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DreamAcres Farm launches play! in the barn series


Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative of Wykoff, MN, launches a three-part series of summer performances and music on DreamAcres Farm on Saturday, June 26. Performances in the play! in the barn series take place during the fourth weekend of each summer month. Dates for performance events are June 26, July 25, and August 28; performance times vary slightly. This series is supported by an Arts and Cultural Heritage grant through the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council with funds from the Minnesota State legislature.

The play! in the barn series begins with a local and personal contemporary story, moves to a fictional family history, and winds up with mythology and music from distant lands.

Lessons from Cancer College, a one-woman show written by Luther College literature professor Nancy Barry and performed by Kristin Underwood, one-time Commonweal Theatre ensemble member and current director of ArtHaus (Decorah), opens the series and will be performed June 26 at 8pm. The show explores Barry's year of "teaching through cancer," from the perspective of a survivor (who received treatment at the Mayo clinic), and demonstrates how even the most experienced teacher becomes a student when the subject is her own body. Lessons is a surprisingly light-hearted account of one woman's surprisingly difficult year.

The second show in the series, on Sunday, July 25, at 8pm, is entitled Some Kind of Sign: Voices of the Rural Landscape. It is written and performed by Marnie and Nath Dresser of southwestern Wisconsin. The song and poem cycle tells the story of a Wisconsin farm family that is struggling against the economic and physical realities of farm life. Land use policy, the influence of development on farm life, and market fluctuations are touchstones in the narrative, but above all Some Kind of Sign is the story of a multigenerational family. The Dressers were commissioned to write this piece for the 2003 Midwest Rural Arts Forum, and have been performing it since that time. Audience is invited to remain for discussion after the one-hour show.

The final performance events of the play! in the barn series are part of DreamAcres Farm's Onion Fest on August 28. Onion Fest celebrates our multi-layered society through the harvest and enjoyment of a multi-layered vegetable. At 3pm, Children's Stories from India will be performed by Zaraawar Mistry and Greg Herriges. Mr. Mistry tells stories of the type he was told as a child in India. Mr. Herrige .....
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Over the Back Fence presents The Artaria String Quartet

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

"Over the Back Fence," a program of The Commonweal Theatre Company, presents a summer series of live music performances at the Events Hall of the new Commonweal Theatre in historic, downtown Lanesboro. The first upcoming event features the Artaria S ..... 
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Over the Back Fence Presents Mike McAbee

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - "Over the Back Fence," a program of The Commonweal Theatre Company, presents a summer series of live music performances at the new Commonweal Theatre in historic, downtown Lanesboro. Enjoy the unique blend of folksy blues and stand ..... 
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Rhubarb Sisters and Friends concert

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro's own Rhubarb Sisters will perform "in 3-D" at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. on Saturday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. "Happiness in Your Own Backyard through Poetry, Song and General Merriment" will feature the Rhubarb Sisters (Julie K ..... 
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Annual Father's Day 'Art in the Park' Festival in Lanesboro, Minn. Celebrates 30th Anniversary on Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thu, May 27th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

This year marks the 30th Annual Art in the Park, set for Father's Day, Sunday, June 20 in beautiful Sylvan Park in Lanesboro, Minnesota, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Lanesboro Arts Center, features fine art and craft, live ..... 
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SEMAC awards presenter/production and small towns/rural areas grants

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

On May 18, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded six Presenter/Production Assistance Grants and four Small Towns/Rural Areas Grants, for a total of $24,715 in funding to arts organizations in s ..... 
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Rhubarb Festival to be held in the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The sixth annual Rhubarb Festival will be held Saturday, June 5, 2010, from 10am until 2pm at Sylvan Park in Lanesboro, Minn.

Taste Everything Rhubarb! You will be able to taste everything made with rhubarb from pies to pickles, savories to ..... 
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Alert: you might catch a fever in Lanesboro on Memorial Day!

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Visitors to Lanesboro on Memorial Day have a chance of catching a highly contagious fever going around, one that hasn't gotten much coverage by the news media.

The culprit is called Honor Flight Fever. The people who are most highly suscepti ..... 
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SEMAC awards arts & cultural heritage grants

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

On May 18, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 20 grants in the new Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant category for a total of $159,876 in funding to arts organizations in southeastern Minnesota. ..... 
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