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An actor’s life: A rare look backstage at the Guthrie

Ever wondered what goes on backstage at the Guthrie Theater before the play starts? Local actor Bob Davis takes us on a rare video tour of the theater building just before a performance of “Macbeth.” Last of three parts.

An actor’s life: ‘Shakespeare is designed to be played’

In the second video of the series, Bob Davis, who plays the Thane of Rosse in the Guthrie Theater’s current production of “Macbeth,” shares his love for playing Shakespeare.
Part one: An actor’s life: Making a living in the Twin Cities

An actor’s life: Making a living in the Twin Cities

I first met Bob Davis in the mid-’90s when I taught two of his sons at Windom School in Minneapolis. We reconnected recently and I realized that he and his wife have raised their three sons and put them through college on a local actor’s salary.

Johnson presents her vision for Minneapolis schools

Bernadeia Johnson, the Minneapolis school district’s only candidate for superintendent, outlined her vision for the city’s schools Monday night in the first of three events scheduled to introduce her to the public.

Postville: One year after the raid

POSTVILLE, IOWA — One year after 900 federal agents entered a meatpacking plant in this small town and conducted the largest immigration raid in U.S. history, Postville has yet to recover.

Video report: Liberians in Minnesota face deportation

Aba Hamilton Dolo of Coon Rapids might have some tough decisions to make next month. Washington Yonly, who lives in Brooklyn Park, is anxious about his future as well. Both face deportation to their home country of Liberia.

Video report: Local leaders voice support for Israel

An overflow crowd packed the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park yesterday afternoon to listen to Minnesota political and religious leaders speak in support of Israel’s recent actions in Gaza.

Heart of the Beast: Not your traditional Nativity story (video)

From the moment Maria (Lizette Gomez Vega) is summoned by angels while in line at Torilleria La Perla in the food court of El Mercado Central, it’s obvious this is not going to be a traditional telling of the Nativity story.

Somali refugees describe a country in chaos

The early 1990s were a terrible time in Somalia. When Minneapolis residents Mohamed Hassan and Gandi Mohamed fled in 1991, the country was in turmoil. They say it’s worse today as chaos reigns.

Smithies gather to celebrate their history

The list of Smith College alums is impressive. Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Barbara Bush, Julia Child, Molly Ivins, Yolanda King, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Mitchell, Julie Nixon Eisenhower and Nancy Reagan are just a few of the notables.

Video: United Negro College Fund Walk for Education

Caroline Wanga knows what it feels like to not fit in. When she came to Roseville from Kenya at age 10, few of her schoolmates looked like her and none of them spoke with the kind of accent she had.