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'Prairie Home Companion' to be back next fall with a 26-show season

"A Prairie Home Companion" host Chris Thile performed a during Saturday night's show at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Host Chris Thile made the announcement as Saturday's show opened.

One, two, three, four! What makes a protest song really soar?

Folk musician Brian Laidlaw regards the protest song as “the ideal form to practice rhetoric as a songwriter.”

Protest songs have a long history, but the forms and the culture may be changing their purpose.

Actress/producer Reese Witherspoon gets 'real' with HBO's new 'Big Little Lies'

Reese Witherspoon, who plays “a bossy know-it-all, a busybody” in the new HBO dramatic series “Big Little Lies,” aims to create more roles for women with her production company, Pacific Standard.

A more promising future for Hollywood actresses may rest in the hands of Reese Witherspoon, whose behind-the-scenes muscle resulted in a new HBO series.

Twin Cities restaurateurs create Lovechild in La Crosse, Wis.

What happens when two Twin Cities restaurant titans relocate to Wisconsin? Magic.

Find yourself where the fun is.

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Minnesota's connection to Sundance Film Festival is flourishing

Utah film fest has long-term ties to the state's filmmakers and actors.

Prior Lake man creates full-scale Oval Office in his sprawling home

A passionate collector of U.S. presidential memorabilia in Prior Lake has built a replica of the White House Oval Office, complete with the classic four curved doors. "I don't have to get permission to sit here," he said with a smile. "And I don't have to give it up in four years."

'Love It or List It' star Hilary Farr on her way to Mpls. to share design tips

Hilary Farr persuades homeowners to "love it" – not "list it." Find out how she does it at the Home + Garden Show.

Pete Holmes' new comedy 'crashes' the cutthroat world of open-mic comedy

Laughs come easy in a new sitcom about the world of open-mic comedy.

Lileks: Another one derides the bus

Will human-driven buses be something you tell your grandchildren about?

MnDOT has announced it's interested in self-driving buses. This is not exactly a vote of confidence for the drivers they have now.

The dubious art of 'decorating' with books

The beauty of books comes from the fact that the writers come in different shapes, sizes and colors — as well as mind-sets, points of view, background and attitude.

Hate being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane? Here's how to cope

The days of a plane full of empty middle seats are over.

The more I fly, the more I realize that I may never again have the window or aisle seat.

What is a modified ketogenic diet, and should you try it?

This high-fat, low-protein and low-carb way of eating once was used to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

In focus: A bad year to be a snowman

Scene + Heard: Big Climb Mpls. takes over Capella Tower

The Capella Tower lobby in downtown Minneapolis was transformed into a base camp for climbers setting out on their journey to scale the 775-foot building and complete Big Climb Mpls.

Ask Amy: Family group wonders how to split cabin cost

Best of the week: VocalEssence, 'The Sneetches,' Os Mutantes, Hugh Wolff, Valerie June, more

You could be 'writer in residence' – for the Mall of America

The Mall of America is looking for a writer to spend five days writing – about the mall.


4-star restaurant owners buying one of Minneapolis' last 3.2 dive bars
Table Talk

One of the city's last 3.2 beer joints is going to become Bull's Horn Food and Drink.

Alaska birding on St. Lawrence Island and in Nome
Wingnut

Great birding, best if you book a tour


Joan Ferris and Jay Sparks in the dining room of their Lovechild. The couple's La Crosse, Wis., restaurant opened in December.

Twin Cities restaurateurs create Lovechild in La Crosse, Wis.

Hi-Lo Diner in Minneapolis mixing Girl Scout cookies into pies, malts
Fabled Vincent Burger lives! On Monday, anyway, at the Local downtown
4-star restaurant owners buying one of Minneapolis' last 3.2 dive bars

Glynn Crooks created the bald eagle and peace pipe design in the rug decorating his replica Oval Office. His vast collection of presidential memorabilia fills walls and glass cases in his home, including this Reagan room.

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
Alaska birding on St. Lawrence Island and in Nome

Folk musician Brian Laidlaw regards the protest song as “the ideal form to practice rhetoric as a songwriter.”

One, two, three, four! What makes a protest song really soar?

