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This week’s entertainment spotlights!

Sat., Oct. 27, 7 pm
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or
Tickets are $35. Love & Marriage

Oct. 10-27:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-4944 or
This multi-media musical revue celebrates love, life partners, and the true meaning of “for better or for worse.”
Tickets are $15-28. Alex Cross

Various metro-area theaters
A homicide detective/psychologist faces off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with a serial killer. Continue Reading →

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Black girl speaks: a play and artistic movement




Talitha V. Anyabwele’s Black Girl Speaks, makes its area premiere, launching the 2012-13 national tour, at a most appropriate venue, North Minneapolis’ Capri Theater. After all, where better to honor African American women with this celebrated production than the heart of the Black Twin Cities. Author-director-performer-producer Anyabwele states this theatrical experience is, “a series of monologues and spoken word pieces threaded together to chronicle the lives of Black women throughout the Diaspora. “Everything…from our relationships with our mothers, daughters and sisters and lovers and husbands to experiences with our careers to molestation, [the show has] very deep topics in our community we typically shy away from. And at the end I always applaud the Black woman for triumphing, the fact that we are standing as strong and beautiful as we are today.”

It was first staged in 2005 and, standing on spontaneity as a significant part of its strength, has never in its history as an international vehicle been done exactly the same way twice, letting the work thrive as art that continually evolves. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights

When a Man Loves a Diva

Every Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 18 — Nov. 10, 8 pm
The Lab Theater
700 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-7977 or 
Sanford Moore leads Dane Stauffer, Ben Bakken and Julius Collins, III in singing songs about love that made divas of the women who recorded them. Tickets are $29.50 for general admission and $38 for V.I.P.

Next to Normal

Oct. 5 — Nov. Continue Reading →

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GLBT characters of color on the big and small screens


It’s hard enough finding straight people of color — including Black folk — on TV and film, never mind non-hetero depictions. Here’s a thumbnail sketch roundup of positive portrayals. In the interest of being thankful for small favors, let us acknowledge that pitiful as it is, some progress has been made. True Blood, the HBO hit pitting vampires versus werewolves with humans stuck in the middle, against a rural Louisiana backdrop, saw a gay Black man not only as a principal character, but also one with strong dimension. Nelsan Ellis (who, by the by, plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2013’s The Butler) plays pragmatic hard-a** with a heart of gold Lafayette Reynolds. Continue Reading →

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Entertainment, etc. – Next Day Air, Undercover Brother — double-barrel fun



By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


Here’s a do-it-yourself DVD double feature for you, if chuckalicious, rib-tickling comedy is right up your alley, whether as usual fare or just a change of pace: Next Day Air and Undercover Brother. If you don’t own either one, this is a great excuse to request them at your local library, or a perfect reason to use your rent-a-film account. Whatever, set aside an afternoon or evening, pop the corn, pour some soda and sit back. Next Day Air, a raucous romp, is, it bears noting, not quite family entertainment, rated R because of foul language, explicit drug content, and no nudity but some frank sexuality. So, watch this one without little kids around. Continue Reading →

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