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Heads up Twin Cities, Plaid is the new Black Friday

(Photo by Sabrina Kennelly) Kathleen O'Hehir-Johnson makes truffles at her small candy store Just Truffles on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

You can hear from the songs on the radio, the ads in the newspaper, and the commercials on TV that the holiday season has begun. This week Cyber Monday and Black Friday will have consumers opening up their wallets to grab the perfect present for their loved ones.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story" at highlights the singer's musical inspiration at History Theatre

Photo courtesy History Theatre

I missed the first two times that Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story played at History Theatre, but I had heard it was a lot of fun.  On its third go-round, I made a point to finally catch it and I can confirm that this show is great fun. History Theatre is co-producing this Alan Jane’s play with the McNally Smith College of Music. Director Ron Peluso and musical director Gary Rue provide an entertaining production that seeks more to recreate the early excitement of rock and roll rather than to simply tell a rock biopic.  

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Same-sex marriage could increase Minnesota's annual economy by $38 M

(Photo by Heidi Garrido) A couple kisses after being married by former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak at city hall on Aug. 1, 2013.

Since same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota, Heidi Garrido has shot for more than a dozen same-sex weddings. The St. Paul photographer said she’s already seen a major increase in her profits since the state legalized same-sex marriage last summer.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" woos at the Orpheum Theatre

Photo credit Kevin White

For my family, White Christmas is the official start of the holiday season; my sister makes sure we watch it every year the day after Thanksgiving—it’s become a tradition for us. With that said, I went into the opening night of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical on November 25 at the Orpheum Theatre with a little bit of a bias. It’s near impossible to live up to the bass-baritone Bing Crosby and tap-dancing Danny Kaye, but it’s hardly fair to compare the 1954 classic with the musical. Ultimately, the movie and the travelling production does what it should do and inspires the warm and fuzzies just in time for the holidays.

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Hundreds block Lake and Minnehaha, non-indictment protest grows to thousands

(Photo by Mary Turck) Hundreds of protesters block the intersection of Lake Street and Minnehaha in south Minneapolis.

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