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4 MaxSCENE Column Taking the good with the bugs.

6 SoMinn State of Mind

My Summertime Resolutions.

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No Apologies for SUmmer Music.

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Kolackys, saurerkraut and bank robbers...SoMinn has it all.

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34 The TimeLine

The SoMinn’s most comprehensive calendar of things to be SCENE.

47 Outdoor Adventures

Another change is on the horizon.

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The triumphant return of Tina and B-Sides and S Carey’s sleepy, dreamy venture into the light.

54 The Bearded Life

Fear and loathing at the Mall of America.

One more tool for anglers.

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2 3 Rockin’ the River

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y love of summer is well documented. Not as well-known is my distaste for something nobody ever talks about at this time of year – the New Year’s Resolution. I think they’re stupid. They’re emotional promises made from empty optimism and the sentiment that comes with seeing a year come to an end. I’ve tried a lot of them, but a couple years ago, I just threw my hands up with the whole thing. They never stick. And if I really do need to make a change in my life, I’ve decided to do it, I’m just going to do it. I don’t need an arbitrary date to tell me that it’s time to get on a tread mill. God knows I’ve known that for a long time. However, after a long and arduous winter like the one we’ve just come through, I am feeling like there are things to do this summer that I’ve normally taken for granted. I’m very much a live-and-let-live kind of guy, and will admit that I enjoy going wherever the moment takes me. But I’m thinking that this summer there are some things I absolutely have to do. So here, then, is my list of summer resolutions:

• I will learn to love the heat. After something like 60 days below zero, and many of those well below, I will no longer complain when my rotund body has to deal with a temperature that is 89° above zero. From now on I will embrace each number above nothing a little more, the higher they get. 68°, I know we’ve always shared a special relationship, but you’re going to have to learn to share my love with your larger brothers and sisters. Incidentally, this goes for humidity, too. I

learned over the winter that -22° is accompanied by air so dry it feels like your snorting broken razor blades. 88% humidity might be oppressive, but at least it doesn’t feel like it’s trying to suck my soul from my body.

• I will use my car less. Anyone who doesn’t believe in global warming should come and sit in my car after eight hours in the plush and secret Scene headquarters parking lot. We can have a three word conversation about the greenhouse effect and the joys of spontaneous perspiration. The only good thing about cars that aren’t convertibles in the summertime is the radio, and maybe air conditioning. But, at $3.50 a gallon, air conditioning is not exactly a cost effective commodity, and I own a variety of personal music listening devices. I live in a small town, I no longer have a 50 mile one way commute, and as I alluded to earlier, I’m about a cheeseburger away from a heart attack (Aaron Sorkin’s line, not mine).It’s time to buy a bicycle. • I will take better care of my lawn. This is for my neighbors. You know who you are.

• I will fish more. Which is to say, I will actually go fishing. I love to fish, and I never do it. Anybody with a boat and extra gear who wants to go fishing with a talkative writer that has an abundance of enthusiasm but no real know how should give me a call.

• I will do nothing for at least an hour each night. Nothing, that is, except sit on my deck, perhaps drink a frosty bottled

adult beverage and strum my guitar. I have yet to determine whether or not this comes before or after I do all that extra yard work. • I will catch as much live music as humanly possible. This is not necessarily a summer specific thing, because I’ll do this in the dead of winter, too. But at least I can sit outside in the summer.

• I will attend a baseball game at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville and at Memorial Park in Dundas. I’m also going to go have a burger at King’s Place in Miesville, and I’m going to sit on the patio at the L&M Bar in Dundas after those games.

• I will take a summer road trip. All that money I’m saving on gas means I can drive somewhere else, kind of far-ish away. Chicago (Wrigley Field)? Kansas City (Kauffman Field)? Cleveland (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)? Just not Wisconsin. Look, it’s like this – life doesn’t shut down when the leaves fall off the trees, but when there’s no ice on the roads, and you don’t have to spend five minutes preparing to go outside; when it’s at least as pleasant being outdoors as it is to be indoors, then life becomes easier. When the days are longer, and the sun doesn’t set until 8:00 instead of 5:30, we have more time to do things. It’s a simple natural effect. Shouldn’t we all try to take advantage of that while we can? And shouldn’t we all be a little happier about that? Dammit, this year I’m doing something about it.

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aahhh, summertime. After suffering through our seemingly never-ending Minnesota winters and oh-so-fleeting blip of springtime, summer is our much-deserved reprieve from the monotonous hustle & bustle of the rest of the year. Summer is all about taking it easy -- soaking up every ray of sunshine, roadtrips and cabin getaways, open windows and gentle breezes, fireflies and fireworks, thunderstorms and rainbows and the smell of rain as it cools hot pavement, frosty cocktails and melting ice cream and bar-b-ques and frisbees and farmers’ markets and sidewalk cafes and leisurely hazy, lazy daze (!) of unencumbered freedom and indulgence. In other words, there’s no such thing as guilty pleasures in the summer. Summer was made to do and see and listen to all the things you might otherwise *refrain* from doing. Summer is the season when I demonstrate the total lack of guilty in my pleasure. Out with the high brow, and in with the low -- trashy novels, cheezy tv shows, over-the-top special effects-pumped blockbuster movies -- and, of course, -- all of those Top 40 pop hits I might otherwise choose (or pretend) to ignore. Summertime music is all about booty-shakin’ and fist-pumpin’ and singing along at the top of my lungs as I cruise around the highways and byways with the radio cranked and my heart & soul full of the sheer bliss derived from songs that are so bad, yet oh-so good. As such, here are (off the top of my head) my Top 50 (or so) Summertime Guilty Pleasure Songs (or Bands) That I Will Not Apologize For Loving! (And that also obviously reflect how freaking old I am....)

Rod Stewart “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”

The Cars “My Best Friend’s Girl”

Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan) “Tell Me Something Good”

Madonna “Live To Tell”

Salt-N-Pepa “Whatta Man”

New Radicals “You Get What You Give”

TLC “Waterfalls”

Kelly Clarkson “Since You’ve Been Gone”

AC/DC “Highway To Hell”

Frente “Bizarre Love Triangle”

Wham! “Everything She Wants”

Def Leppard “Rock Of Ages”

Duncan Shiek “Barely Breathing”

The Go-Go’s “Head Over Heels”

Nick Gilder “Hot Child In The City”

Christina Aguilera “Genie In A Bottle” Greg Kihn Band “The Break Up Song”

The Kings “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide”

The Guess Who “No Time”

Britney Spears “Toxic”

Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds “Don’t Pull Your Love”

Elton John & Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

INXS “The One Thing”

Nik Kershaw “Wouldn’t It Be Good” Justin Timberlake (featuring Timbaland) “SexyBack”

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Neil Sedada “Bad Blood” Labelle “Lady Marmalade” The Babys “Back On My Feet Again” Eddie Money “Think I’m In Love” Oh, and the one that my (12-year-old) son and I just can’t stop singing: “Everything Is Awesome!!!” from The Lego Movie (and performed by Tegan and Sara). ‘Nuff said. No doubt I’ll have added a few more faves by the end of the summer. Bring on the guilty pleasures!

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Donnie Iris “Ah! Leah!” Journey “Any Way You Want It” Rush “Tom Sawyer” REO Speedwagon “Roll With The Changes”

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Wilson Phillips “Hold On” Kansas “Carry On Wayward Son” Boston “More Than A Feeling”

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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians “What I Am” Jeffrey Osbourne “Stay With Me Tonight” Billy Squier “My Kinda Lover” Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”

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Sammy Johns “Chevy Van” Scissor Sisters “Take Your Mama” Soft Cell “Tainted Love” Spandau Ballet “True” Steve Miller Band “Jungle Love”

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fter six months of whining and pouting, slipping and sliding and praying for the mercury to rise above 0°, spring has kicked into high gear. Plants are blooming, your lawn is greening up and everywhere you look wild critters are gettin’ busy with each other (and no, I don’t mean your roommate and his girlfriend). Our intense dislike of winter is well documented in the pages of this magazine. Over the last six months, I think every single columnist wrote their “I hate winter” piece, including me. If we made our point a little too clearly, please forgive us. We’re a passionate bunch.

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But now, it’s time to put all the negativity and sub-zero bitterness behind us and celebrate the best time of year in Southern Minnesota. Summer will be upon is no time flat, and that is something that must be celebrated. We spent a little time talking to a bunch of our friends, and a lot more time behind closed doors here at the plush and secret headquarters of Scene, just trying to figure out what our favorite things about summer in SoMinn are. It was hard enough just agreeing on categories, let alone our actual favorite things. No punches were thrown or blood drawn, but some feelings were hurt, I’m not going to lie. MaxScene and I still aren’t all the way back after our little throwdown over whether we would include a Favorite Summer Footwear Store (MaxScene got her way – she doesn’t believe in wearing shoes in the summer).

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With the dust settled and we think we’ve come up with a very good and comprehensive list of our favorite things about Southern Minnesota in all its summertime glory. You will notice, however, that the favorites we have selected are in no particular order. That’s because we want to leave that part to you. Look over each category, go online to southernminnscene.com, and let us know of the choices we’ve given you, what are your favorites? You’ll be settling a lot of minor quarrels around here. We’ll let you know what you told us at the end of the summer. Until then, think warm thoughts. Summer’s coming, SoMinn. It will be here before you know it. Rich Larson is the editor of Southern Minnesota SCENE. You can reach him at editor@southernminnscene.com.

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Our favorite SoMinn State Parks:

Sakatah Lake State Park, courtesy Minnesota DNR

Great River Bluffs State park, photo by jennifer Rainey Mason

• Great River Bluffs State Park, Winona County • Nerstrand/Big Woods State Park, Rice County • Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Fillmore County • Frontenac State Park, Goodhue County • Sakatah Lake State Park, LeSueur and Rice Counties

Mystery Cave Historic Forestville State Park, photo courtesy Minnesota DNR

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any of the dozens you can find in our area, it’s a summertime treat that must be taken advantage of.

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• Riverview Campground, Owatonna • Harmony Park, Clarks Grove • Camp Maiden Rock West, Morristown • Eagle Cliff Campground & Lodging, Lanesboro • Island Camping & Marina, Red Wing

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t a time of year when we’re all thinking about vacations, the idea of climbing into a 41’ motorhome and touring the Minnesota state park system just about sounds like heaven. They’ve certainly come a long way since the glorified-pick-upwith-a-camper-top models that captured our imagination in the early 70’s. Today, you can stroll through one of the four Noble RV locations (Owatonna, Rochester, Madelia and Minneapolis) and marvel at these palaces on wheels. Sure, you can go “rough it” up in Itasca or Jay Cooke State Park if you want to, but honest God, doesn’t the idea of a real bed, air conditioning and an escape from the mosquitoes just sound better? And by the way if anything

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John Drantell, started the company out of his garage in 1966,” said Lee. “He opened this location in 1981. “I’ve been here since ’85.” Drantell’s is a one-stop shop for boaters, ice fishers, ATV lovers and so much more. If you buy a boat from Lee and his family, they’ll take care of you for as long as you own it – from the spring tune up, to the summer service to the sadbut-inevitable winterization. Having learned the business from his father-in-law, Lee has kept the original philosophy intact. “You have to take care of your customers,” he said. “John used to say all the time: ‘Anyone can sell these items. You need someone to service them.” A guy needs that kind of peace-of-mind when he’s worried about catch-

ing something other than a sunfish and his third baseman hitting into yet another double play, all at the same time. It’ll be good to have the Drantell/Jansen family at my back.

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Our favorite SoMinn fishing holes (don’t tell anybody):

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• French Lake, Rice County • Lake Washington, LeSueur County • Madison Lake, Blue Earth County • Lake Pepin, Goodhue and Wabasha Counties • Any trout stream in Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Houston, Fillmore and Mower Counties

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have a dream that someday I will be able to retire. I’ll buy an Alumacraft boat with a Mercury outboard and a Yamaha trolling motor, plug my ear buds into my ears and listen to the Twins every afternoon as I drop a line in the water. I will spend my summers pulling in perch, crappies and the occasional Walleye as I listen to veterans Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton finish up a pair of hall-of-fame careers. Hey, c’mon, it’s my dream. Just roll with it. For sure though, I’ll buy the boat and the motors from Lee and Jean Gansen, or maybe their son Nicholas. The second generation to operate Drantell Sales and Services in St. Peter, their family has been outfitting one of Minnesota’s greatest pastimes for nearly fifty years. “My father-in-law,

t’s been said that Minnesotans don’t enjoy summer; we attack it. There is no question that we have a different perspective on it than, say, your average Floridian. We are cooped up in our homes for what’s becoming seven months out of the year. When we can finally spend our days outside, it’s a party. And what is a party without music? The outdoor music festival is an integral component of the Minnesota summer experience, and down in our side of the state we have some of the best to be found. And, you know what they say – the only thing better than a good music festival is a FREE good music festival. St. Peter offers us not one, but two outstanding free festivals each year. In September, they present

the Rock Bend folk festival, a two day summer wrapup that tends to feature fantastic, up-and coming acts you’re sure to hear on the radio two years from now, as well as some deeply entrenched veterans of the folk scene both regionally and sometimes nationally. In June, the St. Peter Ambassadors shine the summer sun on the quietly thriving SoMinn Blues scene. This year that lineup includes Bobby Massano, the very gifted Dee Miller playing with Jimmy “Primetime” Smith, Left Lane Cruiser, Sonny Knight & the Lakers and City Mouse. The sun’s out, the trees are in bloom, and the amps are plugged in. Get out there and revel in it.

Our favorite SoMinn music festivals: • The Big Wu Family Reunion, August 8-9, Camp Maiden Rock West, Morristown • Smokin’ In Steele, May 30-31, Steele County Free Fair Grounds, Owatonna • Mid West Music Fest, annually at the end of April (2015 dates TBA), Winona • Lakefront Music Fest, July 18-19, Lakefront Park, Prior Lake • St. Peter Ambassadors Blues Fest, June 14, Square Park, St. Peter

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nickname like Purple Cobras or Sandy Crevasse and compete for a free pitcher of beer and bragging rights. Volleyball really can be one of those things that we look forward to all winter. It’s a chance to get together with your pals every week, blow off a little physical steam, get lost in some at-times serious competition, and usually laugh until you are face down in the sand. Plus every now and then, you get to tell yourself you’re as hot as Val Kilmer.

Our favorite SoMinn homes of sand volleyball: • Sparetime Entertainment, Owatonna • The Club, Faribault • Whistle Binkies on the Lake, Rochester • Bogart’s Place, Apple Valley • Black Horse Bar & Grill, Winona

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the beach the minute the mercury hits 75°. A little too much time in the sun too soon, and you look less like George Hamilton and more like Hellboy. This is why a place like Haute Tanning, with locations in Owatonna and Faribault, is so important to your average Minnesotan. Not only can you avoid those unsightly bouts with clear skin at Christmas time, you can build and maintain a base that will allow you to enjoy as much beach time as possible without the fear of burning yourself so bad it hurts to breathe. Haute Tanning always has a spot for you, and will work with you to figure out what the best process is for you, offering UV Tanning, non-UV spray tanning and Red Light therapy. We live

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kay, so it’s probably not like that scene from Top Gun where Tom Cruise and all of his hunky fighter pilot cohorts – in one of the most famous non-sequiturs in American cinema – all take their shirts off to participate in a supremely competitive volleyball tournament while their well chiseled, sweat soaked bodies glisten in the California sun, but hey, at least it’s volleyball. You and your friends may not be built like elite 25-year-old Naval aviators, but chances are you weren’t built like that when you were 25 either. It doesn’t mean you, both ladies and gentlemen, can’t get together every Wednesday night this summer at your favorite watering hole and give yourselves a stupid

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hope kids know how lucky they have it these days. Back when I was a kid, going to the pool was pretty much something you did everyday, and it was always great. But if we really wanted to enhance the fun, our options were limited to hitting the diving board, or if we were lucky somebody brought a nerf ball. Nowadays, Municipal Pools are more full blown waterparks, with gargantuan plastic tubed 120’ slides and all kinds of other crazy stuff. Jealousy is an ugly emotion, so let me please just remind today’s youth that back in your parents day, if we wanted to go to the pool we would have to walk through 12 feet of snow, uphill (both ways), just so we could take turns sitting in a blue plastic kiddie pool that contained

about 8 inches of water. Or we begged our mom and dad to take us to a really cool place like the Owatonna Country Club. When we got to go there, it always seemed like the colors were a little sharper, the sun was a little brighter and warmer, all of the food tasted better, and the whole world just seemed a little nicer. Thirty-five years later, it’s still that way. A throwback to a simpler, older, more elegant time, the Owatonna Country Club may not have a monster 65’ speed demon slide, but they have class. And that goes a long, long way.

Our favorite SoMinn Swimming Pools and Water Parks:

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• Faribault Family Aquatic Center • Tourtellotte Pool, Mankato • Municipal Pool, Austin • Soldiers Field Pool, Rochester • Waseca Waterpark

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nless you’re lactose intolerant, there is no such thing as having a bad experience eating ice cream. It’s almost impossible to eat ice cream and be unhappy. One wonders what could have been, had the mothers of some of the most infamous villains in world history just let their kid have ice cream a little more often. Maybe if Norman Bates’ mom had stopped controlling her son’s life for five minutes a week, and just given him a little scoop of chocolate, or an occasional hot fudge sundae, little Norman wouldn’t have felt the need to put on Mother’s dress and terrorize all those nice people who came through the Bates Motel.

And you have to love - nay, praise - the local ice cream parlor. Take, for instance, Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café in Northfield. Great sandwiches, yes, no doubt. But there’s always that little twinge of exultation at the end of a meal at Hoagie Town. When you’ve finished a roast beef and swiss sandwich with their famous special sauce, and maybe a cup of the incredible beer cheese soup, you suddenly realize there is a whole case of Kemps ice cream over there just waiting to be visited. It can feel like Santa Clause came twice on the same day (especially when it’s July and Christmas is the farthest thing from your mind.) Ice cream is the great liberator. It can make even the

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SoMinn’s favorite places for ice cream:

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• Hogan Brothers, Northfield • The Creamery, Rushford • Blast Soft Serve, Owatonna • Mom & Pop’s, Mankato

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ooking over an open flame is part of the human genetic code. It’s a very good bet that, once our very earliest ancestors had figured out how useful fire could be, they were cooking wooly mammoth burgers fifteen minutes later. We love standing on our patio, deck, balcony, driveway or cave, with a beverage in one hand and tongs in the other, carefully monitoring the temperature of the grill. We watch the amount of time we have before those steaks need to be turned and scrutinize the color of the juices that escape until we have them at a perfect medium rare. All the while, the intoxicating scent of grilled beef wafts over the backyard and through the neighborhood. The neighbors are jealous,

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our wheels and freedom are the keys to a better life. Anytime you and your favorite some can shuck all responsibility, hop into your car and just drive anywhere, is a good day. Southern Minnesota is full of tremendous destinations for a beautiful summer day drive. There are dozens of charming downtown areas to be found across the regions. Plus there are river bluffs and valleys, prairie and forest, and idiosyncratic curiosities to be discovered and explored. New Ulm, for example, is a perfect place to just go spend a day. You can tour the August Schell Brewery, visit the famous statue of Hermann the German, see the frozen-in-time Harkin General Store and finish the day with a nice glass of

wine at the Morgan Creek Vineyard. New Ulm is of course fiercely proud of its collective German Heritage, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a place with more “old world” charm this close to home. And that’s just one day. By our count, you’ve got at least a dozen weekends to explore, learn and relax. Check your oil and your tires, and get out there.

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Our favorite SoMinn Summer Festivals:

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• Water Ski Days, June 27 – 29, Lake City • Sauerkraut Days, June 27 – 29, Henderson • River City Days, August 1 – 3, Red Wing • Mankato Ribfest, August 1 – 4, Mankato • The Defeat of Jesse James Days, September 3 – 7, Northfield

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outhern Minnesota has a deep baseball tradition. The Classic Cannon Valley League is a thriving townball league that boasts top quality competition and great municipal support. Which is all well and good, but let’s face it, if the places where those teams play is a dump, people won’t show up. Ballparks are a happy place. There’s nothing quite like them. There are no uniform dimensions, as there are for football fields or basketball courts. Every ballpark has quirks and things that make them unique, from the distance to the outfield wall, to the way the grass is cut, to the quality of the concessions. Baseball is a slow, almost pastoral game (which speaks to its popularity in the smaller communities).

It gives the fans some time to really take in the surroundings. The parks that fans really come to love are the ones that have a little character and personality in their design. There are ballparks like that all over Southern Minnesota, from Miesville to Mankato, making for a fantastic opportunity for weekend jaunts to see a bunch of them at once. Smack dab in the heart of SoMinn, the AmericInn in Owatonna is the perfect place to spend a Saturday night during your weekend tour. The sponsors of Corky’s Early Bird Men’s Softball Classic each year, the AmericInn is a place that’s known to be ball friendly. They offer reasonable rates and a comfortable bed, the perfect layover for the discerning SoMinn baseball fan.

