Our best of Friday: Courtney Barnett, Winter Kite Festival, “An Officer and a Gentleman” at the Ordway and Lisa Fischer

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Courtney Barnett

Fleeing Australia’s summer heat to the American tundra in January, Barnett delivers a load of laid-back, sunny songs on his latest album, “Things Take Time, Take Time.” The sound-content collection bolsters his cool, velvety guitar stylings and witty puns first heard in his 2015 hit “Avant Gardener.” That should make for a nice mid-winter warm-up. New York opener Cassandra Jenkins rotated in the group of Craig Finn and others. (9 p.m. Saturday, Palace Theatre, 5 W. 7and Place, St. Paul, $40 to $50, first-avenue.com)

CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

Winter Kite Festival

Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes will once again fly over a frozen Lake Harriet. The outdoor winter experience is in partnership with Art Shanty Projects, the four-weekend art festival where artists create temporary structures and interactive art experiences. The event includes games, activities, food trucks, and a bonfire perfect for making s’mores for free. New this year is a traffic jam avoidance shuttle, which will run Saturday only from the Calhoun Executive Center to the lake. (Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 43rd St. and E. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Mpls., minneapolisparks.org)

MELISSA WALKER

Gerald Finley

This Canadian bass-baritone was 40 when his operatic career really took off, and nearly 50 when he began singing principal roles at the Royal Opera House in London and the Staatsoper in Vienna. Now 61, Finley has also become a famous recitalist with pianist Julius Drake. The two will perform a recital of songs by Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf from the Schubert Club International Artist Series, the American premiere of a cycle of songs by Mark Anthony Turnage and arrangements of songs by Shakespeare. (7:30 p.m., Jan. 27, Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, $36-$75, 651-292-3268 or schubert.org)

ROB HUBBARD

’39 seconds’

Billed as “The Greatest Baseball Player You’ve Never Heard Of”, this film features veterans of the scene Darius Dotch, Mikell Sapp, Peter Christian Hansen, Terry Hempleman and Kory LaQuess Pullam in a docudrama about the star of Negro Leagues, John Wesley Donaldson. The screening is followed by a meeting with the cast and crew. (7 p.m. Saturday, Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Mpls., $10, thecapri.org).

CHRIS HEWITT

Lisa Fisher

A former Rolling Stones and Tina Turner backing vocalist and star of the Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom”, this haunting singer combines the emotionality and grace of R&B, the energy and abandon of rock ‘n’ roll, the la the warmth and intimacy of folk, the artistry and grace of jazz, the pain and release of blues, and the drama and heights of opera. Backed by the simpatico combo Grand Baton, she reinvents classic songs and usually features her only hit, 1991’s “How Can I Ease the Pain.” (8 p.m. Saturday, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, $45-55 $, hopkinsartscenter.com)

JON BREMEN

Winter sound garden

Wavelets Creative concludes its series of nature-inspired outdoor dance and music events this weekend on West River Parkway in Minneapolis. Previous iterations of the pop-up project have taken place in the spring, summer and fall of 2021 with recorded music composed by JG Everest moving through the natural landscape. Live musicians and dancers add another layer to the performance. For this round, dancers Leslie O’Neill, Sarah Baumert, Erika Hansen and Megan Mayer perform alongside a second dance score by Super Group. They are accompanied by live music from Blue Lady and the traveling Free Range Orchestra and Choir. (12pm-3pm Sat., limited capacity, reservation required on waveletscreative.org)

SHEILA REGAN

Two visions of the black experience

The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery is currently showcasing the work of two artists-in-residence. Kehayr Brown-Ransaw’s “To Have Never Known” exhibit focuses on quilts made in response to his research into the transatlantic slave trade. In “Abstracproseality: Visual Notations From Dark to Light,” artist Sean Garrison uses acrylic paints and mixed media to depict pain, anger, joy, and love in the African American experience. The artist is interested in people’s initial perception and then how they feel later after deciphering the layered iconography of the work. (1 p.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-June 30, free, 1256 Penn Av. N., fourth floor, Mpls., maahmg.org)

ALICIA ELER

Patty Griffin

Overdue for another Twin Cities date even before COVID, the golden-voiced, red-haired Texas folk-rock singer has recovered well from a battle with cancer to release her 2019 self-titled roots album. On tour, she and her stellar band release songs from her 25-year career, including those covered by the Chicks, Emmylou Harris and Miranda Lambert. Oklahoman Parker Millsap worshiped cult opens. (8 p.m. Tue., Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $45, first-avenue.com)

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‘An officer and a gentleman’

Oscar-winning “Up Where We Belong” is included in this musical adaptation of the 1982 Richard Gere-Debra Winger film, but the rest of the songs are taken from a mid-’80s jukebox: “Invincible by Pat Benatar, Wilson “Hold On” by Phillips, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes. Somehow, these successes tie into the story of a Navy trainee whose romance with a feisty factory worker takes them “to where eagles cry on a mountaintop “. Maybe the show will tell us why these eagles are crying? (7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Ordway Center, 345 Washington Av., St. Paul, $44-$117, 651-2224-4222 or ordway.org)

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Punch Brothers

Former “Live From Here” radio host Chris Thile returns to St. Paul to celebrate his progressive bluegrass band’s sixth album, “Hell on Church Street.” Rehearsed during the pandemic by the five members who live in three different cities, the record reinterprets a 1983 album, “Church Street Blues” by the late bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice, which had a big influence on these new generation pickers. With songs associated with Bill Monroe, Jimmie Rodgers and Gordon Lightfoot, this song-by-song recreation is less wildly adventurous than usual for the Punch Brothers, but a beautiful, intimate tribute. (8 p.m. Tue., Palace Theater, 17 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, $30-$55, first-avenue.com)

J.B.