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Kendrick Lamar proves he's worth the wait, and the hype

Kendrick Lamar performed in Los Angeles in 2016. Associated Press

Review: The L.A. rapper who sold out Xcel Energy Center showed he's a dynamo of a live performer.

How Minnesota State Fair is winning the battle with casinos for grandstand acts

R&B star Usher is a fresh act at the fair.

Despite hot competition from casinos this year, the State Fair grandstand may set an attendance record.

John Legend surprises kids at Fine Line in Minneapolis

Grammy-winning musician John Legend watched as Tanyla controlled a robotic Minion through an iPad at one of the sta. See video of the event at startribune.com/video.

He showed up at Big Brothers Big Sisters event to encourage youthful dreams of success.

True-life soap opera tale of a Minnesota actor on 'Days of Our Lives'

Minnesotan Billy Flynn slapped his high school principal, partied at St. Cloud State and worked in finance (yawn) before landing a role on "Days of Our Lives."

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Experimental garden in Minneapolis has many stakeholders

Growing food is just one of the lofty missions of the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden. It's also a place where people committed to food justice, faith and climate change can work together on common goals.

Blind Minnesota painter's art created from her 'mind's eye'

Sounds, smells and memories inspire a Burnsville artist's vivid paintings, now on display.

6 Twin Cities chefs dish on their favorite State Fair foods

Sameh Wadi of World Street Kitchen goes for the smoked turkey leg, but it's what he smuggles in to enjoy with it that's noteworthy: "Every year when I walk in I think, 'Is this going to be the year that they bust me?' "

Rosenblum: Hitchhikers follow adventure and belief in human kindness

Thomas Francine, 30, of New Jersey, says the drive to hitchhike more than 26,000 miles was "in my blood."

When was the last time you saw a hitchhiker in the United States? What might push us out of our cars again, to hitch a ride?

Lileks: All your eclipse questions answered, uselessly

Twin Cities' Dakota Jazz Club becomes a hot venue for live recordings

The club championed local acts even while establishing itself as one of the world's premier jazz venues.

Best of the week: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Lady Gaga, William Kent Krueger, 2 Chainz, more

Scene + Heard: A taste of the Emerald Isle at Irish Fair in St. Paul

The luck of the Irish shone on the Irish Fair in St. Paul, granting a picture-perfect weekend for the annual cultural celebration on Harriet Island.

Pergola on steroids allows year-round outdoor living in Lake Elmo

A porch in Lake Elmo is transformed into a year-round family gathering spot with a flexible indoor-outdoor room for all seasons.

Is it rude to ask what you can bring to dinner?

Some hosts have meal planned and don't know how to reply.

Ask Amy: Man with reunion crush wants to connect

Hax: When 'no' is not an accepted answer

Lileks: Downtown Improvement worker really improved his day

These friendly ambassadors will try to help you find your destination, or your keys.

A lost dog and lost keys have provided some interesting interactions with public officials.


Lileks: All your eclipse questions answered, uselessly
James Lileks

It's the big Eclipse Day, and no doubt you have some questions that no one else has answered to your satisfaction. I'll do my best.Q:…

C.J.: Brenda Langton has a milliner for a daughter
C.J.

Celina Kane’s career choice had to be creative. The daughter of restaurateur Brenda Langton and artist Timothy Kane is a milliner…


A rolled ice cream dish from Sota Hot & Cold in St. Paul.

Mesmerizing rolled ice cream craze arrives in Twin Cities with 2 new shops

6 Twin Cities chefs dish on their favorite State Fair foods
Burger Friday: At Dalton & Wade, a patty melt lands in the North Loop
Chef Paul Berglund is leaving four-star Bachelor Farmer

Claire Baglien, coordinator of the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden.

Experimental garden in Minneapolis has many stakeholders

Pergola on steroids allows year-round outdoor living in Lake Elmo
$3.65M home on St. Croix River is all about the view
Thinking beyond white trim

Kendrick Lamar performed in Los Angeles in 2016. Associated Press

Kendrick Lamar proves he's worth the wait, and the hype

How Minnesota State Fair is winning the battle with casinos for grandstand acts
John Legend surprises kids at Fine Line in Minneapolis
Lyra Baroque Orchestra brings early music to life

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's social media blank-out sparks frenzy of speculation

Leah Remini slams Tom Cruise as 'diabolical,' not a good person
Robin Thicke, model expecting baby on Alan Thicke's birthday
C.J.: Brenda Langton has a milliner for a daughter

Daniel Craig gets a rare chance to be funny as an explosives expert in "Logan Lucky."

