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Kristin Tillotson

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A Strib journalist for nearly 20 years, Kristin Tillotson now writes mostly for features on a broad range of topics, and sometimes for news.
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Twin Cities arts leaders talk digital media, ticket prices, diversity and more

Twin Cities arts leaders talk digital media, ticket prices, diversity and more

Leaders of four of the Twin Cities' largest arts institutions tackle questions facing our community, and the arts world.
Twin Cities arts leaders talk digital media, ticket prices, diversity and more

Twin Cities arts leaders talk digital media, ticket prices, diversity and more

Leaders of four of the Twin Cities' largest arts institutions tackle questions facing our community, and the world at large.
How Amy Schumer became the hottest comedian in America

How Amy Schumer became the hottest comedian in America

Amy Schumer has rocketed to the top of the comedy world. What made her the It Woman of funny?

Hennepin Theatre Trust gets $200K from Southwest Airlines to spruce up the street

Hennepin Theatre Trust wants public input as it uses grant to brighten five-block stretch.
Twin Cities classical fans go barhopping with Beethoven

Twin Cities classical fans go barhopping with Beethoven

Classical musicians venture out of the concert hall and into bars to connect with new listeners.
MSPIFF gives Minnesota-made films their moment

MSPIFF gives Minnesota-made films their moment

From bootleg booze to Somali struggles, the 15 local features in MSPIFF cover a wide terrain.
SPCO offers free tickets for kids for 2016-17 season

SPCO offers free tickets for kids for 2016-17 season

The chamber orchestra's plans include tours and new artistic partners.
Minnesota Orchestra's tour of Europe will include an 'emotional homecoming' for Vänskä

Minnesota Orchestra's tour of Europe will include an 'emotional homecoming' for Vänskä

In August, the orchestra will play in Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and the music director's former home of Lahti.
Radio host Ira Glass takes 20 years of 'This American Life' to the State Theatre stage

Radio host Ira Glass takes 20 years of 'This American Life' to the State Theatre stage

The host reflects on 20 years of "This American Life," the podcast boom and the story that can't be repeated on the radio.
Fearless to the end: Performance artist Jaime Carrera dies at age 43

Fearless to the end: Performance artist Jaime Carrera dies at age 43

The poet Langston Hughes wrote that “an artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to…
Fearless to the end: Performance artist Jaime Carrera dies at age 43

Fearless to the end: Performance artist Jaime Carrera dies at age 43

The poet Langston Hughes wrote that “an artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to…
From Mahler to Dessa: Minnesota Orchestra announces 2016-17 season

From Mahler to Dessa: Minnesota Orchestra announces 2016-17 season

Young conductors, new music will be in the mix for Minnesota Orchestra's 2016-17 season.
'The How and the Why': Two generations of women take on science and each other

'The How and the Why': Two generations of women take on science and each other

"The How and the Why" uses biology as a metaphor in a story that's really about an unexpected relationship between two academic women of different generations.
How museums learned to stop worrying and love the digital world

How museums learned to stop worrying and love the digital world

How about a selfie with the Oracle of Delphi? Museums are targeting new audiences by embracing all forms of digital media.
Minnesota Orchestra's Erin Keefe is the power beside the podium

Minnesota Orchestra's Erin Keefe is the power beside the podium

As concertmaster, she is a confident, candid musician who leads with her art.
Funded by Wal-Mart heir, new Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit is all-American road trip

Funded by Wal-Mart heir, new Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit is all-American road trip

Touring exhibit at Minneapolis Institute of Art celebrates lesser known talents from around the nation.
Sex work becomes a stage work for Mpls. storyteller Colleen 'Inga' Kruse

Sex work becomes a stage work for Mpls. storyteller Colleen 'Inga' Kruse

Minneapolis storyteller Colleen Kruse turned her time as a fetish worker into a one-woman show with Hollywood ambitions.
Twin Cities teens sing their souls out for Witness concert

Twin Cities teens sing their souls out for Witness concert

VocalEssence, the Morehouse Glee Club and 200 Twin Cities teens will celebrate the African-American choral tradition.
Sex educator Annie Sprinkle romances the Earth – and Walker Art Center

Sex educator Annie Sprinkle romances the Earth – and Walker Art Center

Annie Sprinkle leads an "ecosexual" walking tour of Walker Art Center during its all-night Valentine's party.
Obituary: Curious and gregarious, Charles Brin was the voice of Fresh Air Radio