Meet the Delano-raised R&B/pop singer who won our Are You Local? contest
Prince's music racks up 3.7M streams in one day after catalog released
'Weird Al' still armed with wit – and an accordion

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Milo Yiannopoulos speaks on campus in the Mathematics building at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Sales are soaring for, "Dangerous," the upcoming book by the right-wing commentator. The book, scheduled to come out March 14. was in the top 10 on Amazon as of Thursday afternoon, a day after violent protests led the University of California, Berkeley to cancel his scheduled talk. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP, File)

Yiannopoulos denies defending pedophilia after controversial comments

Lisa Marie Presley says she's broke after ex asks for money
Fox News' Wallace scolds Priebus: 'You don't get to tell us what to do'
Hillary Clinton spotted with 'SNL' impersonator Kate McKinnon at NY restaurant

LaShon Hampton, Sha Cage and Namir Fearce in Minnesota director E.G. Bailey ‘s eight-minute family drama “New Neighbors,” which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival.

Minnesota's connection to Sundance Film Festival is flourishing

Ice Cube, Charlie Day score a knockout in 'Fist Fight'
Expertly layered Iranian drama 'The Salesman' closes the deal
'The Great Wall' has a lot of cracks

Surgeons who are rude to patients and others may pose a problem in the operating room, according to a study linking unprofessional doctor behavior with infections and other surgery complications.

Surgeons who are rude to patients may pose problem in OR, study says

God, Allah, Buddha, Great Spirit: Minnesota hospital chaplains adapt to diversity
What is a modified ketogenic diet, and should you try it?
Legionnaires' outbreak in Hopkins fuels effort to regulate cooling towers

Joan Ferris and Jay Sparks in the dining room of their Lovechild. The couple's La Crosse, Wis., restaurant opened in December.

Twin Cities restaurateurs create Lovechild in La Crosse, Wis.

Hi-Lo Diner in Minneapolis mixing Girl Scout cookies into pies, malts
Fabled Vincent Burger lives! On Monday, anyway, at the Local downtown
4-star restaurant owners buying one of Minneapolis' last 3.2 dive bars

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
How to find vintage fashions from Dayton's and other bygone department stores

Reese Witherspoon, who plays “a bossy know-it-all, a busybody” in the new HBO dramatic series “Big Little Lies,” aims to create more roles for women with her production company, Pacific Standard.

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
Home video: Oscar nominees 'Hacksaw Ridge' and 'Manchester by the Sea' arrive
TV talk show highlights: Feb. 21

The Estrella mountain range, southwest of Phoenix, looms over the downtown skyline. A horse ride through the mountains is one of several options for family fun west of the city.

5 great things for families to do in Phoenix's West Valley

How and why hotels are getting hipper
Midwest Traveler: A new era in Marquette, Mich.
Warm weather is melting winter economy in Minn., Wis. towns

“I sat in my little walk-in closet with my mic and made silly noises,” How did Serena Brook was photographed at the Fitzgerald Theater Friday night. ] AARON LAVINSKY ï aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com Serena Brook may be a new voice to longtime fans of “A Prairie Home Companion,” but she’ as Minnesotan as rhubarb pie. Brook, who joined the show last fall after Chris Thile took over the mic from Garrison Keillor, may have spent the past five years living in New York, doing Off-Broadway and touring shows, but she’s a native of Eagan, graduate of UMD and a veteran of Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and the teeny-tiny 7th House Theater. We photograph Brook on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul

'Prairie Home' millennial: Meet Serena Brook, the show's other new voice

Ballet de Lorraine offers fresh takes on 2 iconic works by Merce Cunningham
Jungle's 'Anna in the Tropics' is a warm breeze that leaves us cold
Review: Joe Haj stages a 'Lear' for our times at the Guthrie

In honor of its 25th anniversary, the Mall of America is looking for someone to write about a week in the life of the nation’s largest mall.

You could be 'writer in residence' – for the Mall of America

REVIEW: 'Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York,Tokyo, Venice, and London,' by Lauren Elkin
The dubious art of 'decorating' with books
REVIEW: 'A Piece of the World,' by Christina Baker Kline

TV picks for Feb. 21: 'The Detour,' Maya Angelou, 'Easy A'

An American master She may be best known as President Bill Clinton’s go-to poet, but “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” presents an American icon…


'Nasty woman,' 'deplorables' and other insults become badge of honor

Insults are being turned into rallying cries – and moneymakers.


A look inside 'Legion's' fractured comic book origin

The new Fox TV show uses the Legion stories in the comics as inspiration.


Laverne Cox makes history in 'Doubt' as first transgender star of network drama

The actress has made history for the transgender community before, but never quite like this.


REVIEW: 'The New Midwest,' by Mark Athitakis

NONFICTION: "The New Midwest" maps the terrain of the region's fiction.