October 29, 2008

Celine Dion Postpones Concert at Target Center

A respiratory illness has caused Celine Dion to postpone Thursday's concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported.
Dion has been battling a virus for about a week, according to a press release sent out by Target Center staff and Dion's publicists.
She performed two shows Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but "left the stage weak and breathless," the release stated.
"Her doctor stated that despite antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, bronchodilators and mucolytic agents prescribed for her condition, she has continued to worsen and he insists that she refrain from singing for the next five days, in order for her to recover completely," the press release stated.
A makeup date has already been set for Feb. 5.

Source: Star Tribune

October 18, 2008

Russell Simmons and Hip-Hop Stars Lend Advice about Gaining a Home

ATLANTA - Hip-hop music businessman Russell Simmons, along with mortgage consultants and entertainment figures like Ludacris, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, D. Woods of Danity Kane and music executive Kevin Liles, spoke to the crowd at the Hip-Hop Summit at Clark Atlanta University, the Star Tribune reported.
The theme was "Urging People to 'Get Your Money Right!"
Simmons believes now is the best time to buy a home because the property will eventually appreciate, the Star Tribune reported.
"There are opportunities out there, but people just don't know about it," Simmons said. "With financial stability, it's a great time to buy when it's low. It'll pick back up in the long run."
Participants received an 86-page booklet that is half English and Spanish, stressing the importance of home ownership, a solid credit score and steps for first time home buyers, the Star Tribune reported.

Source: Star Tribune

October 12, 2008

John Legend Kick Off Tour at Northrop

John Legend will kick off his world tour Nov. 19 in Minneapolis at the Northrop Auditorium.
The Grammy-winning piano star, Legend, is promoting his new CD, "Evolver," out Oct. 28. The album features Kanye West, Estelle and Brandy. Raphael Saadiq will be opening the concert, the Star Tribune reported.

Source: Star Tribune

October 5, 2008

Janet Jackson Postpones Concert Shows

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Janet Jackson has postponed three more concert shows because of an undisclosed illness, the reported.
In an email, Jackson’s publicist said she was postponing a Saturday show in Greensboro, N.C., one on Sunday in Atlanta and a third on Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale.
Jackson, 42, was hospitalized Monday night in Montreal when she became “suddenly ill? shortly after she arrived for a show. She also canceled concerts in Boston and Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday, said Jackson’s representatives.
Jackson’s publicist asked people to keep their tickets for the postponed shows, and said the promoter is working to reschedule dates.
This is Jackson’s first North American tour in seven years.

Sources: Associated Press, Star Tribune

September 25, 2008

New Restaurant Opens Downtown

A restaurant owner has opened a new edition in downtown Minneapolis.
David Fhima opened a restaurant called Zhatar by Fhima. The downtown edition is open to the public and features an American/Mediterranean menu, the Star Tribune reported.
There is a Zhatar by Fhima located in Eden Praire, Minn. This location is only open to Life Time Fitness members.
Some of the dinner dishes include chicken-pesto sandwiches, steak au poivre and a classic wedge salad, chicken-and-root-vegetables tagine and pan-seared cod. Most dishes are $21 dollars or less.
The restaurant also have an alcohol and sushi bar.
Fhima had previously owned Mlps. Cafe in downtown on Hennepin Avenue. He quickly made headlines for a California lawsuit and Chapter 11 bankruptcy and he lost his restaurant.

Sources: Star Tribune

September 21, 2008

River Rocks Draws Small Audience

The second day of the McNally Smith River Rocks Festival Saturday drew a diverse group of performers to St. Paul's Harriet Island.
Some of the headliners of the event were Jakcob Dylan, O.A.R., Mike Doughty and the Roots.The outdoor concert also included local groups like the live hip-hop band, Heiruspecs, Maria Isa, Skirt and Alison Scott.
The festival was a mixture of different musical genres like hip hop, 90s alternative rock, and soul.
Doughty described the Saturday event as "the perfect night," the Star Tribune reported.
According to the Tribune, the only imperfect thing about River Rocks was the lack of attendance.
Only 5,000 people showed up for both days of the event despite the diverse lineup of artists.

Source: Star Tribune

September 15, 2008

Social Critique Through "Unconventional Wisdom"

The Minnesoa Institute of Art featured a new exihibition that began Aug. 29- Oct. 26.
The exhibition, Unconventional Wisdom, is a mix of intensely dark humor, poignant wit and social critique that will leave you smirking, despite an apprehensive feeling about the future, the Minnesota Daily reported.
Mike Elko and Ruthann Godollei’s new exhibition displays issues of overconsumption, violence, and politics.
Godollei, a professor of art at Macalester College, concentrates on printmaking. Her pieces function as biting social criticism that utilize only one word and one object. Godollei’s pieces include buzzwords of the U. S. government like “Troop Reduction? and “Redeployed." Her work is interpreted as sarcastic and disturbing.
Elko’s prints are an adaptation of the style and visual language of ’50s and ’60s tabloids and Sears catalogs, the Daily reported. Elk's work is humorous but yet a harsh critique of society. The Daily reported, one of his pieces featured a young woman holding her head in distress above a caption that reads, “I feel CHEAP and USED! After four years of heartache, she finally admits, I Chose the WRONG MAN!?
Godollei and Elko’s pieces provide art along with dialogue and social comentaryof world around us.

Sources: Minnesota Daily