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• Jack Ruhr Field, Miesville • Jordan Baseball Park (“The Mini Met”), Jordan, MN • Memorial Park, Dundas • Franklin Rogers Park, Mankato • Murray Field, Randolph

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5’s play 514, 545, 485 and 536 yards from the black tees, and the 1st and 16th holes each feature a crazy dogleg), it’s also beautiful. The front nine especially, with its mature pines and hilly terrain is a joy to behold. The back nine is starting to really come into its own as well, although it’s much more wide open than the front. The clubhouse is a nice welcoming environment with an excellent staff and a great restaurant. The rates are relatively reasonable; the most you’ll ever pay to play there (in 2014) is $70. All in all, it offers a really nice way to spend a morning or afternoon. And, frankly, that’s typical of a lot of the tracks in SoMinn. From the Waseca Lakeside Club to Willingers to the NGC, there are

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Our favorite SoMinn Golf Courses: • The LeSueur Country Club • Waseca Lakeside Club • Owatonna Country Club • Northfield Golf Club • Willingers Golf Club

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the Steele County Free Fair (which will be August 12 – 17 this year). The folks who run things in Owatonna boast that the SCFF is the largest county fair in the state. With 350,899 visitors in 2013, it’s hard to argue that fact. Organizers credit the large crowds to roaming performers, more than 7000 exhibits, three free stages for music, and a lumberjack show. It probably also helps that most of the things at the Steele County Free Fair are free. Everybody loves free stuff. We love the County Fair, with its demolition derbies and giant pumpkins. Even though they come around at the end of the summer, it’s maybe our favorite part of the season. It’s the chance to celebrate exactly who we are and why we’re here. What’s better than that?

Our favorite SoMinn County Fairs: • Dakota County Fair, Farmington • Steele County Free Fair, Owatonna • Rice County Fair, Faribault • Olmsted County Fair, Rochester • Scott County Fair, Jordan

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They invite 50 – 60 artists to exhibit every, and not just from Southern Minnesota, but from all over the Midwest. The show is juried, and cash prizes are awarded, and it has become one of the most popular SoMinn events of the year. “It’s become a destination,” said Searl. The featured artist this year will be Owatonna resident and celebrated water colorist Joan Herzog. “We also have some great music lined up,” said Searl. Among the performers this year will include Paul Imholte of the Irish music group Ring of Kerry, and singer songwriter Mare Lennon. It’s really a celebration of the highest order. “Some might come for the art, and some might come for the music,” said

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By GRACE WEB gwebb@northfieldnews.com s the weather warms and nights stay brighter longer, people’s minds begin drifting towards thoughts of summer: summer vacation, family trips and town festivals. Almost every town across Southern Minnesota hosts some sort of festival to bring its townspeople together and offer community fun for everyone from little kids to great-grandparents. Each festival is unique and has distinctive traits, but three of the best examples are in Motgomery, Henderson and Northfield. So check them out and mark them on your calendar for good times and great memories.

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Montgomery, Minnesota is home to about 3,000 residents—and a good

percentage of them boast Czech ancestry. So it stands to reason that their town’s community day celebration would incorporate something decidedly Czech: the Kolacky. The kolacky is a small dinner roll-like pastry that’s folded around filling in the center, and it’s a staple of Czechoslovakian dessert. Kolacky Days started nearly 75 years ago. It was first hosted Oct. 1, 1929, drawing 6,000 people who consumed more than 1,600 kolackys. Pete Keohen, former editor of the Montgomery Messenger, is credited for coming up with the festival’s name. The first celebration included a trap shooting contest, a parade, sports and races and a football game between Montgomery and Le Sueur Center (now Le Center). Two years later, the town started crowning a Kolacky Queen, with Leatta Ehmke the first to be coroneted. The festival stopped for a few years following the attack on Pearl Harbor in

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parades. Over the years, more activities were added, including homemade wine contests, the Tour de Bun run, the Kolacky Classic Car Show, a beer garden and several traditional Czech performances. The festival committee adds activities based on what people are interested in at the time. “It grew and changed as the needs of the community changed, and that kept making it fresh for people to come,” Petersen said. “It has that heart, but it progresses. Some things drop off, and some things get bigger. It’s a pathway for success.”

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1941 as residents focused on the war effort, but the Montgomery Community Club managed to revive it in 1948. In 1966, it officially became the town’s summer festival. The event grew and changed over the years, spreading out from downtown and stretching into a full weekend of activities. The dates also changed several times before settling into the July timeframe the residents now know. “It’s grown, grown, grown,” said Kathy Petersen, a Montgomery resident who has attended Kolacky days since the 1960s and used to help organize the event. Peterson said the first Kolacky Days were more like harvest celebrations, with traditional community days activities such as carnivals, food stands and

Henderson

While Montgomery may be home to thousands of Czechs, Henderson, Minnesota claims a much more German-

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based heritage, which is reflected in the town’s summer festival: Sauerkraut Days. Sauerkraut Days started right after the Great Depression as a way to bring people into the tiny town and generate revenue for local businesses. Townspeople chose to call the festival “Sauerkraut Days” in a nod to their German background. “There’s a large German heritage in Henderson, so they wanted to do something with brats and sauerkraut,” said Meghan Graham, one of the festival organizers. “It’s something unique, and for a small town, you need something unique to bring in the crowds.” And crowds of people did come, drawn by promises of fun activities and free sauerkraut courtesy of Frank’s Sauerkraut. In fact, the festival became so popular, the town had trouble controlling the thousands of people who would show up every year. At first, the committee tried to solve the problem by introducing a parade, the Owl Parade, that visitors could join, which was rerouted to end up outside of town and hopefully encourage people to head home, but even that didn’t calm things down. Eventually, in the late 1960s, the festival was cancelled to save the town from sustaining any more damage. Later, in the 1970s, the event was brought back as “Mosquito Days,” featuring an endurance test where brave (or foolish) participants would run into the nearby woods and try to outlast each other as mosquitos bit them. This version of the festival only lasted a few years, and Henderson didn’t have a community festival again until the early 1990s, when Sauerkraut Days was reinstated. While the festival has changed a lot over the years, some things have remained, such as the Sauerkraut Eating Contest and the crowning of Miss Henderson. The Owl Parade was brought back a few years ago. Other popular events include arm-wrestling contests, cabbage tosses, softball tournaments, a classic car show, a tractor raffle and lots of live entertainment. This year, the committee has added a Weiner Dog Race. “We have probably the most just random events fit into one weekend,” Graham said. “We try to pack it as full as we can.” Graham said the festival usually pulls in 4,000-5,000 people—not bad for a town of 900. “It’s free sauerkraut and free entertainment, so people can’t lose,” she said.

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to rob its bank in September 1876, gang members bit off a bit more than they could chew. Northfield residents banded together and managed to drive the West’s most famous outlaws out of town, capturing two of them in the process. Years later, Northfield townspeople decided to celebrate this heroism in their city’s summer festival, the Defeat of Jesse James Days. “The story itself is incredibly interesting: heroes, tragedy, villains,” said Hayes Scriven, Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society. Hayes said in the early days, townspeople didn’t want to celebrate that part of their history because the event was too fresh. Two Northfield residents had been killed defending the bank, and the tragedy was well-remembered by many residents. It wasn’t until years later that the town started celebrating what had happened. Northfield first started hosting a Fall Festival in 1948. This festival included community staples such as a car raffle, a pie eating contest, a beard contest and a parade. World War II veterans put on a reenactment of the infamous bank raid, focusing on the heroics of the townspeople. As the city continued to hold a festival, the parts focusing on the bank raid became more and more popular, until at last in the 1950s, the city switched to calling the event “The Defeat of Jesse James Days.” The one-day festival has grown into a weekend full of events, including canoe races, a tractor pull, a parade, a rodeo, live music at night and a classic car show. However, the most popular event remains the bank raid reenactment. Volunteers play townspeople and bank raiders from that fateful 1876 afternoon. It starts with the JamesYounger gang tearing down Main Street on horseback and trying to rob the bank. Townspeople join the fray, shooting robbers off their horses. Eventually, most of the gang is chased off, while townspeople take the remaining criminals into custody. The whole event lasts about half an hour and is repeated several times during the festival. Between 80,000-100,000 people visit Northfield every year to watch the raid reenactment and participate in other events during the Defeat of Jesse James Days. The festival committee works year-round to set up the event, raising more than $50,000 in donations. While it’s quite an undertaking, Hayes said it’s worth it to celebrate such a key part of Northfield’s history. “It’s something that has to be celebrated,” Hayes said. “What happened in that raid was a turning point in Western history. Nobody else stood up to those guys… and we did. That’s special.”

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WiFi gadgets one more tool for anglers By Nick Gerhardt ngerhardt@northfieldnews.com

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t doesn’t seem all that long ago that fishing was all about tying a line to a bamboo pole, tying a hook to the line, putting a worm on the hook, sitting down on a dock, dropping the line into the water and waiting. And waiting. And waiting. Then came the boats, and the trolling motors, and lures. Soon there were depth finders, fish finders, and temperature guages. Before you knew it, we were taking tv cameras fishing. Now, it seems that we’re taking WiFi fishing with us, too. When the governor dips his line into the water on Saturday morning, opening the season for Walleye, Sauger, Lake

Trout, Bass and Northerns, you have to wonder what kind of technology will be on his boat. Surely there will be state patrolman assigned to protect him, along with all of their high tech equipment, but will the governor have the ability to figure out where the fish are biting by checking on his phone? Vexilar and Hummingbird have products available to anglers that use WiFi to allow users to send underwater images to others in the area by using their phone as a WiFi device. It’s just another gadget for the tackle box that will aid anglers in finding fish. Similar to other Vexilar devices, the FISHPHONE and SONARPHONE can help summer anglers determine depths and the contours of lakes. You can now see your dinner on your iPhone before you catch it.

Vexilar has the FISHPHONE, which uses the Vexilar Fish Scout camera technology with a WiFi transmitting system. The product allows users to view images underwater through their tablet or smart phone. The WiFi enables users to create their own hotspot so they can share their video signal with others as far as 300 feet away in any direction. The software application is available from the app store and works with Android and IOS systems. The FISHPHONE is a stand alone unit that allows users to record video or still images that can be sent to others in an email or text. John’s Bait and Tackle in Faribault sells the Vexilar models and owner John Kubinski has sold a handful of them. “Everyone who has that app downloaded can see what is below,” Kubinski said. “The camera has a little hotspot

device, still have a cord that is attached to the camera. It’s all wireless.” The FISHPHONE comes equipped with a holder and battery pack system and 50 feet of cable. The FISHPHONE uses a Sony Color/Black and White camera. Vexilar also offers the SONARPHONE, which creates its own hotspot and displays water temperatures and depths. It has a maximum depth range of 120 feet. “Instead of just guessing how deep it is you actually know,” Blaine Gander Mountain Manager Chris Valentine said. “The advancements that have taken place have really taken off.” There are products like the Aqua-Vu WiFi, the Hummingbird Ion 10 and 12. Anglers can also use a dash-mounted sonar and GPS unit with a tablet as a

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display. Finding these devices presents some challenges. Gander Mountain and Cabela’s typically stock the products, but area sporting goods stores have shied away from them because the profit margin is so slim. Just when you think they’ve come up with everything, someone is still coming up with new ideas to catch fish. There will always be those holdouts who say these gadgets are “cheating,” and that it takes the sport out of fishing, but there will always be a lot more out there who love to have the newest toys. Probably they’re the same people who sat on that dock with the bamboo pole when they were kids thinking to themselves “there has to be a better way.”

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Pretty Little Liars season finale came and went (awesome, if you were wondering). Maybe I still miss Breaking Bad. Maybe it’s because I realized my access to Cadburry mini eggs is limited to one month out of the year. Whatever it was, I was feeling vulnerable. In that moment, I did what most of us do. I made myself a stiff cocktail and turned to Netflix to fill this apparent void. And there She was. I clicked “watch” and I haven’t stopped watching. You know when you’re in high school and you ditch all your friends for your new boyfriend? This is worse (or better?) than that. When I am not with Her, I am thinking about Her. I find ways to work Her into conversation. I quote Her. I sleep in Her T-Shirt just to feel close. It’s gotten bad. I put off watching

the Game of Thrones premiere for two weeks (gasp) because it turned out Victoria didn’t die in that plane crash (gasp!). It’s not that I don’t miss you Daenerys, Arya, Tyrion. I do. But suddenly Emily revealed her true identity to Jack. That dirty, murderous bastard Conrad conspired to plant that bomb just to further his political career. The boat named “Amanda” sank to the bottom of the sea. And then so did Amanda. I know what you’re thinking. I am a lovesick fool who got sucked in to a crappy soap opera just because it looked so pretty. But of all the serial dramas out there, from the nauseating Grey’s Anatomy to the manic Homeland, Revenge is refreshingly self-aware and unapologetic. It takes The Count of Monte Cristo out of pre-Revolutionary France and into the Hamptons, with obvious inspiration from primetime classics like Dynasty, and a nod to the over-the-top plotlines and dramatic dialogue found on Days. In the first moments of the first episode our protagonist tells us “this is not the story of forgiveness.” And for three seasons, we follow the sweet (and ruthless) Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp) exact revenge on everyone who had a hand in framing her now-deceased father for treason. Her main targets are the delightfully villainous Conrad and Victoria Grayson (Henry Czerny, Madeleine Stowe), who are at the top of Hamptons society, and whose morality is at the bottom of a slimy cesspool. While plotting the “long game” against the Graysons, Emily attempts to bring about the demise of every other person who had a hand in the conspiracy that put her father in jail and robbed her of her childhood. At first, revenge is swift and satisfying. But as Emily relentlessly and obsessively pursues her targets, her tangled web begins to unravel. Collateral damage is inevitable, allies and enemies alike have secret motivations and scores to settle. Once or twice, heartfelt emo-

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iverfront Park in Mankato is pretty quiet during the first weekend of May. A few children run around the playground at the end of Rock Street, but their voices get carried off by the stiff wind. Bicyclists and runners make their way along the trail here and there. Occasionally a train rolls by to break the silence. The Vetter Stone Amphitheater is still in its off-season. Debris from the limestone slabs is scattered around the aisles. The plants in the garden are still just brittle stalks, and its distinctive tent hasn’t been

put up across the stage yet. The low-profile stadium, filled with rugged, uneven stones gives it the feel of the ruins of some ancient civilization—or just a secluded place for teenagers to come and smoke cigarettes at the bank of the Minnesota River. But as the weather turns for the better and that tent goes up, the quiet bowl becomes the town’s hub of live music and festivals. Some see the young venue as a jumpstart to the Old Town riverfront neighborhood, bringing customers to the area for businesses to follow. As many as 3,000 people can fill the seating area at a given event—more for a festival that spills out onto the surrounding green space.

In all likelihood, that will happen more than a few times for this summer’s string of live concerts and events. The music is booked through the staff of the Verizon Center, who uses the amphitheater as a satellite music venue. “The Vetter is pretty much open midJune to mid-September,” said Eric Jones, who has worked as the marketing manager for the Verizon Center for 12 years. “And we try to cram in as much stuff as we can that makes sense for Mankato.” Jones has been trying to put Mankato on the map as a regional destination for live music for four years now. He works with promoters to book bigger touring acts for standalone shows and other musicians to play during festivals.

This year’s feature concert is George Thorogood and the Destroyers, who will give their first-ever performance in Mankato on July 20. That’s a “big get” for Jones, who has wanted to bring Thorogood to the amphitheater since it was built. Another name in classic rock, Pat Benatar is booked for August 12 alongside her longtime husband and producer Neil Giraldo. Country and classic rock—that’s what sells tickets in Mankato, Jones said. He relied on that formula to establish the Vetter Stone as a venue. While preparing for the first summer of shows, he said promoters

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“Back in the 90s, the local punk scene was everywhere,” said Carl Nordmeier, owner of the Tune Town music shop. Nordmeier said that opening the amphitheater was great for business. After he learned about it, he moved his business to Riverfront Drive, just up from the Vetter Stone. Others sprung up on the same block, like the Dork Den and Mom and Pop’s Ice Cream. A bakery will be moving in soon, he said, adding to a growing merchant atmosphere on the edge of an industrial district. While those smaller pockets of live music serve an important role, the amphitheater has created a place for crowds of people to come see a show. As much as it might like to, the Coffee Hag probably couldn’t book Merle Haggard and host up to 3,000 people. It’s also just a nice place to see a show, Nordmeier said, tucked in behind the warehouses and machinery. “You walk through, like, the ‘junkyard’ and it’s really pretty,” he said. Jones agreed, saying that before, Mankato music lovers might have traveled

elsewhere to get a nice outdoor venue. The Vetter Stone fills that gap for shows and, of course, the yearly festivals. Ribfest will return this summer at the amphitheater. The event has become a centerpiece of the summer and will feature plenty of live music and even more ribs. Soft crooners Jason Messersmith and Mason Jennings will bring the season to a close on September 5. Accurately described by Jones, the summer is crammed with more concerts and events, from the Fourth of July show to performances from relics of the 90s radio past. A full list can be found at the amphitheater’s website, www.vetterstoneamphitheater.com/events. Though Jones is quick to point out that the enterprise is still fairly new, they have a pretty good start. “People just want to get out and hear good music, and I think they’re more likely to try new things if it’s a beautiful night.” Matt Hudson is a staff writer for the Owatonna People’s Press. Reach him at mhudson@owatonna.com.

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hen filmmaker Scott Thompson contacted Zumbrota’s powers-that-be in the late summer of 2013, showing great interest in utilizing their humble town for a movie backdrop, the town of 3,200 people made a strong, successful effort to raise the funds and rally the support necessary to make something that would normally sound like fantasy into a reality. They quickly learned, however, that that would be the easy part.

Makeup artist Lauren Jenkins fixes up Daniel Roebuck before a scene, as Stephanie Zimbalist watches on.

Ray (accordion, right), his wife, Sue, far left, and daughter, Kristi (Sands) Jacobson, were one of the local musical acts to play in His Neighbor Phil.

Once Zumbrota was selected as the location for His Neighbor Phil, the project became a labor of love for a town that prides itself on art, culture, values, and a lot of hard work. Thompson searches the Midwest countryside for his production company, My Town Pictures, looking for locations to fit his scripts, and he knew he had found a gem the first time he walked the streets of Zumbrota. Since 2004 he has made 50 community movies, and Phil is his fifth featurelength film. He uses a very simple premise: partner with a town to make a quality movie. After announcing their decision to partner with Thompson, local people stepped to the plate as donors (they needed $80,000 before the film would begin), actors, cooks, gophers, extras, and photographers, creating makeshift hotels, and filling the miscellaneous roles Thompson needed to keep costs down while not skimping on talent and production. By utlizing the talents and generosity of residents, My Town Pictures could control vastly diminished production costs compared to the usual Hollywood production. It’s a clever concept, and one that Thompson created to keep true to his love for writing, movies and hands-on control. Because of that, His Neighbor Phil completed on time, on budget and as a work of art. From the first setup to the final cut, everyone involved in the filming worked long days, sometimes putting in as many as 12 hours. The cast was extraordinary in their respect for their craft and the town itself. They embraced the people and the hard-working crew, mixing in well with small-town Minnesota, and otherwise

destroying the myth of the “Hollywood Attitude.” “I think we thought the fundraising aspect would be all there was to it,” said Pam Potter Langley, a board member of the Zumbrota Area Arts Council for close to 20 years. “We didn’t understand the ramifications of it all until they arrived. But we learned so much about the makings of a movie and making new relationships with those that came in and with people we didn’t know as well in our own community. I looked at it as a project to jumpstart other things in our community, and it did that beyond what we expected.” The townsfolk received a whole new perspective on the world of movie make believe, especially after watching all the behind-the-scenes work done by the people who do the acting, directing, photography, lighting, sound, artistic design, makeup/dress. For everybody involved, no one person was perceived to be more important than another. Everyone knew that all the wheels on the bus needed to roll as a single unit to pull Thompson’s vision together. Phil is about a woman in her late 50’s diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and the affect it has on family, friends and a community. Although a serious subject, Daniel Roebuck (of Matlock fame), who was cast as Harvey - the husband of Alzheimer’s patient Mary - supplied humorous moments, keeping cast, crew and onlookers in stitches as he kidded between scenes. Mary was played by Stephanie Zimbalist of Remington Steele and countless films and stage roles, and was a delight as she shared stories of her family, friends

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and feats in Hollywood; Ellen Dolan of As the World Turns played Mary’s sister, Charley, and was the most down-home person of the group (but also grew up in Decorah, Iowa); and the final piece to the puzzle became Sally Kellerman, of much film and stage bravado, but probably best known for her role as Hotlips Hoolihan in Robert Altman’s landmark film, M*A*S*H. Her role as Bernadette wasn’t decided until five days before shooting ended, but she had performed in Thompson movies before, and was able to bring true professionalism to the role. Rachel Storey of The Crazies played one of daughters, Irene. It was indeed a treat to interact with these movie/television stars. Thompson’s close, family-style production easily allowed for moments like walking Kellerman back from lunch to the set, sharing small talk on the way.

