Isaac Mizrahi for the Back of Your Closet.

Big news from the “Design for All” movement: Starting tomorrow, May 1, Isaac Mizrahi’s new line of bridal wear will be available for purchase at Target.com. There’ll be $160 wedding gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, even ties and cummerbunds. Now you, too, can wear satin to your shotgun weddings.

Two Trick Pony

I realize I’m running dangerously close to being a two-trick nag on the Star Tribune’s problems with; (1) Charges that publisher Par Ridder plotted abandoning the Pioneer Press for his primary business/financial rival for months before he actually did, allegedly cooking/absconding with executive non-compete contracts in the process, and (2) The paper’s startlingly weak pursuit […]

Broders 25

Mondays tend to be planning days, right? Well I just want y’all to get this one on your radar…Next week marks Broders’ 25th Anniversary, and they’re doing it up. Sunday kicks it off with a multi-course wine dinner. Sign up NOW as the dinner benefits the Slow Food MN Educational Fund and space will surely […]

Circulation Takes Another Dive

It comes as a surprise to absolutely no one that newspaper circulation took another dive in the spring numbers released today by Audit Bureau of Circulations. Locally, the Star Tribune registering a somewhat worse than average decline — -4.8% on weekdays and 5.1% on Sundays. Last week the Pioneer Press claimed its daily circulation had […]

Playoff Three-Pointer: Speed Is Killing

1. Warriors in Command The big news of the first round of the NBA playoffs is obviously Golden State’s 3-1 lead over 67-win Dallas, a series that would have any neutral observer pulling hard for the Warriors even if he/she didn’t know they were enormous underdogs. Golden State epitomizes the coming out of FUN in […]

Not Just for Girls – A Girlie Monday

I realize it’s not politically correct to call things “girlie,” and it’s certainly a disservice to my gender — but then my gender has done me many a disservice, so… take that! THEATER AND PERFORMANCE “Okay, first things fuckin’ last!” This just sounds too interesting to pass up. Imagine that Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs was […]

Second Chance for Third Second

Twin Cities native Tommy Nehls was talking on the phone from Ft. Lauderdale, where he has been living since 1986. Nehls sounded alternately incredulous and bemused that an obscure record he made with a bunch of high school pals had become a hot (and pricey) commodity among a small but international community of vinyl fetishists […]

Free Verse series: Kevin Young

Young, a poet and contributor to the catalog for the ongoing Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love exhibition, is appearing as part of the Rain Taxi/Walker Art Center Free Verse series. You hear too much nonsense about poets whose work is steeped in jazz or the blues, but Young’s work is […]

Cat Scratch Fever

About a year ago, on an April afternoon, Al Wolter drove to his neighbor’s house in Sandstone to help with a controlled burn. The neighbor, Cynthia Gamble, a wild-animal trainer, was his best female friend and the two regularly shared cocktails and sang karaoke together on his home machine. “She had an earthy sense of […]

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Heather McElhatton’s Playlist

Child of the ’80s that she is, when local writer and independent public-radio producer Heather McElhatton decided to write a book, she chose to resurrect the literary model made famous by Bantom Books’ classic Choose Your Own Adventure series. The result, Pretty Little Mistakes, is a novel with 150 endings to choose from, where adults […]