Our Best Friday: World Music Day, The Mavericks, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Magic Maids’

world music day

A free, full-day, multi-stage music festival is back at the Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. It’s not a full 24 hours like it did for eight years in the 2000s, but this summer’s event will feature 20 12-hour acts on four stages in and out of the symphony hall. The variety lineup includes Salsa Del Soul, VocalEssence Singers of This Age, Soul siren Lady Midnight, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, KPop Cover Crew, Duniya Drum and Dance and 2013 film screening “Music for Mandela,” Jennifer Grimm sings music Judy Garland, the Minnesota Outdoor Orchestra, and more. (Noon to Midnight Saturday, Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicolette Mall, Mpls., free, minnesotaorchestra.org)

John Priam

Dances at the Lake Festival

Get a taste of flamenco, ballet and modern and contemporary dance from Africa and Asia in the Rose Garden near Lake Harriet. Dancers of all ages will perform for two days free of charge in the idyllic gardens against the backdrop of fountains and flowers. Similar to a similar festival at Duluth’s LakeWalk, the Minneapolis Festival was founded by the Christopher Watson Dance Company. The company is still running, even after Ray Terrill Dance Group took over the organization of the event. Other exhibitors include Kinetic Evolutions, led by Sarah LaRose Holland, Freshwater Dance Collective, Jennifer Mack’s Open Door Project, and Tiyumba African Drum and Dance Company. (7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Rose Garden, Lyndale Park, 4124 Roseway Road, Mpls., toll-free, dancesatthelakefestival.com)

Sheila Reagan


It’s hard to believe extraordinary lead singer Raúl Mallo could up his game, but he did so with his 2020 album “En Espanol,” Miami’s first Spanish-language album for the Mavericks. At a concert last summer in Mankato, he beamed with Spanish songs and with orchestral processing of Willie Nelson’s “The Angel Flying Near the Earth.” Part Tex-Mex, part vintage rock, part country, part jazz, part Americana and totally sexy, the Mavericks are America’s best baby boy dance group – both indoors and out. (8 p.m. Mystic Lake Casino Showroom, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. NW., Pryor Lake, $29-$69, Tickmaster.com)


Lutsong Music Festival

One of the most scenic festivals in Minnesota is hosting some of the best vocal, folk, roots and new musicians from Minnesota and beyond for one weekend along North Shore under the guidance of guitar teacher St. Paul Molly Maher. Friday’s lineup includes Big Wu’s Chris Castino backed by bluegrass band Chicken Wire Empire, as well as Turn Turn, Bump Blomberg and Caribou Campfire Guitar Pull. Saturday featuring Erik Koskinen, Sarah Morris, Mary Bue, Dusty Heart, Fire Good and more. (4 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lutsen Ski Resort, $45-$80, lutsongmusicfestival.com)

Chris Rimmenschnider

Lumieres Francaises

The venue has been renamed MSP Film at the Main, but the annual mini-festival of French films is back from July 15-21. The festival honors actor Jean-Louis Trentinant, who died last month, with the classic “My Night at Maud’s,” but other films are new, including Romain Duris in “Eiffel,” a drama about the creator of the historic tower, and Isabelle Hubert as a conflicted mayor in “Eiffel.” promises”. (Showing times vary, 115 SE. Main St., Mpls., $12, mspfilm.org.)

Chris Hewitt

Lowertown Blues Festival

The ninth annual event does not take place at St. Paul’s Lowertown but in the Midway area. As always, there’s a delicious lineup, under the title of fiery blues power Shimekia Copeland, who has tackled racial issues in 2020’s “Uncivil War” and will be dropping “Done Come Too Far” in August. Also featured were rookie blues band Selwyn Birchwood and old Twin Cities Lamont Cranston and Crewe. (2:30 p.m. Dual Citizen Brewing, 725 Raymond Av., St. Paul, free, $100 for VIP pit, lowertownbluesfestival.com)


‘Jesus Christ is a star’

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rocker—well, rocker—goes great for a minute there when Brandon Victor Dixon spewed sex appeal all over Judas on the NBC 2018 issue. It was a good reminder that there are quite a few beautiful songs on the show and you’ll be able to hear “I Don’t Know How I Love Him”, “It’s All Right” and more, were sung by actors 55 and older, on this new stage. (7 p.m. Friday through Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan, $15 per person or $30 per escorted vehicle, theater55.org.)