Thompson is the calm among the storm. His even-keeled approach allowed everybody involved to complete the movie as one big happy family, despite the star power. “One would think when you bring in these bigger names, that they are ‘above’ everyone else,’ he said. “That certainly is not the case with those I choose to be in my movies. Everyone is approachable and willing to take that extra step to be kind and friendly.” Actually observing how a movie is made is a wondrous thing. The way the preparation, professionalism and parameters evolve is amazing. Before the actors show up for their makeup call and then their set call, the crew has been busy setting up the scenes -which are not shot in the order they appear in the movie. That alone was a juggling act for Thompson, as sets changed from the State Theatre to Harvey’s House (a local

home), to Bridget’s Café to Phenomenally Yours, to the Covered Bridge to the downtown sidewalks and local spots that made up the rest of the scenes. Moving equipment for scenes proved difficult at times, but the seasoned crew pulled off their duties effortlessly. Thompson said, “It really seemed like there was a lot of movement between scenes and shots, but this movie wasn’t bad. Most of the scenes were within three blocks of one another. In bigger towns you may have miles to travel. This crew does a great job.” It wasn’t always easy. The weather flirted with 30s and 40s, and Mother Nature decided to drop nine inches of snow one night, compounding the setup problems. The crew was congenial at all times, though, and their patience never wore thin. At one point, crew member Mike Kieler was

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asked to remove nine inches of snow from behind an old Suburban used in a scene. When he was finished, cohort John Van Allen radioed out to Kieler saying he had changed his mind, and to put it back. The crew was serious about their job, but had time for jovial pranks here and there. A little too much glare? Possible copyright problems with hanging pictures? A little too much ambiance? No problem. This crew had the answers right down to making sure the clothing worn was consistent through continuous shots. Watching makeup artist Lauren Jenkins jump at a moment’s notice for a touch-up here and there was inspirational, as the young 26-year-old Minnetonka native kept actors primped and pretty in preparation for their scenes. She also helped with wardrobe, willing to fill in wherever she was needed, mirroring Thompson’s everyone-pitches-in philosophy. My Town Pictures’ mission is to write, produce, and screen original, feature-length films in small communities, using local people as cast, crew and even musicians. It’s not only a lot of work and fun scrunched into three weeks, but it’s also an opportunity to form bonds between those who come

Rochester musician Becky Schlegel played for the audience in a scene at Zumbrota’s Crossings at Carnegie.

to town to make the movie and those who share their time and talents to complete it. Thompson’s recipe has garnered 15 national Telly Awards, numerous regional awards including several from the Iowa Motion Picture Association, and numerous appearances at film festivals around the country. His formula is simple, and successful. “When you think about it, shooting a 100-minute movie in 16 days seems ridiculous,” he chuckled. “I trust the professional actors to do a good job, which they do, and we fill in with local people, who also do well. “If the story means something to the audience, the rest is not as important. People want to see a good story, and if you tell it in a good way they will come. When we’re done we see a lot of relationships formed, good friends made and a good movie.” Thompson will give the movie continuity while editing, and then it’s on to find a distributor to market the movie. A premiere of the movie should happen sometime this fall at the very State Theatre that is central to the film. There are more My Town Pictures on the horizon as Thompson continues to search for the right town with the many scripts he

An audience scene at Crossings, with Stephanie Zimbalist, Daniel Roebuck and Marie Marvin, owner of Crossings.

Actress Sally Kellerman, middle, discusses lines with Director Scott Thompson, left, and Actor Daniel Roebuck.

has waiting to become productions. “Let the bigger films go to the bigger guys,” he added. “This has been successful for me and those I’ve worked with. I believe if it’s a good

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he most controlled woman can be driven to obsession over designer brands. We will seek jeans, handbags, tennis shoes, even phone cases, as long as the logo is twice the size of “hers.” Let’s face it--it’s not the men in our lives paying attention to the latest tribal print or color sheen on your boots. (The price may get their attention, but we’re clever at concealing those little “details”). A University of Minnesota marketing study concluded, “when women buy designer goods, they are engaging in complex intra-sex signaling about their romantic status and security.” Or, put simply, women buy Chanel bags and YSL shoes to tell other ladies, “Keep your stupid ugly hands off my man.” No, honestly, that’s literally what the researchers who designed the study say. (PsychCentral, July 2013). Now that you know the apparent lay of the land, are you going to look at the women around you differently? Likely not, but let’s accept that we probably do attach more significance to brands than they deserve. So, how does one strike a balance between having the finer items that we obsess over and maintaining a budget? Don’t worry, ladies. I’ve managed to pave a trail here if you’re seeing nothing but trees; think of it as a guided tour through the shopping mall (even though I am NOT a fan of shopping malls!). A small introduction: Mildly infatuating to me in the backdrop of psychology are the measures taken to look rich, and the incredible power designer brands can wield over people. This curiosity has funneled my motivation and creativity enough to establish a business dedicated to providing designer items and translating them into tangible, accessible items. A Designer Closet is my business endeavor, which caters precisely to individuals seeking designer eminence on a modest scale. Focus is on fit, sustainability and the reflection of your desired image. As a government servant by day, this hobby has grown into an enjoyable freedom for someone like me, with boundless amounts of unbridled creativity. Can you think of the last occasion you had a little fashion frolic in your life? Your closet can reflect well-tailored garments that will give you a little boost every time you reach for one, without price guilt. No longer reserved for the rich, here are a few ideas for how to get a designer garment right where you live and for a reasonable price. Use this article as a manual for fashion imagination and change up your fashion forecast! More and more, retailers have started to use the collaboration model as the conduit from metro to rural—to shepherd what used to be unattainable designers’ pieces right to your local shopping aisle. Some partnerships work, others fail. It’s a model that makes sense as it offers diminutive risk for a potentially high reward. H&M and Target seem to have struck a successful balance by finding designers on the cusp of striking it big (Jason Wu) with those who are well known for their allAmerican, top-shelf selections (Neiman Marcus). The collections aren’t exclusive to your closet either. They’ll bring style to your entire home— from your kitchen to your living room, right down to Fido’s water dish. So let’s look at some of my favorite collaborations: I recently posted on my Facebook page the latest designer collaboration to hit Target stores with designer Peter Pilotto, along with runway photos illustrating the joining of vibrant colors with light and airy designs.

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retail giant. The collection at my local Target was charming, yet I did spot a few of the dresses on the clearance rack while perusing through; perhaps the high-end style wasn’t quite ready for small town Minnesota. Or is it the other way around? Before the Madmen look was popular, or the show was even on America’s radar, Luella for Target was out and gracing looks of women everywhere, and was a part of Target’s larger GO International movement. This flirty collection is rocker-chic-meets-secretary. Fitted blazers, plaid dresses and platform shoes were a few of the selections in this group. It was edgy, aiming for a younger look. Want to find these styles today? Your best bet would be eBay.

Phillip Lim collaborated with Target in 2013. This bold collection was the perfect marriage of a beloved New York designer meets soccer mom. It sold out fast, and smartly, was made to mix and match, making your dollar stretch. I have noticed that the bags for re-sale online retain their value just as a non-collaborated piece would. Check out this collage courtesy of tracysnotebookofstyle.com

In the historical drama of music and fashion, few names stand higher than Madonna’s. She collaborated with H&M for her own line of clean, black-and-white garments illustrating a funky and professional edge. The dresses I procured for clients were figure-flattering wraps that were slimming and could travel well. This collection, too, netted well for H&M and elevated their platform as a retailer for their audience, even as it took the risk of a higher price point. This collection had something A d d y o u r e v e n t f o r F R E E t o t h e T I M E L I N E c a l e n d a r . G O TO w w w. s o u t h ernminn . c o m / s c ene / c a len d a r & C l i c k + A d d a n E v ent


for the broad demographic: a tailored pants suit, those stylish wraps and a couple of work outfits that may have motivated someone’s co-worker to look up the workplace dress code policy. Many of these pieces could be versatile, and may have been more for going out on weekends. The return was sweet, as similar collaborations have followed and some of the more classic looks can still be found in the re-sale market.

The collection overall is versatile and can be paired with many things you likely already own. The photo below illustrates some of the separates that were best sellers:

First Lady Michelle Obama made Jason Wu famous when she wore the gown he designed for the President’s second inauguration in January of 2014. This red stunner was the first dress to be placed in the Smithsonian as the second inaugural gown. To continue the designer affair, the First Lady wore a piece from the collaborated collection (with Target) for an appearance on her “Let’s Move” campaign. Needless to say, the dress sold out everywhere in seven hours!

Interestingly, the blouse on the far right is a peplum cut, which isn’t able to be detected as it’s tucked in. It also has an eyelash fringe texture, a very admired look and style right

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now, yet this collection is already a couple years old. Even though these collections are priced a little higher than the store brand clothing, they have longevity and the forwardthinking creativity associated with designer labels. An informal or casual office/work environment would be a natural habitat for these fun pieces. Perhaps one of my favorite collaborations comes from Victor & Rolf, featured at H&M. This collection is still not so well known in the US, but it’s so timeless and pretty, that that is bound to change! Would you guess this collection was from 2006? Romantic and elegant, this clothing is simple and feminine yet strikes me as classy.

Designer collaborations temper the trend between high-end garments and affordability, with the objective of enhancing your own style. It’s an easy way to redecorate and add a little punch on a whim, without commitment. Even if we acquire just one piece, we’ll get a fresh idea and the opportunity to step out of old habits. While a logo bearing the name of a famous designer can trigger a plethora of emotions, hopefully a purchase will unlock the gate to your own inspiration and innovation. Designer collaborations have influenced color pairings on vehicle designs, paint hues for your home, and the sneakers on your feet. Check one out the next time you find yourself in a retail environment. Whether you’re enthused, motivated, or educated, I hope I have in some way contributed to your fashion insights. Now go forward, refresh, and be stylish!

Collaborations aren’t always peas and carrots though. Last Christmas, Target ventured forward with Neiman Marcus to bring several designers together for a Holiday collection of clothing and gifts. The result wasn’t exactly what either retailer had hoped for, and for a myriad of reasons. The collection consisted of clothing (expected), but also had stationary, dog dishes and several other knick-knack items one would not normally seek out in higher end price points from Target (or even look for from these designers). When Target announced their partnership with famed dressmaker Diane von Fürstenberg, the pulse of more than one woman quickened, thinking there may be a fabulous wrap dress ahead. Instead, however, the only thing to come out of the collaboration was yoga mats. The price sticker

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• 9 Hole, Par 34, Public Course • 1/2 mile North of Kenyon on Hwy 56 • Mature Trees • River & Hills • Bent Grass Greens • Watered Fairways • 2 Sand Bunkers • Practice Putting Green • Men’s Tees - 2656 yards, Women’s Tees 2498 yards • Course Rating - 32.6, Course Rating - 107

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he 9-hole “Riverview” course at the Riverview Golf Course facility in New Richland, Minnesota features 3,097 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The course rating is 38.0 and it has a slope rating of 129. Designed by Rich Lorenz, the Riverview golf course opened in 1988. The course rating is 38.0 with a slope rating of 129. Riverview is a daily fee golf course with a ‘Open To Public’ guest policy.

Driving range, practice green, concessions, bar, outdoor patio and grill.

Weekdays/9 holes $13.00 Weekend/9 holes $16.00 Cart Fee $7.50 for 9 holes Other Fees St. Rate: $10 for 9 holes

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Goodhue County 507.789.6307 kenyoncountryclub.com RaTES Weekday (Mon-Fri am) Walking 9 - $10.00 Walking 18 - $15.00 Weekend (Fri pm-Sun) Walking 9 - $12.00 Walking 18 - $18.00 Cart Rental 9 Holes - $10.00 18 Holes $15.00 Mon Eve: Couple’s League Tues Eve: Buffet open to the Public Wed: Ladies’ Day Thurs: Men’s Day CLUB HOURS & INFO

• Events catered by Omar’s Cafe • Grab & Go food items (Hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, chips, pop, beer, liquor) • Morning - Coffee & Rolls Hours: 8am-8pm Mon-Fri 7am-7pm Sat & Sun

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43781 Golf Course road leSueur County 507.931.4400 shorelandcc.com AMENITIES

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! • Social Event Golf Course with great group rates • Tournament Events- Corporate golf outings, group golf outings, great food/restaurant • Lessons/group lessons • Custom Club fitting • Full service golf shop - carry major golf brands Senior rate: Monday –Friday $30 includes cart Before Noon* Twilight: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 4pm-after $30 includes cart* * Taxes not included.

horeland offers much more than just great golf. This course is tucked away in the bluffs above the Minnesota River Valley, and on the shores of Lake Emily. This 18-hole golf course offers a challenging round of golf for CourSE STATISTICS experienced golfers and novices alike. Don’t let the shorter-than- Shoreland Country Club is a par 69, 18-hole, golf course. The course has a slope average yardage fool you. It may only have a par of 69, but with semi-private rating of 123 from the white tees. It is considered 7 par 3’s ranging from 110 yards to 215 yards long, Shoreland a short course by many of today’s standards, but what Shoreland Country Club lacks in distance, makes things interesting for everyone. it makes up in variety. With 7 par 3’s, rolling hills, Shoreland also offers affordable rates for every class of golfer, views of the Minnesota River Valley and Lake whether just coming out for the day or joining for the season. Emily, the setting could not be better. Shoreland has a practice facility, a pro shop, and a clubhouse with STAFF & PErSoNNEL PGA Professional Jason Harrell year-round restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Map Key Number 4

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he Blooming Prairie Country Club is regarded as one of the finest nine hole courses in southern Minnesota. Blooming Prairie Country Club facility features 3,026 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 34.8 and it has a slope rating of 127. Blooming Prairie golf course opened in 1936. The Blooming Prairie Country Club is a fun, well-kept, challenging USGA 9-hole public golf course. In the club house you will find all the amenities… a pro-shop stocked with a large selection of everything a golfer may need, as well as, a full menu of food choices, snacks, beer, and soda. Our professional, friendly staff is committed to making each visit a pleasant experience and we hope you come visit us in Blooming Prairie!

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he Faribault Golf Club was originally founded in 1910 when the original nine holes were designed, constructed, and opened for play. In 1956, Willie Kidd, the Interlachen golf professional, designed a new nine holes course in its present location, and Bob Carlson of Austin designed the back nine holes which was built and opened for play in 1966. Faribault Golf Club was instrumental along with Winona Country Club, Town and Country, The Minikahda Club, Rochester Golf & Country Club, Bryn Mawr, and Merion Park in founding and establishing the Minnesota Golf Association, and hosted annually since 1970, the Minnesota PGA Pro-Am Tournament.

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Faribault, MN Rice County 507.332.7177 legacygolf.net

RATES/POLICIES/AMENITIES Green Fees 9 Holes: Monday to Thursday - $12 18 Holes: Monday to Thursday - $16 9 Holes: Fri. to Sun. & Holidays - $16 18 Holes: Fri. to Sun. & Holidays - $22

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he Legacy in Faribault, Minnesota is a 6,500-yard, 18-hole Championship facility with a course rating of 71.3 - slope 134. A new Clubhouse added in 2011 provides amenities to greatly enhance the golf experience and provides a new dining venue for the community. New outdoor Event Pavilion also added in 2011. The golf course designed by nationally accredited golf architect Garret Gill opened for play in 1998. The golf course as described in the 1998 Minnesota Golfer Magazine has three kinds of holes. The center of the course is slightly hilly, with classic tree lined fairways. To the North, rolling topography is punctuated with prairie grasses, creating Scottish style links. And in the South, there are beautiful vistas with the internationally known college prep school Shattuck - St. Mary’s in the background.

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• 18 Hole Golf Course • 8 Reciprocal Golf Courses • Full Driving Range • Practice Green • PGA Golf ll new golfing memberships from Professional Waseca or within 15 miles are 40% off. • Fully Stocked For any questions, please use the CONTACTS link Pro-Shop above. Age discounts noted below are available on all golfing • Heated Swimming memberships. Pool • No Minimim spending New Golf Membership Non-Resident Golf Package: (Residence is more than 15 miles from Lakeside or resides in Waseca less than 100 days) • Great Family • Family (2 spouse) $599 Atmosphere • Family (1 spouse) $499

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North Mankato, MN Nicollet County 507.947.3355 northlinksgolf.com

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orth Links Golf Course is a public golf course featuring a traditional, prairie style layout with multi-tiered and undulating greens to challenge golfers of all abilities. North Links features an extensive practice facility, full service banquet facilities, and a fully stocked Pro Shop. Our banquet staff specialize in wedding receptions and golf outings of all sizes. The banquet facilities at North Links provide panoramic views of the golf course with an outdoor and indoor patio areas to give your event added ambiance. We’re located just 3 miles west of North Mankato and 1 hour south of the Twin Cities. North Links is owned and operated by the Wilson Golf Group and the group’s pride in ownership is represented in every detail.

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ARTS Gypsy: 16-May, 7:30 PM, Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, $25 - $32. Set in the 1920s when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Gypsy is a classic showbiz musical. Loosely based on the memoirs of

Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy tells the story of Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, and how her daughter Louise, a child Vaudeville actor, became the famous burlesque stripper.. http://www.btacmn.org/2perform/at_theaters/ schneider/gypsy.html. “Bring It On: The Musical Dancin’ Plus: Let the Music Play: 16-May, All Day; 18-May, 3:00 PM, Fairmont Opera House, 45 Downtown Plaza, Fairmont, . Come enjoy Dancin Plus: LET THE MUSIC PLAY - 2014.. http://www.localendar.com/ elsie?JSP=PublishedCalendar&mode=PU BLISH_PUBLIC&search_type=M0&start_ date=05/01/14&calendar_id=320379.

The Little Mermaid: 17-May, 1:00 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $51-$82. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the classic Disney animated feature and originally rooted in Hans Christian Andersen’s enchanting fairy tale, The Little Mermaid is a musical favorite for audiences of all ages. This production is sure to thrill in every way as it showcases beautiful sets, dazzling costumes and an award-winning musical score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Revel in favorites including: ‘Part of Your World,’ ‘Under the Sea,’ ‘Les

Gordon Lightfoot is seen here at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Sunday, Sept 8th, 2013. Lightfoot will perform at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on June 22.

