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December 2012

Features

Best New Restaurants

Best New Restaurants

First, President Obama gave the thumbs up to the Bachelor Farmer's punched-up Nordic fare. Then came the New York Times. And just like that, our world-class restaurant scene was exposed.

Departments

The MNMO Look

Editor's Letter: The MNMO Look

Minnesota Monthly has long been blessed with great art directors, and the current crop of designers is no exception.

Ripple Effect: Grading Minnesota

An annual report card on how we ranked in health, happiness, work, fun, and love. Would your parents be proud?

The Ballad of Michael Johnson

Ripple Effect: The Ballad of Michael Johnson

The Nashville hit-maker on returning home, discovering his daughter, and his new album

Elf vs. Elf

Ripple Effect: Elf vs. Elf

Frank Theatre’s Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris’s tale of being a Macy’s elf, runs from December 6 to 23. Elf, a musical version of the Will Ferrell film, runs at the Ordway from December 5...

Naughty? Nice.

Ripple Effect: Naughty? Nice.

Brave New Workshop is kicking off their new holiday sketch show: Fifty Shades of White: A Minnesota XXXmas

Make a Difference: Shop Local

Trending: Make a Difference: Shop Local

I’ve been buying all my gifts at local, independent shops; will you join me, please?

Provincial Pleasures

True North: Provincial Pleasures

Nature and culture mingle in the riverside town of Lanesboro

December 2012 Arts Calendar

Stepping Out: December 2012 Arts Calendar

What you need to do, see, and hear this month

60 Years Strong

Scene: 60 Years Strong

The Minnetonka Center for the Arts celebrates six decades of providing visual arts, education, and outreach programs

Encore for the Opera

Scene: Encore for the Opera

The Golden Jubilee Gala thanks Minnesota Opera donors and supports future productions and education programs

MN Moments: Sound Judgement

Bridging the generational music gap between father and son, one banjo and fiddle at a time

Home Run

Home: Home Run

Forage Modern Workshop feels just like its name implies: an evolving mix of vintage and well-made pieces you lucked into finding.

The Sound of Silence

Profile: The Sound of Silence

Conductor Bill Eddins on what’s ailing our orchestras—and a plan to help

Eureka Moment

Q&A: Eureka Moment

Star science writer Maggie Koerth-Baker on why the energy crisis is worse than you thought (and your hybrid won’t help)

Good Question

Transformations: Good Question

What does a guy used to suits wear on the weekend? We turn the tables on WCCO’s Jason DeRusha to find the answer.

Sue Z.'s Finds

Sue Z: Sue Z.'s Finds

Things to try: Belgian chocolate-coconut macaroons and handmade caramels that make yummy gift ideas for the holidays

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