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Dinner goes sour

Dinner goes sour

Jul. 17 | Lesli guardedly watched him as Keith coughed on a mouthful of fries, spitting out bits of short-rib. Managed to wash it down, wiping sauce from his face. He looked in his whiskey glass at specks of meat. What good mood he’d held onto since leaving...

This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Jul. 16 |   Malamanya Thu., Jul. 17, 8:30 pm Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis Go to www.cabooze.com or call 612-338-6425           Soul Tight Committee   Fri., Jul. 18, 9:30 pm   Santorini Taverna & Grill,...

Book highlights Black cowboy poetry

Book highlights Black cowboy poetry

Jul. 14 |   It never ceases to amaze how little need there’d be for Black History had American History been accurately told to begin with. But, just like every else outside slavery, positive aspects of historic Black life consistently are obscured....

Rain couldn’t stop the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Rain couldn’t stop the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Jul. 11 | “I’m glad we didn’t go to the park. We’re stuck in here together,” Dianne Reeves said at the end of her scorching hot set inside the Amsterdam Bar and Hall on Saturday night, June 28, to close the 16th annual Twin Cities...

Meeting the in-laws grows complicated

Meeting the in-laws grows complicated

Jul. 10 | That evening they stepped out on the town. They’d gone to see that revival of No Place to Be Somebody at the Apollo.  Leafing through the playbill, he’d idly suggested that it was time he met his in-laws-to-be. She had simply nodded, seriously...

This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Jul. 9 |     12th Annual Bastille Day Block Party With live music by Black Diet, GRRRL PRTY, the Cloak Ox, Heiruspecs, and more. Sun., Jul. 13, 3-10 pm Barbette, 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis Call 612-827-5710 for more information.       For...

Radio veteran continues career at The Current

Radio veteran continues career at The Current

Jul. 8 |   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Derrick Stevens was born in New York and was ‘weaned’ on radio. It was listening to the late legendary DJ Frankie Crocker (1937-2000), who pioneered the “urban contemporary” music format back in the 1970s...

Keith decides whatever happens they’ll cope

Keith decides whatever happens they’ll cope

Jul. 7 | “I wish you’d stop doin’ that,” Keith told Lesli the second time she whacked him with that towel. He kissed her and went back into the living room. Where Butch and Sundance, for once, were messing with each other and not...

This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Jul. 2 |   Future With Rico Love, Que  and Bando Jonez Wed., Jul. 09, 8 pm Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis Go to www.millcitynights.com or call 612-333-3422         Red, White, and Boom: Fireworks Fri., Jul. 04, 10...

Lesli joins the two-percent club

Lesli joins the two-percent club

Jun. 26 | “I’ll grab something more to eat after I get there,” Lesli said as she prepared to leave for work. “Hit the commissary, then tackle that damned letter to the board. They have got to approve the plan to add a fourth floor. It’s expensive...