Rising star Helena Brown makes her Minnesota Opera debut
The Minnesota Opera kicked off its 2015 – 2016 season at the Ordway Music Theater this past weekend, with Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos," staring Amber Wagner and featuring African-American opera singer, Helena Brown.
Stories of Liberian women in time of war to premiere in New York
(GIN) – While Liberia's civil war is distant history to some, an African playwright has rescued the tale of five women, captive wives of a rebel commander, whose survival in a treacherous war zone resonates strongly even today.
Tale of redemption revisits the real-life ordeal of single-mom held hostage by rapist
"Captive" Film Review by Kam Williams
On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) was being escorted from jail to the Fulton County Courthouse where he was set to go on trial for assault, kidnapping and rape. But en route to the courtroom, he overpowered a sheriff's deputy (Diva Tyler) and took her gun before embarking on a bloody killing spree that would claim the lives of the judge, a court reporter, a police sergeant and a federal agent.
Ralph Lemon's work bridges performance, contemporary art
Choreographer and interdisciplinary artist, Ralph Lemon, references his 2014 Walker performance exhibition "Scaffold Room" with a free solo lecture/performance – what the artist refers to as a "memory refraction" – one year after the work's premiere.
INTERVIEW: Karrin Allyson chats about her latest jazz album
Born in the Midwest, four-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson has always been on the move.
School in the Bay Area and a degree in classical piano and performance led to Minneapolis and on to Kansas City, where she signed her first contract with Concord Jazz. Thirteen albums followed, with performances at clubs, concert venues, and major jazz festivals in the U.S., Brazil, Australia, Japan and many major cities in Europe. In 2014, Allyson traveled to 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada as a solo vocalist with the Newport – Now 60 Tour, which concluded at the Newport Jazz Festival. Her independently-produced holiday album, "Yuletide Hideaway," followed just in time for the holidays, and won four stars from Downbeat.