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Published: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:32:07 -0500


Actor John Heard dies at 72

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:59:05 -0500

John Heard was best known for playing the father in the "Home Alone" movie series.(image)

Bon Iver returns to Rock the Garden this weekend

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Bon Iver is returning to Rock the Garden this year as the headliner. The day-long event is returning to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden after a year away while the garden was being renovated.(image)

In 'Fetch,' a memorial to a beloved dog raises hard questions

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:02 -0500

Do you deserve your pets? Do you deserve the people in your life? In her new graphic memoir, Nicole Georges suggests the two questions are closely related -- and you may not like the answers.(image)

Manchita performs emotional new solo EP in The Current studio

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Fresh off the release of her solo EP 'One,' Manchita visited The Current studio to perform the entire EP and talk with hosts Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber.(image)

At Minn. women's prison, Mother's Day sadness turns into opera

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0500

The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra tonight premiers "It Rained on Shakopee," featuring a choir from the Shakopee women's prison. It's believed to be the first opera featuring voices from an American prison.(image)

'Despacito' quickly becomes the most-streamed song ever

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:49:00 -0500

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's hit, with help from the remix including Justin Bieber, has generated more than 4.6 billion plays on digital services in just over six months.(image)

Women say ex-Rochester theater executive sexually harassed them

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:20:00 -0500

When Rochester Civic Theatre board executive director Gregory Stavrou stepped down this spring, he cited health reasons. Board leadership praised his work. But multiple people who worked there say Stavrou sexually harassed them. Though previous board members were aware of Stavrou's behavior, they were ineffective at stopping it.(image)

Art Hounds: Algerian folk tales come to life in 'Sunrise at Midnight'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Plus, Art Hounds recommend a dance festival in Battle Lake and a vibrant retrospective at the Textile Center.(image)

An orchestra fantasy comes true

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

For "accomplished amateurs," the chance to play with the Minnesota Orchestra is a treat, as well as a challenge.(image)

Mia exhibit celebrates gay male sexuality

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:33:46 -0500

The artist Joe Sinness said he wants to create a space where gay male sexuality is recognized and embraced.(image)

Hippies came to Minneapolis 50 years ago

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:55:28 -0500

Today's Morning Edition music is from the Electric Prunes with "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night."(image)

Cassidy and Jones only mother and son to hit number one

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:57:08 -0500

Today's Morning Edition music is from "Da Doo Ron Ron" by Shaun Cassidy which was number one on the Billboard pop chart 40 years ago today.(image)

Kirby Puckett on what made the '87 team so special

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:32:45 -0500

Former Twins players are gathering in Minnesota this weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their World Series victory in 1987. But they will be missing their on-field leader.(image)

The Beatles released "Baby You're a Rich Man" in the U.S. 50 years ago

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:56:03 -0500

Today's Morning Edition music is from "Baby You're a Rich Man" by the Beatles which was released in the U.S. 50 years ago today.(image)

'American Fires' tells a true story of love and arson in rural Virginia

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:08:00 -0500

In 2012 and 2013, Accomack County, Va., was plagued by arson. The culprits, it turned out, were a local man and his girlfriend. In a new book, journalist Monica Hesse tells their story.(image)

George Romero, 'Night Of The Living Dead' director, dies at 77

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:36:00 -0500

The legendary film director died in his sleep on Sunday with his family by his side, "following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer."(image)

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, known for 'Mission: Impossible' dies at 89

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:18:00 -0500

It was Landau's role as the haunting Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's biopic, Ed Wood, that scored him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1994.(image)

Reina Del Cid talks about her musical evolution

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Reina Del Cid visited The Current's studio and played a warm set of music in conversation with Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber.(image)

A favorite in waiting: Alison Bechdel's 'Dykes To Watch Out For'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Alison Bechdel is one of the few cartoonists who appears twice on our list of 100 favorite comics and graphic novels -- but many readers overlooked her beloved cult strip "Dykes To Watch Out For."(image)

Queen, with Lambert in for Mercury, playing the X

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:55:20 -0500

Original guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are joined by lead singer Adam Lambert, who was the runner-up on season 8 of "American Idol."(image)