African Nights 2013

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 
Nicole Henry
Fri., June 7, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the most acclaimed entertainers in jazz. Her powerfully expressive voice and her soulful, sophisticated and uplifting energy has earned her three top-10 albums.

 

 

 

 

 
Onyx
Fri., June 7, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • East Coast hardcore hip hop group Onyx makes an appearance in the Twin Cities • W/SSK of Homegrown Crew and Desdamona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Tyga
Sat., June 8, 7:30 pm • Myth, 3090 Southlawn Drive St. Paul, 651-779-6984 or http://mythlive.com/ • Currently touring in support of his new album Hotel California • W/ Mod Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis 

Tues., June 11, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned African flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. His music protested about apartheid, slavery, government, and the hardships individuals were living.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Jay Young’s Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire
Fri., June 14, 8 pm  • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Jay Young is a monster on the bass, and one of the most versatile musicians to come out of the Twin Cities. Continue Reading →

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Up-and-coming playwright Junauda Petrus shows There Are Other Worlds

 

 

By Jamal Denman

Online Editor

 

Junauda Petrus had been living in New York when she was initially inspired to begin the creative process of writing and developing the concept for the gripping play entitled There Are Other Worlds.  Her original idea for the performance, which sold out each night of its four-night run, was a little different than the work which was presented at the Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis April 25-28, 2013. At first Petrus just “wanted to do an aerial performance piece featuring all Black women” and combine those elements with “poetry vignettes,” and was inspired by Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. But during the creative process, the concept eventually transformed into a powerful and poignant story that touched on a number of topics considered taboo, such as the treatment of Black women, rape, murder, and the prison industrial complex in the United States. One element of the original concept that remained was the aerial performance, something Petrus wanted to exhibit. She describes aerial performance as “a circus art that deals with hanging apparatuses,” where acrobatic movements are incorporated with the use of materials hung from the ceiling. Continue Reading →

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