Objects in Mirror

Objects in Mirror: March 26, 2008 Archive

Ever end up a fan of the opening band?

Posted at 8:41 AM on March 26, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

This week, our Musicheads revisit SXSW and ask Who's an artist/band you've seen "by Accident?" Maybe they were the opening band, maybe you bought the wrong album (say, you picked up The Best of The Gap Band instead of The Band...) or maybe you just were in the right bar at what you originally thought was the wrong time.

Responses are interesting already:

* Jacquie M. saw Clem Snide at "this little dive in Texas--known for good burgers and cold Lone Star."

* Tim tagged along, "I was driving across back to Minnesota from Oregon, and stopped to see some friends in Colorado. [Widespread Panic] was playing that night so I went. They are my favorite Band to this day."

* Deb A. recalls, "I was at a little bar near La Honda, California and I snuck in underage, I was 19 years old. A guy walks in with a guitar case and played for all twelve of us for about an hour. His name was Neil Young and he lived down the road."

Join the conversation and share your own "accidental" musical discovery.

Three ways and hotdish?

Posted at 2:18 PM on March 26, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

While the title may imply public radio is trying to woo the Alexis on the Sexes audience, we're actually referring to... food.

The Current's Barb Abney documents how she's missing her "three ways", which she describes as consisting of "Skyline chili, spaghetti and a mountain of finely shredded room temperature mild cheddar cheese." I'm pretty sure I'd try that, even though I'm a bit suspicious of the cinnamon in the chili sauce. (Anthony Bourdain exposed that ingredient.) She explains she begs folks in Cincinnati to send her care packages with cans of the stuff.

Now Abney's trying to return the favor (flavor?) and is really after a slice of Minnesota Life. She's wondering what Minnesotan foods represent our fair state enough for her to send to her friends and relatives in Ohio:

"When I think of Minnesotan food, I think of casseroles with cream soup and frozen vegetables topped with tater tots! But hot-dish doesn't ship well, so I'm looking for your suggestions."
What should she pack up and send? Join the discussion to share your ideas.

Public Insight Journalism: Who has the pulse of your community?

Posted at 5:45 PM on March 26, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

MPR's Public Insight Journalism team wants to know who has the pulse of your community:

"You know the type -- keen observer and good listener with common sense and credibility to spare. A good storyteller. The perfect dinner guest."

Share your recommendations (you can even put forward your own name) and tell us what specific economic issues you think we should take a close look at in the coming months.

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