Black Label Movement
The Southern Theatre hosts four performances of a world-premiere work presented by Black Label Movement. “The Illumination” is a 60-minute work from New York-based director/choreographer Scott Rink, who incorporates dance, theater and music in a piece adapted from the works of French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud. The piece, set in 1871, focuses on the forbidden love between the two poets as well as their love triangle with Mathilde Mauté de Fleurville, Verlaine’s wife. The show is set to the music of Claude Debussy and Benjamin Britten, performed live by soprano Patricia Kent and pianist Joe Strachan. For mature audiences. (7:30 p.m. Thu.- Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls. $15-$25. 612-340-0155 or www.southerntheater.org.) Sheila Regan
Zenon Dance Company
Live Bulgarian folk singers will join Zenon on a new work by Wynn Fricke called “The Mourning Tree” during the company’s 32nd spring concert. It is the ninth dance Fricke has choreographed for the company, of which she is a former member. She frequently uses live music in her work, this time enlisting the Mila Vocal Ensemble, an a cappella women’s choir based in St. Paul. More live music infuses the program with the return of New York choreographer luciana achugar’s 2013 “Molten Substance,” with live percussive score by composer J.T. Bates. The evening will also include Osnel Delgado’s 2014 “Coming Home” and a premiere work by Christopher Schlichting called “Inside Wrinkles.” (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends May 17. The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $34. 612-206-3636). S.R.
‘The Dinner Party Download: Live’
“The Dinner Party Download” is one of the quirkier programs heard on MPR, offering questionable etiquette advice, dinner playlists put together by the likes of Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, and tunes and stories by everyone from Steve Martin to Weird Al Yankovic, all washed down with themed cocktail recipes. Tonight, the “Download” will be recorded live at St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater, with guests including actor/comedian Michael Ian Black, Jamaican novelist Marlon James, indie-folk musician Angel Olsen and Minneapolis’ own hip-hop songstress Lizzo joining hosts Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano. (8 p.m. Sat. $25-$35. Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul, 651-920-1200 or fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org.)Jahna Peloquin