Music
February 22
Dominick Argento at his home in Minneapolis in 2016.

Dominick Argento, acclaimed Minnesota opera composer, dies at 91

"For me, it's been a love affair with my community here," he once said. "I do think of myself as a Minnesota composer."
Eat & Drink
February 21
Justin Sutherland on 'Top Chef'

After a standout run, St. Paul 'Top Chef' contestant is sent home

While he waved the flag of the North Star State, Justin Sutherland found his minor mistakes got him ousted from the cooking competition.
Variety
February 21
People and vehicles by the thousands on the lake is a common sight at the annual Eel Pout Festival.

Eelpout Festival starts this week with size limits for vehicles on part of lake

Sheriff says there is concern about the ability of the ice to hold up with so many vehicles and thousands of people in a confined area.
February 21
A guest suite with a view of Lake Michigan at the Viceroy Chicago. The 18-floor pleated glass high-rise hotel sits in Chicago’s Near North Side.

Reimagined Viceroy hotel fits the bill on Chicago's Gold Coast

The 18-floor pleated glass high-rise hotel sits on the tony Near North Side.
February 21
Great White Sharks are an important species in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Flocking to the islands off San Francisco, home to seabirds and mammals

The rugged islands off San Francisco are home to seabirds and sea-loving mammals.
Variety
February 21
The Sleeping Giant — a 3-mile-long mesa and provincial park — sits across the namesake body of water from the city of Thunder Bay.

In the depths of winter, Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a sleeping giant

Even during a polar vortex, it's possible to discover the Ontario city's charms.
Variety
February 21
In northern Spain, the Asturias region is a natural choice for outdoor enthusiasts.(Photo by Anne Stein, special to the Star Tribune)

The Asturias region of Spain is a natural choice

Hikers and cyclists alike will appreciate the Asturias region's uncrowded mountain and valley trails.
February 21
People play volleyball on beach in Santa Catalina, Panama. Some might expect breakneck development on the country’s Pacific Coast, but instead you f

Easygoing Panama town swallows its visitors

Santa Catalina manages to escape the Pacific Coast's breakneck development.
Variety
February 21
Passengers board a bus at a Greyhound station in Atlanta.

Travel Troubleshooter: Greyhound bus broke down, leaving me stranded in California

Q: I boarded a Greyhound bus from Arcata, Calif., to Oakland at 9:30 a.m. A few miles down the road, the bus broke down on…
Eat & Drink
February 21
Hai Hai's Balinese chicken thigh.

Our food critic loves these 5 Twin Cities restaurants

From a Vietnamese hot spot to a fire-cooking award winner, these restaurants get the highest recommendation.
Stage & Arts
February 21
Giovanni DiGabriele, Sean Bell, Joseph Sammour, Frankie Leoni and Joshua Michael Burrage in the touring production of “A Bronx Tale.”

Infectious '60s soundtrack can't save Broadway's 'A Bronx Tale' in Minneapolis

Zippy songs can't save a Broadway musical with nowhere to go.
Movies
February 21
Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are both nominated for best supporting actress for “The Favourite” despite being co-leads in the film.

Increasingly, Oscars supporting actor categories have been won by slumming leads

You're a lead actor who wants an easier path to an Oscar? No problem. Go supporting.
Variety
February 21
Marshall Collier and Darcel and Michael Rainville.

Scene + Heard: East Minneapolis Exchange Club

Guests enjoyed drinks, dinner and bingo at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis to support the East Minneapolis Exchange Club, a volunteer service organization. Proceeds help to…
February 21
Jena Friedman takes on misogyny in “Soft Focus.”

In this prank show, the joke's on misogynistic men

Jena Friedman introduces a gonzo feminist perspective in Adult Swim's "Soft Focus."
February 21
Peter Tork in 1966.

Peter Tork, endearingly offbeat Monkee who studied music at Carleton, dies at 77

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, he mostly played bass and keyboard for the Monkees.
Music
February 21
Ariana Grande, “Thank U, Next”

New album releases: Ariana Grande takes leaps with her singing; Florida Georgia Line protests a lot

POP/ROCK Ariana Grande, “Thank U, Next” (Republic) No current pop star is more adept at stoking and channeling swells of online fan curiosity than…
Stage & Arts
February 21
Minneapolis Institute of Art
“Jessica,” a 1970 etching by Charles White.

Minneapolis museum show expands the boundaries of black identity

‘Mapping Black Identities’ Opening at the tail end of Black History Month, this multifaceted exhibition tactfully deconstructs the process of “mapping,” a colonial practice…
Variety
February 21
Extreme Horse Skijoring at Canterbury Park.

Family fun: Extreme Horse Skijoring at Canterbury Park

Going Extreme Canterbury Park displays the adrenaline-filled sport of skijoring as skiers are pulled behind a horse while dodging obstacles on the racetrack. Agile competitors…
TV & Media
February 21

TV picks for Feb. 22-24: Charley Pride, 'This Giant Beast,' 'Whiskey Cavalier,' Academy Awards

Pride (in the name of love) “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” may not be one of country music’s greatest tunes, but it sure sounds heavenly…
Stage & Arts
February 21
“The Birds, or Peter and Earl Want WiFi” is a stew of Aristophanes’ classic play and stoner comedy, playing at Phoenix Theater through Feb. 24.

'Bill and Ted' meet Aristophanes in Alleged Theatre's new Minneapolis play

Pete and Earl’s Excellent Adventure Through Feb. 24: Danylo Loutchko, one of the creators behind last year’s Minnesota Fringe hit “Hamlet but Hamlet’s a Chicken,”…
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