Arts & Performance

Rivertown Art Festival

Nestled along the scenic Saint Croix River, with the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge as the backdrop, more than 100 artist will showcase their wares. The mediums range from leather and painters to sculptors, metal artist and jewelry artists.

See "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" This Spring

Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn, in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics, including "Where the Boys Are," "Sweet Sixteen," "Calendar Girl," "Love Will Keep Us Together," and of course, the chart-topping title song.  See www.stcroixoffbroadway.com for more details.

Mozart’s Requiem

Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most famous classical choral pieces, known for its poignant movements through solemnity, grief, consolation and celebration. Experience the majesty of this masterwork as performed by The Phipps Oratorio Society. $20 for adults; $10 for students and youth. 2 p.m. The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson; 715.386.8409; thephipps.org.

Student Art Fair

For more than 25 years, the students of Lake Elmo Elementary have been showing off their work at the annual art fair. Local families are invited to come out and get inspired by the creative expression of budding artists. Free. 5:30 p.m. Lake Elmo Elementary, 11030 Stillwater Blvd. N., Lake Elmo; 651.351.6700; stillwater.k12.mn.us.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Catch dinner and a show all in one place with the St. Croix Off-Broadway Dinner Theatre at the Hudson House Grand Hotel. This month’s toe-tapping production, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, is a comedic story about two friends looking for romance, set to Neil Sedaka’s greatest hits. $56 for dinner and show, $40 for show only. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; dinner served 6–7 p.m. Hudson House Grand Hotel, 1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson; 715.386.2394 (ext.

European Classics

The St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra celebrates Mozart, Beethoven and other famous composers in an afternoon of European classics. The performance features Russian violinist Natalia Moiseeva playing Tchaikovsky. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students. 3 p.m. University of Wisconsin-River Falls, William Abbott Concert Hall, 420 E. Cascade Ave., River Falls; 715.425.3183; discoverstillwater.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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