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Variety
July 29
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis share Emmy nom with Sheila E for Prince special

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis share Emmy nom with Sheila E for Prince special

They will compete for outstanding music direction with the Oscars, Kennedy Center Honors, "Saturday Night Live" and Super Bowl halftime with J. Lo and Shakira.
Variety
July 25
Neal Justin: The time I convinced Regis Philbin to honor Bob Dylan

Neal Justin: The time I convinced Regis Philbin to honor Bob Dylan

TV critic Neal Justin shares his favorite memory of the legendary broadcaster who died this weekend.
Variety
July 17
Bakken Museum reopens to the public after 7 months of construction

Bakken Museum reopens to the public after 7 months of construction

The museum, known for its focus on innovation, reopened on July 16 with a new entrance, courtyard, and larger museum store.
Variety
July 17

Hear a 1979 version of Prince's '87 fave 'I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man'

His estate and Warner Bros. dropped the song ahead of the deluxe reissue of 'Sign o' the Times' on Sept. 25.
Music
July 16
Replacements will reintroduce 'Pleased to Meet Me' with box set in October

Replacements will reintroduce 'Pleased to Meet Me' with box set in October

The latest reissue of the Minneapolis band's 1987 album include 29 newly unveiled tracks, seven made with the late Bob Stinson.
Variety
July 15
St. Olaf grads drop powerful, positive Black anthem about change

St. Olaf grads drop powerful, positive Black anthem about change

Two Phoenix educators/musicians posted a YouTube video called "A Big Change."
Coronavirus
July 15
Minneapolis bar Mortimer's temporarily closes due to COVID-19 testing

Minneapolis bar Mortimer's temporarily closes due to COVID-19 testing

Two people who were in the building last Thursday tested positive, and the owners are now getting the whole staff tested.
Variety
July 13
Minnesota State Fair is canceled, but you can still visit the Fine Arts show

Minnesota State Fair is canceled, but you can still visit the Fine Arts show

Tickets for in-person viewing go on sale July 14.
Music
July 10
Heavily autographed guitar sold in honor of ex-Replacement Slim Dunlap

Heavily autographed guitar sold in honor of ex-Replacement Slim Dunlap

Emmylou Harris, Gary Clark Jr. and T-Bone Burnett were among the stars to sign the Telecaster for local fan Mike Lancial.
Music
July 9
Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani to perform drive-in theater concert for $115 per vehicle

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani to perform drive-in theater concert for $115 per vehicle

Like Garth Brooks did in June, the country superstar will record a concert to be screened at drive-ins in Elko New Market, Minn. and New Richmond, Wis.
Variety
July 8
'Tone-deaf' mural on Lake Street Kmart removed

'Tone-deaf' mural on Lake Street Kmart removed

Community members called a painting of a cop hugging a Black man "offensive" and "triggering" following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
Variety
July 7
Movie star Don Cheadle appeared in "Leon and Lena (& lenz)" at the Guthrie.

Hollywood, Broadway stars who got their start at Guthrie will return for virtual benefit

The Guthrie Theater, closed since March, plans an online evening of words and songs.
Variety
July 7
Minnesota Orchestra swaps big concerts for smaller chamber shows

Minnesota Orchestra swaps big concerts for smaller chamber shows

The orchestra announced Tuesday two dozen chamber performances on Peavey Plaza during August.
Music
July 6
Remembering Charlie Daniels: How Minnesota boosted his career

Remembering Charlie Daniels: How Minnesota boosted his career

From Bob Dylan and KQRS to St. Paul Winter Carnival, the Southern rocker had deep Gopher State connections.
Variety
July 1
Trylon Cinema returns, at reduced capacity

Trylon Cinema returns, at reduced capacity

Shuttered because of COVID-19, the Minneapolis revival house announces movies through September and safety precautions.
Music
June 28
With TikTok, music fans can now legally lip sync to all of Prince's songs

With TikTok, music fans can now legally lip sync to all of Prince's songs

After years of cease-and-desist orders from the Purple One, his estate reached an agreement for use of 15-second snippets on the influential TikTok app.
Variety
June 25
Prince's epic 'Sign o' the Times' to get super deluxe reissue on Sept. 25

Prince's epic 'Sign o' the Times' to get super deluxe reissue on Sept. 25

Arguably his best album will be celebrated with 63 previously unreleased tracks and a legendary Paisley Park concert.
Variety
June 24
Pro Rata plans to resume producing live theater in November

Pro Rata plans to resume producing live theater in November

Although some previously-announced plays are on the books, Theatre Pro Rata may be first to announce a season during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Music
June 24
Prince's Paisley Park will reopen on July 1 with new health protocols

Prince's Paisley Park will reopen on July 1 with new health protocols

Masks will be required but you can buy Purple branded ones at the door with credit cards.
Variety
June 23
Walker Art Center lays off 33 part-timers as it plans program cuts

Walker Art Center lays off 33 part-timers as it plans program cuts

The museum expects a 26% drop in revenue as its prepares to reopen on July 16.
Variety
June 18
To weather pandemic, Minnesota Orchestra musicians, leaders cut pay

To weather pandemic, Minnesota Orchestra musicians, leaders cut pay

Musicians agreed to a 20 percent pay cut.
Variety
June 18
Weisman Art Museum director Lyndel King to retire on June 30

Weisman Art Museum director Lyndel King to retire on June 30

Former University of Minnesota Provost Karen Hanson steps up as acting director.
Coronavirus
June 16
Closed by pandemic, Twin Cities movie theaters return with new precautions

Closed by pandemic, Twin Cities movie theaters return with new precautions

It started slowly last weekend but the next two weeks will bring the reopening of many movie theaters.
Music
June 15
Garth Brooks to perform drive-in concert to 300 venues including two near Twin Cities

Garth Brooks to perform drive-in concert to 300 venues including two near Twin Cities

On June 27, the country megastar will appear on the drive-in screens in Elko New Market, Minn., and New Richmond, Wis. Tickets cost $100 per vehicle.
Music
June 15
Kenny Chesney grudgingly pushes Minneapolis gig to June 2021 citing 'so many unknowns'

Kenny Chesney grudgingly pushes Minneapolis gig to June 2021 citing 'so many unknowns'

Refunds are now available for 30 days, after the country star had held out hope some of his 2020 dates might still happen.

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