Obituary: Curious and gregarious, Charles Brin was the voice of Fresh Air Radio

Charles Brin loved Edgar Allan Poe's "The Telltale Heart." An actor and co-founder of KFAI Fresh Air Radio and longtime host of the weekly program…
Plymouth photographer has it covered when it comes to hit paperbacks

Plymouth photographer has it covered when it comes to hit paperbacks

Who knew you could make a career as a paperback photographer? Enterprising Elisabeth Ansley of Plymouth is doing just that, from Stephen King to Nora Roberts.
Lit superstar pals Marlon James, Dave Eggers team up to nurture young writers

Lit superstar pals Marlon James, Dave Eggers team up to nurture young writers

Marlon James and Dave Eggers will appear at St. Paul program's fundraiser.
Guerrilla Girls swing into Twin Cities for art-world 'takeover'

Guerrilla Girls swing into Twin Cities for art-world 'takeover'

Known for fighting bias in the art world, the feminist agitators arrive in Minnesota for a series of events.
Is Twin Cities the U.S. dating capital? 'Great Love Debate' is betting on it

Is Twin Cities the U.S. dating capital? 'Great Love Debate' is betting on it

The quip-spewing guy behind a multishow singles event calls the Twin Cities a hothouse of romantic possibility.
Teddy Roosevelt and Elvis bring down house at Walker Art Center

Teddy Roosevelt and Elvis bring down house at Walker Art Center

Review: A president and a rock god road-trip through personal and national identity issues in "Out There" opener.
Minnesota arts groups lead a new charge into Cuba to connect

Minnesota arts groups lead a new charge into Cuba to connect

Minnesotans are at the forefront of the rush to Cuba after Obama's diplomatic thaw.
Still provocative, Walker Art Center's Out There also aims for profound

Still provocative, Walker Art Center's Out There also aims for profound

The Walker's annual series features a historic odd couple, a man wounded by a sniper and more.
Comic Lizz Winstead winds up 2015 in Minneapolis, with plenty to poke fun at

Comic Lizz Winstead winds up 2015 in Minneapolis, with plenty to poke fun at

Minneapolis-bred wiseacre Lizz Winstead has no shortage of material for her year-in-review show.
Thanks to gift from Amplatz, Cowles Center will get a $3 million fix-up

Thanks to gift from Amplatz, Cowles Center will get a $3 million fix-up

Caroline Amplatz's gift will go toward rehab of the 1888 building in the Cowles Center complex.
So you think you can dance like a fifth-grader?

So you think you can dance like a fifth-grader?

A beginners' ballroom contest for Twin Cities kids was more fun — and more real — than any reality TV show.
It's sibling revelry as only Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can do it in 'Sisters'

It's sibling revelry as only Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can do it in 'Sisters'

REVIEW: In the new comedy "Sisters," Tina Fey and Amy Poehler overindulge in just about everything but subtlety.
SPCO rebounds from lockout with a robust financial year

SPCO rebounds from lockout with a robust financial year

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra sold out all shows in its new hall and set a record for ticket revenue.
Black Friday reboot: Ideas to #OptOutside in the Twin Cities

Black Friday reboot: Ideas to #OptOutside in the Twin Cities

Why battle the mall crowds when you can lace up and enjoy the day, Minnesota-style?
Review: Bryan Cranston's performance in 'Trumbo' will make you forget about Walter White

Review: Bryan Cranston's performance in 'Trumbo' will make you forget about Walter White

REVIEW: Bryan Cranston gives blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo his due in a surprisingly fun biopic.
Meet the 'house man' who makes Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre tick

Meet the 'house man' who makes Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre tick

One of the local theater scene's biggest VIPs has never appeared on stage – and he likes it that way.
'Breaking Bad' behind him, Bryan Cranston takes on Congress as 'Trumbo'

'Breaking Bad' behind him, Bryan Cranston takes on Congress as 'Trumbo'

The "Breaking Bad" star dons a handlebar mustache and First Amendment zeal to play the blacklisted screenwriter.
Pulitzer-winning author Stacy Schiff revisits Salem in 'The Witches'

Pulitzer-winning author Stacy Schiff revisits Salem in 'The Witches'

Pulitzer-winning Talking Volumes guest Stacy Schiff reveals the sensational scandal of the colonial Salem witch trials, the subject of her latest book..
Carey Mulligan relishes female-centric film 'Suffragette'

Carey Mulligan relishes female-centric film 'Suffragette'

