Our Best of Friday: Japanese Breakfast, “Glensheen”, Shawn Mendes and “Minotaur”


Rod Stewart

In an interview with Forbes this year, Sir Rod said this would be his last North American tour to review his wide array of hits from ‘Maggie May’ to ‘Young Turks’. He’s not retiring at 77, but in the future he wants to tour with a big band and swing with the Great American Songbook. Cheap Trick, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, who wowed again last year at Lakefront Music Fest in Prior Lake, will rock the night with “Surrender”, “Dream Police” and “I Want You to Want Me “. (7:30 p.m. Fri. Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, $45.50-$665, ticketmaster.com)



The record-breaking musical has toured the state — including a stop in Duluth, where its events took place in 1977 — and is now back for a sixth performance at St. Paul’s History Theater, with most of its original cast. Played with tongue in cheek, it’s a joyful but macabre take on the tragic murder of Elisabeth Congdon at Glensheen Mansion on the shores of Lake Superior. If you somehow missed Jeffrey Hatcher and Chan Poling’s charming show, now is your chance to catch up. (7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, History Theater, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul, $40-$70, 651-292-4323 or historytheatre.com.)


Japanese breakfast and the Linda Lindas

That’s only because ‘Crying in H Mart’ author Michelle Zauner and her ultra-charming electro-pop group Japanese Breakfast have already toured for their literally brilliant, Grammy-nominated 2021 album ‘Jubilee’. , that there is so much excitement for their band opening this time around. The Linda Lindas went viral last year with a live clip from the Los Angeles Public Library performing the anti-bro punk anthem “Racist, Sexist Boy,” and now the girls – ages 11 to 17 ! – are signed to Epitaph Records and on tour during the end of school. It should be a blast twice. (8 p.m. Monday, First Avenue, 701 1st Av. N., Mpls., $50, axs.com)


Shawn Mendes

The Canadian idol has been busy during the pandemic. He released his fourth studio album, “Wonder,” in December 2020 along with a concert film and a Netflix documentary, released a single “Monster” with Justin Bieber, and — you’ve probably heard — split with Camila Cabello in November 2021. He has since released three new singles which have not appeared on any album. The 23-year-old pop star is only two weeks away from his world tour, during which he offers two dozen songs every night. Dermot Kennedy opens. (7 p.m. Saturday Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, $45.50-$467, ticketmaster.com)


“The Parent Trap”

It’s not the Lindsay Lohan remake but the original, starring Hayley Mills. She plays twins, separated at birth, who meet at summer camp, realize they are sisters, switch places and plan to reunite their divorced parents, played by Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara. Mills is so delightful that the unlikely – and, honestly, borderline overkill – premise actually works. (7:30 p.m. Monday, Heights Theater, 3951 Central Av. NE., Columbia Heights, $12, heightstheater.com.)


The black crows

After not speaking to each other for five years, brothers Chris and Rich Robinson seem to have finally found a remedy to their long-running feuds and have been touring steadily for a year now with a new lineup for most of their high retro rock band. in Atlanta. They’re sticking with the oldies on tour, playing their 1990 debut album “Shake Your Money Maker” in its entirety followed by other ’90s cuts. This will be their first date in the Twin Cities since 2013. (20 h Mystic Lake Casino Amphitheater, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. NW., Prior Lake, $49-$109, ticketmaster.com)



Off-Leash Area uses Greek mythology as a tool to explore a feminist message in a new dance and mask piece created by co-artistic director Jennifer Ilse. Accompanied by live music and a sound score by Dameun Strange and an animated live projection by co-artistic director Paul Herwig, the work is inspired by the half-man half-bull Minotaur and the labyrinth that confines it as a starting point. Along the way, he asks “What comes next?” once patriarchy and other systems of oppression are defeated. (7:30 p.m. July 14-17, Tek Box at Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $10-$30, offleasharea.org.)


University of Minnesota Summer Orchestra

Four doctoral students in orchestral conducting have the opportunity to show their talents with this orchestra made up of musicians from the U and other local musicians who do not like to be absent in the summer. On the podium, Jingqi Zhu, Hisham Bravo Groover, Andrew Kim and David Carrillo Siliezar will conduct the orchestral version of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and works by Mexican composers Jose Pablo Moncayo and Arturo Marquez. (7:30 p.m. Friday; Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S. 4th St., Mpls,; free; cla.umn.edu/music.)


Riding old school

Travel through the Twin Cities and be transported to a simpler time when motor vehicles weren’t the norm. The Minnesota Streetcar Museum operates two streetcar lines; Come-Harriet and Excelsior. Como-Harriet races past the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. In addition to a scenic tram ride, local entertainment includes lakeside shows, picnic areas, a playground, and gardens. The half-mile Excelsior Railroad is built on the former Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad right-of-way. It stops at a carriage barn where passengers can view vintage photos of trains, boats and monuments from the 1800s. (Como-Harriet: 12:30-8:30pm Saturday-Sunday: 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday-Friday; 1pm-4pm Wednesday and Friday; Excelsior: 11am-3pm Saturday; 12:30pm-3pm Sunday; 2pm-5pm Tuesday (For more information on boarding, see trolleyride.org.)



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