August 12

Ask Amy: Wife's assignment gives husband writer's block

Dear Amy: For almost 30 years, I’ve been married to an eloquent, thoughtful writer. He turns mundane subjects into interesting reads. He’s smart and…
Variety
August 12
Swift, Downey Jr light up Teen Choice Awards

Swift, Downey Jr light up Teen Choice Awards

Swift, Downey Jr light up Teen Choice Awards
Variety
August 12
Legacy of Woodstock remembered 50 years later

Legacy of Woodstock remembered 50 years later

Woodstock was staged 80 miles northwest of New York City on a bucolic hillside owned by dairy farmer Max Yasgur. It was a great spot for peaceful vibes, but miserable for handling the hordes coming in by car.
Music
August 11
Queen guitarist Brian May and Adam Lambert shared the spotlight at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Thanks to hit biopic, Queen rules in St. Paul

Singer Adam Lambert — and the biopic — let guitarist Brian May be the star of the revived British rockers.
Variety
August 11
Gender gap in STEM fields could be due to girls’ reading skills, not math ability.

The STEM gender gap might be tied to girls' superior reading skills

Lack of females in science has nothing to do with their math skills, study suggests.
Movies
August 11

'Hobbs & Shaw' takes another victory lap at No. 1

Audiences helped the "Fast & Furious" spinoff "Hobbs & Shaw" take another lap at No. 1 even with an onslaught of four new major releases…
TV & Media
August 11
Dennis Franz and Kim Delaney on “NYPD Blue,” which aired from 1993 to 2005.

Revival of 'NYPD Blue' hasn't made it past the pilot stage

Q: Is there going to be a new "NYPD Blue"? If so, when will it be on?A: Fans of the police drama, which originally aired…
Duluth
August 11
Bob Dylan was the best man at Louie Kemp’s 1983 wedding in Duluth.

From summer camp to stardom, his friendship with Bob Dylan spanned 50 years

The life of Louie Kemp has been entwined with Bobby Zimmerman's since childhood.
Movies
August 10

Movies opening in the Twin Cities Aug. 14 and 16

Movies opening this week Wednesday The Angry Birds Movie 2 (PG) The flightless birds return. Friday Luce (R) An adoptee from Eritrea is…
Home & Garden
August 10
The project included knocking down a wall between the kitchen and living room, (in this photo), adding more lighting and restoring the cedar paneling.

'50s split-level home in Falcon Heights is refreshed for modern living

As with many homes from that era, the kitchen was originally dark and cut off from the rest of the living spaces.
TV & Media
August 10
George Takei

With new AMC series, 'Star Trek' veteran George Takei confronts real-life horror

The "Star Trek" legend and AMC team up to shine a light on one of the most tragic chapters in American history.
Home & Garden
August 10
Chef Amy Thielen and artist Aaron Spangler recently expanded their Park Rapids, Minn., cabin to add a better kitchen for Thielen.

Chef Amy Thielen, artist Aaron Spangler make a home in Minnesota woods

The dynamic couple completed an addition to their cabin home on the edge of a state forest some 200 miles northwest of the Twin Cities.
Variety
August 10
The town of Prypyat is seen against the background of the damaged reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Prypyat, Ukraine, in 2013.

Scientists distill vodka using grains, water from Chernobyl

They set out to show that safe agriculture is feasible in some of the abandoned areas.
August 10
Overhead compartments tend to fill quickly on full flights.

Should you check your bag or carry on? Here's what to consider when flying

Checking a bag vs. carrying it on is the great debate of airline travel.
Stage & Arts
August 10

'Bone man' artist Gendron Jensen dies at age 79

He died last month in New Mexico after a battle with a rare bone cancer. "The irony of that diagnosis was not lost on him," a friend said.
TV & Media
August 10
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.

Video review: Superheroes cry it out in 'Avengers: Endgame'

Superheroes cry it out The episodic and overstuffed “Avengers: Endgame” (⋆⋆⋆; PG13) shines in parts. The key conflict involves Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the…
TV & Media
August 10
Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie in “GLOW.”

TV picks for Aug. 11-15: 'David Makes Man,' 'GLOW,' 'Straight Up Steve Austin'

Put a ring on it “GLOW” has lost much of its luster since its knockout of a first season — and transplanting the action…
Variety
August 10
The World Record Muskie? This speciman weighing 69 pounds 8 ounces was caught in 1949 in Lake Court O'Reilles near Hayward, Wis., by Cal Johnson. The

Quick Trips: Paul Bunyan fest and National Musky Tournament, Eagle River, Wis., Irish fest in Milwaukee, Big Island Bar-B-Que, Albert Lea, Minn.

Eagle River, Wis. Bring your appetite and fishing poles to the 40th annual Paul Bunyan Fest and the 34th annual National Championship Musky Open Tournament.…
Eat & Drink
August 10
Jon Wipfli, chef/owner of Animales Barbeque Co. in northeast Minneapolis, fashions imaginative recipes that extend trout, sturgeon, salmon, walleye an

Northeast BBQ chef shares best tips for cooking fresh fish in new book

A new cookbook by Twin Cities chef Jon Wipfli offers dynamic, delicious approaches to familiar freshwater fish.
Inspired
August 10
Collaborative attorney and mediator Ron Ousky.

Edina divorce lawyer creates cards to help couples communicate better and maybe stay together

What if couples had a way to proactively practice talking to one another, not about kids or money stresses or in-laws, but about their own needs, vulnerabilities and desires?
Movies