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MUSIC REVIEW | Rock icons KISS and Def Leppard invade the Target Center

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

Last night’s KISS and Def Leppard show at the Target Center was, on paper, a little slice of rock-and-roll heaven for the “clap your hands, pump your fist” crowd. Combining the power of an 80s arena icon and a recent hall of fame inductee should have been a surefire hit, but unfortunately only one of those two icons managed to deliver.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Rodrigo y Gabriela tear up the State Theatre

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Tom Baker

The world-renowned acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela entered the stage of the State Theatre on August 15 fiercely as the crowd roared continuously. Their tour and new album 9 Dead Alive is a throwback to when they began as street musicians. The audience became willing passengers on a musical voyage; when a song ended, they gasped for another.

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Senior Safety Pride Day 2014 honors living legacy in Twin Cities

(Photos and video by Paige Elliott)

It was a muggy but otherwise ideal afternoon for the 13th Annual Senior Safety Pride Day, Friday, August 15 at Boom Island in Minneapolis.

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New maps affirm old disparities, segregation in Twin Cities

(Images courtesy of Wilder Research) Above, data compiled from the 2010 census show the highest concentration areas of Twin Cities residents 65 years of age and older.

Minnesota Compass, funded through the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, released an interactive map this week using the most recent census data for Minneapolis and St. Paul. The data shows distinct boundaries in the sister cities, separating neighborhoods based on age, ethnicity, income, education and poverty levels.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Evita The Musical" returns, this time to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

(Photo credit: Richard Termine) Juan Peron (Sean MacLaughlin) and Eva/Evita Peron (Caroline Bowman) in the Evita national tour.

Local theatregoers can be forgiven a sense of déja vu. Just six and a half months after the new Evita tour played at the Orpheum in Minneapolis, this same production has come to roost in St. Paul at the Ordway. Those who caught the first visit will find the Pig’s Eye stop cut from the same cloth, from the set and the cast to the giant heads of Eva and Juan Péron that greet the audience are the same. So what’s different?

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TC Weekend | Open Streets Franklin, Powderhorn 24, IndiaFest, Japanese Lantern Lighting, Greek Fest and more!

Another fun-filled weekend is upon us, with a diverse and invigorating lineup of cultural, community and humanitarian festivities taking place in the Twin Cities. Let the fun begin -- scroll down to see what’s on tap!

Let us know how you will spend the weekend by sending your photos or comments to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with name of the event or the hashtag #tcdpic, and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend. You can also send us a tip about an upcoming event at the email above or upload it yourself with our easy-to-use event calendar.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo a must-see at the Weesner Family Amphitheater

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Patrick Dunn

One could not have asked for a more perfect evening for an outdoor concert than the one people enjoyed on August 13 at the Weesner Family Amphitheater as Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo brought their amazing classic rock sound to the Minnesota Zoo.

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TC Spotlight | Urban agriculture in the Twin Cities

For this week’s TC Spotlight, we decided to keep the outdoor summer theme and shine a spotlight on the ever-growing urban agriculture movement in the Twin Cities.

Urban agriculture comes in various forms and benefits urban communities in many ways. Urban farms provide fresh local food sources and economic development, and they create a space for social interaction, neighborhood beautification, and engagement. Below we’ve highlight just a few of the many organizations that specialize in urban agriculture and how you can support them. Feel free to use the comment section to chime in on your favorite sources of local produce and all things urban agriculture.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Ziggy Marley at the Weesner Family Amphitheater

Photos by Patrick Dunn

The 2014 Music in the Zoo Series is winding down with some of the strongest acts of the Season.

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City data could help you catch a bus and improve your neighborhood

(Photo by justgrimes published under Creative Commons License)

City-generated data my soon help people track buses from their phones and help monitor problem properties for things like noise violations and landlord abuses. These are just two potential uses that may go public by November under the city’s new open data policy.

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