KDWB'S JINGLE BALL

Friday: Even though his mother/manager died unexpectedly last month, Kanye West has been honoring his gigs -- and dedicating "Hey Mama" to her. After a run of shows in Europe, hip-hop's most creative and exciting superstar will make Minneapolis his first U.S. appearance since her passing. He's headlining KDWB's annual all-star holiday concert. Also on the bill are everyone's favorite pop-punk "Girlfriend," Avril Lavigne, pictured; "American Idol" champ Jordin Sparks; tabloid rockers Good Charlotte, and producer/rapper Timbaland, who has scored recent hits with One Republic and Keri Hilson (both of whom will be with him). (7 p.m. Fri. $22-$127. Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls. 651-989-5151.)

JON BREAM