This week’s Entertainment spotlights!



The Music



The Dear Hunter Tour, featuring Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, Random aka Mega Ran

Fri., Aug. 16, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or • On the heels of his latest release, the critically acclaimed LP First of a Living Breed (Stones Throw), Homeboy Sandman teams up with rapper Open Mike Eagle, whom the LA Times calls “One of LA’s smartest young voices,” and Random aka Mega Ran, who has been described as a mix of video games, the 80’s, hip hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy.

2nd Annual Black and White Red Carpet Affair

Sat., Aug. 17, 9:30 pm • Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, 761 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8188 or 






Ginger Commodore & Dennis Spears

Sat., Aug. 17, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Spears and Commodore, both known for their contribution to Moore by Four, as well as being gems of the Midwest music and theater scenes in their own right, join forces for a night of sizzling soul and powerful vocals.




The Steeles

Sun., Aug. 18, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • The Steeles are a soul & gospel powerhouse. These five siblings have been heard on Broadway and have graced stages from Carnegie Hall, the Guthrie and First Avenue.






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


Big Sam’s Funky Nation 

Mon., Aug. 26, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or


Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Shaun LaBelle and Stokley Williams 

Aug. 27-28 • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or


Diana Ross

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




The Screen


The Butler

Opens Aug. 16

Various theaters

The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Featuring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo




The Stage 


 ALOUD: A Festival of new student work

• Aug. 15-17, 7 pm  • 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



The Fifth Annual LOLA Art Crawl 

Sat. and Sun., Aug. 24-25, 10 am — 5 pm • LoLa (the League of Longfellow artists) will be opening their doors for the fifth annual LoLa art crawl • Smaller and more intimate than many art festivals, the LoLa art crawl will give you a glimpse into the creative workspaces of artisans working on jewelry, glasswork, painting, photography, textiles, pottery, gardens, sculpture and more • For more info and a map of the event, visit



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