Alexander O’Neal with Cherrelle
Fri., July 19, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • The pair reunite to sing their duets “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This,” along with their respective catalogue of songs.
Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival
Sat., July 20, 11 am • Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN, www.bayfrontreggae.com • Celebration of reggae and world music • Ethnic food, beverages and artisans • Performers include Richie Spice, Everton Blender, Christopher Martin, and Alex Marley.
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Sat. July 19, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien plays Indigenous Creole Zydeco. Continue Reading →
Live on the Drive 2013 with Chastity Brown
Thurs., July 11, 6-8 pm • 34th Ave. N. and Victory Memorial Parkway • Live on the Drive is a free community concert, outdoors in North Minneapolis on the beautiful Victory Memorial Parkway •
Bring your family and invite your friends • Each concert is followed by a movie presented by Movies in the Park.
Fri., July 12, 8 pm • Wilebski’s Legendary Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice Street, St. Paul, http://wilebskiblues.com/ • Former Bad Boy Records R&B artist performs an intimate concert with Trilla opening.
Doug E. Fresh
Fri., July 12, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • Mn Hip Hop Society kicks off its inaugural event with the legendary Doug E. Fresh, hip hop icon and human beatbox machine. Continue Reading →
Eliminating health disparities high on their agenda
By Robin James
Stepping into Spring with the “Minnesota Black Nurses Association” was the joyous theme at the organization’s first annual gala on Saturday, March 9, held at the Crown Plaza hotel in Brooklyn Park, co-sponsored by The Minnesota Black Nurses Association (MNBNA) and a number of other local organizations. This special event was dedicated to fundraising for scholarships for the next generation of nurses and was attended by nearly 200 guests, who took part in festivities that lasted over three hours but didn’t feel like a long, drawn-out
occasion. According to event organizers, there are approximately 100 Black nurses in the Twin Cities area. The overall polish and organization of the affair gave the distinct impression that the engagement wasn’t the MNBNA’s first go-around. Familiar faces in the crowd included Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter and Roxanne Givens, founder of the Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center. Continue Reading →
When a Man Loves a Diva
Every Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 18 — Nov. 10, 8 pm
The Lab Theater
700 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-7977 or http://thelabtheater.org
Sanford Moore leads Dane Stauffer, Ben Bakken and Julius Collins, III in singing songs about love that made divas of the women who recorded them. Tickets are $29.50 for general admission and $38 for V.I.P.
Next to Normal
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Always and Forever at Illusion Theater, starring Dennis Spears and Julius Collins, III and
featuring Jackson M. Hurst and David Hurst, has “hands-down hit” stamped all over it. In block letters. Whatever your holiday plans are, if they don’t include this show, change them. This is especially recommended for the family grinch. You know, that one wet blanket who every year makes Scrooge look like the life of the party. Continue Reading →