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Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:16:58 -0600


Family representative: 'Titanic' actor Bill Paxton has died

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:35:06 -0600

A family representative says prolific and charismatic actor Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," has died from complications due to surgery.(image)

Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:48:32 -0600

U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award.(image)

Actors bring old radio dramas to the stage

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0600

In public performances as well as podcasts, classic audio plays are finding new ears.(image)

Review: Guthrie stages a heartbreaking, powerful 'Lear'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0600

Shakespeare's tragedy about pride and mental deterioration offers a grim portrait of vanishing dignity.(image)

Holly Miranda, Ani DiFranco release Standing Rock protest song

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:20:00 -0600

Brooklyn singer Holly Miranda released a song, a cover of an obscure late-'70s science-fictional folk song, that she'd been working on for two months in support of protesters.(image)

Art Hounds: Duluth hand puppet possessed by Satan

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600

This week Art Hounds recommend Renegade Theater Company's "Hand to God," Contempo Physical Dance's "Balacobaco" and a quartet of abstract artists.(image)

'Crack in the Sea' poses refugee theme to young readers

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:00:00 -0600

St. Paul writer Heather Bouwman's novel is part fantasy, part history and part current events.(image)

Salvant to revive classic songs at the Dakota

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:54:57 -0600

Cecile McLorin Salvant will be joined by Aaron Diehl as they perform songs by Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin.(image)

Black history comes alive on a stage, and in a database

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:13:54 -0600

As the History Center celebrates four decades of African-American theater, a new searchable database makes its debut.(image)

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:00:27 -0600

Skrowaczewski changed the face of classical music in Minnesota, and remained a towering presence in the classical music world until the end.(image)

Behind this exuberant dance number? Planning, precision and practice

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:49:00 -0600

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying underneath a car on the LA freeway, counting and calling out steps, throughout the 47 takes it took to shoot La La Land's fun-filled opening scene.(image)

Manfred Mann covers Springsteen, hits No. 1

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:28:59 -0600

"Blinded by the Light" was written by Bruce Springsteen and recorded for his 1973 debut album "Greetings From Asbury Park."(image)

Not another brick lump: Why Gehry gave the Weisman its iconic look

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600

When it opened in 1993, many people didn't know what to make of the building's curves and sharp angles of shiny stainless steel.(image)

'Where the Children Sleep' photo exhibit tells story of Syrian refugees

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Magnus Wennman captured photos of refugee children at their most vulnerable—sleeping, out in the open, while making their way to a new and temporary home.(image)

Influential drummer Clyde Stubblefield dies at 73

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:55:06 -0600

He was one of two drummers in Brown's band from 1965 to 1971. The distinctive funk rhythms he created were often sampled by hip hop artists.(image)

Dick Bruna, artist and author of the intricately simple Miffy, dies at 89

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:08:00 -0600

The Dutch illustrator and children's book author wrote over 120 books and sold some 85 million copies worldwide. But no character earned him greater acclaim than a simple white rabbit.(image)

Exhibition celebrates Merce Cunningham and his choreography of chance

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:54:30 -0600

Cunningham was always looking for new ways to move -- that's why he used "chance operations" (rolling dice or tossing coins) to put a piece together.(image)

This week in race: Walls, ID laws and getting typecast

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:01:00 -0600

How the border wall might keep undocumented migrants in the country, a study measures the effects of voter ID laws on minority turnout, and Bey's Grammy snubs illustrates about race and merit.(image)

'Am I Breaking Down' inspired by divorce

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:57:26 -0600

Dead Man Winter performs Saturday night in Duluth.(image)

Cube Critics discuss the Oscars

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600

It's Oscar season and Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis are in studio to discuss this year's nominees and which of them we should be watching.(image)