Weekend Best Bets: May 4-6

What you need to do, see, hear, and experience this weekend

Friday, May 4

Pop Goes The Folk

WHAT: The Lower 48 CD release
WHERE: Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
The acoustic folk-pop trio—formerly of Minneapolis, currently of (where else) Portland—releases its first full-length album, Where All Maps End. Learn more at thecedar.org

Friday, May 4

Dance Of The Immortals

WHAT: Ballet of the Dolls’ Faith
WHERE: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Myron Johnson sets aside his irreverence (sort of) to channel his spiritual side, though still with his trademark eclecticism: a procession of Buddhist monks morphing into a New Orleans-style funeral parade, etc. Learn more at ordway.org

Saturday, May 5

Fiesta Time

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo Celebration
WHERE: West Side of St. Paul
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Things kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. featuring floats and traditional costumes, then get increasingly contemporary: a low-rider car show, soccer matches, and, of course, great food. Learn more at cincodemayosaintpaul.com

Saturday, May 5

A Witness To Love

WHAT: The Amen Corner
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Greta Oglesby (Caroline, or Change) stars in this story by James Baldwin about a Harlem preacher who banished her husband to devote herself to God and her congregation. While not a musical per se, there is plenty of music, courtesy of Oglesby and a gospel choir. Learn more at guthrietheater.org

Sunday, May 6

People Get Ready

WHAT: May Day Parade and Festival
WHERE: Powderhorn Park, Mpls.
WHEN: 1 to 7 p.m.
The greatest people-watching event of the year returns. And while the winter didn’t necessitate much recovery, expect plenty of angst, in this year of the Occupy movement, over the economic, environmental, and social situation in America. Learn more at hobt.org

Sunday, May 6

Groove Guru

WHAT: Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band
WHERE: Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 and 9 p.m.
Sanchez, arguably the best contemporary bandleader of Latin jazz bands, brings his percussion-heavy group to the Dakota. His live shows have become legendary, and the intimate stage should encourage much interaction. Learn more at dakotacooks.com