Actor Carey Mulligan and screenwriter Abi Morgan savor experience — and message — of "Suffragette."
Sister soldiers in 'Suffragette' show how women rocked the vote

Sister soldiers in 'Suffragette' show how women rocked the vote

REVIEW: "Suffragette" resparks a forgotten history lesson – how ordinary women waged war to gain the vote.
Small space builds strong bonds in exceptional 'Room'

Small space builds strong bonds in exceptional 'Room'

Review: A homemade prison can't defeat an abducted young mother's drive to free herself and her young boy in the indie gem "Room."
Invasion of the pod people: 'Night Vale' writers coming to St. Paul

Invasion of the pod people: 'Night Vale' writers coming to St. Paul

Night Vale, the locale of a cult-hit podcast, is one strange, intriguing little community in the desert Southwest. The spinoff book is just as engrossing.
Jonathan Franzen unfazed at being a digital-age punching bag

Jonathan Franzen unfazed at being a digital-age punching bag

Our first Talking Volumes guest talks about his new novel, his animus for online culture and his tendency to attract controversy.
A fine bromance: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will spar tonight in Mpls.

A fine bromance: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will spar tonight in Mpls.

AC2 — aka Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper — take their high-profile friendship on the road in a freewheeling live show Saturday at the State Theatre.

A fine bromance: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will spar in Minneapolis

AC2 — aka Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen — take their high-profile friendship on the road in a freewheeling live show Saturday at the State.
Minneapolis composer Jake Runestad connects with veterans' struggles

Minneapolis composer Jake Runestad connects with veterans' struggles

Young Minneapolis composer Jake Runestad connects with the struggles of war veterans in "Dreams of the Fallen."
Guthrie's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' plays to the present as well as the past

Guthrie's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' plays to the present as well as the past

Harper Lee's tale may be best known as a novel and movie, but it promises fresh insights on stage in a Guthrie production opening Friday.
Pianist Natasha Paremski rocks another Russian heavyweight with Minnesota Orchestra

Pianist Natasha Paremski rocks another Russian heavyweight with Minnesota Orchestra

After a splashy Minnesota Orchestra debut last year with the "Rach 3," pianist Natasha Paremski will tackle Tchaikovsky next.
'American Ultra' smokes competition of stoner/assassin movies

'American Ultra' smokes competition of stoner/assassin movies

REVIEW: Jesse Eisenberg plays a baked store clerk who's amazed to discover he's a special agent in "American Ultra."
'Diary of a Teenage Girl' explores curiosity, lust and self-doubt

'Diary of a Teenage Girl' explores curiosity, lust and self-doubt

REVIEW: The irrepressible heroine of "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" goes down some dark paths, lightly.
Actor Jesse Eisenberg gets physical in 'American Ultra'

Actor Jesse Eisenberg gets physical in 'American Ultra'

The wide-ranging movie actor talks "American Ultra," "The End of the Tour" and his new short-story collection.
Actress embodies famed sex therapist in 'Becoming Dr. Ruth'

Actress embodies famed sex therapist in 'Becoming Dr. Ruth'

Being America's most famous sex therapist might seem a substantial enough accomplishment for any résumé. But before she earned those laurels, Dr. Ruth ­Westheimer was a sharpshooter with the Israeli army.
Canoes, kayaks and sailboats stage 'boat ballet'

Canoes, kayaks and sailboats stage 'boat ballet'

The free hourlong performance on the Mississippi in north Minneapolis is part of the third annual Riverfront Fest, designed to help revitalize an underused portion of the Mississippi corridor.
Mischief and Mozart will mix when Igudesman & Joo play with Minn. Orchestra

Mischief and Mozart will mix when Igudesman & Joo play with Minn. Orchestra

With Igudesman & Joo, the music is virtuosic and the comedy sidesplitting.
Arts crawl celebrates creatives who've made mark on Mpls' North Side

Arts crawl celebrates creatives who've made mark on Mpls' North Side

The main artery of W. Broadway is in the middle of an artistic and culinary renaissance.
Summer is showtime for Sod House, Minnesota's whistle-stop theater

Summer is showtime for Sod House, Minnesota's whistle-stop theater

Delivering a '70s-style variety show with a polka-band beat, "Hoopla Train" is bound for small towns throughout Minnesota.
Minnesota Orchestra's 'summer cousin' plans global journey for Sommerfest

Minnesota Orchestra's 'summer cousin' plans global journey for Sommerfest

Conductor and pianist Andrew Litton, Minnesota Orchestra's "summer cousin," returns.
Talking Volumes to host Jonathan Franzen, Jane Smiley, John Irving

