Weekender

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 ...

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 ...