In his final On the Ball blog post, Mark Wheat gives a preview of the Premier League season that begins this weekend, along with tips on how to watch and even an invitation to join a fantasy league. He also describes the fun he's had writing this and explains why he's decided to draw a line under it.
The Twin Cities got a taste of the Premier League when defending champs Manchester City visited the TCF Bank Stadium to take on Greek champions Olympiacos, just ahead of Minnesota United taking on Ottawa FC. Plus a music selection from someone who may support Liverpool (maybe?).
After attending a special preview screening this week, The Current's Bill DeVille shares his thoughts about the new James Brown biopic, starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Tate Taylor. Read Bill's remarks and view a trailer for the film.
Mark Wheat sums up his thoughts on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, then sets the stage for the Guinness International Champions Cup match this weekend between Manchester City and Olympiacos, followed by another match between Minnesota United and Ottawa Fury. Plus: A music pick that connects a local band with the Premier League champs.
Liquid Music curator Kate Nordstrum has announced the lineup for the third season of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's new music concert series, which includes such artists as Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche (pictured, above) and The National's Bryce Dessner. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story.