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Magician Steve Cohen, center, performs his "Chamber Magic" show at The Waldorf Hotel Friday, Dec. 22, 2006 in New York. (Mary Altaffer/AP)
Magician Steve Cohen, center, performs his "Chamber Magic" show at The Waldorf Hotel Friday, Dec. 22, 2006 in New York. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

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Steve Cohen Some people think American hedge fund legend Steve Cohen, now under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, is a magician, so much so that his company, SAC Capital Advisers, is. That form of wizardry is called insider trading. But the guy I’m looking forward to seeing at Luminato is the real magician – a.k.a. Steve Cohen (no relation, as far as I know). He’ll be orchestrating a series of disappearing acts, dubbed Chamber Magic, for six shows at George Brown House. Forget the grand spectacles of David Copperfield. This is the hard stuff, illusions that will leave you scratching your head, performed as magic was meant to be, up close and personal. (June 19) Michael Posner

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Amadou and Mariam Sweet home Luminato? I always look forward to the blue sounds of Luminato, whose curators do not import cliches from Chicago. Amadou and Mariam met more than three decades ago at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind. It was love at first Afro-blues for them, and it might be the same for you tomorrow at a free concert at David Pecaut Square. (June 16) Brad Wheeler

Feng Yi Teng Sometimes the promises of the new, digitally connected world fall flat. Since we are only a click or two distant from it, the entire world’s cultural heritage should be as familiar to us now as the latest Game of Thrones compilation video. But it isn’t. That’s why I’m looking forward to contemporary Chinese composer Guo Wenjing’s opera, directed by Atom Egoyan. Wenjing blends traditional Chinese and modern Western musical styles in this re-adaptation of an ancient Chinese tale of political machinations and revenge. We are one cultural world today. Witnessing Feng Yi Ting will help us come to terms with that reality.(Macmillan Theatre, June 20-22) Robert Harris

Laurie Anderson “When Justice is gone, there’s always Force; and when Force is gone, there’s always Mom – hi, Mom!” Laurie Anderson was a little-known visual artist and arty pop musician when she hit the charts in 1981 with O Superman. Since then, she has wandered across disciplines as freely as a stray cat, sniffing at the cracks between us our cultural prosthesis, technology. She’s apple pie and performance art, a fireside chat and a graduate seminar. This Sunday, you can see her for free – a superpower better than Superman’s. (David Pecaut Square, June 16) Robert Everett-Green

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato In 1988, iconic American choreographer Mark Morris produced a work that is among the greatest modern dance pieces ever created. And now thanks to Luminato, Handel’s epic L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato is coming to Toronto. By epic, I mean 24 dancers, four operatic soloists, a 26-member chorus and an orchestra. The text of Handel’s pastoral ode is the poetry of John Milton, fashioned by Messiah librettist Charles Jennens to be a dramatic dialogue between l’Allegro (Joyful Man) and il Penseroso (Pensive Man). The design is inspired by the evocative paintings of William Blake. Dance doesn’t get more cosmic than this. (Sony Centre, June 21-23) Paula Citron

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