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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

In a few weeks, the MSPIFF starts up and everything else goes out the window. So if you’re looking to wrap up some loose ends — like, say, Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1 — do so as soon as possible.

03/24/2014

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Twins Blog: Catching Up With Trevor Plouffe

Earlier this month Peter and I were asked to participate in Fan HQ’s “Rock ‘N’ Jock” expo, a fan-fest of sorts involving local sports, music and art. It was a packed event at the New Hope Cinema Grill. The Twins Blog hosted the Twins Spring Training viewing party.

03/24/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Nymph()maniac: Vol. I’ Review

If you were afraid Nymph()maniac was going to be nothing more than pornography masquerading as art-house, don’t worry. The sex doesn’t come off as steamy or exciting as much as raw, monotonous and sort of funny.

03/21/2014

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Prep Blog: Girls Basketball Title Games Set in 3A, 4A

Minnesota’s high school version of March Madness is in its home stretch this week with the final state tournament of the season wrapping up this week. The State Girls Basketball Tournament, already well underway, has taken center stage both Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena.

03/21/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — Lagoon 75

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout March, Mike’s picking up some elegant recipes from the new Uptown spot Coup d’Etat. This week’s drink builds off gin, a spirit that some claim they don’t care for but should really give another try.

03/21/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Divergent’ Author, Actor Pick Their Factions

Veronica Roth, the author of the book series, was in the Twin Cities a few weeks back to promote the film’s release along with actor Ansel Elgort, who plays the brother of the film’s chief protagonist. WCCO had the chance to ask them to both sort themselves, and here’s what they told us.

03/20/2014

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Curiocity: Macy’s Flower Show — The Secret Garden

It’s safe to say that this year – more than ever – Minnesotans need a taste of spring. And while we’ll have to wait a few more weeks before the weather matches the changing season, winter weary residents will soon have a place to escape.

03/19/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Dining Around The World — In The Twin Cities

Last week I took a look at ways to keep the family entertained over spring break without leaving town. This week, let’s look at eating out—and ways to explore the food of different countries without leaving the Twin Cities. Think your kids won’t try foreign foods? Give them a chance. Frame it as an adventure, show them online or on a globe where you’ll be “dining”, and encourage them to look for both similarities and differences in the cuisine compared to what they normally eat. They might just find a new favorite.

03/19/2014

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Local Music Tap: Howler Album Release @ Triple Rock

Minneapolis-born Howler is set to release its second LP, “World Of Joy,” with a release show at the Triple Rock Thursday night.

03/19/2014

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Curiocity: Xcel’s MN-Made Gift For Demi Lovato

It seems like Demi Lovato is everywhere these days — whether it’s prominently featured on Top 40 charts, among the New York Times bestsellers list, on the hit show “Glee” or as an official ambassador for We Day. And yet, her fans can’t seem to get enough.

03/17/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

This just in! The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul just announced that the opening night selection for this year’s MSPIFF will be British director Amma Asante’s Belle, a period piece about Dido Elizabeth Belle and […]

03/17/2014

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Weather Blog: 1° Of Separation

Well, that was unpleasant. This morning’s mix of wintery precipitation prompted a round of “what is this stuff falling from the sky?” on Twitter and Facebook … and it’s a good question.

03/17/2014

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Wander, Minnesota: Spring Break Staycations

Schools around the metro are taking that week-long (more or less) holiday known as spring break, now through mid April. Whether going out of town isn’t in your financial picture right now, or you’d just rather stay home, here are some ideas to keep your family from going stir-crazy—especially if it snows again next week. The classic kid-venture spots never fail to entertain: the Science Museum of Minnesota (especially with the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit having just opened, and it’s fantastic), which might be paired with a trip to the Minnesota Children’s Museum, which just opened its Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit;

03/14/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Generation War’ @ The Lagoon

Sympathizing with Nazis is something the viewer is pushed to do in “Generation War,” a four-and-a-half hour German miniseries that was originally titled “Our Mothers, Our Fathers.”

03/14/2014