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Day 6 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Finding Gastón’ Reviewed

Saying that a documentary about a world-renowned chef could make your mouth water isn’t really impressive. But if a film could make you a fan of a country, a people, a cuisine, that’s something more powerful. Julia Patricia Perez’s Finding Gaston introduces the audience to one of Peru’s greatest cultural ambassadors, Gaston Acurio. The man, who appears at length in the film, is a bastion for every pepper, sauce and recipe native to his homeland, and he goes to incredible lengths to fortify the small Latin American nation as a haven for culinary treasures.

04/14/2015

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Twins Blog: Players Caught Up In Thrill Of Home Opener

Baseball is a unique sport in many ways. When teams in other sports begin their season, it’s a special event. But “Opening Day” and “Home Openers” in baseball seem to rise to another level. Teams break out the bunting, entire squads are introduced to the fans, and the pregame festivities seem to last for hours.

04/13/2015

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Day 5 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Amour Fou’ Reviewed

Writer/director Jessica Hausner’s latest work is weirdly captivating. The visual style, with people standing stiff as paintings and stoic Weimaraner dogs seemingly everywhere, sets it apart from so many movies these days while simultaneously cementing the movie in the historical frame of German Romanticism.

04/13/2015

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Day 4 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Clouds Of Sils Maria’ Reviewed

Of all the contemporary name-brand directors on the festival circuit today, Olivier Assayas may be one of the most enigmatic. His films usually play with a high degree of clarity, though just as often it […]

04/12/2015

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Review: ‘The Longest Ride’ Isn’t What It Claims To Be

The best thing about The Longest Ride, the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker novel, is the bullriding. The slow-motion shots, with the animal’s legs kicking and snot slinging into the air, capture the ride as an act of grace. An entire documentary focused on the sport could be carried by the power and beauty of such images. The same, however, can’t be said for “The Longest Ride,” which tries to mash two quite different loves stories together and ends up a messy, pointless excuse to see a glimpse of Scott Eastwood’s ass.

04/11/2015

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Day 3 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Virtuosity’ Reviewed

Allow me a personal indulgence. One year ago this month, I auditioned in MacPhail School of Music’s concerto competition. It was the first time I’d tried out for anything on piano since high school. I […]

04/11/2015

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Wild Blog: The Road Wins Keep Coming!

If you haven’t jumped on the Wild bandwagon yet, here’s your open invitation, and now’s the perfect time to hop on board.

04/10/2015

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Day 2 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Victoria’ Reviewed

It’s probably near impossible to see Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria and not be impressed. The entire 140-minute film is captured in one continuous shot by the incredibly athletic camerawork of Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, and never does the movie drag its feet, lose its momentum or devolve into a swirling, jittery mess. Instead, “Victoria” has a gorgeous, liquid quality. At one moment, it’ a carefree romp through nocturnal Berlin, and then it changes, right before your eyes, into a heart-pounding thriller, all gunshots and getaways.

04/10/2015

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Tap Talk: Dangerous Man Plans To Expand Brewery, Add ‘Growler Shoppe’

Due to the high demand for local craft brews, popular northeast Minneapolis brewery Dangerous Man plans to expand.

04/10/2015

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Local Music Tap: 4 Shows To See This Week

From a large music festival-conference to a soul legend crooning it up in St. Paul, here are four great shows to see this week(end)!

04/09/2015

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Tap Talk: Kinney Creek Brewery

We’re traveling a bit south for this Tap Talk. In fact, we’re going all the way down to Rochester to visit its first taproom, Kinney Creek Brewing.

04/09/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Connecting Readers To Books

This week marks the arrival of a large literary conference in Minneapolis, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

04/08/2015

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Local Music Tap: ‘Ghost Towns Of The West’ CD Release @ Cabooze

Despite geographical difficulties between bandmates, Minneapolis-based rockers, Ghost Towns Of The West, aren’t saying “farewell” just yet. In fact, they intend to play a memorable CD release show this Friday at the Cabooze. They’ll worry about the other stuff later.

04/08/2015

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Wild Blog: Win And You’re In

Win and you’re in. Sounds easy enough right? But when it comes to the Minnesota Wild it seems nothing is easy. The Wild had a chance to clinch a playoff spot Monday night in front of a sell-out crowd at the Xcel Energy Center, but the team couldn’t score and ended up getting shut out 2-0 by the Winnipeg Jets.

04/07/2015

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Twins Blog: New Food At Target Field

The Twins return to Target Field for their home opener on Monday, April 13. Fans will want to bring their appetites to the game. The team introduced some impressive new foods to its already expansive menu. From adding iconic Twin Cities restaurants to new vegan options, there’s something everyone will enjoy.

04/07/2015

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Local Tap Talk: Lakes & Legends Brewery Coming To Loring Park

Already seeking a new brew to excite your taste buds? Good news, you won’t have to wait too long! A new craft brewery, Lakes & Legends, announced it plans to open its doors in summer of 2015.

04/07/2015

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This Week In Movies: MSPIFF 2015 Kicks Off

This week is all about the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Things get rolling on Thursday, when the weeks-long festival begins with screenings of a wonderfully titled film, “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. After those screenings, there’ll be an opening night party at the nearby Aster Café.

04/06/2015

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Wild Blog: Wild Week Ahead For Minnesota

We are entering the final week of the regular season in the NHL and the Minnesota Wild is looking to lock up another post-season berth. Right now Minnesota currently holds the first wild card spot in the Western Conference with 96 points. With four games left to play in the season, any combination of picking up two points (wins or overtime/shootout losses) should be enough to clinch a playoff berth.

04/06/2015

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MNfusion: Orpheum’s Annie Is Classic, Comfortable

While part of the fun of theater is experiencing an unknown story with new characters and songs, sometimes you just want to be comfortable enough to sing along. The Orpheum’s latest production, “Annie,” gives audiences that perfect level of comfort.

04/02/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Monkey + Puppies = OMG!

Nothing to see here folks. Just a super-adorable capuchin monkey bonding with some super-adorable puppies, that’s all. Thanks to Jesse Lightfoot on YouTube for making many of us consider monkey adoption.

04/01/2015

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Local Music Tap: 4 Shows To See This Week

From a 45th anniversary show at First Avenue to a complete performance of Abbey Road at the Cabooze, here are the four shows you should see this weekend.

04/01/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Buttermilk Onion Rings

After the cold depths of winter, it’s delightful to throw open the windows and get some fresh air circulating through the house. There’s something about the smell of fresh spring air that brings feelings of hope. Maybe it’s the snow melting or the trees blooming, but whatever it is, it’s nice to smell the outdoors once again.

03/31/2015

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MNfusion: Daily Greens Pairs Seasonal Cleanse With Juicing

Minnesotans are hearty, and we expect our food to be the same. So when it comes to juicing, it’s no surprise that it took the trend a little bit of time to catch on in the Midwest. But more and more we’re hearing about cold pressed juice bars that are popping up around the Twin Cities. And more and more we’re hearing about juice cleanses.

03/31/2015

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Wander Minnesota: The Saints, Soon To Be Marching In

If it’s spring, baseball can’t be far behind. But new to the spring of 2015 is the CHS Field, the brand-new home of the St. Paul Saints, located in St. Paul’s Lowertown. The stadium hosts its first home game on May 21, against Sioux City.

03/31/2015