Weekender

Main Street Books hosts author Thomas Isern

Main Street Books is hosting author Thomas Isern for a book discussion and signing of his most recent work, Pacing Dakota. The discussion and signing will take place Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Isern has been a history professor at North Dakota State University for nearly 30 years, and is also ...

In ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ a delightful new fairy tale

There are two glittering parades running in tandem through Jon M. Chu's "Crazy Rich Asians," a glitzy and delightful adaptation of Kevin Kwan's 2013 bestseller. One is the blinged-out, designer-label, crazy-rich opulence often characteristic of rom-coms yet extreme enough here to make even ...

Jochua Cohen’s ‘Attention’ demands your whole focus

(AP) — If curiosity is a writer's greatest innate gift, Joshua Cohen may be America's greatest living writer. Or maybe just the most focused. His first collection of non-fiction, emblazoned with the word "Attention" four times in bold font like crime scene tape on the cover, is dazzling ...

Jim Lauderdale is consistently grand on ‘Times Flies’

(AP) — Jim Lauderdale is a steady geyser of Americana, releasing over two dozen solo albums and collaborations and writing for and with many mostly country musicians — from George Strait to Rodney Crowell and from the Dixie Chicks to George Jones — at a steaming pace. Being prolific, ...

Scott Prebys and friends to perform at Sibyl Center

Scott Prebys returns to Stanley to entertain at the Sibyl Center after several years’ absence. For this appearance he is joined by four of his musical friends who will provide the audience with a diverse repertoire of music Saturday at 7 p.m The group will perform everything from Jimmy ...

Fundraiser to help Men’s Winter Refuge

hrough April 30, the Minot Area Men’s Winter Refuge has been helping men in need since 2013. Offering a variety of services, they run off of special funding from different groups, donations, and fundraisers. Hosting three annual fundraisers a year, one of their newest will take place this ...

Fitness, sportsmanship and time together

As the weekend of Aug. 10 through Aug. 12 begins, so do the 2018 Magic City Games across Minot. Each day starting at 8 a.m. and running until 10 p.m., the games offer a place for local athletes, whether amateur, more, or less, to get together and enjoy a few days of sports and games. Events ...

‘Under a Dark Sky’ has shrewed plot, realistic characters

(AP) — 'A dark sky park where even the slightest glimmer of light is blocked out provides a fascinating backdrop for Lori Rader-Day's inventive fourth novel. The darkness that permeates the park's environs also works as an imaginative metaphor for murky emotions and concealing secrets, even ...

A powerhouse debut from duo The War and Treaty

(AP) — Along with his considerable talents as a guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, bandleader and radio host, Buddy Miller is an excellent talent scout. In the case of the War and Treaty, Miller gave his stamp of approval — and a helping hand — to an act beyond his usual Nashville ...

Annual summer gourmet picnic

The 30th Annual Great Tomato Festival will be held on Wednesday at the N.D. State Fair Center in the 4H Hall. This classic community fundraising event was established in 1989 by Jeff and Peggy Miller. The gourmet picnic has become the annual end-of-summer event to attend. The menu will ...

TV CRITICS WATCH

BACK TO THE BLACK HILLS "Deadwood" fans can exhale. HBO says it's greenlighted a long-discussed movie based on the Western drama that ended a dozen years ago. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said that production is scheduled to begin in October. An air date has yet to be set but it ...

Lonely Planet launches guidebooks to cruising

(AP) The travel publisher Lonely Planet has launched its first guidebooks to cruising. The three new books out this summer are "Cruise Ports Alaska," ''Cruise Ports Caribbean" and "Cruise Ports Scandinavia & Northern Europe." The books include color maps, reviews, recommendations for ...

On ‘Vicious,’ Halestorm rides on elevated thrash-pop

(AP) — "Vicious" comes five years after Halestorm's Grammy-winning hit "Love Bites (So Do I)" became the group's standing claim to mainstream fame. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with bands like Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains, "Vicious" is a jump in sonic variety since the ...

Nickelback rocking NDSF Grandstand Saturday

No North Dakota State Fair performer list is complete without the token rock/pop act and for 2018, that act is Nickelback with Pop Evil as their opener. They will be performing tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Nickelback has been performing for over 23 years since forming in Canada. The four-man band ...

Dierks Bentley taking the stage tonight at NDSF

The North Dakota State Fair is winding down and so are the performers, but that doesn’t mean the final two on the roster won’t bring the energy, talent, and music to the Grandstand on these final two days. Taking over the stage tonight at 8 p.m. will be Dierks Bentley. A ...

Relationships are tested in ‘How to Love a Jamaican’

(AP) — Alexia Arthurs' short story collection "How to Love a Jamaican" is a timely exploration of multigenerational waves of immigration, the impact separating families has on children and the desire to be included. Arthurs' debut follows a variety of characters young and old, men and ...

Boz Scaggs revisits influences on ‘Out of the Blues’

(AP) — Sometimes with more gloss, at times with more grit, but always with great feeling, Boz Scaggs has kept some form of the blues close to the surface during most of his career, which has already sailed past the 50-year milestone. On "Out of the Blues," the last of an informal trilogy ...

State Fair taking over with food, music, and rides

The North Dakota State Fair is here. From today through Saturday, July 28, everyone can head to the North Dakota State Fairgrounds for fun, food, music, rides, and more. Each day offers something new to see or do alongside the annual rides and shopping that only appears at the fair. The fair ...

Furniture, jewelry, bathbombs and more

Tomorrow, vendors from around the area will be heading to The Spot Pool Hall for a new market to purchase handmade merchandise. The Peddlers Market, created by Engage Marketing and The Spot Pool Hall, will begin at 10 a.m. and give shoppers until 4 p.m. to make it down to peruse and purchase ...

Ace Atkins’ ‘The Sinners’ is action-packed

(AP) — Mississippi's rural Tibbehah County — the evocative setting for Ace Atkins' superior series about Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger turned sheriff — is the crossroads of all things good and evil. Here, ordinary people too often intersect with members of the crime syndicate and ...