Pat Evans' recent favorite things

9:33 AM, May 2, 2011   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn -- For millions of Americans, Natalie Cole's memorable electronic duet with her late father, Nat King Cole was, like the songs title, unforgettable. And for many, this was our first exposure to the amazing talent of Nat King Cole.

Well worth seeing: Good news. The Penumbra Theatre is now staging the world premiere of I Wish You Love. It is a brilliant production based on this iconic singers life. The Twin Cities' own Dennis Spears brings his considerable talents to singing Cole's songs in a way that honors but doesn't try to imitate the original.

This show is not to be missed. But you have to act quickly, tickets are selling out. When it closes on May 22, 2011, the production is heading to the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Worth a bite: Speaking of unforgettable. I can't get the amazingly fresh greens and scallops I had at In Season out of my mind. Located in South Minneapolis, across from Café Maude, In Season is also destined for success. This is a near perfect neighborhood restaurant featuring French-American sustainable cuisine. It is intimate with just the right music and décor and terrific wait staff.

This is chef Don Saunders first venture on his own. Although he's had plenty of experience with Au Rebours in St. Paul and others.

Worth a read: Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing New York Times columnist and bestselling author David Brooks. He appeared on our newish KARE 11 Today morning show to promote his new book, "The Social Animal-The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement."

Brooks attempts to explain how success happens. Using the lives of a composite American couple, Harold and Erica, the author delves beneath the surface of the outer definition of success, money, brains and accomplishment. With the support of countless bits of research, Brooks takes us into the mysterious realm of the inner mind. Here we see how emotions, intuition and character influence our lives.

While Brooks doesn't pretend to have all the answers, he does offer some provocative glimpses into what makes us tick.

I find this kind of stuff fascinating. What motivates us? We're just beginning to understand the complexity of the mind. A few reviewers weren't very impressed with David Brooks attempt at going beneath the surface. But I disagree with them. It's my humble view that if more of us thought about why we do what we do, we would be a lot better off.

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