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September 13, 2004 // UPDATED 4:01 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Barney loves you . . . and rutabagas

"You know, I don't think anyone really outgrows me," says Barney the Dinosaur over the phone from his home, which, according to him, is located "somewhere within [my] imagination."

"I meet kids who are 25 years old, and they still know me and they still give me great big hugs . . . even though some of their friends might be . . . you know," he finishes with a characteristic "ho, ho, ho!"

Yes, PBS's favorite giant, purple, prehistoric icon is coming to the Target Center, and if you don't have tickets for this show yet, ho, ho, ho! Your kids are gonna kill ya.

As far as your average preschooler's concerned, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But what does a ticket to the "Colorful World Tour" get you, the loving, ever-understanding adult?

"There'll be singing and dancing, and, of course, smiling -- a lot," says Barney. "We start out using our imaginations, after we sit on the Thinking Bench -- which is a really nice bench that spins around and around and around and [helps] you come up with ideas -- we all decide to travel around this whole big colorful world of ours. We go to the Arctic, we go to the rainforest, the beach and we go under the sea!"

Not enough? Contemplate this: "Ho ho! We make lots of friends (like a penguin), we see a polar bear, a starfish that sings just like Elvis Presley and a whale -- oh, all these fun things!"

When else will you get the chance to sing "If You're Happy and You Know It" and clap along with Barney and 10,000 of his closest friends?

Oh, and Barney promises new material as well, including "'The Elephant Song,' where a big elephant comes up on stage and we all sing, 'The El-e-phant, the El-e-phant!' And we also sing about bubbles. We have these bubbles that go all the way to the top of the stadium -- it's just great! I want to do the show right now! You've got me so excited!"

An excited T. Rex? Sounds dangerous, right?

"Oh, I don't really like to eat meat that much," he says, as reassuring as an excited T. Rex can be. "But I do like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, with a great big glass of milk. Mmm! That's my favorite. I like lots of vegetables, too. Like the rutabaga. I was in the store, just the other day -- incognito, of course, with a moustache and a hat on -- and I saw my first rutabaga. They're really yummy. And they're crunchy, too. I say, bring back the rutabagas!"

Friday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 19, 1:30 and 5 p.m., Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N., $10-$30. 673-0900.

Comfortably fun

Inspired by burlesque, drag queens and glam rock, New York's Scissor Sisters (not to be confused with Chicago's Scissors Girls) are part-stage show, part-synchronized dance routine and part-musical act.

Since hitting the charts in 2003 with a bright and cheery reworking of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," Scissor Sisters has been the band to keep an eye on.

Thursday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m., Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., $12.50in advance, $14 at the door. 335-8181.

The beat is on

David Sanchez first took up the conga when he was 8 years old, and the musical dynamo has been laying down beats ever since.

Over the years, Sanchez has performed with Paquito D'Rivera;, John Purcell; Charlie Sepulveda; Dizzy Gillespie; Kenny Drew, Jr.; Racel Z.; and myriad other Latin and jazz luminaries. His solo work, including 1994's "Sketches of Dreams" and 2000's "Melaza," mixes Afro-Cuban rhythms with bebop.

Sunday, Sept. 19, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, $20-$25. 332-1010.

Holly Day can be reached at lalena@bitstream.net.