Arts & Performance

Loring Park Art Festival

August 8–9 More than 140 local
artists converge on Loring Park, a beautiful green space in west
Minneapolis, for this annual juried festival. Check out paintings,
photography, printmaking and handmade paper, woodwork, jewelry,
sculptures, fiber art, mixed media, glass art and more. In addition to
browsing artwork, stop by one of the food and beverage vendor spots for a
cool-down treat. Bring the fam: Strolling musicians and children’s

Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Choir to perform at Covenant Village of Golden Valley

The Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Choir will perform at Covenant Village of Golden Valley on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. Covenant Village is a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities.

The Minneapolis Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Celebrating 76 Years, Minnesota residents, workers, and visitors have come to love and appreciate all that Minneapolis has to offer during the Aquatennial.

International Day of the Book, a Catalan Tradition

On April 23, Catalonia celebrates Sant Jordi (St George's Day) in honor of its patron saint. On this spring day, streets all over Barcelona and surrounds are filled with the roses and books that people give to those they love on this festive, family occasion that the Catalan community brings to the Twin Cities.

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Minnesota is primed for an infusion of bold color. Young painters can give spring a boost at this three-hour workshop, where they will draw inspiration from one of Van Gogh’s most vibrant and well-loved works, Tournesols. Children will learn about Van Gogh’s turbulent life and wide-reaching legacy and explore impasto and other oil painting techniques before creating their own post-impressionist masterpiece. All materials are provided. Participants should bring a nut-free snack and a drink. Registration closes March 9 and space is limited. Ages 4-9. 1-4 p.m.

50th and France Art Crawl

View window art displays by professional and student artists as well as in-store exhibits at participating businesses and restaurants. Witness art-making in action and meet the artists. Vote on window displays online from March from March 23-26, or vote in the stores. Free. 3-5 p.m. 50th and France; 952.922.1524; 50thandfrance.com.

The Illusionists

When it comes to magic, there’s a huge variety of artists and acts—grand illusionists, card tricksters, acrobats and more. It’s not often, however, that one show covers the whole gamut. But this month, seven world-renowned illusionists come together to create a spectacular and diverse showcase of unbelievable feats. It’s a critically acclaimed performance that Australian Stage calls “a magical, mystery, tour de force.” All ages. $33–$110. 7 p.m. Additional 2 p.m. performances on March 28 and 29. Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St.

The Manchurian Candidate

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.

Pentatonix: On My Way Home Tour

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.

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