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Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk' fails to take flight at Target Center

Performers from Cirque du Soleil's "Toruk."

REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil's retelling of "Avatar" lands like a dud at Target Center. There's a lot of eye candy, but ultimately the production fails to soar.

Children's Theatre's epic 'Last Firefly' literally was born in the playwright's belly

Boom (Ricardo Vazquez), left, hero of “The Last Firefly,” dodged his nasty stepfather Ax (Luverne Seifert) during a rehearsal at Children’s Theatre.

When playwright Naomi Iizuka was pregnant, she spoke constantly to the boy kicking and growing inside her, telling him stories that drew on her Japanese and Latina heritage. A decade later, she has shaped some of those tales into an 80-minute epic.

Gruff Swede sets the gold standard in curmudgery

“A Man Called Ove” starring Rolf Lassgard.

REVIEW: The Swedish film "A Man Called Ove" infuses the story of a lonely codger with freewheeling comic verve and quirky wisdom.

KFAN host, singer Chris Hawkey among 20 who contracted Legionnaire's

The ailment knocked Chris Hawkey off the job for nearly a week.

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Bon Iver re-emerges with an album that feels like an awkward embrace

In the five years between his last album and this one — his slipperiest and least tactile effort — Justin Vernon has remade his own mythology.

Twin Cities-based beauty school Regency closes all 79 locations

Regency Beauty Institute, with headquarters in St. Louis Park, has closed all of its 79 beauty schools, including several in Minnesota, without warning.

There's a lot that's peculiar about this fantasy

REVIEW: Tim Burton's macabre flair is perfectly suited to this adaptation of "Miss Peregrine."

Disaster thriller starts with a bang

REVIEW: The story of the disaster, based on a New York Times article, has been massaged into Hollywood-style heroics.

Artcetera: Springsteen remembers Born in St. Paul

Best concerts of the week: Terence Blanchard at the Ordway, more

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

Ticket alert: Christmas With Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith, more

Mixed Blood Theatre opens its season with a scorching 'Barbecue'

Art party Saturday with cut-paper collages that carry a counter-cultural edge

Throwback soul man Leon Bridges explores Funkytown at the Orpheum

The 27-year-old Texan proved to be a terrific showman.

Hax: Daughter's live-in rankles this parent

Ask Amy: Woman upsets household by finally moving out

Twin Cities Film Fest (please, don't call it "Festival") announces a big, bold schedule

Approaching its seventh season, the Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) has grown into a pretty solid local cultural shindig.


Twin Cities Film Fest (please, don't call it "Festival") announces a big, bold schedule
Artcetera

Approaching its seventh season, the Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) has grown into a pretty solid local cultural shindig.

Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk' fails to take flight at Target Center

REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil's retelling of "Avatar" lands like a dud at Target Center. There's a lot of eye candy, but ultimately the production fails to soar.


FCC beefs up emergency cellphone alerts

The federal government is beefing up emergency cellphone alerts like the one used in New York to advertise a search for a bombing suspect earlier in September.


5 Minneapolis distilleries offer cocktails with local flavor

The Twin Cities' distillery room scene has taken off with force in the past year and a half. These five distilleries with cocktail rooms offer local flavor in a glass.


Reviewed in brief: 'Queen of Katwe,' 'Masterminds,' 'The Dressmaker'

Queen of Katwe
⋆⋆½ out of four stars
Rated: PG for an accident scene and some suggestive material   Filled with platitudes…


TV picks for Sept. 30-Oct. 2: 'Crisis in Six Scenes,' 'America Undivided,' 'Madam Secretary'

Knock on WoodyStart the revolution without him. In Amazon's "Crisis in Six Scenes," Woody Allen's first genuine crack at a TV series, the writer/director…


Best concerts of the week: Drive By Truckers at First Avenue and more

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


HBO closer to filming 'Mogadishu, Minnesota' in Mpls. public housing

But producers of 'Mogadishu, Minnesota' must satisfy resident council before getting the final OK..


Italian Eatery serves up success in south Mpls., but there's a big but

REVIEW: The meals go beyond the usual suspects. Think brunch, for starters. However, there is one area where the kitchen's wobbliness is most evident: the pasta.


Style calendar

Ladies, your feet don’t have to hurt to look good. Pumpz in the Galleria in Edina is hosting a trunk show from 5-8 p.m. Fri.…


Minneapolis' most fashionable turn out for Envision fashion show

Runway looks were hit-and-miss at the 10th annual Envision Minneapolis fashion show. But the people-watching? Not to be missed.


Brazilian dance company shimmies its way back to Northrop

Grupo Corpo For more than 40 years, Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo has been reinventing Brazilian dance through the lens of contemporary dance and ballet.…


Cedar Cultural Center awarded $500,000 to boost Minnesota residencies for Somali artists

A newly awarded $500,000 grant will enable the Cedar Cultural Center to set up multiweek residencies for Somali artists at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, St.…


Alton Brown, showman of food TV, pulls back the curtain on his private life

He is a private, politically conservative Southerner who sometimes carries a Bible and a firearm. And he is probably much smarter than you.


Meet the Minnesotan who helped launch the careers of Lewis Black and other comedy stars

Dan Schlissel makes edgy new comedy the old-fashioned way. He's the owner of Stand Up Records, one of the country's premier indie comedy labels.


Sister, brother and dad remodel Edina home for multigenerational living

After their mother died a few years ago, Melissa, Adam and their father, Richard, chose to remain in the home so the siblings could continue to provide help and care for their dad.


TV picks for Sept. 29: 'Young Frankenstein,' 'Do the Right Thing,' 'Mighty Magiswords'

Sword play Tired of chasing fortune on Pokémon Go? Search for swords alongside siblings Prohyas and Vambre, the heavily caffeinated siblings in the animation series…


Local cider maker returns for Minneapolis dinner

A Minneapolis native -- and co-founder of Finnriver Cider -- is returning to the Twin Cities to help host a six-course cider feast at Wise Acre Eatery on Oct. 4.


Twin Cities actor is having a Glamour moment in magazine's new issue

Sun Mee Chomet, who is in 'The Last Firefly' that premieres at the Children's Theatre Friday, is featured in photos and video in the style magazine


Viral video hoax prompts social media blowback for KDWB's Dave Ryan

KDWB's Dave Ryan was blasted on social media Tuesday after a video of him being rude to a restaurant server made the rounds on the internet.


Get baking: It's time for the annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest

Enter your recipe in our annual holiday cookie contest.


Kindergarten is off to a rocky start – what's a parent to do?

I'm trying to keep my cool while respecting my kindergartner's emotions. But what if the situation doesn't improve?