I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>
The renderings released a week ago offered a sneak peek, but last night, the three design teams selected to pitch the future of Nicollet Mall got to deliver their full visions in a two-hour event at the Guthrie Theater.All three proposals plan to resurface the streets, connect the pedestrian mall to ... More >>
Nicollet Mall hasn't gotten a facelift since the late-1980s, and the decades haven't been kind to Minneapolis's slowly-crumbling main street. Seeking solutions, in April, the city sponsored a contest calling for re-designs.After 21 teams replied, the city winnowed the firms down to four, then three, ... More >>
The new Chambers Hotel restaurant champions healthy Bay Area-inspired cuisine
Yogis battle over fate of a tradition
Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal: Free, and protesting.Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal spent more than two years locked up in Iran, a country with some of the most restrictive free speech rights in the world. Now that they're back in the United States, Bauer and Fattal are flexing their First A ... More >>
Jared Diamond says the success of a given civilization is based on three things: "Guns, Germs, and Steel." What he means is, dont open your surf shop in Gary, Indiana, and dont dig for gold in your laundry hamper. If Diamond were to write a book on making it in the music industry, I highly doubt ... More >>
I don't know about you, but usually the first thing I say in the morning is some inflection of the word "fuck."
Netroots Nation comes to Minneapolis
Did use of charitable donations violate federal election law?
Lisa GulyaRustica Bakery owner Steve HortonTiming is essential when baking--and buying--bread. Stop by the bakery too late and the shelves could be bare; too early and your favorite loaf hasn't come out of the oven yet. If you want the broadest and freshest selection, baker-owner Steve Horton ... More >>
Project Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work
Nikki MillerFire on a stick is good. Deep-fried candy bars on a stick are better. The Great Minnesota Get Together returns this week, and with everyone stretching their stomachs, digging out their fat pants, and shotgunning 2% in preparation for the all-the-milk-you-can-drink stand, it's hard to ... More >>
Play-by-play announcer opens up about his past and future
C.D. Payne's novel and actor Michael Cera fall flat on screen
The nation's biggest organic farming conference takes place in Wisconsin--take that, Berkeley!
Finding local Twitter tweeps with something useful to say can be a challenge, but to locals have a new tool that solves the problem.
Reason #1: Because Brett Favre is the very best and very worst at something... at the same time.
Kill the Vultures prepare for winter in a Midwestern river town
Eight renowned musicians unite to give jazz legends their due
A new movie looks at our unhealthy appetite for Frankenfoods
Zak Sally turns his darkest thoughts into visceral, elliptically personal comics--but he doesn't really want to talk about it
12 Rods, Jon Stewart, Howard Stern, Quentin Tarantino, Garrison Keillor, MF Doom, Lawrence Lessig, Randi Rhodes...
Teenage love and dead opera stars meet in 'Bel Canto'
When life gives you lemons, make collages
Jonathan Lethem's new novel turns urban angst into a song in the key of life
Nirvana sing about the blackout, Bigfoot shines some light on human nature, and Sinéad's snarl glows in the dark
Patti Smith nominates Ralph Nader; Penelope Houston stumps for Howard Dean; Liz Phair endorses copulating barbies
When Sara Jane Olson goes to court in coming weeks, a Los Angeles jury will be asked to pass judgment on the most divisive time in recent American history.
Yesterday's used-book dealer was a far-flung librarian of Babel. Success on the Internet may make tomorrow's a desk-bound day trader.
At the University of Minnesota's farm school, discord blooms over budget cuts and the biotech bonanza
Seven years after their last tour, Negativland continue to fight the industry claim that Fair Use is foul, and foul use is fair
A treasure trove of antiquarian books, and the nun who keeps them from harm's way
University lectures on tape may be the most middlebrow product since Reader's Digest. So what's wrong with that?
Plymouth Music Series' Phillip Brunelle
A long and rancorous effort to do away with tenure and run itself more like a business has set the University of Minnesota back for years to come.
A Global Win for Greens