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Rybak on Leno, life on the Fringe

Well, I'm assuming Jay Leno had the good taste last night not to run Mo Rocca's footage from Minneapolis, filmed earlier, of R.T. Rybak commuting to work on a two-man bike and Chris Coleman...

Spam, a lot

It's said that the word spam, as opposed to Spam, was inspired by Monty Python's legendary skit about a restaurant in which every entree came with Spam, like it or not. The perfect word...

Drink Up

As much as I wish this was about my favorite soda (what traveler doesn't have a story about this official pop of the Third World?), we're really talking about water. Plain old H20. Because...

Aren’t we nice

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST (assuming you aren't reading this two weeks from now): The great Lynn Redgrave, of Britain's Redgrave acting dynasty, will be speaking at the Minnesota Center for Photography on Thursday,...

Summer of discontent

So who else, at this point, is just waiting for "Spamalot" to appear at the Ordway Center? (July 24, to be exact.) Or am I the last person who hasn't already seen it in...

Everyone’s a Critic

You're nobody, the song goes, until somebody comments on your website. Or something like that. And since we live in an age where everyone has both a website and an opinion, we're in better...

When’s MyFest?

This week I was interviewed by a film crew from New York for their upcoming doc about the changing media landscape. They shot me going up an elevator (scene setting?) then I talked...

Happy (After)Hours

I feel old. More and more, I begin sentences with "I remember when." But it's true, I do remember when the After Hours parties at the Walker Art Center, which were begun in 1997,...

The politics of art

With the striking allegations leveled this week against the venerated Hmong leader Vang Pao, of a plot to overthrow the government of Laos in order to help the Hmong still being persecuted there, it...

Music to my beers

This morning I was on WCCO Radio talking about the mag's "Everything You Know About Minnesota is Wrong" story, in which I give perennial summer festival band GB Leighton a little ribbing. It's not...