Her heart is in Havana
Since leaving the vocal group Fifth Harmony of “X Factor” fame, Camila Cabello has quickly carved an impressive solo career. First, she collaborated with Machine Gun Kelly on the hit “Bad Things.” Then, with a voice that can be world-weary and girlish in the same song, she delivered a nuanced, chart-topping debut album, “Camila,” that has already produced a No. 1 song, the bewitching bilingual “Havana.” The Cuban-American pop thrush’s new single, “Never Be the Same,” is quickly climbing the charts, too.JON BREAM
8 p.m. Fri. State Theatre, Mpls. $39-$55, ticketmaster.com.
With all the Prince-related activities this week, there is one must-see performer: Liv Warfield. A former NPG backup singer, she’s an irresistible dynamo with powerful pipes. Her 2014 album, “The Unexpected,” which Prince executive-produced, is a funk-rock knockout. Warfield tears it up live, like Annie Lennox if she could let her hair down. Maybe Warfield will essay something from Roadcase Royale, her side project with Heart’s Nancy Wilson.
7 & 11 p.m. Fri. and 11:30 p.m. Sat. Dakota, Mpls. $40-$60, dakotacooks.com.
The hardworking cast is on fire in the world-premiere musical “Five Points,” about a working-class New York City neighborhood in 1863. It tells the story of two men at crossroads: an African-American who considers leaving his family-run dance hall to dance with the circus, and a widowed Irish-American who must come up with $300 or he’ll have to fight in the Civil War and leave his young son to be raised by others. The lively choreography and poppy songs truly elevate the show.
Ends May 6. Ritz Theater, Mpls. $32-$49, latteda.org.
John Rutter is probably the most popular choral composer of the past half-century. Now in his 70s, and no longer seeking commissions, the Englishman nonetheless wrote a new work to celebrate VocalEssence’s upcoming 50th anniversary. Rutter is even coming to Minnesota to conduct the piece. Also on the program is Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit,” a set of spirituals from 2001.
8 p.m. Sat. Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul; $20-$40, vocalessence.org.
What does it mean to wait anymore? That’s what Emmett Ramstad explores in his full-on installation. At the gallery entrance, visitors are invited to lie down on a gray bench and gaze up at a ceiling of white tiles and prints of a blue sky with white clouds. Another room has an entire wall covered in boxes of Kleenex. Downstairs, it’s all about how to wait while sitting on the toilet; Ramstad provides benches with holes in them and buckets underneath. Just wait.
Ends May 11. Hair & Nails Gallery, Mpls. Free, hairandnailsart.com.
In the first Kinks sighting since his brother Ray was in town in 2011, Dave Davies returns, following last year’s sturdy solo album “Open Road.” Dave’s return at age 70 is made all the sweeter by his comeback from a stroke in 2004. His set lists include classic Kinks tunes he sang, such as “Death of a Clown,” as well as the standards he fueled with his unmistakable guitar riffage. Locally based British rock survivor Joey Molland and Badfinger open.
8 p.m. Sat. Medina Entertainment Center. $31-$44, MedinaEntertainment.com.
The beginning of spring may be off to a struggling start, but the operators of Gale Woods Farm won’t let that stop them from getting things going. Visit the farm in chore clothes and be ready to get a little dirty. Little farmhands can explore the barn, meet baby animals and participate in seasonal activities.
9:30 a.m.-noon Sat. Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista. $5, threeriversparkdistrict.org.
Los Angeles rockers L7 made a strong impression during the early ’90s alt-rock explosion, most notably with their hit “Pretend We’re Dead.” What better way for these fun-loving but envelope-pushing women to announce their return than with “I Came Back to Bitch,” their first of two new singles after an 18-year hiatus? Their other new tune is titled “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago.” They’re touring ahead of their full new album’s release in December.
8 p.m. Thu. First Avenue, Mpls. $25, eTix.com.
Thomas Tallis was one of the greatest church composers of the English Renaissance period, plying his trade in a turbulent era when Catholics and Protestants vied for supremacy. It’s been four years since playwright Jessica Swale premiered “Thomas Tallis” at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. The Orchard Theater Collective presents the Twin Cities premiere in a candlelit ecclesiastical setting, complete with live choir performing Tallis’ music.
7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends May 5. Calvary Baptist Church, Mpls.; $10-$15, orchardtheatercollective.org.