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Grand Old Days 2014

Street fair with parade, live music, food and beverage

vendors, family events, more. Sun., June 1, 8 am — 6 pm

Grand Ave. from Wheeler Ave. to Dale St., St. Paul

Go to www.grandave.com/grand-old-day or call

651-699-0029 for more info and full music lineup. Continue Reading →

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Black History Month Calendar of Events


Through Wed., Feb. 20
Thursday, February 14


7 pm — Saakumu West African Drum and Dance Troupe Performance, Sundin Music Hall, Hamline Univ., 1531 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul

The Saakumu Drum and Dance Troupe is one of the leading traditional and contemporary dance and music groups in Ghana, West Africa. The group’s repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial, and contemporary African dance forms.

The performance is free for Hamline students with ID; community members may purchase tickets at the door for $5. For more information, contact Gail Nosek at gnosek01@hamline.edu or call 651-523-2511. Continue Reading →

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Fairy Godmother brings holiday cheer to Ordway stage

Twin Cities theater mainstay Tonia Hughes on Cinderella’s ‘message of hope’

By Raquel Hayes

Contributing Writer


It is extremely gratifying to witness African American performers stepping outside of the expected roles that society presumes they should play. Many actors and actresses alike are taking steps towards diversifying theatrical productions all across the metro area. Tonia Hughes, currently starring in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ordway, is a part of the groundbreaking group of talented African Americans that isn’t afraid of stepping outside of the norm and demonstrating that their talents aren’t limited to a specific area just because of skin color. Hughes has performed in numerous productions across the Twin Cities throughout her career as an actress and singer. In Cinderella, Hughes (TH) plays the role of the Fairy Godmother. Continue Reading →

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