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.
Caroline likes photography and the Internet. Anthony, on the other hand, likes sports and poetry—an interesting combination indeed. Caroline and Anthony meet during a project about Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and their romance is chronicled in I and You, a play full of witty language and thought-provoking scenes. I and You was a winner of the national New Play Network Rolling Premiere Award in 2013 and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Prices and show times vary; check online. Use code “SJCC” for ticket discount.
In the Shadows, an exhibit featuring photographs by New York artist Aviva Klein, explores the life of an agunah (a Hebrew term that means “anchored” or “chained”)—a Jewish woman whose husband refuses to grant her a divorce. The complexities of this situation, especially in modern Orthodox communities, is often termed “the agunah problem.” In the Shadows documents 10 women whose lives are affected by this situation. Free. Open during gallery hours.
In a celebration of 5,000 years of civilization, the Shen Yun Performing Arts brings you on a journey through the art of Chinese dance, music and performance. Watch classical Chinese dance, considered one of the most rigorous yet beautiful art forms; hold your breath as you watch the stunning costumes and visual displays; and experience the magical tales that have inspired a culture. Classic opera or ballet performance attire is recommended. Ages 5 and up. $50–$150. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Local photographer John Piepkorn showcases his photography in his latest exhibition, Deserted and Forsaken: Photography of the Abandoned, at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Piepkorn’s serene images of abandoned farmhouses, schoolhouses and empty fields where life once thrived offer viewers a moment to reflect on the path of American history and perhaps their own journeys. Free. Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday noon–5 p.m.