Next Thursday's Minnesota Zoo show by Morris Day & the Time was already destined to be memorable. Is there a band with better hits for a stage that doubles as a home for the zoo's bird shows (see: "Jungle Love," "The Bird")? But it also will be the Time's first hometown performance since the April 21 death of their friend/collaborator/svengali Prince. "It's going to be really, really emotional. He's somebody I grew up with," said drummer Jellybean Johnson, who knew Prince going back to their teen years. He also feels a sense of relief, because in January the Time got to perform at Paisley Park and hang out with the host after years of strained relations. "We made amends with him that night, so that was nice. I always had a contentious relationship with him. He knew how I felt, but we always loved each other." CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER
Just shy of the 20-year mark in its recording career, Atmosphere has announced details of its ninth album, "Fishing Blues," due Aug. 12. The cover shows Slug standing proudly in an old football uniform on the beach at Lake Nokomis, with DJ/producer Ant seated in a lifeguard's chair. It looks as if Slug is facing up to the reality of being a hip-hop star twice the age of many of his fans. "Everybody wants to see a falling star," he raps in the video to lead single "Ringo," which shows an aged, hard-drinking court jester. The album boasts more guest rappers than any previous Atmosphere disc, including Kool Keith, DOOM, Aesop Rock and younger Twin Cities stalwarts Dem Atlas and I.B.E. Aside from an Aug. 13 performance at the Summer Set fest in Wisconsin, there's no local date yet on the group's Freshwater Fly Fisherman Tour, which begins Sept. 2 at Red Rocks near Denver.C.R.
Seeing is Beliebing
Some people spend their free time on social media. Some people prefer to spend their time at "the lake." Like Justin Bieber, who enjoyed water activities on Lake Minnetonka on Sunday before his concert at Target Center. Artcetera knows that because we found plenty of pictures of the Biebs on Instagram and Twitter. We also know that he attended Sunday services at River Valley Church in Apple Valley in a yellow T-shirt and blue shorts — because we saw it on social media.
For love of Liz
Whether dancing, organizing arts events, working as a marketer or riding with the Twin Cities bike community, Lizbeth Wawrzonek was always "all in." So her friends are returning the favor, with a big fundraiser Sunday to help as she recovers from a brain tumor. Babes in Toyland's Lori Barbero will DJ, with a live auction, dance party and several surprises (2-5 p.m. Sun., A-Mill Artist Lofts, 315 SE. Main St., Mpls., weloveliz.org). The fundraiser will be the first time since September that she'll be able to see so many friends. "When you're going to treatment, it can be hard to see a lot of people at once," said Wawrzonek, who appeared in the movie "A Prairie Home Companion" with a tap-dance group called the Shim Sham Shufflers. "But I've gone through four of six cycles of chemo, so I'm relieved and happy." SHEILA REGAN
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