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Belle

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 www.landmarktheatres.com 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 www.walkerart.org 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 www.dakotacooks.com

 

 

 

 

 

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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This weekend, it’s jazz-related concerts galore!

Brooklyn-based ensemble Red Baraat makes its debut at Orchestra Hall on Friday, April 25 at 8 pm. Critics have described their performance as “a shot of pure adrenalin.” Established in 2008, Red Baraat is an eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. The brainchild of Sunny Jain, the group has been celebrated worldwide for its live performances of original sound — a blending of North Indian bhangra rhythms, New Orleans brass band, jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip hop. Sunny Jain is known as a rising star in the jazz world. Continue Reading →

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Teens takeover at the Walker

Teen Takeover: Double Take

Thursday, April 17, 5 – 9 pm

A Youth-Curated Event Presented by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council

Join us for the spring Teen Takeover: Double Take, an evening of youth curated performances, hands-on art-making, music, food, and museum activation inspired by the human instinct to seek, find, and understand. You’ll be surprised by what you might discover! Presented by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC).  

 

Performing Arts Showcase

Walker Cinema, 7–8:30 pm

Come witness everything from breakdancing to opera singing by youth performers from Huge Theater, MN Opera, Looney Tunes Break Dancing Crew, Penumbra Theater, and Kulture Klub Collaborative. Pop to the Top! Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

 

Andre Cymone

Sun., Mar. 16, 8 pm

7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis

Go to www.first-avenue.com or call 612-338-8388

 

 

 

Childish Gambino

Tue., Mar. 18, 6:30 pm

Myth Live, Event Center, 3090 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood

Call 651-779-6984 or go to www.mythlive.com

 

 

 

Cheech & Chong with WAR

Fri., Mar. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Orchestra unveils 2014 “Live at Orchestra Hall” and Sommerfest concerts

Having just witnessed a richly entertaining musical show during the 2014 NBA All Star Game held in New Orleans featuring New Orleans own Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, and Dr. John, among others, I couldn’t help but think about our own musical entertainment on the horizon. Recently, I received a lovely 10-page booklet from the Minnesota Orchestra, which reminded me of the press release I had also received highlighting this new season’s music to be held at its newly renovated venue, which looks beautiful. For discerning season ticket holders and regular attendees, from the looks of things, prepare for a déjà vu moment. Indeed, the Minnesota Orchestra is back in business and unveiled their 2014 “Live at Orchestra Hall” concerts billed as a “broad spectrum series of popular music, jazz, world music, Broadway classics, movie scores,

comedy, and other genres — bringing under one umbrella several separate concert series previously offered by the orchestra.”

Live at Orchestra Hall includes shows with returning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and his band (April), a Nat King Tribute starring guitarist John Pizzarelli and Grammy Award-winning pianist Ramsey Lewis (April), who performed along with his band at the Dakota last year. Music supporters can also expect the return of two Grammy-Award winning trumpeters Chris Botti (March) and Pops Conductor Laureate Doc Severinsen (April). Continue Reading →

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Memorable musical moments from 2013

 

 
People have a huge thirst for connection. How well a song or an experience stays with you can be as easy as answering the question, does this art have resonance, or not? If I were to put together a musically inspired compilation of this year’s wide sampling of recorded music that I’ve heard and the live music that I’ve experienced this year, it would include an amazing group of talented artists who continue to challenge themselves as they give us something creative and personal. As I surf the memories of my mind from this year I can’t help but start at the beginning. To kick off 2013 in spectacular fashion was Minneapolis native and Blue Note Records artist Jose James who performed music
from his album No Beginning No End. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights

More Than Lights’ Sights & Sounds release party

Cabooze
October 5th and 6th, 8:30 pm
917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com 
Tickets are $8-$12. This event is for ages-18+. Smoke DZA

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
Tues., Oct. 9, 8 pm (in the Entry)
701 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-1775 or www.first-avenue.com
With Mr. MFF Exquire, Cashius Green with Pheo, and Nakim
Tickets are $14. Continue Reading →

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