As summer comes to a close, so does a season of celebration and festival.

One distinctive and joyous party held in the Twin Cities metro area this summer was the twenty second annual Igbofest.  The Igbo people are mainly from southeast Nigeria and for the many West Africans who live in Minnesota, Igbofest is an annual highlight.  

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This Thursday through Saturday, Bedlam Theater in Lowertown St. Paul hosts three nights of dance performances for the seventh annual production of Rhythmically Speaking.  The events will feature national and local choreographers exploring a wide range of topics including addiction, masculinity, and the "groove of a hat."  KFAI's Ryan Dawes spoke with choreographer Rush Benson on the Morning Blend about these themes.  

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Healthy, rich, and delicious, coconut is nature’s miracle healer. Dr. Bruce Fife explains the benefits of coconut,and how to incorporate this superfood into meals every day with more than 400 delicious recipes. Coconut has been shown to have countless health benefits, including:
Weight loss
Preventing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and many other degenerative diseases
Strengthening the immune system
Improving digestion
Preventing premature aging of the skin
Beautifying skin and hair
Reap the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil, milk, water, and cream.

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As diplomatic tensions and trade restrictions are softening between the United States and Cuba, some people are wondering what this might mean for baseball. One Twin Cities organization has decided the best way to celebrate the new era in US-Cuban relations is to send a busload of baseball fans to Havana. Julian Loscalzo runs Ballpark Tours, and he spoke with Paul Brohaugh about Cuban baseball, and about the ten-day tour for December.

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August 12th is International Youth Day as declared by the United Nations, with a focus this year on Civic Engagement by young people around the world.

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The City of Minneapolis is currently working on long-term urban planning around what they call the Public Realm, the intersection between public and private interests in the city.

On August 10, 2015, there will be a public meeting about the project at the Pohlad Auditorium at the Minneapolis Central Library from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

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Kevin Kling is a storyteller, playwright and radio commentator. You can catch a live performance of his "Hammer, Anvil and Stirrup" August 6-9 at the Open Eye Figure Theatre.

The theatre is at 506 E. 24th St. in South Minneapolis, south of Franklin between Portland Avenue and 35W.

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This Saturday the St. Paul Saints become become "Mr. Paul Aints" for Atheist Night at CHS field. The Saints—The Aints—play the Winnipeg Goldeyes at 7:05. General tickets are sold out, but you can get special “berm” tickets at 10 a.m. the morning of the game.

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Chris will talk about moving from a linear model of healing to a heart model – following the flow of nature and eating for wellness.
Another important Health Notes conversation.
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After the dust has settled from the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, another arts fest comes to town called the New Griots Festival August 14-16.  This festival focuses on emerging black artists and will host community classes, panel discussions, and performances at the Phoenix Theater.

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