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Profile of Gary D. Hines, Music Director and Producer of the

Gary Hines celebrates 50 years of musical activism with Minnesota's Sounds of Blackness

Director Gary Hines has built the group from a student choir at St. Paul's Macalester College to three-time Grammy winners.
Playwright Christina Ham has been working on shows including Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

Playwrights, many with Minnesota ties, are changing the TV landscape

June 11
The Minneapolis-based Playwrights' Center has helped nurture the careers of Christina Ham and many others.
Music director Osmo Vänskä led the Minnesota Orchestra in their first performance in front of a live audience at Orchestra Hall since March 2020.

Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra welcome music lovers back to Orchestra Hall

June 12
REVIEW: Osmo Vänskä and his musicians offered classical comfort food to a limited audience.
Marigolds are a nice complement to carrots. The recipe is in Alan Bergo’s new book, “The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora.”
Eat & Drink

Twin Cities chef's new foraging book encourages eating local plants – even hosta

June 11
In "The Forager Chef's Book of Flora," author Alan Bergo introduces a new world to Midwestern cooks.
Louise Erdrich read from her novel “The Night Watchman” after it was published in 2020.

Minnesota novelist Louise Erdrich wins Pulitzer for personal story of 'persistence and survival'

June 11
"The Night Watchman" is based on Erdrich's grandfather and his efforts to preserve the Turtle Mountain band.
A view of the 10th Avenue Bridge looking east in the 1920s. The Twin City Rapid Transit Steam Power Plant is in the right background, the Stone Arch B

The colorful, confusing history of the two 10th Avenue Bridges in Minneapolis

June 12
Minneapolis had two 10th Avenue Bridges: One remains standing, the other left behind rare ruins.
Twin Cities pianist Steve Anderson, aka Steven C, hopped aboard a yacht with his keyboard at Afton Marina & Yacht Club. 

Twin Cities piano prince Steven C launches a 100-song 'yacht rock' collection

June 11
Prolific Twin Cities piano man Steven C hits a nautical note in a "yacht rock" set for Time Life.
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5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

June 11
Taste editor Nicole Hvidsten and restaurant critic Rick Nelson keep things cool as they highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.

Prince and Replacements LPs top our 10 picks for Saturday's Record Store Day

June 10
The music-nerd holiday is split into two installments this year, including a July 17 date.