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Culture, Stage The Last Reel: <i>MST3K</i>'s Joel Will Riff No More Forever

The Last Reel: MST3K's Joel Will Riff No More Forever

Joel Hodgson seems like a humble American, like a white guy who works for a Philadelphia-based aerospace company (which he in fact does). But he's also a cultural icon, a legend in the minds of millenials who grew up watching…
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Music, Trampled by Turtles on the Beauty of Free Concerts

Trampled by Turtles on the Beauty of Free Concerts

Minnesota five-piece Trampled by Turtles has taken its indie-bluegrass sound to music festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza. With a career that began in 2004, bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist Dave Simonett has a lot to say about money…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Read Local: The Stunning Images and Moving Testimony of McSweeney's <i>Refugee Hotel</i>

Read Local: The Stunning Images and Moving Testimony of McSweeney's Refugee Hotel

New York City might be home to the big houses, but this scrappy city just happens to be the epicenter of publishing on the Best Coast. Join Alexis Coe every Wednesday for Read Local, a series on books produced…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Soaks Up the Deep-Fried Pleasures of Kezar Pub

Bouncer Soaks Up the Deep-Fried Pleasures of Kezar Pub

This might come as a surprise to you, because it did to me, but humans still have something called an "appendix," and it can become inflamed and develop "appendicitis." I had thought that such a condition was something that only…
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Music,

Bob Mould, Castro Resident: On Gay Discos and Public Nudity

With a career that spans four decades, three bands, nine solo studio albums, and a brief foray into scriptwriting for the professional wrestling industry, Bob Mould has learned a thing or two about evolving. At 51, the songwriter and guitarist…
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Music, Hear This Low, Bachelorette, Great American Music Hall

Low, Bachelorette, Great American Music Hall

After 17 years, Duluth, Minn. band Low is still only one letter away from how most people would describe its sound: "slow." From 1994 debut I Could Live in Hope to 2011's C'mon, Low has rarely strayed from the plodding,…
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Dining, SFoodie Calorie-Counting Apps, Coca-Growing Locavores, More Creepy Legislation

Calorie-Counting Apps, Coca-Growing Locavores, More Creepy Legislation

1. Is Meal Snap for real? MobileCrunch just posted word of a new calorie-counting iPhone app called Meal Snap. The premise: You take…
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News, Feature Women's Funding Network Sex Trafficking Study Is Junk Science

Women's Funding Network Sex Trafficking Study Is Junk Science

ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING CRAIGSLIST told Congress on Sept. 15 that the ubiquitous web classifieds site was closing its adult section. Under intense scrutiny from the government and crusading advocacy groups, as well as state attorneys general, owner Craig Newmark famously applied…
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Music, Hear This Low: Show Preview

Low: Show Preview

Once the saccharine cacophony of the holiday season gets to be too much, as it inevitably will, consider celebrating in a different mode. To mark the reissue of 1999's Christmas EP — which contains what is surely the least invigorating…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not Melissa Gilbert

Not Melissa Gilbert

Every small town has an intolerable bitch, and in Walnut Grove, Minn., in the 1870s, that bitch was Nellie Oleson, as played by Alison Arngrim. She was unique among intolerable bitches in that she was just a girl, but she…
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Music, Hear This Cloud Cult delivers cathartic, emotional climaxes and transcendent orchestrations

Cloud Cult delivers cathartic, emotional climaxes and transcendent orchestrations

Much like fellow indie chamber-rock groups the Arcade Fire and Polyphonic Spree, Minnesota-based Cloud Cult delivers cathartic, emotional climaxes and transcendent orchestrations. Principal songwriter Craig Minowa has unleashed a flood of intricate miniature symphonies as a form of creative therapy…
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Dining, SFoodie More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Airborne Pigs' Brains

More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Airborne Pigs' Brains

Health authorities suspect that workers at a slaughterhouse in Minnesota are getting sick from inhaling airborne brain matter from pigs. That's a pleasant thought. Eleven workers, all of whom specialize in cutting up pigs' heads and removing the brains…
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News, The Snitch

Carquinez Bridge Shares Design of Minneapolis' I-35, Collapse Unlikely, Local Expert Says

Expert Opinion: S.F. Bridge Engineer Analyzes Minneapolis Bridge Failure NEWS BY JOE ESKENAZI When Mark Ketchum saw the images of the grotesquely twisted beams of green steel, the perforated roadway and the frantic men and women thrashing about the chilly…
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Music, Reviewed Brother Ali

Brother Ali

Minnesota's Rhymesayers crew long ago transcended regional status. Its flagship act, Atmosphere, led by rapper Slug, eschewed mainstream trends and won an international fan base in the process. RS member Brother Ali seems destined for the same fate. The albino…
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Film, Mine Kampf

Mine Kampf

When we first see the protagonist of North Country, a working-class heroine portrayed by a deglamorized Charlize Theron, she's sporting a black eye and a slight limp, the results of an encounter with her abusive husband. We soon learn that…
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News, Dog Bites

A Little Slurp of Heaven

"What is this filth?" That's what Helen Gustafson, tea buyer for Chez Panisse, suggests you ask the waiter if you're served tea in a bag at a fine restaurant. She is adamantly, unabashedly opposed to tea bags. The only kind…
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Dining, Eat The Son  and Heir

The Son and Heir

A brief culinary history of my father: While growing up in Minnesota during the lean years of the Depression, my father was always hungry, a condition he blames not on a lack of food but on the cooking of my…
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Film,

Spite in the Heartland

Drop Dead Gorgeous Directed by Michael Patrick Jann, from a screenplay by Lona Williams. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, and Kirstie Alley. Opens Friday at the AMC 1000 Van Ness, the Metro, and the Sony Metreon. Feel like…
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Calendar, Halloween

Cothran

Assholes on the March If it's possible for a building to mimic a human personality -- to show warmth or, say, arrogance -- then 755 Minnesota St. would be a real asshole. Colossal (50 feet tall), mint green, and stylistically…
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News, Letters

Letters

Checchi the Savior Re David Pasztor's article ("Checchi's Checkered Record," Nov. 5): I would like to provide a different perspective. As a Northwest Airlines (NWA) frequent flyer and former Minnesota resident, certain aspects regarding the takeover of NWA should be…
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