Twin Cities jazz saxophonist Irv Williams, who chose family over stardom, dies at 100

Twin Cities jazz saxophonist Irv Williams, who chose family over stardom, dies at 100

After working with Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and many greats, Mr. Smooth blew his horn until his final days in the Twin Cities.
Books

It takes a village

December 13
The group of artists behind the John Coy book, "My Mighty Journey" will win the 2020 Minnesota Book Artist award.
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Mill City Summer Opera plans its first non-Mill City season in St. Paul

December 12
The company will stage "Rigoletto" at Paikka, an events space in St. Paul's Vandalia Tower.
Jeff Foxworthy will headline second year of Minneapolis Comedy Festival
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Jeff Foxworthy will headline second year of Minneapolis Comedy Festival

December 12
The comedy festival will take over downtown Minneapolis for the second time next June.
KARE-TV wins two of broadcasting's biggest national awards
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KARE-TV wins two of broadcasting's biggest national awards

December 12
The local NBC affiliate is a big winner for the 2020 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.
The Current's birthday bash at First Ave scales back, taps buzz-worthy new bands
Music

The Current's birthday bash at First Ave scales back, taps buzz-worthy new bands

December 12
The Jan. 18 party at First Ave is scaled back from prior years' two-night lineups.
Maria Muldaur and John Jorgenson deliver a jazzy, bluesy and humorous twist to Christmas music
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Maria Muldaur and John Jorgenson deliver a jazzy, bluesy and humorous twist to Christmas music

December 12
Besides playing obscure vintage holiday tunes, they reworked "Midnight at the Oasis" for Christmas at the Dakota.
Theater

In sunny L.A., 'Frozen' and its Eagan star start making their way to Minneapolis

December 11
The musical, which stars Eagan's Caroline Innerbichler, is on a tour that brings it to Minneapolis May 6.
Movies

'Purple Rain' now the second Minnesota-made movie in the National Film Registry

December 11
Prince's 1984 semi-autobiographical breakthrough enters with a 2019 class that also includes "Platoon," "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Boys Don't Cry."
Movies