Posted at 9:53 AM on November 16, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Terrence Payne: 100 Creatives
- Jessica Armbruster, City Pages
There is something unmistakably sincere about the oil pastel paintings of Terrence Payne. The subjects in his portraits often have an awkwardness to them, and though their smiles may be shy, their eyes wide, and their dance moves slightly out of step, there is a human truth captured in their vulnerability that is compelling.
K Jay brings standup comedy to the Northside
- Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
You can't keep a good man down--or, it appears, veteran humorist K Jay, who is hellbent on expanding Twin Cities comedy.
TU Dance makes new moves -- and will premiere new works at O'Shaughnessy
- Camille LeFevre, MinnPost.com
TU Dance has made some significant moves lately, and they're not choreographic. .
The Banff Mountain Film Festival at U of M Willey Hall
John Ervin, City Pages
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, a traveling showcase of films focusing on mountaineering activities -- usually of the extreme variety -- will include Minneapolis as one of its stops this Friday and Saturday.
Tapes 'N Tapes play "Outside" at the Turf Club
- Jeff Rutherford, TC Daily Planet
In celebration of their forthcoming album Outside, Tapes 'N Tapes decided to play their new material at the Turf Club in St. Paul on Thursday night, along with many older songs as well.
Barron, band a smooth mix
- Dan Emerson, Pioneer Press
Monday night's performance by jazz-piano great Kenny Barron at the Dakota was a gig to savor for two reasons. It was the 67-year old Barron's first Twin Cities visit in the better part of a decade, and it provided a showcase for some impressive young talent.
Sweden's new dancing queen
- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
Robyn brazenly completed her transformation from teen-pop star to edgy electronic heroine with a fiery, packed set Sunday at the Fine Line.
Favre fumbled: Brave New Workshop's Christmas special needs a Hail Mary
- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
The magic is only intermittently recaptured. Exuberance and excitement have been replaced by a feeling of being old and tired. Such has been Brett Favre's final NFL season. And the same could be said of Brave New Workshop's current comedy revue, "Brett Favre's Christmas Spectacular II: The Second Coming."
Theater Mu's 'Cowboy Versus Samurai' tickles the funny bone
- Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press
'Cowboy Versus Samurai' uses light touch to examine skin color, self-perception, romance
Yee-haw! Oh, wait. Where's my horse?
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune
Mu's update of "Cyrano de Bergerac," in which race replaces the long nose, ropes 'em in at the Guthrie.
Joel Sass makes suspense fun
- Ed Huyck, City Pages
Joel Sass is a busy man. Hours after his latest directing effort The 39 Steps opened at the Guthrie Theater, Sass was in Berkeley working on preliminary plans for a production of one of his signature works, Titus Andronicus, set to run next summer at the California Shakespeare Theater.
As we approach the halfway point in "Give to the Max" day, I thought I'd take a look at the numbers:
As I write this, more than 15,000 people have made contributions totalling $2.8 million, and those numbers are climbing steadily. That doesn't include the matching grants various organizations raised for this event.
There is approximately $4 million in matching grants available.
Still this does not match the pace of last year's event, which raised $5.5 million in the first six hours.
So far the top donation-getters in the Twin Cities are Second Harvest Heartland and the Animal Humane Society - they were also two of the strongest participants in last year's Give to the Max day. Other top metro area earners include Planned Parenthood, Interfaith Outreach and MinnPost.com.
In Greater MN, the top recipient in terms of number of donations is the North American Bear Center, with 459 donations. However the center is followed by several educational institutions with fewer donations, but in larger amounts. Concordia, St. Olaf, St. Benedict and Divine Mercy Catholic School are all showing strongly.(2 Comments)
MacPhail Center for Music has named former board member and non-profit consultant Tom Moss as Interim CEO. He takes the reigns December 1, replacing David O'Fallon, who recently accepted the position of President of the Minnesota Humanities Center.
Moss will hold the position until a new CEO is named; he's not a candidate for the position. That's expected to be completed by late spring of 2011
Moss has a very personal connection to the MacPhail Center for Music; his grandfather is the Center's founder, William S. MacPhail.
Last week I paid a visit to Fergus Falls, home to wood block artist Charles Beck. Then, while in Fargo-Moorhead, I stumbled across this lovely interview with Beck at the Rourke Art Gallery, created by Twin Cities documentary team Mike Hazard and Deborah Wallwork. Take a 7 minute break and get to know Beck's way of looking at the world just a little bit better.(1 Comments)
While GiveMN has not set any dollar fundraising goals for today's "Give to the Max" event, it is seeking to break its previous record in terms of number of donors. Last year it heard from approximately 38,000 people - this year it's challenged the public to surpass 40,000 donors.
As of 4:30pm Central, it's heard from approximatley 27,500.
In order to meet the goal, GiveMN will need to hear from 1666 people an hour for the next seven and a half hours (here at MPR we're really familar with that kind of math).
As with any fundraising event, alot depends on how many people have saved making their contributions for the end of the day, and how much giving will slack off in the waning hours before midnight.
So, have you made your pledge yet? Are you going to? Why or why not?(2 Comments)
Posted at 10:30 PM on November 16, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Funding
As Give to the Max Day nears its close, more than 40,000 donors have made contributions to Minnesota non-profits; that surpasses GiveMN's goal,and exceeds last year's donors by more than two thousand people.
With just over 90 minutes remaining, more than $7.5 million has been raised. That does not include the matching grant money set aside for today's event. Of the more than $4 million dollars set aside for matching grants, as of this writing $2.28 million has yet to be claimed.