This week’s Entertainment spotlights!



The Music


Emeli Sande

Thurs., Aug. 1 • Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-7007 or • Her album, Our Version of Events, was the biggest-selling album of 2012 in the UK, and The Times of London says that she “combines Winehouse sass and Nina Simone purr.” She has recently toured with Alicia Keys who was so impressed with her, that she co-wrote three songs with Sande for her own album, Girl on Fire.




Naughty by Nature

Fri., Aug. 3, 9 pm • Insert Coins, 315 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 651-564-4016 or • Naughty by Nature stop by Mpls. as they continue celebrating 20 years of “Hip Hop Hooray.”




Tues., Aug. 6, 7:30 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or • D’Angelo returns to Mpls. after his sold-out concert with Questlove last month • 18+






The Furious 5 featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kidd Creole, Scorpio, and Rahiem

Thurs., Aug. 8, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or • Furious Five will hold a panel discussion prior to the concert (6:30 pm) entitled “The New Hip-Hop Culture” • Ticket price to panel includes a ticket to show • 18+




Mary Mary

Thurs., Aug. 15, 7:30 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or


Freedom Jazz Festival 

Sat., Aug. 24, 1-7 pm • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue S., Mpls.


Robert Cray

Sun. Aug. 25, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, or


Diana Ross

Wed., Aug. 28, 8 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or




The Screen


Fruitvale Station

Various theaters

Tues., Aug. 6, 7:30 pm • 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.

2 Guns

Various theaters

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star in this action thriller about undercover agents attempting to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel. The plan goes haywire, they are disavowed by their superiors, and must go on the run.




The Stage 


A Woman’s Works

Through Aug. 11, various times • Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-340-1725 or • Choreographer Karen Charles explores the life of women. Featuring works of strength, fragility, and fun, with music by James Brown to Ólafuf Arnalds, the female cast invites the audience to question, illuminate and revel in what is female • Tickets at or call 866-811-4111

Courage of Nine

Wed., Aug. 7, 2 pm & Thurs., Aug 8, 7 pm • Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls., 612-643-2000 or • Written by Cheryl L. West, the play is a fictionalized account of the story about the Little Rock Nine • The play is being performed by the students of Camp Capri and CAST, the Capri’s high school theater program under the direction of Greta Ogelsby and Dennis Spears.

Penumbra Theater presents, Youth Art in Action, Summer Institute 2013

Sat. Aug. 3, 7 pm, First Year Class Performance • First-year students present their original, ensemble performance featuring a chorus of insightful and brave stories • Sat., Aug. 10, 7 pm, Second Year Class Performance • Witness powerful original monologues and scenes devised by our second-year students to raise awareness about issues they deem urgent. Stay for a post-performance discussion • Aug. 15-17, 7 pm, ALOUD: A Festival of new student work • Three-day festival of new work created by third-year students • Penumbra Theatre, 270 North Kent St., St. Paul, 651-224-3180 or


The Arts


Wear Your Culture: Dressing Swedish, Dressing Oromo

Through Aug. 25 • American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Mpls., 612-871-4907 or a • This two-part exhibition explores and honors the traditional clothing and rich cultural heritage of Minnesota’s immigrant communities past and present • High school and college Oromo-American students living in Minnesota share their cultural knowledge and pride in this unique companion exhibit and accompanying programs • Oromo is one of the largest national groups in Africa, with over 20,000 Oromo currently living in MN • Dressing Swedish is a traveling exhibition from the Embassy of Sweden and supported by Multicultural Society, Tumba in Sweden.


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