Gordon Lightfoot Sunday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. Mayo Civic Center, Rochester Reading Gordon Lightfoot’s biography is pretty impressive. It says here he’s on a tour celebrating his fifty years in the music industry, which mean he’s been successful in America for about as long as the Beatles have been. He’s had five Number 1 hits in America, and in his native Canada, he’s had 16. He helped to define the folk-pop sound of the 60’s and 70’, paving the way for people like James Taylor, Jim Croce and Joni Mitchell. Oh, check this out; both Robbie Robertson and Bob Dylan have said he is one of their favorite songwriters. Dylan has even said that when he heard one particular Lightfoot composition for the first time, he “hoped it would go on forever.” He’s in the songwriter’s hall of fame, he’s won 17 Juno awards and has been honored by the Canadian government with the Governor’s General Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada honor of merit. Wow. Pretty impressive. But in Minnesota, there is nothing he has accomplished that will garner him more respect than this one simple fact: He wrote The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Yep. That song has done more to contribute to the mythology and mysticism of the North Shore than any Native American legend or movie about strip mining ever could. Gordon Lightfoot put Duluth, MN on the map - after Bob Dylan hit it big. Not bad. We should all go and pay tribute. (And by the way, Dude’s an amazing songwriter. This is something well worth your time.) Visit www.mayociviccenter.com for details. – – Rich Larson, editor@southernminnscene.com

Poissons,’ ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls,’ ‘Kiss the Girl’ and many more.. http://www.chanhassentheatres.com/littlemermaid.aspx. (952) 934-1525”Crimes of the Heart The Church Basement Ladies: 17-May, 3:00 PM; 21-May, 1:00 PM, Plymouth Playhouse, 2705 Annapolis LN N, Plymouth, $13.50-$38. It is 1979, the day of the church’s Centennial Celebration, and past parishioners have gathered to share hotdish, bars, and stories from the last 100 years. As the women work in the kitchen, these shared memories burst into life through a series of flashbacks. Travel back to 1897, and meet Vivian’s grandmother, one of the founding members of the church; see Karin as a newlywed, cautiously navigating her way through the politics of the kitchen; and be there on that day, in 1944, when Mavis first barreled her way through the swinging door. As they time-jump through a Century, these ladies manage to serve up a rib-tickling panorama of the changes in the kitchen, without spilling a drop of their egg coffee! Meanwhile, the Centennial Celebration continues on the lawn. But the celebration is bittersweet. Times are tough in this small farm community, and hard decisions will have to be made. But, once again, your favorite church basement ladies handle it all with grace, hilarity, and some brand new musical numbers that are sure to get your toes tapping.. http://plymouthplayhouse.com/theatre-tickets/shows/. (763) 553-1600”The Dinner Detective The Odd Couple: 17-May, 7:30 PM; 18May, 2:00 PM, Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, $17 - $22. An American comedy classic, this Tony Award winner centers on mismatched roommates, Oscar and Felix. When recently failed marriages force slovenly Oscar and fastidious Felix to share an apartment, their relationship begins to resemble the patterns of their own disastrous marriages. The roommates must determine whether their differences are irreconcilable. As the audience enjoys the non-stop hilarity, Oscar and Felix realize they are both better people as a result of their friendship. Don’t miss this great performance at Bloomington Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater.. http://www.btacmn. org/2perform/at_theaters/blackbox/couple. html. “Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos Choices: 17-May, 7:30 PM, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 11000 France Ave. S., Bloomington, $15 . May 16 & 17. A New Play for Everyone especially Teens. Caiden and Chloe battle inner fears, societal messages and peer pressure as they make choices on their journey of discovery of their true selves. Written and directed by Shelley Smith. May 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. Talkback discussions after each performance. Purchase tickets online at BrownPaper tickets or at the door (cash or check). General admission: paywhat-you-can with suggested ticket price of $15.. http://www.chainreactiontp.com. Duniya Drum and Dance: Guinee Sogue: 17-May, 8:00 PM, The Ritz Theater Foundation and Ballet of the Dolls, 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, $18 - $25. Duniya Drum & Dance Presents: Guine Sogue (Guine Sun) A celebration of the power, joy and beauty of the music and dance of Guine West Africa. Duniya will be joined by Master Drummers and Dancers of the National Ballet of Guine.. http://www.ritz-theater.org/ event/528557-ballet-dolls-duniya-drumminneapolis/. JD Provorse: 17-May, 8:00 PM, Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 Washington Ave S., Minneapolis, . For great laughs, come enjoys some live comedy.. http:// s3.amazonaws.com/webassets.ticketmob. com/LS/templates/integrations/comedycornerunderground2/index.html. Arsenic & Old Lace: 18-May, 1:30 PM, Commonweal Theatre, 208 Parkway Ave N., Lanesboro, $15-$30. Looks can be

deceiving! Everything seems normal and serene in the home of spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster - famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for hospitality and charity. But is something hiding beneath their sweet exterior of grace and lace? When their nephew stumbles upon a secret hidden beneath the window seat, he inadvertently unleashes mayhem as hilarious as it is ghastly! A classic American comedy, Arsenic & Old Lace was hailed by The New York Times as ‘so funny that none of us will ever forget it.’. http://www.commonwealtheatre.org/arsenic. html. 507-467-2905”Gypsy ‘Brand’ by Henrik Ibsen: 22-May, 7:30 PM, Commonweal Theatre, 208 Parkway Ave N., Lanesboro, $15-$30. The latest in a series of world premiere Henrik Ibsen adaptations by acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. In his blinding search for a new vision of humanity, fundamentalist pastor Brand holds himself and his followers to the rigid ideal of ‘all or nothing.’ As his faith is tested again and again, Brand goes the distance, clinging to his beliefs and risking everything on his journey. $30 Adults, $15 Students. http:// www.commonwealtheatre.org. 507-4672905”Open Mic Tim Sullivan: 23-May, 10:00 PM; 24-May, 7:30 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . If you spend your money to see Tim’s show you will not leave disappointed, unless you were expecting to see a talking puppet or you think Taylor Swift makes smart relationship decisions.... http:// www.gooniescomedy.com/shows.shtml. “Mary Mack Open Studio: 25-May, 1:00 PM, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, 15 Franklin St SW, Hutchinson, . Interested in a daytime open studio time? Please let us know, we would love to offer more times, if we can get enough people to make it fun, festive, collaborative and supportivethe idea is the more the merrier!. http://www.hutchinsonarts. org/open-studio/. Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: 30-May, 6:00 PM; 31-May, 6:00 PM, German Park, New Ulm, 200 North German St, New Ulm, Free. Mankato Mosaic Theatre Company, with the New Ulm Actors Community Theatre (NUACT), is presenting three performances of ‘Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’. Four plays that are contemporary comedic parodies of the Bard’s traditional works and one Shakespearean game show with prizes for audience members. Our local actors and directors invite you to enjoy this FREE and FAMILY-FRIENDLY outdoor performance! Bring your chairs, blankets, food, family & friends! Space is limited for the May 31 ramp show...get your FREE tickets at www.mankatomosaic.com. http://www. mankatomosaic.com. Twelfth Night: 30-May, 7:30 PM; 31-May, 7:30 PM, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, $20 . The Chameleon Theatre Circle is teaming up with Green T Productions to meld Shakespeare’s irresistible romantic comedy with the visual and movement styles of the Japanese Kabuki tradition! In the kingdom of Illyria, love is turning everyone’s life upside down, from the regal Duke and haughty Countess to their most lowly servants. A shipwreck, disguises, intercepted messages, and questionable fashion choices all play a part in the chaos that drives one of the most beloved comedies of all time.. http://www.burnsvillepac.com/ chameleon-theater-circle.html. Matt McClowry: 30-May, 7:30 PM; 30May, 10:00 PM; 31-May, 7:30 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Matt’s talent is truly unique; he was diagnosed at an early age with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of high-functioning Autism. While many ‘Aspies’ apply this focus in trivial, unproductive ways, Matt is able to channel it into his act by constantly building

on his repertoire of material. A wordsmith with a perceptive eye, Matt’s act is refreshingly honest and brutally funny.. http://www. gooniescomedy.com/shows.shtml. Studio4 Dance Recital: 1-Jun, 9:00 AM, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, . Burnsville’s own Studio54 dancers take the stage for a series of recitals.. http://www.ames-center. com/events.html. Twelfth Night: 1-Jun, 2:00 PM, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, $20 . The Chameleon Theatre Circle is teaming up with Green T Productions to meld Shakespeare’s irresistible romantic comedy with the visual and movement styles of the Japanese Kabuki tradition! In the kingdom of Illyria, love is turning everyone’s life upside down, from the regal Duke and haughty Countess to their most lowly servants. A shipwreck, disguises, intercepted messages, and questionable fashion choices all play a part in the chaos that drives one of the most beloved comedies of all time.. http://www.burnsvillepac.com/ chameleon-theater-circle.html. “The 39 Steps Family Fun Tuesdays: 3-Jun, 10:00 AM; 10-Jun, 10:00 AM, Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan, Free- $4. Explore and learn the connection between our planet and its people through dance, theater, music, storytelling, puppetry, and hands-on learning. Family Fun Tuesdays is an interactive and amusing weekly series showcasing the talent of teaching performers, artists, and organizations. Admission: Free with a $4 per person suggested donation.. http://www.caponiartpark.org/programs/familyfuntuesdays/. 4 for the Funny: 3-Jun, 7:30 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $4 . Join us the first Tuesday of every month as we bring you 4 of the areas best comedians! Each comic is recording his/her new set to send out to booking agencies.. http://www.gooniescomedy.com/ shows.shtml. Mike Green: 6-Jun, 7:30 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Though you might be fooled by Mike’s youthful appearance, His smooth and energetic act reflects that of a comedic veteran. Mike’s infectious enthusiasm and entertaining stories keep crowds in stitches.. http://www.gooniescomedy.com/shows. shtml. Bob Marley: 6-Jun, 7:30 PM; 6-Jun, 9:45 PM; 7-Jun, 7:00 PM; 7-Jun, 9:30 PM, House of Comedy, 408 East Broadway, Level 4 East, Bloomington, $15-$20. A comedy night featuring a man whose credits include Boondocks Saints, The Late show with David Letterman, and Comedy Central.. http:// houseofcomedy.net/about/comics-details. asp?id=331. Mike Green: 6-Jun, 10:00 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Though you might be fooled by Mike’s youthful appearance, His smooth and energetic act reflects that of a comedic veteran. Mike’s infectious enthusiasm and entertaining stories keep crowds in stitches.. http://www.gooniescomedy.com/shows. shtml. “Late Night Improv Kellen Marson - Comedic Hypnotist: 7-Jun, 8:00 PM, Paradise Center for the Arts, 321 Central Ave., Faribault, $17-$22. AwardWinning Comedy Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist, and U.S. Army Veteran, Kellen Marsen’s unique ability to weave humor, motivation, and inspiration into a truly unforgettable hysterical show has made Kellen one of the country’s most sought after Comedic Hypnotist. Great ready to kick off summer laughing.. http://www.paradisecenterforthearts.org/calendar/. Jamm Dance Recital: 13-Jun, 9:00 AM, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, . Dancers from

Rosemount’s Jamm Dance show off their work at this year-end recital.. http://www. ames-center.com/events.html. ‘Ramona Quimby,’ a Children’s Show: 13-Jun, 7:30 PM; 14-Jun, 7:30 PM; 15-Jun, 2:00 PM, Little Theatre of Owatonna, 560A Dunnell Drive, Owatonna, $10-$14. Written by Beverly Cleary Directed by Sandee HardyHagen Technical Director Deb Seath Sponsored by Federated Insurance Unpredictable. Exasperating. Boisterous and independent. That’s Ramona Quimby for you. Always aggravating her older sister, Beezus, constantly getting into trouble and sometimes ‘making a big noisy fuss’ when things don’t go her way.. http://www.littletheatreofowatonna.org. Christine Stedman: 13-Jun, 7:30 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Christine Stedman started doing stand-up to get out of babysitting grandchildren and has since become a favorite at some of the top clubs in the country. Christine hits the stage with her unique perspectives on life and it’s tribulatons. http:// www.gooniescomedy.com/shows.shtml. Kathy Griffin: 13-Jun, 8:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, $65-$80. Kathleen Mary ‘Kathy’ Griffin is an Emmy and Grammy Awardwinning American actress and comedian.. http://www.mysticlake.com/kathygriffin14. Christine Stedman: 13-Jun, 10:00 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Christine Stedman started doing stand-up to get out of babysitting grandchildren and has since become a favorite at some of the top clubs in the country. Christine hits the stage with her unique perspectives on life and it’s tribulatons. http:// www.gooniescomedy.com/shows.shtml. “Kermet Apio Spring Dance Concert: 14-Jun, 1:00 PM, Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive, Rochester, $12 - $14. Varied and delightful, the Spring Dance Concert represents Allegro students of all ages and abilities. Enjoyed and appreciated by the entire audience, Allegro highlights all students in a professional, artistic and friendly atmosphere.www. mayociviccenter.com/upcoming_events/ eventdetails. Doctor Dolittle: 14-Jun, 7:00 PM, Staring Lake Amphitheater, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, . Book, Music, and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse Based on the Doctor Dolittle Stories by Hugh Lofting and the Twentieth Century Fox film. We are pleased to bring to the outdoor amphitheater stage at Staring Lake Park the classic tale of a wacky but kind Doctor who can talk to animals. The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-in-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. Doctor Dolittle is wrongly accused of murder and, once pronounced innocent, continues with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail--the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth.. http://www. edenprairieplayers.com/2014season.htm. “Spring Dance Concert Shana’s Dance Studio Recital: 19-Jun, 9:00 AM, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, . Shana’s Dance Studio’s fifth-annual dance recital.. http://www.ames-center.com/events.html. Gallery Walk: 19-Jun, 5:00 PM, Gallery Walk, 523 South 2nd St., Mankato, Free. We are excited to have you join us for THIRD THURSDAYS at these participating gallery locations*. Take the opportunity to see new works and visit with area artists first hand during this monthly Third Thursday Gallery Walk. *All are scheduled to be open, however, conflicts may have been unavoidable. If you are wanting to visit a specific location, please verify availability first. Blue Earth County Historical Society , Heritage Center , The 410 Project , Landkamer Building, Fillin’ Station Coffeehouse , Carnegie Art Center, Twin

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COMEDY Ari Shaffir: 16-May, 7:30 PM; 16-May, 9:45 PM; 17-May, 7:00 PM; 17-May, 9:30 PM, House of Comedy, 408 East Broadway, Level 4 East, Bloomington, $20 . Amongst other works, Ari Shaffir is probably most wellknown for a series of comedy works entitled ‘The Amazing Racist,’ the title is a play on that of the reality television show The Amazing Race. In these shorts, ‘The Amazing Racist’ is seen acting in a manner which is overtly and ironically racist. Shaffir filmed many of his offensive encounters for the DVD National Lampoon’s Lost Reality. They were then ripped to the internet by hundreds of different nerds and seen by millions of people. Watching the videos makes many people laugh and many people very angry. Shaffir gets death threats at least once a week and loves them all. If you havent seen the videos, Google him. Please dont watch them at work because youll get fired.. https://houseofcomedy.net/ about/comics-details.asp?ID=238. Roger Radley: 16-May, 7:30 PM; 16-May, 10:00 PM; 17-May, 9:30 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Roger Radley is an award-winning comedian who has been performing his brand of comedy, for over 25 years and more than 3000 performances. From the Trump Castle in Atlantic City to Opryland in Nashville to Las Vegas and conventions in Hawaii, this Wisconsin native keeps being called back for repeat performances by many groups.. http:// www.gooniescomedy.com/shows.shtml. Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret: 16-May, 8:00 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $28 . The Stevie Ray’s Comedy Troupe creates hilarious comedy based on suggestions you call out from the audience. Watch a high-quality show in a relaxed atmosphere!. http://www. chanhassentheatres.com/stevie_rays_comedy_cabaret.aspx. (952) 934-1525”Ric McCloud’s Comedy Cabaret Louie Anderson: 16-May, 9:00 PM, Treasure Island Resort and Casino Minnesota, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, $25-$35. The unbelievably funny, Im not fat, Im fluffy comedian with an affinity for Hawaiian shirts is headed to Treasure Island Resort & Casino for two unbelievably funny shows! Gabriel Iglesias is making a name for himself as one of the most successful stand-up comedians today. Hes appeared on every major talk show from Good Morning America to The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He can be seen in the blockbuster film Magic Mike, and heard in Disneys Planes. He starred in Comedy Centrals unprecedented two hour special, Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy and has one of the highest rated stand-up series on the network.. http://www.treasureislandcasino. com/entertainment-mn/concerts-shows-mn/ louie-anderson/. 1-800-222-7077 Open Mic: 22-May, 7:30 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, Free. Some are great, others shouldn’t speak in public. But it’s always fun!. http:// www.gooniescomedy.com/shows.shtml. “Dave Coulier Tim Sullivan: 23-May, 7:30 PM, 23-May, 10:00 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . If you spend your money to see Tim’s show you will not leave disappointed, unless you were expecting to see a talking puppet or you think Taylor Swift makes smart relationship decisions.... http:// www.gooniescomedy.com/shows.shtml. Dave Coulier: 23-May, 9:45 PM; 24-May, 9:30 PM, House of Comedy, 408 East Broadway, Level 4 East, Bloomington, $24.95 . You probably know him best as Joey Gladstone from Full House, but tonight he’s performing a live special stand-up gig.. https://houseofcomedy.net/calendar/index.as p?date=5%2F20%2F2014&MainID=&SubID =&NodeID=&ID=. Jay Pharoah: 30-May, 7:30 PM; 30-May, 9:45 PM; 31-May, 7:00 PM, House of Comedy, 408 East Broadway, Level 4 East, Bloomington, $25.95 . Jay Pharoah is returning to Studio 8H for his fourth season. Pharoah is best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions including President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Stephen A. Smith and Kanye West, as well as for his recurring character of school principal Daniel Frye. Pharoah developed his comedy skills at a young age, training in local comedy clubs. He went on to tour in the U.K., the U.S. and Montreal.

Pharoah will next star alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in Ride Along, with Bryan Cranston and Anna Kendrick in Get a Job, with Chris Rock in Finally Famous, and in Intramural. His past feature film credits include Lola Versus. Pharoahs Kanye West parody, I Am A Dog, was featured on Above Average and became an instant viral video reaching over a million views within the first week.. https://houseofcomedy.net/about/ comics-details.asp?ID=320. Matt McClowry: 30-May, 7:30 PM; 30-May, 10:00 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Matt’s talent is truly unique; he was diagnosed at an early age with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of high-functioning Autism. While many ‘Aspies’ apply this focus in trivial, unproductive ways, Matt is able to channel it into his act by constantly building on his repertoire of material. A wordsmith with a perceptive eye, Matt’s act is refreshingly honest and brutally funny.. http://www.gooniescomedy.com/ shows.shtml. 4 for the Funny: 3-Jun, 7:30 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $4 . Join us the first Tuesday of every month as we bring you 4 of the areas best comedians! Each comic is recording his/her new set to send out to booking agencies.. http://www.gooniescomedy.com/ shows.shtml. Mike Green: 6-Jun, 7:30 PM; 6-Jun, 10:00 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Though you might be fooled by Mike’s youthful appearance, His smooth and energetic act reflects that of a comedic veteran. Mike’s infectious enthusiasm and entertaining stories keep crowds in stitches.. http://www.gooniescomedy.com/ shows.shtml. Bob Marley: 6-Jun, 7:30 PM; 6-Jun, 9:45 PM; 7-Jun, 9:30 PM, House of Comedy, 408 East Broadway, Level 4 East, Bloomington, $15-$20. A comedy night featuring a man whose credits include Boondocks Saints, The Late show with David Letterman, and Comedy Central.. http://houseofcomedy.net/about/ comics-details.asp?id=331. Kellen Marson - Comedic Hypnotist: 7-Jun, 8:00 PM, Paradise Center for the Arts, 321 Central Ave., Faribault, $17-$22. AwardWinning Comedy Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist, and U.S. Army Veteran, Kellen Marsen’s unique ability to weave humor, motivation, and inspiration into a truly unforgettable hysterical show has made Kellen one of the country’s most sought after Comedic Hypnotist. Great ready to kick off summer laughing.. http://www.paradisecenterforthearts.org/calendar/. Christine Stedman: 13-Jun, 7:30 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Christine Stedman started doing stand-up to get out of babysitting grandchildren and has since become a favorite at some of the top clubs in the country. Christine hits the stage with her unique perspectives on life and it’s tribulatons. http:// www.gooniescomedy.com/shows.shtml. Kathy Griffin: 13-Jun, 8:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, $65-$80. Kathleen Mary ‘Kathy’ Griffin is an Emmy and Grammy Awardwinning American actress and comedian.. http://www.mysticlake.com/kathygriffin14. Christine Stedman: 13-Jun, 10:00 PM, Goonie’s Comedy Club, 7 Second Street SW, Rochester, $14 . Christine Stedman started doing stand-up to get out of babysitting grandchildren and has since become a favorite at some of the top clubs in the country. Christine hits the stage with her unique perspectives on life and it’s tribulatons. http:// www.gooniescomedy.com/shows.shtml. “Kermet Apio

CONCERTS Chiodos and Emarosa: 16-May, 6:00 PM, The Garage, 75 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, $17 . Come and enjoy some great live music.. https://www.facebook.com/events /1454955898054769/?ref=5. Live Music: 16-May, 8:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, Free. Centrally located near the Promenade Stage and the blackjack pit, Drinx Bar is the place to see and be seen. Serving your favorite adult beverages until 2 a.m. daily, with live music every Friday and Saturday night.. http://www.mysticlake.com/ bars/drinxbar. “Nachito Herrera Ken Valdez: 16-May, 8:00 PM, The Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St., Northfield, Free. Called ‘the best kept secret’ by numerous well-known and respected names in the

music industry, Ken Valdez is a singer/ songwriter and guitarist who pays tribute to classic rock and blues with his own signature brand of sass. Based in St. Paul (by way of Santa Fe, New Mexico), Valdez is a mainstay on the Twin Cities live music scene. Valdez also frequently collaborates with Nick Hensley of the musical collaborative, Love Songs For Angry Men. http://tavernofnorthfield.com Six to Midnight: 16-May, 8:00 PM, North Star Bar, 503 N Broadway, Rochester, Free. Join us for live music tonight at North Star Bar!. http://www.northstarbar.net/. Ball N Chain: 16-May, 8:00 PM, Wicked Moose Bar & Grill, 1201 Eastgate Dr. SE, Rochester, $5 . Featuring your favorite music from the 80’s!. http://www.wickedmoosebarandgrill.com/events/upcoming-events/ upcoming-events.html. Ken Wanovich: 16-May, 8:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, Free. Ken Wanovich will captivate you, transporting you back in time to move-and-groove and sing-along with all your favorite songs! Ken uses acoustic classic rock styles, accomplished acoustic fingerstyles, smooth and engaging vocals, plus a little magic harmony and some driving percussion to get a virtual one-man-band experience. Whether you’re in the mood to dance, sing along, or just enjoy the journey, Ken Wanovich brings together the very best in high energy classic rock, musical reminiscing, and just plain fun!. http://www. mysticlake.com/hotellobbyentertainment. “Jumbo Ya-Ya Dueling Pianos: 16-May, 9:15 PM, Buster’s Sports Bar & Grill, 1325 Madison Avenue, Mankato, Free. Come to Buster’s for an entertaining night with Dueling Pianos. Don’t miss it.. http://www.bustersbar.com/ blog/event-calendar. Rhino: 16-May, 9:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Rhino is a five member, high energy Twin Cities based band playing a wide variety of modern, alternative, 80’s and classic rock with twists of country and other surprises splashed in.. http://www.babesmusicbar.com/Events.asp. The Shaw Brothers: 16-May, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Free. Come out tonight for some rock, pop, country and everything in between with the Shaw Brothers!. http:// neisens.com/music-events/. (952) 846-4513 Chopper: 16-May, 10:00 PM, Hoppers Bar & Grill, 119 Olive Street, Waconia, . Join us for a night of music and dancing.. http:// www.hoppersbar.com/entertainment/monthlyentertainment-calendar/. Dakota Dave Hull: 17-May, 2:00 PM, Falconer Vineyards, 3572 Old Tyler Road, Red Wing, Free. Hailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from theWashington Post to Downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull’s guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. Dakota Dave is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler along the broad highway of America’s music. In his playing the masters speak, but in a vocabulary that is Dave’s alone: alternatively mirthful and moving, always melodic. Description courtesy of http://dakotadavehull. com/. http://www.falconervineyards.com/ musicandevents.html. Chris Brooks: 17-May, 3:00 PM, Club 57, 204 2nd St. SW, Waseca, Free. Doors open at 3 p.m. Performance will be in the event center. http://www.millerarmstrong.com. Optimum Trajectory: 17-May, 5:00 PM, The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street South, Northfield, Free. Optimum Trajectory creates innovative, exciting renditions of jazz standards and original music.. http://1001solutionsllc.com/thecontented-cow/calendar/#.Uzofg_l5OSp. 1.507.663.1351 Absent and Memorie Music: 17-May, 6:00 PM, The Garage, 75 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, $8 . Live music also featuring My Eurydice, Dakota the Menace and Genre Treason.. https://www.facebook.com. Love and Theft: 17-May, 7:00 PM, Jackpot Junction Casino, 39375 County Highway 24, Morton, $30 . Come check out some great live music.. http://jackpotjunction.com/ entertainment/. 507-697-8000 Galaxy 50’s & 60’s Variety Band: 17-May, 7:30 PM, Red Rock Center, 222 East Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont, $8-$10. featuring Glenn Henriksen, Donnie Fausch, Mark Kurseth & Jerry Behnkendork. Sit and listen or put on your dancing shoes and move out to our beautiful hardwood dance floor. Galaxy will play all the favorites from the 50s and

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Singer Michael McDonald performs during the NBA All-Star Game halftime show on February 15. Mcdonald will perform at the Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel June 29.

