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Water and Oil mixes it up on St. Paul’s East Side

It’s the kind of stuff you’d find in some highfalutin galleries or museums — skillfully executed landscapes, portraits, nudes and abstracts. But this art doesn’t hang in Minneapolis’ Uptown, either of the downtowns or even in St.

We’re all ears: Documentary deals with corn-based diet

Joining “Super Size Me” and “The Future of Food” in the fast-sprouting subgenre of we-are-what-we-eat documentaries, “King Corn” follows two young Yale grads, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, on a journey to discover “how an acre of corn could get from a

Minneapolis teachers want you seeing red

If you go into a Minneapolis school building after dropping off or picking up your kid, check out what teachers are wearing. No, educators have not suddenly become fashion plates.

Even Dickens viewed ‘A Christmas Carol’ as a cash cow

More than 30 years ago, a young literary manager at the Guthrie Theater was handed an assignment to work up an adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens novella, “A Christmas Carol,” for a short, simple, money-making holiday show.

In her research,

Tales and tails: Kevin Kling brings his gift of gab to print

Some time ago I was on my way to the grocery store when Kevin Kling came on the radio, telling a story about a bunch of drunk guys trying to save a beaver caught in traffic.

When I pulled into a parking space he wasn’t done telling it, so I turned

The curious case of Zach Puchtel and no news coverage

“I’ve had relations with girls from many nations
“I’ve made passes at women of all classes
“And just because you’re gay, I won’t turn you away…
“Sexuality – strong and warm and wild and free
“Sexuality – your laws do not apply to me.”
— Billy

Jazz picks: from Maud Hixson to Delfeayo Marsalis

Dear jazz fans: I’m working on a story about drummer Matt Wilson’s Carl Sandburg Project, to be presented at the Minnesota Opera Center next Friday. Wilson tells me about his affinity for the poet and their personal ties.

Minnesota women take their faith into national spotlight

Fast forward to 2010, someplace in New York City. The nation’s faith leaders have been summoned to speak a prophetic word amidst a recent calamity, or the ongoing war in Iraq, or a new report on worsening poverty in the United States.