Death Cab for Cutie, Wynton Marsalis, Mapplethorpe Exhibition and Arab Film Festival

Death Taxi for Cutie

Few rock bands, nearly 25 years into their run, are churning out albums as solid and fresh as DCFC just did with “Asphalt Meadows,” released two weeks ago to buzz generated by the single literally. cinematic “Here to Forever”. Frontman Ben Gibbard updated his middle-aged youthful poetic lyrics as impressively as his Seattle-raised band updated their live shows after a 2016 shift to solid new programming. San Francisco experimental rocker Thao of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is a fitting replacement for Low in the opening slot. (6:30 p.m. Friday, Surly Brewing Festival Field, 520 Malcolm Av. SE., Mpls., $40,



A gig at Giveon is a date, as the Long Beach baritone R&B balladeer sets a romantic mood with his conversational songs. His Grammy-nominated material covers a range of emotions – love, loneliness, insecurity, loss, pain and hope. Expect his hits “Heartbreak Anniversary” and “Like I Want You,” as well as his Drake collab, “Chicago Freestyle,” and his Justin Bieber hit, “Peaches,” plus a healthy serving of his first feature film, “Give or Take”, which was released this summer. With Jeneviève and Rimon. (8 p.m. Tue. Fillmore, 525 N. 5e St., Mpls., $72.50 and up,


Minnesota Orchestra

To kick off its 120th season, the orchestra has invited the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to join them for a fascinating fusion of jazz and classical. William Eddins will conduct and JLCO frontman Wynton Marsalis will be on trumpet for a performance of his 2010 work, “Swing Symphony.” It will follow a concert opening performance of Leonard Bernstein’s symphonic dances from “West Side Story.” (8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.; $47-$135; 612-371-5656 or


Comedy Cabaret by Stevie Ray

The menu at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters is quite predictable; the basement show is not. Unlike the Brave New Workshop performances, all Cabaret jokes are inspired by suggestions from the audience. When the audience is creative and the rotating cast is on fire – as was the case last week – it can be a magical evening. Laughs are even more likely when Ray himself stops to play. The comedy is pretty apolitical and clean, though a recent show proved performers can’t resist a good “ass” joke. (8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen. $23-$46.


‘Canary, Crimson, Then Emerald’

Carl Flink’s new work explores the experience of living through the COVID-19 pandemic as well as an imaginary future. It was supposed to debut last spring but was postponed, well, because of the pandemic. Now it is finally presented. This is also the second try for Black Label Movement, which is making its debut. Flink’s athletic physical and aesthetic project is set to music by Queen Drea and Greg Brosofske. (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-206-3600,


Marcus King

With a pre-pandemic schedule of 200 shows a year and albums produced by Warren Haynes and Dan Auerbach (including this year’s surprisingly taut “Young Blood”), this baby-faced bluesman has built a considerable and burgeoning reputation. . The singer/guitarist isn’t innovating, but his energetic, gritty approach does justice to the blues-rock track blazed by early ZZ Top, Paul Rodgers and Gov’t Mule. With Neal Francis, Ashland Craft and Dean Delray on the Young Blood tour. (7:00 p.m. Sun. Palace Theatre, 17 W. 7th Place, St. Paul. $37.50 and up,


Dinosaur Jr. & Stereolab

The last week of September 2022 could pass for the first half of the 1990s at First Ave next week, when two of the most influential bands of that era perform two nights apart. Classic-era lineup “Bug” by fuzz-rock trio Dinosaur Jr. with Lou Barlow of Sebadoh on bass made one of their best albums to date with last year’s “Sweep It Into Space” (8 p.m. Monday, $30). Divorced Stereolab executives Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier are once again on tour with their dance-rock band Tame Impala, for only the second tour since the death in 2002 of bandmate Mary Hansen. (8 p.m. Wednesday, $35-$40, both First Avenue shows, 701 1st A VN, Mpls.,


Bokyung Byun

This young Korean has quickly become one of the most famous classical guitarists in the world. After becoming the first woman to win the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, last year she added the grand prize of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Competition for Concert Artists to her trophy. She is known for mixing her repertoire between old and new works, which she will do when she opens the Minnesota Guitar Society season. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Av., St. Paul; $10-$25;


Twin Cities Arab Film Festival

The 16th event is back with in-person screenings at the Walker Art Center and the Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis, with virtual options as well. The festival opens with “Memory Box,” a Berlin Film Festival hit, a Lebanese comedy-drama in which a pile of memories sends a mother and daughter on a surprising trip down memory lane. Comedies and dramas from Chad, Algeria and Morocco also explore identity, rebellion and love. (Times and locations vary, September 28-October 2, $5-12,


“Robert Mapplethorpe: Out of the Studio”

American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is known for his black and white celebrity portraits, nudes, self-portraits and still lifes of plants that evoke the body. This exhibition features another slice of his photographic oeuvre, images he took outside his Manhattan studio between 1976 and 1987. Taken in Los Angeles, on Fire Island in New York, London and Puerto Rico , these images evoke a free-spirited nature. Portraits of Patti Smith and Lisa Lyon, artist David Hockney lying and yawning, boys jumping in water, sculptures of Greek statues, a single cactus leaf, a swaying palm tree and many more. (Ends October 8. Weinstein Hammons Gallery, 908 W. 46e St., deputies. Opening hours: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. and by appointment. Free. 612-822-1722 or


saturday tacos

One of everyone’s favorite portable foods is in the spotlight for the Taco Tour on Lake Street. Sample tacos from taquerias, cafes and restaurants. Family activities include competitions, a Zumba class, and shows by Musica y Baile and others. Learn Spanish during bilingual story time and fill your empty stomach during the taco contest. (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday free. Lake Street between Clinton and 19th Avs. S.,


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