Michael McDonald Sunday, June 29, 8:00 p.m. Mystic Showroom, Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel, Prior Lake Michael McDonald has one of those voices that is a gift from beyond. It’s indestructible, really. It hasn’t changed since he sang and toured with Steely Dan back in 1975, which of course led to him being invited to join the Doobie Brothers. You’ll recall that with What A Fool Believes, he, in turn, handed that band the biggest hit of a very long and illustrious career. He also seems to have sung backup on every pop song recorded between 1979 and 1990. He never really had a monster solo hit (unless you really want to count his unfortunately-named and heavily-overplayed-in-the-mid-80’s duet with James Ingram, Ya Mo Be There), but has recorded a string of well received albums, including a pair of Motown cover discs, and another of 70’s soul hits. He’s most likely the impetus for the advent of Adult Contemporary radio. He’s the Jay Leno of pop music. Nobody dislikes him, but nobody gets really worked up about him, either. There aren’t a lot of super passionate Michael McDonald fans. It’s a shame, because the guy deserves a lot of credit for a really nice career. You want a night of music that you’ll absolutely love? A night where you keep saying to your husband “Oh, I know this song” and “I didn’t know he did this?” Go check out Michael McDonald at Mystic Lake. You can thank me later. Visit www.mysticlake.com/entertainment for details. – – Rich Larson, editor@southernminnscene.com 60s, and more.. http://our.web-scheduler. net/index.php?CID=275&sid=43371942 &ID=93071&t=1400369400&v=event&. 507-235-9262 Stardust Karaoke with Deb Krenske: 17-May, 8:00 PM, Faribault VFW, 422 1st Ave NW, Faribault, Free. Stardust Karaoke with Deb Krenske. . “Truman Fun Time Dance Huey Lewis and the News: 17-May, 8:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, $46-$56. Huey Lewis and the News is an American pop rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually scoring a total of 19 top-ten singles. http://www.mysticlake.com/ hueylewis14. Dance Night: 17-May, 8:00 PM, Starks Saloon, 3125 Dodd Rd, Eagan, $5 . Get your dancing shoes on and head to Starks Saloon every Saturday night for some Country, Swing & Variety. After 9:00 pm you must be 21+!. http://starks-saloon.com/. (651) 454-8251”Rodriguez Runnin’ Down a Dream: 17-May, 8:00 PM, Zumbrota State Theatre, 88 E 4th St., Zumbrota, $22-$25. Join us for a tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.. http://www. crossingsatcarnegie.com/page0003_Concerts_and_Events_Schedule.html. 507-732-5210 Lehto & Wright: 17-May, 8:00 PM, The Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St., Northfield, Cover Charge. Lehto and Wright (John Wright and Steve Lehto) are a Celtic/ American/English folk and progressive rock duo from Minneapolis. The two have released

numerous CDs on the New Folk Records label to widespread critical acclaim. The are pleased to make their Northfield debut at the Tavern Lounge!. http://tavernofnorthfield. com/index Tristan Blue: 17-May, 8:00 PM, The Grand Kabaret, 210 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, Free. Combining contemporary covers and originals with traditional Irish folk, Tristan Blue’s whiskey soaked lyrics cut to the heart and tell the tale of a young man making his way through the world.. http://www. thegrandnewulm.com. Mark Cameron Band: 17-May, 9:00 PM, The Busted Nut, 118 2nd Street East, Hastings, Cover Charge. Come down and check out some great live music.. http:// www.thebustednut.com/Calendar.html. (651) 438-6887”3 Beer Warm-up Murphy Brothers Band: 17-May, 9:00 PM, Pub 500, 500 S Front St, Mankato, Cover Charge. Come and enjoy some great live music.. http://www.pub500.com/happenings/ LiveMusic. (507) 625-6500 Arch Allies: 17-May, 9:00 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, $10 . Join us for some live music.. http://neisens.com/music-events/. (952) 846-4513 DJ Mister Black and the Mystic Dancers: 17-May, 9:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, Free. There is a Madman lurking in the Midwest. His name is Mister Black A.K.A. Corey Nielsen of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a steady history of bringing the heat, no matter if it’s creating his signature sound of bass madness in the studio, or getting crowds

hype all over the U.S. behind the decks with a clever mix of turntablism, clean mix technique, and genre bending transitions.. http://www.mysticlake.com/entertainment/ freeentertainment. “High and Mighty DJ Dorado: 17-May, 10:00 PM, Hoppers Bar & Grill, 119 Olive Street, Waconia, . Join us for a night of music and dancing.. http:// www.hoppersbar.com/entertainment/monthlyentertainment-calendar/. Northern Roots Session: 19-May, 7:30 PM, The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street South, Northfield, Free. Join us for roots music tonight at The Contended Cow, a Northfield, MN pub with a British accent!. http://1001solutionsllc.com/thecontented-cow/calendar/#.Um28cO1Dvo5. 1.507.663.1351”An Evening with Judy Collins Acoustic Jam: 20-May, 7:30 PM, The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street South, Northfield, Free. Don’t miss our weekly acoustic jam, tonight at The Contented Cow.. http://1001solutionsllc.com/thecontented-cow/calendar/#.Um28cO1Dvo5. 1.507.663.1351”Lady Gaga Open Mic Night: 20-May, 9:00 PM, Pub 500, 500 S Front St, Mankato, Free. Time with an audience for new and established artists. Hosted by Betty and Ocho.. http://www. pub500.com/happenings/eventscalendar. (507) 625-6500”Jaybee and The Routine Country Music Night: 21-May, 9:00 PM, Starks Saloon, 3125 Dodd Rd, Eagan, $5 . Every Wednesday night come to Starks

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Solstice Mankato Arts by the River June 14 - 15, and June 21 - 22 Riverfront Park, Mankato

The latter half of June is a good time to be in Mankato, especially at Riverfront Park. Neither of these two events are the biggest of the year, that would be Ribfest, but these are definitely two very interesting events. Solstice is one of Mankato’s major summer charity events. The schedule is full of local and regional musicians, artists, crafts and food vendors. It’s a great music fest headlined by Charlie Parr and Useful Jenkins Saturday night and Mayberry Riot and Angry Waters on Sunday. The beneficiary of Solstice this year is Vega Productions, who work to put a musical instrument in the hands of every kid in the Mankato School district through incredibly cool ideas like the recently concluded Minnesota Beatles Project. The very next week at Riverfront Park, is the unassumingly named Arts by the River Festival. This would normally be just another Art/Music Festival, were it not for the fact that every hipster within 200 miles of Mankato will be there due to the presence of both Cloud Cult and Low on June 21st. the prediction here is that little combo all by itself will produce the biggest crowd the Vetter Stone Amphitheater has ever seen. Look around for Eric Jones, the man who books the music for these events. He’ll be the guy beaming like a kid on Christmas morning. Visit www.mankatosolstice.com and www.vetterstoneamphitheater.com for details. – – Rich Larson, editor@southernminnscene.com

From 35 Saloon for some Country music and a little more - Two-step and line dancing. Lessons start at 7:30 pm.. http://starks-saloon.com/. (651) 454-8251”Cheat Day On Stage Karaoke with Paul Hanson: 21-May, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and

Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Free. Every Wednesday night we will have On Stage Karaoke with DJ Paul Hanson right after Bingo - come down to Neisen’s and show us what you’ve got!. http://neisens.com/ music-events/. (952) 846-4513”Soap Wesley Church & The Fabulous Vanguards: 22-May, 8:00 PM, The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street

South, Northfield, Free. Come out to the Contented Cow tonight for live music from Wesley Church & The Fabulous Vanguards!. http://1001solutionsllc.com/ the-contented-cow/calendar/#.UxItifl5OSp. 1.507.663.1351”Josh Persian Carleton Jazz Piano Studio: 23-May, 5:00 PM, The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street South, Northfield,

Transit Authority: 23-May, 8:00 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $40-$55. In its Chanhassen debut, don’t miss Transit Authority in their premier tribute to the legendary rock band, Chicago! This fantastic band presents sold-out shows across the nation performing Chicago’s #1 hits and arena rock power ballads including: ‘Saturday In the Park,’ ‘Just You and Me,’ ‘Wishing You Were Here,’ ‘25 or 6 to 4,’ ‘Feeling Stronger Every Day,’ ‘Old Days,’ ‘If You Leave Me Now,’ and many more! A one-time opportunity at Chanhassen in 2014!. http://www.chanhassentheatres. com/concert_series.aspx. (952) 934-1525 Terry Lee Goffee: 23-May, 8:00 PM, Zumbrota State Theatre, 88 E 4th St., Zumbrota, $24-$28. Join for a tribute to Johnny Cash.. http://www.crossingsatcarnegie.com/ page0003_Concerts_and_Events_Schedule. html. 507-732-5210 Kendra Glenn: 23-May, 8:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, Free. It was one fateful day when she sang a soul-stirring rendition of ‘I love you Jesus’ that it became evident to not only herself but to family and friends alike that this ‘Diva’ was destined to perform. And that she has done. She left an indelible mark as a performer in many talent shows and events during her teenage years.. http://www. mysticlake.com/hotellobbyentertainment. City Mouse: 23-May, 8:00 PM, The Grand Kabaret, 210 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, Free. City Mouse plays at the Grand, performing their unique Americana blend of blues, folk, country, rock, bluegrass and a capella vocals. City Mouse was featured on National Public Radio’s popular program, Whad’Ya Know?, hosted by Michael Feldman, and they’ve also performed several times on Minnesota Public Radio’s now legendary ‘The Morning Show.’ Known for outstanding vocals, City Mouse has sung the National Anthem at several Minnesota Timberwolves basketball games. Every member of City Mouse has been a finalist for, or received a Minnesota Music Award in various individual and group categories. City Mouse was inducted into the Mid America Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and group founder Billy Steiner was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2004. City Mouse won the Mankato Free Press Readers Choice Award for favorite music group in 2008 and in 2012. The Star Tribune wrote of St. Peter’s Rock Bend Folk Festival, ‘...the festival’s secret weapon, Mankato-based City Mouse, a dizzyingly ecletic combo that veers from blues to swing to gospel to country.’. http:// www.thegrandnewulm.com. RJ Blu: 23-May, 9:00 PM, The Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St., Northfield, Free. Armed with a powerful voice, a blood spat-

tered acoustic guitar, and the scarred fingers to match RJ Blu is a Minnesota born singersongwriter with a vast book of music. He has performed across the nation, from the Great Lakes of the North to the swamplands of the South, in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, over the majestic Rocky Mountains, and down to the sand and sun of the great state of Texas for a showcase at SXSW Music Festival in 2013. His ‘slap-n-pop-fingerrakin’ acoustic guitar is akin to the funky rhythmic stylings of Keller Williams, and his passionate, gut-bucket vocals call back to a time when churches didn’t have microphones and singers sang to be heard!’ A free mind and an open heart continue to propel his songwriting to new heights as he returns home to Minnesota to embrace family and do some fishin’.. http://www.rjblu.com. Union Junction Band: 23-May, 9:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Classic Rock, R&B, Country, Blues and more... a band of many talents, fantastic vocals, experienced musicians and great sound.. http://www.babesmusicbar. com/Events.asp. So Big: 23-May, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Free. Join us for some live music.. http://neisens.com/music-events/. (952) 846-4513 Chris Brooks: 23-May, 10:00 PM, The Club Faribault, 1525 Division St. W, Faribault, Free. Chris Brooks & The Silver City Boys are a premier Minnesota-based Country Rock band. This dynamic, high-energy 6-piece with great harmonies mixes Texas and ‘Red Dirt Country’ with Current Radio Hits and their spin on the Classics to keep the dance floor packed. Description courtesy of http:// www.chrisbrooksband.com/. http://www. theclubfbo.com/event-calendar/. Wacktown: 23-May, 10:00 PM, Hoppers Bar & Grill, 119 Olive Street, Waconia, . Join us for a night of music and dancing.. http://www.hoppersbar.com/entertainment/ monthly-entertainment-calendar/. “Steve & Stacie Jane Dylan Fest: 24-May, 5:00 PM, The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street South, Northfield, Free. Join us as we celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday with a night of great music!. http://1001solutionsllc.com/ the-contented-cow/calendar/#.Uzofg_l5OSp. 1.507.663.1351 Transit Authority: 24-May, 8:00 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $40-$55. In its Chanhassen debut, don’t miss Transit Authority in their premier tribute to the legendary rock band, Chicago! This fantastic band presents sold-out shows across the nation performing Chicago’s #1 hits and arena rock power ballads including: ‘Saturday In the Park,’ ‘Just You and Me,’ ‘Wishing You Were Here,’ ‘25 or 6 to 4,’ ‘Feeling Stronger Every Day,’ ‘Old Days,’ ‘If You Leave Me Now,’ and many

more! A one-time opportunity at Chanhassen in 2014!. http://www.chanhassentheatres. com/concert_series.aspx. (952) 934-1525 Ray Evangelista: 24-May, 8:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, . St. Paul’s Hunan Garden is home to one of the capital city’s longest-running musical acts. Ray Evangelista has been belting out cover songs at this Chinese restaurant for more than two decades.. http://www. mysticlake.com/hotellobbyentertainment. Down the Road: 24-May, 9:00 PM, The Busted Nut, 118 2nd Street East, Hastings, Cover Charge. Come down and check out some great live music.. http://www.thebustednut.com/Calendar.html. (651) 438-6887 Bernie King & The Guilty Pleasures: 24-May, 9:00 PM, The Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St., Northfield, Free. Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures return to the Tavern Lounge in support of their fantastic sophomore release, ‘Pretty Little Gal.’ A notto-be-missed, high-energy band that blends blues, rock and bluegrass into a sound that some have called ‘Bluesgrass.’ Bernie’s songs tell tales of worn souls traveling through a landscape of sin and redemption. Live, the four-piece, acoustic group delivers their delightful tunes with a signature rhythmic swing. Jessica Paxton of KYMN’s All-Wheel Drive gives this gig ‘Five Stars!’. http:// www.reverbnation.com/berniekingtheguiltypleasures. BluePrint: 24-May, 9:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, Free. For the best free music in the Twin Cities, check out Mystic Lake’s Promenade Stage every Saturday night! Enjoy live entertainment while you play on one of our 4,000 slot machines and 100 blackjack tables, or just saddle up to the stage for an up-close concert experience. Be sure to check out all of the bands coming to the Promenade Stage it’s all a part of the best entertainment value in Minnesota.. http://www.mysticlake.com/ entertainment/freeentertainment. Brian Kinney: 24-May, 9:15 PM, Santorini Taverna & Music, 13000 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, Free. Come out to the Santorini Taverna for the Brian Kinney band!. http:// www.google.com/calendar/embed?height=60 0&wkst=1&bgcolor=%23FFFFFF&src=a2ij5 afgreagep7gc00ujq40io%40group.calendar. google.com&color=%23060D5E&ctz=Ameri ca%2FChicago. The Killer Hayseeds: 24-May, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Free. The Killer Hayseeds have been one of the top-drawing country bands in the Midwest for over 20 years. The large and loyal following the band has created is a true testament to their longevity and their way of connecting with their fans on and off the stage.. http://neisens. com/music-events/. (952) 846-4513 Soundset: 25-May, 11:00 AM, Canterbury

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Park, 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, $55 . See Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, NAS, 2 Chainz, Cypress Hill, EarlWolf , Pusha T & More atCanterbury Park Festival Fields. http://www. soundsetfestival.com/. Andy Tackett: 25-May, 11:00 AM, Pub 500, 500 S Front St, Mankato, Cvoer Charge. Join us for some great live music.. http://www. pub500.com/happenings/LiveMusic. (507) 625-6500 Joe & Vicki Price Blues: 25-May, 2:00 PM, Falconer Vineyards, 3572 Old Tyler Road, Red Wing, Free. Join us for an afternoon of blues with Joe and Vicki Price.. http://www.falconervineyards.com/ musicandevents.html. Memorial Day Picnic: 26-May, 8:00 AM, Red Rock Center, 222 East Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont, . Come enjoy some great live music.. http://our.web-scheduler.net/index.ph p?CID=275&sid=43371942&ID=93073&t=14 01105600&v=event&. 507-235-9262 SHS Wind Ensemble: 29-May, 7:00 PM, Huber Park, 150 Fillmore St. N., Shakopee, Free. The Shakopee Sr. High School Wind Ensemble will perform as part of the Huber Park Performance & Events Series.. http:// www.shakopeemn.gov/residents/calendar/curm-5/-cury-2014/-item-227. (952) 233-9502 Mark Mraz: 29-May, 9:00 PM, The Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St., Northfield, Free. Mark Mraz -- everybody’s favorite ‘piano man’ -- is back tickling the ivories and performing all your favorite sing-along songs, along with a trove of golden oldies and classic covers from the pop music archives.. http://www. mrazbrothers.com. Marty Anderson & The Goods: 30-May, 5:00 PM, The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street South, Northfield, Free. Join us for the MayFly Music Fest, tonight at The Contented Cow!. http://1001solutionsllc.com/thecontented-cow/calendar/#.Uzofg_l5OSp. 1.507.663.1351 The Del Counts: 30-May, 7:00 PM, Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Hwy. 55, Medina, $12 . Come dance with us to 50s and 60s rock n roll music!. http://medinaentertainment.com/event/the-del-counts/. The Frye: 30-May, 8:00 PM, The Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St., Northfield, Cover Charge. The Frye is an acoustic duo known for their lush harmonies and love of 70s AM radio rock. Presenting original tunes along with favorites from Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Bobbie Gentry, Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen. http://tavernofnorthfield. com/index TC Chantler: 30-May, 8:00 PM, The Grand Kabaret, 210 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, Free. TC Chantler returns to the Grand Friday, May 30th. The Hanska native plays an acoustic, eclectic mix of music including original music and classic songs.. http:// www.thegrandnewulm.com.

