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In St. Paul, it was a Neil Diamond in the rough

Neil Diamond performed Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

REVIEW: He was in good voice, but lacked energy and spirit in St. Paul concert.

Big bands coming to Grand Casino's outdoor concert series: Kiss, Rascal Flatts, Paramore

Six shows are set for the amphitheater in Hinckley.

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

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.

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

Cop from Marion, Iowa, tops 19 others to win $1M on 'Survivor'

Sarah Lacina, a 32-year-old cop from Marion, Iowa, won the title of "Sole Survivor" and the $1 million prize on this season's finale of "Survivor."

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Planned Parenthood's new challenge: How to manage all those volunteers?

An activist protests cutting funds for Planned Parenthood in March in Washington, D.C.

After the election, Planned Parenthood got an affirming boost that, six months out, shows no signs of waning.

A trip to Hades with Minnesota artist Samantha Russell

The recent MFA grad at Minneapolis College of Art & Design talks about "Lethe" and her other sculptural work.

New Cirque du Soleil show — all about ice — coming to Target Center

Just days after Ringling Bros. performed its final show, Cirque du Soleil announced its latest high-flying circus production.

Minneapolis twangers the Cactus Blossoms talk 'Twin Peaks' ahead of Sunday's appearance

The country duo were honored if a bit mystified to be invited onto David Lynch's newly relaunched cult TV series.

It's just a myth that humans have poor sense of smell

The truth is, humans are actually pretty good at smelling our world.

Tom Cruise reveals 'Top Gun 2' to start filming soon

The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he's about to fly back in.

Theater world loses vibrant 'light' with death of ex-Twin Cities actor at 34

Samuel Roberson Jr., who performed at Children's Theatre, Illusion and Pillsbury House before moving to Chicago, died Sunday at 34.

St Paul's celebrated Penumbra Theatre raises unprecedented $560K at 40th anniversary gala

The fundraising haul is a strong vote of confidence as the company enters its next phase.

Chris Blue wins 'The Voice,' with homeboy Jesse Larson fourth

The week's best Twin Cities jazz: Celebrating saxophone legend Lester Young

Ask Amy: Worker tries to cope with bullying boss

Hax: 'Dadzilla' seeks to take over wedding plans

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

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


Big bands coming to Grand Casino's outdoor concert series: Kiss, Rascal Flatts, Paramore
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Six shows are set for the amphitheater in Hinckley.

A 160-year-old Minnesota beer is coming back to life on Friday
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Gluek, a beer that's as old as Minnesota, is hitting store shelves again in a big way. "They told me, 'Nobody cares about Gluek Beer except you,' " its new seller says. "That really fueled me."


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

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

Extra! Extra! Fulton's new Star Tribune beer hits taproom Thursday, store shelves Friday
Bacon takes center stage in cheeseburger at Erik the Red in downtown Mpls.
'Super Mario Kart'-inspired rainbow doughnuts are a hit in Minneapolis skyway

The Abbott boathouse pg. 43 from “Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka” by Karen Melvin and Melinda Nelson.

Lore and lure of Lake Minnetonka's boathouses come to life in new book

'Mysterious' modern boathouse on Pokegama Lake was designed for family fun
Tonkadale's new owner grew up tending plants at grandparents' garden center
Room-by-room guide to ditching clutter, 5 minutes at a time

Minneapolis twangers the Cactus Blossoms talk 'Twin Peaks' ahead of Sunday's appearance

Chris Blue wins 'The Voice,' with homeboy Jesse Larson fourth
The Twin Cities' 5 big stadium concerts of the summer
New album reviews: Linkin Park goes pop, Mountain Goats go goth

Sarah Lacina returned a second time for this season of "Survivor."

Cop from Marion, Iowa, tops 19 others to win $1M on 'Survivor'

Chris Cornell's wife writes note: 'I know that was not you'
Man arrested inside Bullock's home convicted of stalking
Jury of 12 on Bill Cosby sex assault case includes 2 blacks

Capt. Jack Sparrow is back.

Johnny Depp's latest 'Pirates' installment merits mutiny

Even Dwayne Johnson's coolness can't rescue 'Baywatch'
'Wedding Plan' sticks to a familiar rom-com blueprint
Mini reviews of 'Paris Can Wait,' 'Buena Vista Social Club: Adios' and 'David Lynch: The Art of Life"

A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits.

Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says

26 patients die after upgrading Abbott blood pump at home
Annandale nursing home is faulted in patient's death
Ellison joins bid to let West Africans from Ebola-affected countries stay in U.S.

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

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?

Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next
No couch, one car: How these Minnesotans are living with less
Democrats use budget office report to attack GOP health bill

Will Twin Cities' own Jesse Larson win tonight on NBC's 'The Voice'?

How Minnesota writer Mark Frost teamed with David Lynch to resurrect 'Twin Peaks'
Home video: Stunning 'Logan' rides off into the sunset
TV picks for May 26-28: 'Ellen DeGeneres Show,' 'Dina Dana,' Jacques Pepin, Memorial Day Concert

Edinburgh Castle looms above the Old Town district of the Scottish capital.

In Edinburgh, Scotland, a new era of cool

Wisconsin creates Frank Lloyd Wright Trail, from Taliesin to humble homes
Midwest Traveler: Museums, barbecue, repeat in Kansas City
A must-see spot in Paris: Picpus Cemetery

Director Tyler Michaels led a rehearsal last weekend of “The Boy and Robin Hood,” the debut production of his new troupe Trademark Theater. Opening night is next Saturday at the Ritz Theater.

'Passion,' diversity and DIY spirit drive new Twin Cities theater companies

Theater world loses vibrant 'light' with death of ex-Twin Cities actor at 34
Quest for identity drives 'Refugia,' getting its world premiere at Guthrie
Performer brings one-woman play about a N.Y. family bracing for a hurricane

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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.


'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.


Ticket alert for May 26: James Vincent McMorrow, Abbacadabra and more

10 A.M. FRIDAYJon Regen, June 8 at the Dakota in Mpls. $15. dakotacooks.com. … House of Waters, June 13 at Vieux Carre in St. Paul.…


Performer brings one-woman play about a N.Y. family bracing for a hurricane

Pike St.Playwright and performer Nilaja Sun writes for TV ("Madam Secretary," "The Good Wife," "30 Rock"), but Twin Cities audiences will get to see Sun…