This week’s Entertainment spotlights!



The Music


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Thurs., May 30, 7:30 pm • Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls., 612-673-1600 • Two-time Grammy-winning recording artist, LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip, will headline the “Kings of the Mic” Tour, which will prove to be this summer’s ultimate hip hop music experience. Joined by legendary artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul.





Sat., June 1, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or • W/ Level Heads, The Anchormen, and DJ Applejews.






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Thurs., June 6, 7:30 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • The Rebirth Brass Band has been at the forefront of the brass band revival that they helped kick off almost 30 years ago and have become one of the most beloved brass bands in New Orleans and around the world. Since their founding, they’ve developed a signature brand of heavy funk that has influenced not only New Orleans’ brass band culture but acted as a precursor to the wildly popular “bounce” hip hop style the city is known for.




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Fri., June 7, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the most acclaimed entertainers in jazz. Her powerfully expressive voice and her soulful, sophisticated and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums.





Fri., June 7, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or • East Coast hardcore hip hop group Onyx makes an appearance in the Twin Cities • W/SSK of Homegrown Crew and Desdamona











Sat., June 8, 7:30 pm • Myth, 3090 Southlawn Drive St. Paul, 651-779-6984 or

Currently touring in support of his new album Hotel California • W/ Mod Sun







The Screen


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Various theaters • A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth 1,000 years after events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help • Starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith.










Various theaters • Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s hand in marriage • Produced by Tyler Perry and starring Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, and David Alan Grier.









The Stage


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Fri., May 31 — June 2, various times • The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6700 or • A nationally-acclaimed company with St. Paul roots, TU Dance has become renowned for its diverse repertory, versatile artists, and engaging, dynamic, generous performances. Join TU Dance at The O’Shaughnessy as the company closes out its ninth performance season with a spring dance concert of world premiere works by Uri Sands and Camille A. Brown.







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Fri., June 7, 8 pm • Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul, 651-290-1200 or • Hannibal Buress has worked as a writer for 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. Chris Rock says Hannibal is “the funniest young comic [he’s] seen in years.” Hannibal released his debut comedy album, My Name Is Hannibal, in 2010 • The LA Times calls Open Mike Eagle “one of LA’s smartest young voices.” He has released three albums and has collaborated with P.O.S and MC Paul Barman. Mike has also bridged rap and comedy, rapping at shows by some of our favorite comedians, including Paul F. Tompkins and Hannibal Buress • The June 7 live recording will also feature a special two-song appearance by P.O.S




The Arts


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Sat., June 8, 11 am — 2 pm, 3700 block of Chicago Avenue • Almost 40 artists involved with the 20 art projects of Arts on Chicago will come together to celebrate the year-long initiative on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Residents from Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant and Central neighborhoods encourage Minnesotans from across the metro area to take part in activities that knit together the creative assets of this historic corridor in S. Minneapolis • Music, specialty food trucks, children’s activities, and free snow cones will be available.




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Through July 26 • Gordon Parks Gallery, Metro State Univ. Library and Learning Center, 645 E. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-793-1631 • Featuring Minneapolis-based artists Raina Belleau and Howard Quednau, who turn to folklore and the narrative to explore a different sense of truth. Belleau’s manipulated animal sculptures and Quednau’s skillful tiny model dioramas become playful, and sometimes dark, representations of altered realities and fictitious spaces • Mon.-Thurs., 11 am — 7 pm, Fri.-Sat., 11 am — 4 pm. No Fri. hours during summer months.


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 by Cameron
, age 15
“King”(Cover Art)
 by Cameron
, age 15

Contemporary Arts Studio: Spring 2013

Through June 6 • Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA), 1108 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls., 612-588-1148 • Visit their renewed gallery and see the ideas, issues, and techniques used in artwork by Cameron (age 15), Kayla (age 14), and Namir (age 14), who were employed as contemporary artists at JXTA this winter • Young artists in JXTA’s Contemporary Art Studio produce commission works for clients like Minnesota Alliance with Youth and Youthprise, in addition to developing, showing and selling their own work • All of the work on exhibit is reasonably priced, with items starting as low as $100 • Gallery hours: Tues., Wed., and Thurs., 10 am — 5 pm,  other hours by appointment.


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