Country music’s concert king
It’s probably not your typical Cinco de Mayo kind of celebration but it’s always a party when Kenny Chesney comes to town. A regular at Target Field, the high-energy country-music stadium king has switched from the Twins ballpark to the Vikings’ venue for his latest sun-bathed, beer-soaked bacchanalia. The “Boys of Fall” and “ Beer in Mexico” hitmaker is bringing a host of friends, including Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and newcomer Brandon Lay.
5 p.m. Sat., U.S. Bank Stadium, Mpls., Tickets start at $37, ticketmaster.com
Founded by Dartmouth students in 1971, the ultra-bendy dancers of Pilobolus are known for wowing audiences with gorgeous configurations and feats of athletic artistry. The dance company returns to Minnesota with “Shadowland,” a new show featuring shadow puppetry alongside those signature amorphous moves. The story follows a teenage girl on a dreamlike journey, with high-tech visuals and original music by New York songwriter David Poe.
7:30 p.m. Sat., Ordway Theater, St. Paul, $29-$81, ordway.org
Heirs apparent to the great riot-grrrl movement and now one of its best punk bands of all time, Kitten Forever reclaims the Loring for the arts community to celebrate their fourth album, “Semi-Permanent.” Another hard-blasting, wryly feminist collection featuring only bass, drums and a heavily shared and abused microphone, it’s as brash and fiery as it is boisterous as it is fun, and it’s available digitally and on cassette via the trio’s own Rat Queen Records.
9:30 p.m. Thu., Loring Bar & Restaurant, Mpls., $9, eventbrite.com
He may not be the title character, but the Once-ler is the protagonist of “Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax,” and Steven Epp (pictured) is giving a monumental performance as the inventor/environment-destroyer. A sad clown who becomes an evil supervillain before getting a shot at redemption, the Once-ler battles the principled Lorax, who “speaks for the trees” the Once-ler keeps chopping down. This sweet and tuneful production is well worth seeing, even if you don’t have kids.
Ends June 10, Children’s Theatre Company, Mpls., $15-$84, 612-874-0400 or childrenstheatre.org
“Contemporary Cuba” is like a mini version of the Walker Art Center’s recent “Adios Utopia” exhibition. The quaint group show features many of the same Cuban artists, including KCHO and Los Carpinteros. It also features abstract paintings by the 102-year-old Carmen Herrera and hyper-realistic landscapes by Tomás Sánchez. And it introduces the Merger, an art collective that uses design sensibilities to rethink the Minneapolis skyline.
Ends June 16, Burnet Fine Art & Advisory, Wayzata, burnetart.com
With his slashing band the Assassination, Illinois rocker Ike Reilly has had a regular presence in the Twin Cities for two decades. Now he’s about to get intimate and conversational with four solo gigs showcasing his May 18 release “Crooked Love,” a sharp collection of shambling folk-punk blues with Dylanesque echoes. “Took It Lyin’ Down” recalls how Reilly, then a Chicago hotel doorman, got stiffed tip-wise by Donald and Ivana Trump when he showed them to their penthouse.
9 p.m. Weds. in May, Icehouse, Mpls., $20, icehousempls.com
Founded by Minnesota tap dancers and musicians in 2008, Rhythmic Circus has toured the world with its spectacular “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” dance show, earning top honors at the Edinburgh fringe festival and a spot on “America’s Got Talent.” The company celebrates its 10th anniversary with a hometown performance of its crowd-pleasing show filled with taps, stomps and a big brass band.
7:30 p.m. Fri., the O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul, $18-$38, oshag.stkate.edu
The Wildflower Project marks the (belated) arrival of spring with Flores de Mayo, an event designed to support new pollinator habitats in the Twin Cities. Festivities include live music by the Wayward McCoys and tastings of Minnesota honey. Kids will “bee” excited to hit the Bridgeman’s ice cream truck. Urban Growler Brewing Co. will use a portion of proceeds to build new pollinator-packed wildflower gardens.
Noon-5 p.m. Sat., free, Urban Growler Brewing Co., St. Paul, thewildflowerprojectmn.org
The Minnesota Orchestra tips its hat to the great Leonard Bernstein with a performance of his atmospheric score for the Oscar-winning “On the Waterfront” (1954). Led by Osmo Vänskä, this all-American program also includes Copland’s ebullient “Billy the Kid” suite and two concertos — one world premiere flute concerto by “House of Cards” composer Jeff Beal, another showcasing first associate concertmaster Susie Park in Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto.
11 a.m. Thu., 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; Orchestra Hall, Mpls., $12-$96, minnesotaorchestra.org