Through Sunday, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $20-$85 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
The brilliant, contradictory force behind Afrobeat — the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti — is the subject of this unique, high-energy touring production. Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson calls the show “a boogieing, gut-wrenching wonder — and, as befits the title figure, a show unlike any other Broadway has produced in sound, structure or subject.”
2 Kenny Chesney
5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $29-$229 (www.ticketmaster.com).
The country superstar’s last show here was one of Seattle’s top-selling concerts ever. Chesney remembers it as a transformative moment for himself (read Gene Stout’s interview with him to learn more). The show starts early Saturday (5 p.m.) to allow for a long lineup of opening acts. We’re predicting you’re going to get your money’s worth from this one.
3 'Director's Choice'
Pacific Northwest Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and June 6-8; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. June 9, Pacific Northwest Ballet, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $28-$173 (206-441-2424 or www.pnb.org).
In the run-up to PNB’s season-ending program, a new, world-premiere ballet by internationally acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is getting all the buzz. But don’t discount the other two pieces rounding out the evening, both by George Balanchine: The icy “Diamonds” and the so-modern-you-can’t-believe-it’s-60-years-old “Agon.”
4 'What Maisie Knew'
Now playing at several Seattle-area movie theaters. Rated R for some language.
Unfortunately we can’t really recommend either of the big Hollywood movies released this weekend — “Now You See Me” and “After Earth.” But we can urge you to see this family drama, which movie critic Moira Macdonald says “packs a surprising emotional punch.” (For more movie suggestions, check out our list of 10 best-bet SIFF films screening this coming week.)
5 J.P. Patches Place street-naming
11 a.m. Saturday, History House of Greater Seattle, 790 N. 34th St., Seattle; free (206-675-8875 or www.historyhouse.org).
This one’s for you, Patches Pals: The street in front of the J.P. Patches and Gertrude statue in Fremont is being renamed J.P. Patches Place — at least in an honorary fashion, if not officially. Pat Cashman, Mayor Mike McGinn and Christina Frost (granddaughter of the late Chris Wedes, who played Patches on TV) will preside over the ceremony.