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Dollface and Mystic Dancers: 30-May, 9:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, Free. For the best free music in the Twin Cities, check out Mystic Lake’s Promenade Stage every Friday and Saturday night! Enjoy live entertainment while you play on one of our 4,000 slot machines and 100 blackjack tables, or just saddle up to the stage for an up-close concert experience. Be sure to check out all of the bands coming to the Promenade Stage it’s all a part of the best entertainment value in Minnesota.. http://www. mysticlake.com/entertainment/freeentertainment. Them Pesky Kids: 30-May, 9:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Enjoy live music this Friday with the sounds of Them Pesky Kids.. http://www.babesmusicbar.com/ Events.asp. Rock Fist: 30-May, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Cover Charge. Come and enjoy some great live music.. http://neisens.com/music-events/. (952) 846-4513 Dirty Word: 30-May, 10:00 PM, The Club Faribault, 1525 Division St. W, Faribault, Free. Dirty Word is THAT band. The one that leaves audiences on their feet, stunned and literally begging for one more song. Dirty Words playlist is a virtual library of hits that leaves no genre untouched including top 40 pop, soulful funk grooves, rockin country, and classic rock and pop hits that span five decades. The band is an immensely talented powerhouse with each member possessing the ability to take over the stage at a moments notice, and their chemistry on stage is nothing short of amazing! Description courtesy of http://dirtywordlive.com/. http://www.theclubfbo.com/event-calendar/. Strange Forest: 30-May, 10:00 PM, What’s Up Lounge, 701 N. Riverfront Dr., Mankato. Join us for some live music.. http://www.whatsuplounge.com/. Luebke Benefit: 31-May, 3:00 PM, Wicked Moose Bar & Grill, 1201 Eastgate Dr. SE, Rochester, Donation. Come and listen to some great live music for a great cause!. http://www.wickedmoosebarandgrill.com/events/upcoming-events/ upcoming-events.html. Occasional Jazz: 31-May, 5:00 PM, The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street South, Northfield, Free. Join us tonight at The Contented Cow for a performance from Occasional Jazz.. http://1001solutionsllc.com/the-contented-cow/ calendar/#.Uzofg_l5OSp. 1.507.663.1351 Relativity: 31-May, 8:00 PM, The Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St., Northfield, Free. Voted one of Northfield’s best bands, Relativity presents music from popular artists such as Missy Higgins and the Avett Brothers as well as many classic rock tunes from bands like Fleetwood Mac and John Mellencamp to such varied artists as the Indigo Girls, Damien Rice and Sarah McLachlin.. http://tavernofnorthfield.com/index.php?view=details&id=116%3 Arelativity&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=6. Rock Godz: 31-May, 8:00 PM, North Star Bar, 503 N Broadway, Rochester, Free. Join us for live music tonight from Rock Godz!. http://www. northstarbar.net/. Tom Wavra: 31-May, 8:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, Free. Mystic Lake Casino is proud to present live music by Tom Wavra!. http://www.mysticlake.com/ hotellobbyentertainment. Tombstone Trio: 31-May, 8:00 PM, The Grand Kabaret, 210 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, Free. Tom Brown (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Zach Benson (drums, guitar, vocals), and Jay Honsey (Bass) have been entertaining audiences with a mix of eclectic and familiar rockabilly and old time country music as the Tombstone Trio since 2009. Rising up from the ashes of the Gin Daddies, voted best Mankato band in 2008. Their high energy stage show encourages even the most stalwart wallflower to get out on the dance floor and shake their moneymaker. I’m sure you too will not be able to resist shaking it to the hip tones these fine young lads produce.. http://www.thegrandnewulm.com. Critical Mass: 31-May, 9:00 PM, The Lookout, 8672 Pineview Ln N., Maple Grove, Cover Charge. Critical Mass Band is a high-energy rock band with a show that will blow you away! Kicking it with current and classic rock, Critical Mass will make you shake your ass! So go ahead, have one more Jag Bomb and a beer because we came to party!. http:// www.lookoutbarandgrill.com/event/event-schedule/ critical-mass/?eID=1051. Warren Streets: 31-May, 9:00 PM, Pub 500, 500 S Front St, Mankato, Cover Charge. Join us for some great live music.. http://www.pub500.com/ happenings/LiveMusic. (507) 625-6500 Dollface and Mystic Dancers: 31-May, 9:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, Free. For the best free music in the Twin Cities, check out Mystic Lake’s Promenade Stage every Friday and Saturday night! Enjoy live entertainment while you play on one of our 4,000 slot machines and 100 blackjack tables, or just saddle up to the stage for an up-close concert experience. Be sure to check out all of the bands coming to the Promenade Stage it’s all a part of the best entertainment value in Minnesota.. http://www. mysticlake.com/entertainment/freeentertainment. Cherry Gun: 31-May, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Free. Come out tonight to see Cherry Gun live! Every show is packed with non-stop, high energy pop, rock & country music that keeps the dance floor rockin the whole show through!. http://neisens. com/music-events/. (952) 846-4513 Watoto Children’s Choir: 1-Jun, 6:30 PM, Christian Life Church, 6300 212th Street W, Farmington, Free. The Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled internationally since 1994 as advocates for the estimated 50 million children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war, poverty and disease. Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission through their stories, music and dance. Watoto choirs act as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Issues such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, the effects of war and the child soldier crisis in Northern Uganda are highlighted. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of their parents either through war or disease. They live in Watoto children’s villages.

The experience gives the children exposure to other cultures broadening their worldview. It also gives them confidence and boldness and helps them rise up out of their own situations of sadness and despair. The choirs have toured Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, Canada, UK, Germany, France, USA, South America, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Their audiences have included princes and paupers, warming many hearts wherever they go.. http://www.watoto.com. Key West Rejects: 5-Jun, 4:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Join us for Babe’s Live Music Acoustic Patio. Enjoy the warming weather with a cold drink, great food and the best acoustic music on the Babe’s patio.. http://www.babesmusicbar.com/Events.asp. Greg Boerner: 6-Jun, 7:30 PM, Canadian Honker, 1203 2nd Street SW, Rochester, Cover Charge. Singer, songwriter from Illinois playing acoustic folk, country and bluegrass. http://restaurant. canadianhonker.com/live-music/. 507-282-6572 Wild Ponies: 6-Jun, 8:00 PM, Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, $16-$18. Live music from Wild Ponies, Nashville-based acoustic Folk/Americana.. http://www.crossingsatcarnegie. com/page0003_Concerts_and_Events_Schedule. html. (507) 732-7616 Belladiva: A Tribute to Broadway: 6-Jun, 8:00 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $40-$55. Broadway. A street in New York City. A place where dreams are born, and stars are made. Some of the greatest Broadway stars of all time are the Divas of Broadway: Jennifer Holliday, Ethel Merman, Gwen Verdon, Shirley MacLaine, Chita Rivera, Betty Buckley, Elaine Page, Mary Martin. These legendary ladies were the bulbs that lit the Great White Way. In this brand new show, Belladiva On Broadway, put their spin on songs made famous by some of the greatest leading ladies ever. http://www.chanhassentheatres. com/concert_series.aspx. (952) 934-1525 Live Music by Mark Mraz: 6-Jun, 9:00 PM, Rudy’s Red Eye, 20800 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville, Free. Mark is a versatile singer-pianist specializing in popular music of the past 50 years. His repertoire includes hits from such classic artists as Billy Joel, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, The Eagles, James Taylor, The Beatles, Neil Diamond and more. Description courtesy of: http://www.mrazbrothers. com/mark.htm. http://rrglakeville.com/events/livemusic-by-mark-mraz. 952-469-0111 Slapshot: 6-Jun, 9:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Slapshot is a cover-rock band that is made up of highly professional (Goofballs) musicians, that are very dedicated in creating huge parties that keeps everyone on their feet.. http://www.babesmusicbar. com/Events.asp. High and Mighty: 6-Jun, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, $10 . Join us for some live music.. http:// neisens.com/music-events/. (952) 846-4513 Greg Boerner: 7-Jun, 7:30 PM, Canadian Honker, 1203 2nd Street SW, Rochester, Cover Charge. Singer, songwriter from Illinois playing acoustic folk, country and bluegrass. http://restaurant. canadianhonker.com/live-music/. 507-282-6572 Belladiva: A Tribute to Broadway: 7-Jun, 8:00 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $40-$55. Broadway. A street in New York City. A place where dreams are born, and stars are made. Some of the greatest Broadway stars of all time are the Divas of Broadway: Jennifer Holliday, Ethel Merman, Gwen Verdon, Shirley MacLaine, Chita Rivera, Betty Buckley, Elaine Page, Mary Martin. These legendary ladies were the bulbs that lit the Great White Way. In this brand new show, Belladiva On Broadway, put their spin on songs made famous by some of the greatest leading ladies ever. http://www.chanhassentheatres. com/concert_series.aspx. (952) 934-1525 Adelyn Rose & Good Night Gold Dust: 7-Jun, 8:00 PM, The Grand Kabaret, 210 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, Free. Good Night, Gold Dust is an atmospheric indie trio from Mankato. Their latest release, COME DOWN (Sept 2013), finds the band expanding upon the spacey folk rock displayed on 2012’s TOWARDS THE SUN. COME DOWN incorporates synthesizers, minimal percussion, layers of guitar, piano, and harmony, offering a taste of things to come from GNGD.. http://thegrandnewulm.com/kabaret. Oly: 7-Jun, 9:00 PM, The Busted Nut, 118 2nd Street East, Hastings, Cover Charge. Come down and check out some great live music.. http://www. thebustednut.com/Calendar.html. (651) 438-6887 Harmony in the Park: 8-Jun, 12:00 AM, Vetter Stone Ampitheater, 310 West Rock Street, Mankato, Free. Join us for HARMONY IN THE PARK Classical MPR’s Choral Festival, at Vetter Stone Amphitheater on Sunday, June 8.. http://www. vetterstoneamphitheater.com/events/2014/june/8/ harmony-in-the-park. John McCutcheon: 8-Jun, 7:00 PM, Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, $25-$28. John McCutcheon is an American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced 34 albums since the 1970s.. http://www.crossingsatcarnegie.com/page0003_Concerts_and_Events_ Schedule.html. (507) 732-7616 Bookawocky Kickoff!: 11-Jun, 1:30 PM, Shakopee Library, 235 S. Lewis St, Shakopee, Free. Enjoy the Bazillions, a fun, upbeat, musical group that kids and their adults will all enjoy! Sponsored by MELSA.. http://host6.evanced.info/melsa/scott/ eventsignup.asp?ID=13487&rts=&disptype=info &ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearc h=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=6/1/2014&df=cale ndar&EventType=ALL&Lib=0&AgeGroup=ALL&L angType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&p ub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=. Key West Rejects: 12-Jun, 4:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Join us for Babe’s Live Music Acoustic Patio. Enjoy the warming weather with a cold drink, great food and the best acoustic music on the Babe’s patio.. http://www.babesmusicbar.com/Events.asp. Keeping Hearts Album Release Party by Amanda Grace: 12-Jun, 8:30 PM, Ed’s No-Name Bar, 252 East Third Street, Winona, Donation. Join Amanda Grace & Wildflower on Thursday June 12th for her ‘Keeping Hearts’ Cd Release party at Ed’s No

Name Bar from 8:30-11:30pm. Open to the public (21+).. http://www.musicbyamandagrace.com. Chris Lawrence Band: 12-Jun, 9:30 PM, The Dog House Bar and Grill, 2029 Windlynn Ave, Maplewood, $3 . Chris is a singer/song writer/ musician from St. Paul, MN. He writes music, plays the guitar, drums, loop pedals and sings from the bottom of his heart. He is R&B, Soul, Funk and little Hip-Hop. This kid is the perfect mix of star and artist, while still being humble and caring. Description courtesy of http://www.reverbnation. com/chrislawrence. http://thedoghousebarandgrill. com/events/665/chris-lawrence-band. “Grand ‘Ol Paradise: An Evening of Pickin’ & Grinnin’ Mother Banjo and Jaspar Lepak: 13-Jun, 8:00 PM, Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, $15-$17. Mother Banjo features New England-raised, Minneapolis-based Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals. She was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally. She released her new album The Devil Hasn’t Won with a sold-out show at the world-renowned Dakota Jazz Club. Joining her will be friend and frequent collaborator Jaspar Lepak, a folk/Americana songstress whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. Lepak is best known for her bell-like voice and introspective storytelling.. http://www.crossingsatcarnegie.com/ page0003_Concerts_and_Events_Schedule.html. (507) 732-7616 Alan Munde Trio: 13-Jun, 8:00 PM, The Grand Kabaret, 210 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, $8-$12. Alan Munde is long regarded as one of the world’s foremost 5-string banjo players. His early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard’s Almanac and his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys set the stage for his long and productive career in bluegrass music. He anchored the landmark band, Country Gazette, for more than 20 years and contributed to numerous instrumental recordings, including the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year Alan Munde- Knee Deep in Bluegrass (Rebel Records). The Alan Munde Trio includes two of Minnesota’s top bluegrass musicians: flatpick guitar guru and Prairie Home Companion alumnus, Adam Granger, and Triple Music Hall of Famer and traditional mandolin legend, Dick Kimmel. Tickets available at the New Ulm Chamber, The Grand (Wed-Fri 10am-3PM) or call 507-359-9222 Tickets are $8 for Members/ $12 for Non-members. http:// thegrandnewulm.com/kabaret. CherryGun: 13-Jun, 9:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Satisfy your craving for great live music with CherryGun! Each set is packed with non-stop rock, country, and dance pop hits that draw every partier to the dance floor.. http://www.babesmusicbar.com/Events.asp. Sweet Siren: 13-Jun, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Free. Sweet Siren is a professional band touring greater Minnesota. Playing the hottest Top 40 hits along with some classic rock and edgy country, this band puts their own flare to the music with hip arrangements.. http://www.sweetsirenband.com/ meettheband.shtml. (952) 846-4513 Michael Shynes: 14-Jun, 7:00 PM, Danny’s Bar and Grill, 13600 Hudson Blvd, Stillwater, Free. Twin Cities-based singer/songwriter Michael Shynes grew up in a small town in Minnesota, and he brings that sensibility to his original music.. http:// dannysbarandgrille.com/index.php?page_id=48&m od=Pages&month=2&year=2014. (651) 436-2144 Robert Bell & Rhonda Laurie: 14-Jun, 8:00 PM, The Grand Kabaret, 210 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, Free. Rhonda Laurie and Robert Bell return to the Grand. Rhonda Laurie is regularly praised for her smooth vocals and her savvy interpretation of jazz classics. Rhonda got her start in New York singing cabaret style and her style has broadened to include a variety of genres, including gypsy swing and traditional jazz. Robert Bell is a professional guitar player who performs in many groups, including the Twin Cities Hot Club and Caf Accordion Orchestra.. http://thegrandnewulm. com/kabaret. JNH Band: 14-Jun, 9:00 PM, Pauly’s, 114 West Main St, New Prague, Free. A dynamic and vibrant part of the Midwest music scene, JNH Band has been knocking peoples socks off since 2004. Simply stated, they are an acoustic duo with a very big sound.. http://www.paulys-pub.com/Home_Page. php. (952) 758-7795 Charles Walker Band: 14-Jun, 9:00 PM, Kathy’s Pub, 307 South Broadway, Rochester, Cover Charge. Grounded in blues, the band refined their unique sound into what can best be described as soul, a fusion of funk, r&b and Motown. Read more at: http://www.reverbnation.com/charleswalkerband. http://www.reverbnation.com/show/12297058. Rock It Science: 14-Jun, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Free. Join us for some live music.. http:// neisens.com/music-events/. (952) 846-4513 The Hi Hats: 19-Jun, 2:00 PM, Club Prior, 15210 Eagle Creek Ave., Prior Lake, Free. This three piece band features popular music of the 40s & 50s. Dance to fox trot standards, the waltz, polkas and a touch of Latin. Not a dancer? Come to enjoy great music at the FREE event. Light refreshments served.. http://www.cityofpriorlake.com/documents/ club_prior.pdf. The Whiskies: 19-Jun, 4:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Join us for Babe’s Live Music Acoustic Patio. Enjoy the warming weather with a cold drink, great food and the best acoustic music on the Babe’s patio.. http:// www.babesmusicbar.com/Events.asp. Pajama Storytime Plus Musical ‘Petting’ Zoo: 19-Jun, 6:30 PM, Savage Library, 13090 Alabama Ave. S., Savage, Free. 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The Northfield Fireworks Ball Satruday, June 28, 7:00 p.m. - Weitz Center for Creativity, Northfield Every town has a guy like Dan Freeman. The unofficial mayor. The ’87? This is a chance to get dressed up and have a little fun, while

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guy who seems to know everybody, and has never had a bad word said about him. The man who has lived his life in the same place and has known everything and everyone that has gone on in that place for 60 years. The guy who raised the money every year so the town would have fireworks of the 4th of July. That guy. Northfield lost their guy, Dan Freeman, last year. When “Mr. Northfield” passed away, it left a crater-sized hole in the community that will never be filled. But in tribute to him, and really because he did such important work, Northfield has organized an event to carry on his legacy and ensure that the fireworks he was so passionate about will be there long after he has gone. A black-tie-optional event, the Northfield Fireworks Ball presents kind of a rare opportunity. Guys, when was the last time you put on a tux? Your college roommates wedding back in ’99? And ladies, how long has it been since you went shopping for a ball gown? Prom in

raising money for a great cause. You can drink, eat some great food, dance to the music of the Bend in the River Big Band, bid on some incredible art in a live auction, and some really cool packages in a silent auction. And, guys, in a room full of good looking people all dressed to the nines, you can whisper in your honey’s ear that she’s the best looking person there. And mean it. This is the kind of thing that they used to call “the social event of the season.” It’s going to be a blast. Literally. Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Dan Freeman would have made the same joke. For more information visit www.fireworks55057.org. – – Rich Larson, editor@southernminnscene.com

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From 37 &mo=6/1/2014&df=list&EventType=ALL& Lib=6&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&Wi ndowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&n opub=&page=1&pgdisp=25. Gary Rue’s Only Love Can Break a Heart: 19-Jun, 8:00 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $40-$55. For one night only, Gene Pitney fans will be thrilled to revisit Pitneys hits including ‘Hello Mary Lou,’ ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,’ ‘Town Without Pity’ and many more. Gary Rue, former band leader for The Coasters, The Platters, The Marvelettes and The Shirelles, and music director for Gene Pitney from 1986-2006, performs an unforgettable tribute to a one-of-a kind talent along with his amazing group of musical artists.. http://www.chanhassentheatres.com/ concert_series.aspx. (952) 934-1525 Theory of a Deadman: 20-Jun, 12:00 AM, Vetter Stone Ampitheater, 310 West Rock Street, Mankato, $25-$27. This Canadian rock band of four has solidified their place at the top of modern hard rock by exceeding Platinum sales with their breakthrough Scars & Souvenirs and with #1 Mainstream Rock Radio hit ‘Bad Girlfriend.’ The band also includes traits of other music styles, such as country and acoustic as well as their postgrunge and alternative rock base. So far, they

have a total of seven top 10 hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including two No. 1 hits, ‘Bad Girlfriend’ and ‘Lowlife’.Other singles ‘So Happy’ and ‘By The Way,’ became crowd favorites on tours with everyone from Mtley Cre and Godsmack to Daughtry and label mates Stone Sour.. http://www. vetterstoneamphitheater.com/events/2014/ june/20/theory-of-a-deadman. Terraform and Superior: 20-Jun, 5:00 PM, The Garage, 75 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, $5 - $8. Come and enjoy some great live music.. https://www.facebook.com John Legend: 20-Jun, 8:00 PM, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake, . John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, and in 2007, Legend received the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.. http:// www.mysticlake.com/johnlegends14. Mary Flower: 20-Jun, 8:00 PM, Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, $16-$18. Ragtime, acoustic Blues and Folk music from Mary Flower.. http://www. crossingsatcarnegie.com/page0003_Concerts_and_Events_Schedule.html. (507) 732-7616 Bockfest Boys: 20-Jun, 8:00 PM, The Grand Kabaret, 210 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, Free. The Bockfest Boys return to the

Grand. The Bockfest Boys perform a raucous show of upper mid-west style music that includes country, rock, polka, folk, blues, bluegrass and original compositions. Expect a fun filled experience. Members include Anton ‘Tony’ Berg, Scott Sparlin, Randy Domeier, Allan ‘Smiley’ Wiltscheck, Mayor Bob Beusmann and Steve Moran.. http:// thegrandnewulm.com/kabaret. Shirts & Skins: 20-Jun, 9:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Shirts & Skins emerged on the Twin Cities music scene in early 2006. Since that time they have performed at most of the major Midwest nightclubs and festivals, as well as garnered a large legion of loyal fans.. http://www.babesmusicbar.com/Events.asp. Brat Pack Radio: 20-Jun, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Cover Charge. Join us for some great live music.. http://neisens. com/music-events/. (952) 846-4513 Arts by the River Festival: 21-Jun, 10:00 AM, Riverfront Park, 310 W. Rock St., Mankato, $10 . Arts by the River is an art and music festival dedicated to bringing fine arts to the forefront of the Southern Minnesota region. Located in the beautiful Riverfront Park, Arts by the River will bring together the community with the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of fine arts, experience artist demonstrations, listen

to live music performances in the Vetter Stone Amphitheater and enjoy fabulous food and drink vendors. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and other arts and culture organizations will also present with an area for children’s activities to keep the whole family entertained. More information about the festival can be found at our website. $10 after 5pm and will be available Day of Show only. http://www.artsbytheriver.com/. Cloud Clut: 21-Jun, 5:00 PM, Vetter Stone Ampitheater, 310 West Rock Street, Mankato, $10 . Join us at Arts by the River on June 21 with performances by CLOUD CULT, LOW, FIELD REPORT and GOOD NIGHT, GOLD DUST. http://www.vetterstoneamphitheater. com/events/2014/june/21/cloud-cult. The Sensational Sleepers: 21-Jun, 8:00 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $40-$55. Gary Rue and The Sensational Sleepers pay tribute to ‘fab’ British bands of the 60s including: The Yardbirds, The Animals, The Hollies, The Dave Clark Five, The Zombies, The Searchers, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, to name a few. The Sleepers perform songs like, We Gotta Get Outa This Place, You Really Got Me, Look Through Any Window, Heart Full of Soul, She’s Not There, Hippy Hippy Shake and Tobacco Road.The Sleepers give audiences a rare opportunity to hear songs overshadowed by the greatness of John, Paul,

