Cuban inspiration

After kicking off 2016 with a trip to Cuba, Zenon Dance Company continues the Cuban theme with a performance of “Song Awakened,” inspired by choreographer Danny Buraczeski’s first trip to Cuba in 2001. Zenon’s fall program also includes world premieres by New York choreographers Greg Dolbashian and Kendra Portier.


8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $34. Ends Nov. 20. Cowles Center, Mpls.

Staying up late with pioneering, Rhymesayers-affiliated Los Angeles hip-hop trio Dilated Peoples and local wiz kid Allan Kingdom (pictured) might not be the best way to get people out early to vote the next morning, but Go Vote MN has paired them up for an election eve party with that exact goal in mind. The low-cost rally will also feature the final round of the Make America Battle Again rap battle, perfectly in the spirit of this year’s presidential throwdown.


7:30 p.m. Mon. $10. Mill City Nights, Mpls.

Open Eye Figure Theatre co-founder Michael Sommers has remounted his small 2012 jewel “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Working with marionettes, shadow puppets and masked actors, he creates a sweet and mythically charming version of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 18th-century poem, which concerns a lad who loses control of a situation once he invokes his master’s magical powers. For ages 8 and older.


7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. $12-$18. Ends Nov. 13. Open Eye Theatre, Mpls.

This year’s “Let Me Get By,” the third album by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, is the most fully realized effort by the wife-and-husband group. Susan Tedeschi’s vocals sound more confident and convincing; Minneapolis’ own Mike Mattison shines on “Right on Time”; David Bowie sideman Tim Lefebvre adds a jazzy touch on bass, and Derek Trucks soars as usual on guitar. The material here adds considerably to what has always been a terrific live soul/blues/funk/rock/jazz/gospel band.


7:30 p.m. Fri. $35-$75. Orpheum, Mpls.

Houston has produced some of the edgiest rappers in the game going back to the Geto Boys, and that’s no different with Lecrae, a sharp-tongued lyricist with hard beats and grim songs. What is different is the fact that the 37-year-old star is actually a Christian artist, his holy and hopeful messages shining through the grime. He made history in 2014 as the first gospel rapper to land a No. 1 album in Billboard, the aptly named “Anomaly.”


7 p.m. Wed. $29.50. First Avenue, Mpls.

British artist Bruce Munro will illuminate the grounds of the 1,200-acre Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with six light installations, some of which incorporate pulsing colors and sounds. Enlivening the autumnal landscapes, his magical sculptures create poetic illusions from optical fiber, acrylic pegs and prismatic rods.


Opening Sat. $17 ages 13 and up. Ends April 9. 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska. 952-443-1400,

After the Minnesota Orchestra’s acclaimed Sibelius symphony CDs comes another project: recording all of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies for Sweden’s Bis label. Concert performances of the mighty Sixth Symphony get the ball rolling, paired with a new clarinet concerto by Claudio Puntin. The Sixth is Mahler’s grimmest symphony, stupendously orchestrated and rising to a shattering series of climaxes in the fatalistic final movement.


8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $29-$96. Orchestra Hall, Mpls. 612-371-5656,

Twin Cities jazz singer Connie Evingson has found a home at the Jungle Theater, where folks who prefer not to indulge in the club scene can sit back and watch her command the stage. Her versatility will be tested with an American Songbook program promising forays into blues, ragtime, spirituals, Tin Pan Alley, country and jazz, with an impressive band that includes pianist Jon Weber.


4 & 7:30 p.m. Sun. $30. Jungle Theater, Mpls.

St. Martin’s Day, or the Feast of St. Martin, is a German festival that marks the time when autumn wheat seeding is completed and fattened cattle are prepared for the dinner table. To mark the occasion, the Germanic-American Institute will host a celebration complete with music, dances and a parade, led by St. Martin on horseback.


4 p.m. next Sun. Free. Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul. 651-292-3225.