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Playing the Easy Role Gets Tough

May 3, 2012

“Time Stands Still” was written by a man who teaches at Yale in his free time — when he’s not winning the Pulitzer Prize. Understandably, the main characters are hyper intelligent...

Culture compass — Signmark, Chillwave and “The Avengers”

May 3, 2012

Thursday: Signmark Where: McNamara Alumni Center When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free Signmark (aka Marko Vuoriheimo) is a Finnish deaf rapper. You read that right. Signmark raps in American Sign Language over beats...

The farmers’ fight

May 3, 2012

  The popularity of urban farmers’ markets has skyrocketed recently with the burgeoning trend in local foods. What was once a fringe outlet for nearby growers is now many Minnesotans’...

Ben Anklan, a student service learning volunteer, plants a raspberry plant on Thursday in the St. Paul campus as part of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.

College Kitchen: GYOV (Grow Your Own Veggies)

April 19, 2012

  WHAT: Gardening Classes WHERE: Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center,  Southeast Library, 1222 Fourth St. SE WHEN: Saturday April 14 10 a.m. COST: Free It has been a...

Ballin’ with the boys

April 5, 2012

What: The Harlem Globetrotters Where: Target Center 600 First Ave. N, Minneapolis When: 7 p.m., Friday; 2 p.m., Saturday, Price: $20+ The Harlem Globetrotters flew into this world playing for crowds before...

College Kitchen: The Magical Fruit

April 5, 2012

  A long time ago, I made a promise — a promise that I am finally going to deliver on. Vegans: Here’s your article. Actually, the premise here is something that every vegan probably knows...

Fish sticks don't need to be just fish sticks. Turn a simple, ordinary ingredient into something brilliant. On the top left we have two fish po' boys, to the right of them we have Thai spicy fish soup, and at the center we have fish tacos.

College Kitchen: Do You Like Fish Sticks?

March 29, 2012

I will always remember the fish stick nights of my youth. The smell of instant mashed potatoes would begin to fill the halls, and my head would rise from whatever homework it had sunk into, swimming with...

The Sunken Garden at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory provides a unique, peaceful experience with lively, pastel flowers, entrancing reflective pool, and vast, overarching glass ceiling.

Spring Flower Show-down

March 29, 2012

  What: Spring Flower Shows Where: Macy’s, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul When: Macy’s: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through...

Shooter Jennings: A New Kind of Outlaw

Shooter Jennings: A New Kind of Outlaw

March 22, 2012

What: Shooter Jennings w/Cody Canada and the Departed Where: The Cabooze 917 Cedar Ave. S Minneapolis When: Wednesday, March 28th Price: $20-22 Shooter Jennings, son of the infamous outlaw musician Waylon...

From back left to front: caramel milkshake, three-cheese mac n' cheese, and Greek yogurt with honey, almonds and apple. Eating dairy products as a source of protein reduces the need to buy expensive meat, which puts a dent on any college student

College Kitchen: Udder Delight

March 22, 2012

  University of Minnesota nutrition students Laura Wacker; Katie Flodquist, Nicole Beyer, Jessica Jacobsen and Katlin Schmitt started a challenge this semester to see if their classmates could fulfill...

All Frames Welcome

March 8, 2012

  What: Wheel Sexy Cabaret Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. When: 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday Price: $10 pre-order, $13 at the door   Despite the fact that no one can define exactly...

Wine buyer Michael Hennessy talks about how to pick wine Friday at McDonald's Liquor and Wine in Minneapolis.

College Kitchen: Red and White and Warm All Over

March 8, 2012

What: Free wine tastings When: 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Fridays  and 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays at Sorella’s Wine and Spirits; 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Fridays and 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays at McDonald’s Liquor Where:...

Band of Brothers

March 1, 2012

  Rock music has a long history of spotlight-stealing performers; individuals with personalities so deafening that they drown out their bandmates’ more subtle tones of life. You’ve known...

College Kitchen: A Few Fit Foodie Findings

College Kitchen: A Few Fit Foodie Findings

March 1, 2012

  Lee Hersh sits straight-backed behind a deep mug of coffee, eyes bright despite the deep purple bags on which they perch. When asked about the nature of brew in her cup, she immediately replies:...

“On the Spectrum” up for award

February 29, 2012

Ken Lazebnik's original work "On the Spectrum" premiered at the Mixed Blood Theatre on November 11th, and A&E was there to cover it. Apparently we're a good luck charm, because the...

From front to back, fried rice, Thai peanut rice and oven risotto are belly-filling dishes jammed with rich flavors of ginger, garlic, cheese and sake.

College Kitchen: Wouldn’t it be Rice?

February 23, 2012

Of all the plants in all the world, rice is the most inextricably tied to the human experience. Billions of people keep living every day primarily because of this unassuming little grain, and countless...

Lakewood Cemetery offers over 250 acres of tranquility in the heart of South Minneapolis.

Death as life

February 23, 2012

The bustle of Uptown dies suddenly as you cross into Lakewood Cemetery, replaced by a buoyant, lively silence. Lively because life fills this landscape dedicated to the deceased — the small murmurings...

Spaghetti noodles and onions help differentiate Cincinnati Chili from its less Ohio-born sibling.

College Kitchen: Fallin’ off the Chuck Wagon

February 16, 2012

Some of you fine readers may have noticed over the last weeks that I deal primarily in foods without digestive tracks of their own. To lay all swirling uncertainty to rest, I will step forward and say...

Anna Rose Steger, 2, wonders at the size of a male polar bear at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Saturday in St. Paul. The bears are engaging in the natural behavior, undisturbed by humans behind the glass.

