Pick of the week: This might be the ultimate example of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." The charming Swedish adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's children's novel "Ronia, the Robber's Daughter" has been a holiday mainstay at the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul since the mid-1980s. And for good reason. Lindgren adapted the script herself, ensuring that her high-spirited title character would remain true to her nature. The 10-year-old daughter of a robber baron, she befriends the son of a rival gang leader, and they embark on an adventure into a mysterious forest. Don't worry, Ronia won't steal your wallet — but she might steal your heart. The film is showing Monday and Saturday through Jan. 1 at St. Anthony Main Theatre. (mspfilm.org)
Looking back: This guy just can't stay out of the news. We're talking about John C. Calhoun, the person for whom a Minneapolis lake was named — and is about to be renamed because of his involvement with slavery. On Dec. 28, 1832, Calhoun made history by resigning as vice president of the United States because he couldn't get along with President Andrew Jackson. Perhaps he should have chilled out with a taco at Tin Fish.
Day by day: Got a gripe? Hold it until Tuesday, national Whiner's Day. Then you can let loose with your grumbling about the ugly tie you got from Uncle Bill (which looks a lot like the one you gave him last Christmas), the long lines at the return counters and the fact that it's cold in the winter.
Recommended reading: Pet owners who take a holistic approach to their health are doing the same with their dogs, including signing up Fido for massages, aromatherapy and acupuncture. Read about it in Thursday's Variety.