Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Anita White makes art to heal your funnybone

Anita White’s portraits of health care professionals By DORIS RUBENSTEIN No one wants to be in the hospital. No one wants to be so sick that they need to be there. No one wants to have someone they care about sick enough to be in the hospital. Let’s say a refuah shleima for all of […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Judith Meisel: From Stutthof to Charlottesville

Judith Meisel, a local Holocaust survivor, looks forward to the U.S. president following the lead of the German chancellor, and condemning the hatred expressed by white supremacists By MICHAEL COHEN My mother, Judith Meisel, was born in 1929, the same year as Anne Frank. She was 15 years old when she was taken off the […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

A sanctuary at Shir Tikvah

With members, staff and clergy aligned in common purpose, the Minneapolis shul prepares to become a sanctuary for immigrants facing deportation. By MAXWELL KENT Luke Weisberg, board president of Shir Tikvah in Minneapolis, could not be more excited about the coming winter season. His excitement does not stem from the eventual drop in temperature, but […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

A different University of Minnesota

‘A Campus Divided,’ an exhibit at the Andersen Library, documents the University of Minnesota’s shocking racism and anti-Semitism in the 1930s, and how students fought for change By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Readers of this newspaper likely are aware of the controversy over the removal of monuments to the Confederacy, which culminated Aug. 12, in a rally […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Young Jane Young: Politics and strange bedfellows

Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, 320 pages, $26.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER For years, it must have been excruciating to be Monica Lewinsky, and for the protagonist of Gabrielle Zevin’s new novel, it became impossible to remain Aviva Grossman. She’s the central character of Zevin’s Young Jane Young, a rather dark comedy about […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Two local businesses respond to charges of racist employees

By MAX SPARBER If you posted online images of yourself dressed as a Nazi, or if you secretly operated a record company that featured racist and anti-Semitic records, it was a bad week for you in the Twin Cities. On Aug. 15, two back-of-the-house employees at the Uptown Diner found themselves in hot water when […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Peter Himmelman ponders our world

Lyrical rocker Peter Himmelman, a St. Louis Park native, continues his philosophical and musical quest with There Is No Calamity (Himmasongs Recordings), an even dozen tunes produced by Steve Berlin, of Los Lobos. According to a press release, Himmelman ceded song selection to Berlin, who selected these 12 from the 53 tunes that the songwriter […]