Bobby Rogers : The Blacker the Berry

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One of the most anticipated art shows of the season, possibly of the year, tonight Public Functionary hosts the opening reception for the solo exhibition of work from Bobby Rogers, The Blacker the Berry. Rogers—whose professional work you’ve undoubtedly seen in Elle Magazine, Buzzfeed, or even his photo series in response to the #beingblackandmuslim hashtag—creates his beautiful artistic vision through contemporary portrait photography that presents “the revolutionary ideologies of Black culture”, including  black radical traditions, hip-hop, and the history of the Diaspora. The resulting photos are stunning, to say the least. Get to the gallery early to get a look at the artwork, stick around for the celebratory party. Friday, 7 PM. Free.B. Frenchie Sozch

Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave NE, MPLS;

Julien Baker + Half Waif + Petal

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Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Julien Baker’s lyrics and melodies share a vulnerability that almost force listeners to pause and absorb her music—really listen to it, not just catch it as background sounds for your daily distracted multitasking. The barely 21-year-old is headlining an intimate show at the Cedar Cultural Center, and the whole lineup has us jazzed. Joining her is the brilliantly harmonized, rhythm-pounding Half Waif (lead singer and songwriter Nandi Rose Plunkett also sings with Pinegrove) and Petal (sans band), recently featured in the New York Times’ story on contemporary female rockers. Saturday, 8 p.m. $20. —Isabelle Wattenberg

Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, Mpls;

Rafiq Bhatia: Breaking English


Quick! Grab the last of the tickets! Regular Secrets Readers know we absolutely love the innovative and genre-bending “classical music” programming of Liquid Music and the SPCO, and they kick off their 2017-18 season tonight in a huge way. Rafiq Bhatia: Breaking English pairs virtuoso guitarist/composer/electronic music artist Rafiq Bhatia with an immersive multimedia experience by MPLS-based visual artist Michael Cina and video artist Hal Lovemelt. Underneath/in-between the luminous organic and energized imagery, Bhatia will showcase his incredible musical talents, and also be joined by fellow Son Lux member Ian Chang (percussion), Jackson Hill (bass, synthesizers) and Nina Moffitt (vocals), plus Chang opens the evening with a solo set of electronic percussion. The piece—a world premiere copresented by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, the Walker Art Center, Jazz Gallery and Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts—will definitely be a brilliant event that you won’t want to miss—but if you don’t get tix fast enough, be sure to look at the rest of the Liquid Music scheduleSaturday, 8 PM. $20.Taylor Carik

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, MPLS;

Somali Museum of MN 4th Anniversary

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As much a celebration of current Somali culture as it is a fundraiser, the annual commemoration for the Somali Musuem of MN showcases an incredible variety of entertainment at its big gala, everything from Somali Superstar Farhiya Kabayare and other notable musicians, Somali literary scholar and publisher Axmed Faarax Cali and other poets, young comedians Mohamed Paractimool and Naciimo Jookar, a kids fashion show, many surprise performances, and much more. Also, in light of the October 14th Mogadishu bomb attack, 50% of the proceeds from the Somali Museum of MN 4th Anniversary tickets will be donated to the victims of the attacks. Saturday, 6 PM. $25 general, $50 VIP.Hank Stacks

Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Dr, Arden Hills;

Ukefest 2017


It’s a big show featuring everyone’s favorite lil’ instrument! Local musicians from all walks of music—Katy Vernon, Marlowe Teichman, Dave Randall, Lady Date, to name just a few—pick up their ukuleles for fun sets at The Hook, all to benefit Arc GTG and the Minnesota Music Coalition. Plus, if you yourself are a four-string player, bring your own uke to the open mic stage that will feature the Minneapolis Ukulele Army (who should definitely get t-shirts if they don’t have them!). Saturday, 6:30 PM. $12 advance, $15 door.Paul Cajun

The Hook & Ladder Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S, MPLS;