Starting December 1, the Minnesota Historical Society is increasing admission fees at most of its historic sites and museums by $1, in order to make up what it's lost in state government funding.
The state cut funding for the MHS by $1.6 million this past year. More than half of the Society's operating budget comes from the state. With it, the MHS runs 26 historic sites across Minnesota.
In addition to the increase in fees, the Society also eliminated about 19 full-time equivalent staff positions.
The state is providing $20.4 million to the MHS for fiscal year 2012.
You can find a grid of the new fees here.
The last time the MHS increased its fees was in the spring of 2008.
Back in mid-September actor Warren C. Bowles gave a heart-stopping performance.
Actor Warren C. Bowles
Image: Nathan Howard/Post-Bulletin
It was opening night of "Neighbors" at Mixed Blood Theater, and in one of the final scenes Bowles suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed.
Now the actor is giving thanks to those who made sure he'd see the curtain rise again.
Tonight at 8:30pm Bowles is publicly thanking the Hennepin County Medical Center paramedics who arrived on the scene.
In a release sent out today, Bowles acknowledged that he doesn't have any memory of the events that evening, but that doesn't matter:
"Someone said the work of the paramedics and first responders was miraculous. I didn't have a heartbeat and wasn't breathing. I was dead. But they saved me," said Bowles.
According to HCMC, Bowles was fortunate, because his cardiac arrest was witnessed by others, and CPR was administered right away.
HCMC says Bowles was also fortunate to have his heart attack in Hennepin County, because according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES), people who suffer a cardiac arrest in Hennepin County have some of the best survival rates in the country.
Bowles will meet and thank Hennepin County Medical Center paramedics Gio Caponi and Wayne Schneider, and EMS Dispatcher Jake Cree, who were all involved in his care on the night of September 16.
The annual holiday classic is back. "A Christmas Carol" opened this past weekend at the Guthrie Theater, this time featuring Twin Cities actor J.C. Cutler in the starring role of Scrooge.
According to local critics, this show features more comedy than in past years. And while most recommend the play, some feel this year's rendition is a bit over-stuffed.
J.C. Cutler is Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol"
Photo by Michael Brosilow
Is "A Christmas Carol" becoming a Christmas comedy?
It sometimes looked that way at Wednesday's opening at the Guthrie Theater, the second year that Joe Dowling has applied his light touch to the classic. In his laughter-maximizing, pyrotechnic pastiche of styles, Dowling has amplified the humor in Crispin Whittell's witty adaptation from the novella by Charles Dickens.
...the music-infused production, which nods to Victor Hugo and Gilbert and Sullivan, is funnier, broader and more emotionally varied than in years past.
[J.C.] Cutler delivers a lovely and understated performance, with none of over-the-top bluster that one so often sees with this character. This pays off big-time when Scrooge visits his past. This Scrooge is vividly confused and lonely, in his famous nightcap, in sharp contrast to the insensitive and greedy persona we get in the beginning. Cutler gives A Christmas Carol emotional depth - and makes the glitzy (and, all right, yes, occasionally over-the-top) production work.
J.C. Cutler (Ebenezer Scrooge) and Bob Davis (Jacob Marley) in the Guthrie Theater's production of "A Christmas Carol"
Photo by Michael Brosilow
At two hours and 20 minutes, this "Christmas Carol" - like most Guthrie tellings of the tale - could profit from a couple more go-throughs with an editor's sharp pencil. On balance, though, this new effort is a robust, worthwhile telling, one familiar enough to please traditionalists and different enough for those looking for a new shine on a familiar tale.
If you see A Christmas Carol, you'll have a memorable, if not delightful, time (especially true for anyone under the age of 12). But you may tramp back out into the snow not feeling as full as you were hoping; it's storytelling that plays out more like connect-the-dots than bonafide journey. It's as if the opportunity to tell something of a better story was missed and, like figgy pudding, you may not be exactly sure what that something was.
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