Square Lake, Saturday 8.11

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Square Lake Film & Music Festival, with festivities taking place a stone's throw away from the scenic setting of Stillwater's Square Lake County Park. In addition to a batch of films being screened by emerging filmmakers, the fest also boasts performances by cherished local acts who all embrace varying levels of experimentation such as Retribution Gospel Choir, Night Moves, the Pines, Food Pyramid, Father You See Queen, Spider John Koerner, KBDS, and a special score by International Novelty Gameplan, which will accompany a film screening. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own food and beverages, re-usable water bottles, blankets, and camping gear, leaving your dogs and frowns at home. A limited amount of free onsite camping is available on a first come, first served basis. All ages, $5-$30, free for kids under 12, 2 p.m. 13359 Partridge Rd. N., Stillwater; 651-204-0775. —Erik thompson

Rodney Crowell

Dakota Jazz club, Monday 8.13

Always something of a maverick, Rodney Crowell likes to stir up his country tunes with R&B, rock 'n' roll, bits of folk and pop, and then run them out to the honky-tonk. He's written a slew of classics, including "Bluebird Wine," "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," and "Shame on the Moon," been covered by a who's who of country and pop stars, and forged a critically acclaimed rep as a performer. His last few albums have been deeply personal affairs, as is his latest, Kin, a songwriting collaboration with poet Mary Karr, renowned for The Liar's Club, her memoir of growing up dysfunctional in what she calls the East Texas Ringworm Belt. Crowell grew up in the vicinity and under similar circumstances, and the songs they wrote together are vivid, literate, and starkly evocative of wild times long ago. And when Rodney isn't singin' 'em, an impressive cast of his friends are: Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris. None of those will be along at the Dakota, but Crowell's band will be there, and the new songs should get a thorough airing. $35, 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.3325299. —Rick Mason

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