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Telling the story of Paul Robeson

By Charles Hallman
Staff writer

 

A musical play on the legendary Paul Robeson will be at the Capri Theater this weekend June 20-22. Jason McKinney stars as Robeson, the multi-faceted actor and singer who spoke against injustice both in the U.S. and abroad, and Christopher Bagley plays Lawrence Brown, Robeson’s long-time collaborator in “A Play Based on the Life of Paul Robeson,” a two-man production that is scheduled to appear in several cities this year. Robeson, was born in 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey the youngest of five children, and later would attend Rutgers University at age 17 and won multiple letters in baseball, football, basketball and track. He graduated as class valedictorian, then went to Columbia Law School and worked in the early 1920s as a lawyer in New York. However, he left the law profession because of racism at the firm he worked and became a successful singer and actor on stage and screen. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

 

 

Les Nubians

Fri., Sept. 6, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • With a distinctive “Afropean” sound and irresistible grooves,

Les Nubians have spent the last decade becoming the most popular French-speaking act in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saul Williams

Thurs., Sept. 12, 10 pm • Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-276-6523 or www.icehousempls.com • Acclaimed poet, musician

and actor Saul Williams will be performing his blend of poetry and alternative hip hop

 

 

 

 

 

Dameun Strange, Guante, Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey, Mankwe, Lisa Brimmer and High Society

Fri., Sept. 13, 7 pm • Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. Continue Reading →

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The Music
 
Mary Mary
Thurs., Aug. 15, 7:30 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org • American contemporary gospel duo, consisting of sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina “Tina” Atkins-Campbell, featuring elements of soul music, hip hop, funk and jazz.  

 

 

 

 
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 http://first-avenue.com • 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. Continue Reading →

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The Music

 
Alexander O’Neal with Cherrelle
Fri., July 19, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • The pair reunite to sing their duets “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This,” along with their respective catalogue of songs.  

 

 

 

 

 
Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival
Sat., July 20, 11 am • Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN, www.bayfrontreggae.com • Celebration of reggae and world music • Ethnic food, beverages and artisans • Performers include Richie Spice, Everton Blender, Christopher Martin, and Alex Marley.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Sat. July 19, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien plays Indigenous Creole Zydeco. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 
Live on the Drive 2013 with Chastity Brown
Thurs., July 11, 6-8 pm • 34th Ave. N. and Victory Memorial Parkway  • Live on the Drive is a free community concert, outdoors in North Minneapolis on the beautiful Victory Memorial Parkway •

Bring your family and invite your friends • Each concert is followed by a movie presented by Movies in the Park.  

 

 
Carl Thomas
Fri., July 12, 8 pm • Wilebski’s Legendary Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice Street, St. Paul, http://wilebskiblues.com/ • Former Bad Boy Records R&B artist performs an intimate concert with Trilla opening.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Doug E. Fresh 
Fri., July 12, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • Mn Hip Hop Society kicks off its inaugural event with the legendary Doug E. Fresh, hip hop icon and human beatbox machine. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 
T.I.
Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or epicmpls.com • T.I. is on tour promoting his eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, which he has hinted may be his last. But considering he reportedly has over 100 unreleased tracks from the Heavy is the Head sessions, this is unlikely.  Travis Scott, I-B-ILL and DJ Enferno open.  

 

 

 
Shabazz Palaces w/TheeSatisfaction and Malitia Mali Mob
Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Fine Line Music Café, 318 1st Ave. Continue Reading →

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The Music
 

 

Herschel & The Detainees Present… BOOMBASTIC! Sat., Mar. 23, 8 pm • Fine Line Music Café
318 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8100 or www.finelinemusic.com
Herschel & The Detainees will be rocking the house along with their brothers and sisters of RJ & The Soul, Devine Collection, and Ceewhy! Continue Reading →

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Maria Isa: 416 Club Commissions

Sun., Jan. 20, 7:30 pm
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or www.thecedar.org
Through collaboration with Adriana Rimpel of the local Cuban band Malamanya, Maria Isa will create five original songs that trace the Afro-Latina music scene in Minnesota. Tickets are $5.  Lo-Key

Fri.-Sat., Jan. Continue Reading →

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Public Enemy

 Thurs., Dec. 6, 8 pm:
First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
701 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-1775 or www.first-avenue.com
With X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders of the New School, Wise Intelligent, Son of Bazerk & No Self Control, Awesome Dre, Davy Dmx and DJ Johnny Juice
Tickets are $25. This event is for ages-18+. Hypel’s Listening Party, Featuring Nakia Marie, Ashley DuBose and Mike Dreams

Fri., Dec. Continue Reading →

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