Prince's untimely death April 21 has left fans in Minnesota and all over the world reeling and struggling to process the sudden loss of such an unparalleled talent. Various establishments in Twin Cities are holding events to help fans honor and celebrate his vast musical legacy. Many theaters will be screening Prince's seminal 1984 film, Purple Rain this weekend and next, … [Read more...]
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June 7, 1958 — April 21, 2016 Prince reigned unchallenged in contemporary music as the world's most iconic artist. Forging a unique state-of-the-art pop sound culled primarily from a blend of rock, funk, gospel, and soul, combined with a strong vocal range and flamboyant stage presence, he emerged in 1979 as a premier performer and sustained an almost 40-year career of … [Read more...]
There's been a big change at Calvin's Barbershop since our last visit over a decade ago. The once-sacred male sanctuary has been converted to a unisex salon, and some feisty female employees have brought a new flava to the former man cave, including manager Angie (Regina Hall), flamboyant Draya (Nicki Minaj) and cynical Bree (Margot Bingham). Besides Ice Cube … [Read more...]
Philadelphia resident Antoine Randolph Watts likes to dress up. But most of his outfits are out of date. Like 200 years out of date. And he often changes his voice, accent and beard length with each outfit. “No, I don’t have a personality disorder,” says Watts. “I’m what’s called a first-person impressionist.” He is also part of a growing industry called … [Read more...]
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, the perfect time to support live music and/or purchase some new albums to enjoy in the comfort of your home. This year's International Jazz Day, hosted by President Obama and the First Lady, will be celebrated at the White House on April 30. A variety of jazz musicians will perform. Closer to home, many esteemed jazz artists will be … [Read more...]