Kendrick Lamar, ‘To Sit Awhile’, Chastity Brown and AR Rahman

Kendrick Lamar

With Jay-Z deep in the moguldom and Kanye out of the deep, Lamar has emerged as the main rap superstar of the moment. The Compton’s wild new album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” is often biting and a little baffling, but he gets it on tour with the help of a hi-fi stage production, a fleet of dancers, and a theme based around a visit. at a psychiatrist’s office. He is usually an impressive performer regardless of the environment. His cousin Baby Keem opens, along with another act signed to Lamar’s pgLang imprint, Tanna Leone. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Xcel Energy Center, 199 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, $75-$209,


Sit, then party for playwright Lorraine Hansberry

International artist Alison Saar’s sculpture “To Sit Awhile” is touring the country, making a stop at the Pillsbury House + Theater in south Minneapolis. The statue pays tribute to playwright and civil rights activist Lorraine Hansberry, author of “A Raisin in the Sun,” and will remain in Minneapolis through September 15 as part of a month-long celebration of works by black artists, community groups, and creative youth. It kicks off Saturday with the “Inside Out Block Party” from 1-6pm on Chicago Av. S. between 35e and 36e streets, and includes roller skating, knot-making, face painting, a bouncy castle, free food, and a bike raffle.


Luminaire open day

It was once the Guthrie Lab, then the Lab Theater. Now Minnesota Opera has revamped that converted warehouse and turned it into its second performance space, the Luminary Arts Center. You are cordially invited to take a look around Saturday while enjoying music from a string quartet of Minnesota Opera Orchestra musicians (afternoon), baritone Mark Billy and pianist Andrew Sun (13.00) and guitarist Daniel Volovets and pianist Joseph Li ( 2 pm). There will be food trucks. (11am-3pm; 700 N. 1st St., Mpls.; free;


Chastity Brown

Hard to believe the gritty, calming songwriter from Twin Cities didn’t headline her own First Ave show before, but the celebration of her hometown for her first album in five years is, for the first time, a great occasion. “Sing to the Walls” has garnered much praise from NPR and other national media outlets for its dramatic yet hopeful spin on the disaster of recent years, and for the way Brown sprinkled a little funky Curtis Mayfield-style soul to its main target. to help you feel good again. She and her band have been out and about for much of the summer, always stretching and stretching her songs on stage. Innovative jazz trumpeter Omar Abdulkarim opens. (8 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, 701 1st Av. N., Mpls., $20-$25,


AR Rahman

From Kollywood to Bollywood to Hollywood, the Indian composer and singer has left an indelible mark. He has won two Oscars, two Grammys, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for “Slumdog Millionaire.” And he’s not just the “Jai Ho” guy either. Dubbed “Mozart of Madras”, he has won a slew of Indian film dom awards, starting with the film “Roja” in the early 90s. Rahman, who will be performing in the Twin Cities for the first time on Sunday, isn’t exactly a showman, but he knows how to get an audience humming, lucky and chair dancing right away. Combining Carnatic and Hindustani style vocals, exuberant bhangra beats, some hip hop and techno sounds, he includes classic crowd pleasers and newer hit songs. After visiting 18 cities in North America, the All Access AR Rahman Tour was set to end in Minneapolis, but three more cities have been added. (8 p.m. Sun., 84 SE. Church St., Mpls., $59-$199, 612-624-2345,


An afternoon full of sound, smell and performance in Franken

With beekeeping workshops, sound and scent walks, and music, the event at Franconia Sculpture Park connects visitors with nature through art and performance. As part of the “4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial”, activities provide a better understanding of the art installations. Visit the mobile studio “Climate Chaser” for stories about climate change and experience the “City Lights Orchestra”, a sound sculpture made of street lamp bulbs created by artist/filmmaker Andy Graydon, activated by composer, improviser and audiovisual artist Sara Pajunen. The event will conclude with ‘Rewilding the Prairie’, a participatory performance with Rachel Frank. The public will use a horned drinking cup to “wild” the prairie grasses. (Sat. 12pm-4pm, Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, Minn., free,


‘A love song’

You probably know the face, if not name, of Dale Dickey, who has played dozens of farm wives, police informants, and best friends in movies and TV. She was memorable in the Netflix series “Unbelievable,” but she has her best role in the low-key drama “A Love Song” as a woman who camps out west, hoping to meet a former flame. He eventually appears, but the deadpan/sweet/goofy interactions that precede his appearance define the film’s low-key charm. And Dickey’s extra, often silent, performance is sensational. (In theaters, show times vary.)


Jessie James Decker

She is an entrepreneur, fashion designer, lifestyle influencer, cookbook author, mother of three and reality TV star (with her Minnesota-born husband, ex-NFL and Gopher Eric Decker). Almost forgot she’s been trying to be a country singer-songwriter all along. Last fall, she released “Should Have Known Better,” her first single in years that caused a ripple in Nashville. It sounds like a tune that Shania Twain could have performed 25 years ago with a little more attitude. TikTok-launched singer Avery Anna opens. (7:30 p.m. Palace Theater, 17 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, $39.50-$75,


The Great Big Garden Party at Lakewood

Grab your favorite picnic food for an alfresco lunch at the Lakewood Cemetery gathering. The OK Factor provides the music and offers horse-drawn carriage rides, as well as craft activities. Families can honor loved ones by adding ribbons to Lakewood’s Living Memory Tree. (4-7 p.m. Sun. 3600 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-822-2171.


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