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The Current: Interview with Kurtis Blow

November 25, 2015 12:00 pm | Leave your thoughts

Interview by Sean McPherson, The Current Kurtis Blow, the King of Rap from Harlem U.S.A., is a true hip hop pioneer. He was the first rapper signed to a major label, the first rapper to tour overseas, and, back in 1981, he was the first national rapper to headline in Minneapolis. Now, Kurtis Blow is back in the Twin Cities, and he joins The Current’s Sean McPherson to talk about his role as MC for ... more

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Review: Hip Hop Nutcracker

November 25, 2015 10:47 am | Leave your thoughts

By: Stephanie Kwong, Phenomnal Twin Cities Are you tired of slogging through the same old Nutcracker ballet routines year after year, with the same pink tutus and tired old 19th Century set designs?  Do you feel like stuffing your eyes with tinsel if you see one more guy in nude tights with a bright red jacket and shiny brass buttons?  If so, you’re not alone… but thankfully, there’s a cure!  Where do I find this ... more

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Review: Hip-Hop Nutcracker at the Ordway

November 25, 2015 10:40 am | Leave your thoughts

By: Minnesota Theater Love If you like great dancing and incredible feats of flexibility and athleticism, see the Hip Hop Nutcracker! It’s a short run, just two nights at the Ordway. The show, produced by The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, combines hip-hop music and dance with the classic melodies of Tchaikovsky. The show starts with an introduction to old-school hip-hop from DJ Boo with Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow, a trailblazing artist who was the first ... more

The Sound of Music at the Ordway

Interview with The Sound of Music Director, Gary Briggle

November 17, 2015 2:55 pm | Leave your thoughts

The Sound of Music. It needs no introduction. You know the story, you know the characters, and you definitely know the songs. The Rodgers & Hammerstein’s masterpiece occupies a special place within the annals of American Musical Theater; the kind of place where the name of a product has become synonymous with the type of product, like Kleenex® or Band-Aid®. When you think of musicals, The Sound of Music is likely to be your memory’s first choice recall. Immediately, your ... more

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Rap legend Kurtis Blow MC’s ‘Hip Hop Nutcracker’ at the Ordway

November 16, 2015 1:57 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune Nov. 24-25, 2015: Roll over, Tchaikovsky. “Nutcrackers” are de rigueur at the holidays, but this one, choreographed and directed by Jennifer Weber, promises to be very different. Weber is artistic director of Decadancetheatre, an all-female hip-hop crew from Brooklyn. She has kept Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score and reset the story as an urban fairy tale — two lovers try to get together and a hater gets in their way. The Hip ... more

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Jearlyn Steele interviews Kurtis Blow

November 16, 2015 1:51 pm | Leave your thoughts

Kurtis Blow, special guest MC of The Hip Hop Nutcracker, took some time to talk with WCCO Radio‘s Jearlyn Steele about his role in the show, how rap music has influenced his life, and why he feels blessed to be a part of the cast of The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Listen to the entire interview here (Kurtis’ interview starts around the 11:00 mark).

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Ordway Presents The Sound of Music

November 12, 2015 4:58 pm | Leave your thoughts

This holiday season, the Ordway is alive with the sounds of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s beloved musical classic   This holiday season, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, Dec. 10–Jan. 2. Tickets for the Ordway produced family classic start at $37 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in-person at the Ordway ticket office. Inspired by the lives of the ... more

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Lula Washington Dance Theatre returns to the Ordway

October 29, 2015 1:06 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Harry Colbert, Insight News Choreographer 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. A ... more

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Dance spotlight: Lula Washington brings contemporary dance to Twin Cities

October 27, 2015 9:09 am | Leave your thoughts

By Sheila Regan, Star Tribune   Lula Washington Dance Theatre As it prepares for its 35th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles in November, Washington’s company returns to the Twin Cities with its unique blend of West African-influenced dance and contemporary styles. Having grown up in a housing project in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, Washington found inspiration to study dance after seeing the Alvin Ailey dance company at UCLA. Today, her company continues a ... more

Lula Washington with James Cameron and LWDT Dancers

You’ve Already Seen Lula Washington. You Just Don’t Know It.

October 26, 2015 3:28 pm | Leave your thoughts

Her endless passion, gritty determination, and seemingly effortless talent have made Lula Washington an icon within the dance community. For over 30 years, she has provided minority dance artists with an outlet for their creativity at her LA-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre. For those outside of the dance community however, the name Lula Washington might not be so instantly recognizable. But here’s one that might be: James Cameron. Yes, he of Aliens, Terminator, and Avatar ... more