Books
August 10

Booksellers recommend books: Subtext on 'The Summer Demands'

“The Summer Demands,” by Deborah Shapiro This is a slow and sultry novel that feels like summer itself. Approaching her 40th birthday and…
Music
August 10
Ben Folds

Best of the Week (Aug. 11-18): Surly double bills, Dobet Gnahore, Rhythmically Speaking, Greek Festival, more

2 + 2 = 1 big week at Surly This week’s pair of big Surly Brewing outdoor concerts are each twofer offerings with bands that…
Variety
August 10
Vacation rentals in Kissimmee feature Star Wars-themed bedrooms.

'Star Wars'-themed vacation rentals in Florida; airlines are adding bigger overhead bins

‘Star Wars’-inspired rentals The room looks like it’s straight out of “Star Wars.” A disabled TIE fighter sits in the middle, doubling as a TV-viewing…
August 9
Trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

Stocks fall again on trade-war worries, capping a wild week

Stocks stumbled Friday as worries flared yet again that President Donald Trump's trade war with China may be worsening. It was a fitting end to a wild week where markets zoomed down, up and down again as investors recalibrated by the minute how much the tensions will hurt the global economy.
Movies
August 9
Michael Garza and Zoe Colletti in “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”

Movie review: 'Scary Stories' is a scream

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” actually makes you care about the fates of its characters, likable or venal. It has a way of…
Variety
August 9
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Lileks: Slow and steady, that's the ticket – literally

State's new slowpoke driver law spurs righteous — and right lane — indignation.
Stage & Arts
August 9
The fountains at the renovated Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis flowed over the reflecting pool.

$10 million later, the renovated Peavey Plaza is an accessible success

A renovation has restored the downtown gem's singular looks while making it accessible to all.
TV & Media
August 9
Michelle Lanier shared stories of her grandmother’s legacy and her family’s life in North Carolina for “Family Pictures.”

TV picks for Aug. 12: 'Family Pictures,' 'The Terror: Infamy,' 'Straight Up Steve Austin'

Snap judgments Photographer Thomas Allen Harris asks folks to share their “Family Pictures,” revealing an intimate history of America in this three-part series that…
Variety
August 9
The last Perkins in Minneapolis city limits, adjacent to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, closed its doors on July 14.

Lileks: Perkins may not be 'us,' but we are Perkins

We like to think it will always be there, promising pancakes and a bottomless cup of coffee.
Celebrities
August 9
Gittelson Jewelers staff: Molly Braun, general manager; Gene Gittelson, owner; Michael Gittelson, vice president.

C.J.: 34 years of Gittelson Jewelers customer service, including a 3 a.m. Prince appointment

For the past eight years, Gene and his son Michael Gittelson have been sharing the 297-square-foot space with Molly Braun, the general manager, who sometimes witnesses familial squabbling.
Music
August 9
English soprano Anna Dennis, performing at the 2018 Lakes Area Music Festival in "The Magic Flute."

Operetta in Brainerd and Mozart outdoors: The week's best classical concerts

Seldom-staged Offenbach Jacques Offenbach was the king of light opera in 19th-century Paris, but his more serious opera “The Tales of Hoffmann” dominates what we…
August 9
The Archie & Oscar faux leather Cornelia Dog Sofa ($399.99).

A $5,000 cat tower? Furniture for pets gets a fancy and spendy upgrade

For those who treat their cats and dogs like family (in some cases better than family), designers are creating stylish, even glamorous, furniture.
Variety
August 9

Hax: Turn those judgments into compassion

Dear Carolyn: My oldest son has informed me that he is finished with family gatherings “like a circus” and wants to visit only my husband…
TV & Media
August 9

TV picks for Aug. 10-11: 'Manson: The Women,' 'Teen Choice 2019,' 'My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres'

Helter skelter If Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has you wanting to learn more about Charles Manson, check out “Manson: The…
Variety
August 9
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Digital dating: 10 tips to help you make an eye-catching profile

Whether you've been online dating for one year or five years, have tried Tinder or eHarmony, are 25 or 65, here's some advice.
Inspired
August 9
credit goes to the Catlin Family.

Autistic savant keeps more than 5,000 birthdays in her head and never errs

The addresses and birthdays are not listed in a personal address book but are instead permanently encoded in her brain.
August 9
Victoria Wells and Kevin Lambert, left, watched Carol Munday play at open piano night, with Tio Brown her chorus.

In makeshift piano bar, a city comes together

In basement piano bar, musicians find a welcoming audience.
August 9
Rachel Oehlert dressed as Snow White, preparing to read to sick children at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora in April 2016. MUST CREDIT: Court

Costumed readers bring joy and escape to sick kids

Characters are make-believe, but connections made with kids are real.
Variety
August 9
Watch Minnesota State Fair photographer wrangle farm animals for adorable portrait

Watch Minnesota State Fair photographer wrangle farm animals for adorable portrait

If you thought wrangling your toddler for a holiday photo shoot was hard, imagine convincing a pair of chickens to stand in one spot for…
Home & Garden
August 9

Renting and the law: Tenant wary of new manager's requests

Q: I rent a house, and the management company recently changed. Yesterday I received an e-mail saying there is a city inspection coming up, so…
Movies