George and Ringo, impeccably performed by the heirs apparent: The Sensational Sleepers! But there will be plenty of The Beatles to satisfy as well: Help!, Ticket To Ride, A Hard Days Night and many more. Travel back to look and listen to the music that changed the world!. http://www.chanhassentheatres.com/ concert_series.aspx. (952) 934-1525 Arts by the River Festival: 22-Jun, 12:00 PM, Riverfront Park, 310 W. Rock St., Mankato, Free. Arts by the River is an art and music festival dedicated to bringing fine arts to the forefront of the Southern Minnesota region. Located in the beautiful Riverfront Park, Arts by the River will bring together the community with the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of fine arts, experience artist demonstrations, listen to live music performances in the Vetter Stone Amphitheater and enjoy fabulous food and drink vendors. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and other arts and culture organizations will also present with an area for children’s activities to keep the whole family entertained. More information about the festival can be found at our website.. http://www.artsbytheriver.com/. Minnesota Sinfonia: 22-Jun, 6:30 PM, Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan, Free-$5. The Minnesota Sinfonia’s summer family pops concert presents a wide variety of music from the movies, Broadway, marches,

waltzes, and light classics. Characterized by their elegant strings, this fine-tuned professional chamber orchestra boasts some of the very best musicians in the Twin Cities committed to providing free access to music.. http://www.caponiartpark.org/programs/summerperformanceseries/. Gordon Lightfoot: 22-Jun, 7:30 PM, Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive, Rochester, $44.50 - $54.50. Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot’s radio hits in the USA have earned Five #1s, Five Top 10s and Thirteen Top 40 hits. In Canada he has earned Sixteen #1s, Eighteen Top 10s and Twenty One Top 40 hits. Aside from his success in writing, singing and performing his own songs, Lightfoot has found fortune in having his songs recorded and performed by other great artists including: Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jr., Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Collins, Johnny Mathis, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Janes Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith and George Hamilton IV. In June of 2012 Lightfoot’s legacy was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Lightfoot was

honored for his role in defining the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and ‘70s. In his native Canada, Lightfoot has been decorated with the highest honors bestowed to a civilian including the Governor’s General Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada honor of merit. He has also won 17 Juno Awards Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Gordon is a member of Canada’s Walk of Fame and The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.. http://www.mayociviccenter.com Paul Spring: 23-Jun, 2:00 PM, Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd, Chanhassen, Free. For teens: Singer and songwriter Paul Spring will conduct a 2 hour workshop on how to write and publish songs. Get ready for an interactive, upbeat afternoon of songwriting followed by a short 4-60 minute performance. Call to register or check the website library calendar for online registration. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.. http://host6.evanced.info/melsa/carver/ eventcalendar.asp. Paul Spring: 24-Jun, 11:00 AM, Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd, Chanhassen, Free. Paul Spring is an independent singersongwriter based out of St. Paul, Minnesota. He writes, performs, and records a unique combination of lyric-driven folk and melodic rock. Spring’s poetic writing style and unmistakable voice are at the center of his highenergy shows and albums. Besides playing

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Smokin’ In Steele May 30 - 31 – Steele County Fairgrounds, Owatonna And by the way, there’s a blues fest happening at the same time. The If you’re a lover of great food and summertime – there has to be more lineup, put together by the greatest authority in all of Southern than a few of you out there – how great does the phrase Competitive Barbecue sound? Probably, then, it’s a good idea to clear your schedule for May 30 – 31, so you can attend the 7th annual Smokin’ In Steele festival, at the Steele County fairgrounds in Owatonna. It’s two days of barbecue competition, blues music, and family friendly events, sponsored by the Owatonna Knights of Columbus to benefit the local chapter of the Special Olympics. Sanctioned as a state champion event by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the festival will feature 60 teams competing for $10,000.00 in cash prizes, as well as the opportunity to advance to some prestigious national contests.

standard venues, Paul Spring also performs family concerts that consist of his more playful folk and funk songs. His family music is interactive, upbeat and covers characters like Sherlock Holmes, Don Quixote, Mermaids and Peter Pan. These songs promote reading and stories among young audiences. He also throws in some old traditional folk tunes for good measure. Paul performs these concerts while bantering with percussionist, Jed Anderson.. http://host6.evanced.info/melsa/ carver/eventcalendar.asp. Gypsy Lumberjacks: 27-Jun, 8:00 PM, Kathy’s Pub, 307 South Broadway, Rochester, Free. Gypsy Lumberjacks are a Minneapolis based Americana band with a sound consisting of a mix of World Beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, Gypsy Jazz and Bluegrass. Read more at: http://www.reverbnation.com/ gypsylumberjacks. http://www.reverbnation. com/show/13187860. Ace in the Whole: 27-Jun, 8:00 PM, The Grand Kabaret, 210 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, Free. Ace in the Whole plays American music and original tunes that range from bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk and western. Members include Tim Waters on guitar/ banjo/pedal steel, Mike Pengra on percussion, Dave Pengra on bass, and Kit Kildahl on guitar/harmonica.. http://thegrandnewulm. com/kabaret. Big City: 27-Jun, 9:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Big City Band is a Top 40 dance band based in the Twin Cities.. http://www. babesmusicbar.com/Events.asp. My Drunk Uncle: 27-Jun, 9:30 PM, Neisen’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage, Free. Join us for some live music.. http://neisens.com/music-

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FILM Movie Matinee & Popcorn: 17-May, 2:30 PM, The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street South, Northfield, Free. Join us this afternoon for a movie at The Contented Cow!. http://1001solutionsllc.com/thecontented-cow/calendar/#.Uzofg_l5OSp. 1.507.663.1351”Cinema Lounge The Godfather Part II: 22-May, 7:30 PM, Paramount Theater, 125 N.E. Fourth Ave., Austin, $5 . Movie viewing of The Godfather Part II. http://www.paramounttheatre.org.

NIGHTLIFE Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret: 16-May, 8:00 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $28 . The Stevie Ray’s Comedy Troupe creates hilarious comedy based on suggestions you call out from the audience. Watch a high-quality show in a relaxed atmosphere!. http://www. chanhassentheatres.com/stevie_rays_comedy_cabaret.aspx. (952) 934-1525”Karaoke Ari Shaffir: 16-May, 9:45 PM, House of Comedy, 408 East Broadway, Level 4 East, Bloomington, $20 . Amongst other works, Ari Shaffir is probably most well-known for a series of comedy works entitled ‘The Amazing Racist,’ the title is a play on that of the reality television show The Amazing Race. In these shorts, ‘The Amazing Racist’ is seen acting in a manner which is overtly and ironically racist. Shaffir filmed many of his offensive encounters for the DVD National Lampoon’s

Lost Reality. They were then ripped to the internet by hundreds of different nerds and seen by millions of people. Watching the videos makes many people laugh and many people very angry. Shaffir gets death threats at least once a week and loves them all. If you havent seen the videos, Google him. Please dont watch them at work because youll get fired.. https://houseofcomedy.net/about/ comics-details.asp?ID=238. DJ Night: 17-May, 9:00 PM, Casper’s Cherokee of Eagan, 4625 Nicols Road, Eagan, . Saturday nights just got better at Casper’s with DJ Don’t Josh Me spinning top 40 remix and dance music. Don’t miss it.. http://www.casperscherokee.com/. (651) 454-6744”Ari Shaffir All Request Dance Party: 17-May, 9:30 PM, Babe’s Music Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeville, Free. Babe’s is the best place for great drinks, music and atmosphere. We feature multiple giant big screens and a great dance floor. Don’t miss our weekly all-request dance party tonight!. http://www. babesmusicbar.com/Events.asp. “Beats & Twilight with DJ Thomas Ryan Neon Party: 23-May, 9:00 PM, Casper’s Cherokee of Eagan, 4625 Nicols Road, Eagan, . Come down to Casper’s on Friday nights for the ultimate weekend party featuring Dan Riggs with KDWB and DJ Don’t Josh Me.. http://www.casperscherokee.com/. (651) 454-6744”Dave Coulier Dave Coulier: 24-May, 7:00 PM, House of Comedy, 408 East Broadway, Level 4 East, Bloomington, $24.95 . You probably know him best as Joey Gladstone from Full House, but tonight he’s performing a live special stand-up gig.. https://houseofcomedy.net/

calendar/index.asp?date=5%2F20%2F201 4&MainID=&SubID=&NodeID=&ID=. “Dr Tinkerpaws Cabaret Pandimonium Burlesque Show Jay Pharoah: 29-May, 7:30 PM, House of Comedy, 408 East Broadway, Level 4 East, Bloomington, $25.95 . Jay Pharoah is returning to Studio 8H for his fourth season. Pharoah is best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions including President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Stephen A. Smith and Kanye West, as well as for his recurring character of school principal Daniel Frye. Pharoah developed his comedy skills at a young age, training in local comedy clubs. He went on to tour in the U.K., the U.S. and Montreal. Pharoah will next star alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in Ride Along, with Bryan Cranston and Anna Kendrick in Get a Job, with Chris Rock in Finally Famous, and in Intramural. His past feature film credits include Lola Versus. Pharoahs Kanye West parody, I Am A Dog, was featured on Above Average and became an instant viral video reaching over a million views within the first week.. https://houseofcomedy.net/about/ comics-details.asp?ID=320. Jay Pharoah: 30-May, 7:30 PM; 30-May, 9:45 PM, House of Comedy, 408 East Broadway, Level 4 East, Bloomington, $25.95 . Jay Pharoah is returning to Studio 8H for his fourth season. Pharoah is best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions including President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Stephen A. Smith and Kanye West, as well as for his recurring character of school principal Daniel Frye. Pharoah developed his comedy skills at a young age, training in local comedy clubs.

Minnesota on blues music, Mr. John “Blueshammer” Hammer, includes James Armstrong, RB Stone, The Rusty Wright band, The Ori Naftaly Band, Rickey Godfrey and The Fabulous Lovehandles. Plus there’s an antique tractor show, a 5k run, a modified lawn tractor pull, and harmonica lessons for the kids. It is truly one of the most interesting events of the year. You won’t find another event all year long that sounds and smells as good as this one. Visit www.smokininsteele.com for details. – – Rich Larson, editor@southernminnscene.com

He went on to tour in the U.K., the U.S. and Montreal. Pharoah will next star alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in Ride Along, with Bryan Cranston and Anna Kendrick in Get a Job, with Chris Rock in Finally Famous, and in Intramural. His past feature film credits include Lola Versus. Pharoahs Kanye West parody, I Am A Dog, was featured on Above Average and became an instant viral video reaching over a million views within the first week.. https://houseofcomedy.net/about/ comics-details.asp?ID=320.

OUTDOORS Tropical Reef Dive Show: 16-May, 10:30 AM, Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, . Our spectacular floor-to-ceiling underwater viewing allows you to watch aquarium staff SCUBA dive with the sharks and tropical fish of the Coral Reef.. http:// mnzoo.org/events/tropical-reef-diveshow-2-2014-03-22/. 952-431-9200”Game Day Walk When The Moon Is Full: Frog Moon at Richardson: 16-May, 8:00 PM, Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, $5 . You hear the sounds every spring, but do you know who’s making them? Take a moonlit hike while listening for and learning native frog and toad calls.. http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/W/ walk-when-the-moon-is-full--frog-moon-atrichardson--.aspx. Chaska 10K/5K Race: 17-May, 8:00 AM, Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska, . Race events include 10K and 5K distances as well as a Kids Fun Runjoin in this community gathering for all ages.. http://

www.chaskacommunitycenter.com/calendar/ view/chaska-10k-5k. Career Day: 17-May, 9:00 AM, Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, $32 $35. Are you interested in having an exciting career working with animals? Join Minnesota Zoo professionals in these informational seminars to learn about science careers and receive practical advice on how to prepare for the future. Zoo staff from different areas of the Zoo will recommend college programs, discuss how volunteering, interning and related-work experience can give them an edge over others and explain what they do in their day-to-day activities. A light breakfast and snacks will be provided throughout the day.. http://mnzoo.org/events/career-day-2/. 952-431-9200 American Cancer Society Bark For Life of Scott County: 17-May, 9:00 AM, Lakefront Park, 1500 Kop Parkway, Prior Lake, $10 . Bark For Life of Scott County gives people an opportunity to support the mission of the American Cancer Society by honoring the caregiving qualities of our canine caregivers along with raising funds to support cancer research, education, awareness, patient services and advocacy. Please join us for a walk through a beautiful park, participate in activities and demonstrations along with pet-friendly vendor booths. This event is for all ages and you will be helping to FINISH THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER! Anyone can form a team or register as an individual to participate. Participants are encouraged to raise $100 for the American Cancer Society mission. However, registration is available on-site the day of the walk for $10. We hope to see you there as we Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back! Questions contact Ruby Win-

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Thursdays on First & 3rd & Riverwalk Market Fair Thursdays and Saturdays, Rochester and Northfield, respectively All summer long This issue is what we like best about summer right? Well, except for the bugs, there isn’t much about summer we don’t like. But one of the things we

have really come to enjoy is the evolution of the SoMinn farmers market. Not that it was bad when you had guys selling apples out of a wooden cart and corn on the cob out of the back of a pickup. That was – and still is – really great. But we have come to realize that these things are community events that can and should bring people together, and they can be about more than farmers selling their produce (although that should never be lost in the concept). A few years ago, Rochester launched Thursdays on First and 3rd. It is exactly what it claims to be: it’s a summer market and music festival featuring a weekly outdoor market of over 100 Vendors, food, arts & crafts and live entertainment every Thursday in downtown Rochester on the corners of – you guessed it – First Ave. SW, and 3rd Street, throughout the summer. Drawing on the sizable pool of amazing SoMinn musicians, the performers you’ll find on any given week include Mike Munson, Annie Mack, The Pines, Laura McKenzie and Gary Rue, Molly Maher, Trampled Underfoot and Jake Illica & the Heavy Set. That’s a good Thursday. And up in Northfield, they have kind of the same idea rolling, although maybe not quite on the same scale as in Rochester. The Riverwalk Market Fair starts up the first Saturday morning in June and will roll up sometime in October. Every Saturday morning, you’ll be able to stroll through historic Bridge Square and down the beautiful Riverwalk that runs alongside the Cannon River, talking with exhibiting artists and farmers selling their goods. Also, it’s the one day a wekk that Martha’s Eats & Treats is set up in Northfield. Go get a cinnamon roll, but hands off the ham and cheese croissant. Those are for me. Visit www.downtownrochestermn.com/events/tof and www.riverwalkmarketfair.org for details. – – Rich Larson, editor@southernminnscene.com

From 39 the training window with one of our bear trainers for a truly unique introduction to Sadie, Haines and/or Kenai. Enrichment is an important part of our bears’ lives and you will experience this first-hand as you give our bears their enrichment items for the day. You will receive a one of a kind piece of artwork created for you by one of our bears. Our bears can’t wait to meet you!. http://mnzoo.org/events/bearencounters-2/. 952-431-9200 Meet the Breed- NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue: 18-May, 12:00 PM, Petco Eden Prairie, 8020 Glen Ln, Eden Prairie, Free. Come and meet the breed and our volunteers from NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue! We are a non-profit, all volunteer, no kill rescue organization dedicated to helping Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu blends find their loving forever homes. These small dogs make wonderful companions as you’ll see at this event- come join us!. http://www. northstarshihtzurescue.org. Singles in Nature: 18-May, 1:00 PM, River Bend Nature Center, 107 Gunderson Boulevard, Kenyon, $3-$5. Our goal is to provide a casual environment where single men and women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s can join together to develop new friendships and foster new relationships. All are welcome regardless of orientation, religion, or type of relationship sought. $5 per person; $3 per River Bend member.. http://rbnc.org/programs/. Raptors in the Yard: 18-May, 2:00 PM, Grimm Farm (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, Free. Meet a merlin and barred owl up close and learn about these amazing birds of prey. Cameras welcome.. http://www. threeriversparks.org/events/R/raptors-inthe-yard_-_1.aspx. “Bird Watching Trek Nature and Nordic Walking: 19-May, 11:30 AM, Cleary Regional Lake Park, 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake, $5 . Learn to use Nordic walking poles to increase your heart rate and burn calories while decreasing impact on your joints.. http:// www.threeriversparks.org/events/N/ nature-and-nordic-walking--.aspx. Fly Fishing Basics for Women: 19May, 6:00 PM, Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, 4610 County Road 44, Minnetrista, $10 . Interested in mastering the rhythms and techniques? Learn about equipment, how to cast, types of flies, shooting the line and proper fly presentation. Participants get their lines wet and see if they can reel in the big one. Reservations required. *20% discount for groups of four or more.. http://www.threeriversparks. org/events/F/fly-fishing-basics-forwomen--.aspx. Nature and Nordic Walking: 20-May, 4:30 PM, Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, 400 W. 260th St., New Prague, $5 . Learn to use Nordic walking poles to increase your heart rate and burn calories while decreasing impact on your joints.. http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/N/ nature-and-nordic-walking---evening-

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We discuss feeders, seed, and attracting them to your feeder. Practice your new skills identifying our bird population.. http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/S/ spring-birding--the-basics--.aspx. CGMS Animal Walk: 31-May, 9:00 AM, Cottage Grove Middle School, 9775 Indian Blvd, Cottage Grove, $2-$5. The 4th Annual CGMS 4K Animal Walk will be held on Saturday, May 31st. Registration begins at 9:00 am, with the walk starting at 10:00 am at the CGMS football field. Cost is $5 per person (includes event t-shirt) and $2 per animal (includes event bandana), and all proceeds will benefit Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue. All ages and animals are welcome!. . Mankato Zombie Run: 31-May, 11:00 AM, McGowan’s Farm, 20001 t-198, Mankato, $20-$35. The 2014 Mankato Zombie Run is a 3K trail run for Adults, Kids and Teams. There will be obstacles, music, and other Zombie fun, including a zip line, tunnel, and more! The event is kid friendly and family friendly! Runners will be given flag football belts with 3 flags (lifelines) and Zombies will be lurking in the woods and buildings trying to take them away. Runners must cross the finish line with at least one life line left to survive and get a medal. You can do the race as a runner, zombie, or both! To do both though, you must run in the first wave, so you can get to your zombie location. There is a Kids Race, and Adult Race, and Team races. All entrants get medals and finisher/ survivor tshirts. Parents can go with their children as chaperones in the Kids Race, but then do not get race belts, medals or tshirts. Kids may go in the kids wave, or any other wave if they wish. But the kids wave has only kids. There is a post-race party, and also pre-race packet pickup the night before the race for your convenience. More information can be found on the website at www.mankatozombierun.com. Prices begin at $35 for Runners; $30 for Team Members; $20 for Kids, and $20 for Zombies.*Kids can b. http://www. mankatozombierun.com. Spring Geocaching for S’mores: 31-May, 1:00 PM, Cleary Regional Lake Park, 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake, $8 . Yummy, gooey s’mores! Learn geocaching basics, and enjoy your adventure searching for delicious treasure.. http://www. threeriversparks.org/events/S/springgeocaching-for-s-mores--.aspx. Flatwater Kayaking Essentials: 31May, 1:00 PM, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, $50-$51. Learn kayaking safety, proper paddling form, and strokes surrounded by the beauty of the park. Equipment provided. Reservations required.. http:// www.threeriversparks.org/events/. Hungry Caterpillars: 1-Jun, 12:00 PM, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, Free. Drop by the Learning Center with your family for a visit with some chewing, chomping, hungry caterpillars. Play a game to see which plants are right to feed your favorite

caterpillars. Volunteer to help monitor our milkweed patch and find monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars. Pot a caterpillar host plant to grow in your garden at home and create a bold and brightly colored pocket-sized caterpillar pet.. http://www. arboretum.umn.edu/weekendfamilyfun. aspx. 952-443-1400”GreenFit Club GreenFit Club: 4-Jun, 5:30 PM, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, $85-$86. Three months of instructor-led activities include Nordic walking, yoga, canoeing, archery, geocaching, and more. There is no better deal in town! With three sessions a week, attend all or some; just come. We provide the instructors and equipment; you provide the community. Whatever your fitness or experience level, getting fit outside can be an exciting adventure. Sponsored by Hoigaard’s. Reservations required. http://www.threeriversparks.org/ events/. “Electric Run Tour de Pepin 2014: 7-Jun, 7:00 AM, Lake City, MN, 101 West Center Street, Lake City, $45 . An annual bicycle tour of the Lake Pepin region with a shuttle return on the Pearl of the Lake paddle wheel boat. 32, 50, 72, and 100 mile options. All tours begin in Lake City.. . Carver Scott Master Gardener Help Desks: 7-Jun, 10:00 AM, Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd, Chanhassen, Free. Every Saturday in June, July & August at the Chanhassen & Waconia Libraries. 10 am to 1 pm. Bring your plant samples and insect/ disease questions to a help desk! Carver/ Scott Master Gardeners will help you diagnose your problems and answer your yard and garden questions.. http://host6.evanced.info/melsa/carver/ eventcalendar.asp. Hungry Caterpillars: 7-Jun, 12:00 PM, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, Free. Drop by the Learning Center with your family for a visit with some chewing, chomping, hungry caterpillars. Play a game to see which plants are right to feed your favorite caterpillars. Volunteer to help monitor our milkweed patch and find monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars. Pot a caterpillar host plant to grow in your garden at home and create a bold and brightly colored pocket-sized caterpillar pet.. http://www. arboretum.umn.edu/weekendfamilyfun. aspx. 952-443-1400 Tails for Reading: 12-Jun, 11:00 AM, Chaska Library, 3 City Hall Plaza, Chaska, Free. Elementary school age children are welcome to read books aloud to specially trained therapy dogs to encourage confidence in reading. Children read for a 15 minute session on a first come, first served basis.. http://host6.evanced.info/ melsa/carver/eventsignup.asp?ID=8093&r ts=&disptype=info&ret=eventcalendar.asp &pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad= &dt=mo&mo=5/1/2014&df=calendar&Eve ntType=ALL&Lib=0&AgeGroup=ALL&Lan gType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad =&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=. “A Race Worth Winning Walk/Run

