Breakfast of Champions 4/10: That's the breaks


Talking to Marc Bamuthi Joseph, you can feel his sincere passion for art, community engagement and micro-politics. When I say "micro-politics," I mean it in the sense of personal empowerment and liberation.

That can take place on an individual level, with art feeding the soul. It can take place between individuals, as when an accomplished artist like Joseph works with young people. And it can take place on a whole community level, in what Brazilian educator and Joseph influence Paolo Freire calls liberatory pedagogy.

All of which are fine words, but just words. Joseph's work is about action, about combining multiple disciplines into a mixtape for the stage. I spoke with him this week about his show, the break/s. It blends hip-hop music with poetry, dance, film and theater.

His performance premieres tonight at the Walker and runs through Saturday. Don't miss it.


If you're not too depressed over the Wild loss yesterday, check out the various liveblog posts from the game by Ben Palosaari (live at the game) and Kevin Hoffman (from home).

My favorite Alex P. Keaton moment had to be either the time he lip-synched to the Doors, or when he admitted to having a picture of Pat Nixon in his locker. Jeff Severns Guntzel brings back the quintessential Young Republican in a post that adds ... a third candidate for "favorite Family Ties plotline of all time": Alex gets jacked up on amphetamines.

More news from the housing market, with graphical representation.

Hey, that's a nice cheese knife.

If you're the type that listens to the radio, I've got my "what to do over the weekend" spot on 107.1 today at 2 p.m.

Another winter storm watch offers up the following:

"Issued at: 12:46 PM CDT 4/9/08, expires at: 9:00 PM CDT 4/9/08

Winter storm watch in effect from Thursday afternoon through saturday morning, The NWS in the twin cities/chanhassen has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning. A winter storm watch has been issued by the national weather service in chanhassen for central Minnesota and a portion of southern Minnesota, as well as the u.s. Highway 8 corridor in west central Wisconsin, from 1 pm Thursday afternoon through 7 am Saturday morning. This watch includes the communities of alexandria, appleton, fairmont, hutchinson, ladysmith, mora, redwood falls, rice lake, st. Cloud, and the twin cities metropolitan area."

Guess I can't put away the heavy coat yet.