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Lula Washington Dance Theatre returns to the Ordway

Lula Washington Dance Theatre returns to the OrdwayChoreographer 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.

The 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'

The uncomfortable silence of 'johnbrown'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.

Rhonda Ross: The "Pocono Mountains Film Festival" Interview

Rhonda Ross: The Fonder of Rhonda!

Singer-songwriter Rhonda Ross is an African Diasporic Woman of the World. Bilingual in French and English, and raising her son to be fluent in 4 languages, Rhonda often connects with her audiences through their native tongues.

"The 70s Songbook" explores Broadway music

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

My 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.

'My Authentic Self' embraces African roots

'My Authentic Self' embraces African rootsHARLEM, N.Y. – Visual artist Leroy Campbell embraces his African roots and the journey to self discovery with the debut of his first coffee table book, "My Authentic Self."

The book debuts Nov. 19.

For movies opening October 16, 2015

For movies opening October 16, 2015OPENING THIS WEEK
Kam's Kapsules:


"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'

Threads Dance Project presents 'Warriors of Light'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.
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