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.
Come along with Peter and the Darling children on Tinkerbelle’s quest in Never Land, in this fun retelling of a classic tale. The story may have changed, but the villainous pirates certainly have not. Join our beloved pixie friend and her companions, along with the help of the Lost Boys and Girls, Indians and mermaids, to beat Captain Hook. Enjoy the show, and have a night filled with laughter and fun. All ages. $10. Thursday–Saturday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.
Kevin Kling plays many creative roles, from author to playwright to storyteller. His works have been performed and published around the world, garnering praise as poignant and insightful looks at life. His stories reach all ages, so bring the whole family to laugh, think and learn a little more about life. Part of the Wildwood Artist Series. $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (62+) and $12 for students. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Fine Arts Center, 8000 75th St.
Simply searching for some quiet for his friend Charlie, a British sergeant informs the patrons of the hotel where he’s staying that Charlie does not speak or understand a word of English. Suddenly, Charlie is privy to the whisperings of the other guests, from emotional secrets to conniving plots, for a plot of wit and humor in this award-winning and crowd-pleasing play. $18–$23. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.