This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


Mother’s Day Celebrations


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Sat., May 11, 7 pm —1 am • Double Tree Hotel, 1500 Park Place Blvd., Mpls., 612-702-9018 • Celebrating Mother’s, sisters, aunts, girl friends, and grand mothers • Live jazz by Wenso Ashby and hosted by KMOJ, Q Bear, and Ms. Pink.


Annual Mothers Day Concert

Sun., May 12, 1 pm • Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-528-6871 • Bring mom to the Landmark Center for some music this Mother’s Day • Hosted by the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, the Annual Mother’s Day Concert is free and all ages are welcome to attend.


New Orleans Mother’s Day Brunch 

Sun., May 12, 10:30 am — 3 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Celebrate Mother’s Day with a family-style brunch and New Orleans jazz by the Southside Aces.


Capri Big Band

Sun., May 12, 7 pm • Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1361 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul • Take your mother to an outdoor concert of big band jazz.


The Music


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Thurs., May 9, 7:30 pm • Fine Line Music Cafe • (612) 338-8100 or • San Francisco hip hop artist Andre Nickatina has his finger on the pulse of what is raw, uncut and capable of capturing the mind and ears of listeners. • W/ Roach Gigz, Mumbls, Toki Wright & St. Paul Slim 8 • 18+





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Fri., May 10, 10 pm • 7th Street Entry • • This 7-14 member ensemble energizes the classic afrobeat influences of juju, highlife, American funk, and afro-Cuban music with a formative infusion of experimental jazz and rock elements that thrive in the Chicago music scene. • 18+









Sun., May 12, 7 and 9 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • For 20 years and a dozen albums, Fourplay has set the standard for contemporary jazz very high. With guitarist Chuck Loeb joining founding members Bob James (keyboards), Nathan East (bass/vocals), and Harvey Mason (drums), Fourplay brings an even newer level of energy and inspiration into a band that is already known for taking chances and pushing the limits of contemporary jazz.



World Music and Culture

Tues., May 14, 1-2:30 pm, Tues., May 21, 1-2:30 pm, Tues., May 28, 1-2:30 pm • Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-543-8375 or • Explore the world of ethnomusicology and discover the music of recent immigrants to the Twin Cities • Chris Granias, Ph.D. and an accomplished composer whose works have been featured on Minnesota Public Radio, will provide new understanding of cultures through the arts.



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Wed., May 15, 10 pm • Aqua Nightclub and Lounge, 400 First Ave N., Mpls., 612-232-3232 or • Taurus Birthday Bash Concert & Party • Performances by Rello, Yung Pioneers, Phaino, Dolla B and Blaze • 18+









Kool G Rap and DJ Polo 010909_grap

Fri., May 17, 10 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Avenue S., 612-338-6425 or • Kool G Rap is regarded as a hugely influential golden age rapper. He is often cited as one of the most influential and skilled MC’s of all time • With special guest Empire Status, (Bobby Raps & Muja Messiah), and Long Doe (Tony Bones, Big Wiz, Mike the Martyr & DJ Nimo the Hooligan) and dj’s King Otto & Just Nine.



The Screen


killer-of-sheep_poster2-lgReel Talk! 2013: Killer of Sheep

Monday, May 20 • 7:00 pm • Penumbra Theatre • 270 N Kent St., St Paul, MN • (651) 224-3180 or • Deemed one of the “100 Essential Films” of all time by the National Society of Film Critics, Killer of Sheep examines Watts in the 1970’s – a Black ghetto of Los Angeles – through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.









The Stage


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Fri., May 10 • 7 pm • Pillsbury House, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-825-0459 or • Throughout the school year, Keno Evol, aka Antoine Duke, has been teaching Power of Our Voices, an after school hip hop / theater / spoken word program in which young adults create original work • Join POV’s end-of-year celebration as the youth ensemble showcase their original performance based in hip hop, theater, spoken word, and movement • Free


You Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone  

Sat., May 11, 6:30 pm • Greater Friendship Missionary Church, 2600 E. 38th Street Mpls., 612-827-7928 You Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone is a play that depicts a young teenage mother who is raised by her grandmother, being taught the important lesson of motherhood.


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Through May 19 • Park Square Theatre, Historic Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter St., Suite 110, St. Paul, 651-291-7005 or • A relaxing weekend on Martha’s Vineyard … until the baggage got unpacked • Two sons of a financially privileged African American family bring their girlfriends home to meet their parents, only to find that Dad is the only one in residence. As family secrets unravel and sibling rivalries flare, class distinctions rise to the surface.






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