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Dave Chappelle will 'pop up' in Minneapolis next week

Posted by: Rohan Preston Updated: November 5, 2013 - 5:56 PM

Make that eight shows, so far.

Funnyman Dave Chappelle, who famously quit his Comedy Central show in 2005 and has been doing stand-up gigs ever since, will do at least eight performances next week at First Avenue in Minneapolis

Chappelle, who remains hugely popular, has been doing these "pop up" concerts across the country. He last performed in the Twin Cities in Aug. 2012, a show at the State Theatre that was similarly announced at the last minute and that quickly sold out. Capacity for the First Ave shows will be capped at around 500.

The "Chappelle's Show" star was heckled recently in Hartford, Conn., which inspired a colorful reaction from the 40-year-old comic.

At First Avenue, he plans to do shows at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday -- the latter ones were announced after the first few sold out right away. Tickets for those, $55, are currently on sale.

Local cast of "Captain Phillips" to attend red carpet screening in St. Paul Tuesday

Posted by: Colin Covert Updated: October 14, 2013 - 12:40 PM
Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, and Mahat Ali in "Captain Phillips." (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Jasin Boland)

Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, and Mahat Ali in "Captain Phillips." (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Jasin Boland)

Casting is crucial to any feature film’s success. When you’re seeking newcomers to hold their own against a two-time Oscar-winner the stakes are higher still. So it was a coup when four novice actors from Minneapolis’s Somali community were cast to play the pirates holding Tom Hanks captive in “Captain Phillips.” 

Three Hanks’ costars and the casting agents who discovered them will tell the unlikely story at a red carpet screening and panel discussion of “Captain Phillips” Tuesday.
Faysal Ahmed, who plays the gun-waving loose cannon Najee, Barkhad Abdiriham, the baby-faced reluctant kidnapper Bilal, and Mahmet M. Ali, the tense navigator Elmi, will join the film’s Search Casting Director Debbi DeLisi and her associates Lynn Younglove and Kati Batchelder. The event is hosted by Minnesota Women in Film & Television.
WHAT: “Captain Phillips” screening and panel discussion
WHERE: Grandview Theatre, 1830 Grand Av., St. Paul, (651) 698-3344
WHEN: 6:30 (arrivals and seating), 7:30 screening Tuesday
TICKETS: $20.00 advance; $25.00 at the door. Order at http://mnwift.org/?p=1159 or https://mnwiftcaptainphillips.eventbrite.com/
For further information, email events@mnwift.org.

Patti Smith & son will play at Union Depot Sept.12

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: August 30, 2013 - 3:09 PM


Patti Smith and her son, guitarist Jackson Smith, will play an acoustic show Sept. 12 at the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. The concert is set for Sept. 12, starting at 6 p.m.

The concert at the train station is part of Doug Aitken's Station to Station, an East Coast to West Coast "artist-driven public art project" underwritten by Levi's that will also stop in eight other U.S. cities for one-night-only concerts and art happenings.

Also on the St. Paul concert bill: Eleanor Friedberger, No Age, White Mystery and others. The art event will include Fritz Haeg and BodyCartography Project, and sculptures by Urs Fischer, Kenneth Anger, Ernesto Neto, Carsten Höller and Liz Glynn.  Other music acts en route are Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (New York, Pittsburgh), Cat Power (Winslow, Santa Fe), The Black Monks of Mississippi (Chicago), Dan Deacon (Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland) and a unique performance by Beck (Barstow, Los Angeles) created and composed exclusively for this event.

Tickets to the St. Paul concert are $25, at the Station to Station website, above.

Patti Smith photo by Steven Sebring courtesy of Arista Records.




New song issued from 'Hot Cheetos' kids under old name

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: May 13, 2013 - 10:59 AM


The KIDS, formerly the Y.N.RichKids, went to work on new songs outside the YMCA's Beats & Rhymes program at the Institute of Production & Recording in February. / Marlin Levison, Star Tribune

The KIDS, formerly the Y.N.RichKids, went to work on new songs outside the YMCA's Beats & Rhymes program at the Institute of Production & Recording in February. / Marlin Levison, Star Tribune


Grade-school rappers Y.N. Rich Kids of “Hot Cheetos & Takis” fame could have another viral hit to their name, but there’s one problem: That’s not actually their name anymore.

A gritty slow-jam titled “My Bike” -- recorded by north Minneapolis’ littlest rap giants last summer alongside another insatiably cute video -- finally saw the light of day Friday afternoon and has already attracted 30,000 views in three days on YouTube. In the interim since the song was made, however, the group has changed its name to simply the KIDS following a dispute with the Northside YMCA over money issues.

Those issues are still unresolved, with the families of the youth rappers asking for some of the money made off of paid downloads and YouTube ad revenue. The money instead has gone to the Beats & Rhyme afterschool program that birthed the group, and to the director of the “Hot Cheetos” video. However, the good news is the KIDS’ families and the Beats & Rhymes organizers at least found common ground with “My Bike” (posted below).

“We all just wanted to finally get it out there,” said Melissa Mercedes, whose son Freeman “Frizzy Free” Hickman shines again along with his other cohorts in “My Bike” and its video. “This is the follow-up hit to ‘Hot Cheetos.’ We always knew this one was going to be hot, too, and the numbers we’re seeing already speak for themselves.”

As was the case in "Hot Cheetos," the rappers involved have no trouble speaking for themselves in "My Bike." Here's a sample of the song's smooth-flowing lyrics from Glenn "G6" Carter, age 12:

"It's G6, ridin' on my bike / Flyer than a kite, and I put that on my life / Matter fact put that on my mama / Flow cold but I'm hot like a sauna / No games, bro, I don't need no drama / Cuz I'm tryna make change like Obama."

So far, the song is only being offered as a free download, so there's no money to dispute, and the parents of the young rap stars are cool with it being issued as a Y.N.RichKids song. “That’s the name they were still using when they made it, so it’s fair,” Mercedes said. Another fun and infectious new video/single, “Khaki Pants,” was simultaneously issued under the Beats & Rhymes banner by another group in the program, the NSJ Crew, which features some of the KIDS and other students from the program’s partnering Nellie Stone Johnson Community School.

From here on out, though, look for the kids to be the KIDS. Their new management team is finishing off a demo with new songs to shop around to labels. They are keeping up appearances, too – the only way they have gotten paid!—including a short slot opening for Mindless Behavior at Epic last weekend. On Saturday, they will perform again at an open house event at the Institute of Production & Recording in downtown Minneapolis (where their demo was made; click here for more info). There’s talk of a short tour to the South over the summer. By then, they very well could be known as more than a one-hit wonder.


Whoopi Golberg on tap for Guthrie Theater's 50th anniversary

Posted by: Rohan Preston Updated: May 6, 2013 - 2:47 PM



Actor Whoopi Goldberg (above) will be one of the headliners of the Guthrie's 50th anniversary gala, the Minneapolis theater announced Monday.

Goldberg, a co-host of "The View," has done stand-up engagements at the old Guthrie on Vineland Place. She did a five-night stand there in 1988 and a one-night gig in June 2001.

Golberg won an Oscar for her role in "Ghost." She also was a producer of the Tony-winning show "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

Golberg joins a roster of actors and entertainers that includes T.R. Knight ("Grey's Anatomy"), Patricia Kalember ("thirtysomething"), Tony nominee Tracie Bennett ("End of the Rainbow"), and the vocal group Cantus.

The gala, planned for June 22, wil be co-hosted by Greta Oglesby and Sally Wingert.

Call 612-225-6350 for more info.


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