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Curiocity: Madonna Returns To St. Paul With A ‘Gang Bang’

It’s been 25 years since we’ve had the Material Girl live and in the flesh — and strangely enough, it appears she hasn’t aged a bit.

11/04/2012

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Curiocity: Beauty And The Beast Is True As It Can Be

For a tale that’s old as time, Beauty and the Beast never feels timeworn. As one of the classic stories from the Disney vault, this charming storyline proves once and again that it’s a favorite for a reason.

10/17/2012

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Curiocity: Friday Food Truck Feature — Nate Dogs

He may be wearing a different shirt and a new tie but there’s one thing that Nate Beck is never without — a friendly smile. Rain or shine, first-timers or loyal customers, Beck always serves up some of the finest hot dogs in Minnesota with a side of humility and charisma.

08/31/2012

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Curiocity: Kristin Chenoweth Hits A High Note

It’s not often that a performer receives a standing ovation, just for gracing the stage — and during a make-up concert, no less. But when you have as much talent that Kristin Chenoweth does, it seems more than deserved.

06/27/2012

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Curiocity: Roman Holiday Is Perfectly Bittersweet

If Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are the main stars of “Roman Holiday,” then the city of Rome is certainly the supporting actor. So what happens when you remove the city and are given a blank stage for a musical? Does it work — can it be recreated?

06/21/2012

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Curiocity: Blue Man Group Paints The Town

As it turns out, some of the best entertainment doesn’t need to rely on fancy costumes, individual stars or even words. As the Blue Man Group proved on Friday night, you don’t need much to wow an audience.

06/17/2012

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Curiocity: Fela! Packs A Powerful Punch

Prepare to emerge yourself in Fela Kuti’s world. You are no longer the quiet theater-goer, watching from a distance, simply taking in a show at the Ordway Center on Tuesday night. You are part of Fela’s shrine – and as such, part of the madness.

06/13/2012

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Curiocity: The Addams Family Musical, Not Quite As Creepy

We’re all familiar with The Addams Family — the jet black hair of mother Morticia, the sliver of a mustache that sits atop Gomez’s upper lip and the expressionless face of daughter Wednesday. But on stage, this family is not nearly as creepy as you may remember.

05/09/2012

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Curiocity: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Is An Unbelievable Night

Everything about “Million Dollar Quartet,” which opened Tuesday night at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, is slightly unbelievable.

03/28/2012

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Restaurant Review: Peter’s Grill

Despite Minneapolis’s penchant for razing, there are numerous remnants from the city’s past that still stand. Some historic pieces are more hidden than others, but there is comfort — and fun to be had — in seeking the treasures that remain.

03/21/2012

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Curiocity: ‘Memphis’ Is A Must-See

There’s truly nothing bad I can say about “Memphis” — from the opening scene to the final curtain call, it was spectacular.

03/14/2012

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Review: Bradstreet Crafthouse

For cocktail connoisseurs who enjoy drinking in a low-light atmosphere, the lights at the Bradstreet Crafthouse are playing a winning game of limbo.

03/07/2012

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Curiocity: Big Flavors At Small Town Ole Store

Walking into the Ole Store instantly gave me a feeling of walking into someone’s home. Hardwood floors that creaked and screamed with every step, almost guided me along a tour of who has been here before me.

03/05/2012

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Curiocity: ‘American Idiot’ Puts The Rock In Rock Opera

Never before has a musical evoked such a strong desire to headbang from my seat.

02/22/2012

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The Good Life For Less: A Look Back At 2011

The economy seemed to be top of mind this year — jobs, budgets and stock market swings. This blog is all about taking those things into consideration and finding ways for you to continue doing the things that make life more enjoyable — living the good life without costing you more money.

12/28/2011

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