All week: Fair
Tons of tunes Almost every major genre of music is represented at the Minnesota State Fair, which kicks off Thursday at the fairgrounds in St. Paul. Among this week's acts are Clay Aiken, ZZ Top, Smash Mouth, Jesse Lang, The Allman Brothers Band, Cyndi Lauper, Los Lobos and Brenda Weiler. For a complete schedule and ticket prices, check out www.mnstatefair.org.
Just be Cos Legendary funnyman Bill Cosby has been in the news this summer for something other than his comedy, but that likely will be rectified when he performs his act at 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center. Tickets are $32 and $42.
Bluegrass blast Minnesota is a bona fide bluegrass hotbed, as the bevy of state bands at this weekend's Lakes Bluegrass Festival attests. Along with area favorites like Lonesome Tradition, popular groups from recognized bastions of bluegrass Tennessee and Alabama will draw the crowds for this third annual event. The music runs 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ski Gull near Lake Shore. Tickets are $10-$35.
Sssssssssss! "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid," the sequel to the surprisingly entertaining 1997 flick, slithers into theaters to squeeze a few more bucks out of the franchise. Ice Cube and J.Lo are absent this time, replaced by, well, a bunch of people you've never heard of. Hopefully the boos and hisses will be limited to the on-screen action, not moviegoers. The film opens Friday at Movies 10 at Westgate, as does "Suspect Zero." "Hero" opens Friday at Westport 3.
Not the end of the Line Lorie Line returns for what is starting to become an annual gig in Brainerd. The Wayzata-based pianist will perform with her Pop Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Washington Middle School. Tickets are $29 and $40.
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