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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights


Ziggy Marley

Tue., Aug. 12, 7:30 pm

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

Go to or call 952-431-9200




Ginger Commodore & Debbie Duncan Sing Aretha

Fri., Aug. 08, 8 pm

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Go to or call 612-332-1010




R&B Comedy Explosion

With Keith Sweat, Lyfe Jennings, and Avery Sunshine. Hosted by Coco Brown

Fri., Aug. 08, 8 pm

State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Go to or call 612-339-7007



Pizza Luce Block Party 2014 

With GRRRL PRTY, Heiruspecs, Mark Mallman, Dem Atlas, and more. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Universal Dance Destiny 9th Holiday Showcase 2014

Fri., Jan. 31, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30)

In its 9th consecutive year, Universal Dance Destiny and Ministry presents a talent showcase that ignites the spirit of “unity” in the “community” while paving the way for new upcoming performers and celebrating the work of those who are seasoned! Cost: $6 for kids, $8 for adults, and $7 seniors/students

Brookdale Fellowship Hall, 5139 Brookdale Blvd., Brooklyn Center

Call 612-354-6997 or go to



Debbie Duncan

Thu., Jan. 30, 6 pm

Hell’s Kitchen

80 S. 9th St., Minneapolis

Go to or call 612-332-4700



Dom Kennedy

Mon., Feb. 3, 8:30 pm

• Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!



The Music
2013 Carifest
Fabuluz Friday, Fri., July 26, 8 pm — 2 am, Knights of Columbus, 1114 American Blvd. W., Bloomington • Zizzling Saturday Outdoor Festival, Sat., July 27, 11 am — 10 pm, West River Parkway (between Plymouth Ave. and Broadway Ave.) • Carifest is an annual Caribbean cultural event featuring colorful Caribbean flair, live calypso and reggae beats, vibrant parade costumes and more • Performers include, Avi and the Supertones featuring Princess Anisa (Orlando’s #1 Chutney band), Emmanuel Brown, Jumo Primo, Dheeraj Gayaram, Scrouge, 9Tomorrows and more • For more info, visit

Dakota Street Fest
Sat. July 27, noon — midnight • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • This is a free outdoor music festival on Nicollet Mall with four music stages, great food, drinks and activities for all ages • Acts include Debbie Duncan, Sonny Knight and the Lakers, #MPLS, Irv Williams, Toki Wright & This Debris and more.  
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Sun., July 28-29, 7 & 9 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins is one of New Orleans’ biggest personalities. Continue Reading →

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Light rail construction poses threat to surrounding businesses

Black-owned club struggles to stay open while losing customers

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


Progress at what cost? Metro Transit’s impeding connection of the Twin Cities through light rail, all things being equal, is a step into the future. Hooking Minneapolis and St. Paul up with convenient, super-fast means of commuter travel and transport on a long commercial corridor seems to be advantageous for all in the metro area. Except all things aren’t equal. Continue Reading →

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Best albums of 2011 make for optimism about 2012



As the year 2011 ends and 2012 begins, one word comes to mind: optimistic. Optimistic is how I feel. Kind of like the song “Optimistic,” sung by the Sounds of Blackness and written by Jimmy Jam for his mother. It’s one of my favorite songs. And I’ve told Jimmy so. Continue Reading →

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