This week’s Entertainment spotlights!




The Music


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Fabuluz Friday, Fri., July 26, 8 pm — 2 am, Knights of Columbus, 1114 American Blvd. W., Bloomington • Zizzling Saturday Outdoor Festival, Sat., July 27, 11 am — 10 pm, West River Parkway (between Plymouth Ave. and Broadway Ave.) • Carifest is an annual Caribbean cultural event featuring colorful Caribbean flair, live calypso and reggae beats, vibrant parade costumes and more • Performers include, Avi and the Supertones featuring Princess Anisa (Orlando’s #1 Chutney band), Emmanuel Brown, Jumo Primo, Dheeraj Gayaram, Scrouge, 9Tomorrows and more • For more info, visit


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Sat. July 27, noon — midnight • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • This is a free outdoor music festival on Nicollet Mall with four music stages, great food, drinks and activities for all ages • Acts include Debbie Duncan, Sonny Knight and the Lakers, #MPLS, Irv Williams, Toki Wright & This Debris and more.


kermit-ruffins-Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Sun., July 28-29, 7 & 9 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins is one of New Orleans’ biggest personalities. For over three decades Ruffins has been a champion of the Crescent City’s traditional jazz roots, channeling Louis Armstrong as only someone who grew up in the Ninth Ward can.



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Sun., July 28, 6 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or • Combining rock with bluesy soul, lead singer Brittany Howard and her band have often been compared to Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.





EmeliSandeEmeli Sande

Thurs., Aug. 1 • Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-7007 or • Her album, Our Version of Events, was the biggest-selling album of 2012 in the UK, and The Times of London says that she “combines Winehouse sass and Nina Simone purr.” She has recently toured with Alicia Keys who was so impressed with her, that she co-wrote three songs with Sande for her own album, Girl on Fire.







Naughty by Nature

Fri., Aug. 3, 9 pm • Insert Coins, 315 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 651-564-4016 or 



Tues., Aug. 6, 7:30 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or


The Furious 5 featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kidd Creole, Scorpio, and Rahiem

Thurs., Aug. 8, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or


Robert Cray

Sun. Aug. 25, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, or


Diana Ross

Wed., Aug. 28, 8 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or


The Screen


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Various theaters

Tues., Aug. 6, 7:30 pm • Based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California • Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer.



centpark5Central Park Five

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 Arts


FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

Fri., July 26 — Sun., July 28 • From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside • Evening preview events on Fri. • Indoor and outdoor events along West Broadway from the Mississippi River to Penn Ave N., with extended gallery hours the entire weekend • More info,


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


Wear Your Culture: Dressing Swedish, Dressing Oromo

Through Aug. 25 • American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Mpls., 612-871-4907 or a • This two-part exhibition explores and honors the traditional clothing and rich cultural heritage of Minnesota’s immigrant communities past and present • High school and college Oromo-American students living in Minnesota share their cultural knowledge and pride in this unique companion exhibit and accompanying programs • Oromo is one of the largest national groups in Africa, with over 20,000 Oromo currently living in MN • Dressing Swedish is a traveling exhibition from the Embassy of Sweden and supported by Multicultural Society, Tumba in Sweden.


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