Facebook, that prude
When Bemidji author Maureen Gibbon took out a Facebook ad on Tuesday to promote her new novel, "Paris Red," she chose her words and images carefully. "Paris Red," set in 1862, is a fictionalized account of a young model who posed for Édouard Manet's famous painting "Olympia." The painting, considered scandalous in its day, shows a woman lying on a bed, wearing nothing more than a flower in her hair. The book jacket shows a detail from "Olympia" — the young woman's face. Gibbon's Facebook ad was even more discreet; it showed just a chin and lips. But here's where Gibbon ran afoul of the Facebook censors: Her ad linked to a blog interview that shows more of the painting — including one bare Olympia breast. Less than 24 hours after she bought the ad, it was taken down because "ads may not promote nudity in any context," according to Facebook. Gibbon had spent $17 on the ad before it was banned. She now has the link to the blog interview on her Facebook page — for free.
Signed, sealed, delivered
The proclamation of Stevie Wonder Day in Minneapolis on Sunday was presented to the superstar onstage at Target Center not by Mayor Betsy Hodges but by her husband, Gary Cunningham. "It was impromptu," Cunningham told I.W. "I thought I was going to hand the proclamation to him backstage." The mayor was at home working on her State of the City address, which was given Thursday. "I was standing in because I'm the First Gentleman," Cunningham explained. "Occasionally I stand in for her. This was the biggest event. I don't talk about city business." Kate Brickman, the mayor's spokeswoman, e-mailed that Hodges was "very sad that she wasn't able to go. 'Sir Duke' has been one of her favorite songs for her entire life; 'Songs in the Key of Life' was one of the first albums she remembers hearing." Let the record reflect that Hodges not only handed a proclamation to Garth Brooks on his day, but gushed about seeing him in concert a few times.
Apparently Judith Hill isn't the only name who has been recording with Prince at Paisley Park. Kendrick Lamar told New York radio station Hot 97 that he recorded a track with the Purple One but it didn't make the cut for "To Pimp a Butterfly," which has been the No. 1 seller in the U.S. for the past two weeks. The rapper said Prince gave him advice but Lamar wasn't specific. "He was breaking down some things that I need to consider in my career," Lamar said. "What [Jay Z with Tidal streaming service] is doing is just confirmation from what Prince was telling me."
Answering the call
Tom Halden, a fixture at KMSP for a dozen years, will leave TV to become director of communications for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. His most recent duties included co-anchoring the early morning news and co-hosting Fox 9 Buzz. Halden replaces Anne Steffens, another former TV anchor, who had served in the position for only a little more than a year and reportedly wants more family time. Halden's last day at Channel 9 will be April 10.
They've reissued all their studio albums and put out a greatest-hits package and an outtakes/B-sides anthology. The one thing the Jayhawks have never done is a live record. That void will be filled with "Live at the Belly-Up," a digital-only project due April 7 via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. The 20-song, 80-minute set was captured in January at the Belly-Up Tavern near San Diego. With the band's permission, the club's staff recorded the show as part of a series of recordings issued via its website. The recording proved to be of such high quality that the Jayhawks want to give it a wider release.
P.D.Q. Bach encore
The P.D.Q. Bach/Peter Schickele birthday bash April 10 is sold out. But you can see him in dress rehearsal with VocalEssence and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble on Thursday at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 and seating is general admission. For tickets, call 612-371-5656.
It's not often an album made in Minnesota winds up in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. In fact, it's happened only once: Prince's "Purple Rain" earned the honor in 2012. The second locally made album to make the list isn't by a Minnesota act, but it just so happens that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's 1964 debut, "Sweet Emma and Her Preservation Hall Band," was recorded live at the old Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. It's one of the 25 discs announced on the library registry last week, alongside the Doors' and Joan Baez's debuts, Radiohead's "OK Computer" and "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."