This week’s Entertainment spotlights!



The Music



Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or • T.I. is on tour promoting his eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, which he has hinted may be his last. But considering he reportedly has over 100 unreleased tracks from the Heavy is the Head sessions, this is unlikely.  Travis Scott, I-B-ILL and DJ Enferno open.





Shabazz Palaces w/TheeSatisfaction and Malitia Mali MobShabazz_Palaces

Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Fine Line Music Café, 318 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8100 or • Shabazz Palaces are a Seattle-based hip hop collective, led by Ishmael Butler aka ’Palaceer Lazaro’ (once ’Butterfly’ of jazz-rap group Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai ’Baba’ Maraire, son of Mbira master Dumisani Maraire • TheeSatisfaction produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. 18+



Etta:Tell MamaLegends: Etta … Tell Mama!


Sat., Apr. 20, 7 pm, Sun., Apr. 21, 3 pm • Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls., 612-643-2000 or • Thomasina Petrus, will apply her musical and dramatic talents to another musical icon, Etta James. Tickets can be ordered online or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111.


Joan SorianoJoanSorianocrop

Mon., Apr. 22, 7:30 pm • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or • Joan Soriano performs electric roots bachata from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic •  Joan’s band, La Familia Soriano, is a collaboration with his two sisters and brother • Their music captures the intimacy and playfulness of their upbringing in the hills of Monte Plata, where the young Sorianos learned to dance to the rhythm of bachata in their mother’s arms • There will be seats for those who wish to sit, and plenty of open floor space for those who simply must dance!



The Screen


2013 MSP International Film Festival

Below is a list of the MSR recommended films showing at this years MSP International Film Festival. The IFF is the largest film event in the upper midwest and features over 200 films, from over 60 countries around the world.


AmericanHeartWEBAmerican Heart

St. Anthony Main Theater, showtime Thurs., Apr. 18, 6:30 •  Country: USA • A primary care clinic in Minnesota becomes a crossroads for embattled refugees and their devoted doctors.




Kinshasa KidsKinshasaKidsWEB

St. Anthony Main Theater, showtime Fri., Apr. 19, 4:10 pm •  Country: Belgium/France • Thrown out of their homes after being accused of witchcraft, a group of kids come together to escape their situation the only way they know how: by becoming music superstars.




LaBasWEBLà-bas: A Criminal Education

St. Anthony Main Theater, showtime Fri., Apr. 19, 6:45 pm, Sat., Apr. 20, 3 pm • Country: Italy • The deserved winner of the prestigious Lion of the Future award at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, this compelling insider drama about life on the African fringes of Naples is set in the town of Castel Volturno, home to more than 20,000 African migrants, half of them illegals. Yussouf, a talented sculptor, is newly arrived from West Africa. Although his uncle Moses promised him a better future as an honest artisan, he instead lures Yussouf into working for him as a cocaine dealer.



St. Anthony Main Theater, showtime Thurs., Apr. 25, 4:10 pm, Sat., Apr. 27, 11:10 am •  Country: Liberia, USA • Documentary Short (run time 10 min.) • Liberian war orphan Edwin loves watching popular Nigerian films. Now, after assembling his entire cast and crew in a single day, he decides to make his own “Nollywood” film





St. Anthony Main Theater, showtime Wed., Apr. 17, 4:30 pm, Sat., Apr. 27, 11:45 am • Country: South Africa • The film follows Lucky, a recently orphaned boy in post-apartheid South Africa, who strikes up an unlikely relationship with an elderly Indian immigrant who harbors racial resentment toward her neighbors. While the odds are staggeringly against him, Lucky is determined to get an education, and, after learning that there are government stipends for those housing orphans of AIDS victims, Padma reluctantly agrees to assist him.


The PiroguePirogueWEB

St. Anthony Main Theater, showtime Sun., Apr. 21, 9:35 pm • Country: Senegal • Sharing a common desire to build a better life in Spain, and following the path of thousands before them, 30 Senegalese men and one woman set out across the rough seas in a pirogue – a boat resembling an oversized dinghy.




St. Anthony Main Theater, showtime Thurs., Apr. 18, 9:20 pm, Sat., Apr. 20, 1:30 pm • Country: Belgium • Deploying a subtle form of cinéma-vérité, Belgian artist Sven Augustijnen sets out on a road-movie journey in pursuit of the individuals who have successfully controlled the historical narrative about the Belgian government’s role in the 1961 execution of the Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba. Traveling from lavish chateaux to cemeteries, from dusty legal archives to roadside scenes of violence, Augustijnen emerges as a sort of Belgian Errol Morris, with a gift for unpacking arcane legalese and an eye for eccentric details. In its unassuming way, Spectres presents a compelling account of the unresolved events that continue to haunt parts of post-colonial Africa.


Three KidsThreeKidsWEB

St. Anthony Main Theater, showtime Mon., Apr. 22, 4:45 pm, Sat., Apr. 27, 1:10 pm • Country: Belgium/Haiti • Three 12-year-old boys living in a children’s home in Port-au-Prince escape to the streets after the 2010 earthquake. Best friends Mickenson, Pierre, and Vitaleme set up camp stick together like brothers. After a mishap on a borrowed motorbike, Mickenson and Pierre are taken to a care center for children. Vitaleme finds them, but is not as willing to reenter the system. Made on location with a nonprofessional cast and documentary feel, Three Kids is based the lives of today’s children in Haiti, told from the kids’ point of view.


TwentyFeetFromStardomWEBTwenty Feet From Stardom

St. Anthony Main Theater, showtime Fri., Apr. 19, 7 pm, Sat., Apr. 20, 4:30 pm • Country: USA • Twenty Feet from Stardom juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, and others) and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists. Filmmaker Morgan Neville’s unprecedented look at the moving personal journeys of these normally uncelebrated artists pays tribute to their indelible role in popular music history.


The Stage


Ms. PatMs Pat

Apr. 17-21 • House of Comedy, Mall of America, 408 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952-858-8558 or • In 2009 she began touring as the opening act for national headliner Arnez J. In July of this year she made her first TV appearance on the TV Guide Network’s StandUp in Stilettos. She will also be appearing on Nickelodeons Mom’s Night Out comedy special in October. She is a regular guest on the Bob and Tom radio show. Currently she appears on Katt Williams new DVD release Kattpacalypse.







Word Becomes Flesh 02Word Becomes Flesh

Apr. 18-20 • Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-4444 or

Led by a cast of emerging poet-performers, this play integrates hip hop theater and contemporary dance performance to deconstruct Black male identity in the 21st century. This show critically, lyrically and choreographically shares one man’s personal experience of fatherhood and in doing so examines the legacy of patriarchy and male privilege, the continuum between fathers and sons, and the relationships of women and men. Together these narratives confront the intersection between the reality and the mythology of the Black male body — from the cotton field to the athletic field and all spaces in between.

Opening night post-show reception: Thursday, April 18 with performers and writer/director Marc Bamuthi Joseph



The Arts


A Streetcar Named Desire at Juxtaposition Arts204003-250

Wed., Apr. 24, 6 pm • 1108 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls., • An all-new take on this universal story of family dysfunction, delusion and desire • Guest directed by Randy Reyes, in consultation with Lear deBessonet • Featuring Elizabeth Grullon, Kurt Kwan, Kris Nelson, and Austene Van • This is a free performance, but seats are limited and reservations are required • Contact 612-203-9502 or


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