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PREVIEW: Hot Funky Butt Jazz at the Guthrie

Zena Moses (as Marie Laveau), Messiah Moses Albert (as young Louis Armstrong), Jeremy Phipps (as Stringbean Russell), Michael Wolfe (as Professor James London), and Naa Mensah (as Essie) in the Center for the Visual and Performing Artists/Guthrie Theater co-presentation of Hot Funky Butt Jazz. There's a saying that if you think

REVIEW: Wild David Sanborn in Concert (Dakota Jazz Club)

A publicity photo of alto saxophonist David Sanborn. Photo by Scott Chernis.

A publicity photo of alto saxophonist David Sanborn. Photo by Scott Chernis. Saxophonist David Sanborn is often associated with the sound or style know as "smooth jazz". He has, after all, been a featured artist a number of times on the annual Smooth Jazz Cruise. That cruise bills itself as The Greatest Party

REVIEW: A Sometimes There’s Wine Appetizer (Park Square)

Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool created and star in Sometimes There's Wine, now playing at Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul. Photo by Flordelino Lagundino. There's a lot of Fringe going on at Park Square Theatre this season. The company's 2018-2019 features not just the demented musical Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent

INTERVIEW: Mill City Summer Opera’s New Artistic Director

Crystal Manich, the recently named Artistic Director of Mill City Summer Opera. Photo by Laura Marie Duncan. Next summer, Mill City Summer Opera will open its festival season under new leadership: Crystal Manich, the company's recently named artistic director. Manich has directed operas across the United States and in far-off cities

REVIEW: Tepid Two Degrees (Guthrie Theater)

Norah Long and Joel Liestman star in Two Degrees a PRIME Productions/Guthrie Theater co-production now playing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Photo by Dan Norman. In its best moments, Two Degrees reminds you of some of the more lurid scandal episodes in The West Wing. In its less strong moments,

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