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Eaux Claires to make deux with Badu, Rateliff and, yep, Bon Iver

The second year of Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music & Art Festival looks to be as eclectic and unpredictable as the first. The two-day musical camp-out is scheduled again Aug. 12-13 along the Chippewa River in Eau Claire, Wis.

Welcome to the new Jungle: Sarah Rasmussen takes over Mpls. theater

Sarah Rasmussen begins her tenure as artistic director with a reputation for decency and inclusiveness – and an all-female "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."

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A royal homecoming for King, buzzing R&B trio with Minneapolis roots

Minneapolis natives Paris and Amber Strother return to town riding a wave of attention for their synth-laden R&B trio.


It's Stagezilla! Is this the Twin Cities' busiest theater weekend ever?

Here on the drama desk we're referring to this weekend as "Stagezilla!" So if your best boo says they'd love to take you out but there's nothing going on, take the hint — it's time to browse eHarmony.com.


'How to Be Single' is a smart take on the dating game

REVIEW: "How to Be Single" also shows how to write a good rom-com.


In 'Zoolander 2,' Ben Stiller and company commit a fashion faux pas

REVIEW: With its recycled jokes, "Zoolander 2" stumbles down the runway.


Big Gigs for Feb. 12-18: AC/DC, Buckwheat Zydeco, Bullet for My Valentine, more

POP/ROCK A mainstay of the Twin Cities hardcore punk and thrash scene and staunch advocate of taco appreciation, In Defence is in transition as it…


Item World: Marlon James and Dave Eggers dish

Two authors walk into a church “You’ve been reading since you were 5?” a pointedly incredulous Dave Eggers asked fellow author Marlon James…


Album review: Rihanna's 'Anti' shows her accumulated power

POP/ROCKRihanna, "Anti" (Roc Nation)None of the singles Rihanna released last year during the long run-up to "Anti" — "FourFiveSeconds" (featuring Kanye West and Paul…


'Who to Invade Next' is Michael Moore's funniest film in years

REVIEW: Michael Moore's new doc takes a different approach than his angrier indictments.


Bloomington Center opens 'Sinew,' an exhibit by 7 American Indian women

SinewOpens Friday: Much of the art associated with American Indian culture, from beadwork to pottery, weavings and basketry, was traditionally made by women, says curator…


Documentary 'Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words' lives up to the legend

Opening: The Hollywood dramas that earned Swedish superstar Ingrid Bergman two Academy Awards weren’t her only breakthrough films. An irresistible screen presence, she lit up…


Hax: How to explain a househusband

Dear Carolyn: I married my high school sweetheart when I was 19. We were both mature for our ages, so we made a plan to…


Ask Amy: Awkward descriptions

Dear readers: I have stepped away from my column for two weeks to finish writing my next book. I hope you'll enjoy these topical…


'The Wire' is on the syllabus in a St. Olaf class + Photo Gallery

A fictional TV show, despite going off the air eight years ago, is proving its relevance today in classrooms around the country, including at St. Olaf College.


Mall of America dining just got better with Cedar + Stone, Urban Table

REVIEW: A restaurant inside the new JW Marriott hotel raises dining standards at the Mall of America.


'Newsies' at Orpheum is a dance-happy celebration of youth

REVIEW: The dance-happy Disney musical tells of scruffy kids who fought for their rights.