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Oct 02nd

Going all the way

Going all the wayThis is the first in a series of artist biographies aimed at illuminating the depth of talent, creative and productivity Minnesota artists bring to their craft and to our community and culture in the broadest sense. We begin focusing on the stellar, Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness and its leader and founder, Gary Dennis Hines.

Since January of 1971, the Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness have consistently performed and proclaimed the music, culture and history of African Americans to audiences all over the world.

From Jazz and Blues, to Rock & Roll, R&B, Gospel, Spirituals, Hip-Hop, Reggae and Soul, the group colors each and every "sound of blackness" with uplifting messages of hope, unity, love and peace for all humankind - and then works passionately to achieve it. These are the milestones marking 35 years of tireless endeavor, creative genius, and business excellence:
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Makin’ The Choir TV show holds live auditions

Makin’ The Choir TV show holds live auditionsMakin’ The Choir Reality TV Show, created and hosted by Bishop James Gaines, formerly of the group Devoted, (Savoy/Maleco Records), auditions Minnesota this month on the way to its creation of America’s Gospel Choir.

“For those of you who have had the opportunity to marvel in the joyous sounds of a powerful gospel choir ensemble, you know exactly what I’m talking about,” said Bishop Gaines last week in a “Conversations with Al McFarlane” broadcast interview on KFAI FM 90.3. “Regardless if you have or have not, I guarantee you do not want to miss this event,” he said.

The event is a live audition for solo singers, solo musicians and choir directors, who are ages 18+. The Makin’ the Choir Reality Show Auditions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, MN on October 16th.

To become a contestant, go to www.makinthechoir.org to download an application. Rules require auditioners to be onsite at 7am with an 8×10 headshot and $10 entry fee.
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Legends series at Capri Theatre highlights jazz favorites

The torch songs are passed to a new generation as the Capri Theater’s “Legends” series begins its fourth season with “Blue: Songs on the Indigo Side” set for 7 pm Saturday, Oct. 9, and 3 pm, Sunday, Oct. 10. Three young Minnesota natives – Katie Gearty, Nancy Harms and Rachel Holder – will perform an evening of jazz standards, plus some pop favorites in jazz-shaded arrangements.

Single tickets are $25 ($20 for groups of 10 or more) and can be ordered online at hecapritheater.org, or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. In addition, season tickets for the three-concert “Legends” series, under the artistic direction of Dennis Spears, are still available for $60 and include “Nancy Wilson & Peggy Lee: The Sultry Divas of Jazz,” with Ginger Commodore and Connie Evingson 7 pm, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, and 3 pm, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, and Greta Oglesby in a solo concert, “I Sing Because…” 7 pm, Saturday, April 9, 2011, and 3 pm, Sunday, April 10, 2011.
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The Grace of Silence

The Grace of Silence“As a young man, my father had been shot by a white policeman, but never spoke about the incident after leaving Alabama and moving north. He never even told my mother. He took the story to his grave… Every household is different but in my childhood home the window to that painful past was never widely opened.

Our parents felt we needed to know only so much. No time for tears. No yearning for sympathy. You see, you can’t keep your eye on the prize if your sight is clouded by tears. How can you soar if you’re freighted down by the anger of your ancestors?”

-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. xi-xii)

I’ll be honest, I’ve listened to Michele Norris for years on National Public Radio in her capacity as host of All Things Considered without knowing that she was black. After all, I couldn’t see her, and she speaks in a fairly nondescript Standard American English accent which makes it difficult to discern her ethnic roots.
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Stone and Douglas Reunite for Shakespearean Sequel Well Worth the Wait

Stone and Douglas Reunite for Shakespearean Sequel Well Worth the Wait Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Michael Douglas won an Academy Award in 1988 for his captivating performance as Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate raider-turned-cultural icon best known for contributing the avaricious credo “Greed is good!” to the popular lexicon of the Me Generation. Although a couple decades have elapsed in the interim, he and director Oliver Stone have thoroughly refreshed the Wall Street franchise with this timely sequel designed as much with the concerns of today’s troubled Ninja Generation (“No Income, No Jobs or Assets”) in mind as those of us aging Baby Boomers. But where Gordon was a fairly contemptible character in the original, this go-round he operates as more of an empathetic antihero in search of deliverance.

The movie unfolds in flashback fashion, with narrator Gekko reflecting upon his parole in 2002 after serving an eight-year sentence for insider trading. This amusing sequence effectively establishes how the disgraced, white collar criminal had not merely fallen from grace but no longer had a finger on the pulse.
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Fact Rubs Fiction Raw in Unsettling Triangulated Tale of Forbidden Love

Fact Rubs Fiction Raw in Unsettling Triangulated Tale of Forbidden Love  Friction

Once upon a time there was a commercial for a company called Memorex in which jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald’s voice was employed to shatter a wine glass. The ad prompted viewers to ponder whether the flying shards were the result of Ella’s actual ear-splitting soprano hitting its highest register or of a faithful recording of it on high quality audiotape.

Just such a conundrum fuels the fires of Friction, the cinematic equivalent of that memorable Memorex classic. The film revolves around the love triangle which surfaces over the course of the summer at a camp in New Hampshire called Arts in Action when a vulnerable 15 year-old develops feelings for the wife of the director.
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Affleck Directs and Stars in Latest Beantown Crime Saga

Affleck Directs and Stars in Latest Beantown Crime SagaThe Town

Boston has produced a bumper crop of crime capers in recent years, including such grisly thrillers as Mystic River (2003), The Departed (2006), Gone Baby Gone (2007), What Doesn’t Kill You (2008) and Edge of Darkness (2010). Ben Affleck, who made an auspicious directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone, is back with his sophomore effort, The Town, another impressive addition to the super-realistic genre.

This go-round, he also stars as Doug MacRay, a career criminal hailing from Charlestown a tight-knit, blue-collar community located on a peninsula connected by bridge to Beantown proper. As narrator, he informs us at the outset that his Irish stronghold’s claim to fame is that it has produced more bank robbers, present company included, than any other neighborhood in the world.
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