Start with a decorated American soldier, throw in a dash of brainwashing, a few pinches of dastardly schemes plus a beautifully scored opera, and what do you get? The world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate, performed by the Minnesota Opera this month. Based on the novel by Richard Condon, the opera follows soldier Raymond Shaw as he is brainwashed into becoming a ruthless assassin against the U.S. government. Will his fellow soldier be able to stop him before the end of this heart-pounding thriller? Formal opera attire is not required at this performance. $25–$200. Times vary.
Arts & Performance
You might have seen some viral YouTube videos of this stellar a cappella quintet known as Pentatonix; the most popular are their Daft Punk remix, holiday songs and “The Evolution of Music.” Join Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola as they celebrate their fourth album in one year to debut in the top ten on Billboard’s charts. $29.50–$59.50. 8 p.m.
Relating the experiences of war to civilians can often be a difficult experience for returning veterans. The Telling Project has been working since 2008 to facilitate person-to-person contact between audiences and members of the military to build community and support networks through performance. Telling features a cast of Minnesota military members, veterans and their families performing a script based off of their own experiences for an emotionally poignant show.
The Children’s Theatre Company is proud to present an adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Adapted for the stage by director Greg Banks, the audience can join Huck and Jim on their journey down the Mississip’ as the actors bring this entertaining and heartwarming tale to life. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Adults $10–$58; children 4 and up $10–$38; children 3 and under $5. Show times vary; check online. 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.874.0400; childrenstheatre.org.
Sit back and soak in this choral music performance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. At their winter concert, the National Lutheran Choir hopes to inspire audiences and spotlight the importance of perseverance. Originally an autobiography, published in 1969 by Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings moves audiences in this musical adaptation. $10–$25. 4 p.m. Woodlake Lutheran Church, 7525 Oliver Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.866.8449; nlca.com.
To many, the sounds of Jazz are just that—sounds. The intermingling of instruments, with their syncopated rhythms and unpredictable melodies, can seem like gibberish to those who haven’t played or studied jazz. This class will investigate the cultural, historical and personal stories of the jazz movement. You might even be tapping your feet on your way out the door. $5 for Walker Art Center members. 2–3 p.m. Lecture Room, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.375.7600; members.walkerart.org.
Nothing’s better than those big, beautiful, rainbow-catching spheres of wonder: bubbles. “Bubbleologist” Geoff Akins goes beyond the classic shape, creating fantastical phenomenons like a bubble volcano, bubble merry-go-round and even a dancing bubble. This is one event all ages can enjoy, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate National Bubbles Week. Free. 1–2 p.m.
The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO), in collaboration with the Center for Irish Music (CIM), is delighted to present Aisling Gheal (Irish Gaelic for “Bright Vision”), a unique joint concert exploring the intersections between traditional Irish music and the classical orchestra music it inspired, Sunday, March 8th at 3 p.m.
You’d recognize the crazy, horizontal, red-haired braids anywhere, but how much do you really know about Pippi? No matter what your relationship with this goofy girl is, the Merrill Community Arts Center is glad to make the introduction, solidify the friendship or welcome the reunion. The Black Box Theatre invites actors to engage the audience in a unique way. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students.