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Dessa in St. Paul; ‘High’ at the State Theatre

ALSO: Bobcat Goldthwait at Acme; ‘Learn to Be Latina’ at Mixed Blood; and more.

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Friday, April 20

The Poet’s Emcee

WHAT: Dessa
The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

Dessa plays her largest concert to date and her first of 2012, a sneak peek at her upcoming fall record, based on mythology, called Castor, The Twin. She’ll be joined by Jeremy Messersmith, Cecil Otter, Aby Wolf, Alexei Moon Casselle, Black Blondie, and gospel singer Robert Robinson. Learn more at

Friday, April 20

The Claws Come Out

WHAT: Bobcat Goldthwait
Acme Comedy Club, Minneapolis
8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

It’s been a long time since Shakes the Clown put Goldthwait’s dark pathos on display in 1991. But the comedy has remained incisive: his upcoming film, God Bless America, follows a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde on a killing spree inspired by insipid reality shows. Learn more at

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Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21

Pop For Adults

WHAT: The Twilight Hours
Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Minneapolis
7 p.m.

John Munson and Matt Wilson, the former Trip Shakespeare stalwarts, reunite as the Twilight Hours, along with Steve Roehm, performing McCartney-esque pop songs as crisp as they are melodic. Learn more at

Saturday, April 21

A Test Of Faith

WHAT: High
WHERE: State Theatre, Minneapolis
2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Kathleen Turner plays the tough but troubled Sister Jamison Connelly, trying to help a teen drug user and, in the process, struggling to maintain her belief in miracles and redemption. This national tour features the original Broadway actors. Learn more at

Sunday, April 22

Garrison’s Gal

WHAT: Sara Watkins
WHERE: Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
7:30 p.m.

The feisty fiddler, formerly of Nickel Creek, was a rare guest host of A Prairie Home Companion a year ago, sparking rumors that the gig was a tryout for a possible succession of Garrison Keillor. Hasn’t happened yet. In the meantime, Watkins is touring ahead of the May release of her new album, which features guest spots from Fiona Apple and Jackson Browne. Learn more at

Sunday, April 22

The Next J. Lo

WHAT: Learn to Be Latina
WHERE: Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis
3 p.m.

Enrique Urueta’s Learn To Be Latina, a winner of the national Great Gay Play Contest, is unrelentingly riotous, featuring a bilingual hand puppet and wild musical numbers in spinning a coming-out tale as affirming as it is off-color. Learn more at