Eat & Drink
August 4
Yia Vang stands in front of the new location for his forthcoming brick-and-mortar restaurant, Vinai, which celebrates food from his family's Hmong her

Highly anticipated Hmong restaurant coming to northeast Minneapolis

Yia Vang has a new home for his restaurant, named after the refugee camp in Thailand where he was born.
August 4
“Muppets Now” is a six-episode series.

'Muppets Now' relives the good old days

Franchise reboot aims to recapture the freewheeling spirit of the '70s original.
Music
August 4
Photos from inside the Turf Club this past week show the demolition work happening inside the popular live music venue.

Turf Club 'completely gutted' but expected back in full after riot damage

St. Paul's live music haven suffered fire and water damage in May bad enough to match its $1 million 2013 renovations.
Variety
August 4
How to know if you’re being asked to a black mask event? Ask your host, nicely.

How should you respond to a party invitation during the pandemic?

Q: You’ve been invited to a party. You aren’t sure about the number of attendees, if the event will be outdoors, whether social distancing will…
Music
August 4
Barb Brynstad with Adam Levy of Turn Turn Turn performed at Icehouse in Minneapolis last weekend after weighing safe gig options.

Minnesota musicians wrestle with safety concerns as live gigs slowly resume

Now that some venues are free to host shows again with extra precautions, it's the musicians themselves who are sometimes making the hard decision whether to go through with the show.
Music
August 3
Joyann Parker, who played the State Fair last year, will perform a Patsy Cline tribute as part of the Relief Sessions in Burnsville.

Burnsville concert series announces 'alternative' to State Fair gigs

The Relief Sessions will offer free and ticketed shows daily from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7.
Eat & Drink
August 3
Many restaurants like the Freehouse tack on a 3% surcharge for health insurance benefits for employees.

Twin Cities restaurant group properly listed 3% health charge, judge rules

Judge finds extra "tax" was properly disclosed.
Stage & Arts
August 3
The murderous cast of “Riddle Puzzle Plot,” created specifically for streaming, includes (clockwise from top left) Sun Mee Chomet, Shanan Custer,

Park Square's online play 'Riddle Puzzle Plot' is a snack for hungry theatergoers

Review: Park Square Theatre's "Riddle Puzzle Plot" plays out in four delightful socially distant episodes.
Books
August 3
S.A. Cosby

Review: 'Blacktop Wasteland,' by S.A. Cosby

FICTION: A young father agrees to drive a getaway car and puts his whole family in danger.
TV & Media
August 3
Fans of Comic-Con set up a makeshift memorial on July 22, 2020 in San Diego, Calif.

Comic-Con 2020: Some panel participation topped 200K views, but did the online event work?

SAN DIEGO – More people viewed portions of the online-only Comic-Con International last weekend than could ever fit in the San Diego Convention Center. But…
TV & Media
August 3
Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd starred — and sparred — on “Moonlighting.”

Pop Culture Q&A: 'Moonlighting' sidelined by music

  Q: We loved “Moonlighting” back in the ’80s and wanted to watch the series again. Is it available? A: While someone has posted what…
Variety
August 3

Ask Amy: Family survivor doesn't want to talk about it

Dear Amy: I was raised in a very dysfunctional family. My mother had psychological issues, my brother sexually molested me as a child, and…
Eat & Drink
August 3
The outdoor lunch crowd at Yum! Kitchen and Bakery in St. Louis Park.

Take a seat, soak up the summer at these 15 Twin Cities patios

The coronavirus has made the patio an essential restaurant asset.
August 2
Box, a software company in Los Altos, Calif., designed its space to make employees want to come to work. Now it will let them work from home part of t

Is the five-day office week gone for good?

Most office workers are in no hurry to return to the office full time, even after the coronavirus is under control. But that does not mean they want to work from home forever.
TV & Media
August 2

'Modern Love' will get a second season

Q: We just finished watching the series "Modern Love," on Amazon Prime. We loved it! Will there be another season?A: Another season of the anthology…
Books
August 2

Reviews: 'Rules of the Road,' by Ciara Geraghty

Rules of the RoadBy Ciara Geraghty. (Park Row Books, 384 pages, $17.99.)In a classic road novel, the protagonist sets out on a journey and at…
Variety
August 2
Yellow rubber duck isolated on white background

Do Siri and Alexa hate Minnesota?

Word-recognition programs have trouble understanding us.
Variety
August 2
Carolyn Holbrook Photo by BFreshProductions for Intermedia Arts

A Moment of Silence: 'Neighborhood Watch'

I woke up at 5:00 this morning to the sound of a loud motor droning outside my window and flashing lights reflecting along the wall.…
August 2
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson in “2 Dope Queens.” MINDY TUCKER • HBO

Podcasts offer comedy fans laughs with Hollywood on hiatus

Hollywood is on hiatus, but comedy fans can still find laughs.
Variety
August 1
David Grant teaches “Elements of Screenwriting,” one of 20 online filmmaking courses offered this summer at FilmNorth.

Federal dollars help keep Minnesota arts groups afloat during pandemic

But the crisis is far from over, and many organizations say they may not survive.

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