Weekender

HOOPS ON HOPS: Beer battles and the power of being nice

Super Bowl LIII was played in Atlanta. More than 100 million viewers in the U.S. enjoyed watching the game and the ramped-up television commercials. The game itself was an epic defensive battle. The commercials were fun, ranging from irreverent to socially relevant. During the game, the ...

Learning to love the rom-com in ‘Isn’t It Romantic’

Even when done well, the romantic comedy is easy to pick on. They're so earnest and full of clichés and unrealistic fairy tale standards. Intelligent women have been taught that there should be a healthy serving of self-hatred with whatever enjoyment you might glean from a well-done makeover ...

Get jazzy in the Magic City

Support local and regional jazz artists this evening at the Magic City Jazz Festival. Taking place at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall starting at 7 p.m., the festival will feature jazz bands from Minot, Glenburn, Surrey, Williston and Wolford with guest artists Micah Bell and Charlie Young. A variety ...

POEM’s Flippin’ Flea Market

POEM Studio is pairing with the Minot Area Flea Market for the Flippin’ Flea Market event this weekend. With a $500 prize at stake to the winning team, contestants will scour the Minot Flea Market on Saturday to purchase items from local vendors to bring back to the POEM Studio’s Maker ...

Cardi B talks feeling anxiety before Grammys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even though Cardi B has a strong chance of winning her first-ever Grammy, the rapper said she is feeling nervous heading into Sunday's show. Cardi B said in a recent interview that she's been filled with anxiety about the potential of winning an award and executing her ...

Jane Harper writes engrossing 3rd novel

(AP) — The three Bright brothers, bonded by blood, history and the vagaries of the Australian outback, are the true lost men of Jane Harper's engrossing third novel, "The Lost Man." "The Lost Man" works as a story about families and also as a tale about surviving in the outback, a "land of ...

Joe Jackson portrays comedy, tragedy on grand ‘Fool’

(AP) — Joe Jackson and his band went straight from the stage to the studio to record "Fool," and his 20th studio album displays plenty of the dynamics and energy usually found in live performances. Released nearly 40 years to the day after "Look Sharp!" — his landmark 1979 debut — the ...

Amaya, Bowles bring magic, energy to the stage

Be it inspiration, joy or an escape from everyday life, live music offers a visceral experience unique unto itself. “People forget, it’s such a magical thing that happens being at an actual performance,” said Efrain Amaya, music assistant professor at Minot State University. “Just the ...

Get out of the snow and into the Snowball

As the weather takes a turn for the slightly warmer this weekend, 2nd Story in Minot will be hosting their largest annual fundraiser banquet. The Snowball will take place Saturday starting at 6 p.m. at the Minot Knights of Columbus. The annual Snowball is a chance for the community to help ...

HOOPS ON HOPS: Keeping a small footprint in a busy craft beer market

Proudly Small. This is not a mantra heard often in brewery discussions. This week, I want to highlight a very important sector in the brewery world: small breweries with an eye on niche brewing aimed at the very passionate and ever-growing group of beer lovers but also at the local community ...

Heritage Singers Variety Show announced

The Heritage Singers in Minot have announced the dates and locaiton of their upcoming Heritage Singers Variety Show. The show will take place Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2 at Sleep Inn and Suites. Each performance will start with the doors opening at 5 p.m. for a social hour and silent auction. ...

A goofy, sweet and modern spin on Arthurian legend

The Arthurian legend gets a modern and more youthful spin in "The Kid Who Would Be King ," a surprisingly delightful film full of action, heart, a crazy-haired Patrick Stewart (as "old" Merlin) and a few genuinely good gags, and it really couldn't have come at a better time. It's an ...

‘Nowhere Child’ is Christian White’s stunning debut

(AP) — A young woman's fond memories of her happy childhood and loving parents are turned upside down when she learns she may have been kidnapped more than 28 years ago in "The Nowhere Child," a stunning debut by Christian White. The perceptive plot of "The Nowhere Child" works well as a ...

Gunn adds intimacy to guitar-led folk-rock album

(AP) — Steve Gunn has teamed up with stellar musicians over the years, from Kurt Vile to Michael Chapman, and his own albums — little gems like "Time Off," ''Way Out Weather" and "Eyes on the Lines" — offer plenty of proof of his adventurousness. On "The Unseen In Between," some of the ...

Get the family together and fight the frost

One of the hardest parts of winter is finding things to do to keep active and give kids a place to run around and play. With snow and threat of frostbite during the cold winter days, outdoor play can be hard and there is only so much to be done indoors. Today through Sunday, though, Games ...

Real and emotional prisons flow through ‘No Mercy’

(AP) — Prisons come in various forms, as Joanna Schaffhausen shows in her second outstanding novel, "No Mercy." There are the mortar-and-brick prisons in which criminals are housed, such as the serial killer who kidnapped and tortured Ellery Hathaway. And there are mental prisons where ...

Football rules ratings, but ‘Big Bang Theory’ energized

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" is starting to pick up ratings steam in the final stretch of its 12-year run. The CBS sitcom was last week's most-watched entertainment show as total viewership ticked up to a 2018-19 season high of more than 13 million, according to Nielsen figures ...

‘A Dog’s Way Home’ is saccharine and sentimental

How much of a sweet tooth do you have when it comes to movies? It's a question you might want to consider before stepping out for "A Dog's Way Home ," W. Bruce Cameron adaptation of his book about a dog who finds her way back to her owner across 400 miles of Colorado terrain, because this is ...