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THEATER The Snake in the Grass: 16-May, 7:00 PM, Christian Life School, 6300 212th Street W, Farmington, $8 . The Christian Life School Drama Club brings the hysterical melodrama The Snake in the Grass by Tim Kelly to the stage. The fair and beautiful Dakota Melody runs the finest hotel in town, but one day a shifty medicine show appears led by the villainous Silias Snakebreath and his band of cheats. Sheriff Billy Bold keeps law and order, but can he outwit Silias before he makes off with Melody and her money? When the toughest female outlaw in the west (and a former flame), Wild Prairie Rose, reappears in Billy’s life, things get worse! With speeding locomotives, bottles of snake oil, and bad Shakespeare thrown in the mix, who knows what will happen. Boo the villain! Cheer the hero! And there’s always time for an ‘Awww.’ Come join us for a rollicking good time for the whole family.. http://www.christianlifeschool.org/ the_snake_in_the_grass. Gypsy: 16-May, 7:30 PM, Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, $25 - $32. Set in the 1920s when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Gypsy is a classic showbiz musical. Loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy tells the story of Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, and how her daughter Louise, a child Vaudeville actor, became the famous burlesque stripper.. http://www.btacmn. org/2perform/at_theaters/schneider/gypsy. html. “Bring It On: The Musical The Church Basement Ladies: 17May, 3:00 PM, Plymouth Playhouse, 2705 Annapolis LN N, Plymouth, $13.50-$38. It is 1979, the day of the church’s Centennial Celebration, and past parishioners have gathered to share hotdish, bars, and

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From 40 stories from the last 100 years. As the women work in the kitchen, these shared memories burst into life through a series of flashbacks. Travel back to 1897, and meet Vivian’s grandmother, one of the founding members of the church; see Karin as a newlywed, cautiously navigating her way through the politics of the kitchen; and be there on that day, in 1944, when Mavis first barreled her way through the swinging door. As they time-jump through a Century, these ladies manage to serve up a rib-tickling panorama of the changes in the kitchen, without spilling a drop of their egg coffee! Meanwhile, the Centennial Celebration continues on the lawn. But the celebration is bittersweet. Times are tough in this small farm community, and hard decisions will have to be made. But, once again, your favorite church basement ladies handle it all with grace, hilarity, and some brand new musical numbers that are sure to get your toes tapping.. http://plymouthplayhouse. com/theatre-tickets/shows/. (763) 553-1600”The Dinner Detective The Odd Couple: 17-May, 7:30 PM; 18-May, 2:00 PM, Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, $17 - $22. An American comedy classic, this Tony Award winner centers on mismatched roommates, Oscar and Felix. When recently failed marriages force slovenly Oscar and fastidious Felix to share an apartment, their relationship begins to resemble the patterns of their own disastrous marriages. The roommates must determine whether their differences are irreconcilable. As the audience enjoys the non-stop hilarity, Oscar and Felix realize they are both better people as a result of their friendship. Don’t miss this great performance at Bloomington Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater.. http://www.btacmn. org/2perform/at_theaters/blackbox/couple.html. “The Mid Life Crisis of Jesse Lee Choices: 17-May, 7:30 PM, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 11000 France Ave. S., Bloomington, $15 . May 16 & 17. A New Play for Everyone especially Teens. Caiden and Chloe battle inner fears, societal messages and peer pressure as they make choices on their journey of discovery of their true selves. Written and directed by Shelley Smith. May 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. Talkback discussions after each performance. Purchase tickets online at BrownPaper tickets or at the door (cash or check). General admission: pay-what-you-can with suggested ticket price of $15.. http://www.chainreactiontp.com. Arsenic & Old Lace: 18-May, 1:30 PM, Commonweal Theatre, 208 Parkway Ave N., Lanesboro, $15-$30. Looks can be deceiving! Everything seems normal and serene in the home of spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster - famous in their

Brooklyn neighborhood for hospitality and charity. But is something hiding beneath their sweet exterior of grace and lace? When their nephew stumbles upon a secret hidden beneath the window seat, he inadvertently unleashes mayhem as hilarious as it is ghastly! A classic American comedy, Arsenic & Old Lace was hailed by The New York Times as ‘so funny that none of us will ever forget it.’. http://www.commonwealtheatre.org/arsenic.html. 507-467-2905”Gypsy The Little Mermaid: 18-May, 6:30 PM, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, $51-$82. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the classic Disney animated feature and originally rooted in Hans Christian Andersen’s enchanting fairy tale, The Little Mermaid is a musical favorite for audiences of all ages. This production is sure to thrill in every way as it showcases beautiful sets, dazzling costumes and an award-winning musical score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Revel in favorites including: ‘Part of Your World,’ ‘Under the Sea,’ ‘Les Poissons,’ ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls,’ ‘Kiss the Girl’ and many more.. http://www. chanhassentheatres.com/littlemermaid.aspx. (952) 934-1525”Crimes of the Heart The Godfather Part II: 22-May, 7:30 PM, Paramount Theater, 125 N.E. Fourth Ave., Austin, $5 . Movie viewing of The Godfather Part II. http://www. paramounttheatre.org. ‘Brand’ by Henrik Ibsen: 22-May, 7:30 PM, Commonweal Theatre, 208 Parkway Ave N., Lanesboro, $15-$30. The latest in a series of world premiere Henrik Ibsen adaptations by acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. In his blinding search for a new vision of humanity, fundamentalist pastor Brand holds himself and his followers to the rigid ideal of ‘all or nothing.’ As his faith is tested again and again, Brand goes the distance, clinging to his beliefs and risking everything on his journey. $30 Adults, $15 Students. http://www.commonwealtheatre.org. 507-467-2905”A Pedalpub Named Desire Twelfth Night: 30-May, 7:30 PM; 31-May, 7:30 PM; 1-Jun, 2:00 PM, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, $20 . The Chameleon Theatre Circle is teaming up with Green T Productions to meld Shakespeare’s irresistible romantic comedy with the visual and movement styles of the Japanese Kabuki tradition! In the kingdom of Illyria, love is turning everyone’s life upside down, from the regal Duke and haughty Countess to their most lowly servants. A shipwreck, disguises, intercepted messages, and questionable fashion choices all play a part in the chaos that drives one of the most beloved comedies of all time.. http://www. burnsvillepac.com/chameleon-theater-circle.html.

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Alex Voigt is a former Huckle Media copy editor currently embarking on a crosscountry hiking and biking adventure. He will be chronicling his adventure each month in Scene. You can also read about his trip at voigtsvoyage.wordpress. com or follow him on Twitter.com @AGVoigt.

fter 21 days, 1,300+ miles of biking through eight states and, amazingly, no flat tires, my adventure is about to shift gears – no pun intended. Soon I’ll be trading my now-familiar panniers and trusty touring bike for a bulky backpack, hiking poles and a pair of hiking boots. Soon I’ll be on the Appalachian Trail, heading north even further into the great unknown. It’s been an interesting three weeks of biking, to say the least. I’ve traversed along the Mississippi River valley, navigated through winding roads in the Missouri Ozarks and pedaled up a grueling incline to the top of the Cumberland Plateau in eastern Tennessee. I’ve slept in a homeless shelter, stayed at houses with complete strangers and pitched a tent in the backyard of the owners of Brown’s Poolroom & Sports Grill in Cowan, Tenn. – thanks again for the hospitality y’all. I’ve met people of all ages and accents and I’ve eaten enough peanut butter and avocados to be sick of those foods forever. And through it all, it’s been a blast. Don’t get me wrong, there were definitely times when the trip was difficult. Getting caught in a thunderstorm while biking wasn’t fun, and it took some time getting used to the constant aches and pains that come with biking 60+ miles a day. It also sucked being alone so much. I found myself calling family and friends more than usual just so I could interact with someone and hear a familiar voice. But really, those hardships were necessary to make this trip the enriching experience that it has been. I needed to get caught in a downpour in order to fully understand and respect the power of weather. I needed those aches

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and pains in order to get mentally tougher and push myself farther physically. And I needed to be alone in order to make myself more open and willing to communicate with complete strangers. That last point is what’s been the most surprising aspect of this trip: the overall helpfulness and friendliness of others. I’ve alluded to this in previous columns and have experienced it on a smaller scale during shorter trips, but it never ceases to amaze me. A farming couple in southeastern Iowa let me ride out a thunderstorm – and drink beer with them – in their garage. They eventually gave me a ride to my next Warm Showers stay so I could stay on schedule. A hardware store worker in Red Wing repaired a damaged pedal on my bike free of charge because, as he put it: “I just like working on bikes.” A concrete worker in northern Iowa gave me a 10-mile ride back to my route over his lunch break after I took a wrong turn and ended up WAY off course. That’s just a few of the many heartwarming encounters I’ve had on this trip. I never could’ve predicted any of them to happen and really, that’s part of what makes it so amazing. I mentioned in a previous column about how I see cycling as a “naked” form of travel in that you’re exposed to the elements and more vulnerable to the world around you. That vulnerability makes you more open and receptive to others, while on the flipside the people you encounter understand and respect the effort required to do what you do. They may not have an interest in bike touring or cycling in general, but they know it’s hard work. This trip has been a constant reminder of that humanity, and through all the hardships and uncertainty, it’s an experience I continue to grow from. And even though I’ve come a long way, the adventure is just getting started.

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The triumphant return of Tina and the B-Sides

uring the mid to late 90’s it often felt like Tina Schlieske and her band The B-Sides (or Tina and The B-Side Movement for the initiated) were the Twin Cities house band. Every outdoor festival, from the Basilica Block Party to the Lyn Lake Street Festival, any party that was worth a darn, featured Tina and the B-Sides. You’d find them playing at Bunkers one night, opening for Lenny Kravitz at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium the next, and then at some long forgotten watering hole in White Bear Lake two nights after that. But their ubiquity wasn’t a bad thing. Indeed it was endearing. This was the hardest working band around. They were always great, never mailing in a set. No audience ever got less than it’s money’s worth at a B-Sides show. When they burned out at the very end of the decade, after a pair of good but underperforming albums for Sire Records, it was hardly surprising. They needed a break, and frankly, they deserved it. Well folks, break time is over. With Barricade, Tina and the B-Sides return rested,

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Carey (Sean), percussionist extraordinaire, Eau Claire native, and harmony vocalist from Bon Iver has released his second full length venture, Range of Light. The album is a soundtrack fit for a romantic lazy day in a field with a vampire. It’s all encompassing of a handsome glittering visage staring at you lovingly through long grass on sun shower day. It’s dreamy, moving almost too slowly for anything that doesn’t resemble a nap. It’s as if Carey’s reve-like instagram photos came to life in musical form - cloudy blurred, beautiful sweeping images of nature resonate themselves through xylophones, gentle drums, ringing keys and strings, glazed

energized, and better than ever. The versatility that made them the best bar band in all the land for a solid decade is on full display here. Jumping from folk-rock, to funk, to roadhouse stomp, to some gutbucket honky-tonk and some really tasty, jazzy blues, the band seamlessly shifts gears from genre to genre, gleefully showing off their chops, but never losing continuity. Schlieske has said that she didn’t want this album to sound like they were trying to re-live their glory days. Certainly, there isn’t a lot of – if any – “remember when” nostalgia, but had this album not showcased what made them so good in the first place, it would have been a disappointment. From the opening acoustic chords of the title song through the sexy, silly stickiness of “Guava Jelly,” they consistently present wellthought, well produced songs that play to each band member’s strengths. It is a testament to Schlieske’s ability as a songwriter that she is able to find such diverse material to feed such a capable group of musicians. It starts with the opening song, “Barricade.” Perhaps meant as a message to her

bandmates, or possibly as a message to herself, Schlieske confidently strums her acoustic guitar singing “I know how it goes/After all this time/The day you learn you can/Leave it all behind/You found your anodyne/Never look back/do you dear.” What follows is the band making its presence felt with a couple well-placed power chords from Troy Norton’s guitar and drummer Ron Carron’s terrific marching beat. This is where the band shakes off its rust, reveling in the emotional catharsis of renewal. 4½ minutes later the song is over, all doubt is put to rest, and the B-Sides are ready to go. From there, it’s a truly enjoyable journey through the musical landscape. “Let it be Me,” is a Gospel tinged dirge showcasing Schlieske’s ability to render a line with as much heartbreaking emotion as any soul singer this side of Detroit of Philadelphia. Norton shines on “Call My Name,” “When Darkness Falls,” and especially “Let Me Make it Up to You” with his slide perfectly matching Schlieske’s refrain. And, under-appreciated during their first run, Barricade reveals Schlieske’s vocalist sister Laura as the band’s secret weapon. There’s nothing

with echoey vocals. I always compare off shoots of Bon Iver to seasons. If Bon Iver is winter, then Field Report (led by Justin Vernon’s former DeYarmond Edison bandmate Chris Porterfield) is fall and that would make S. Carey, fittingly, spring. The opening track, “Glass/Film” is nothing short of an audio representation of just that. Light keys open and progressively more instruments join creating a steady heartbeat before Carey’s voice enters the fray. The core of Carey’s vocals can be a bit nasal at times. Where he shines is in his upper register or when he whispers words as if they’re coming from trees themselves. Usually I’m very much a lyric person but the instrumental layers in these dreamscapes are the star here. “Creaking” is waking up

to the sound of running water at a cabin up north somewhere. Drum beats mirror the water, lulling one back under the covers. The beat picks up on “Crown the Pines” where staccato rhythms litter the chorus where Justin Vernon guest spots. “Fire Scene” is crackling guitar sounds and burning strings. “Radiant” and “Alpenglow” let the piano take a turn at driving, pushing strings, horns and percussion to the back seat or letting them go all together. Alpen is the only track where the lyrics hold a spotlight over instruments. Prior to that track it’s the words only exist to serve the instrumental. The album wraps with “Neverending Fountain” whose harp flourishes and choral sounding harmonies lift you out of your REM cycle

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quite like hearing family harmonize, but Laura does more than just that. Her voice adds whatever the song needs. From soaring emotional reinforcement on the title track, to brazen, boozy defiance on “I Hope I Pass Your Audition,” her voice is the consistent ingredient that pushes these songs over the top. While avoiding maudlin sentimentality, the album does read like a love-letter to the band’s long bereft fans. We hear it in the triumphant performances, the well captured barroom feel of the production and, particularly, in Schlieske’s lyrics. Her promise to “never let you down” on “Let Me Make it Up to You,” her invitation to, um, really enjoy life on Guava Jelly, and in her winking acknowledgement of passing time on “I Hope I Pass Your Audition.” More than anything, though, the album has captured excitement this band feels. A good band knows when they’re going right, and Barricade is soaked in that confidence. As Tina herself sings near the end of the record, they still know how to show us a damn good time. Rich Larson is the editor of Southern Minnesota SCENE.

haze. Range of Light is dew on grass, a running stream, sun sparkles on trees and nature enveloping you into a cloudy dreamlike state. Carey stays in the Bon Iver, Bon Iver (album) wheelhouse, layering multiple instruments to create all new sounds. He abandons autotune in favor of his au naturel whispery chantlike vocals. He blends classical instruments with folk elements to create a soundtrack for landscapes that exist-not in any Nat Geo mag. It’s not overtly emotional, which is not to say there’s no feelings to be had, but it’s more of a vehicle to connect with nature than another human being. Sarah Osterbauer is a freelance writer/ music critic. Reach her at editor@ southernminnscene.com

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KEVIN KREIN THE BEARDED LIFE

Kevin Krein Kevin Krein used to be a very husky, clean shaven child, but is now a thin, beautiful, and bearded adult. He is a humorist, music writer, and has an incredibly strong social media presence. Follow his prolific tweets- @KevEFly.

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here are five Caribou Coffee locations at the Mall of America. However, only four of them have wi-fi access. I, thankfully, have selected one that does, and have posted up for the next two hours while my wife meets with a friend of hers that she has not seen in awhile. As of this writing, it’s April 5th, and due to some kind of deadline shift, I received an email from my editor at The Scene, informing the contributing writers that the June columns are all due on April 25th. The overall theme for said issue is “Summertime Favorites,” and considering that it snowed just the other day, it’s very difficult for me to process the idea that summer will eventually arrive. When you’re young, summertime is when you are freed, temporarily, from the shackles of school, and life is a seemingly endless stretch of fun, possibilities, and wonder. But when you are a grown-ass man, little to nothing changes. You still get up and go in to your job every day, and rather than complaining about the icy roads, or having to shovel your driveway for the millionth time—we find other things to bemoan like mosquitoes and the nearly unbearable cross of yard work. And then there is the endless debate: what’s worse the heat or the humidity, or is it really both. You also know that summer is the time to test your level of patience with your loved ones by packing up and taking a family vacation. As I sit here, at the Mall, watching hordes of people aimlessly shuffle by,

it’s hard for me to fathom that when I was younger, this was a place of joy—that this was the destination of not one, but THREE separate family vacations, during the summers of 1993, 1995, and finally 1997. The trip from 1993 is too distant a memory to recall much of—I do seem to remember spending a lot of money in various toy stores within the Mall, all of which closed ages ago. The FAO Schwartz that captivated me as a 10 year old is now, and has been for quite a while, the Urban Outfitters that captivates me as a 30 year old. Two years later, at 12, I had obviously grown too old for action figures, and chose to spend a lot of money in the comic book shop that was once here. Those comics, all very important to me at the time, are now yellowing and gathering dust in the space underneath my basement steps. As for the comic book shop? I think for a while the space was filled with a “Tap Out” clothing store, but that, like so many other things, has come and gone. The final vacation to the Mall, in 1997, was the ultimate. It was at the Mall where my mother and I watched a special “sneak preview” showing of Men in Black—obviously a film that defined a generation. It was also during this trip that I purchased Radiohead’s OK Computer the day it came out--from a Sam Goody, now long gone. The space it once inhabited has probably been at least two or three other things over the course of the last seventeen years. Not all of my childhood family va-

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cations revolved around commerce. During the summer of 1994, we headed south to historical Springfield, Illinois—the capital of my home state. Taking a trip to Springfield is a terrific idea if you have a pre-teen in your family and want them to be bored out of their mind and miserable for, like, four days. In adulthood, my wife and I have taken a few short summer vacations. Even if you have allotted vacation time from your job, it’s difficult to find a good time to take it. And if you’re me, it’s even harder to find adequate rabbit care while you are away. And, if you’re me, most things in life—summer vacations, this day at the mall, a quick trip to the grocery store—they all end the same way: with me asking, “is it time to go home?” As fun as it would be sitting in this Caribou Coffee, watching a very tan young woman take selfies with her drink, I’ve decided to get up and walk around a little—discovering

that the Pac Sun at the Mall does not carry my lines of urban street wear. And somewhere between waiting in an endless line at the food court for my Johnny Rocket’s veggie burger, and staring down the infinite number of racks crammed full of clothing at H&M, the ennui and anhedonia I usually feel has settled in, right on schedule. The idea of “nostalgia” is popular right now—certainly you have taken a quiz about “What 80s Kids Toy Are You?” on Buzzfeed. Be aware that nostalgia is also dangerous. What seemed great when you were a young, oblivious child (a trip to the Mall) can actually turn out to be awful when you are a curmudgeonly, emotional adult. So try your best to preserve, and not to disturb, the precious memories of summer vacations from a time long since passed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there are some semi-ironic Tupac Shakur themed t-shirts at Urban Outfitters that I need to try on.

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