Talking Volumes to host Jonathan Franzen, Jane Smiley, John Irving

Four literary powerhouses and a pair of podcast writers will be guests for the upcoming Talking Volumes season.
In a new memoir, Gretchen Carlson gets real

In a new memoir, Gretchen Carlson gets real

From violin prodigy to Miss America to TV news star, Anoka native Gretchen Carlson reveals in a new memoir how she has dealt with sexism, a stalker and those cringeworthy "SNL" spoofs.
Daddy's girls boost the drama on popular TV shows

Daddy's girls boost the drama on popular TV shows

Fathers and daughters on some of television's best shows reflect the more honest relationships of their nonfictional counterparts.
American Indians bring back traditional lacrosse in Osseo tourney Saturday

American Indians bring back traditional lacrosse in Osseo tourney Saturday

Braids flying, sticks scooping, American Indian lacrosse players of all ages bring back a tradition that's more than a game.
Park Square's new Sherlock Holmes mystery set at St. Paul Winter Carnival

Park Square's new Sherlock Holmes mystery set at St. Paul Winter Carnival

Park Square brings back its popular Holmes and Watson duo to investigate bloody murder on the Mississippi during the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
Whether it's Puccini or Sondheim, Skylark Opera fest is all about love

Whether it's Puccini or Sondheim, Skylark Opera fest is all about love

Skylark Opera stages the rarely performed "La Rondine" and "Putting It Together" for its eighth summer festival.
One Voice Mixed Chorus aims to 'smash the box' of gender stereotypes

One Voice Mixed Chorus aims to 'smash the box' of gender stereotypes

One Voice Mixed Chorus stages a musical exploration of LGBT acceptance.
'Orange Is the New Black' fans have strength of conviction

'Orange Is the New Black' fans have strength of conviction

The women's prison dramedy "Orange Is the New Black" holds viewers captive.
Bud Kraehling, WCCO's 'Walter Cronkite of TV weather,' dies at 96

Bud Kraehling, WCCO's 'Walter Cronkite of TV weather,' dies at 96

Bud Kraehling didn't have a meteorology degree. But for nearly 50 years, his was the weather forecast that Minnesotans trusted.Kraehling, who died Wednesday night at…

Colleagues remember WCCO weatherman Bud Kraehling

Former colleagues of 50-year WCCO weatherman Bud Kraehling, who died Wednesday at 96, share some memories: Don Shelby, former news anchor who began as a…
SPCO's Liquid Music series ventures down bold new paths next season

SPCO's Liquid Music series ventures down bold new paths next season

Poliça and Kid Koala are among guests for 2015-16 season for experimental series that blends genres and art forms.
Rare Hawaiian monk seals make home at Minn. Zoo

Rare Hawaiian monk seals make home at Minn. Zoo

It is the only place that the public can view the endangered species outside of the Hawaiian Islands.
Local Michael Jackson tribute dancers won't stop till they get enough

Local Michael Jackson tribute dancers won't stop till they get enough

The St. Paul duo behind a Michael Jackson tribute show won't stop till they get enough.
Bestselling authors of young-adult fiction team up on fantasy series

Bestselling authors of young-adult fiction team up on fantasy series

Popular YA authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black have teamed up to launch a five-book fantasy series about a boy reluctant to use his superpowers.
Azar Nafisi continues love affair with American lit

Azar Nafisi continues love affair with American lit

Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and a guest at Talking Volumes on Nov. 5, views fiction as "the moral guardian of the American dream."
'The Language Archive' at Park Square: When words fail, drama follows

'The Language Archive' at Park Square: When words fail, drama follows

At Park Square, "The Language Archive" explores communication troubles between lovers.
Mpls. playwrights thrive through Mellon Foundation

Mpls. playwrights thrive through Mellon Foundation

Residency grants have allowed two local women the luxury of calling one theater home for three years.
Minn.-made series 'Theater People' puts big drama on small screen

Minn.-made series 'Theater People' puts big drama on small screen

The Minnesota-made online series "Theater People" deftly spoofs the professional and personal lives of stage actors. This show just might have legs.
At Como and Minnesota zoos, tiny critters are big draws

At Como and Minnesota zoos, tiny critters are big draws

Nothing gets more faces pressed to glass than the irresistible pull of the youngest animals. "We could have a brand-new big animal and the babies will still get more visitor interaction and online photos," one Minnesota Zoo keeper says.
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