This week’s Entertainment spotlights!



The Music



GarifunaCollectiveThe Garifuna Collective

Thurs., Jun 20, 7:30 pm • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or • The Garifuna Collective features an exciting roster of the top musicians in the Garifuna music scene of Central America and they are renowned for their work with the late Andy Palacio on the groundbreaking album Wátina, which selected as “The Greatest World Music Album of All Time.”





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Sat., June 22, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, or • The Carolina Chocolate Drops are an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina comprised of several banjos, guitar, jug, harmonica, kazoo, snare drum, bones, quills, beatbox, tambourine and mandolin. Their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and was number nine in fRoots magazine’s top 10 albums of 2010.



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Sun., June 23, 7 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or • Questlove and D’Angelo team up for their two-man show, Brothers in Arms which has been earning rave reviews since they teamed up for D’Angelo’s first U.S. concert in 12 years last summer. Previous shows with the two have seen them grooving with Funkadelic singer Kendra Foster during a funky cover of the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” and D’Angelo shredding guitar on Jimi Hendrix’s “Power of Soul.”



MacyGraypicDavid Murray Infinity Quartet w/Macy Gray

Sun., June 23, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • David Murray, one of the giants of modern jazz, teams up with Macy Gray, one of the most unique voices of her generation, for a special new project. Murray has rearranged his original music and some of the covers Gray did on her last record, with predictably stunning results.




Femi Kuti & The Positive Force with Worldwide Discotheque DJsFemiKuti

Wed., June 26, 7 pm • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or • Nigerian born Femi Kuti, is the son of legendary afrobeat musican and activist Fela Kuti. He is currently touring in support of his new album No Place for my Dream, the follow-up to his Grammy-winning album Africa for Africa. This is sure to be one of the high-points of Cedar’s African Summer 2013 series, which has Amadou and Mariam two nights later (June 28).





The Screen

After Earth

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.



Love Thy Neighbor

Wednesday’s on OWN, 9/8c • Written and directed by Tyler Perry, this new series, which debuted on May 29, had the second highest ratings ever for a series premiere on OWN, second only to Perry’s other new program on the network The Haves and the Have Nots. This new series, starring Patrice Lovely, Palmer Williams, Kendra C. Johnson and Andre Hall is a half-hour sitcom set in a location known as the Love Train Diner, a restaurant that offers advice to its customers in all facets of life.



Various theaters/Comcast Pay-per-view • Starring Craig Robinson, and Anna Kendrick • Left behind after the Rapture, a young woman and her boyfriend set out to prevent the Antichrist (Craig Robinson) from taking her as his unholy bride.




The Stage



bill-cosby-67colorBill Cosby

Sat., June 22,  5 pm and 8 pm, Treasure Island Resort and Casino, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN, • Bill Cosby is a legendary comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician, activist and veteran stand-up performer.










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Sat., June 22, 8:30 pm • Guthrie Theater, Wurtele Thrust Stage, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-377-2224 or • BEHOLD, is a star-studded one-night-only gala performance-hosted by grande dames of the Guthrie stage Greta Oglesby and Sally Wingert, and featuring a performance by Whoopie Goldberg.







The Arts


Five by Five

Through June 30 • Obsidian Arts, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-787-3644 or • Five African photographers accepted the challenge of conveying visually, in just five images, the essential totality of their respective communities. Hailing from the lands associated with the Congolese, Liberians, Ethiopians, Somalians, and African Americans these five photographers surprise, lecture, and  nurture a broad recognition of what is “the essential.”  Side by side visitors may reflect on the differences in artistic perspectives and philosophies. The artists are: Travis Lee, Albert Nyembwe, Mohamed Barre,  Getachew Irko, and Tarnue Jallah.


Realism Reconsidered

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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