Going’ Goldilocks

February 16, 2012

What: “The Hidden World of Bears” When: Now until April 2nd Where: Como Park Zoo and Consevatory, 1225 Eastbrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103 Cost: Free, $2 donation suggested Polar Bears are...

One of Rich Lewis' earlier pipes sits on his workbench.  Lewis says it can take him anywhere between 6 to 20 hours to finish a pipe.

Jolly Good Smoke

February 9, 2012

Stogies on Grand (961 Grand Ave., St. Paul) and Lewis Pipes and Tobacco (527 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis) evoke completely different feelings upon entrance. Stogies’ quaint Grand Avenue storefront...

Bloodless Sport

February 8, 2012

Standing backstage at the World's Toughest Rodeo, all I could imagine was the gladiator pits under the Colliseum. Gladiators wrapped in thick leather armor pumped themselves up however they could,...

Anthony Lucia will be featured in The World’s Toughest Rodeo on Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Crashing down to Earth

February 3, 2012

What:The WorldâÄôs Toughest Rodeo Where:Xcel Energy Center, 199 West Kellogg Boulevard Saint Paul When: Friday February 3, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$80 Anthony LuciaâÄôs...

College Kitchen: Layin’ your Mac Down

February 2, 2012

Mac 'n' cheese is the holy grail of convenience foods, except that it isn't hard to find and won't extend your life span at all. I guess what I meant to say, then, is that mac 'n' cheese is the 80s...

Kevin Kniebel, left, and J. Lenz, right, of Pert Near Sandstone perform Friday night during the band's Cedar Cultural Center performance.  Pert Near Sandstone is a modern Bluegrass band from the Twin Cities.

Rock Solid Foundation

February 2, 2012

  The Cedar Cultural CenterâÄôs cavernous dance floor was filled to the rafters with the West BankâÄôs finest on Friday evening; the variety of plaid shirts alone spanned at least...

Book review: “Blood, Bones, and Butter”

January 30, 2012

Do not, under any circumstances, read "Blood, Bones, and Butter" while you are hungry. Gabrielle Hamilton's food descriptions can be so luscious and vivid that you will feel compelled to devour anything...

Julius Caesar, Tour 2012

Et tu, Barack?

January 26, 2012

  âÄúJulius CaesarâÄù by William Shakespeare Director: Rob Melrose Starring: Sid Solomon, William Sturdivant, Zachary Fine, Bjorn DuPaty Where: The Guthrie Theater,...

College Kitchen: Spuds

January 26, 2012

Everyone but Gollum has been around potatoes at least once in their life, though the individual results of this encounter may vary drastically.   For some of us, spuds mean McDonaldâÄôs drunk-munch...

Alex Gonzalez loads a fresh pan of sweet bread Tuesday at La Alborada Market on East Lake St, Minneapolis.

College Kitchen: Los mercados de Lake Street

January 24, 2012

The Twin Cities have a rich cultural leg­acy, impor ted by successive waves of im­migration. Major popula­tions representing nearly ever y continent on earth (still searching...

Los Mercados de Lake Street

January 19, 2012

The Twin Cities have a rich cultural legacy, imported by successive waves of immigration. Major populations representing nearly every continent on earth (still searching for penguins and kangaroos) have...

A favorite of many, monkey dough is usually served hot so the segments can be easily pulled apart. The dough is rolled into balls and coated in melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar.

College Kitchen: Rise above

January 17, 2012

Nearly every culture on earth has some sort of bread at its culinary core, from the dainty risen loaves of the French to the spongy flatbreads in East Africa. The reason for this ubiquity is simple: Bread...

College Kitchen: Holiday desserts

College Kitchen: Holiday desserts

December 13, 2011

I know the experts all tell you to fight the winter blues through exercise and healthy eating, but that hippy crap only gets you so far. At some point during the great Minnesota deep-freeze it becomes...

Anatomy of an Adventure: Beyond Downtown.

December 8, 2011

  Remember when you were a kid âÄî when the cold didnâÄôt matter? The only inside blanket you needed was knit by hot cocoa, and every flake of snow sang an invitation to go grab your...

College Kitchen: Ramenpalooza

December 8, 2011

  Ramen needs no introduction: You love it; itâÄôs cheap. What it does need, however, is a giant warning sign on the label, reading âÄúThis $#&t Is Awful for You!âÄù Or...

College Kitchen: Make ’em bEgg.

December 1, 2011

  You have to remember when thinking about eggs that they are built to be completely self-sustaining. Nothing is more important in the great game of evolution than procreating, and eggs are the spaceship...

Lost in the Aether

December 1, 2011

  For the past few weeks the great subterranean halls of nerdom have echoed with the fell clash of steel on steel. Wait, did I say âÄúgreat subterranean hallsâÄù? Sorry, I meant Middlebrook...

Minnehaha Park has enticed people from all over Minneapolis to get out into nature and explore.

Anatomy of an Adventure: Minnehaha Regional Park

November 23, 2011

  Minneapolis and St. Paul may garner their share of flak from bigger cities such as Chicago and New York, but the truth remains: We live in a multi-million human metropolis. The size and density...

College Kitchen: Janksgiving Edition

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving is an emotionally-charged event for most Americans. The word itself can cause spontaneous posttraumatic stress disorder flashbacks to the year Gramps got too drunk and told the whole family...

(L-R) Dag (Nic Zapko) and Kayleen (Alexandria Wailes)

Shining a Spotlight into the Sidestage

November 17, 2011

What:âÄúCenter of the MarginsâÄù theater festival When:Matinee and evening shows running until Nov. 27, see Mixed Blood website for details Where:Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Minneapolis Cost:Free...