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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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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.
Museums are literally mind-expanding, researchers say

Museums are literally mind-expanding, researchers say

Museum visits not only influence what we learn, but how we learn.
May Day, Cinco de Mayo or Festival of Nations: Which fest is best?

May Day, Cinco de Mayo or Festival of Nations: Which fest is best?

Festival season roars in this weekend with three biggies. Here's how to decide which one is right for you.
SPCO names star violinist Kuusisto as newest artistic partner

SPCO names star violinist Kuusisto as newest artistic partner

The wildly creative Finnish violinist begins his tenure in September 2016.

Minnesota Film & TV Board under scrutiny after legislative auditor raises concerns

House leaders aim to eliminate film subsidies as a report questions their economic benefits.
Dude, where's my museum?

Dude, where's my museum?

Thanks to recent efforts to woo youth to Minnesota museums, the stereotype of the long-suffering teenager on a forced march, slouching past priceless sculptures and paintings, seems as antiquated as an Etruscan bust.
A day at the zoo-seum: Behind the scenes at 'Big Bugs'

A day at the zoo-seum: Behind the scenes at 'Big Bugs'

A behind-the-scenes peek at preparations for the Minnesota Zoo's "Big Bugs" reveals the stagecraft involved in a show-stopping exhibit.
Minn. documentary 'Miss Tibet' chronicles a beauty pageant for exiles

Minn. documentary 'Miss Tibet' chronicles a beauty pageant for exiles

A young Minneapolis woman represents a country she's never been to in the documentary "Miss Tibet."
Road trip-worthy museums

Road trip-worthy museums

Check out Greater Minnesota’s coolest history museums, from a beautifully preserved G.A.R. Hall to an award-winning exhibit on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.
Meet the anti-diva behind Target designs

Meet the anti-diva behind Target designs

In charge of keeping apparel and home goods affordably stylish, Julie Guggemos puts the "Tar-zhay" in Target without leaving behind her down-home roots.

Next Minnesota Orchestra season features Beethoven, Sibelius

First full season following lockout is long on traditional repertory.
How a Mpls. show helped spark mid-1990s 'culture wars'

How a Mpls. show helped spark mid-1990s 'culture wars'

The brouhaha will be remembered at various events this week.
Choral opera 'The Radio Hour' a new kind of looking-glass

Choral opera 'The Radio Hour' a new kind of looking-glass

Composer Jake Heggie takes VocalEssence through a new kind of looking glass.
How a Mpls. show helped spark mid-1990s 'culture wars'

How a Mpls. show helped spark mid-1990s 'culture wars'

The brouhaha began over some paper towels. The towels were tinged with human blood, used in a live act by a radical HIV-positive artist in…

Park Square Theatre in St. Paul announces 2015-16 season

Lineup features plenty of variety and local talent.
George Takei shows wit with Minneapolis variety show

George Takei shows wit with Minneapolis variety show

In town for a two-night "Wits" gig, the social media star and "Star Trek" icon's current passion is the Broadway musical he's mounting this fall.
The 'Wits' of George Takei

The 'Wits' of George Takei

"Star Trek" and social media star George Takei is in town for "Wits."
Schubert Club's 2015-16 season features Josh Bell, Bryn Terfel

Schubert Club's 2015-16 season features Josh Bell, Bryn Terfel

Highlights of 11 recitals and chamber concerts also include Patricia Kopatchinskaja's new group, quartet-lab.
How two Minnesotans helped build 'Birdman'

How two Minnesotans helped build 'Birdman'

Two Minnesotans talk about their challenges in creating sets for the Oscar favorite.
SPCO finally gets a hall of its own

SPCO finally gets a hall of its own

The Ordway Concert Hall is not just a hand-in-glove artistic fit for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, but a psychological home, too.
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