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For movies opening November 6, 2015
Aesthetically Speaking

For movies opening November 6, 2015

OPENING THIS WEEK
Kam’s Kapsules:

BIG BUDGET FILMS

“Brooklyn” (PG-13 for a sex scene and brief profanity) Romance drama, set in the Fifties, revolving around a homesick immigrant to the U.S. (Saoirse Ronan) who finds herself torn between a suitor (Emory Cohen) she meets in New York and another (Domnhall Gleason) she left behind in Ireland. With Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Michael Zegen.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre returns to the Ordway
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Lula Washington Dance Theatre returns to the Ordway

[caption id="attachment_25873" align="alignleft"]lula-and-dancers-leaping 300dpi ian foxx 445Photos courtesy of the Ordway[/caption]Choreographer for the films, “Avatar” and “Little Mermaid,” Lula Washington brings her acclaimed company to the Ordway for an evening of dance, delivered with messages of cultural awareness.

jhp 7809The Lula Washington Dance Theatre performs, Friday, Oct. 30 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul. Washington, along with her company, will present a multi-act performance with dance from disciplines ranging from ballet to hip-hop.

The uncomfortable silence of ‘johnbrown’
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The uncomfortable silence of ‘johnbrown’

[caption id="attachment_25871" align="alignleft"]dean-moss-c97aeeefc356be3bbc450cd4f914964ePhoto: Mark Simpson. The Walker Art Center [/caption]Dean Moss’ “johnbrown” is not entertaining.

Actually, I should say Dean Moss’ “johnbrown” is not just entertaining. Minus the opening ballet solo, which drags on for far too long, “johnbrown” is quite entertaining. But more than just a night at the theater, Moss, with his powerful work inspired by white abolitionist, John Brown, forces the audience to think, to reflect … to question.

“The 70s Songbook” explores Broadway music
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“The 70s Songbook” explores Broadway music

Latinos Come in All Colors … The Next Generation
By Carmen Robles

My 23andme.com DNA results earlier this year revealed an 8.5 percent African ancestry connection associated with my Puerto Rican heritage.

My parents, Luis Mario Robles and Maria Trinidad, immigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y. in the mid-1940s. They had three children together; my sister Maria Luisa (Lisa Marie Rodeghier-Sinclair) who was born in Puerto Rico; me (first born in U.S.) and our brother, Luis Mario Robles, Jr. (who passed away two years ago.)

My sister has two sons, Jason Rodeghier and Adam Sinclair – they are both one half Puerto Rican, their children are one forth. Taylor Martin is Jason Rodeghier’s daughter. She is my sister’s granddaughter, my great niece. She shows signs of her roots through her musical artistry and her gifts of song and dance.

Our household’s “next generation” pride and joy, Martin is a 2015 graduate from North Central University where she earned a B.S. in Youth Development Studies.

Currently she is a dance teacher and youth mentor at Urban Ventures, a nonprofit organization located in south Minneapolis.

In keeping with the spirit of mentoring, encouraging and engaging youth in community leadership through hands-on experiences, my great niece exemplifies the mission of my organization, Jovenes de Salud. A Latino based peer-to-peer leadership program; Jovenes de Salud provides a platform and a plethora of opportunities for youth and young adults to express and share their fresh perspectives.

I hope you enjoy her review of the Ordway’s season opener, “The 70s Songbook” and encourage the young person in your household to share his or her unique, new century point of view of the world around them.

For movies opening October 16, 2015
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For movies opening October 16, 2015

OPENING THIS WEEK
Kam’s Kapsules:

BIG BUDGET FILMS

bridge-of-spies“Bridge of Spies” (PG-13 for violence and brief profanity) Cold War thriller about a lawyer (Tom Hanks) recruited by the CIA to represent an American spy (Austin Stowell) whose surveillance plane was shot down behind the Iron Curtain in 1960. With Amy Ryan, Alan Alda and Eve Hewson.

Threads Dance Project presents ‘Warriors of Light’
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Threads Dance Project presents ‘Warriors of Light’

[caption id="attachment_25726" align="alignleft"]warriors-of-lightPhoto credit: Summer Street Photography[/caption]Sage Dance Award nominee, Karen Charles, presents her company, Threads Dance Project, in its seventh season show, “Warriors of Light.”

The show takes place Nov. 6 and 7 at the Goodale Theater in the Cowles Center for Dance and The Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. Show times are 7:30 p.m. each day.

Prodigal parent documentary chronicles: Grammy-winning rapper’s reunion with dad
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Prodigal parent documentary chronicles: Grammy-winning rapper’s reunion with dad

Che “Rhymefest” Smith is among the handful of rappers who have actually managed to make it in the music industry. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that the Grammy Award-winning artist also overcame a challenging childhood, having been raised on the rough South Side of Chicago by a single-mom who’d given birth to him while still in her early teens.

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