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    Clearing the Bar

    "WHEN YOU SIT down to do a Michael Jordan commercial in 1997, the bar has been raised pretty high." So says Jamie Barrett, an associate creative director at Portland's Wieden & Kennedy, the firm responsible for Just Do It and many of Nike's other be...

    by Michael Tortorello on January 15, 1997
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    No Vacancy - Want to rent a place in Minneapolis? Be white!

    THE MINNESOTA FAIR Housing Center, an independent nonprofit based in Minneapolis, has come up with a clean little study that confirms what a lot of people already knew. Last year, the center performed a test in which two people with like jobs and in...

    by City Pages Staff on January 15, 1997
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    Local Traffic: Slow & Go

    It pains me to say it, but many of my notes on Minnesota music in 1996 look like a report on an economic recession, not a rock & roll scene. People complained a lot last year (myself included); morale was lower; bands broke up for no reason other tha...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on January 15, 1997
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    Inside Baseball - The Twins deal: It's gotten more interesting, but it hasn't gotten any better.

    WHATEVER ELSE IT proves to be, the pending deal between the Twins and the state of Minnesota is one of the more fascinating chapters in the sordid history of the business of baseball. Is the Pohlad proposal a good deal for the state economically? No...

    by Steve Perry on January 15, 1997
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    WORLD MUSIC '96

    The Congos Heart of the Congos (Blood and Fire) This may well be producer Lee Perry's masterpiece, in addition to being one of the most beautiful and spiritual reggae records of all time. A hard-to-find import since its release in 1977, now reissued...

    by Will Hermes on January 15, 1997
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    ESSENTIAL REISSUES/RETROSPECTIVES

    Mary Margaret O'Hara Miss America (Koch) Sun RaThe Singles (Evidence) The Louvin BrothersTragic Songs of Life, Satan Is Real, A Tribute to the Delmore Brothers (Capitol) Merle HaggardDown Every Road: 1962-1994 (Capitol) Curtis MayfieldPeople Get Re...

    by Will Hermes on January 15, 1997
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    DJ/ELECTRONICA '96

    Rome Rome (Thrill Jockey) Another bunch of Chicago instrumental "rockers" who made a record I enjoyed nearly as much as Tortoise's Millions. Dubby, gentle, attuned to the joys of the melodica. Clara Rockmore The Art of the Theremin (Delos) The quee...

    by Will Hermes on January 15, 1997
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    The Really Big Show

    POLITICS IN WASHINGTON as the New Year begins is little more than a joust between two corrupt factions of the ruling elite, evoking the worst days of France's Fourth Republic (before de Gaulle) or Italy before Operation Clean Hands. At one end of Ca...

    by Doug Ireland on January 8, 1997
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    INCONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION

    Klymnen Reindeer Pat, 210-gram can Klymnen Oy As we've all just experienced, Christmas may be a time for coming together and embracing our common bonds, but it can also highlight how different we are from one another. An interesting example...

    by Paul Lukas on January 8, 1997
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    The Prodigy's Journey - At an age when most children have barely begun to make friends, Sophia Kim sees her whole life laid out before her.

    When Sophia Kim grows up, she will marry her best friend Tyler. Tyler and Sophia will have two children, a boy and a girl, and the four of them will live with Sophia's mother and father in the sprawling Edina home where she presently lives. And what...

    by Joseph Hart on January 8, 1997
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    BEGGAR THE QUESTION - Last Friday, on a balmy afternoon in downtown Minneapolis, our thoughts turned to spring,

    then to baseball, then, as they will, to a new, retractable-dome stadium. But where would the money come from? The Minnesota Wins organization is being far too slow, we think, in capitalizing on Minneapolis's gnawing hunger for a new ballpark, and s...

    by City Pages Staff on January 8, 1997
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    A House Divided

    Two years ago, the Phillips Neighborhood Housing Trust--one of Minneapolis's largest nonprofit community housing organizations--imploded, leaving in its wake bills, personal vendettas, and low-income families scrambling for a place to live. Out of i...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on January 8, 1997
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    The Least and the Slightest - Eye of Newt, Clinton's toes; Beltway whores have ethics woes!

    BY THE TIME you read this, Newt Gingrich will have been re-elected speaker of the House. It won't be the end of his troubles. In purely tactical terms, a weakened Gingrich is in many ways preferable to a deposed Gingrich; at present there is somethi...

    by Steve Perry on January 8, 1997
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    The Gubernatorial Gang - Minnesota pols never stand so tall as when they loom over black youths.

    GOV. ARNE CARLSON vetoed a proposed pilot program for a statewide gang task force two years ago. But as the prevailing political winds have grown chillier, the governor has warmed up to the idea. He now touts a proposal set to come before the Legisl...

    by City Pages Staff on January 8, 1997
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    Wait 'Til... This Year?

    YES, THOSE REALLY are your Minnesota Timberwolves playing the most resilient, talented, and exciting basketball in the history of the franchise. And no, this heartening ascent to the upper reaches of mediocrity is not likely to dissipate as the dolo...

    by Britt Robson on January 8, 1997
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    Smoke Screen

    ANDY GRIFFITH, IN the nightclub act that launched his career many moons ago, used to explain that the reason Southern Baptists never screw standing up is that God might think they were dancing. This old wheeze came to mind with the news that the ver...

    by Doug Ireland on January 1, 1997
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    Schizo by Ivan Brunetti

    Fantagraphics With words and pictures being shoveled into the market at an unbelievable pace, it's no mystery why fewer comic books stand out. Finding one that doesn't look like everything else is reward enough, but in an era where everyone whose mo...

    by Ken Kurson on January 1, 1997
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    96 Tears by Doug J. Swanson

    HarperCollins Via his honorably jaded private dick Jack Flippo, Dallas Morning News reporter Doug J. Swanson has joined the front ranks of mystery writers aping the taut plots and wise guy dialogue of Elmore Leonard. Like James Lee Burke's New Orlea...

    by Britt Robson on January 1, 1997
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    THE TEETOTALER'S PARTY - The National Office and Museum of the International Organization of Good Templars occupies an unassuming facility

    just off the corner of Lake Street and Cedar Avenue across the street from the old Layman's cemetery. The IOGT (formerly the International Order of Good Templars), according to one of their tracts, "offers GOOD TIMES through wholesome personal livin...

    by Joseph Hart on January 1, 1997
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    Bad Neighbors by Katherine Beck

    Doubleday The Jamison household was fine by most accounts, until perky Sue Heffernan cut an uninvited portal into the hedge that once gave the houses on each side their respective privacy. Sue uses this access to trundle over to the Jamison's with c...

    by Amanda Ferguson on January 1, 1997
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