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MUSIC PHOTOS | Steel Panther at Myth

Photos by Patrick Dunn

Heavy Metal fans packed Myth Friday night, December 19th for a hard rocking and entertaining set by Steel Panther. Supporting act "Like A Storm" from New Zealand started out the evening with a blistering set. The show was sponsored by 91X who held their X Girl contest finale and crowned the winner for next year.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Motown the Musical" strikes a chord at the Orpheum Theatre

Photo credit Joan Marcus

Motown the Musical is playing, joyously, at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theatre through December 28th, 2014. Get yourself a holiday gift and go get a ticket. Based on Motown founder, Berry Gordy Jr.'s (sic), book "To Be Loved," the musical celebrates Gordy's talents as a writer, producer, entrepreneur, also his legacy and character while telling the story about the music and stars created at "Hitsville U.S.A." 

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MUSIC REVIEW | Young Suave performs live at Fallout in Minneapolis

Photos By: 
Gino Terrell

Coolife Entertainment hip-hop artist Young Suave accompanied by Casso (left) performing their song Medicinal at Fallout in Minneapolis on December 6.

Coolife Entertainment’s hip-hop artist Young Suave, along with fellow rapper Casso, performed live at Fallout Arts Initiative in Minneapolis to round off a night with live performances on Dec. 6. They will perform again at the Winter Wonderland Showcase on Dec. 21 at Arneilla’s in St. Paul.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Real Phonic Radio Hour with Kenny Vaughan, Gospel Machine, Ben Percy and Erik Koskinen

Who doesn't want to celebrate Christmas in the most majestic, rockingest library in town? That's what we did Thursday night at the James J Hill. Everyone was so friendly and warm (that may have been the free samples of Two Gingers whiskey floating around) but it felt as much like a party as a show even though we aren't musicians and this event was clearly a night of musicians for musicians.

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THEATER REVIEW | "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" two Hours of laughs and music at Park Square Theatre

Friends and sometime rival pianists Richard (Peter Vitale, left) and Ted (Michael Pearce Donley, right) relax between notes. Photo courtesy of Park Square Theatre

The story of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, if you wanted to analyze it, is about chasing dreams, obstinance, frustration, and the quest for identity. Alternately, you could say that it is a string of theatrical vignettes that are alternately funny and poignant. A little myopia might focus on moments recalling Victor Borgia’s musical humor or perhaps what it might look like if Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck had to play a piano duet together (Daffy Duck vs. Donald Duck at the piano isn’t quite the same thing, although Bugs has a solo turn or two at the piano himself). The larger point is not that this play with music is one of these things, but that these are just some of the types of things interwoven into this piano-filled show. 2 Pianos, 4 Hands is much more than the sum of its parts, as excellent as they are individually.

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Bloomington threatens to arrest Black Lives Matter organizers, not protesters

(Photo by Anna Min) 2,400 people have RSVP’d on Facebook to attend the Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America on Dec. 20. More than a thousand protesters rallied last week in downtown Minneapolis.

A Black Lives Matter protest planned for Dec. 20 at the Mall of America hit a snag this week when Mall of America officials threatened to remove any protesters and potentially have them arrested. The protest is part of a national movement aimed at raising awareness about police violence against people of color.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Understated timeless cool of Jeremy Messersmith at the Turf Club

(Photos by Ann Treacy)

Man, woman, child, I don’t care who you are – everyone has a little crush on Jeremy Messersmith. He could fit into almost any era with pompadour, dark glasses and cardigan. He could play with Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly or the Bing Crosby, banter with Mr. Rogers, give him a pipe he could hang with Beaver Cleaver’s dad. The themes of his song – mostly love lost – are just as universal. And that adds to the crushability!

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Bernadeia Johnson steps down as Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent

(Photo by Sheila Regan)

In a surprise move, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson resigned on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at an annual school board organizational meeting.

Superintendent Johnson cited family commitments as a key reason for her resignation, saying in a letter given to school board chair Richard Mammen that she felt it was the right time for her to step aside and allow another candidate to help move the district forward.

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Minneapolis approves additional funding for small business support

(Photo by Ron Reiring published under Creative Commons License)

The City of Minneapolis recently passed new funding to support its Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) providers. B-TAP now has over a million dollars in funding, including $500,000 approved on Friday, Dec. 12 by the Minneapolis City Council. B-TAP provides services to support new and growing Minneapolis businesses. 

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