This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

The Music



Diana Ross

Wed., Aug. 28, 8 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or • The legendary Grammy and Tony Award-winning vocalist named “Female Entertainer of the Century” by Billboard Magazine will give a rare, one-night-only performance at the Orpheum Theatre.





Robert CraywebRobert Cray

Sun. Aug. 25, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, or • With his mix of rock, soul, jazz, blues, plus a little gospel feel, Robert is internationally admired as a stylist whose innovations have brought new life to the blues.







lorber-stokely-Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Shaun LaBelle and Stokley Williams 

Aug. 27-28 • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber, saxophonist Everette Harp, bassist/keyboardist Shaun LaBelle, and Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams join forces for a night of inspired jazz and R&B.


The Screen


The ButlerThe Butler

Opens Aug. 16

Various theaters

The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Featuring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo.




The Stage 


Eddie Griffinweb

Eddie Griffin, The Labor Day Explosion!

Fri., Aug. 30, 7 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or • Comedian Eddie Griffin appears with special guests Jay Lamont and Honest John.






A Brown Talea brown Tale color

Sept. 12-22 • Penumbra Theatre, 270 North Kent St., St. Paul, 651-224-3180 or • Written and performed by James T. Alfred and directed by Lou Bellamy, A Brown Tale is a one-man show about his childhood in Chicago. It reels from the outlandish to the hilarious to the deeply poignant. Born in 1972, Alfred recalls a time when “the projects” contained a proud Black community that was tightly knit and well managed.




The Arts




The Fifth Annual LOLA Art Crawl 

Sat. and Sun., Aug. 24-25, 10 am — 5 pm • LoLa (the League of Longfellow artists) will be opening their doors for the fifth annual LoLa art crawl • Smaller and more intimate than many art festivals, the LoLa art crawl will give you a glimpse into the creative workspaces of artisans working on jewelry, glasswork, painting, photography, textiles, pottery, gardens, sculpture and more • For more info and a map of the event, visit



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