Variety
February 23
Whit McClure’ s Los Angeles apartment has doubled as a floral studio during various stages of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The flower business is booming during the pandemic

Physically secluded, people are using flowers as a way of reaching out.
Variety
February 23
The dG digital guide monocular from Swarovski.

Monocular lets you ID the bird you're looking at

Monocular has built-in bird identificationYou knew it was just a matter of time until someone invented an optical device that identified the bird you were…
Home & Garden
February 23
Plates like this came with either floral borders or ones featuring state capitol buildings.

China dinner plate was likely sold as train ride souvenir

Railway china smacks of fine dining, but early rail travel fare was anything but fine.
Eat & Drink
February 23
RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII • richard.tsong-taatarii@startribune.com Chef Ann Ahmed’s Spice Market will also have retail space.

Lat14 Asian Eatery owner to bring new restaurant, retail space to Minneapolis

Chef Ann Ahmed is hoping to open her third restaurant sometime this spring.
Variety
February 23
THE BACHELOR - �2508� � It�s time to meet the families! Though Matt and his final four won�t be leaving the resort, their loved ones have sa

'The Bachelor' meets Minnesotan Michelle Young's students, parents

Star Matt James said he'd be "open" to moving to Minnesota, should the pair work out.
Variety
February 22
A panel of The Great Migration series by African-American artist Jacob Lawrence.

10 great Black moments in the history of American art

A chronological list of culturally significant work, from 19th-century landscape paintings to Black riffs on Western art.
Variety
February 22
Soprano Anna Christofaro performed with the Bach Society.

Small-scale performance of Bach was balanced and beautiful

REVIEW: Intimate season finale from Bach Society moved from soulful to stirring.
Variety
February 22
“The Center of Everything” by Jamie Harrison

Review: 'The Center of Everything,' by Jamie Harrison

FICTION: Following a head injury, a woman tries to plan for her great-aunt's 90th birthday.
Books
February 22
The Starks who were left at the end of “Game of Thrones” included, from left, Sansa (Sophie Tucker), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Bran (Isaac Hempste

3 great genre TV shows that fell apart at the end

"Game of Thrones" and other disappointing finishes.
Music
February 22
Luke Jacobs wrote, recorded and filmed the song and video “Cancun” over the icy weekend.

Minnesota-to-Texas expat Luke Jacobs roasts Ted Cruz in new song 'Cancun'

The former Romantica guitarist created the tune and video in Austin over the icy weekend.
Variety
February 22
Rose Williams and Theo James in “Sanditon.”

Viewer is still pining for a second helping of 'Sanditon'

Q: I fell in love with "Sanditon" on "Masterpiece." Will there be a second season?A: I mentioned a year ago that the series, based on…
Variety
February 22

Ask Amy: A woman warned tops a woman scorned

Dear Amy: I was with my former partner for several years. He traveled often for work.We had what I thought was a very happy relationship…
Eat & Drink
February 22
JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com Heather Jansz, the Curry Diva, has found a permanent home for her restaurant pop-up. ORG XMIT: MIN170427

Curry Diva pop-up in Minneapolis (finally) lands a home of her own

After seven years of cooking at Our Kitchen, chef/owner Heather Jansz has a kitchen of her own.
Variety
February 22
Lou Renner search for the final spot to drive in his ice axe as he topped out on an ice route at Robinson Park.

The next Embrace Winter challenge: Try a new-to-you winter sport

Working out outside and switching up your activities offers surprising benefits.
Variety
February 22
Nap time is the new coffee break. Here's how to make the most of it.

Nap time is the new coffee break. Here's how to make the most of it.

People are taking advantage of working at home to snooze, and that can be a good thing.
Variety
February 22
A Deephaven house features an open plan but with defined spaces created by varying the ceiling heights.

'Magical' $2.575 million Deephaven house offers privacy, nature views

The owner wanted a home that was contemporary but also warm, artful and comfortable.
Variety
February 21
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in “Outlander.”

'Outlander' resumes filming after delay

Q: Help!!! Have you heard anything about "Outlander"? Love the series but I know COVID-19 has probably slowed filming.A: It did. What was originally planned…
Featured Columns
February 21
Laughing emoticon with tears of joy

Lileks: Who's crying for the Face With Tears of Joy?

I regret to inform you that the Face With Tears of Joy emoji is over. It is not cool anymore. It is actually hated.This is…
Variety
February 21
“The Deep, Deep Snow” by Brian Freeman

Review: 'The Deep, Deep Snow,' by Brian Freeman

The Deep, Deep SnowBy Brian Freeman. (Blackstone Publishing, 354 pages. $16.99.)Things are usually pretty quiet in the small forested town of Avery Weir, a place…
Books
February 20
Image © 2020 by Anna and Elena Balbusso. Used by permission from Creative Editions.

These 10 exquisite picture books for children focus on family, friends and nature

It's the simple but crucial things that matter in these wise and beautiful picture books for young children.