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Blue Chip Basketball offers more talented women atheletes a chance to play

After this reporter covered a personal-high three softball games in the same day, which I did two Saturdays ago, covering back-to-back basketball games last Saturday night in downtown Minneapolis was relatively easy as a result.

Ashley Ellis-Milan executed a turnaround lay-up in the lane with a minute to play, and Tamara Moore and Pam January later hit three of four free throws in the Minnesota Black Ice’s 48-44 win over the St. Louis Surge in the nightcap game last Saturday in Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) action. At least 100 people, including Minnesota Lynx center Janel McCarville, who stayed after the Lynx’s fourth win of the year, watched a very entertaining, though rough in spots, contest. “It was fun,” said Ellis-Milan, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds. “I can play free and play with girls who know what they are doing as well.”

The WBCBL, founded in 2004, is for women age 20 and older, says its website. Continue Reading →

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Playoffs for the Wolves? Forget about it!

The Timberwolves have already guaranteed themselves a better season than last year when they won just 31 games. Not many teams can say that in this town — not the Vikings, Twins, Gophers men’s basketball, Gophers women’ hockey. As for the Wild, we’ll see. The Timberwolves with 34 wins are hanging around the .500 mark. That is good for 10th place in the rugged NBA Western Conference. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spots

The Abuelita Rosa ART & BODYWORK CHRISTMAS XCHANGE

With guest MC Robert Hayles from KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM! • Sun., Dec. 8, 4 -8 pm

• 1108 Artists’ Cooperative, 1108 W. Broadway Ave N, Minneapolis

• Free admission includes music from live jazz musicians and guest DJ Matthew Mix.well, live African dance performance by Kenna Cottman, a mini-dance class, and a mini-yoga class. • There will also be amazing creative visual art, dance class gift certificates, massage & bodywork certificates, and other unique Christmas gifts for sale. •  Contact Patty Arana at 612-607-3315 for more information.  

Macalester African Music Ensemble

• Sat., Dec. Continue Reading →

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Chief Janeé Harteau is doing a good job

No need to replace her
 
Minneapolis celebrates the election of its second female in the history of City Government, Betsy Hodges, bringing discussion about her representing diversity balance. Really? How, when for the next four years there will neither be an African American nor Native American on the City Council? This is another reason why it is surprising that less than a week after her announced victory the first rumors about change to emerge from City Hall was considering replacing Police Chief Janeé Harteau with an assistant police chief from Seattle, Washington. Why are she and her advisors so politically tone deaf? Continue Reading →

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New food choices at Timberwolves games not for everyone

 

 
Fans looking for basic fare and affordable options might just be out of luck
 

The Minnesota Timberwolves has new concessions items this season. A first-ever sampling party was held October 23 for “a mix of media and season-ticket members,” including the MSR at the downtown Minneapolis arena. This reporter however did not taste any of the new food: a male worker seemingly didn’t understand me when I asked if a simple hamburger was available — he instead pointed me to the new 1/3-pound Bar-B-Que Burger topped with pork, barbecue sauce and onion crisp. A Black female worker also couldn’t convince me to try the new “Ball Hog,” a 1/2-pound kielbasa. “The kielbasa is good,” she insisted, but to no avail. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Lynx: We thank you!

 

It is quite clear that the most successful and winningest professional sports team in Minnesota history is now the two-time champion and three-time finalist, The Minnesota Lynx. Our profound congratulations and our deepest appreciation for a quality franchise and a quality team with quality players and a quality owner. Minnesota has long been desperate for a dynasty. The young ladies of the Minnesota Lynx have created that dynasty. Their march through the WNBA playoffs, 7-0, has only been done one other time in the history of the league. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

12 Years a Slave

Area premiere

Steve McQueen’s newest feature is based on the true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom, as chronicled

in the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup — a free Black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana.  

 

 

Lizz Wright & Raul Midón 

Fri., Oct 25, 7:30 pm • Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul • Includes a conversation about the

melding of influences that inform an artists individuality• At 6:30 pm in the Marzitelli Foyer the head of the bass department

at McNally Smith, Jeff Bailey (Moveable Feast), will be facilitating a conversation about the artistry of Raul Midón and

Lizz Wright along with Ben Abrahamson ( Lulu’s Playground, Ben Abrahmson Quartet) and Ashley Commodore (#MPLS). • For more information, contact Sandra Richardson at srichardson@sabathani.org or 612-821-2396. Malamanya

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Janelle Monae 

Tues. Oct. 22, 6 pm • The Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave., 2nd floor, Minneapolis • www.skywaytheatre.com or 612-333-6100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Milk with live band Nat Turner

NO POISON,

NO PARADISE Tour

Mon., Oct. 21, 8 pm •

First Avenue 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave, Minneapolis, 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Groban, 

with special guest: Judith Hill 

Fri., Oct. Continue Reading →

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Lynx players, coaches, fans reflect on championship run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday’s Minnesota Lynx championship celebration looked more like a bon voyage send-off, especially given that every player soon will leave for off-season overseas jobs. “It’s awesome having our fans out here and be able to say good-bye to them,” said Lynx guard Monica Wright, who heads to South Korea by month’s end.  

Added Israel-bound rookie Sugar Rodgers of her first overseas assignment, “I’m going down to take care of a little business, to see my family before I head out.”

 

“It’s a long off season, and I will miss this group,” noted Maya Moore, who will play again in China. Mounds of confetti became a temporary asphalt blanket on Monday as the procession that carried the 2013 WNBA Champions Lynx moved slowly along Nicollet Avenue, with adoring fans providing escort as they made their way to their downtown Minneapolis basketball home. There, inside, a large crowd impatiently awaited the arrival of the only local pro team that boasts a championship trophy these days. Continue Reading →

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