Hey, It's the Black Film Festival


Click here

to watch a great short film (

The Evolution of Streetball

) screening as part of this weekend's

Twin Cities Black Film Festival



(1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis). The fest opens Friday with 2002's

It's Black Entertainment!



in City Pages) and closes Sunday with the local premiere of

The Art of 16 Bars: Get Ya' Bars Up

, a "how-to" for aspiring rappers starring Kanye West, Rakim, Jay-Z, and Slick Rick--who also happens to be performing later the same evening at

the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop

. If you've never seen it, don't miss the Saturday 1:55 p.m. matinee of

North Star: Stories of Minnesota's Black Pioneers



), which includes a segment on local racecar driver and inventor Fred Jones (pictured). Here's the

complete schedule

with more in the print edition of City Pages on page 52.

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