This year’s Grand Old Day is this Sunday, June 5, from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. and, as usual, there’s a full slate of bands to choose from. Here’s a sampling of the lineup. [DETAILS.]. (Visit Audiolicious.tv for daily music videos.)
Cirque du Soleil’s OVO is now playing at Mall of America and runs till Sunday, June 12. I’m going to see it next weekend, so I’ll report back. [OVO by Cirque du Soleil DETAILS at Mall of America.]
Here’s the official trailer for OVO by Cirque de Soleil…sounds sorta like a salsa version of the Flintstone’s yabba dabba do. Just sayin.
OVO Video – Official Trailer
OVO Video Highlights
Found at Washington Post.
OVO Video – Dress Rehersals
UPDATED: 5/28/11: I participated on the Civil Rights, Civic Discourse & Civic Responsibility in a High Tech World panel for the Hubert H. Humphrey Centennial Reunion & Policy Discussion held May 27, 2011, at Minneapolis City Hall.
Hubert H. Humphrey Centennial Reunion Invitation From Vice President Walter Mondale
Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Speech Before The 1948 Democratic National Convention
Kathleen Sebelius: Health & Human Services Celebration Of Hubert H. Humphrey
Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discusses Hubert H. Humphrey’s legacy and a screening of excerpts of The Art Of The Possible, a documentary about Humphrey, and a discussion with filmmaker Mick Caouette. Found at YouTube from USGOVHHS.
Governor Mark Dayton Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
Congressman Keith Ellison Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
Mayor R.T. Rybak Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
State Senator John Marty Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
Justice Paul H. Anderson Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
Tom Tipton Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
Larry Redmond Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
Robert Tennessen Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
Robert E. Hansen Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
Rich Neumeister Remembers Hubert H. Humphrey
MN2020: Hubert H. Humphrey’s Legacy
Video from citizen journalists who were on the scene to document the aftermath of the devastating tornado that hit Northeast Minneapolis on May 22, 2011.
The Basilica Block Party this year is scheduled for July 8 & 9. The Basilica Block Party musical lineup will include David Gray, Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs, the JAYHAWKS, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Drive-By Truckers, Amos Lee, Gomez, Stuart D’Rozario, Lissie, Scars on 45, Fitz and The Tantrums, G. Love & Special Sauce, Citizen Cope, and The 4onthefloor. [DETAILS.] Get daily music videos at Audiolicious.tv.
Babylon by David Gray
Beg Steal or Borrow by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
Blue by The Jayhawks
The Sound Of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead
Never Gonna Change by Drive-By Truckers
Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight by Amos Lee
See The World by Gomez
Pursuit of Happiness by Lissie
Give Me Something by Scars on 45
MoneyGrabber by Fitz and The Tantrums
Cold Beverage by G. Love & Special Sauce
I Couldn’t Explain Why by Citizen Cope
Bricklayer by The 4onthefloor
Did’ja ever notice when a fan runs out onto the field during a Twins game that the television broadcasters Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven tsk tsk the fan for such a foolish move and talk about what a wrong thing it is to do? One time, Bremer even went so far as to suggest that the fans were booing the break in the action when you could actually hear them cheering. Whatever. That’s his job, I guess.
I think most fans are like me: They find it a welcome and amusing diversion. That’s why the following video from a Houston Astros game this year is so awesome: It shows a great fan escape and the crowd reacting with enthusiasm.
Found at YouTube from megamark09 via Arik Hanson.
I was so sad to hear that Harmon Killebrew is entering hospice care after losing his fight to esophageal cancer. A good friend of mine died of it; it’s nasty.
My first memory of Harmon Killebrew is my first iconic boyhood memory: It was my first ballgame with my father at the old Met Stadium. The Twins were hosting the Baltimore Orioles. We went with a neighbor and our seats were along the third base line, so our neighbor kept telling me to keep an eye on the great Orioles third baseman of the time, Brooks Robinson.
I remember fat men standing around on the concourse drinking beer and the smell of their thick cigar smoke. I remember Tony Oliva breaking a bat by pounding it on home plate after disagreeing with the umpire’s called third strike.
In the bottom of the ninth the Twins were behind by a run. Harmon, in his last years as a Twin and relegated to DH duty, stepped up to bat to the thundering feet of the crowd, stomping in expectation.
Crack. The ball arched high across the sky down the third base line and settled into the upper-deck stands…just foul. Harmon ended up striking out and the Twins lost but I was astonished that a human being could hit the ball so hard and so far.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Harmon Killebrew but from afar he always came off as a kind and gentle man. Thank you, Harmon.