Legions of angry parents were already up in arms when gangster rap arrived on the scene. After the 1985 PMRC Senate hearings helped institute "Parental Advisory" stickers, albums by Ice-T and N.W.A. were among the first to be branded. Since then, rap as a musical form has continued to take its lumps ... More >>
Riff Raff With Alex Wiley and Allan Kingdom Fine Line, Minneapolis December 21, 2013 To his fans, Riff Raff isn't a mere rapper. He's a deity. This was clear as an anxious swarm of admirers braved last night's frigid 17 degree weather to form a line stretching from the Fine Line for more than an en ... More >>
Saturday at Target Center, everybody's favorite boy band template New Kids on the Block take the stage for their tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. While most of our New Kids memories could be attributed to them having "The Right Stuff" on stage and in the recording booth, it's seldom mentioned ... More >>
A northeast Minneapolis man is generating a bit of Christmas-time controversy with a nativity scene that looks like something from a KISS concert.SEE ALSO: Obama effigy hangs from Duluth billboard [PHOTO] Matthew Peterson, a resident of the 2500 block of Polk Street Northeast, has in his yard a han ... More >>
Christmas: Impossible and Christmas of Swing fall on two ends of the holiday-show spectrum
Bemidji may be the town worried about beaver sculptures painted like genitalia and profanity in Newsweek, but it's also the town of small business owners with hearts of gold.Joe Lueken, a 70-year-old soon-to-be-retiree and 46-year grocery store veteran, offers an antidote to Black Friday corporate m ... More >>
The director returns to his tried-and-true tricks
Today New York foodies remember what it felt like to discover Santa Claus doesn't exist, and both the unmasker and the unmasked are from Minnesota. Star Tribune Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean snatched away the anonymity of the popular Tweeter "Ruth Bordain" when she saw a man tweeting in synch wit ... More >>
It's like skateboarding without the skateboard
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell thinks we've become a nation of wusses.Ed Rendell, the storied Governor of Pennsylvania, has never been one to hold his tongue.He was notorious around the City of Brotherly Love for his creative use of four-letter swears and other ribald perversions of the King's ... More >>
The other day, we received a message from the guys in Rockford Mules. ...we ended up writing a Christmas song sorta by accident, and we really like the way it turned out, and then we recorded it, and then we had an idea for a video, and then we put that video on youtube. I think the theme i ... More >>
So you haven't finished your holiday shopping. Perhaps, in fact, you haven't even started it. Don't you feel bad about yourself? Hey, there's still plenty of time to order gift cards, which you know your folks want anyway. Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, Mills Fleet Farm. Easy! So click click, th ... More >>
Josu, FlickrJackson is pissed off on behalf of Santa impersonators everywhere.The holiday season is a tough time to lose your job -- especially if you're Santa Claus. For the past four years, Dennis Jackson has dressed up as Santa and entertained kids at the Head Start program in St. Peter. ... More >>
The staid Dickens tale gets a welcome new spin
Like death, taxes, and incomprehensible, wrongheaded Fox News/Tea Party memes, we've become used to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Fridays series. Unlike death, taxes, and the GOP, G.O.O.D. Friday eucharists will cease to arrive at about the same time that Santa Claus begins his annual international rever ... More >>
Gimme Noise gave up watching Hollywood movie awards ceremonies some time back, and Al Pacino is one of the reasons why. Al Pacino is awesome, but these days, Al Pacino is also old, out-of-sorts, bedraggled, confused. Spiffed and tailored and rattily tuxed, Al Pacino isn't aware that even though n ... More >>
No, not the real Santa. We're talking about a 100-pound, life-size figure here.
Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth
El Vez and Los Straight Jackets do their best to stimulate the "Mexi-conomy" at this year's !Viva Christmas!
The Daily Juggle, "the blog from moms in the Pioneer Press newsroom," is the only entry from Minnesota to make the list of finalists this year.
What a difference a silhouette makes-- the MST3k crew raked much mud over the worst film of all time, but we still miss the puppets.
Not-so-stinky Nordic tradition still has foothold in Minnesota
The Golden Army will amaze 12-year-olds and amuse their parents
'God Grew Tired' exhausts one's patience with Africa chic
After a union victory in Houston, local janitors are gearing up for new labor negotiations
Stephanie and Kelly Kinnunen didn't quit their jobs, sell off their worldly possessions, and move into a motel in order to launch a new magazine about patio furniture
'Running with Scissors' puts the Me Decade on the couch
Meet the Handsome Family: The story of the band that forgot time
Three Minnesota gems with ice cream cakes and frozen pies prove you can have your cake and lick it too
How I learned to stop worrying and love the Strib
All I want is everything
Haute junk food and bargain libations make for unlikely but truly happy hours
Brave New Workshop Scrimps on the Gift of Laughter; Words Fail the Cheap Theatre
With icicle lights and a plastic baby Jesus?
The woman who turned her house into a canvas, and other stories from the far fringes of the visual-art scene
After years of government oppression, jail time, and dubious comparisons to Frank Zappa, Plastic People of the Universe are finally coming to America
Why "building community" isn't as easy at it sounds if you're poor
With her comic new play, Minneapolis writer Bridget Carpenter gives new meaning to the term "Blue Christmas"