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New Standards stay merry, despite a messy 2016

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's bagpipe quartet, right, joined the New Standards for a Pogues classic at the State Theatre.

Review: New twists and current events kept the holiday shows fresh in their 10th year.

Latte Da's 'Christmas Carole Petersen' wishes us a happy holiday, sincerely

REVIEW: After an eight-year absence, the show retains its funny-sweet, heart-on-sleeve appeal.

Jesse Johnson soars as guitar hero in power trio marathon at First Avenue

Playing with ex-Prince sidemen Sonny Thompson and Michael Bland, the ex-Time guitarist created many magical moments.

At 54, Conan O'Brien is still the bad boy of late-night TV

Conan O'Brien is one of comedy's elder statesmen. He just doesn't act like it.

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Holiday shopping online or in stores — which is better?

You can order anything — presents, tree, even the meal — without leaving your home.

Boulder's biggest surprise? Doses of Minnesota Nice

This Rocky Mountain retreat is the place to go for mountain hikes, cozy cottages and a surprising dose of Minnesota Nice.

Deephaven 1960s house reborn as a charming New England colonial

A renovated 1960s home in Deephaven captures the spirit of an old New England colonial to create the home that its owners had always imagined. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

Give the gift of gaming with these 10 ideas, from VR to retro classics

Where do you start if you have a video gamer on your gift list this holiday season and are overwhelmed with choices? Here are 10 ideas.

Holiday tree trend: Skip the skirt, add a collar

Alternative to the tree skirt is winning converts for its modern look and compact footprint.

These 3 Twin Cities area restaurants make holiday season sparkle

Make merry this month at these three holiday-centric restaurants.

An anywhere/anytime workout for the holiday season, in just 10 minutes

With exercise, a little is always better than none.

Home video review: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is back in black and white

George Miller has always wanted to make a "Mad Max" movie in black and white. Now he has his wish.

In focus: Flights of fancy

Do wearing earbuds and grocery shopping really mix?

Rude fellow shoppers are making the grocery store an obstacle course.

Ask Amy: Sister catches her sister's boyfriend in a lie

Hax: Boyfriend fails to accept responsibility

Minneapolis authors update popular 'Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day'

The "bread-in-five-minutes-a-day" juggernaut launched nine years ago by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François continues.


You could have puce and teal Christmas lights, if you're insane
James Lileks

Every year when I set up the outdoor Christmas decorations, I think I'll break down and go LED, but every year I get the same…

Jesse Johnson soars as guitar hero in power trio marathon at First Avenue
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Playing with ex-Prince sidemen Sonny Thompson and Michael Bland, the ex-Time guitarist created many magical moments.


TV picks for Dec. 5: 'Showtime at the Apollo,' 'Victoria's Secret,' 'Timber Creek Lodge'

Harlem nightsSteve Harvey has unofficially surpassed Ryan Seacrest as the busiest man in television. Between game shows, talk shows and beauty pageants, the comedian has…


Hax: Mother-in-law's visit was a bit much, and she wants to return

Adapted from a recent online discussion.Dear Carolyn: My mother-in-law and her husband used to come to the city where my husband and I live about…


Best classical concerts of the week: SPCO plays the Brandenburg Concertos, Minnesota Orchestra partners with Shiloh Temple

Brandenburg ConcertosThe greatest orchestral compositions of the baroque period? Many music lovers say it's the six concertos Johann Sebastian Bach wrote for a German aristocrat,…


The Monday briefing: Songs of healing

pick of the week: They are the ultimate feel-good concerts — the annual winter shows of the Giving Voice Chorus, made up of…


You could have puce and teal Christmas lights, if you're insane

Every year when I set up the outdoor Christmas decorations, I think I'll break down and go LED, but every year I get the same…


'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis opens up in new book, calls Mpls. fight an 'uphill battle'

Nicole Curtis, star of the popular HGTV show, has written a candid memoir shaped by houses she's renovated.


REVIEW: 'The Marches: A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland,' by Rory Stewart

NONFICTION: An informative and, at times, moving account of a journey across the borderlands between England and Scotland.


Victorian Christmas decor, fairy gardens, 10 top trends for kitchens and baths

House museum holiday Time-travel to the 1870s to experience a Victorian Christmas at the Alexander Ramsey House in St. Paul. The opulent mansion was…


Kidney donation gives old friends from Minn. film industry 'amazing bond'

These two men hadn't spoken in 20 years, but when one of them needed a kidney, the other gave his friend the gift of life.


Musician answers door to find 'terribly lost' Garrison Keillor looking for help

Nick Hallett has been listening to Garrison Keillor since he was 8. He never expected to find the radio man himself at his doorstep in the Sonoran Desert.


Prince properties in Chanhassen are hitting the market and going fast

Several of late star's properties now for sale are drawing fast interest.


Home plan: Roomy and charming Craftsman

PLAN HOTW160046 Total finished sq. ft.: 3,878 Bed/bathrooms: 4/6 Stories: 2 Bonus space: 649 sq. ft. Garage bays: 3 Foundation: Crawlspace, slab, unfinished walkout basement…


Renting and the Law: Roommate refuses to unlock the door

Q: My daughter is renting an off-campus house near the University of Minnesota. Her roommate is currently locking my daughter out of their rental home…


Shades of the past: Historical paint colors lend a timeless look

For a look that's truly timeless, consider time-tested paint colors.


TV picks for Dec. 3-8: 'Timber Creek Lodge,' 'Hairspray Live!' 'Shut Eye'

Apres-ski “Timber Creek Lodge,” an upscale ski resort in Canada, offers picturesque views, but you don’t have much time to soak in the scenery…


Chrissy Teigen wins Twitter feud with hilarious junior high antics

Chrissy Teigen had the best Twitter feud ever There is nothing better — nothing! — than when celebrities engage an angry follower on Twitter. It…


Best of the week: KDWB's Jingle Ball, 'The Crucible,' Stevie Nicks, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,' more

Jingle all the way It’s hard to pinpoint the biggest star at KDWB’s annual Jingle Ball Top 40 sampler. Moms will love the Backstreet Boys.…


The science of why cats always land on their feet when dropped

Studies of why cats always land on their feet when dropped have led to key advances in physics.


Minnesota Orchestra reports 'very promising' year with balanced budget

The organization got a boost from ticket sales and hall rentals as it continued recovering from its lockout.


Mason Jennings ponders future of music career: 'I'm not sure I'm up for it'

The Minnesota musician struggles to make sense of social media and industry upheaval.