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Kwanzaa is often thought of as an African American holiday that takes the place of Christmas. This cultural celebration was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga to help blacks in the United States embrace the lifestyle of their ancestors. Dr. Karenga introduced this concept in 1966 during a time coined as the Black Freedom Movement. This […]

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After more than three years covering the city’s cultural scene for Knight Arts, I’m moving on. Beginning in December, my friend and colleague Levi Weinhagen will cover St. Paul’s arts and culture beat for you here, and I couldn’t be leaving my spot in better hands. But before I go, in the spirit of the […]

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The crew behind Saint Paul Almanac and Cracked Walnut have been busy since early October, hosting readings in venues all over the city – 16 in all – for the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival. The lit fest concludes this year with events on Thursday, Saturday and next Monday, at Common Good Books, Amsterdam […]

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The Mercer University African Student Association is partnering with Touched by an Angel, a nonprofit organization, for a philanthropic event to collect and give basic essentials to infants and their mothers in Zambia. Taking place on November 15 at 8 p.m., the Art Explosion will showcase a variety of artists from the community and other campus organizations. The lineup […]

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There’s a popular trend of giving that has swept across the country in many communities. A lot of us have a vested interest in our favorite nonprofit organizations. However, when competitive incentives are involved, it encourages us to engage in these causes even more. This year marks the third year that the Georgia Center for […]

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Now that Halloween is over, the election is around the corner and the first winter blast of the season has hit, it’s time to get serious. Dig out those scarves, wool mittens and Uggs and brace for what’s to come. First up, the all-important Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Awards. The governor’s race is important, […]

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Today’s definition of hip hop can often be discouraging or disturbing. However, there is a reason to keep our faith in this genre, when it comes to young artists like Sabir. He is only 23 years-old, and his objective is to keep original hip hop alive. His lyrics are strong, and they hit hard. Most […]

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Weird Miami Bus Tour

Join artist Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Bas Fisher International and Miss Information for the October installment of the Weird Miami Bus Tour on Sunday, October 12th from 5 – 8:30 p.m. (Arrive no later than 4:15 p.m. for a prompt departure.) The “top-secret” tour curated by Zaldivar and guided by Miss Information promises to reveal the […]

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If you’re a book lover, you are likely already familiar with Rain Taxi’s annual Twin Cities Book Festival. This one-day event at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds is the largest literary festival in the Upper Midwest – and this year, the offerings have grown still more plentiful. In addition to bringing in a number of internationally-known writers, […]

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Tonight, Penumbra Theatre’s co-artistic director, Sarah Bellamy, will host a “Womansong” showcase curated by actor, playwright and poet Sha Cage, “which celebrates the poetry and musicality of black women artists in the Twin Cities.” The evening will center on Cage’s work spotlighting talented women and girls in the local arts scene and include an eclectic […]

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