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Neither Journey nor Def Leppard has had a hit song since the mid-1990s. Yet these 1980s blockbuster big-hair bands have combined forces to land at a baseball stadium near you this summer. Fenway, Wrigley, Petco, Coors, Comerica, Busch, AT&T and Target Field are on the itinerary. Singer Arnel Pineda — and HBO’s “The Sopranos” — have given the revamped Journey new life. (By the by, drummer Steve Smith is back.) Def Leppard soldiers on with its longtime lineup. The batting order: The still great Cheap Trick leads off, followed by the Leps and then Journey.Jon Bream
6 p.m. Fri. Target Field, Mpls. $34.50-$174.50, ticketmaster.com
Philando Castile’s mother, Valerie, kept receiving artwork after her son was fatally shot by a St. Anthony police officer. So she contacted the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see what was possible. “Art and Healing: In the Moment” features 15 works, all sent to her home after the July 2016 killing. The theme oscillates from grief to joy — for example, the video “Raising Black Joy” by Minnesota artist Sarah White shows her daughter dancing after a protest.
Ends July 29, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mpls. Free, artsmia.org
Fans of the influential and ever elusive late ’80s Irish whir-rock band My Bloody Valentine only had to wait five years for its return this summer, following the 21-year wait that preceded its volume-peaking, rib-rattling 2013 show at Wilkins Auditorium. The venue is better this time, and the band probably is, too, having spent a lot more time together, including work on an album or EP that lead guitarist/guru Kevin Shields promises by year’s end. Forget “might.” It will get loud.
8 p.m. Wed., Palace Theatre, St. Paul. $45-$75, eTix.com
Roderick Cox’s star rose considerably in the two years he served as the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor. Cox makes his final Twin Cities appearance in the role with “Symphony in 60,” a program lasting about an hour. Cox is joined by pianist Stewart Goodyear for Beethoven’s poetry-filled Fourth Piano Concerto. (Goodyear’s Beethoven sonata recordings are collector’s items.) Also on the program are Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Helix” and Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres.”
6 & 8:15 p.m. Fri., Orchestra Hall, Mpls. $20-$40, minnesotaorchestra.org
Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock has sung the lead for Bizet’s “Carmen” more than 150 times. And the experience showed last week when Mill City Summer Opera opened its new staging. Babcock goes for a nuanced, smoldering portrayal of the fiery gypsy. She nailed the part vocally, too. Light and playful in numbers such as the Act 1 set-piece “Habanera,” her voice expanded thrillingly in later confrontations with Carmen’s obsessive ex-lover Don José.
7:30 p.m. Sun. and Tue. Mill City Museum, Mpls. $50-$125, millcitysummeropera.org
Walker Art Center’s “Summer Heat ’68” movie series shows a fossilized world in fragments. Coming this week: Jean-Luc Godard juggles political theater with footage of the Rolling Stones recording their anthem in “Sympathy for the Devil.” David Burton Morris screens his Minneapolis-filmed drama “Purple Haze” (Aug. 1 and 3) and “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One” overlaps cinéma-vérité and improv performance (Aug. 8 and 10).
7 p.m. Wed. and Fri. through Aug. 10, Walker Art Center, Mpls. $8-$10, walkerart.org
Raconteur Kevin Kling and musician Victor Zupanc team up for “Best Summer Ever,” a breezy 70-minute one-act that can be enjoyed by grade-schoolers and grandparents alike. Kling plays an imaginative 9-year-old who goes to Norwegian camp, has adventures with his siblings and gets into trouble here and there. The keen storytelling and descriptive music make this show as cool as an Icee treat.
7 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 & 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends July 29. Children’s Theatre, Mpls. $15-$32, childrenstheatre.org
Taking its name from the Dakota word for “falling water,” the Owamni Falling Water Festival takes place, appropriately, at the only natural waterfall on the Mississippi River’s entire 2,300-mile stretch. This family-friendly event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with American Indian music and dance, plus plenty of food, craft activities, exhibits and art.
Noon-4 p.m. Sat., Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, Mpls. Free, minneapolisparks.org.
Locally reared comedy hero and “Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead is assembling a small army of musicians to fund a get-out-the-vote campaign with Lady Parts Justice League and Women Organizing Women. They include Jill Sobule, Tina Schlieske, Chastity Brown, Lori Barbero, Janey Winterbauer, Laurie Lindeen and members of Bruise Violet, and together they plan to perform some of rock’s most sexist classics. Such limitless options!
8 p.m. Thu., Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls. $20-$25, thecedar.org