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Sunday's Oscars may end up feeling like a political rally

Academy Awards night usually shies away from playing politics. Expect the 2017 ceremonies to go off-script.

Former SPCO maestro presides over sexy, daring Minnesota Orchestra program

Review: Former SPCO maestro expertly guides works by Mendelssohn, Bartok and Thomas Ades.

Jack Brass Band is blowing up Mardi Gras in Minnesota

Mike Olander, front with drumsticks, and the Jack Brass Band. Frame Forward Photography

The eight-man ensemble has the NOLA street cred to be Fat Tuesday ambassadors.

Test your knowledge on Oscar-nominated movies about Hollywood

How well do you know the movies about movies that have been nominated for Oscars?

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Exquisitely crafted 'Get Out' reshapes the horror drama

Review: Terrifying and insightful, it's a spine-chilling message movie. | ★★★½ out of 4 stars

True-story romance 'A United Kingdom' can't quite pull everything together

True story stalls amid a rash of romance novel clichés.

Unfriending Facebook: Overwhelmed by social media, more Minnesotans are taking a break

Overwhelmed by social media, more Minnesotans are deleting their apps — and learning how to exercise digital discipline.

100 women pack Mpls. tattoo shop to get inked with 'Nevertheless, she persisted'

Over a nine-hour span, Twin Cities women lined up to get the exact same tattoo.

Interracial families are focus of buzzworthy painter's new Minneapolis show

In a new exhibit, artist Leslie Barlow uses a surprising mix of paints to depict interracial couples and families.

Serious or fun? We rank the Oscar winners for best picture since 1929

While feel-good entertainment was often honored during the early years, serious films have predominated in the past couple decades.

Review: This 'Fiddler on the Roof' could use a bit more tradition

Talented cast goes for laughs in Ten Thousand Things staging.

Clooney uses Cesar award to warn about hate in age of Trump

George Clooney used the stage at the 42nd Cesar awards, France's equivalent of the Oscars, to criticize U.S. President Donald Trump, without directly calling him out by name.

News of the Weird: The man with the golden mop

TV picks for Feb. 24-26: Oscars, 'Patriot,' 'Mama June,' 'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore'

Ask Amy: Insulting in-laws' weighty remarks are not welcome

Hax: Engagement ends and work begins

Forest Lake student will honor WWII soldier's sacrifice with Normandy eulogy

Through a National History Day research project, a Forest Lake teen will honor a World War II soldier killed at Normandy.


After quick rebrand, Bearcat on Loring Park abruptly closes
Table Talk

Five weeks after opening, busy restaurateur Kim Bartmann has called it quits on the Third Bird remake.

If the owl photo is fake, the viewer is being conned
Wingnut

Baiting an owl to get a show-off photo is unethical


Fra' Mani Fried Bologna ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com Friday February 17, 2017 Punch Bowl Social, a new Denver-based eatertainery chain, has landed at the Shops at West End in St. Louis park, with a Southern diner-inspired menu. Restaurant review. Please arrive before the lunch rush and shoot food: Pimiento cheese, black eyed pea hummus, knockoff burger, bologna sandwich, chicken and waffles, chips and dip. From bar: shrub and punch.

St. Louis Park's Punch Bowl Social is 'adult's Chuck E. Cheese's' with better food

You'll flip for these 4 Twin Cities pancake spots
After quick rebrand, Bearcat on Loring Park abruptly closes
Burger Friday: Zelo in downtown Mpls. reopens with new look, equally stunning cheeseburger

If the owl photo is fake, the viewer is being conned

Prior Lake man creates full-scale Oval Office in his sprawling home
'Love It or List It' star Hilary Farr on her way to Mpls. to share design tips
CEO's North Oaks mansion was his refuge and place to entertain

Mike Olander, front with drumsticks, and the Jack Brass Band. Frame Forward Photography

Jack Brass Band is blowing up Mardi Gras in Minnesota

Why are Minnesotans so quick with standing ovations? A newcomer investigates
Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis named to Songwriters Hall of Fame

U.S. actor George Clooney reacts on stage prior to receiving an Honorary Cesar award during the ceremony of the 42nd Cesar Film Awards, at the Salle Pleyel, in Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. This annual ceremony is presented by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques.

