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When Momma Prayed blends faith, belief, gospel, and blues

When Momma Prayed, which debuted and filled the house at the Mixed Blood Theater in 2007, takes spiritual flight again beginning August 8 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, enhanced with six pieces of original music created by musician ‘Dr. Fink,’ (Matt Fink, former co-writer and sideman for years with Prince) and playwright-director Darryl Harrell. Starring Greta Oglesby and a cast of six actors, nine singers, a dancer, and two musicians, the play is an uplifting story about a rural, very poor, black family living in the Deep South in the 1960’s. When the father unexpectedly passes away, the family’s food and money quickly vanish. Their situation becomes dire, Momma prays, and her prayer is answered in a miraculous way. The cast all come from, and are professionally rooted in, the Minneapolis theater community. Continue Reading →

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SFJAZZ’s new home, Bobby Z’s 2nd benefit, D’Angelo’s new music


Congrats to SFJAZZ. After presenting its first concerts in San Francisco 30 years ago, today the nonprofit organization SFJAZZ has built a home and performance venue of its own. Its grand opening occurred on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013. According to a press release about the SFJAZZ opening, “The SFJAZZ Center can now efficiently integrate itself under one roof to present world-class artists in concert throughout the year, nurture young musicians’ development and promote music education.”

“After 30 years of presenting music in a variety of rented venues throughout the Bay, it is with great joy we announce our first season in our new home, the SFJAZZ Center,” said Randall Kline, the founder and executive artistic director of SFJAZZ. He also noted in the press release, “The center is the first free-standing building for jazz in the country — designed, from concept to concert hall, to create an enhanced setting for creating and experiencing what the esteemed jazz writer Whitney Balliett calls ‘the sound of surprise.’”

McCoy Tyner’s January 24 concert at SFJAZZ is already sold out. Continue Reading →

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