Fact: Any band that uses Times New Roman on its album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though.) Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell desi ... More >>
Brunch, once the bastard child of breakfast and lunch, is officially a meal in its own right. In fact, it's more than a meal; it's an event. So what does this minx-y blend of eggs Benedict and waffle fries have to offer us besides booze and an opportunity to rehash last night's mistakes? What else c ... More >>
General Mills, the Minnesota-based corporation responsible for brands like Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, has amended its legal policies to prohibit those who download coupons, enter sweepstakes, or join in related online communities from suing the company, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. ... More >>
Central Connecticut State University's annual literacy survey shows Minneapolis holding steady as the third-most literate city in the county, once again behind first-place D.C. and second-place Seattle.LAST YEAR'S RESULTS: Minneapolis 3rd most literate city; St. Paul slipping back into stone age App ... More >>
We really don't know what to think about this, so we'll just put it out there: According to Forbes, The Onion is Minnesota's most influential news site.Minnesota is one of three states to hold that... distinction, the other two being Wisconsin and New Mexico. Nationally, USA Today is the most inf ... More >>
Moments after the final vote.The "no homo promo" is no 'mo. In front of a standing room-only audience, five of the six Anoka-Hennepin school board members voted to retire its controversial Sexual Orientation Curriculum policy. The so-called "neutrality policy" or "no homo promo" has been rewrit ... More >>
In its current issue, Rolling Stone magazine becomes the latest big-name national media outlet to come down hard on the gay-bullying problem in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. In "School of Hate: One Town's War on Gay Teens" reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely writes about the plight of gay studen ... More >>
January ends with a Week in Food that begins at the library and ends in a steaming pot of homemade chili. Sounds about right to us.
Harrison Salisbury: The original smoking advocate at the University of Minnesota. A University of Minnesota student group is trying to push the anti-tobacco agenda a step further and ban all smoking across campus by 2013. The Student Health Advisory Committee sent a letter to newbie college pres ... More >>
Drink Finnegans, win U2 tickets, feel good about yourselfWill eating Minnesota-made ramen help Japan? What does beer brewed via wind power taste like? Will I be attending the U2 concert for free? All of these pressing questions can be answered by delving into this week in food; after all, tha ... More >>
Netroots Nation comes to Minneapolis
Influential artists of 2010
I've had some luck with viral marketing. rob barrett Two years ago I shot a little cooking vid in my Eden Prairie kitchen, put it up on YouTube, and within a year or so I had been on the Today show, in the New York Times and USA Today, on countless TV cooking segments, and many other media ... More >>
What? Me worry?"Prairie Home Companion" host and erstwhile St. Paul bookstore owner Garrison Keillor was nowhere near Lake Wobegon Saturday night. No sir, he was taking in a Broadway show near Times Square in New York City when the guy he cheerfully refers to as the "Incompetent Bomber" fai ... More >>
Minnesota's senior senator offers a brief moment of humor at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Finding local Twitter tweeps with something useful to say can be a challenge, but to locals have a new tool that solves the problem.
BrauBlog is beating WCCO-TV, Fox9, and KARE11! Wait ... what's a "BrauBlog"?
Three new west metro restaurants help diners break away from the national chains
The New York Times is reporting that faulty design is to blame for the collapse of the 35W bridge. Somewhere, Carol Molnau is doing cartwheels.
New Via and Gangchen Have Little in Common, Except That They're Serving the Needs of Their Diverse Communities Uncommonly Well
MC/VL and Scream Party uncover connection between C2H60 and rocking the party. Also: Dan Wilson sings a ballad
Northfield ponders sacking cul-de-sacs as development continues in what used to be rural Minnesota
Bush to take Japanese PM to Graceland, Wisconsin farmer wants to memorialize Adolf Hitler, nanny sues surveillance company over hidden camera content, the Hulk sells used cars, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
New York Times still shopping "Choice Feminism" I've blogged before about the curious and circuitous path the New York Times has taken with regard to following up on reporter Lisa Belkin's controversial 2003 Sunday magazine piece, "The Opt-Out Revolution." The story, which described the decisions o ... More >>
The New York Times reports on a study that suggests a great many voters pick candidates on the basis of looks alone. In the Princeton University experiment, a group of students was given pairs of photos of the candidates from select 2002 and 2004 Congressional races, leaving out the more familiar ... More >>
Sunday's New York Times carried a chilling piece on the religious right's efforts to sweep state and local elections in 2006 by enlisting "2,000 evangelical, Baptist, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic leaders in a network of so-called Patriot Pastors to register half a million new voters, enlist activi ... More >>
Or at least office furniture and ugly Teflon exterior The New York Times ran a piece in Sunday's paper that made the new Walker Art Center, which opens April 17, look like the world's greatest art museum--and it just might be. The writer asserts that not only is the Walker innovative for its design ... More >>
Or at least office furniture and ugly Teflon exterior The new Walker Art Center opens April 17, and if the opening were anything like Star Wars, we'd be setting up camp outside the steel cube for three weeks. Not only to be the first to check out the expanded exhibit space (10.000 square feet), whic ... More >>
The age of blogs by the numbers Web geeks have been jawing and preening about the blog revolution for so long now--it feels like it must have started, oh, sometime during the Ford administration--that it's easy to overlook the fact that blogs are only now coming on the radar of the masses. Time's ... More >>
A modest proposal for a New York Times critic who should let pop eat itself
Are bands, like acne, just an adolescent rite of passage?
Some of television's most animated conversations on race and culture are taking place among cartoon characters