Happening Saturday: Preakness Stakes, 'Avenue Q,' and more

-140th Preakness Stakes: To many, the Preakness represents American greatness, athleticism, and spectacle. To everyone else, it’s a time to appreciate the always-entertaining grab-bagged horse names. Racing this year we have, of course, Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah, as well as Danzig Moon, Divining Rod, and Mr. Z among others. If we didn’t know better, we’d guess these were the characters of an amazing sci-fi B-movie rock opera. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., (410) 542-9400, preakness.com, $34-$700. (Maura Callahan)

-"Avenue Q": Using puppets along with live actors to bring the heart-warming message that, indeed, “everyone’s a little racist,” "Avenue Q" tells the story and sings the songs of Princeton, a recent college grad who sets out to find his purpose. He has no money, no job, and no clue, but with a little binge drinking, a one-night stand, and a mixtape it all comes together Tony Award winningly. If you have ever claimed to have a girlfriend who lives in Canada—or know someone who has—you know what we mean. Through June 6, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., stillpointetheatre.com, $20-$24. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

-From the Short List: InfieldFest, the annual Preakness weekend concert at Pimlico Race Course, features trance producer Armin van Buuren, actor-turned-rapper Childish Gambino, and country hit-maker Easton Corbin. Maryland rapper Dunson headlines the “Fed Spill” hip-hop bill at the 8x10 with Brain Rapp, Nature Boi, and more. Roddy Radiation, a founding member of British ska legends The Specials, plays the Metro Gallery with The Scotch Bonnets and Thee Lexington Arrows (featuring CP illustrator Alex Fine). Virginia metal band Foehammer plays the Sidebar with Mountain God, Rhin, and more. Dubstep label Never Say Die Records presents SKisM and Laxx at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Maryland hard-rock institution Clutch co-headlines Pier Six Pavilion with Mastodon. (Al Shipley)

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