Check it out :: Macy Gray to perform

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August 2, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
Macy Gray to perform at Macy’s benefit

Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, one of the city’s premier fashion events of the year, will feature singer Macy Gray as the headliner on Aug. 6.

The annual fashion extravaganza at the Orpheum Theatre will benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Gray will sing from her new album, “The Sellout.” Eric Hutchinson, famous for his hits “Rock & Roll” and “OK, It’s Alright With Me,” will also perform at Glamorama.

The fashion designers lined up for the show include Jean Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Marc Jacobs, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Sonia Rykiel, SportMax, Versace for men and Issey Miyake.  

Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama stops in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco after the Minneapolis event.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum, 910 Hennepin Ave. S. There will be a post-party at Macy’s eighth floor auditorium, 700 Nicollet Mall.

Glamorama tickets range from $60 to $750. They can be purchased by calling 952-893-9355 or clicking on


Cookout before the show

We can’t get enough of outdoor dining in Minneapolis.

Theater patrons have a new spot to enjoy dinner outside for three nights in August. The Guthrie Theater and Aloft Minneapolis are partnering on cookout events tied to the productions of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Scottsboro Boys” on Aug. 4, 11 and 18.

A $35 ticket gets patrons into one of the plays and a dinner at the cookout (either a meat or veggie option). The grilling sessions are 5:30–7:15 p.m. The plays start at 7:30 p.m.

To attend one of the events, call the Guthrie Theater Box Office at 377-2224 and ask for the “BBQ” special.


Where’s My Tony?

Local actors Josh Campbell and Whitney Rhodes have written a new spoof cabaret, “Where’s My Tony,” poking fun at the musical theater scene and annual awards show.

The show features hit songs from many award-winning musicals, including “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys.”

Musicals are also honored with funny awards, such as “Worst Title for a Musical Ever,” “Most Guilty Pleasure Musical” and “Best Musical That Has Absolutely No Original Music In It.”

The show debuts Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Hennepin Stages Theater, 824 Hennepin Ave. S.


National Night Out in the North Loop

Organizers are expecting thousands to turn out for free music and food on the Downtown riverfront for National Night Out in the North Loop on Aug. 3.

The gathering, sponsored by the North Loop Neighborhood, is always one of the largest in the city.

There will be tons of food — burgers, brats, ham, roasted corn and much more. Music highlights include performances by Cornbread Harris and Andrew “Cadillac” Kolstad. Many other performers are also scheduled to play.

The gathering runs 5–10 p.m. below the Federal Reserve at Nine Flags Park — north of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.  


North Loop Volleyball Tournament

There is more than baseball in the North Loop.

Organizers are gearing up for the third annual North Loop Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 14.

The event runs 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Herschel Lofts Lawn, 748 3rd St. N. For more details, visit the Downtown Resource Group at


Homework helpers needed

Looking for a meaningful volunteer experience?

The Hennepin County Library system is seeking 100 volunteers for nine Homework Hubs within the library system.

Tutors are needed to help students with reading, writing, math, history, science and language arts for the fall semester.

Those interested should apply online at (click on the Support Your Library tab).

Homework Hubs are at the Central Library, Augsburg Park, Brookdale, East Lake, Franklin, Hopkins, Hosmer, North Regional and Sumner libraries.