The Music


Alexander O’Neal with Cherrelle

Fri., July 19, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or • The pair reunite to sing their duets “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This,” along with their respective catalogue of songs.







Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival

Sat., July 20, 11 am • Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN, • Celebration of reggae and world music • Ethnic food, beverages and artisans • Performers include Richie Spice, Everton Blender, Christopher Martin, and Alex Marley.








Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Sat. July 19, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien plays Indigenous Creole Zydeco.



Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Mavis Staples

Sun., July 21, 7 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, or • Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples is currently touring in support of her new record, You Are Not Alone  • Trombone Shorty has been hailed for bringing old and new styles of jazz together for a unique sound he calls “Supafunkrock.”


Nappy Roots

Tues., July 23, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or • Nappy Roots are an American hip hop sextet that originated in Kentucky in 1995, best known for their 2002 hit  single “Awnaw.”



The Screen


Fruitvale Station

Various theaters • It is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California • Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer.









Grown Ups 2

Various Theaters • After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers, sometimes crazy follows you • Starring Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Maya Rudolph, Kevin James and David Spade.










Central Park Five

July 25, 8:30 pm • Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls., 612-643-2000 or • In 1989, five Black and Latino teens were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a White female jogger in Central Park. The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth became clear • Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and her father, the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns • Brought to you by Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative.






The Stage


When A Man Loves A Diva

Through August 3, 8 pm • The Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-7977 or • Starring Ben Bakken, Dane Stauffer and Julius Collins with Sanford Moore and his rockin’ band.


The Arts


FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

Fri., July 26 — Sun., July 28 • From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside • Evening preview events on Fri. • Indoor and outdoor events along West Broadway from the Mississippi River to Penn Ave N., with extended gallery hours the entire weekend • More info,


Northside Backstreet Art Sale

July 26-27 • Plymouth Avenue Art Studio, 2404 Plymouth Ave N., Mpls. • Jewelry, kid’s art, books, massage, several artists, music in the garden (bring your own lawn chair) • Fri., July 26, 3-7 pm, Sat., July 27, 1-7 pm, Sun., July 28, 1-5 pm • For more information contact 612-239-6250


Five in Five

Through August 15 • Obsidian Arts, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-787-3644 or • Five African photographers accepted the challenge of conveying visually, in just five images, the essential totality of their respective communities. Hailing from the lands associated with the Congolese, Liberians, Ethiopians, Somalians, and African Americans these five photographers surprise, lecture, and  nurture a broad recognition of what is “the essential.”  Side by side visitors may reflect on the differences in artistic perspectives and philosophies. The artists are: Travis Lee, Albert Nyembwe, Mohamed Barre,  Getachew Irko, and Tarnue Jallah.


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