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Shake Shack divulges burger secrets in its new cookbook

Just in time for Memorial Day burger-making, learn the secrets behind the popular, fast-growing chain.

Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali's new album finds 'Beauty' at an ugly time

Brother Ali went on a deep spiritual exploration in the five years since his last album, heavy traces of which can be heard on his new album, "All The Beauty in This Whole Life."

The rapper trekked from Oakland to West Africa and even Iran on a spiritual journey that led him home for another album.

Mary Mack does comedy the Minnesota way in first of 3 nights at Acme

The comic opens the first of three-night at the club that put her on the map.

Johnny Depp's latest 'Pirates' installment merits mutiny

REVIEW: Padding out its muddled 129 minutes with the sluggish pace of a funeral barge, "Dead Men Tell No Tales" marks the ignominious low of a once great series.

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Even Dwayne Johnson's coolness can't rescue 'Baywatch'

REVIEW: Self-mocking throwback overreaches and ends up sinking in its own silliness.

Giant blue bird comes to roost at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Katharina Fritsch's "Hahn/Cock" settled into its roost, where it will tower 23-24 feet above visitors to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

'Super Mario Kart'-inspired rainbow doughnuts are a hit in Minneapolis skyway

Cardigan Donuts' "Rainbow Road" is a technicolor pastry dripping in nostalgia — and Lucky Charms marshmallows.

Immense globe that put Star Tribune lobby on the map is back

Out of sight for more than three decades, a fascinating and beloved Cold War-era relic is being returned to the public eye by the Star Tribune.

News of the Weird: Speed bumps for pedestrians

Sound Advice: Always make sure you're getting the most sonic boom for your buck

The downside to drinking flavored water

Drinking too much can cause serious damage to your teeth.

Minnesota artist returns from L.A. for austere, magnetic solo exhibit

Artist Nathan Hylden makes mystery out of the mundane.

Can Mall of America's new Kindness store change shopping for good?

A new Mall of America shop features merchandise linked to charitable causes — but do brands like that do any good?

'Wedding Plan' sticks to a familiar rom-com blueprint

REVIEW: This story about the frantic search for Mr. Right is an old-fashioned rom-com from Israel.

Ask Amy: Woman should leave troubled relationship

Hax: What to say when a gift misses its mark

More than the rooster is new at the revamped Sculpture Garden

The $10 million makeover acaps a yearslong transformation of the Walker's campus led by Olga Viso, the art center's executive director. And the garden's June 3 reopening marks a major moment for the city, which is gussying itself up to host the Super Bowl next year.


The eagle, the deer, and the big truck
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Just outside of Two Harbors a couple of days ago

'Free' grocery store samples come at a cost — lies and guilt
James Lileks

Who else fibs about buying that cheese later?


Gnocchi with spring greens, mushrooms, watercress and ramp butter.

With new chef, new owner, Lucia's in Uptown Minneapolis still impresses

Waterfront dining: Check out these 3 Twin Cities destinations
'Super Mario Kart'-inspired rainbow doughnuts are a hit in Minneapolis skyway
A 160-year-old Minnesota beer is coming back to life on Friday

The living room has 18-foot ceilings and a circular fireplace.

Architect's timeless '50s home near Lake Harriet hits market for $1.225M

Don't overlook the subtle beauty of ornamental grasses
Lore and lure of Lake Minnetonka's boathouses come to life in new book
The eagle, the deer, and the big truck

Chastity Brown, shown at Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis, has seen doors open since the making of “Silhouette of Sirens,” including opening for Ani DiFranco and singing backup for her on tour.

Minneapolis singer/songwriter Chastity Brown's album do-over pays off

Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali's new album finds 'Beauty' at an ugly time
In St. Paul, it was a Neil Diamond in the rough
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Memory Lanes Block Party, Michael Kiwanuka, Regina Marie Williams

FILE - In this May 2, 2016 file photo, Ben Stiller, left, and Christine Taylor arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in New York. Stiller and actress Christine Taylor released a joint statement Friday, May 26, 2017, announcing their breakup. They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor announce separation

Ariana Grande vows Manchester benefit concert: 'We won't let hate win'
'Property Wars' star facing trial for wire fraud in Phoenix
Cop from Marion, Iowa, tops 19 others to win $1M on 'Survivor'

Capt. Jack Sparrow is back.