Clooney uses Cesar award to warn about hate in age of Trump

Rihanna is named Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year
Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox, dead at 66
'Flip or Flop' star Tarek El Moussa reveals testicular cancer battle

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Allison Williams, left, and Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from, "Get Out." (Justin Lubin/Universal Pictures via AP)

Exquisitely crafted 'Get Out' reshapes the horror drama

Who will take home 2017 Oscars gold? Our critic predicts the winners
True-story romance 'A United Kingdom' can't quite pull everything together
'La La Land' stars aren't alone on the musical path to the Oscars

New guidelines say that doctors should avoid prescribing opioid painkillers for relief of back pain and suggested that before patients try anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants, they should try alternative therapies like exercise, acupuncture, massage therapy or yoga.

Lower back ache? Be active and wait it out, new guidelines say

Can a mouse meditate? Why these researchers want to find out
HCMC, Nice Ride partner on new program to help people with mental illness by providing free bikes
Refugee populations drawing doctors to rural Kansas

Cumin

Cumin: The spice that warms global diners

St. Louis Park's Punch Bowl Social is 'adult's Chuck E. Cheese's' with better food
Burger Friday: Zelo in downtown Mpls. reopens with new look, equally stunning cheeseburger
After quick rebrand, Bearcat on Loring Park abruptly closes

In November, Halima Aden wore a burkini while competing in the preliminary bathing suit round of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. She walked in Kanye West's show Wednesday for New York Fashion Week.

Somali-American who wore hijab at Minn. pageant now a hit at NY Fashion Week

Finding love the Minnesotan way: Afton Alps hosting chairlift speed dating event
Scene + Heard: Big Climb Mpls. takes over Capella Tower
Legend, Miranda, Bareilles make Oscar rehearsals musical

Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash, Kerry Holiday at Ike Turner, Drake Milligan as Elvis, Dustin Ingram as Carl Perkins and Christian Lees as Jerry Lee Lewis in CMT's "Sun Records."

New CMT series 'Sun Records' is rocking in Memphis

Actress/producer Reese Witherspoon gets 'real' with HBO's new 'Big Little Lies'
Pete Holmes' new comedy 'crashes' the cutthroat world of open-mic comedy
Sound Advice: Don't fall prey to the siren call of overpriced speaker cables

At Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia, each suite has a view of the Pitons.

The suite life of St. Lucia's Jade Mountain

Going with the flow on a Danube River cruise
Delta's boarding music almost rocks
Learn about glaciers by ColdCaching on Wisconsin's spectacular Ice Age Trail

Did you love the show, or do you just want to get your coat on and head to the door?

Why are Minnesotans so quick with standing ovations? A newcomer investigates

Cunningham right-hand man shares his Merce 'Moment' in Minneapolis
With role in 'The King and I,' a mixed-race actress tries to finds her way
The case of the missing sculpture

Owls, including this Western screech owl, have proportionally the largest eyes of any birds. Jon Bower • Getty Images/ “The Enigma of the Owl”

Review: 'The Enigma of the Owl,' by Mike Unwin and David Tipling

Readers suggest big, thick books as winter drags on
Review: 'A Separation,' by Katie Kitamura
Review: 'Abandon Me,' by Melissa Febos

Bittercube mixes up sweet cocktails with an explosive twist

Bittercube Bitters has found a home at Can Can Wonderland where playfulness and nostalgia drive the drink menu.


How star bartender Nick Kosevich is shaking up Twin Cities cocktail culture

By mixing creativity with a shot of fun, Nick Kosevich's Bittercube is raising the bar across the Twin Cities.


TV picks for Feb. 26-March 2: 'Patriot,' 'When We Rise,' 'Taken'

Singing agent man As spies go, John Tavner is only slightly more capable than Maxwell Smart, whether he’s inadvertently passing the money bag to the…


The best Twitter reactions to this week's devastating 'This Is Us' episode

Pass the Kleenex Another week, another heart-destroying episode of “This Is Us.” This one was the worst (so says Twitter!) because we had to say…


Pick Six: Praise for Dakota Dave Hull, Maud Hixson, the Suburbs, more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.