Taylor Mac The show features 246 songs. It's 24 hours long, split into six-hour chapters. And, yes, you are expected to sit through all six hours. This is theater of the unexpected; it is theater of calamity; it is theater according to the gospel of Taylor Mac. Since the performance artist first staged portions of this delirious piece of experimental theater, "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music," at Joe's Pub in New York City in 2011, the show has evolved into an artistic juggernaut and its creator heralded as a perspicacious shaman of the counterculture. In the lobby of the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on a recent afternoon, however, Mac shrugs off the hype surrounding his first tour of the full "24-Decade History." He's just a vessel for the art, he insists. The show, in which each hour of music represents a decade, seeks to tell the story of communities built as a result of being torn apart: the defiant triumph of minorities, LGBTQ people, women, the disabled and … [Read more...] about Pop listings: Taylor Mac and Motorbabe are among this weekend’s performers
Brian White makes a mean veggie burger. Only, he doesn’t know it. The grill cook at J. Selby’s, the hot new vegan comfort food restaurant in St. Paul, is a meat-eater, and that’s how it’s going to stay. “To be honest, I haven’t tried it,” said White, looking a little squeamish. The cook was brought on after the restaurant briefly closed this spring due to overwhelming popularity and understaffing. Turned out, there was a wild demand among faux-meat foodies in the Twin Cities for yummy classics without the animal products. And to keep up with that demand, some non-vegan cooks came aboard. Among the menu’s most popular items is White’s specialty: the Dirty Secret. Two non-meat patties, special sauce, lettuce, “cheeze,” pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. In other words, a Big Mac, done up for the plant-eating crowd with Herbivorous Butcher wheat-based “beaf” patties, a slice of yellow coconut oil cheese and … [Read more...] about Where’s the beef? Innovative St. Paul vegan restaurant does a spot-on Big Mac
Macalester grads, unite! Alumni of the St. Paul college will gather tonight in cities across the globe. It's the second annual "Welcome to our City" event aimed connecting "Macites" to share "insider tips" about living in their cities. This year, the get-togethers will be held in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, London, New Orleans, New York City, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. The D.C. event, a spokeswoman predicted, will be the biggest. Last year, it was: 91 people attended. Find details, including hosts and locations, here. I sent an email to the host of the San Francisco gathering, Julie Lehnhoff, who graduated from Macalester in 1997. She moved to the Bay Area in 2006, where she discovered a number of Mac connections. She began attending and hosting alumni events, like their book club. Eventually she was elected to the Alumni Board. I will let her continue: Macalester Alumni held our first, nation-wide, “Welcome to Our City” event in the fall of … [Read more...] about Mac alums hold get-togethers across the globe
Are the colored additives used in Kraft's popular Macaroni & Cheese products dangerous? That's what two food bloggers are alleging in their petition to Kraft Foods to remove Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 from the blue-boxed pantry staples. Yellow Nos. 5 and 6 are used to color beverages, dessert powders, candy, ice cream, custards and other foods. But two food bloggers have taken to Change.org to petition Kraft's management to remove the dyes, saying they may potentially cause health problems and are not included in Kraft's Mac & Cheese products sold in the United Kingdom. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group, has been petitioning to ban food dyes in the U.S. for years. In a 2010 report called Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks, the CSPI says Yellow Nos. 5 and 6 can cause hypersensitivity, or allergic reactions, and contains carcinogens called Benzidine and 4-amino-biphenyl. Some studies reported hyperactivity in children associated with Yellow 5 … [Read more...] about Is mac and cheese dangerously yellow?
By Aidin Vaziri Updated 3:34 pm, Friday, September 23, 2016 Photo: Courtesy Of The Artist, Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac fame is on tour with his blues band. Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac fame is on tour with his blues band. Photo: Courtesy Of The Artist, Getty Images Mick Fleetwood back to Mac’s roots with blues band 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Mick Fleetwood can’t help it. Even though Fleetwood Mac is on another hiatus and he’s got a nice little spread in Maui — house, restaurant, art gallery — he’s back on the road, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him play intimate venues with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. The outfit, which features guitarist Rick Vito, revives the raw sound of the group’s formative years … [Read more...] about Mick Fleetwood back to Mac’s roots with blues band