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Trombone Shorty  & Orleans Avenue

Wed., Aug. 06, 7:30 pm

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater,

13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

Go to http://mnzoo.org/ 

or call 952-431-9200




Lowertown First Fridays

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the monthly event, and in celebration Artists of Lowertown,

in conjunction with the St. Paul Art Collective, will be hosting a party featuring cake and music in addition to the usual artsy happenings. Fri., Aug. 01, 6-9 pm

Lowertown, 5th St. Continue Reading →

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Local up-and-coming comedian K Jay performing at Sam’s Grill




There’ll still be plenty of fireworks left after the 4th of July, only they’ll be explosions of audience laughter at the That’s So Funny Comedy Show Friday, July 5 in Bloomington. The show will be headlined by Damon Williams (Comedy Central, BET’s Comic View), with host Boima Freeman and featuring someone you truly want to watch out for, rising Twin Cities star K Jay the Comedian (www.kjaythecomedian.com). Few fields are harder to break into than show business — that goes without saying. However, staying in entertainment and establishing a solid presence, is tougher yet. As poet-rocker Jackson Browne once sang, “It ain’t bad work if you can get it. Continue Reading →

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Threads Dance Project director speaks truth to spirit

She wants audiences to leave iDENTiTY uplifted

By Dwight Hobbes


Contributing Writer


You don’t need to be a dance aficionado, or even be particularly fond of the art form, to understand and appreciate where visionary choreographer-dancer Karen L. Charles is coming from. Artistic director at Threads Dance Project (TDP), she firmly believes in expanding dance beyond the conventional pigeonhole as just a performance vehicle, a venue in which technical proficiency is the priority. For her, although the essentials of technique are fine, cultural, personal and spiritual expression add vital dimensions. “The feedback I get from audience members,” Charles reflects, “is that dance speaks to people’s spirits.” She says of dance in general, “Moments of beauty, those moments of inspiration [are important]. Art is the keeper of the culture, a catalyst of the culture.”

You can go to www.threadsdance.org and read her intent to “speak the truths of the human condition through dance and have the audience experience those truths through the dance performance. Continue Reading →

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