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Mar 27th

Kam's Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop

Kam's Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic CropThe 10 Best, No, the 100 Best Films of 2014

2014 has produced a cornucopia of great films, at least a dozen of which has an excellent shot at taking home the Academy Award for Best Picture, including Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game and Whiplash, to name a few. However, all the stars seemed to be aligned for my personal favorite, Selma, the searing civil rights saga, set in March of 1965, about the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
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