Arts & Performance

Wadada Leo Smith: “America’s National Parks” for jazz quartet

Avant-garde jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, a 2013 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for music, and his Golden Quintet will grace the McGuire theater with an original suite inspired by the history and controversies around America’s revered natural areas.

All ages. $24 Walker members, $30 non-members. 8 p.m. 

McGuire Theater

725 Vineland Place, Mpls.

612.375.7600

walkerart.org

Cantus Vocal Ensemble: When I Grow Up

From childhood to adulthood, Cantus reflects on the cycle of life; exploring themes of adolescence, companionship, parenthood and morality. Exploring the path of self-realization, When I Grow Up considers how we become who we are.

All ages. $10-32, 11 a.m.

Colonial Church

6200 Colonial Way, Edina

952.925.2711

cantussings.org

Children’s Theatre Company’s World Premiere of The Hobbit

Experience an epic journey of unlikely hero Bilbo Baggins in an on-stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel. Follow Bilbo’s magically mystical adventure over freezing mountains and frightening forests and even meet a variety of fierce creatures along the way.

All ages. Prices vary.

Children’s Theatre Company

2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls

612.874.0400

childrenstheatre.org

Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

Follow the successes and struggles of Rosemary Clooney’s jazz singing career from the 50’s to her comeback in 70’s and beyond. Minneapolis director Eric Morris promises not a typical jukebox musical and will feature many of the jazz great’s most popular songs.

Ages 6 and up. $30–$40. Times vary.

Old Log Theater

5185 Medville St., Excelsior

952.474.5951

oldlog.com

4th Annual Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes

CHALKFEST AT ARBOR LAKES RETURNS!

Maple Grove Is the Canvas for EVEN MORE High-Profile Chalk Artists from Across the Globe!

Professionals and amateurs gather on Main Street Arbor Lakes to compete and cover the streets in art

WHAT: 4th Annual Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes

Back to Broadway

Minnetonka Choral Society (MCS), under the direction of Jere Lantz, is pleased to announce our upcoming spring concert. When we offered “Ticket to Broadway” in 2014, we had no idea it would tickle the ears, hearts, and tapping toes of so many music lovers. So, this spring, it’s “Back to Broadway” with a completely new take on a great American art form. We’ll move from classics like Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Music Man all the way into the 21st century with Wicked, Newsies, and Spamalot, plus a lot of favorites between (remember Candide and A Chorus Line?).

Celebrating Ceramics

NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) is hosting their 53rd annual conference, Claytopia, in Minneapolis from March 27-30. Claytopia will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators and students in the ceramic arts.

Potted Potter

This New York hit condenses all seven Harry Potter books into 70 minutes of pure fun, with all your favorite characters, dragons, songs and, of course, magic. Ages 6+. Prices vary. Times vary. Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.455.9500;

Periphery – The Student Sit-ins of 1960

The Youth Performance Company acts out the story of four young African-Americans in North Carolina in 1960. It’s well known that lunch counters are for white people only, but these four decide to sit there and start a movement that changes history. Recommended for 4th grade and up. $7-$15. Times vary. Howard Conn Performing Arts Center, 612.623.9080.

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