Our Friday best: TC Jazz Festival, Carly Rae Jepsen, Minn. R&B Music Experience and “Q-Stage: New Works Festival 2022”

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

There are so many laudable things about this terrific annual event: it’s outdoors and indoors in various locations with local and national names delivering a wide range of sounds under the jazz umbrella – and, best of all, it’s free (with a few exceptions). The main action will take place at Mears Park in Lowertown St. Paul, where the Emmet Cohen Trio and Matthew Whitaker Quintet will headline Friday night and the Treme Brass Band will headline Saturday. Other venues, from the St. Paul Hotel to Dual Citizen Brewing, will feature Ginger Commodore, Blue Ox Jazz Trio and Steve Clarke & the Working Stiffs, among many others, in the 24e TC Jazz Fest organized by Steve Heckler and his team. (Fri-Sat. twincitiesjazzfestival.com for schedule)


TC Pride Concerts

Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen is probably the biggest band to headline a Pride party in Minneapolis. She became a hero for the LGBTQ community via the music video for her 2012 mega-hit “Call Me Maybe.” Since then, she’s produced numerous dance club jams and pop anthems, including her dramatic new single “Western Wind.” His appearance at the Armory is a first for the Pride festivities, but the concert will be preceded by the usual daytime festival on Saturday with music from Nunnabove, Von Tramps, Rebel Queens and more in Loring Park , where rock heroes Tina & the B-Sides, the Roxxy Hall Band, the Prairie Fire Lady Choir and more perform on Sunday. (Jepsen: 8 p.m. Sat., The Armory, 500 S. 6th St., Mpls. $50, ticketmaster.com)


“You’re Gonna Love My Mom”

There was a great string of kitschy, over-the-top domestic horror movies in the late 1960s and early 70s, and one of the most memorable is this Grand Guignol gem, which was filmed at Duluth’s Glensheen Mansion several years before the famous murders there. Patty Duke plays a fresh-faced pregnant widow who travels to Minnesota to get the love of her stepmother, played by Rosemary Murphy. Let’s just say she turns out to be less than loving. (7:30 p.m. Monday, Heights Theater, 3951 Central Av., Columbia Heights, $12, heightstheater.com.)


Minnesota R&B Music Experience

Here’s another chance to relive some vintage R&B. Headliner Keith Sweat helped pioneer New Jack Swing in the late ’80s with “I Want Her” and “Make You Sweat.” Also in attendance will be “Love and War” singer and reality TV star Tamar Braxton; Tevin Campbell, known for “Round and Round” produced by Prince and his role in the movie “Graffiti Bridge”; 112 of “Peaches & Cream” fame; Silk, known for the 1993 hit “Freak Me,” and Minnesota’s Next, who scored with the No. 1 hit “Too Close” in 1998. (8 p.m. Fri. Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls ., $65 to $250, ticketmaster.com)


Minnesota Beethoven Festival

Founded in 2007, this collection of three-week concerts in the Mississippi River town of Winona still features an impressive roster of international classical musicians. This year’s edition of America’s most famous piano competition, the Van Cliburn, has just wrapped up in Texas, and the festival opens with former winner Olga Kern giving a recital of mostly romantics Russians (3 p.m. Sun.). Next, Australian violinist Ray Chen is joined by pianist Julio Elizalde for music by Beethoven, Giuseppe Tartini and others (7:30 p.m. Wednesday). The concerts continue until July 17. (Page Theatre, St. Mary’s University; $25; mnbeethovenfestival.org.)


‘Q-Stage: New Series of Works 2022’

A performance art festival once hosted by the now-closed 20% Theater Company continues under the direction of Lightning Rod, a queer, trans and color arts group led by Twin Cities. Among the works this weekend will be a lecture/duet on death, plants and love created by Judy H Shuǐ Xiān and Maddie Granlund, as well as works by co-artistic director Marcela Michelle and the lead artist Valerie Oliveiro. Next week, watch Ricardo Beaird’s “Kinfolx,” which is about a queer council deciding whether or not to leave Earth, and “Datura,” by aegor ray, about a vampire and a lake spirit. (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7:30 p.m. July 1-3, Red Eye Theater, 2213 Snelling Av. S., Mpls., $7-$77, redeyetheater.org.)


Last chance to see the solo exhibition of Ta-coumba T. Aiken

Ta-coumba T. Aiken, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and longtime St. Paul-based artist, closes his “Awakening” exhibit at Dreamsong Gallery this weekend. His abstract work is often described as “channeling ancestry through form and color”. This will be the last chance before the exhibition closes to meet the artist and get a copy of his catalog, which includes essays by Walker Art Center curator Siri Engberg and artist Seitu Jones. (Saturday, 3-5 p.m., at 1237 NE. 4e St., deputies. dreamong.art)


Virtual reality and art show

St. Louis Park-based virtual reality lab REM5 launches its annual ESC: Experimental Sensory Collective, the largest XR art event in the Midwest. Technology and art collide in this immersive event, which features local and underrepresented digital creators. Augmented reality, live art, virtual reality, synthwave and other out of body experiences await. (REM5 virtual reality laboratory, 4950 W. 35e St., St. Louis Park. Sat., 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., $25 to $35. rem5vr.com)


Blue Ox Music Festival

Returning in June after spending August last summer, the famed family-friendly, laid-back roots music camp in Eau Claire, Wis., is also sticking to the core bluegrass/string-band sounds that define its band. local host, Pert Near Sandstone. Friday’s headliner is Old Crow Medicine Show, and Saturday’s Bela Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart ensemble along with veteran pickers Sam Bush, Punch Brothers and the Del McCoury Band. Other weekend performers include Samantha Fish, Joseph, Paul Cauthen, Cedric Burnside, Fruition, Erik Koskinen and Mae Simpson (noon-midnight Friday and Saturday, Pines Music Park, Eau Claire, Wis., $239/three days, $219/two days, $119/Sat. only, blueoxmusicfestival.com)


Cultural exchange

The Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project and the American Swedish Institute are teaming up this weekend for an Iraqi-Swedish cultural exchange. The international celebration seeks to embrace diversity and foster authentic relationships. The event includes Iraqi and Swedish dances, sweets, crafts and games. Award-winning violinist Layth Sidiq joins Minnesota nyckelharpa player Renee Vaughan and other musicians to perform Iraqi and Swedish music. (4-7 p.m. Sun. $5. American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-4907. asimn.org.)


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