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Eyesore or worthy attempt? Sunken greenhouse pushes limits in Minneapolis

Volunteer Greg Strong inside the walipini, a sunken or pit greenhouse that combines passive-solar design with earth-sheltered building to create an environment for year-round growing even in very cold climates.

Northeast battle leads council member to ask city staffers to study the issue and make recommendations for defining and regulating such structures.

R. Kelly opens up, then hangs up, in interview before Orpheum holiday concert

R. Kelly’s “12 Nights of Christmas.”

In an abbreviated phone chat, Chicago's ill-reputed R&B singer only wanted to talk about his new, sexed-up Christmas album.

Review: D.C. political thriller 'Miss Sloane' wins the cynics' vote

This image released by Europa shows Jessica Chastain in a scene from, "Miss Sloane." (Kerry Hayes/Europa via AP)

"Miss Sloane" paints a blunt picture of a ruthless Capitol Hill power broker.

At the holidays, Minnesotans want Christmas cookies. In Wisconsin — it's taco dip

State-by-state data shows that Minnesotans are tops in searching for cookie recipes.

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Cocktails, coffee and ugly sweaters top this week's best restaurant events

NBC's failed "Hairspray Live!" was a snark-along for viewers at home

Bafflingly bad production values and poor pairings flattened a telecast that still had its high-C moments

The billionth Noel! This Minnesota Jew is tired of all the Christmas songs

I've spent dozens of holiday seasons politely smiling at the Salvation Army bell ringers and the random strangers who wish me "merry Christmas." They have no idea, nor any care, that I don't celebrate the holiday.

Red Cow owner's Red Rabbit opening soon in the North Loop

Here's a peek inside the new pizza-and-pasta restaurant and bar, set to open on Dec. 20.

Student's phone is the wrong gadget for recording class lectures

Pro-Ject Audio’s The Classic turntable.

News of the Weird: Baking soda not cracked up to be legal

Best tips for visiting a Christmas holiday light show in Minnesota

SHE crushes stereotypes with show of hip-hop and urban dance

review: All-female SHE dance collective boasts strong messaging and even stronger performances.

Karen Sherman's 'Soft Goods' is a moving tribute to stagehands

Review: "Soft Goods" at the Walker beautifully captures the inner lives of backstage workers.

Best concert of the week: Kristin Hersh at Cedar Cultural Center, Lizzo at First Avenue

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

Ask Amy: Ex-husband wants to issue STD warning

Hax: Wife's words are emotionally abusive

Orono reviews event policy after complaints about Lorie Line recitals

When is a private party a special event? The city is reviewing its regulations after neighbors objected to pianist's recitals.


C.J.: Miss Richfield, stubble and all, before her annual Illusion Theater holiday show
C.J.

Miss Richfield 1981 is “running for president of Minnesota” in her 18th holiday stand at Illusion Theater. From the “Trailer House to the State…

Minneapolis' tiniest four-star restaurant, Piccolo, is closing
Table Talk

After seven years, chef Doug Flicker is calling it quits "while we're still on top." Book your table: it's closing in March.


C.J.: Miss Richfield, stubble and all, before her annual Illusion Theater holiday show

Miss Richfield 1981 is “running for president of Minnesota” in her 18th holiday stand at Illusion Theater. From the “Trailer House to the State…


3 soon-to-open Minneapolis restaurants aim to 'elevate the classics'

Bonicelli Kitchen Beginning on Dec. 16, chef/owner Laura Bonicelli will channel her meal delivery business experience into this 50-seat restaurant. Breakfast will include croissants and…


Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.


Would urbanist Jane Jacobs have approved of Mpls. changes? New collection offers hints

"Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs" from the influential urbanist has lessons for us today.


Want to see a bigger, better 70mm "Rogue One"? You're in luck

The IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo is one of 12 screens nationally projecting the new Star Wars film in panoramic celluloid


It's happening! Broadway's 'Hamilton' is coming to Minneapolis

"Hamilton" will play Minneapolis in the 2018-19 season


How grocery stores became the new restaurants — and where to eat now in the Twin Cities

We ate our way through 12 Twin Cities area groceries to find the best on-the-go meals.


TV picks for Dec. 10-11: 'CNN Heroes,' 'Fuller House,' Aidan Quinn

Heroic measures It may be early in the Hollywood backslapping season, but you’ll be tempted to check out “The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards,” with…


McKnight's longtime boss of arts funding reflects on Minnesota scene

What's the state of Minnesota's arts scene? Exit interview with McKnight veep Neal Cuthbert.


'La La Land' star Ryan Gosling loves the thrill of surprise

The actor brings his knack for the unexpected to the musical "La La Land," opening Dec. 16.


How female superfans made 'Star Wars' their own

Vocal superfans obsess over the small but growing orbit of "Star Wars" heroines – and they're asking for more.


Former Miss America trades her crown for Converse to play in 'Fun House'

Former Miss America Kate Shindle takes the Orpheum stage this week in the Tony-winning, LGBT-themed musical "Fun Home."


Raghavan Iyer gets 'Smashed' with new cookbook on 75 ways to prepare potatoes

Mumbai-born author, cooking instructor and restaurant consultant pushes the lowly spud to its creative limits.


A fine tradition, skiing the Alps

It's untouched powder and mountains all around you, with black and white crags as far as you can see.


New United Airlines overhead-bin ban riles fliers

United Airlines is riling the flying public by decreeing that those who purchase seats at the lowest fares cannot use overhead bins to stow their…


Home video review: 'Suicide Squad' goes from bad to worse

"Suicide Squad" had promise: DC Comics' "baddest of the bad" are temporarily sprung from prison to fight forces even more evil. But the poorly paced story fails to deliver.


Twin Cities pastor is ousted from 'Survivor'

In an episode telecast Wednesday night on CBS, Sunday Burquest was eliminated in a season pitting GenXers vs. millennials and shot in Fiji.


Benedict Cumberbatch and Gael García Bernal add sizzle to the classics in TV roles

Benedict Cumberbatch and Gael García Bernal bring sexiness to high-toned roles.


Duluth men's group renews fight against sexploitation

A bold new campaign in this season of frenzied consumption reminds us of what should never be for sale: women and girls.


10,000 purple lights: Minnesota family honors Prince with holiday display

The ambitious light display blinks to the tune of "Purple Rain."