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May 31, 2004 // UPDATED 1:46 pm - April 25, 2007

Symphony Ball

If you're going to one black-tie event this year, make it this one: The Minnesota Orchestra's 49th Annual Symphony Ball.

The benefit gala features a live auction (with some truly stunning diamond pieces up for grabs), and a sumptuous dinner followed by dancing to Cookie Coleman and Club Lucky. Oh, plus a little thing called a live performance by the legendary Smokey Robinson whose instantly recognizable falsetto made songs like "The Way You Do the Thing You Do," "Ooo Baby Baby," "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" and "I Second that Emotion" instant classics. Also performing will be the winner of the International Piano-e-Competition.

-Saturday, June 5, 6 p.m., Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall. [Note: at 6:30 p.m. the show moves to the Hilton Hotel, 1001 Marquette Ave.] Call for ticket prices. 371-7138.

Money Mark

Money Mark, a.k.a. Mark Ramos-Nishita, is the keyboardist with the retro-riffs often referred to as "the fourth Beastie Boy."

His style has influenced -- influenced, hell, he's been ripped-off by more DJ-keyboardists than most people meet in their lifetimes. His two solo albums, "Mark's Keyboard Repair" and "Push the Button" caused mass hysteria among clubbers, who further flipped out as it became obvious that Money Mark wasn't the type of musician to release album after album. The artist prefers to busy himself with production work on other bands' albums instead. Not bad for a guy who was once the Beastie Boys' home repair guy.

-Saturday, June 5, 6 p.m. The Quest, 110 N 5th St., $18.50. 338-3383.