Janet Jackson's first Twin Cities show in 10 years is a homecoming of sorts for one of the bestselling pop artists of all time: Though born in Gary, Indiana, and raised in Los Angeles, the baby sister of Michael Jackson came into her own on Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis, recording 28 of the 34 hits collected on 2009's Number Ones there or in Edina with longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Her transition from angular-dance independence to candid sensual mischief in the '80s and '90s mirrored and amplified the opening of the American sexual mind. And she's persisted beyond the blip of Nipplegate, with R&B hits and a film career revived in the miniature industry that is Tyler Perry. This tour brings her remarkable string of great songs to a massively choreographed production reportedly as personal as it is spectacular, with special dedications in each city—will we get a Time cover?
Fri., Aug. 19, 8 p.m., 2011