The day's early hours can be make-or-break for radio. When sleepy commuters roll out of their beds and into their cars, many stations try to connect via a bawdy, prank phone-calling, zoo-style show. But at 89.3 the Current, The Morning Show co-hosts Steve Seel and Jill Riley have created a subtler m ... More >>
The U of M is getting back into concert hall game in about six months. The historic, 85-year-old Northrop Auditorium is set to complete renovations by April of 2014, and wrap up a three-year project that cost nearly $90 million.Much like the proposed return of the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, this ad ... More >>
St. Paul has announced plans to invest in its existing downtown real estate to pull more concertgoers. In a press conference held Monday morning, St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman described a $12 million renovation of the long-shuttered Palace Theatre located within the West 7th Place plaza, which is als ... More >>
L.A. Nik, downtown Minneapolis's favorite nightlife personality, is a man of many hats. Literally: he always wears a black fedora. He's played drums; he's owned an auto shop; he's held odd jobs in between. Last month, he added another line to the eclectic resume: "author"For nearly a year, Nik holed ... More >>
Nick Offerman, better known to the Internet and the general television-viewing public as the woodworking, mustache-growing, meat-loving, Tammy-fearing character Ron Swanson from Parks & Recreation, was recently in Minneapolis doing a comedy set and a few musical numbers at Mill City Nights. Most ... More >>
With temperatures plummeting, most Minnesotan travel fantasies inevitably fixate on locales further south. SEE ALSO:-- Minneapolis is one of the most "unexpectedly romantic" cities in the country, says Yahoo-- Portland douses some Haterade on Mpls after regaining Bicycling.com's Best Bike City honor ... More >>
Bob DylanWith Mark KnopflerXcel Center, St. PaulNovember 7, 2012Bob Dylan last performed in the Twin Cities on election night 2008. For most of us gathered that evening in the Northrop Auditorium, he actually broke the news that Barack Obama had won the election and would be the next president, tell ... More >>
MN Music-on-a-Stick With Semisonic, The Jayhawks, Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet LapellesMN State Fair Grandstand, St. PaulFriday, August 31, 2012After a summer of record temperature highs, August was the perfect month for outdoor shows, ending with MN Music-on-a-Stick a ... More >>
See also: Olive Garden review: the greatest restaurant review ever written The Grand Forks Herald restaurant writer whose homey review of a new Olive Garden created a weeks-long internet sensation will receive a prestigious national journalism award that has previously gone to such luminaries as Wa ... More >>
For author and performer Lorna Landvik, the new year means that it's time to invite people to her "rec room," mix a few margaritas, and create a show on the spot for her audience. Yep, it's time for Party in the Rec Room to return to the Bryant-Lake Bowl."The goal is sheer fun for me, and that's ... More >>
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Governor Dayton's sons open first-rate restaurant
Photos courtesy of The Bachelor FarmerFootfalls on wooden planks led to the front door of The Bachelor Farmer, a new restaurant that softly opened last week. It was before business hours and a knock on a locked door is answered by two immaculately dressed young men, "Hello, I'm Eric," he ex ... More >>
Jon McTaggart has big shoes to fill.American Public Media has opted to hire from the inside to replace Bill Kling, the only CEO the organization has ever known. Jon McTaggart, APMG's senior vice president and chief operating officer, will take over his new duties on July 1. The organization ... More >>
Photos by Stacy Schwartz - click for slideshowThe DecemberistsFebruary 6, 2011State TheaterIn the end, there was something for everyone on offer at the State Theater on Sunday evening. For fans of the Decemberists recent #1 record, The King Is Dead, Sunday night's sold-out show must have seemed l ... More >>
Photo: iversonicAnother kind of hole.Coastal elites have brought the snark again. GQ magazine has labeled Minnesota the 49th worst state in America because we like to take care of our colons. And placing 49th is actually a good thing. They like us, despite what they say about us. You should ... More >>
Warwick GreenKevin KlingExplained as a "book club rewritten," Club Book promotes Minnesota arts and culture to a wider audience by connecting local libraries and best-selling, award-winning writers. Since its start in April, Club Book has brought such well-known authors as Garrison Keillor, T ... More >>
Photo by Mark SeligerAs Minnesotans, we just love claiming people as our own. Prince? Ours. Garrison Keillor? OURS. Bob Dylan? TOTALLY OURS. HE WAS BORN HERE. So it's no surprise that every time the Hold Steady returns to the Twin Cities to play a show, we throw up our arms in a welcoming homecom ... More >>
Longstanding folk scene staple Bill Hinkley, who passed away at the end of last month, will be honored with a tribute concert and fundraiser on July 7 at the Nicollet Pavillion. Organized by Hinkley's friends and collaborators, the memorial concert will include "some of the finest players from th ... More >>
Saying goodbye to the Prairie Home Companion musician
You wouldn't believe it, but St. Louis Park Jews loved the movie, idolize the Coen Brothers, and still love their hometown.
A series of fundraisers have been organized for the ailing guitarist, starting this weekend.
We put Lynne Rossetto Kasper's latest to the test
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Far from the ladies' nights and the three-for-ones lurks a truly strange brew
Your Tivo won't tell you who shot J.R. — DVDs will!
Nanci Olesen, 'Mombo,' and the parental underbelly
We have a new "jump the shark," folks. Call it "the Partridge Family scene." It happens midway through the wretched Must Love Dogs, when the cast inexplicably breaks into the Partridge Family theme. I saw it Tuesday night. I turned to my wife and said there are no words for how bad this is, how insu ... More >>
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
The big entertainment news around these near-Wobegon regions yesterday was that Robert Altman will direct Lindsay Lohan and her protruding body parts in the film version of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. More than 29 news outlets put out clarion calls like "Altman movie to be filmed in ... More >>
Former Minnesota Senator and lifelong Republican Dave Durenberger on the rise of the new Bush Republicans in Minnesota and elsewhere
A stinging beauty-pageant satire set in Minnesota wins no prizes for congeniality
Forget Fargo and A Simple Plan: A quarter-century ago, The Heartbreak Kid had Minnesota down cold
The Bad Seed
Kevin Kling goes against his grain in The Education of Walter Kaufmann.