Issue 401

Playwright Discusses Gay Currents in Her The Master Butchers Singing Club

Interview with Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman often is regarded as America’s greatest living woman playwright, but she’s also one of the greatest living American dramatists of either gender. Her work stands toe to toe with male greats like Tony Kushner, David Mamet, and Sam Shepard.

Norman won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Night Mother in 1983, the same year Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Color Purple. In 2006, Norman was nominated for the Tony Award for her book for The Color Purple’s musical stage version. She won the Tony for Best Book for a Musical for The Secret Garden in 1991. Read the rest of this entry »

“Lifestyle for Rent”

Mill District City Apartments: “More Like an Urban Resort”

The handsome complex rising at 225 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis—across from the Guthrie Theater, and overlooking Downtown and the Mississippi River—is the fifth project in the Twin Cities to be brought to fruition by Village Green, provider of quality rental units since 1919.

Speaking at the groundbreaking for this $25 million endeavor in October 2009, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said, “Under some of the most challenging economic situations, many people came together, and put the extra effort in to make this project a reality. The perseverance of our city’s economic development staff, local leaders like US Bank, and the incredible team at Village Green are showing that Minneapolis is open for business, and that great things are happening in our city even during these difficult economic times.” Read the rest of this entry »

Anatomy of a Bad Idea Part 3

In Parts I and II of this episode, my girlfriend decided to invite her ex, her ex’s new girlfriend, and all their children to my cottage for the weekend. But my contractor failed to show up, and an epic construction-stress-related battle ensued. My girlfriend stormed out; we broke up; my contractor showed me a naked picture of his girlfriend to make me feel better; my girlfriend returned; and we made up.

The best thing about having a big fight is that you get to have makeup sex. But we couldn’t, because my dimwitted contractor and his son, Dimwit Jr., were not yet done with their tasks. Read the rest of this entry »

Sock Puppet Campaign

As politicians are pulling out all the stops, and spending more money on campaigns than ever, I am wrestling with a number of questions:

• Which strategy garners the most votes?

• Which issues stir Americans to the polls?

• And, should a candidate be allowed to use a sock puppet? Read the rest of this entry »

Annie Huidekoper: St. Paul Saints Vice President Shares Her Story

 

Annie Huidekoper. Photo by Paul Robertson

St. Paul Saints Vice President Shares Her Story

During the evening rush hour on August 1, 2007, the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. It was the buzz of the day across the world, but its effect dug far deeper in the psyche of the Twin Cities. The bridge was a main conduit to thousands of workplaces in Downtown Minneapolis, and its plunge into the river shocked millions of people. The region was in mourning. Events routinely were canceled, including the Minnesota Twins game that night. Read the rest of this entry »

Ms. Behavior©: Stella Drama

Dear Ms. Behavior:

OK, so, say you’ve had this longstanding thing for a woman involved in a long-term relationship. And, say it has been this frustrating mutual attraction that causes both of you to spend lots of time together, and then completely avoid each other for months at a time. Then, say the married woman moves to another city, so you’re depressed, but relieved. Read the rest of this entry »

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