Steampunk Alice

Collide Theatrical takes on the stigma of mental illness with its reimagining of "Alice in Wonderland," set in a mental institution with a steampunk aesthetic and a pop-rock soundtrack. "Wonderland" centers on Dr. Knight's care for the White Rabbit, who suffers from a severe anxiety disorder. The titular Alice also is a patient, who suffers from body dysmorphia. The piece, performed outdoors and also available as a virtual stream, explores notions of what normal means as the characters search for connection and acceptance. (7 p.m. Sat.; 2 and 5 p.m. Sun., through May 30. James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Av., St. Paul. June 5-20 at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, virtual on-demand starting May 28. $36 live; $25 virtual. 651-395-7903,


Low Rats

We know it's the Year of the Rat, as is the title of this new Twin Cities garage-rock band's debut album, a raw blast of Stooges/Mudhoney-style roar with a Cramps-like surf-punk twist. It's also turning into the summer of Low Rats as the quartet literally hits the ground rolling via the kickoff installment of the Bands on Vans series, broadcast live via MCN6 from an iron stage built atop a moving van. (6 p.m. Sat., between Grumpy's and 331 Club, northeast Mpls. free, Then they headline the reserved-ticketed Under the Canopy series next week with openers Melk Men, Black Widows and Whiskey Rock N' Roll Club MPLS (7 p.m. May 20, Hook & Ladder, 3010 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls., $10-$20,

Chris Riemenschneider

Tracing to connect

A ritual that's a little like theater and a little like storytelling, "Contact Tracing" joins Zoom audiences of 18 at a time with Aimee K. Bryant, Megan Kim and Oogie_Push for a ceremony designed to help folks process and begin to work their ways out of lockdown. To join, you'll need a source of light, common objects and vessels for water. Wonderlust Productions' Leah Cooper hopes it will be "a perfect place to experiment with collective ritual in a time of uncertainty." (7 p.m. Thu. and Sun., through May 30. $30 or pick-your-price. )

Chris Hewitt

Marilyn Mae

We've sung the praises of ageless cabaret queen Marilyn Maye since she's become a regular at Crooners in Fridley during the past three years. We couldn't resist mentioning that Maye is returning in May. With her vivacious personality, incomparable energy and uncanny sense of timeless showbiz, the 93-year-old is the ultimate entertainer. She'll headline the club's new lakeside Belvedere tent starting next Thursday. (7 p.m. May 20-23, Crooners, 6161 Hwy. 65, Fridley. $45 and up.