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TU Dance

Join founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands for an unforgettable 10th anniversary dance concert featuring master Alvin Ailey’s duet Twin Cities from his legendary The River (1970) as well as repertory favorites and world premiere, a new commissioned work by Uri Sands in collaboration with master wood block print artist Hiroki Morinoue. Sat., May 10, 7:30 pm

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

Go to or call 651-224-4222 for more information


Sound Horizon: Kevin Beasley

Exploring the space between live sound and visual art, the fourth season of Sound Horizon returns this spring. This in-gallery music series presents three U.S. composers and solo sonic adventurers selected by celebrated visual artist Jim Hodges. Thur., May 8, 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm performances

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Go to or call 612-375-7600


Mahmoud El-Kati

The author discusses his new book, The Myth of Race, the Reality of Racism. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis musician selected for Doris Duke Artist Award

Minneapolis native, New York-based pianist and composer Craig Taborn among 13 jazz artists to receive 2014 Doris Duke Foundation awards


Earlier this week, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. According to the press release, “both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, and Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000. Since commencing in April 2012, the program has awarded a total of $18.1 million to artists in the fields of jazz, dance and theater.” The 2014 jazz related award recipients are:
2014 Doris Duke Artist Awards

Oliver Lake
Steve Lehman
Roscoe Mitchell
Zeena Parkins
Craig Taborn
Randy Weston

2014 Doris Duke Impact Awards

Muhal Richard Abrams
Ambrose Akinmusire
Steve Coleman
Ben Monder
Aruán Ortiz
Matana Roberts
Jen Shyu


Pianist and composer Craig Taborn is multi-talented in the realms of straight-ahead and free jazz. Continue Reading →

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The re-rebirth of soul

Electric Lady Janelle Monáe delivers
By Junauda Petrus
Contributing Writer
Janelle Monáe’s concert on Tuesday, October 22 at the Skyway Theater, like her music, referenced a legacy of soul that young audiences were eager to witness. The music from her latest contribution, The Electric Lady, like her past works, is thought-provoking and critical, yet funky and cutting edge. Monáe’s music is bringing Afro-futurism to modern-day realities with cleverness, freshness and fun in a musical climate that is in desperate need of her fearless, funky soul. The show was a dynamic unforgettable experience that made it clear she has all of the makings of a musical icon. Monáe is a genius at making music that is complex and entertaining – an impressive pairing in a musical era in which mainstream content is often saturated with lyrics that seem allergic to any real depth or social reflection. Continue Reading →

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Shapeshift hip hop dance group to perform

Shapeshift, a Minneapolis-based hip hop dance group, performs Friday and Saturday, November 1-2, at the New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Avenue, in Minneapolis. This exciting show is choreographed and passionately produced by Ashley Selmer and Herbert Johnson, well-established dance artists who have worked with the likes of Iluminate and Prince’s new band 3rd Eye Girl. The group recently performed in front of 18,000 fans at the Xcel Center on October 8. Tickets can be purchased at (search Shapeshift). For further information contact James Selmer at 612-220-8545. Continue Reading →

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