer R.D. Zimmerman will find his latest offering, Outburst (Delacorte Press, $21.95), both shocking and familiar. As with the previous three Todd Mills mysteries, the tale centers on a gay investigative reporter working for...

    by Patricia Hendren on November 1, 1998
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    A Place You Can Go - John Gustav-Wrathall unearths the history of same-sex relationships in the early YMCA

    When independent scholar John Donald Gustav-Wrathall began exploring gay history more than a decade ago, the first book he read was John Boswell's Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. In 1980, Boswell's groundbreaking tome was the firs...

    by Lisa Needham on November 1, 1998
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    No Room for Rent

    When Sarah Schulman discovered that deceased librettist Jonathan Larson had lifted the bisexual love triangle from her 1990 novel People in Trouble for the subplot of his hit musical Rent, she considered the "real slap in the face" to be his replac...

    by Charisse Gendron on November 1, 1998
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