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Diana Ross
Wed., Aug. 28, 8 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org • The legendary Grammy and Tony Award-winning vocalist named “Female Entertainer of the Century” by Billboard Magazine will give a rare, one-night-only performance at the Orpheum Theatre.  

 

 

 
Robert Cray
Sun. Aug. 25, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, www.suemclean.com or www.mnzoo.org • With his mix of rock, soul, jazz, blues, plus a little gospel feel, Robert is internationally admired as a stylist whose innovations have brought new life to the blues. Continue Reading →

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The Dear Hunter Tour, featuring Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, Random aka Mega Ran
Fri., Aug. 16, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • On the heels of his latest release, the critically acclaimed LP First of a Living Breed (Stones Throw), Homeboy Sandman teams up with rapper Open Mike Eagle, whom the LA Times calls “One of LA’s smartest young voices,” and Random aka Mega Ran, who has been described as a mix of video games, the 80’s, hip hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy. 2nd Annual Black and White Red Carpet Affair
Sat., Aug. 17, 9:30 pm • Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, 761 Washington Ave. Continue Reading →

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Mary Mary
Thurs., Aug. 15, 7:30 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org • American contemporary gospel duo, consisting of sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina “Tina” Atkins-Campbell, featuring elements of soul music, hip hop, funk and jazz.  

 

 

 

 
The Dear Hunter Tour, featuring Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, Random aka Mega Ran
Fri., Aug. 16, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • On the heels of his latest release, the critically acclaimed LP First of a Living Breed (Stones Throw), Homeboy Sandman teams up with rapper Open Mike Eagle, whom the LA Times calls “One of LA’s smartest young voices,” and Random aka Mega Ran, who has been described as a mix of video games, the 80’s, hip-hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy. Continue Reading →

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Emeli Sande
Thurs., Aug. 1 • Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-7007 or www.hennepintheatredistrict.org • Her album, Our Version of Events, was the biggest-selling album of 2012 in the UK, and The Times of London says that she “combines Winehouse sass and Nina Simone purr.” She has recently toured with Alicia Keys who was so impressed with her, that she co-wrote three songs with Sande for her own album, Girl on Fire.  

 

 
Naughty by Nature
Fri., Aug. 3, 9 pm • Insert Coins, 315 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 651-564-4016 or www.insertcoinsmpls.com • Naughty by Nature stop by Mpls. Continue Reading →

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Kevin Bozeman
 
Mar. 5-9, various show times
Acme Comedy Co. 708 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-338-6393 or www.acmecomedycompany.com
With a smooth and clever style, a great smile and a contagious laugh Bozeman has been entertaining in clubs and colleges across the country.  In 2000 he was the winner of the Midwest region of the HBO Comedy Competition and flew to Los Angeles to compete as a finalist.  He performed on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” in 2003, and finished 2nd in the Boston Comedy Competition in 2005.  He was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2010. Grupo Corpo

Tues., Mar. 5, 7:30 pm
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org
Back by popular demand, contemporary Brazilian dance superstars Grupo Corpo return with an evening of Northrop premieres. Continue Reading →

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Wanda Sykes: Wry funny-woman headlines Mpls show

 

Wanda Sykes is wonderful. Just ask anyone who’s seen this stand-up ace in action. She hit town several years back, opening for Tommy Davidson, and had a full house at the Orpheum Theatre absolutely howling. It is wry, dry wit delivered with Swiss-clock timing that distinguishes Sykes as a premier artist. When she returns to the Orpheum on Sept. Continue Reading →

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The Lion King’s Syndee Winters: ‘I’ve wanted to be Nala since I was 10 years old’

 

 

 

Wonderful as Disney’s entire production of The Lion King is, Syndee Winters stands out in the role of Nala. Nala, for anyone who might not know the show, is the feline lady love (and conscience prodder) of Simba, the brave little lion cub whose rite of passage takes him to eventual self-discovery and reclamation of his dad’s throne. In the stage version of the famous Disney film, she also is a plumb assignment for an actor, featured in the show-stopping number “Shadowlands” and the popular duet “Can You See the Light.” It’s a part that calls for a performer who can emote, articulate and, in short, just plain bring it. Winters’ qualifications to get the job done are documented. As is her skill as a dancer. Continue Reading →

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The Haves and Have Nots: Tyler Perry rakes in more millions with new play

 

 

Tyler Perry’s license to mint money shows no sign of expiring anytime soon if ever. He began making morality plays a bankable enterprise in 1999 with I Know I’ve Been Changed, established his franchise character “Madea” the next year in I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and the cash register hasn’t stopped ringing since. Perry capitalized on the formula popularized by Michael Matthews’ 1990s hit Fake Friends: Take a protagonist tempted by sin, add a heavy helping of Bible-thumping dialogue liberally interspersed with gospel-message music, season with lots of humor, and bring to a close with the hero and heroine being saved by the Good Lord’s grace. All but cornering the market, his only real competition being T.D. Jakes, Perry graduated from stage to film and now is the richest man in show business according to Forbes magazine, hauling down $130 million between May 2010 and 2011 alone. His latest triumph, The Haves and Have Nots, premiered in September, is touring the States, and swung by the Twin Cities November 8 and 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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