Interpreting Dylan and other great songwriters
Since her re-emergence a dozen years ago, ageless R&B singer Bettye LaVette has established herself as one of popular music’s foremost interpreters. Remember her doing the Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me” at Kennedy Center and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” at Barack Obama’s inauguration? Now she’s outdone herself on a brilliant journey through Bob Dylan songs on “Things Have Changed.” She inhabits these songs, compelling listeners to find new meanings.
7 p.m. Thu., Dakota Jazz Club, Mpls., $45-$50, dakotacooks.com.
The GSTA Rod & Custom Spectacular features more than 50,000 square feet of chrome and rubber with more than 100 customized cars, trucks and motorcycles. Prizes will be awarded to class winners and best displays. Derek Travis from the 405 Street Outlaws will make an appearance with the famed Silver Unit Camaro.
9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. next Sun. Warner Coliseum, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights, $5-$12, gstarod-custom.com.
If you haven’t leaped on the Margo Price bandwagon yet after her spirited local appearances at the Turf Club, First Ave and Chris Thile’s radio show, her late-2017 sophomore album, “American Made,” is one more reason to come aboard. The “Hurting on the Bottle” belter, who has been kicking around Nashville for a decade, delivers a Grade-A Willie Nelson duet on the new LP and shows off her killer band’s cool Southern boogie.
9 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, Mpls. $30, eTix.com.
Theatergoers are accustomed to seeing plays where a no-women-allowed group negotiates real estate deals or wages war in Scotland, but it feels revolutionary to have 10 women — and no men — onstage in Sarah DeLappe’s bracing comedy/drama “The Wolves,” set during warmups for high school soccer games. It’s a privileged and authentic glimpse at what young women talk about among each other, but it’s also a tribute to their vulnerability and power.
Ends April 29. Jungle Theater, $37-$47, jungletheater.com.
Juried exhibitions always bring together a weird mix of art but there are standouts at SooVAC: Lamia Abukhadra’s “You Sat at the Fountain While You Stole the House on the Hill,” an artist book about stories of Palestine and displacement; Wen Li-Chen’s familial pieces that incorporate old family photographs; Chris Heidman’s tongue-in-cheek conceptual piece “Cartoonish Anger”; and a video projection/mirror called “Being” by Dustin Steuck.
Ends April 14. Soo Visual Arts Center, Mpls., soovac.org
Canadian pianist Louis Lortie is one of the world’s finest Franz Liszt interpreters. With the Minnesota Orchestra, he plays the composer’s First Piano Concerto, whose thundering virtuosity makes it one of the most exciting concertos in the classical repertoire. In a concert tailor-made for lovers of the romantic period, guest conductor Markus Stenz also leads performances of Schumann’s Second Symphony and Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll.”
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Orchestra Hall, Mpls., $12-$106, minnesotaorchestra.org.
Fado is the blues of Portugal. One of its finest practitioners is Ana Moura, who has performed with the Rolling Stones and Prince. Last seen out of place at the giant arena tribute to Prince at Xcel Energy Center in 2016, Moura belongs in smaller rooms, as witnessed by her captivating, dramatic Dakota debut in 2013. That was the tour to promote her triumphant “Desfado” album, produced by Larry Klein, who has worked with Joni Mitchell and Madeleine Peyroux.
7 p.m. Mon., Dakota, Mpls., $45-$65, dakotacooks.com
“For the Beauty of the Earth” is Twin Cities vocal group Cantus’ contribution to the ecology conversation. Billed as “a celebration of the majesty of this planet,” the concert features new versions of songs such as Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me” alongside the work of classical composers such as Hugo Alfven.
7:30 p.m. Thu., MacPhail Center, Mpls.; 7:30 p.m. Sat., Ordway, St. Paul; 11 a.m. April 20, Colonial Church of Edina; 7:30 p.m. April 21, Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater; 3 p.m. April 22, Wayzata Community Church, $10-$40, cantussings.org
A songwriting giant in Texas, Robert Earl Keen has been covered by the Highwaymen (“The Road Goes on Forever”), the Dixie Chicks (“Merry Christmas From the Family”) and many others but has long proved a charming performer on his own with his wry humor and storyteller-style shows. He’s here between jaunts with his fellow Texas A&M alum Lyle Lovett and their hero Willie Nelson. This is the first country-ish show under the Varsity’s new ownership.
7:30 p.m. Thu., Varsity Theater, Mpls., $35-$50, ticketmaster.com.