Johnny Depp's latest 'Pirates' installment merits mutiny

Even Dwayne Johnson's coolness can't rescue 'Baywatch'
How 'Star Wars' blazed a path for filmmakers and fans
'Wedding Plan' sticks to a familiar rom-com blueprint

The University of Minnesota was chosen as a leader of the Connectome project because of its Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, shown in 2013. There, it houses some of the world’s most powerful imaging devices.

University of Minnesota is nerve center of brain-mapping research

Pediatricians say no fruit juice in child's first year
Hospitals are checking to see if patients' cupboards are bare
Making pacemakers easier on the heart may come down to connections

Chef Matt Quist of Taher helped Jasmine Herrarty and Victory George of Urban Ventures.

Young Twin Cities gardeners team up with chefs to create Home Team salads

Looking for inspiration for outdoor cooking? Go no further
Want to give your vegetables a smoky allure? Get grilling
It's time to enjoy fiddlehead ferns, morels and early peas

Shop for Kindness is a Mall of America pop-up store featuring 14 cause-related brands that support philanthropic efforts worldwide. Find it on Level 1 of the mall’s north wing until Sept. 10.

Can Mall of America's new Kindness store change shopping for good?

Scene + Heard: Minnesota Zoo's Beastly Ball
Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next
Melania Trump's pricey jacket draws attention in Sicily

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Here's how much Fox News is hurting without Bill O'Reilly

Why Jerrod Carmichael is one of comedy's brightest new stars
Home video: Keep your cool with 'Mannix'
Cop from Marion, Iowa, tops 19 others to win $1M on 'Survivor'

Sightseers on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon near Tusayan, Ariz. The national landmark draws 4.5 million people a year, including the author’s “Richaca” family of Minnetonka.

Tips for enduring – and even enjoying – a road trip with teenagers

Take a guided bike trip from Itasca State Park to Grand Rapids
Midwest Traveler: Rochester, Minn., has its own dramatic veterans memorial
The power of a Texas road trip: finding hidden gems

Theatergoers mingled at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis during an Open Call event for young patrons before a recent performance of “Refugia.”

Millennials want more than cheap tickets from Minnesota theaters, museums

Giant blue bird comes to roost at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Minnesota artist returns from L.A. for austere, magnetic solo exhibit
More than the rooster is new at the revamped Sculpture Garden

David Sedaris Photo by Ingrid Christie

Review: 'Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002,' by David Sedaris

Do you keep a journal of the books you read?
Review: 'The Leavers,' by Lisa Ko.
Review: 'Sympathy,' by Olivia Sudjic

Architect's timeless '50s home near Lake Harriet hits market for $1.225M

Completed in 1959, this 4,220-square-foot southwest Minneapolis house was so unusual that it attracted attention from the New York Times and Progressive Architecture magazine. Now, you can have it for $1.225 million.


Here's how much Fox News is hurting without Bill O'Reilly

Fox News has had a rough couple of weeks since its split with Bill O'Reilly — and it's starting to show.


Walker director expresses regret over new scaffold sculpture

Olga Viso penned an open letter to a St. Paul American Indian newspaper about the piece, "Scaffold" (2012), which references the execution by hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato in 1862.


Review: 'Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002,' by David Sedaris

NONFICTION: The first volume of the humorist's diaries, in which he traces his early years of struggle, the death of his mother and his rise to fame, is wildly entertaining but should be taken with a grain of salt.


Wine of the Week: The Doctors' Spark Sauvignon Blanc

The Doctors’ Spark Sauvignon Blanc Even those who love New Zealand sauvignon blancs have to admit there’s a sameness to them. Well, not anymore. The…