168 shows, 850 performances, 11 days: Why Minnesota's Fringe Fest matters

The cast of "The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs" at a Fringe Festival preview at the U's Rarig Center on Monday.

It's like an Uber for theater lovers, with artists taking the wheel for thousands of joy-riding Minnesotans.

Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart on full display in Walker exhibit

Grant Hart

A new exhibit at Walker Art Center, "Land Speed Record" by St. Paul artist Chris Larson, is named after a record by Hart's old band Hüsker Dü.

1958 St. Louis Park rambler gets 'Finnish lake home' makeover

The design for the makeover was inspired by Finnish lake homes of the 1960s. Windows were enlarged to capture views of the backyard pond.

An Eisenhower-era rambler in St. Louis Park was crying out for a makeover, telling its remodeling designer what it wanted to be — clean-lined, simple and quiet, like a midcentury modern Scandinavian home. You can have it for $550,000.

Maplewood's 'Jack the bike guy' helps kids with special needs

Maplewood bicycle repairman believes all children, no matter their abilities, should be able to ride a bike.

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Festival celebrates Dominick Argento, 'patriarch' of Minnesota composers

Dominick Argento's Pulitzer-winning art songs are the centerpiece of the weeklong Source Song Festival.

Banff offers a walk in the clouds

In the pristine elevated world around Banff, Alberta, turquoise waters and saw-toothed mountains set a new bar for scenic beauty.

Has 'Sharknado' jumped the shark in fourth installment?

The "Sharknado" franchise inches closer to becoming an endangered species.

Have a flight at MSP? Exhibit shows history of Minnesota food (and drink)

"The Art of Food" on Concourse C reveals tidbits about Minnesota's food production.

How to grow a garden with 'natural beauty'

Native plant expert Lynn Steiner shares strategies for creating a garden that's pleasing to the eye and to wildlife.

Louis C.K. and 10 other comics who've gotten serious with dramatic projects

Twin Cities-bound Louis C.K. joins a stellar list of comics unafraid to take dramatic departures.

Call out pal who flirted with girlfriend at party?

My girlfriend and I were at a party and a friend of mine was flirting with her. Should I say something to him?

Rosenblum: How to tackle a bucket list of fears

On the bucket list of fears: swimming.

Anybody can experience the giddiness and confidence-building of overcoming a fear.

James Lileks: The AC was out, but old tech is still cool

During the recent heat wave, an antique fan went from novelty to necessity.

Summer serial: A young Mpls. teacher is pulled to small town Minnesota

It’s 1949 and Allen Post, fresh out of college, is leaving the Twin Cities for his first teaching job in the small town of Stone Lake, Minnesota. He is about to learn some of the most important lessons of his life.

Ask Amy: Ex-wife tries mightily to reunite with husband

Hax: Couple weigh city life versus suburbs

‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 will be the last, HBO confirms

C.J.: 'Funniest Dad' Outrageous Davis aims to be Dave Chappelle minus potty mouth

Retired educator David Ricks is not going to make it big as a comedian. That’s my prediction. But what do I know? He’s the…

Itasca State Park, BWCA, Ely recover from storms
Kerri Westenberg

When storms ripped through northern Minnesota in the early morning hours of July 21, it wreaked havoc in beloved vacation spots. But the area is recovering fast.

Fascia stretch therapist uses body tissues to straighten and strengthen itself

Laura Johnson of Core Harmony Massage performs fascia stretch therapy, a method that uses the body's tissues to realign muscles and bones into their natural positions. Referred to by some as "yogaon atable," Johnson doesthe dirty workstretching different sections of the body while the recipient lays on a massage table.

Post-'Harry Potter': Daniel Radcliffe's 5 most questionable career choices

When not waving a wand, Daniel Radcliffe has made some rather bewitching career decisions. The “Harry Potter” star hasn’t gone mad like many child stars,…

'Cursed Child' and more: A guide to the next wave of 'Harry Potter' releases

Turns out the Harry Potter universe is just getting started. Beyond Sunday’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” book, here’s a look at what lies…

New landscaping and overhang solve water problems at Minnetonka home

Landscaping and overhang fixes help water flow away from a Minnetonka house.

Ranking every 'Harry Potter' movie

Picking your least favorite "Harry Potter" movie is like picking your least favorite child — cruel and difficult but still totally possible.

Carver County judge narrows list of potential Prince heirs to at least 6

In a 19-page ruling Friday, District Judge Kevin Eide partly untangled the complicated issues surrounding the question of who stands to inherit Prince's bounty.

Twenty One Pilots land smoothly in St. Paul

Hard-to-classify duo scores with teen fans at soldout Xcel Center.

Reader recommendations: 'Nellie Stone Johnson' and more

Beverly Cottman from Minneapolis writes: On my nightstand:  “Nellie Stone Johnson: The Life of an Activist,” as told to David Brauer; “Disgruntled,” by Asali…

6 reasons to like new Downtown East Commons park near stadium

The largest open space in downtown Minneapolis shows that an urban park can be more than trees and grass.

Obituary: Ken Hiller was the warm, inviting voice of radio's 'Star Wars' and much more

By the time Ken Hiller was asked to narrate George Lucas’ “Star Wars” trilogy for National Public Radio in 1981, he had already voiced hundreds…

C.J.: 'Funniest Dad' Outrageous Davis aims to be Dave Chappelle minus potty mouth

Retired educator David Ricks is not going to make it big as a comedian. That’s my prediction. But what do I know? He’s the…

C.J.: Outrageous Davis strives to be Dave Chappelle without the cursing

Retired educator David Ricks beat two others to take the 2016 crown for "Funniest Dad" from NBC's "Today Show."

A guide to August's outdoor music and movie series in Minneapolis

Both the Walker's Loring Park series and Star Tribune's Lake Harriet Bandshell pairings start next week.

Prince tribute concert set for October at U.S. Bank Stadium

Prince's family says an official tribute concert honoring the late icon will take place in October in the singer's hometown of Minneapolis.

Best concerts of the week: 5 Seconds of Summer, Twenty One Pilots, Ghostface & Raekwon and the return of Rogue Valley

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.

Ask Amy: Mom caters to the needs of adult son

Dear Amy: I am 55 and my significant other is 56. We are both divorced and have children from our previous marriages. I have…

Dominick Argento 'still on the lookout for … real words from real life'

Beside operas and choral and orchestral works, Minnesota composer Dominick Argento is known internationally for art songs based on letters and diaries. The composer talked…

Itasca State Park, BWCA, Ely recover from storms

When storms ripped through northern Minnesota in the early morning hours of July 21, it wreaked havoc in beloved vacation spots. But the area is recovering fast.

Jon Stewart casts long shadow over late-night TV's political coverage

Moments of Zen are few among those trying to reach the bar set by the former "Daily Show" host.

Tim Kaine is the ultimate dad, says Twitter

The main response to vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine at the Democratic National Convention last night? He is everyone's dad.