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Andre Cymone

Sun., Mar. 16, 8 pm

7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis

Go to www.first-avenue.com or call 612-338-8388




Childish Gambino

Tue., Mar. 18, 6:30 pm

Myth Live, Event Center, 3090 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood

Call 651-779-6984 or go to www.mythlive.com




Cheech & Chong with WAR

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Ab Soul 

Fri., Sept. 13, 10 pm • The Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave, Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com •

Top Dawg EnT rapper who, along with Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolBoy Q, is a member of Black Hippy • with Metasota, Audio Perm and AlienzOnly






Mobb Deep  

Fri., Sept. 13,  9 pm • Epic Event Center, 110 5th St N, Mpls., 612-332-3742 or www.epicmpls.com • The duo is one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore hip hop groups • with ALCHEMIST, Bloody James and Boogz Boogetz










Rich Homie Quan

Fri., Sept. 15,  10 pm • Epic Event Center, 110 5th St N, Mpls., 612-332-3742 or www.epicmpls.com • Some Type of Way Tour hosted by DOLO 18+








A Brown Tale

Sept. 12-22 • Penumbra Theatre, 270 North Kent St., St. Continue Reading →

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Penumbra Theatre Co. flips the script to meet economic challenge

Financial state result of administration’s failure to watch cash flow

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer


Penumbra Theatre Company (PTC), one of the nation’s largest African American theaters, has suspended its programming for the year. This decision is due to a cash-flow challenge, which prompted PTC to lay off six of its 16 full-time employees. In a surprising twist to it all, PTC’s Lou Bellamy, who is known for being the founder, will be replaced as artistic director. However, according to reports, his successor will not be announced until close to the spring of 2013, when the theater will resume production. PTC was founded by Bellamy in 1976. Continue Reading →

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The Amen Corner: Penumbra breathes life into James Baldwin play



Lou Bellamy brilliantly directs James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner at Guthrie Theater for a Penumbra Theatre Company/Guthrie Theater regional premiere. Bellamy, of course, is best known for taking scripts through their paces in St. Paul on Penumbra’s home ground at the Halle Q. Browne Community Center. An ace with ensemble casts, Bellamy has shown his hand to admirable effect with memorable Penumbra productions of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Seven Guitars and Two Trains Running. Here, Bellamy tackles an unwieldy script to winning effect. Continue Reading →

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