Painting the town Purple
There is no official declaration or unofficial name. But Minnesotans will observe the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death with all kinds of musical events. There will be a “Celebration” at Paisley Park, with four days of tours and concerts. Prince-connected musicians will play Minneapolis clubs, including Jesse Johnson at Bunker’s and Shelby J. at the Dakota, and First Avenue is throwing a street party Saturday evening. See a full schedule at startribune.com.music. JON BREAM
Paisley Park, Thu.-next Sun., officialpaisleypark.com; Jesse Johnson, 10:45 p.m. Thu.-Sat., ticketfly.com; Shelby J., 10 p.m. Wed.-Thu. dakotacooks.com; 5 p.m. Sat., first-avenue.com
Josh Tobiessen’s “Lone Star Spirits” is an 80-minute comedy in a dusty, ramshackle Texas roadhouse with vivid if stereotypical characters. There’s the crusty roadhouse owner, his daughter in Austin, Texas, who is bringing her hipster Yankee boyfriend, and then the two young adults who never left town. The play is facile, a bit familiar, but director Sarah Rasmussen’s crackling production — sharply and smartly observed in many moments — makes it worth seeing.
Ends May 7. Jungle Theater, Mpls., $35-$45, jungletheater.com
Minneapolis dance companies Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and Flying Foot Forum both specialize in rhythm. So their upcoming co-presentation, “And the Beat Goes On,” should be a foot-stomping affair. The soundtrack includes Swedish folk-rock and contemporary percussion compositions. And the dance program is packed with premieres, solos and a reprise of the companies’ 1996 collaboration, “Garden of Names.”
8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Cowles Center, Mpls., $30, thecowlescenter.org
Migos, the Atlanta hip-hop trio, released about 15 or 16 mixtapes before the group blew up this winter with the No. 1 single “Bad and Boujee.” It didn’t hurt that the key lyric — “rain drop, drop top” — was tweeted by a nationwide sandwich chain that inserted its own moniker in a new rhyme. Migos’ first hit, “Versace,” took off when Drake did a remix. Migos — Quavo, Offset and Takeoff — have been lumped in with trap rap. No matter what the genre, their new single “T Shirt” is taking off.
8 p.m. Tue. Myth, Maplewood, $55-$139, mythlive.com
Celebrate Mother Earth as well as Harriet Alexander Nature Center’s 27th birthday. The day includes a walking parade and nature-friendly activities. Find out what Earth-friendly events are happening in local communities and snack on a piece of cake to commemorate the day.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville, cityofroseville.com.
The Zombies — yes, that 1960s British rock band — will play their 1968 album “Odessey and Oracle” in its entirety (that means “Time of the Season,” of course). old faves such as “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No” will be included, too, delivered by original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, among others. The still-active group recorded “Still Got That Hunger” two years ago.
7 p.m. Mon. First Avenue, Mpls. $35, etix.com
After a very fruitful, full-steaming five-year run recording and touring with his heavy-hitting trio, alt-rock hero Bob Mould is taking a break and performing all by his lonesome self again, that same lonesome self who retreated to a farm by Pine City in 1988 to produce his landmark solo debut “Workbook.” He’s a relative newcomer to the Turf Club but should feel right at home over three nights there, since Hüsker Dü’s original rehearsal space was just a few blocks away.
8 p.m. Mon.-Wed., Turf Club, St. Paul, sold out
Stephen Hough was already known as one of the best pianists on the international circuit. Now his compositions are finding fanfare as well. VocalEssence performs two of Hough’s settings for the Christian Mass, one based on William Blake’s poetry, the other named “Miracle Mass” after a car accident Hough was lucky to survive. Bonus: Hough himself will be on hand to play piano pieces by Debussy.
8 p.m. Sat., Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls., $20-$40, vocalessence.org
The marquee event in Ballet Minnesota’s 29th annual Minnesota Dance Festival? A full corps de ballet dancing variations from the Spanish-flavored classic “Paquita” (an 1846 Paris Opera Ballet premiere) complete with tricky solos and a grand pas de deux. Other highlights include artistic director Andrew Rist’s biographical work on Beethoven and a family-friendly premiere inspired by the St. Paul Farmers Market.
7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., the O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, $14-$30, oshag.stkate.edu