Weekender

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 ...

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 ...