Home & Garden
October 17
Hope Nordquist and Kai Brewster performed from the front steps of the McHenry house in August.

Minneapolis family's garden offers a musical respite during a difficult summer

A south Minneapolis family turned their yard into a neighborhood haven and a Beautiful Garden winner.
Books
October 17
Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot in Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

8 reasons we're still reading mystery writer Agatha Christie after 100 years

A century after her first book appeared, we still love Agatha Christie.
Books
October 17
Poet Louise Gluck

A Q&A with the newest winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Louise Glück

Poet Louise Glück spoke to the New York Times last week, a few hours after the news of her Nobel Prize broke. Below are edited…
TV & Media
October 17
Lizzo and David Letterman collaborate on his Netflix show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

Lizzo and Letterman swap Minnesota memories on Netflix show

New episodes of David Letterman's Netflix series include a conversation with the onetime Minnesotan.
Music
October 17
Dizzy Fae performs Friday at 8:40 p.m. CT from First Avenue in the Save Our Stages Festival.

Representing Minnesota in this weekend's SOS Fest, Dizzy Fae says 'all stages matter'

The St. Paul hip-hop star performs Friday in the three-day marathon also featuring the Roots, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus and Lumineers.
The Good Life
October 17
Dr. Marie Louderback provides affortable veterinary care for those on fixed incomes.

'That pet is their lifeline': Low-cost vet makes house calls for older Minnesotans

"Dr. Marie" operates her deeply discounted veterinary practice out of her Shoreview home.
Variety
October 17
An Airbnb yurt outside Gunnison featured a king bed, electricity and wood stove, overlooking the Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Road trip to Colorado, where scenery is abundant, but COVID was not

A 1,000-mile road trip to a luxe yurt provides an escape from the pandemic.
Music
October 16
Joey Molland headed home from the Villa recording studio in Savage.

Badfinger's Joey Molland makes a solo album with a little help from his Beatle-y friends

"Be True to Yourself," his sixth solo album and the first in seven years, has echoes of John, Paul, George and sometimes even Ringo.
Variety
October 16

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Inspired
October 16
Eureka! Puzzles put its 4,320 piece Disney puzzle on display at a gallery after everyone completed separate sections.

A giant, collaborative puzzle helped occupy participants during lockdown

Giant collaborative jigsaw brought people together who are stuck apart.
Inspired
October 16
Minneapolis Stairstep Foundation leader sees opportunities to rebuild in this difficult time

Minneapolis Stairstep Foundation leader sees opportunities to rebuild in this difficult time

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and cries for racial justice, his message seems particularly urgent and his comforting approach especially welcome.
Variety
October 16

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Inspired
October 16
Glenn Pettit, in his Bloomington apartment, has donated many of his pieces to support his church.

At 100, Bloomington scratchboarding artist keeps his hands busy

Glenn Pettit uses photographs from magazines and newspapers for inspiration.
Books
October 16
First Lady Melania Trump

7 takeaways from 'Melania and Me,' by the First Lady's former friend

Even in its heyday, the relationship between Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Melania Trump was rife with red flags.
Eat & Drink
October 16
Rick Nelson • Star TribuneRuth Bader Ginsburg Cookies at PJ Murphy’s Bakery.

5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Music
October 16
DJ Hayes (left) and Stuart DeVann were on the roof as Nur-D sat on the ground before their Bands on Vans soundcheck.

'Mad Max-meets-Beatles' concert series has bands play on the rooftop of a van

The Bands on Vans concert series is taking the fight for live music's return to the streets.
Variety
October 16
How to safely celebrate Halloween

How to safely celebrate Halloween

There are creative alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating.
Stage & Arts
October 16
ELIZABETH FLORES • Star Tribune An 18th century ritual crown from China or Tibet, typically worn by a Buddhist priest or monk, is part of Mia’s re

With a bold splash of color, Mpls. Institute of Art reimagines its South Asian galleries

MIA reinstalls its South and SE. Asian galleries, casting a bold new light on Asian art.
Variety
October 16
Fernando, 6-years-old, smokes a cigarette in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, northern Portugal, during the local Kings' Feast Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

Travel Troubleshooter: The hotel room smelled bad when we arrived. Then we were charged $100 for smoking

Q: My husband and I recently stayed at the Red Roof Inn in Gallup, N.M. We checked in late in the evening. We asked if…
Variety
October 16

Ask Amy: Household needs a recycling czar

Dear Amy: My wife and I have been married for eight years.We've always shared household chores. She recently put her career on hold to…