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New novel highlights remarkable era of African-Americans in the old west

New novel highlights remarkable era of African-Americans in the old westIn the summer of 1895, terror gripped the Indian Territories (today's Oklahoma).  The youthful, multi-racial Rufus Buck gang was on the rampage, terrorizing and assaulting anyone in its path.  Their goal: to expel whites from Indian Territory.  Gang leader Rufus Buck was half-Black and half Creek Indian.  The rest of the gang was composed of one African-American, and three full-blooded Creeks.  The idea of a multi-racial gang banding together in 1895 may seem strange, but turn-of-the-century Indian Territory was a multi-racial place.  A new novel by Leonce Gaiter entitled I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang (http://www.buckrampage.com), explores the Buck gang rampage amidst the rainbow of ethnicities on both sides of the law in the lawless Indian Territory.
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Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

For movies opening July 22, 2011

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13 for intense sci-fi violence) Marvel Comics adaptation revolving around the patriotic exploits of a soldier-turned-superhero (Chris Evans) who, with the help of his trusty sidekick (Sebastian Stan), comes to the aid of the Allies during World War II when a Hitler henchman (Hugo Weaving) bent on world domination develops a top secret weapon. With Derek Luke, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Natalie Dormer and Toby Jones.
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Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama “Artrageous” with Bruno Mars & Far East Movement

Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama “Artrageous” with Bruno Mars & Far East MovementFriday, August 5, 2011 at 8PM
Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., MN
Ticket info: 952.893.9355 or visit www.ChildrensCancer.org/Glamorama.

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

For movies opening July 15, 2011

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13 for frightening images and intense violence) Final chapter of the fabled J.K. Rowling franchise finds Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) searching for the three remaining Horcruxes en route to an epic showdown with merciless Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). With Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane.

Winnie the Pooh (G) Animated Disney adventure features Winnie (Jim Cummings) leading a menagerie of animal pals on a quest to save Christopher Robin (Jack Boulter) from a creature called Backson (Huell Howser). Voice cast includes Craig Ferguson, John Cleese and Tom Kenny.  
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I am worthy: Art inspires abuse awareness

I am worthy: Art inspires abuse awarenessAbuse can be many things: physical, verbal, sexual, or even self-inflicted. Through each struggle between the powerful and the powerless, comes the will to overcome such atrocities. 

There are many words and feelings to describe the inner and outer pain associated with abuse; books, poems, and films have been dedicated to building awareness of these struggles. Gretchen Dreisbach, a Minneapolis-based visual artist, has dedicated her works to this movement.  Her work reflects her own experiences of abuse and have the intent to educate and inspire all.
 
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2011 Minnesota Black Music Awards salutes Alexander O’Neal

2011 Minnesota Black Music Awards salutes Alexander O’NealThe 20th MBMA Awards on July 15th at the Pantages Theatre will benefit the Northside relief efforts. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the survivors of the tragic tornados that occurred in May. Program founder and producers Pete and Kim Rhodes said, “The 2011 MBMA program is honored to join the community to support the Northside community relief efforts and celebrate the 31st anniversary of the artist’s music and contributions to our arts, culture and diversity of the twin cities music community”.

The awards will salute one of R&B music most versatile singers Alexander O’Neal. Other recognition will be presented to Rhymesayers Entertainment, Next, The Bennett Family (Marie Graham, Ann Nesby, Jamecia and Paris Bennett), Bobby Lyle and Irv Williams. Additional awards will be presented to art industry and community leaders.
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Bedlam Theatre and Mixed Blood Theatre present a new play sparked by the stories of recent Minnesota immigrants

Bedlam Theatre and Mixed Blood Theatre present a new play sparked by the stories of recent Minnesota immigrants For more than 100 years, immigrants to Minnesota have called Cedar Riverside their first home.  Ku soo Dhawaada Xaafadeena (Welcome to Our Neighborhood), an original play created by, for, about and with the people of Cedar Riverside, in collaboration with playwright David Grant, sheds light on the experiences of the thousands of East African immigrants who now call Minnesota home. 

Inspired by dozens of personal narratives, which were collected during a series of community story circles organized by Bedlam and Mixed Blood Theatres, the engaging drama weaves together a tapestry of fictionalized stories that will be performed by the Voices of Cedar Riverside Ensemble of emerging East African youth and young adult actors.  Ku soo Dhawaada Xaafadeena (Welcome to Our Neighborhood), directed by Bedlam’s John Bueche, will be presented for two weekends:  July 23-24 at 7:00pm in conjunction with East African community celebrations, and July 28-31 at 7:00pm.  All performances take place at the Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis. 
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