Faith-based films ordinarily have limited appeal beyond the church community because most tend to be heavy-handed morality plays just preaching to the choir. A Question of Faith represents a refreshing change of pace, since it downplays the proselytizing in favor of character development and a compelling plot. This carefully-crafted, modern parable explores a timely mix of … [Read more...]
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This year the Twin Cities Black Film Festival (TCBFF) will take place on both sides of the river. The annual four-day festival of films and shorts is set for October 12-15. “I’m super excited” of this year’s lineup, exclaimed TCBFF Founder-Director Natalie Morrow in a recent MSR interview. As in previous years, Morrow worked hard to present as much local talent a possible — … [Read more...]
“Pretty powerful is the understanding that, as women, we have the duality of both 'pretty' and 'substance' that can (and should) be maximized to achieve any success we set our minds to... While there are significant challenges along the way... we have incredible choice around how we utilize our appearance, coupled with our substance... This book... is for women who know they … [Read more...]
To call actor Charla Marie Bailey committed heart and soul to her profession would be something of an understatement. “I can't breathe without acting,” she readily attests. “I have to do it, bring life to stories that move people emotionally. Whether it’s to make them laugh or go home and kiss their partners or join an action group. I want to move them.” That passion has … [Read more...]
During the second half of Grease at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, audience members are entertained with the voice of an angel — a teen angel to be exact. Kasano Mwanza steals the show with a soulful performance of "Beauty School Dropout." “We all know the Frankie Valli version, which is great, and it’s sort of this classical version,” explained Mwanza. “I can sing like that … [Read more...]