Alice Cooper has been the reigning king of the shock rock genre now for nearly 50 years. He essentially defined the genre and a generation of heavy rock fans that delightfully thrive on the grotesque and extreme theatrical splendor that is the typical Alice Cooper performance. Notorious for throwing ... More >>
I missed 1968 by about three months, so everything I know and think about the year is secondhand. Now, that happens to be a lot, as the year has loomed large over American culture for the past 44 years, from classic rock on the radio to endless documentaries about the 1960s. What does the History ... More >>
From SNL to the rabid right of modern politics
There's something very old-school TV variety show-esque about this past week's "Drum Solo Week" feature on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Since its inception as an advertising gimmick for a shoe wax company, Twister has come a long way. Almost 50 years later, it's been played by 65 million people, and everyone from Johnny Carson to Keanu Reeves to Taylor Swift has been tied in knots on its colorful game board. Here are some of the ... More >>
Minnesota's surprising place as a hub of toy crazes
Photos by Nikki MillerDwight Yoakam February 11, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino Aw, sookie. My appreciation for Dwight Yoakam's live show, after his Friday night performance to a sold-out crowd at Mystic Lake Casino, has now passed through three phases.
Edjakatin' y'all about hep C, turnin' y'all on to The Judds.
The man behind radio's most unpredictable show says it's just real life
The Twin Cities-based laugh factory offers smart hope in dumb times
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
Actually, Who bassist John Entwistle had two skeletons, which he supposedly used for "pranks," and they have both been put up for auction by his family (except for his 80-year-old mum, Queenie, who finds the whole business too upsetting). It's doubtful they'll get anywhere near the high bid amount p ... More >>
Sweeps madness, and a husband's thoughtful gesture
Is David Thomson the world's greatest film critic?
Events get the better of 'Sisters of Swing' and 'Partitions'
The woman who turned her house into a canvas, and other stories from the far fringes of the visual-art scene
Doing the MOM-bo with Nanci Olesen, dancer and juggler extraordinaire
Go Down Moses: Kathie Lee Gifford cavorts Caribbean-style