Don’t know

Since the war in Ukraine, this lively Ukrainian folk quartet has gained increasing popularity in the United States. Wearing a long headdress and striking folklore, these musicians have a distinctive sound they call “racial anarchy”. The instruments are a charming mixture of cello, accordion, percussion, electric piano and didgerido, with vocals and polyphonic harmony. Commander Marko Halanvich will provide commentary and perspective on the situation in Ukraine, calling for peace and solidarity, as he did at a performance in April in the Dakota. (8 p.m. Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $65-$75, also streamed for $20, dakotacooks.com)


‘Lawrence of Arabia’

If you love movies, you may have seen David Lean’s glorious saga, but if you haven’t seen it on the big screen in a while – or ever – you should take advantage of this rare opportunity to watch it in stunning 70mm. Winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture but somehow not including Peter O’Toole as the title character, it’s romantic, sexy, and gorgeous. (1 p.m. Sunday, Heights Theatre, 3951 Central F. Northeast, Columbia Heights, $15, heightstheater.com.)


“History of Religion”

Carlisle Brown is a writer and playwright who asks very big questions like: What makes life worth living? Inspired by the African tradition of storytelling, Brown enlists the help of the music of Victor Zubank, Defoe and Tony Raymond on what is described as “a journey from mystery to revelation and back again.” (7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Center for the Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Av. S., Mpls., 612-339-4944 or illusiontheater.org)


The Thalea Series Quartet

Among North American chamber music groups, this group is a rising star, having succeeded in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and occupied accommodations in prestigious halls and universities. They’ll be a part of Brainerd’s Lakes Area Music Festival later this month, but will first stop in Minneapolis for a free concert packed with music by Gabriella Smith, Alex Vital (“The Abbey Road Suite”), Daniel Bernard Roman, and Antonin Dvorak. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; Minneapolis Women’s Club, 410 Oak Grove St., Mpls; free; lakesareamusic.org)

Rob Hubbard

magical mermaids

Mysterious sea women will appear at Sea Life Minnesota this summer. Watch and enjoy the graceful swimmers as they navigate the waters of the Rainbow Reef, swam among tropical fish. Guests can meet mermaids up close and in person and take pictures. (9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Ends Aug. 5. $23.99 – $31.99. Sea Life Minnesota, Mall of America, Bloomington 952-883-0202. visitealife.com.)

Melissa Walker

Longfellow Historic Coliseum Building Art Wrap

The Longfellow Coliseum at the corner of Lake Street and 27The tenth Avenue S. opened in 1917 as a department store and since then lives many lives. Most recently, it was sabotaged during the uprising that followed the murder of George Floyd. To revitalize and restore the building, bring hope and peace to it in the spirit of the Social Justice movement that has sprouted around the Twin Cities, a group of colorful local graphic designers and members of the arts and cultural development organization TruArt Speaks wrapped the building’s 85,000 square feet of color images and poetic text. The cover art will remain on display until 2023.

Alicia Eller

“Where the Harodans sing”

If you enjoyed the novel, it might be worth checking out how it is portrayed in the very faithful film. Delia Owens’ wonderful writing about the flora and fauna of the swamps of North Carolina doesn’t do well on screen, as main character Kia continues to describe dragonflies and currents even though we can see them for ourselves. Daisy Edgar-Jones is as good as Kya is self-sufficient but there’s so much plot to a two-hour movie and insisting that its happy ending should include some dude is disappointing. (In area theaters.)


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