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Top five Mexican candies worth trying

Fair use from Barcel-USA. The Duvalin has a cream-like flavor combos such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry that are filled inside a plastic dish paired with a mini spoon.

Maria Perez Barriga

May 6, 2020

During these unprecedented times, it is a good opportunity to try out different types of candies to lighten up your mood. In this review, I will be sharing my favorite Mexican candies, and I want others to get to know more about the Mexican culture. After reading this review, I recommend you go try ...

‘BLAME IT ON BABY’ electrifies

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Adam Gips

May 6, 2020

I had high expectations for DaBaby’s newest album because his single “FIND MY WAY,” which was released a couple of weeks before the album, was an instant hit. “BLAME IT ON BABY” exceeded my expectations, but it seemed very similar to his previous album “KIRK.” When I first listened to “BLAME IT ON BABY...

Three local restaurants to support during COVID-19

Mexico City Cafe has been doing takeout only since March 17 due to COVID-19. Executive Order 20-24 made all Minnesota restaurants close for in-person service through May 17.

Sam Swisher

May 1, 2020

We are all experiencing unprecedented change to our daily lives as COVID-19 continues to redefine how we interact with others. We have all been impacted in some way or another, but that does not mean we have completely given up all of our old habits. Growing up in St. Louis Park, my family and I ...

Bob Dylan’s two new singles inspire

Fair use from Columbia Records. The song cover for “I Contain Multitudes” includes a picture of Bob Dylan playing electric guitar. This song was the second of two recent releases by Dylan.

Noah Orloff

April 28, 2020

After an eight-year hiatus from releasing original music, Bob Dylan has dropped two new songs within a month of each other. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient showcased his poetry in “Murder Most Foul” and “I Contain Multitudes.” “Murder Most Fo...

‘Making the Cut’ lacks competitiveness

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Molly Schochet

April 28, 2020

Being a fan of “Project Runway,” my expectations for Heidi Klum and Timm Gunn’s next design show, “Making the Cut,” were high, but I was afraid the show would feel like a bad reboot. After watching the first couple episodes, I was surprised at how well done it was and how much it felt like...

Accessible musicals to turn home into a theater

Fair use from 20th Century Fox. Christian (Ewan McGregor) and Satine (Nicole Kidman) sing their love for one another amidst an extravagant musical number. “Moulin Rouge!” (2001) tells an updated version of a 100-year-old story.

Ben Sanford

April 24, 2020

Musicals can often be a great way to relieve stress or to understand a new aspect of the world. Intertwining acting with music is, in my opinion, a brilliant way to tell a story, letting the characters emote in a way they never could through dialogue. These are some of my favorite musicals that all h...

‘Coffee and Kareem’ disappoints

Fair use from Netflix. James Coffee (Ed Helms) taking Kareem Manning (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) back to his home. 'Coffee and Kareem' was released April 3.

Adam Gips

April 15, 2020

One of Netflix’s most recent original additions, “Coffee and Kareem,” came with high expectations because it was starring Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson, but left me feeling dissatisfied.  The story follows James Coffee (Ed Helms), a lousy inner-city Detroit cop as he develops a relationship w...

‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness’ provides excitement, drama

Fair use from Netflix. Joe Exotic, star of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” feeds a tiger. The eighth episode of the Netflix series was released April 12.

Noah Orloff

April 14, 2020

A distraction in life is important during this trying time and I cannot think of a better way to take a break from the outside world than entering into the life of Joe Maldonado-Passage, who goes by Joe Exotic, or the Tiger King. “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” is so wild that it almost...

Self isolation feels like ‘Groundhog Day’

Fair use from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Phil Connors (Bill Murray) sits next to Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell) on his bed as she wonders what will happen to them the next day. Earlier in the day, Phil tells Rita that he's lived this day already and she wants to understand why it only effects Phil.

Anna Benishek

April 13, 2020

After being in self isolation quarantine for a couple of weeks, everyday feels like I’ve been reliving the same day over and over again. The popularity of the 1993 film "Groundhog Day" has increased since most of the country has been staying home.   "Groundhog Day" follows Phil Connors (Bill Murray), an ...

‘Ozark’ season three hits a home run

Fair use from Netflix. Main character of “Ozark” Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) sits wondering about the safety of his family. The show takes place in the lake of the Ozarks in Missouri where Byrde is forced to launder money for a Mexican drug lord.

Sam Swisher

April 13, 2020

When I heard the third season of Netflix’s crime drama “Ozark” would be coming out March 27, I was excited to see if the show would compare to the previous two seasons. After binge-watching the show over the course of two days, I am happy to report that the show hit it out of the park.  When I ...

Top 10 must-watch movies on Netflix

Fair use from Netflix. Daughter Ova (Nisa Sofiya Aksongur) hugs her dad Memo (Aras Bulut iynemli). Memo, with an intellectual disability, ends up being jailed for a crime he didn’t commit and must prove his innocence in order to be with his daughter.

Maria Perez Barriga and Jayde Claussen

April 4, 2020

‘The Foreigner’- ★★★☆☆ This movie follows Quan Ngoc Minh (Jackie Chan), a man who owns a Chinese restaurant. One day Minh’s daughter ends up being killed by one of the men who bombs a clothing store as part of a terrorist act. Minh then sets off on a journey looking for the kill...

Game reviews and recommendations

Pictured is the game “Monopoly.” The game is recommended for ages 8 and older, and it is played with two to 10 people with teams.

Adam Gips

March 31, 2020

After feeling bored during this time in self-isolation because of COVID-19, I quickly realized I needed to do something to pass the time. I went in my closet and rediscovered some games full of memories. These are some games I would recommend playing to get through the break. “Monopoly” – ...

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