Issue 388

On the Record

Head First

It must be something in the air. Goldfrapp’s latest opens with a riff and vocal that could have been drawn from Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money.” That vibe never disappears from the latest by the electronic duo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory. You can hear it in the throbbing piano riff that powers the title track, the bouncy synth riff on “Shiny and Warm,” or the Laurie Anderson-like “Voicething.” Sometimes, the “guess the influence” gets a bit distracting—hmm, are they playing off the Human League or the Eurythmics on this track?—but that is overpowered by the general quality of the songs. For the most part, the duo didn’t forget to write actual songs to go with the nostalgic electronics. Goldfrapp isn’t as soulful as the above-mentioned performers, but she gives the music a singular modern-age moodiness, a 21st-Century wariness that says life turned bit more complicated than we thought it would be. Read the rest of this entry »

Lyn Lake Chiropractic

Certain chiropractic theories still are questioned by practitioners of traditional medicine, but by now, the point is almost moot. Almost 18 million Americans seek chiropractic treatment every year, for everything from back pain to headaches, plantar fasciitis, jaw problems, muscle strains, and sciatica. Chiropractic patients look for alleviation of their discomfort, to be sure, but they are also attracted to a more rounded and inclusive approach to wellness. And, for the most part (outside of a few overzealous chiropractors who promise the moon, but deliver only a bill), patients do leave a chiropractor’s office with increased mobility and less pain. Read the rest of this entry »

Happily Ever After

Produced by Mike Hnida
Photography by Mike Hnida, Lavender Studios
Hair & Makeup by Adam Lang
Models: Adam, Daniel, Molly
Clothing provided by Bloomingdale’s
Jewelry provided by T Lee Fine Designer Jewelry

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Isn’t Fashion Fun

Spring has sprung at STYLEDLIFE® and the wardrobe experts™ at styledlook® recommend the easiest, most versatile way to freshen your wardrobe: spring scarves! It’s the can’t-live-without accessory for men and women. Read the rest of this entry »

Guthrie Featured Playwright Discusses His M. Butterfly

Interview with David Henry Hwang

Last year, Tony Kushner was the Guthrie Theater’s featured contemporary playwright. This year, it’s David Henry Hwang, whose 1988 Best Play Tony-winner, the gender-bending groundbreaker M. Butterfly, is about to open. His 2008 Pulitzer-finalist Yellow Face, featuring Randy Reyes, sold out at the Big G in February as a coproduction with Theater Mu. Hwang generally is regarded as the best Asian-American playwright ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Minneapolis Police Department Needs Your Help in HIV Criminal Case

Daniel James Rick. Photo Provided by Minneapolis Police Department

Lavender is running this public service announcement at the request of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Daniel James Rick, who often goes by “D.J.,” age 29, has been diagnosed HIV-positive since 2006. Now in custody, he has been charged with crimes in two separate incidents:

• Offense (on or about February 5, 2010): one count of Assault in the Third Degree—Knowing Transfer of Communicable Disease.

• Offense (on or about October 15, 2009): two counts of Assault in the Third Degree—Knowing Transfer of Communicable Disease.

The first offense involved one victim, while the second offense involved two other victims, one of whom subsequently tested HIV-positive. In both incidents, Rick allegedly engaged in unprotected sex with the victims, failing to inform them of his HIV-positive status.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, four additional possible victims have come forward with information about encounters with Rick. The police believe other possible victims remain to be heard from.

Rick apparently would cruise Internet sites—specifically,,, and—using the online handle “skyfire2be”. He also was known to frequent the Saloon bar at 830 Hennepin Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis.

Anyone with further information about Rick is urged to contact Sgt.
David Mattson of the Minneapolis
Police Department at (612) 673-2358.


Excels at Celebrating the Diversity of World Cuisine

Zeno is dead. Long live Zeno…or, as it so happens, Fusion—the successor under the same management. The renamed restaurant space once known for its focused coffee and dessert menu has done a complete about-face. Instead of selecting a niche cuisine of any sort, the concept—which is carried out not so much within each dish as it is across the menu—is about as varied as I’ve seen. To be quite honest, I didn’t think the staff would be able to pull it off. Baked goat cheese, avocado quesadillas, and sushi under one roof? That sounds a lot more like a food court than a restaurant. But take one bite of the Baked Clams ($5.95) in white wine and butter, and any unpleasant mall thoughts vanish like so many weak czars. Read the rest of this entry »

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