Brenda Biever noticed Carrie Underwood in the stands at a youth hockey tournament Friday in Edina.

“She came to see one of her girlfriends’ sons play youth hockey,” said Biever. Biever runs concessions at Minnesota Made Arena. “She came to watch one of the kids on the Machine; they were playing against the X-Treme from Canada. We run a tournament called Stars and Stripes the beginning of May every year. We have tons of kids coming in from out of state and Canada and compete.

“No one recognized her. She was in the stands and so I checked [with] one of my kids keeping score and was like, ‘Is that Carrie Underwood right there?’ and he was, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ Once I said it people started noticing and, of course, the hockey dads started noticing more than anybody,” laughed Biever. “It was pretty funny.”

Underwood told Biever that she had a concert in Wisconsin and then had an off day before performing in North Dakota.

Brown eats up Twin Cities

Food Network nerd Alton Brown gave Twitter followers beautiful vantage points of his time in Minnesota, which included a Mother’s Day appearance at the Orpheum.

Brown wrapped his mellifluous vocal cords around a 55-second voice-over about the Orpheum. It started on the outside, panning down the top of the Orpheum’s neon sign to the marquee announcing “Alton Brown Live,” and looked as if it was shot from a balcony at the Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis. Inside, while Brown was on the stage before his “Eat Your Science” show, there is an expansive look at the empty house.

Wait a minute. How can Brown be on stage, taking in the beautiful vistas of the Orpheum, while it’s being shot?

I fired off a tweet to Brown asking if he had one of the drones with a camera attached to it. Have not heard back from him.

Brown also dropped by Five Watt Coffee (thanks for tweeting that photo @petesieve), and tweeted about being at Hola Arepa and Electric Fetus. He had fun with a six-second video from the Electric Fetus where he was “shopping for vinyl.”

Prince predicts a woman president

Some of the haunting sentences and sentence fragments that leapt out at me while reading Brian Hiatt’s previously unpublished Jan, 25, 2014, Rolling Stone interview with Prince:

“… a strict vegan who, by his own account, sometimes doesn’t eat at all … he avoids sex: One of the most deliriously sensual performers who ever lived … insists he’s celibate. … ‘I used to record something every day. I always tease that I have to go to studio rehab.’ … ‘I’m not on a schedule, and I don’t have any sort of contractual ties. I don’t know in history if there [have] been any musicians [who] have been self-sufficient like that, not beholden. I have giant bills, large payrolls, so I do have to do tours. … But there’s no need to record anymore.’

“He notes of one empty space, murmuring something about eventually turning Paisley Park into a museum. … ‘We’re in the feminine aspect now. That’s where society is. You’re gonna get a woman president soon. Men have gone as far as they can, right? … I learn from women a lot quicker than I do from men. … At a certain point, you’re supposed to know what it means to be a man, but now what do you know about what it means to be a woman? Do you know how to listen? Most men don’t know how to listen.’

“He talks more about mentoring and helping peers, so I wonder aloud if he thinks he could’ve forestalled Michael Jackson’s fate. ‘I don’t want to talk about it,’ Prince says at first. ‘I’m too close to it. He is just one of many who have gone through that door — Amy Winehouse and folks. We’re all connected, right …’ ”

 

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