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Variety
May 20
Last chances to stream the international film festival

Last chances to stream the international film festival

Already a hit, MSPIFF closes this weekend with events (and movies) of local interest.
Coronavirus
May 19
Green Day and Weezer's August date at Target Field postponed until 2021

Green Day and Weezer's August date at Target Field postponed until 2021

The trek with Fall Out Boy was supposed to hit Minneapolis on Aug. 11.
Coronavirus
May 19
Minnesota musicians fight quarantine hunger with 'Bands for Cans' compilation album

Minnesota musicians fight quarantine hunger with 'Bands for Cans' compilation album

The New Standards, Sims, Greazy Meal, Faith Boblett, Adam Levy, Nur-D and the Bad Man contributed unreleased tracks to benefit Second Harvest Heartland.
Music
May 18
Here comes another Purple memoir -- from Prince bassist Brownmark

Here comes another Purple memoir -- from Prince bassist Brownmark

As the Revolution continues, Brownmark has written "My Life in the Purple Kingdom," due in September.
Music
May 17
Bono writes thank-you notes to Bob Dylan, Prince for songs that saved his life

Bono writes thank-you notes to Bob Dylan, Prince for songs that saved his life

Read what the U2 hero said to these Minnesota icons, who were among 60 artists saluted by Bono on his 60th birthday.
Music
May 16
Crooners to begin live drive-in movie-style outdoor concerts on June 1 in Fridley

Crooners to begin live drive-in movie-style outdoor concerts on June 1 in Fridley

The on-again, off-again Lakeside Drive-In Series is back on in the parking lot by Moore Lake, starting with Joyann Parker.
Music
May 14
In lieu of surprise First Ave gig, Gayngs drops first new song in decade

In lieu of surprise First Ave gig, Gayngs drops first new song in decade

Featuring members of Bon Iver and Polica, the group posted "Appeayl 2 U" on the 10th anniversary of its Last Prom concert.
Music
May 14
Kenny Chesney will reschedule his entire tour in 2021, including his Minneapolis show

Kenny Chesney will reschedule his entire tour in 2021, including his Minneapolis show

The country superstar's May 2 concert was already postponed but now he says hang on to your tickets because the entire tour will take place in 2021.
Music
May 14
George Strait bumps his U.S. Bank Stadium date to July 2021

George Strait bumps his U.S. Bank Stadium date to July 2021

A few other big stadium shows are weirdly still on the calendar for this summer in Minneapolis.
Variety
May 13
Art-a-Whirl goes virtual Friday, with studio tours, music and even food

Art-a-Whirl goes virtual Friday, with studio tours, music and even food

The annual event is launching a new online shop for artists and restaurants in northeast Minneapolis.
Prince
May 12
Prince concert from 1985's Purple Rain Tour will be livestreamed for free

Prince concert from 1985's Purple Rain Tour will be livestreamed for free

Prince & the Revolution drummer Bobby Z will talk about the tour in a live Q&A with the Current's Andrea Swensson.
Variety
May 11
Which songs saved Bono's life? Tunes by Bob Dylan and Prince make the list

Which songs saved Bono's life? Tunes by Bob Dylan and Prince make the list

The U2 hero posted a playlist of 60 songs on his 60th birthday -- with plans to write thank-you notes to each artist or their heirs.
Coronavirus
May 11
See Dessa and Minnesota Orchestra's virtual reunion from "Shine On MN" telethon

See Dessa and Minnesota Orchestra's virtual reunion from "Shine On MN" telethon

The hip-hop star delivered "Skeleton Key" with a little help from her many friends for the Fox 9 telethon.
Variety
May 9
Remembering Little Richard: Even his interviews were a flamboyant performance

Remembering Little Richard: Even his interviews were a flamboyant performance

Our music critic reminisces about two close encounters with the architect of rock 'n' roll -- one wild, one down to earth.
Music
May 8
Bob Dylan is releasing a new album of original material on June 19

Bob Dylan is releasing a new album of original material on June 19

"Rough and Rowdy Ways," his first new album of originals since 2012, will feature 10 songs, including the new "False Prophet."
Variety
May 6
Lakefront Music Fest in Prior Lake postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus

Lakefront Music Fest in Prior Lake postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus

The 11th annual fundraiser in July was set to feature Styx and Lady Antebellum.
Variety
May 6
Enter (part of) the Wu-Tang

Enter (part of) the Wu-Tang

Wu-Tang leader RZA will chime in and answer questions in a webcast of the movie that gave the hip-hop supergroup its name.
Duluth
May 6
Duluth cartoonist Chris Monroe's 'Monkey With a Tool Belt' gets Netflix debut

Duluth cartoonist Chris Monroe's 'Monkey With a Tool Belt' gets Netflix debut

A new animated series launches Friday, featuring the popular children's book character by Chris Monroe.
Variety
May 5
This weekend's ever-popular St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour goes virtual

This weekend's ever-popular St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour goes virtual

The global pandemic forced the Mother's Day weekend tour of artists' studios to go online-only.
Variety
May 4
Another coronavirus concert cancellation: Journey on June 7 in St. Paul

Another coronavirus concert cancellation: Journey on June 7 in St. Paul

Refunds are available for the Xcel Energy Center show with the Pretenders.
Music
April 29
Dig if you will the Prince Channel on Sirius XM, starting Friday for free

Dig if you will the Prince Channel on Sirius XM, starting Friday for free

It will be Purple music for 24/7 as one of nine new artist-dedicated channels including Bowie, the Eagles, Zeppelin, Metallica and Fleetwood Mac.
Variety
April 29
Trademark Theater commissions new plays from three writers

Trademark Theater commissions new plays from three writers

David Darrow, Kira Obolensky and Harrison David Rivers are working on projects for Tyler Michaels King's home company.
Music
April 29
Festival of Valkyries takes (virtual) flight Friday for women and nonbinary musicians in Minnesota

Festival of Valkyries takes (virtual) flight Friday for women and nonbinary musicians in Minnesota

The 13-hour blend of live music and panel discussions will include sets by Annie Mack, Joyann Parker, Mayda, Maria Isa and more.
Variety
April 29
Parkway Theater owners vow to hang on despite loss of 'great friend' (and tenant) El Burrito Mercado

Parkway Theater owners vow to hang on despite loss of 'great friend' (and tenant) El Burrito Mercado

After the loss of El Burrito next door, Parkway leaders weigh how to make it through tough times.
Variety
April 28
Artists promote hope with $500 grants from St. Paul nonprofit

Artists promote hope with $500 grants from St. Paul nonprofit

Forecast Public Art seeks to foster a sense of community even while Minnesotans shelter in place.

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