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Tap the tiptop terrible-toggery title

The current Verse or Worse competition, a call to suggest names for the furnishers of the appalling apparel favored on weekends by men of a certain age, produced what your genial host feels was an even nicer collection of possibilities than usual.

‘Rock star factor’: a key to full immigrant integration

Last summer, Minneapolis City Council Member Robert Lilligren and I traveled overseas to present the success of our Twin Cities community in dealing with immigration from African nations, a vexing problem for our Swedish hosts. Read more…

Authors hope for Titanic interest from local readers

Remember the Titanic? The movie, sure, who doesn’t? But how about the big Titanic exhibit that came to St. Paul’s Union Depot in the winter of 1999? (Big Titanic exhibit.

Three CD release events to cure those February blues

You can count on having a good time at a CD release event. The months and sometimes years of work that go into creating a CD are over, and the artist has shiny new music to share. Friends and relatives show up.

African-American authors contemplate a changing world

With Barack Obama neck and neck with Hillary Rodham Clinton after Super Tuesday, the world is a step closer to becoming a different place, says author Alexs Pate, who is certain that one thing about to change is African-American literature.

Here’s hoping… for aggressive journalism

My hope for 2008 is that the Star Tribune stops going insane.

When people tell me they’ve canceled their subscriptions because of the paper’s buyouts or suburban shift, I completely understand, although I won’t add my name to their ranks.

So what if the art is girly? Her work is surreal

There was a day not too long ago when I almost lost my mind and soul at the same time. I imagined both looked like suffocating blowfish, transparent sacs so weak a single jolt could puncture them like a lethal fork to plastic film.