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May 16, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Trouble wi' the law

From writing funny little ditties about nose- and butt-pickin', indigestion and bad breath, to being the first rap star to be threatened with imprisonment for using unauthorized sampling in his music, Biz Markie is truly an example of how screwed up things can get, even for laid-back guys who don't really do anything wrong. Biz Markie's trouble with copyright law set a whole new, cautious standard for hip-hop artists everywhere to follow. Virtually vanishing from the music arena in the 1990s - re-emerging only to produce other artists and perform on Beastie Boys' records - this is a rare chance to see The Diabolical Biz do what he does best.

Sa May 21, 9 p.m.Escape Ultra Lounge, 600 Hennepin Ave. S., Suite 200Call for ticket prices. 333-8833, www.escapeultralounge.com.

Not to be missed

Local treasure Michael Yonkers (and others) has partnered up with local performance art group Hauser Dance to present two new dances, set to his original compositions. \"13 x10\" Dances by Dancers is an evening dedicated to original choreography. Audience members will be introduced to an eclectic mix of new dances that range from big dances to tiny dances, and from dances full of sheets to dances featuring American Sign Language. The evening will feature music ranging from Celtic flute to Telemann to alternative music.

F-Sa May 20 & 21, 8:00 p.m. JDC Studio Theater, 1940 Hennepin Ave. S.$12 to $25. 871-9077.

Holly Day can be reached at lalena@bitstream.net.