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The lust quotient is high in the Guthrie Theater’s passionate, joyful production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” — which is underscored by the casting of women in several roles usually played by men. Director Lavina Jadhwani finds all of the humor and brightness in the romantic comedy that Shakespeare put there in the first place — including lots of music. Beginning with a gender-bending, Pucci-knockoff-clad Motown salute and extending all the way to the dance-party finale, this production isn’t just funny. It has funny bones. Chris Hewitt
1 & 7 p.m. today and next Sun., 7:30 p.m. Tue. and Thu.-Fri., 1 & 7:30 p.m. Wed. and Sat. Ends March 17. Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. $29-$78; 612-377-2224, guthrietheater.org.
Even with a $60 ticket price, Swedish electro-pop star Robyn sold out the Palace instantaneously, resulting in doubled prices on resale sites. That’s both a sign of Scandinavian-heavy Minnesota’s affinity for the “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Dancing on My Own” hitmaker, but also for the widespread pent-up excitement over her first album in eight years, “Honey,” which is indeed very sticky but not too sweet. She’s been a blast at prior shows here.
7 p.m. Tue. Palace Theatre, St. Paul. Sold out.
In his “Surreal Promenade,” Russian-born ceramic artist Sergei Isupov constructs hybrid animal-human forms, mysterious gigantic heads, character-driven dioramas and three-dimensional scenes of bucolic Russian saunas. Despite sometimes problematic, objectifying subject matter, curator Masha Zavialova has done a nice job of contextualizing the work in psychoanalysis. The cacophony of human-animal characters is very “Alice in Wonderland.”
Ends June 9. Russian Museum of Art, Mpls. $4-$10; 612-821-9045, tmora.org.
Sonic Youth co-founder and indie-rock heroine Kim Gordon joins French dance artist Dimitri Chamblas for a special performance inside the American Swedish Institute. Set amid an exhibition of surrealist works by Swedish photographer Erik Johansson, the show aims for a participatory experience in an intimate setting. Part of the SPCO’s Liquid Music series, it blurs the lines between music and movement, promising a memorable night for the lucky few who nabbed tickets.
7:30 p.m. Mon.-Tue., American Swedish Institute, Mpls. Sold out, asimn.org.
How many great female composers have been lost to history? For starters, there’s Fanny Mendelssohn, sister of the great 19th-century composer Felix. A brilliant pianist, Fanny was also a gifted composer whose career was stymied. MacPhail Center’s Spotlight series celebrates Fanny’s genius with faculty soprano Andrea Leap singing a selection of her songs. The concert also pairs Fanny’s Piano Trio with excerpts from one of her brother’s String Quartets.
8 p.m. Sat. MacPhail Center, Mpls. $15-$25; 612-767-5250, macphail.org.
Billed as the largest consumer hockey show in the world, the Let’s Play Hockey Expo coincides with the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. Enthusiasts of the puck can indulge in celebrity appearances and see the latest innovative products available for athletes. Now in its 30th year, the expo also features interactive events for kids. Add to your hockey memorabilia and apparel with dozens of vendors.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. RiverCentre, St. Paul. rivercentre.org.
A-list songwriters in the heyday of Southern California rock who penned hits for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and others, J.D. Souther and Karla Bonoff also enjoyed modest solo careers. He’s known for “You’re Only Lonely,” she for “Personally.” He’s done some acting, including a recurring role on “Nashville.” They’ve both headlined well-received shows at the Dakota in recent years, and they’re back sharing a bill for the first time, with choice stories to tell and well-known songs to sing.
7 p.m. Mon.-Wed. Dakota, Mpls. $50-$75, dakotacooks.com.
If you don’t already know James Blake, he was that pale guy with the pained-but-pretty voice who sang alongside Travis Scott at the Grammy Awards. The Mercury Prize-winning British electronic-soul singer has also contributed writing and singing to Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar albums, and now he’s touring with a trio touting his own hip-hop-inspired but still mellow-cool fourth record, “Assume Form,” including his first Twin Cities date in almost six years.
8 p.m. Mon. Palace Theatre, St. Paul. $44-$69, etix.com.
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz’s 20th-anniversary all-ages dance party will blast tunes for big and little dancing feet. At the glow-in-the-dark jam, Z Puppets will provide glowables so guests can make psychedelic wearable creations to strut onto the blacklight dance floor. DJ Mehdi Kennar will spin world grooves and give dance instruction. Play the Story Stitch Game with Green Card Voices and toast 20 years of dance moves with a sparkling cider.
7 p.m. Fri. Walker Community United Methodist Church, Mpls. Pay what you will; zpuppets.org.