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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 15: ‘ILO ILO’

What makes Ilo Ilo more than just another family drama is the nuance with which writer/director Anthony Chen builds his characters. While each one appears based on a stereotype (the commanding mother, the shy maid, the troublesome son), they also have certain flaws or attributes that make them, as individuals, appear much more human than the usual fare that alights in family dramas, which are so fatally prone to melodrama.

04/17/2014

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

It’s nearly the weekend, and now’s the time to figure out your entertainment plans. Many kids will be on the hunt for eggs, while other folks can run the sweetest race in town. And it’s also your last chance to hit up a film festival.

04/17/2014

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Trending Now: ‘Best Of’ List, ‘GOT’ Cruise & Giant Jenga

It is time to see what’s Trending Now on ‘CCO. And who knows more about what’s going on around town and around the country than Jason Matheson.

04/16/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 14: ‘How To Disappear Completely’

That’s not Thom Yorke on the, ahem, “Motion Picture Soundtrack” for How to Disappear Completely. It’s the spare, oddly dispassionate beats of Eyedress, which lace Raya Martin’s dark and foreboding mystery with an aura of […]

04/16/2014

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Colbert To Visit Future Home Of CBS’ ‘Late Show’

Stephen Colbert will be paying a visit to CBS’ “Late Show,” his future home on April 22nd.

04/16/2014

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Trending Now: The Lex’s New Owners, Rock The Garden & More

It is time to see what’s Trending Now on ‘CCO. And who knows more about what’s going on around town and around the country than Jason Matheson.

04/15/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 13: ‘The Dog’

At age 11, I first saw Dog Day Afternoon as an edited-for-TV Sunday afternoon movie on a dreary fall day. The lonely kid version of me was absolutely riveted by the guns, the screams, the […]

04/15/2014

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Curiocity: Cook St. Paul Wants To Be The Neighborhood Diner

Opening a new restaurant in the same space that served as a St. Paul favorite for local diners, politicians and the great, ‘Miracle man’ Herb Brooks certainly comes with its share of pressure. But two lifelong friends are treading with respect and hoping their simple approach appeals to the neighborhood.

04/15/2014

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Trending Now: ‘Wheel’ Fail, A First Flight & KFC Corsage?

It is time to see what’s Trending Now on ‘CCO. And who knows more about what’s going on around town and around the country than Jason Matheson.

04/14/2014

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Aw, Geez, ‘Fargo’ Is On TV With Billy Bob Thornton

After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put “Fargo” on series TV. The 10-episode season premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT on FX. And it mesmerizes. As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the TV adaptation is a wonder.

04/14/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 12: ‘Manakamana’

Directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez but supervised by Lucien Castaing-Taylor (whose Leviathan was among last year’s most memorable films, documentary or otherwise), you might say that nothing happens in Manakamana. Or you could […]

04/14/2014

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Curiocity: Cajun 2 Geaux To Open Circle Pines Restaurant

Good news for those craving a taste of the Bayou. The man who brought us delicious Cajun cuisine from a bright green food truck is expanding his efforts and opening a brick-and-mortar in the north metro.

04/14/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The MSPIFF is in its final stretch, and some of the biggest titles are still to come. So this week, make that your first movie priority. But if your well of cinephilia ne’er runs dry, there are a few other options to check out this week.

04/14/2014

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Local Music Tap: Como Zoo’s ‘Groovin’ In The Park’ Lineup Announced

Starting in mid-June, you can dance like an animal – for free – to local music at Como Zoo’s Groovin’ In The Park weekly concert series.

04/13/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 11: ‘The Last Of The Unjust’

At age 88, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann is cinema’s greatest torchbearer for the preservation of first-person holocaust remembrances. He’s most famous for his epic documentary Shoah, which is nine-and-a-half incredible hours of interviews with holocaust survivors, […]

04/13/2014

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Cook St. Paul To Open In Former Serlin’s Cafe Space

Their motto — good food, good service, no frills. Cook St. Paul opens April 17 in the former Serlin’s Cafe space and they’re hoping to show the neighborhood they’ve got the same values as the old digs.

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Macy’s Flower Show: The Secret Garden

After a blustery winter comes the renewal of spring and the famed Macy’s Flower Show® with Gardens by Bachman’s where fantasy and discovery await at Macy’s downtown Minneapolis store. From Sunday, March 23 through Sunday, April 6, The Secret Garden, the theme of this year’s floral extravaganza will offer spectators a peek behind the magic and majesty of lush landscapes.

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MOA Expansion Renderings

Crews are breaking ground on the Mall of America expansion on March 18, 2014. Here are some renderings of what you can expect to see there soon.

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BoneYard Kitchen & Bar Opens In Uptown

The people who brought you Crave, figlio, Union and more is now bringing a contemporary twist on Southern cuisine to Uptown. Its newest concept, BoneYard Kitchen and Bar, opened to the public on March 7.

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CSI: The Experience At Mall Of America

Based on the top-rated CSI television series, CSI: The Experience is a challenging and fun multi-sensory attraction that places guests in the role of crime scene investigators as they solve one of three true-to-life mysteries.

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Best & Worst Dressed At The Oscars

Natalie Nyhus shared her best and worst dressed picks from the 2014 Academy Awards. And, for those keeping score, asymmetry is so out.

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