Pens vs. Predators in Game 5; Wilco at Stage AE; Rex Hosts Brian Posehn (Thurs., 6/8/17)

1) The Stanley Cup Finals continue in the ‘Burgh tonight with our Pens facing off in game 5 against the Nashville Predators. Let’s prey on the Predators! 8 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) As the frontman and leader of alt-rock band Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has really made a name for himself over the past 20-some years. Wilco has been highly praised for its experimental take on the alternative rock genre (including Grammy wins). In his solo performances, Tweedy dons the guise of an acoustic folk singer-songwriter. With no prior knowledge of his work, one could easily mistake this approach as his default mode and natural musical habitat. With a voluminous catalog of songs; a penchant for skilled, complex guitar work; and a rich, oaky voice; Tweedy was also a founding member of the band Uncle Tupelo. Wilco’s 2015 release—Star Wars—was the second album that the members produced on their own label and was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album in 2016. Their latest album, Schmilco, was released last September. Special guest is Kacy & Clayton. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (EC/RH)

3) If you like comedy, then you probably know Brian Posehn by appearance if not by name. His early work included acting and writing credits on HBO’s Mr. Show with Bob and David. On “Seinfeld,” he played the guy whom the surgeon left a sponge inside of. (Well, technically, his character was cast to play the guy whom the surgeon left a sponge inside of. He, Kramer, and Mickey Abbott were auditioning as sick people for medical students to diagnose.) Posehn’s other acting credits include film roles (Devil’s Rejects, Uncle Nick) and a starring role on “The Sarah Silverman Program,” which ran on Comedy Central from 2007 to 2010. New ventures include a comedy podcast, Nerd Poker, and co-writing credits on Marvel Comics’ Deadpool. Posehn is an accomplished stand-up too. He’s released four albums and appeared in as many specials. He performs at the Rex Theater. Gab Bonesso and John Dick Winters open.  8:30 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. (CM)

4) Our battlin’ Buccos play the Miami Marlins tonight. There’s no promotions just good ‘ol baseball. Grab a hot dog, beer, and some Cracker Jack. 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.