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Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 pm • Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina

• Call 763-478-6661 or visit http://medinaentertainment.com/featured/war/ for more information



Living Colour

Fri., Nov. 1, 8 pm •

Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis

• visit www.millcitynights.com, or call 612-333-3422





Shemekia Copeland

Fri., Nov. 1, 8 pm •

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis  • Visit www.dakotacooks.com,

or call 612-332-1010




Toro y Moi with Classixx

Sat., Nov. 2, 8 pm •

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. Continue Reading →

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In the matter of Susan Rice: Let the president govern. Please!

As war rockets explode in Israel and Gaza, there is a great need for American leadership and diplomacy to be there working for peace. The world needs American firmness, clear vision and leadership. To create this, the president — any president — has to be able to govern without unwarranted obstruction, impediments, roadblocks, and the just plain craziness of “gotcha” power politics that threaten our economy and our security, as well as world peace. All of these issues are in play in the controversy surrounding Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, creating speculation that she will be nominated to replace Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State. But it has nothing to do with Rice. Continue Reading →

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Marcus Miller: Musician/composer draws from rich history of working with legends


Marcus Miller has one of world’s most recognizable bass sounds, and he’s bringing that sound to the Dakota for a two-night stint on Sept 11-12. At 53, his impressive musical résumé reads like a who’s who of some of the best talent in the world. We’re talking Luther Vandross, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Take 6, Kenny Garrett, and the list goes on and on. He continues to build on a rich recorded legacy of his own, which now includes a chart-topping new album entitled Renaissance on Concord Records. The CD has 13 tracks and features special guests such as vocalist Gretchen Parlato, New Orleans vocalist/pianist Dr. John and Panamanian salsa star Rubén Blades. It also includes covers of hits by the Jackson Five, War, Janelle Monàe, and Ivan Lins. Continue Reading →

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