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Movie Blog: Top 10 Summer Blockbusters Ever

For movie fans, there are two distinct seasons: awards season and summer. Some people consider them the respective high and low points of the year. These people are killjoys.

06/09/2014

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Local Music Tap: Basilica Block Party Lineup Finalized

The Basilica Block Party has just added its 21st and final band to its 2014 lineup, making it the biggest group of performers in its 20-year history. On Thursday, the Las Vegas rockers Panic! At The Disco was added to the lineup and will play on the event’s first day.

06/09/2014

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Curiocity: Xcel’s MN-Made Gifts For The Backstreet Boys

Backstreet’s back — in Minnesota. But on Tuesday, they’ll actually be making their debut appearance at the Xcel Energy Center.

06/09/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘The Dance Of Reality’ Review

It’s been 23 years since Alejandro Jodorowsky, the filmmaker whose El Topo sparked the midnight movie craze in the early ’70s, made a film. And although the playwright, actor, author, musician, and spiritual guru is 85, his latest, The Dance of Reality, is just as dazzling and unforgettable as the titles that earned him his wings as the patron saint of cult cinema.

06/06/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix – The Beard’s Tale

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout April, Mike’s picking up some exciting recipes from the newest dining hotspot in south Minneapolis: the just-opened Heyday in the Lyn-Lake area. This week’s selection has a little heat to it.

06/06/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Summer Day Trips

As the 2013-14 school year wraps up, there are plenty of elated kids cheering the thought of weeks of free time. Until they actually have that free time…then summer boredom rears its ugly head a lot sooner than Mom and Dad would like. Here are three suggestions for day trips to keep everyone happy. Check the linked websites for hours and special events.

06/05/2014

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Twins Blog: The Twins/Brewers Bowling Ball Bet

A case of beer, dinner, $10 or perhaps a car wash. When it comes to sports, no bet is too large or too small. Especially when it involves a friendly rivalry. An unusual one is “brewing” in the border battle between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and it involves bowling balls.

06/05/2014

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Local Music Tap: Target Field’s Skyline Festival Lineup Released

Pop rocker Melissa Etheridge is set to headline Target Field’s second annual Skyline Festival in early August. Other performers include O.A.R., The Rembrandts and local acts Gear Daddies and The Honeydogs.

06/04/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Bourbon Lemon Thyme Cocktail

Turns out I went herb shopping just in thyme (time, I mean time) to make an herby cocktail with bourbon, lemon juice, and thyme. It requires making simple syrup and while you’ll have to wash a saucepan, I swear the syrup is truly simple to make.

06/03/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘Music In Mears’ Lineup Announced

The ever-growing Music in Mears concert series is back for its 11th year of free local music rocking Lowertown in St. Paul.

06/02/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Yes, we’re now in June, the primetime for summer offerings. Every weekend brings at least one hopeful blockbuster, if not a few. This weekend was all about Maleficent, but the rest of the month more or less belongs to the men. Or does it?

06/02/2014

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Slow Foods MN Dinner: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

An afternoon spent among the sheep of Star Thrower Farm and a lunch courtesy of Chef Doug Flicker of Piccolo sounds like a perfect day. It is. Enjoy a slice of life at a grass-fed, local, sustainable farm along with Slow Food MN!

06/02/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Puttin’ On A Show – Philly

You have to give it to John Cal. He’s a guy who can make things happen. The Twin Cities resident and long-time musician/composer would make Judy Garland and Andy Rooney happy, as he prepares to launch the premiere of the stage musical Philly.The show is rooted in Yonkers, NY, where Cal grew up. Passionate about music from the get-go, Cal had a garage band by age 16 and a lot of ambition to go with it.

05/30/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Young And Beautiful’ Review

Why the hell is she doing this? — That’s the question you’ll likely be asking yourself throughout Young and Beautiful, a film focused on the sexual adventures of a devastatingly beautiful girl.

05/30/2014