Electronic dance

Our best of Friday: Los Lobos, robot-dinosaurs, the Minnesota film “Hockeyland” and a dance on Lake Como from Saint-Paul

Los Lobos
One of America’s most satisfying roots bands, the East Los Angeles guys explored their hometown roots on “Native Son,” a collection of songs from LA artists including Buffalo Springfield, Jackson Browne and War (a jazzy “The World Is a Ghetto”). In concert, this terrific live band does a small sample of “Native Son” as well as an assortment of their deep and stellar catalog, including Latin numbers. Wisconsin’s Them Coulee Boys open what will be Los Lobos’ first concert at First Avenue since 1996, which they’ll follow Saturday by returning to the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, for the annual Winter Dance Party honoring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. (8 p.m. Fri. First Avenue, 701 1st A VN, deputies, $35, first-avenue.com)

“Hockey Land”
The season-long rivalry between two northern Minnesota hockey hotbeds is the subject of a surprisingly intimate documentary set during the 2019-20 school year. Eveleth-Gilbert is facing extinction, with the small school set to merge with a neighbor, while Hermantown is a powerhouse that won back-to-back state titles in 2016 and 2017. Director Tommy Haines is capitalizing on extraordinary access to candid players and their families and the close-up action in the game is thrilling. (6 p.m. Saturday, Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., $10, theparkwaytheatre.com)

“Jurassic Quest”
Claiming to be the world’s largest dinosaur event, Jurassic Quest returns with life-size animatronic dinosaurs including Apatosaurus, Spinosaurus, T. rex, and a towering 50-foot-long Megalodon. Young paleontologists can dig up fossils, meet baby dinos, and see the Ancient Oceans exhibit to learn about prehistoric sea turtles and dolphins. Other activities include themed rides, shows, crafts, and hands-on activities. (9am-8pm Fri-Sat, 9-6 Sun. $19-$36. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., Mpls. jurassicquest.com)

“Lunar New Year” with the Minnesota Orchestra
The orchestra will set aside the Western European repertoire for a weekend and will present music entirely of Chinese origin to mark the celebration. Junping Qian will conduct works by seven Chinese composers, with the orchestra’s Rui Du soloing He Zhonhao and Chen Gang’s “Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto, and Twin Cities-based pipa master Gao Hong presenting a of his own works. The Sunday afternoon bargain concert is designed for families. (8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $12-$67, 612-371-5656 or www.minnesotaorchestra.org)

Ghost and Volbeat
After rising through the ranks of the chain over the past decade opening slots for bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, these two Scandinavian metal bands share the headliners of their own arena tour. Fantastically dark Swedish band Ghost, fronted by singer in papal garb Papa Emeritus, usually deliver an impressive stage production on tour, while Danish rockers Volbeat have gone a little more melodic without losing their power on new album ‘Servant of the Mind”. The twin temple opens. (6:30 p.m. Saturday, Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls., $36-$100, ticketmaster.com)

‘Slow Show’
Choreographer Inasmuch asDimitri Chamblas’ last big splash in the Twin Cities was an improv performance in 2019 with former Sonic Youth bassist and vocalist Kim Gordon at the American Swedish Institute. Here’s hoping his “Slow Show” is just as exciting. A trance-inspired slow-dancing piece featuring 50 local participants on Lake Como, it’s set to a score of electronic and guitar music by Eddie Ruscha. (1 p.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul, free, thegreatnorthernfestival.com)

‘Not to sell’
A drama about housing discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s centers around Twin Cities realtor Arnold Weigel, who works with families of color as they try to buy homes in neighborhoods completely white. Andrew Erskine Wheeler, Charity Jones and Ron Collier lead the cast for a world premiere of Kim Hines and Barbara Teed. (7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, History Theater, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul, $30-$53, historytheatre.com)

Annie Humphrey and Corey Medina
These two distinctly moving Native American singer-songwriters are teaming up for a show in conjunction with the Great Northern Festival as a fitting reminder of what makes Minnesota great. Anishinaabe freedom fighter Humphrey threatened to upstage Bon Iver at this summer’s Water Is Life festival with her poetic and moving folk tunes. Navajo-born, Bemidji-based Medina and his band Brothers move in a more physical way with their crushing blues-rock. (8 p.m. Saturday, Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., $15-$25, icehouseemps.com)

Wolf Warren
There’s a piquancy factor to this vibraphone virtuoso that extends beyond the rhythm and resonance of his phrasing into muscular joy. Now 42, with longtime memberships in top ensembles like Christian McBride’s Inside Straight and the SF Jazz Collective and half a dozen albums as a bandleader, he will show his stylistic breadth. on a two-night adventure. On Tuesday, his quintet performs “The Story of the Vibraphone,” playing tunes by Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers and more. On Wednesday, he’ll delve into more groove, R&B and fusion material, delving into his recent album “Reincarnation” and adding vocalist Imani-Grace Cooper. (7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays 7 and 9, Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $20-$40, dakotacooks.com)
Britt Robson

This drama, starring Tim Roth, gives us a (cinematic) vacation to Acapulco but makes us pay for it. Mexican director Michel Franco’s sequel to his ferocious “New Order” revisits this film’s examination of privilege and colonialism, this time with a group of four whose trip to an exclusive and wildly scenic resort is shattered by a series of tragedies. The fun of the film is how Franco gradually dispenses information, forcing us to jump to (incorrect) conclusions until all is finally revealed. (Various local theatres.)