Weekender

First LEGO League kicks off regionals

gional Tournament will take place tomorrow at Minot State University from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teams from around the area will compete in categories to move on to the state competition. The FLL is an international LEGO robotics competition. It is a competition where teams research a real-world ...

Fox’s ‘Masked Singer’ draws a strong audience

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox hoped to use a week when there wasn't much else on broadcast television besides football to draw attention to its new competition "The Masked Singer." The strategy proved sound. The Nielsen company said that 9.37 million people watched the series debut last Wednesday. ...

‘The First Conspiracy’ unspools plot on Washington in 1776

(AP) — George Washington faced some big problems as he tried to fortify New York City against British forces in the summer of 1776. His ragtag army was woefully short on weapons and battle experience. The British were assembling a massive exped-itionary force to crush his army and snuff out ...

Eddie Palmieri’s latest will move you to dance

(AP) — It might be the winter season for the U.S., but Eddie Palmieri brings the sunshine and warmth with his latest album, "Mi Luz Mayor." The Spanish Harlem, New Yorker is a living legend and cultural treasure — chances are you've heard his melodies or tunes influenced by him during ...

New year, new play

Mouse River Players kick off the new year with the hilarious farcical romantic comedy, “Fox on the Fairway,” directed by Krys Zorbaugh. The play will run Friday through Sunday on Jan. 4 through Jan. 6 and Jan. 11 through Jan. 13 at Mouse River Player’s The Arlene Theater in downtown ...

Preston and Child’s stories are multifaceted and complex

The two authors working together are masters at crafting a story that goes beyond a simple mystery or thriller. Their stories are multifaceted and complex, making the reading experience a true joy. This time while Pendergast works with agent Coldmoon, the crime has many unconventional layers to ...

Review: ‘Escape Room’ is high-concept and not half bad

In retrospect, it's actually kind of surprising that there hasn't been an escape room-themed horror movie until now. The popular interactive mystery games are kind of mini films. There's a built-in set, stakes, opportunities for conflict and teamwork and a logical start and finish. It's ...

Netflix named The Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — After a year like this, Netflix shows no signs of chilling. The dominant online video streamer started 2018 with almost 118 million subscribers, went on to win its first feature-film Oscar, briefly surpassed Disney as the most valuable U.S. media company, lured the likes of ...

in a record year, the movie theater strikes back

NEW YORK (AP) — The movie theater was dead, they said. After ticket sales slumped in 2017 , due largely to the worst summer season in more than a decade, pundits far and wide predicted the hastening demise of moviegoing, an inevitable casualty to the rise of streaming. This year, the movies ...

The biggest hits and misses in Hollywood’s 2018

A look at the biggest box-office hits and flops of 2018: HIT: “Black Panther” On a budget of $210 million, Ryan Coogler’s superhero film — the first to feature a predominantly black cast — grossed more than $700 million domestically (third highest all-time, not accounting for ...

Christmas countdown nearing the end

Christmas is only days away but that doesn’t stop the continued holiday themed events taking place around town. As the final weekend before Christmas gets underway, some may be doing their final shopping, travelling, arriving for holidays, starting their family holiday time, and more. Between ...

Put on your detective hats

Get your family together, put on your detective hats and get ready for mystery mixed with some holiday cheer at Eventures’ Holiday Family Mystery Party on Saturday. This non-murder based mystery event is fun for all ages as members of Santa’s workshop in the North Pole get together for a ...

‘Transformers’ gets a great savior in ‘Bumblebee’

The "Transformers" movie universe has lately been leaky and rusted out. It's become shorthand for bad blockbuster moviemaking — male-driven, mindless spectaculars with sophomoric humor. How can it be saved? Just hand the keys over to some talented women. "Bumblebee," the sixth film in the ...

Book reflects on rock Hudson’s stardom, closeted love life

(AP) — Had Rock Hudson not died of AIDS in 1985, he might be best remembered as the most successful of the postwar male stars who got into the movies solely on their looks. He remained on the screen for decades because of a likability that can't be learned or manufactured. Instead, Hudson ...

Eddie Palmieri’s latest will move you to dance

(AP) — It might be the winter season for the U.S., but Eddie Palmieri brings the sunshine and warmth with his latest album, "Mi Luz Mayor." The Spanish Harlem, New Yorker is a living legend and cultural treasure — chances are you've heard his melodies or tunes influenced by him during ...

Here comes the holiday train

Trains, performances, fundraising and the holiday spirit. These are things that the CP Holiday Train will bring on its stop here in Minot tomorrow at the Main Street Crossing in the Downtown Minot area. Bringing the musical talent of The Trews and Willy Porter, the event is expected to be a fun ...

MASK Theater puts on ‘Jingle Bells Jury’

Everyone has a story to tell and as the holiday season comes near, the jury is in at the Candy Cane Courthouse to tell a story of Christmas spirit. “Jingle Bells Jury” follows the character of Jane Dandy who is facing the court to defend her negative opinion on Christmas spirit. The big ...

Shop local art at POEM’s Art Fair

The POEM Art Fest is being held Friday, Dec. 14, until 8 p.m., with a pottery demonstration and wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 15, the art fair will be held from 1-8 p.m., with ice sculpting at 1:30 p.m. POEM is located at 36 3rd Street NE, Minot. POEM (People of Earth ...

‘Pandemic’ rings warning bell about gene-editing tech

(AP) —When there's a scientific breakthrough, Robin Cook doesn't just stand up and cheer. He uses his fertile imagination and writes a novel about its possible perils. In his latest medical thriller, "Pandemic," Cook dramatizes the scary side of a miracle molecule called "CRISPR/Cas9," ...

Van Morrison’s latest finds him in relaxed, swinging groove

(AP) — The first thing longtime listeners to Van Morrison will notice is the lack of angst — his 40th studio album is missing the usual complaints about the greed and cynicism of the music business. The next and most remarkable aspect is the relaxed, easy groove that permeates through "The ...