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Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle

Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. Opens May 16, various times

Landmark Uptown Theater, 2906 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Go to or call 612-823-3005






Song of the Jasmine

Featuring Ragamala Dance and Rudresh Mahanthappa

Ragamala Dance’s codirectors Aparna Ramaswamy and Ranee Ramaswamy collaborate with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa

for an absorbing investigation of identity that conjures the past in order to experience the power of the present. May 15-17, 8 pm; May 18, 2 pm

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

Go to or call 612-375-7600 for more information






Cassandra Wilson

Mon. and Tue., May 19-20, 7 pm and 9 pm shows

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Call 612-332-1010 or go to






Soundset 2014

With performances by Nas, Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, and more; skateboarding competition;

custom car show; freestyle sessions; b-boy/b-girl competitions. Continue Reading →

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Hip hop classes nurture creative expression


By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer


Arriving at renowned Watershed High School in South Minneapolis and walking to the “Hip Hop, History and the Arts” classroom to speak with curriculum founder-instructor Chadwick “Niles” Phillips is, to say the least, an interesting experience. The students have wrapped up rehearsal for the day, and he’s prepping them for the following evening’s premier of their artistic outing, “The Youth Performance Series (Act 4).”

This is, it’s clear, not simply a gathering reminiscent of Fame. These “at-risk” adolescents of color are taking advantage of the vital opportunity to pursue an alternative to the street life that more and more often sees minority youth ending up either victims or perpetrators of violent crime. The class is a viable alternative to having idle time on their hands and unwittingly following a dead-end path to a trouble-laden future. It’s a chance to begin realizing an ambition to do something positive with themselves and enjoy having their dreams nurtured to the fullest extent possible. Continue Reading →

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