For its 25th anniversary, Winstock, the little country music festival that could, has two choice headliners: Dierks Bentley, who knows how to start a party whether it’s with “Drunk on a Plane” or “Free and Easy,” and Miranda Lambert, seven-time winner of the Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year. She’s still touring behind “The Weight of These Wings,” deservedly named the best country album of 2016 in a nationwide critics poll. Also appearing are Brothers Osborne, Billy Currington, Luke Combs, Sawyer Brown, Lanco, Neal McCoy and others.JON BREAM
Fri.-Sat. Winsted airport, Winsted, Minn., $130-$325, winstockfestival.com
While Audra McDonald won a Tony Award in 2014 for her portrayal of jazz icon Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Twin Cities singer-actor Thomasina Petrus should be given a prize for her more fully realized turn. Sure, she has mastery of the singer’s distinctive phrasing and fragile contralto. But beyond the music, she displays a deep, empathetic understanding of things that troubled Holiday, body and soul. An aching, gorgeous performance.
Ends June 24, Jungle Theater, Mpls., $15-$47, jungletheater.com
In the exhibit “Sleeping Giant: The Iron Range of Minnesota,” Vance Gellert photographs everything from a construction worker standing in front of black ore and a guy relaxing in a sauna in a pink towel to rolling clouds behind a housing development on the Rouchleau mine site. Gellert’s trained eye captures it all.
Minnesota Capitol, third floor gallery, St. Paul. Free, mnhs.org/capitol
Chelsea Handler has long been a Twin Cities favorite, but this time, she’s sharing the stage with equally outspoken Jana Shortal in “A Night Out With Chelsea Handler.” Instead of the usual monologue, the comic will take questions from the KARE anchor designed to encourage activism. In other words, more about immigration and gun rights, less about hooking up with 50 Cent. Sponsored by Twin Cities Pride, the event is expected to include audience Q&A.
8 p.m. Tue. State Theatre, Mpls. $53-$153, ticketmaster.com
Paul Simon, a pillar of American popular music, is on his farewell tour. He might continue to write and record songs but this is his final concert excursion, ending in September, just before he turns 77. The set lists have covered all eras of his Rock Hall of Fame solo career, with a few Simon & Garfunkel favorites saved for the encore. For this nearly 2½-hour concert, Simon’s band has been expanded from his stellar 2016 tour to include members of yMusic.
8 p.m. Fri. Xcel Center, St. Paul, $46.50-$532, ticketmaster.com
One of the more exciting new indie songwriters of 2018, young New York rocker Caroline Rose took the SXSW fest by storm dressed in her colorful athletic gear, which hints at both the irony and the energy in the songs on her New West Records debut, “Loner.” Her tunes have a pop-rocky swagger with a punky snarl that’s part NRBQ and part Modern Lovers, and her lyrics are loaded with Craig Finn-style stories with feminist undertones. Highly recommended.
8 p.m. Wed., 7th Street Entry, Mpls., sold out
Twin Cities-born violinist Ariana Kim joined New York’s Aizuri String Quartet two years ago. Her group makes its Minnesota debut after winning the M-Prize, a chamber music contest. The concert reflects the quartet’s commitment to living composers, with local premieres of Paul Wiancko’s “Lift” and Lembit Beecher ‘s “These Memories May Be True.” Also featured are Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet and works by Carlo Gesualdo and Hildegard von Bingen.
7 p.m. Sun., Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul, $15-$25, chambermusicmn.org
The Open Streets festival will hop around to seven neighborhoods in Minneapolis this summer. The goal is to bring together community groups and businesses with its residents. The Lyndale area is up first with a block party that includes exhibits, displays, vendors and live entertainment. See what local businesses have to offer. Taste foods from that restaurant you always wanted to try.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sun. On Lyndale Av. S. between 22nd and 54th Sts., Mpls., free, openstreetsmpls.org/lyndale
Throughout her career, Minnesota tap dancer Kaleena Miller was often the only woman in the room. The Rhythmic Circus co-founder comes to terms with gender expectations in her experience with “I Love Her,” featuring the nine men and women of Kaleena Miller Dance Company. The new show touches upon friction between male- and female-dominated worlds while celebrating the role of women in dance and beyond.
7:30 p.m. Thu.- Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Southern Theater, Mpls., $20-$24, southerntheater.org.