Variety
July 28
People walk by a 3D video advertisement display of a giant cat that was recently installed in the famed Shinjuku shopping district in Tokyo.

Giant cat billboard is a crowd favorite

It was installed in Tokyo to be a bright spot amid the pandemic.
Variety
July 28

Ask Amy: Husband has a 'mommy' issue

Dear Amy: My husband isn't capable of speaking with me about decisions in our marriage and insists on running to his mommy for everything.Instead of…
Movies
July 28
John Turturro and Julianne Moore in a scene from “Gloria Bell.”

Even if you love Julianne Moore, you've probably missed some of her 7 best performances

She can play troubled characters effortlessly but with conviction.
Variety
July 27
Old form, but relatively new figures.

That reproduction taint is hard to overcome

Q: My mother left my sister these figurines. She loved them dearly. I have no idea where they came from or if they are worth…
Variety
July 27
Mike Epps, Kim Fields and Wanda Sykes in “The Upshaws.”

Why are TV sitcoms at an all-time low?

Netflix just canceled five sitcoms that failed to find traction.
Variety
July 27
Illustration from “Birdpedia” by Christopher W. Leahy

In this A-to-Z book about birds, S is for sex

"Birdpedia" is a compendium of avian lore.
Variety
July 27
Friends enjoyed a picnic set up by Courtney Smallbeck, owner of Perfect Picnic Co., in Lyndale Park. From left, Sandy Long, Angela Kostel, Nardos Sium

Pop-up picnic providers set a pretty scene in Twin Cities parks

Forget the musty blankets and cold sandwiches. Pros make picnics posh.
Variety
July 27
Christian Reif is music director of the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd.

Globe-trotting German conductor finds a summer home in Brainerd

Christian Reif is a young conductor with a career in full blossom. Based in a major classical music capital, Munich — not far from…
Variety
July 27

Review: 'Swimming to Freedom,' by Kent Wong

NONFICTION: A memoir of a desperate attempt to flee Mao Zedong's China by swimming to Hong Kong.
Variety
July 26

Ask Amy: Wife's comfort zone or husband's Twilight Zone?

Dear Amy: My partner and I have been fighting nonstop. He wants me to step out of my comfort zone. I have tried.I let my…
Variety
July 26
Jeffrey Morris developed “Persephone” with the help of son Kieran, 23, a sci-fi fan like his dad, who grew up idolizing astronomer Carl Sagan and

Writer/director conjures fantastical movie worlds, all from Woodbury

'Persephone" filmmaker Jeffrey Morris also has helped develop science curriculum for schools.
Books
July 26
Tom Hiddleston is the Norse god of mischief in “Loki.”

Finished with 'Loki'? Time for a deep dive into the myths, comics

If you watched the season finale of "Loki" on Disney Plus, you may be saying to yourself, "Self, I sure wish I'd read the comics…
Variety
July 26
John Nettles and Daniel Casey in “Midsomer Murders.”

Sykes rose from stray to stardom

Q: I am an ardent fan of "Midsomer Murders." On the show is a cute little dog named Sykes. I would like to know how…
Variety
July 26
Karl Remus and Bailey Cogan of 26 BATS! Photo by Madalyn Rowell. ORG XMIT: MIN2107200817510003

Minneapolis duo 26BATS! hits their magic number

Shape-shifting, portal-hopping duo celebrates a golden year with a new sound.
Local
July 26
Benno Black read the program for the reception celebrating the opening of the Kindertransport exhibit at the American Swedish Institute.

Minnesota's last survivor of Holocaust children's rescue offers lesson in history

Benno Black boarded a train 82 years ago to an unknown future.
Home & Garden
July 26
The 1895 brick Georgian Colonial in St. Paul designed by Cass Gilbert features five bedrooms and 3 ½ baths and spans more than 6,000 square feet.

Historic St. Paul home designed by Cass Gilbert lists for $1.35 million

The architect behind the State Capitol designed a Georgian Revival on Ramsey Hill with signature touches.
Variety
July 25
Prince, seen in 1991, died without a will or heirs more than five years ago, and his estate is still being sorted out by his family.

Large music publishing firm controls half of Prince's estate

Primary Wave has bought out three siblings' interest in the estate; a deal on the value of Prince's real estate also has been reached.
Featured Columns
July 25

Lileks: Is it ethical to force people to hear your music?

OK, I need you to tell me if I was wrong.(Note: I was not. I have never been so right.)Last week we took a trip…
Variety
July 25

Tom Ewell had an itch to be in his own TV show

Q: I recall a sitcom that hit the airwaves during the late 1950s. The main character was a man named Tom. He was the only…
Variety
July 25

Dad's girlfriend is elephant in room

Q: My soon-to-be in-laws just threw a wonderful party announcing their son's and my engagement. My entire family attended. We have not been together in…