Colson Whitehead on new novel: 'It's not just about slavery; it's about oppression'

Colson Whitehead

Novelist Colson Whitehead aims to change our heads with "The Underground Railroad."

Survivalist's former fortress turned into Italian-inspired country house

This Independence home's current owner added a pool and courtyard to evoke an "Italian country house."

This 5,000-square-foot house in Independence comes with 64 acres of wooded land, a tunnel to the barn — and a fireman's pole. You can have it for $1.495 million.

Hungry? Here's what's new in dining at the Mall of America

When it opens at the Mall of America in December, Rustica Cookies & Creamery will pair cookies with house-made soft-serve ice cream.

National chains like Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, Panera Bread and Naf Naf Grill will soon be opening at the Mall of America in Bloomington. But what has our restaurant critic excited is the upcoming Cookies & Cream by Rustica, which combines two favorite treats.

A tourist's take on the greening of Vienna

The Austrian capital is cosmopolitan, modern and whimsical, just like its evolving green scene.

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What should Prince's estate do to keep his music alive?

The tribute concert is over, and the museum is open. Here's how Prince's family should handle other posthumous projects.

It's time for Minnesota to stake its claim in the mega-Ferris wheel wars

The London Eye is illuminated in the colors of the French flag in tribute to the attacks in Nice, in London, Friday, July 15, 2016.

With everyone else getting giant Ferris wheels, we need a Minnesota version.

How some St. Paul college students are learning to connect without cellphones

Winton Poley, 18, and Marshall Jeppeson, 19, got to be friends after talking at a “conversation station” at Concordia University.

"Conversation stations" and other exercises help first-year Concordia University students reflect on technology.

St. Paul & the Broken Bones frontman talks new album, Prince, First Avenue

Broken Bones singer Paul Janeway talks sophomore slump and Prince ahead of two-night First Ave stand.

Are these the last little homes in Linden Hills?

Longtime owners of modest houses in red-hot neighborhoods watch their community change around them.

What to call your 'girlfriend' when you're of AARP age?

"Significant other" and/or "partner" sound weird. Is there something more age-appropriate?

Best of the week: Martin Luther exhibition, Schoolboy Q, 'Jitney,' Margo Price, more

You can be kept out of Canada for this?

Even misdemeanors can keep you from enjoying the Canadian coasts, including seeing the Cape d'Or Lighthouse in Nova Scotia.

Anyone traveling to Canada should know that your past can follow you to the border — and keep you from crossing it.

Heel strike or toe strike: What's the best form for running?

Both methods have advantages and drawbacks.

A white-knuckle climb up Yosemite's Half Dome

A brother's encouragement helps carry a teen through the scariest part of a 14-hour climb.

Ask Amy: Worker would rather get cash than cashmere

Hax: Reader's choice in men warrants therapy

Race issues taking center stage at Twin Cities theaters

Birds left out of Presidential candidate debates

Important to birds, important to us

C.J.: Soledad O'Brien brings "PowHERful" summit to St. Kate's

Emmy-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien’s “PowHERful” conference for young women is rolling into St. Paul. The PowHERful Twin Cities Summit is Oct. 29 at St.…

Home plan: Neo-prairie style brings the outdoors in

The quirky pivot front door welcomes guests to this warm, contemporary-style home. With wide overhangs and shaded bands of glass, it boasts an open C-shaped…

Renter with disability needs working elevator

Q: My 30-year-old son is a paraplegic and rents a third-floor studio apartment in Burnsville. Five days ago, while he was in his apartment, the…

10 common decorating mistakes — and how to avoid them

Designers share their pet peeves — and how to avoid them.

Home interiors help, holiday shopping event, menswear fabrics for fall

Home interiors helpIf you're planning to redo a room or are hunting for furniture, here's an opportunity to show your photos, fabric samples, Pinterest boards…

Best-looking libraries in Hennepin County

When it comes to innovative (and crowd-pleasing) architecture, Hennepin County is developing a sterling track record. Here are four of the best: Maple Grove Library…

Grieving Sheila E promises '99.9 percent' Prince songs at Orchestra Hall tribute

From a tattoo to a tribute concert Sunday in Minneapolis, the drummer is saluting her friend and ex-fiance.

C.J.: Soledad O'Brien brings "PowHERful" summit to St. Kate's

Emmy-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien’s “PowHERful” conference for young women is rolling into St. Paul. The PowHERful Twin Cities Summit is Oct. 29 at St.…

US stocks close mostly lower; eke out gain for the week

The major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday, capping a day spent wavering between small gains and losses. Phone companies were the biggest drag…

Choreographer explores the human body's inherent beauty with understated show at Walker Art Center

REVIEW: Choreographer Pavel Zuštiak asserts the human body's inherent beauty with an understated show at the Walker.

Minneapolis artist challenges Native American stereotypes with multimedia show 'Skin(s)'

With a new work that includes a dance piece and art exhibition, Minneapolis artist and choreographer Rosy Simas highlights the diversity of urban Natives.

NBC's 'This Is Us' is the surprise breakout hit of the fall TV season

Multilayered NBC family drama airs after "The Voice."

Brooklyn Park finally gets a landmark library

With its gorgeous new library, Brooklyn Park has the civic landmark that it has long deserved.

Viral video shows Nicki Minaj going full fangirl on Lauryn Hill

Nicki Minaj bows to no one. The rapper has made a name for herself by out-rapping her male counterparts on any song she’s featured. And…

Bob Dylan removes mention of Nobel Prize from his website

Dylan has not made any public mention of the Nobel in Literature award, and now even a brief note that had appeared on his website has been deleted.

Garage art gallery! Check out Sadie Halie in south Mpls. Saturday night

Human ResourcesSix years ago, it was apartment galleries. If you wanted an art space on the cheap, you purged your living room of furniture, mounted…

News of the Weird: Extreme bird-watching

John Weigel and Olaf Danielson are engaged in a frenzied battle of "extreme bird-watching," each hoping to close out 2016 as the new North American…

Yes, you will pack on holiday pounds

This is probably the least you'll weigh all year. Sorry, but it goes up from here.

TV picks for Oct. 22-23: 'Weiner,' 'Rats,' 'Dream Corp, LLC'

Nothing to hideLogic would dictate that Anthony Weiner keep the cameras at arm's length in the wake of a high-profile scandal, but logic has never…

Violinist Josefowicz played like 'a warrior princess' in Minnesota Orchestra's 'Scheherazade.2' concert

Review: Violinist Leila Josefowicz and the Minnesota Orchestra took full command of John Adams' re-imagined classic.

Speakers' sound, not their format, should drive the buying decision

Q: We had a family friend who designed his own speakers. He often told me that non-ported speakers were the way to go, although he…