Our Friday Best: Erykah Badu, Red Wing Festival, Cine Latino, Edo de Waart and more

Erykah Badu
After two weekends at the Austin City Limits Festival, the mystical Dallas R&B hero heads to I-35 to play a few indoor dates, including his first full Twin Cities concert in over a decade (not counting a set too short at Soundset 2018). Praise abounded in its debut ACL set, and there’s no denying the appeal of its calming, therapeutic style in 2021, even without new material. (8 p.m. Wed, Armory, 500 S. 6e St., Mpls., $ 77- $ 147, ticketmaster.com, no vaccine or mask required)

“Obscenity at trial: the case against Dr. Charles Malchow”
Over a century ago, a doctor in St. Paul wrote a sex manual and, in part because he mailed copies of it, took it to the slammer. The latest in the Landmark Center’s series of plays inspired by historic events in the Old Courthouse, “Obscenity” will be performed by judges, legal professionals and academics. (7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, $ 10, Landmarkcenter.org)

Owamni Waterfalls Festival
“Owamni”, which means “falling water” in the Dakota language, was named for the area of ​​St. Anthony Falls. This celebration of native cultures along the Mississippi River features items from the Minnesota History Center’s collection and food from Chef Sioux and other vendors. There will be works of art for sale, musical performances and more. (1-5 am. Free. Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 SE. Main St., and Water Works Park, 333 S. 1st St., Mpls. minneapolisparks.org)

Truckers in car
In 25 years, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and their Southern Rock trailer have produced 13 albums, one prolific ex-member (Jason Isbell) and too many rowdy and captivating Twin Cities gigs to remember. They are said to be back on tour, after lashing out against Trump America on their 2020 albums “The New OK” and “The Unraveling.” Milwaukee blues-rocker Buffalo Nichols opens its doors. (8 p.m. Sat, Palace Theater, 17 W. 7e Place, St. Paul, $ 30- $ 45, axs.com, vaccine / test results and masks required)

Latino Cine
The annual festival of feature films and documentaries of Latin and Iberian peoples returns, with in-person screenings at St. Anthony Main and virtual screenings wherever you want. Highlights include the US premiere of the famous Mexican film “Finlandia”, as well as “Son of Monarchs” and “Prayers for the Stolen”. (Until October 14, St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 SE. Main St., Mpls. And mspfilm.org, $ 10 to $ 20)

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts
Now in his 55e year, one of Minnesota’s oldest juried art fairs returns to historic downtown Red Wing just as the colors of fall peak. With over 100 performers, the festival spans Central Park with food trucks, music and hands-on art activities. Preeti Kaur Rajpal runs a chalk poetry activity. Chelsea Sagers paints a mural as part of the Red Wing Hope Mural Project. AndPeyton Scott Russellbring hisSpray fingergraffiti art program. (10 am-5pm Sat, 10-4 Sun, redwingartsfallfestival.org)

Edo de Waart
Newly named Orchestra of the Year at the prestigious Gramophone Awards, the Minnesota Orchestra welcomes former musical director of Waart. Among the musicians he helped hire during his 1986-95 tenure was solo cellist Anthony Ross, who will solo perform Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.2 in D, the centerpiece of a program that includes a fanfare by John Adams and Antonin Dvorak – Eighth Flavored Symphony. (11:14 a.m. Oct. and 8:15 p.m. Oct., Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $ 25- $ 99, 612-371-5656 or minnesotaorchestra.org)

Lucy dacus
More than her Boygenius comrades Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, Dacus is downright rock, even when she is the most introspective and hurt. His third album, “Home Video”, offers a myriad of echoes of 80s / 90s indie rock and vivid memories of his upbringing in Virginia. (8:30 p.m. Sat, First Avenue, 701 1st One VN, Mpls., $ 20, axs.com, vaccine / test results required)

Former Domination
The winners of CMA’s Best Vocal Group over the past three years will celebrate the release of their fourth album, “Time, Tequila & Therapy”, with two nights at the Mystic Lake Casino. Old Dominion’s current party single, accordion accent “I Was on a Boat That Day”, caused a summer sensation, bolstering the country group’s hit parade of “One Man Band” and “Written in the Sand”. (8 p.m. Sat and 7 p.m. Sun Mystic Showroom, Prior Lake, $ 79 and up, ticketmaster.com).

‘Between Light’
Dancer and choreographer Tamara Ober continues her successful collaboration with composer / flautist Julie Johnson for an interdisciplinary reflection on the experience of living in Minneapolis in 2020. Johnson uses loops and effects pedals for layered soundscapes corresponding to the Ober’s visceral choreography. They will share their new work via a Zoom evening. (7:30 p.m. Fri, $ 12; available on request thereafter, $ 9, julieflute.net/product/712106)

‘Gilgamesh’ and ‘Beowulf’ in the park
Walking Shadow Theater co-artistic director John Heimbuch performs a pair of classic adventure tales in alternate evenings (both contain descriptions of violence). Bring a cushion as it’s outside, with bench seat. (6 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Wood Lake Nature Center Amphitheater, 6710 Lake Shore Drive S., Richfield; $ 20 recommended but choose your price, walkingshadow.org)

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