This week’s Entertainment spotlights!



The Music


Chastity BrownwebLive on the Drive 2013 with Chastity Brown

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.




carl thomas bigCarl Thomas

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








doug e freshDoug E. Fresh 

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.








Sat., July 13, 11:30 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • As well as being a vocalist, she has also staged such plays as Steppingstone Theatre’s Young MLK, Penumbra Theatre’s Black Nativity, and most recently Ahanti Young’s acclaimed one-man piece, Aklound Sowell. Her live show is a dynamic mix of original neo-soul tunes interspersed with her own unique interpretations of the music that has inspired her to create.




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Thurs., July 18, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • A special solo evening with one of the masters of the electric guitar.



BayfrontBayfront 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.









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July 25, 8:30 pm • Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls., 612-643-2000 or • In 1989, five black and Latino teens were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth became clear • Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and her father, the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns • Brought to you by Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative.






The Stage



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


“Peace Fibres” Fiber+Texure+Creating Peace Thru Art

Sun., July 14, 2-6 pm • The Colorwheel Gallery, 319 W 46th St., Mpls. • A fun event at the ColorWheel gallery inspired by the book Peace Fibres: Stitching a Soulful World. Authors Karen Lohn & Catherine Zdechlik will be speaking about & reading from the book throughout the day • Join them in braiding “Scarves of Peace” (bring a 5 yard length of any fibre… yarn, string, strips (1/4 inch wide) of fabric, ribbon, etc.). The completed scarves will go to anyone who needs warmth, beauty, connection, and peace in their lives • There will also be supplies for jewelry and textile artists, drawings for prizes, and artist demonstrations •


Northside Backstreet Art Sale

July 26-27 • Plymouth Avenue Art Studio, 2404 Plymouth Ave N., Mpls. • Jewelry, kid’s art, books, massage, several artists, music in the garden (bring your own lawn chair) • Fri., July 26, 3-7 pm,

Sat., July 27, 1-7 pm, Sun., July 28, 1-5 pm • For more information contact 612-239-6250


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.


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