The Flanagan Memo - Re: Death in the news and in my life; San Francisco again; and my list for the Legislature - yes, again.
It's not a long list, but it is frivolous. Well, some people would think so.
- At the top is the planetarium. It belongs atop the new downtown Minneapolis library and it should be built there right now. Legislators should approve the money requested. The planetarium draws visitors, including thousands of schoolchildren. We need it. Now.
- Next, for sheer frivolity, is a new Minnesota Twins stadium. We need it, really. The Twins have helped to put us on the map and they continue to draw at the gate. The business community and the fans love them. A plan to put them in downtown Minneapolis looks OK. But a stadium, too, needs money. Now, I happen to love the Metrodome, but it wasn't built for baseball. So, let's do it for Twins fans this legislative term. Please.
- The Shubert Theater is also on my little list. It's a historic asset to Minneapolis and Hennepin Avenue, and it will be a joy once it is redone. Many arts organizations are waiting to use it. Let's hope this is the legislative session to care.
My pick for the best-picture Oscar this year is "Million Dollar Baby." We'll see at the Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 27.
San Francisco style
There is always something new or making news in San Francisco.
One caterer I met is former Minnesotan Scott Cardell, who has been in SF for 14 years. (In Minneapolis he worked at 510 Groveland and the former New French Cafe.)
Cardell served us an excellent dinner - steak and sea bass with an apple tart dessert - but told me he has a great recipe for macaroni and cheese.
OK, next time.
The Bay Area always has something curious going on.
This trip it was a poetry walk in Berkeley, featuring writers who lived or worked in the city. Some 126 poems were installed last year in panels on the sidewalk.