Weekender

Harlan Coben’s ‘Run Away’ has an array of emotions

(AP) — Simon works on Wall Street, and his wife, Ingrid, is a successful doctor. They had a wonderful family life until their oldest daughter, Paige, leaves to attend college. At first, things seem to be going well, but something happens that turns Paige into a drug addict and she runs off ...

Ex-Prince guitarist Donna Grantis explores fusion

(AP) — Like with Miles Davis or David Bowie, having played with Prince is an entry in a musician's resume that's worth a thousand recommendations. Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis spent four years in various capacities with the late artist who once changed his name to an unpronounceable ...

Inspiration can strike from anywhere, even a tree stump

When someone wants to create art, whether it be a written piece of work, painted, chiselled, or sung, inspiration can strike from anything, anywhere and anytime. For Connie Kittleson Tollefson of Surrey, her inspiration and muse came from the stump of a large tree across from a Surrey school ...

Book casts welcome light on actress Vivien Leigh

(AP) — Playing two of the greatest female roles ever offered in film — Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" and Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" — has guaranteed actress Vivien Leigh a place in popular culture. Yet her stage work, often overlooked by her film fans, may have ...

Johnny Cash’s cabin is setting for fine Todd Snider album

(AP) — The microphone pops when Todd Snider delivers an especially emphatic lyric, and his chair creaks under the weight of his performance. The rustic charm of the setting — Johnny Cash's recording studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee — is audible throughout an album that ranks with ...

Hoops on Hops: Taprooms foster fun gaming culture

Brewery taprooms are now pretty common, and most of us live near one. This week, I’m focusing on fun activities inside the taprooms that have helped this current brewery model and culture become so popular. Taprooms are fun. They are gathering places to hang with friends, watch a game, ...

‘Captain Marvel’ gets an average introduction

If there is one thing that's true of most of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's that they have life and spirit to spare. It's a kind of an intoxicating joy that dares even the most comic book-apathetic to get onboard and delight in the spectacle, and it usually comes down to the ...

Take in the classics

Sit back and relax to the vocal performance put on by the Minot Chamber Chorale in their Classical Masterpieces concert this Sunday at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Starting at 3 p.m., the singers will be performing Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and Randall Thompson’s “Testament of ...

See the magic behind movies

What do movies such as “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Mission Impossible” and “Jurassic Park” have in common? Pieces from them will be performed at the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday concert at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall in Minot. “What would movies be without music? ...

Takedown of Paul LeRoux is gripping true-crime tale

(AP) — A master criminal and the step-by-step methods used to stop him permeate this gripping account that is both well-written and exhaustively researched by Elaine Shannon. Paul LeRoux was a ruthless killer who took the traditional methods of organized crime and mixed them with modern ...

Surprising return for Britain’s Specials

(AP) — Given that it's been 20 years since there's been new music from the Specials, who led a ska revival in Britain at the dawn of the 1980s that had little imprint on the U.S., it's reasonable to approach "Encore" with few expectations. Time for an adjustment. This is a bracingly fresh ...

Sibling Americana duo to take the stage

Twin sisters Carli and Julie Kennedy will travel from Canada to be a part of the International Artist Series of Minot and Live on Stage Inc. The Sibling Americana Duo, known as Twin Kennedy, will perform on Sunday at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, starting at 3 p.m. The Kennedy sisters have been ...

Help advocate for something good

The Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center works to provide a compassionate and effective way to bring services to children victimized by abuse. They run a multi-disciplinary team to respond to cases of child abuse. The group has been serving multiple counties in the Northwest and North ...

‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ explores climate doomsday

(AP) — The science is clear: Massive fossil fuel use by humans is raising temperatures in the oceans and air, the seas are rising, and we aren't building nearly enough green energy to slow the process. But does preaching global doom inspire change, or just resignation? The worth of "The ...

Chaka Khan’s ‘Hello Happiness’ is mini bundle of joy

(AP) — With just seven songs in 28 minutes, Chaka Khan's "Hello Happiness" is a little bundle of joy, emphasis on the little. But you shouldn't feel shortchanged. Consider it instead as a corrective to all those overlong, overblown collections of incessant sonic doodles and listen up as the ...

Rock ‘n’ roll meets the orchestra

Classical music is said to be the predecessor to rock ’n’ roll with similar melodies, chords, and occasionally tempos. Now rock ’n’ roll will meet pieces of classical music through an orchestral performance of popular pieces from 1954 to the 1980s in Community Rocks. Community Rocks ...

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 ...