This week’s Entertainment spotlights!



Fourth of July Celebrations


Powderhorn Park, 1-10 pm • 3400 15th Ave. S. Mpls. • Music, dancing, food and fun for the entire family.


Red, White and Boom • Downtown Minneapolis riverfront, 6-10 pm • Free family activities and entertainment at Father Hennepin Park and Mill Ruins Park • Fireworks 10 pm


Downtown St. Paul Fireworks • Near Harriet Island Regional Park, dusk (about 10:15), • Watch from Harriet Island or other spots including Indian Mounds Park, Raspberry Island, Kellogg Mall Park and the stairs of the Science Museum of Minnesota.



The Music

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Tues., July 8- 9, 9 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Jazz saxophone legend





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Thurs., July 11, 6-8 pm • 34th Ave. N. and Victory Memorial Parkway  • Live on the Drive is a free community concert, outdoors in North Minneapolis on the beautiful Victory Memorial Parkway •

Bring your family and invite your friends • Each concert is followed by a movie presented by Movies in the Park.





Thurs., July 11, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or • Multi-platinum, three-time Grammy nominee Mystikal is back with his signature sound and style.









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Fri., July 12, 8 pm • Wilebski’s Legendary Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice Street, St. Paul, • Former Bad Boys Records R&B artist performs an intimate concert with Trilla opening.







Doug E. Fresh

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Fri., July 12, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or • Mn Hip Hop Society kicks off its inaugural event with the legendary Doug E. Fresh, hip hop icon and human beatbox machine.








BayfronreggaefestwebBayfront Reggae and World Music Festival

Sat., July 20, 11 am • Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN, • Celebration of reggae and world music • Ethnic food, beverages and artisans • Performers include Richie Spice, Everton Blender, Christopher Martin, and Alex Marley.







The Screen


There But for the Grace of God: Responding to the Revelation, reception & film screening1052329_10151678445752430_528197911_o

Tues., July 16, 5 pm • Rondo Community Library, 461 Dale St N  St Paul,

651-266-7400 • The creators of this docu-drama invite you to join them as they thank the community with a premiere screening of the film that encourages us to “see homeless” and its presence in our community.




KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAINKevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Various theaters • Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart’s 2012 concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities.










The Stage


That’s So Funny Comedy Show!

Photo by John Bellew
Photo by John Bellew


Fri., July 5, 8 pm • Sam’s Grill, 5001 American Blvd W, Bloomington, 612-220-5073 or • Starring Damon Williams (Def Comedy, Showtime at the Apollo, BET, Bad Boy of Comedy), K Jay The Comedian, and hosted by Boima Freeman.










Divas-GoldstarWhen A Man Loves A Diva

Thurs., July 11, 8 pm • The Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-7977 or • Starring Ben Bakken, Dane Stauffer and Julius Collins with Sanford Moore and his rockin’ band.




The Arts


Five in Five

Through August 15 • 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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