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The Collective Scapegoats The Individual—Frank Theatre’s “The Visit” Examines Mob Mentality in Motion

The 1956 dark comedy from Switzerland, The Visit, is made to order for Frank Theatre. Artistic director Wendy Knox is a top-notch interpreter of 20th century European plays and her staging of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s indictment of […]

The Engineers Of Play

VP.STUDIO offers a wild, wonderful wedding reception experience like no other. If you’ve been to your fair share of wedding receptions, you know to prepare yourself for an energetic, if not outright raucous, time with […]

Show Me the ‘Show Me’ State

“Missouri: It’s Not That Bad” reads the message on the t-shirt. Take it as a snarky attempt at crowd control here in Columbia, a college town (make that: three colleges) boiling over with artists and […]

“Is God Is” at Mixed Blood – A Spellbinding Nightmare of Unfettered Vengeance

The wrath of God roars forth from a woman in Aleshea Harris’s magnificently bleak comedy, Is God Is. This grisly thriller now runs in a stupendous area premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre. Nataki Garrett has directed […]

5Q: La Rondine

“5Q” is an online-only column featuring five questions about stage productions in the Metro Area. Periodically, “5Q” will take the form of an interview with actors, directors, writers, etc. to shed some light on the […]


Our Affairs

Books: 609

Where Privacy Dies: A Twin Cities Mystery Priscilla Paton Coffeetown Press $15.95 When the corpse of a well-dressed businessman is discovered in a wetland, and a photo of a dead or unconscious girl is discovered in […]

A Word In Edgewise: Too Much With Us—Still

Wordsworth lamented: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;– Too much with me, too; seeking a simpler time, I read Hendrik van Loon’s 1930 […]

Skirting The Issues: Attention To Detail

The woman behind the front desk at the gastroenterologist office seemed friendly enough. I had detected an east coast accent; “Let me guess, New York?” I said. “Close,” she answered. “Connecticut.” As I fished for […]

A Word In Edgewise: Good Neighbor Fred

I was much older than the target audience for the TV show which, after a start in 1963 and some re-brandings, made its U.S. debut February 19, 1968 as Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Most of the bits and […]

Books: 607

Black Diamond Fall Joseph Olshan Polis Books $26; eBook $7.99 Olshan, author of Clara’s Heart, combines two actual events occurring at Vermont’s Middlebury College—the disappearance of a student during winter break, and the vandalizing of poet Robert […]


Our Lives

Real Weddings: Amy Schrecengost & Mary Ellenberger

Photographer: Melissa Hesse of Rivets and Roses Date of Wedding: Feb. 10, 2018 Dating Since: April 2017 Location of Ceremony & Reception: The New Victorian Mansion; W.A Frost Florist: Fleur de Lis Fresh Flowers Stylist: Lindsay Dukes […]

From The Editor: Going To The Chapel

Fall is here! And while some of us may lament the passing of the warmer summer months, others delight at the prospect of cozy long-sleeved clothing, hot apple cider, and all those vibrant autumn colors. […]

Real Weddings: Sarah & Jodi Hirschfield

Photographer: Autumn Lee of Autumn Lee Studios Date of Wedding: Sept. 7, 2018 Dating Since: May 7, 2013 Location of Ceremony & Reception: Richfield, MN (Backyard of Sarah’s mother) Florist: Minneapolis Farmers Market Stylist: Chammi […]

Real Weddings: Amber & Sydney Porter

Photographer: Autumn Lee Studios (with Ian Hanson) Date of Wedding: Jan. 13, 2018 Dating Since: 2013 Location of Ceremony & Reception: Windows on Minnesota Florist: Regina Cannon – Belladonna Florist Wedding Coordinator: Eric Walsh – Marquette Hotel Wedding […]

Diamonds To Die For

John Sorich IV shares Diamonds Direct MN’s sparkling history and offerings. Let’s face it, diamonds are everyone’s best friend. This is a concept that was fully understood by John Sorich III, who started Diamonds Direct […]


Our Homes

Diamonds To Die For

John Sorich IV shares Diamonds Direct MN’s sparkling history and offerings. Let’s face it, diamonds are everyone’s best friend. This is a concept that was fully understood by John Sorich III, who started Diamonds Direct […]


Ride Review: 2019 Volvo XC40

Volvo has finally made a “fun sized” vehicle right for urban living. The 2019 XC40 is an all-new crossover/SUV for the Swedish brand. At 174.2 inches long, the newest Volvo is short enough for street […]


Home Sweet Link

Learn about Prospect Park’s new apartment complex The Link. When many people think of the neighborhood of Prospect Park, they often think of the lush greenery, small shops, local school, and rows and rows of […]


Tangled Up In The Colors of Fall

Tangletown Gardens Principal Scott Endres shares gardening tips and tricks for Minnesota’s chillier seasons. Plants are the friends we all need. As they sit in decorative pots on our windowsills, they bring some much needed […]


Ride Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9

What would be your “perfect” road trip vehicle? This is a question that yields many answers. But, there are a few things to consider. How many people are you taking? What are you bringing along? […]

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