THIS WEEKS SPOTLIGHTS:
2027 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls., 612-643-2000
Wed., Dec. 29, 7 pm: Capri Big Band’s 3rd annual Christmas concert: “Home for the Holidays”
Featuring conductor Faye Washington and vocalists Charles “Chako” Andre and Aja Pridgen
Tickets are $10 and are available at OvationTix: 866-811-4111.
Every 1st Mon., 7-9 pm: Freedom of Expression Open Mic for Emerging Artists
Hosted by Crystal Ruiz
For performers: Doors open at 5:30 pm, and auditorium opens at 6 pm for tech rehearsals and workshops.
917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425
Fri., Jan. 7, 9 pm: Coolio
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. This is an ages-18+ event.
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com
Fri., Dec. 31, 6 pm & 10:30 pm: Average White Band
Tickets are $100-$130.
Sat.-Sun., Jan. 1-2, 7 pm: Charles Neville Quartet
Tickets are $20.
Tues.-Wed., Jan. 4-5, 7 pm & 9:30 pm: Brian McKnight
Tickets are $50-$65 for the 7 pm show and $40-$50 for the 9:30 pm show.
• Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill
761 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8188 or www.bunkersmusic.com
Sat., Jan. 15, 9:30 pm: Soul Tight Committee
Cover is $6.
• Corner Coffee
514 3rd St. N., Mpls., 612-338-2002
Fri., Jan. 7, 8 pm: Singer-songwriter Dwight Hobbes featuring guitarist Mark Dorshak
Admission is free.
• Epic Event Center
110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or www.epicmpls.com
Sun., Jan. 9, 9 pm: Wu Tang Clan
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of show. Standing VIP is $45 (ages 21+ only). This is an ages-18+ event.
• First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
701 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-1775 or www.first-avenue.com
Sun., Jan. 16, 8 pm (in the Entry): Freddie Gibbs, with Shad
Tickets are $12; this is an ages-18+ event
Tues., Jan. 18, 7:30 pm: Ms. Lauryn Hill
Tickets are $55; this is an ages-18+ event.
• Hell’s Kitchen
80 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-332-4700 or www.hellskitcheninc.com
Fri., Jan. 14, 7-10 pm: Bruce Henry
• Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222 or www.ordway.org
Fri., Jan. 21, 7:30 pm: Angélique Kidjo
Tickets are $15-$25.
Various metro-area theaters
With a cop and a hit man on his trail, a man seeks to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imprisonment.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
• For Colored Girls
Various metro-area theaters
Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning play, a poetic exploration of what it is to be of color and a female in this world, is brought to the screen by director Tyler Perry.
Starring Janet Jackson,
Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise
and Phylicia Rashad.
Various metro-area theaters
A veteran engineer and a young conductor try to stop a freight train carrying enough combustible liquids and poisonous gas to wipe out a nearby city.
Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson.
• Guthrie Theater
818 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-377-2224 or www.guthriethe ater.org
Thurs., Jan. 27, 7:30 pm: Fela!
The Tony Award-winning musical about Afrobeat music legend Fela Kuti is broadcast live from the United Kingdom’s National Theatre in high definition.
Tickets are $20 ($15 for season ticket holders, students, seniors and groups).
• Homewoood Studios
2400 Plymouth Ave. N., Mpls., 612-587-0230 or www.homewoodstudios.com
Through Dec. 31: Your Local Artists: Work from Our Permanent Collection
Showing work from North Minneapolis artists
Jan. 1-12: No Drips No Runs
Four young local artists — Peyton, Ben Janssens, Josh Lemky, and Dan Maddsen — will show graffiti-inspired work in a show named for the well-known advertising slogan of the Krylon spray paint company.
Contact gallery for showing hours.
• Obsidian Arts
Pillsbury House, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-787-3644
Through Dec. 31: Freedom Fighters Project — American Legends Re-Imagined
Based on the ’70s Blaxploitation film genre, the exhibit features surprising portrayals of Black icons in a provocative fusion of the many dimensions of African American history.
Gallery open Mon.-Fri., 10 am — 6 pm & Sat.-Sun., 10 am — 2 pm
2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Mpls.
Through Dec. 31: “Prelude to TAWU” exhibit
The artists of TAWU Artist Development Network are kicking off a year-long rotating exhibition at UROC with a collection of works.
Featuring work by Mica Lee Anders, Chris Harrison, Christopher Deanes, Esther Osayande, Ron Brown, Shirley Robertson, Melodee Strong, Lorenzo Crocket, Stephanie Morris, Richard Amos, Frank Brown, Lee Tarver and Loretta Day
This event is free. UROC is open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 am — 5 pm.
Contact Loretta Day at 612-787-3644 or Daylo54@aol.com for more information.
• Earle Brown Bowling Center
6440 James Circle N., Brooklyn Center
Sat., Jan. 8, 2-4 pm: Bowling for Biffy’s: a benefit for American Love Drive for Africa (ALDALL)
Come and support this event to rid Liberia of pollution
Bowling and food providedDonation is $15 per person. For more information, contact Alexander Topoh, 763-245-8240 (cell) or 763-560-8892 (office); Washington Yonly, 612-221-0880; Lee Gonquoi, 952-215-5661; or Naser Daynuah, 612-599-1235.
To make further donations towards the projects of the American Love Drive for Africa, go to www.aldall.org or visit our office at 3300 County Road 10, Suite 512-K, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429.
• Golden Thyme Coffee and Café
921 Selby Ave., St. Paul,
Every 3rd Thurs., 7-9 pm: Dianne E’Laine Ensemble
No cover; donations are accepted.
Send all Entertainment Spot briefs to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 612-827-4021.
1183 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-642-5975
• Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge
2027 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-338-3000 or www.bluenilempls.com
Every Tues., 10 pm & Wed., 1 am: Poet’s Groove open mic night, hosted by Kevin Washington and Desdemona
No cover; this is an ages-18+ event.
Every Thurs., 11 pm & Fri., 2 am: Exodus, featuring Prince Jabba & Lynval Jackson
Cover is $10.
• Favor Café
913 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-522-4540 or http://1favorcafe.com
Every Wed.: Spoken word and poetry 8-10 pm; open mic 10 pm — close
Every 1st Fri., 9 pm: Flavorful Fridays featuring Jamecia Bennett and her band
Every Sat., 9 pm: Hip hop and R&B
Every Sun., 5 pm; J Most and Command Steppers
• J.D. Hoyt’s (ages 21 & up)
301 Washington Ave., Mpls., 612-338-3499 or http://jdhoyts.com
Upscale club and restaurant that caters to business professionals in the Twin Cities.
• Knights of Columbus, Marian Council
1114 American Blvd., Bloomington, 952-888-1492
Every Fri., 9 pm — 2 am: Old School Crew Friday Nites
R&B, funk and some steppin’ with Q-Bear, Ray Seville and ChristJon
Cover charge is $10.
• Loring Pasta Bar
327 14th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-378-4849 or www.loringpastabar.com
Every Fri., 6 pm: Cornbread Harris
Admission is free with dinner.
• OM Restaurant (ages 21 & up)
401 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-1510 or http://omminneapolis.com
Every Fri., 9 pm: After Dark Fridays
Live jazz and soul with Wenso Ashby featuring Zsamé and saxophonist Willie Moore
No cover; $7 valet parking.
• Red Sea
320 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-333-3349 or www.redseaclub.com