Of the live music shows tonight, no show at a small venue will deliver as much bang for your buck as Children of Bodom and the Devin Townsend Project at Station 4. The Finnish heavy metal band has few contemporaries when it comes to technical skill, thanks to guitar virtuoso Alexi Laiho, one of the most respected shredders in the genre and one of the reasons that the tour is sponsored by Guitar World. Make sure to get to Station 4 early and have your ears assaulted by the solo work of Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad. Septicflesh and Obscura will open. Tickets are $26 at the door and because it’s a 16+ show, the doors open at 6 p.m.
The latest exhibition at Altered Esthetics offered artists the chance to express their feelings about the current political climate. The nonpartisan exhibit features work from Jennifer Weigel, Madeline Crew, and others. Join the tomfoolery at the exhibition’s opening party tonight, which includes pin the tail on the donkey (or pin the tusk on the elephant) and other election-themed activities. It’s the perfect way to kick off your Fourth of July activities. 7 to 10 p.m., 1224 Quincy St. NE, Mpls., 612-378-8888. For more information visit alteredesthetics.com.
If you have more fun in a cabaret than at the cabin, spend your Saturday at the Bryant Lake Bowl with some Shakespeare awesomeness. Dovetail Theatre presents Shakespeare Smash, a fundraiser for its first show, Leonce and Lena, opening in September. The show regales audience members with the story of a prince and princess from the kingdoms of Popo and Pipi who want to escape from royal traditions for a shot at true love. The Smash consists of three rounds of Shakespearean characters (Richard III, Ophelia, Iago, and Joan of Arc) fighting for the title belt. Tickets are pay-what-you-can between $10 and $20. Get there at 9:30 p.m. when doors open so you catch the showing of all the rejected audition tapes. Show starts at 10 p.m. 810 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-825-8949. For more information and to buy tickets, visit dovetailtheatre.com.
Dan Israel will celebrate the release of his 11th album Crosstown Traveler, at Aster Café on Saturday, bringing with him local musicians Slim Dunlap and Terry Walsh. Adam Levy of The Honeydogs calls Crosstown Traveler, “A remarkably positive record amidst the sturm und drang of today.” Israel has shared the stage with Mason Jennings, Morrissey, Rick Springfield, Soul Asylum, and Yael Naim, among others. Call ahead to reserve a table—tickets are $8 and the show starts at 9 p.m. 125 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-379-3138. For more information, visit astercafe.com.
Cause Spirits and Soundbar hosts Galactic Soul Lounge with Toki Wright, who will debut the “Galactic Soul Arkestra,” a super group of sorts featuring Toki, Mayda, Mally, G-MO, DJSnuggles, Oso, Mavin MC, Katrah-Quey, Luis Ortega, and O-D. All of the Arkestra will be contributing to an improv set with vocals, percussion, live production, beatboxing, guitar, keys, congas, and more. Also check out the painting by Ice Rod, and a tribute to the production of The Neptunes/N.E.R.D by DJ Willie Shu. This 21+ show is just $5 and starts at 9 p.m. For more info visit spiritsandsound.com