Packed with charm, 'Logan Lucky' pulls off the perfect heist

'Hitman's Bodyguard' offers a lethal mix of comedy and carnage
Documentary 'Whose Streets?' is a powerful portrait of conflict in Ferguson, Mo.
Home video: 'Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2' is so spaced out

The Mayo Clinic expects a surge of hundreds of cancer patients per year if CAR T is approved, because it will initially be provided by large medical centers that have experience with the therapy and its side effects.

Mayo, U develop 'robocop' stem cells to fight cancer

Exercise as a weight loss strategy works in strange ways
Your brain can form new memories while you are asleep, neuroscientists show
Dangerous toxic algae levels put Edina lake off limits to people, pets

Who doesn't love Sweet Martha's chocolate chip cookies?

6 Twin Cities chefs dish on their favorite State Fair foods

Got beets? Got zucchini? Then you have the secrets to tasty quick breads
Mesmerizing rolled ice cream craze arrives in Twin Cities with 2 new shops
Chef Paul Berglund is leaving four-star Bachelor Farmer

Jessica Metcalfe on the North Dakota prairie. When she started the blog “Beyond Buckskin,” she didn’t know it would become a force for Native American fashion.

Top American Indian stylemaker's home base: a tiny N.D. town, pop. 29

Scene + Heard: A taste of the Emerald Isle at Irish Fair in St. Paul
Meet Minnesota's latest 'Project Runway' star, a pioneer of 'Lolita' fashion
Bicyclist killed in collision with van in Minneapolis ID'd

Billy Flynn plays Chad DiMera on "Days of Our Lives."

True-life soap opera tale of a Minnesota actor on 'Days of Our Lives'

Only network TV show being filmed in Minn. won't be renewed
Home video: 'Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2' is so spaced out
The first televised 'Wonder Woman'

Orcas break the surface near Vancouver, where whale-watching season runs from March through October.

Enjoy nature steps from urban Vancouver

Omaha worth a crush, or at least a visit
Sun Country pivots to no-frills style pricing, seating on flights
A gushing beauty: Multnomah Falls in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge

Evan Gruenes biked across the Stone Arch Bridge during an art tour. City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board launch six interactive map tours that make it easy to explore public art in the city Thursday August 17, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. ]

New online tours offer guide to public art in Minneapolis

Following Walker's 'Scaffold' controversy, artist Sam Durant wins $25,000 prize
Twin Cities sketch-comedy king steps out from the shadows
Minnesota state Sen. Richard Cohen joins mass exodus from presidential arts council over Charlottesville

Marcel Proust, author, with clocks in the background landscape. Illustration art by Star Tribune artist L.K. Hanson goes with a millennium article News With A View, Thurs. January 28, 1999.

Nonfiction: 'Letters to His Neighbor,' by Marcel Proust

Star poet Bao Phi on racism, writing and why he chooses to stay in Minneapolis
Review: 'The History of Bees,' by Maja Lunde, is about chemistry, both agricultural and familial
REVIEWS: 'Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After,' by Heather Harpham, and 'I Liked My Life,' by Abby Fabiaschi

Actor/comedian Jerry Lewis dies at 91

Actor/comedian Jerry Lewis died Sunday at 91 years old after a career spanning the history of show business in the 20th century.


Lyra Baroque Orchestra brings early music to life

REVIEW: Works of Bach, Vivaldi at festival finale.


Minnesota's waiting child: 16-year-old Felicia

Felicia is a fun-loving, silly, talkative and engaging 16-year-old who loves animals. She enjoys quilting, taking pictures, shopping, riding her bike and doing crafts. Felicia…


Hax: Daughter-in-law two-faced or not?

Adapted from a recent online discussion.Dear Carolyn: My daughter-in-law has always been quiet and polite and acts like she needs a lot of alone time.…


REVIEWS: 'Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After,' by Heather Harpham, and 'I Liked My Life,' by Abby Fabiaschi

HappinessBy Heather Harpham. (Henry Holt, 300 pages, $27.)It's reassuring, sometimes, to pick up a book that you know will have a happy ending, and surely…