Arts & Performance

Family Day at the Ordway

Musically inclined parents, bring the kids for an afternoon at the Ordway, where your little ones (toddlers to grade-school-age) can delight in the fun of live music, dancing and storytelling. There will be face painting, arts and crafts, and an instrument petting zoo. Free. 9 a.m.–noon. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St.; 651.282.3000; ordway.org. Read more about Family Day at the Ordway

Ordway Open House

Rock the Ordway, a month-long celebration in honor of the new concert hall, kicks off at this Ordway open house. Members of the public are invited to experience the intimate seating and state-of-the-art design of this multi-million-dollar structure. Free. 11 a.m. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St.; 651.282.3000; ordway.org. Read more about Ordway Open House

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. Read more about The Illusionists

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. Read more about The Manchurian Candidate

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