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Jul 31st

Opening the genealogy flood-"Gates"

Opening the genealogy flood-Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored 17 books and created 14 documentary films, including "Finding Your Roots," season two, now airing on PBS.

Ramsey Lewis and Philip Bailey on stage together at the Dakota

Ramsey Lewis and Philip Bailey on stage together at the DakotaThree time Grammy Award winning jazz pianist, Ramsey Lewis, has teamed with legendary Earth, Wind and Fire singer, Philip Bailey for four shows at the Dakota Jazz Club.

Aesthetically It!

Aesthetically It!Aesthetically It! is a list of picks from the editors of Aesthetically Speaking. Aesthetically It! features venues, events, outings and more that are worthy of "It" status. If you have a venue, event or outing that you feel is It worthy, email us at

Five for '15 – Minnesota hip-hop's Top 5 new prospects

Five for '15 – Minnesota hip-hop's Top 5 new prospectsWith confidence I can stand behind the statement that Minnesota has some of the best hip-hop artists in the world.

Retracing the road to justice!

Retracing the road to justice!Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film. Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Ava was honored with the 2013 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award and the Tribeca Film Institute 2013 Affinity Award for her second feature film, "Middle of Nowhere."

MOTOWN the Musical: A time capsule through song

MOTOWN the Musical: A time capsule through song"Motown the Musical," the story behind the hits of Motown was flashy and it sizzled.

The exhilarating, glitzy, dazzling, gritty musical extravaganza recently completed its run at the classic Orpheum Theatre.

"TOP FIVE": Chris Rock rolls in romantic comedy/film industry satire

In Birdman, Michael Keaton played a fading star trying to revive a career that had been in decline since he'd become typecast after playing a superhero in a series of blockbusters on the big screen. That plotline wasn't all that far off from the arc of Keaton's real-life fate following an outing as Batman back in 1989.
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