An all-American ‘Phantom’
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber co-wrote the book for “Love Never Dies,” set 10 years after “The Phantom of the Opera” ended. And his sequel takes place in Coney Island rather than the Paris Opera House. The show itself first bowed eight years ago in London. Its American iteration skipped Broadway but has been barnstorming across the country, drawing praise in Baltimore (“handsomely designed”), South Florida (“drop-dead gorgeous costumes”) and even New York (“soaring songs envelop you in a sea of melody,” from the New York Post). ROHAN PRESTON
7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., 1 & 6:30 p.m. next Sun., Orpheum Theatre, Mpls. $44-$135, hennepintheatretrust.org
At the 2016 all-star Prince tribute at Xcel Energy Center, Chaka Khan was still convincing as a soul siren. She hasn’t done a proper Twin Cities concert since 2008. Back then, she was promoting “Funk This,” her last studio album. Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, it led to Khan’s 10th Grammy. Her repertoire includes tunes by Prince (“I Feel for You” and “Betcha”) as well as her classics “Tell Me Something Good” and “Sweet Thing” that influenced Prince.
7:30 p.m. Fri., Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, $75-$103.50, etix.com
The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett (above) may seem like a curious pairing of two heritage acts without noteworthy new music. But their hits endure as much as America’s idyllic views of California and Florida, respectively, depicted in their aesthetics. With Vince Gill and Deacon Frey on board, the Eagles seem surprisingly reinvigorated since the 2016 death of co-leader Glenn Frey, while Buffett is always up for a party.
7 p.m. Sat., Target Field, Mpls., $95-$495, ticketmaster.com
Want to have some fun while getting a good triceps workout? The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization hosts a family-friendly canoe ride along the Mississippi this week. Experienced guides will demonstrate how to paddle the river while imparting lessons on history and water quality — not to mention the waterway’s plant and animal residents. Bonus: Refuel with some free post-paddle sweets from Cookie Cart.
5 p.m. Wed., Stormwater Park and Learning Center, Mpls., free, mwmo.org
Ask any comedian to tick off their favorite standups and Bill Burr’s name is almost certain to come up. The no-holds-barred veteran is great as the star and creator of Netflix’s “F Is for Family,” but he’s even better in the flesh, channeling his barely controlled rage to dump on homophobes, Hollywood and the media. Rolling Stone recently anointed him the 17th-greatest stand-up of all time. After catching him live, you’ll wonder why he wasn’t ranked higher.
7 & 10 p.m. Fri., 7 p.m. Sat., Northrop auditorium, $45, northrop.umn.edu
Artist Regan Golden showcases more than 140 abstracted photographs of plants from Minneapolis’ edgelands, that unplanned space found along the city’s border. Rather than take a straightforward approach, Golden goes for juxtaposition. Yellow flowers rest on what looks like a thick bed of yellow paper. Slender daisies find second homes in a large, sliced-up piece of white paper. At times, these plants and artificial materials suggest hybrid landscapes all their own.
Ends July 21, Soo Visual Arts Center, Mpls., soovac.org
As Minnesota Orchestra preps for its South Africa tour, Cape Town’s excellent 29:11 gospel ensemble has been circuiting the state, performing free concerts in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. The 11-person group will play the orchestra’s International Day of Music on July 21. But first comes this free concert of reconciliation songs, with their unwavering messages of forgiveness, including South Africa’s national anthem and “Senzenina” (“What Have We Done?”).
7 p.m. Thu., Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls., free, mary.org
If ever a play belonged in a church basement, it’s Peter Vitale’s “Who Am I This Time?” Performed on a little proscenium in the lower level of Calvary Church, this musical take on a Kurt Vonnegut short story uses the vehicle of a community theater production, set in 1961 small-town Wisconsin, to bring together two misfits for “A Streetcar Named Desire.” A longtime composer for Ten Thousand Things, Vitale has assembled a stellar cast for this charming premiere.
Ends July 1, Calvary Church, Mpls., $10-$20, who-am-i-musical.ticketleap.com
Take LCD Soundsystem’s fun rants and lively post-punk grooves, add the B-52s’ spazzy vocal interplay and throw in wry anti-consumerism themes, and you get a loose idea why critics from all over (including ours) were raving about Bodega at the South by Southwest Music Conference in March. The Brooklyn quintet is making its local debut a few weeks ahead of the release of its debut album, “Endless Scroll,” produced by Parquet Courts singer/guitarist Austin Brown.
8 p.m. Mon., Turf Club, St. Paul, $10, eTix.com