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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 13th annual Ibsen Festival


Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Commonweal Theatre announces its 13th Annual Ibsen Festival April 16-18, 2010, in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed "Father of Modern Drama," the Festival is a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, music and dance and centers around the opening weekend of Commonweal's annual Ibsen production. For 2010, the theatre is proud to present John Gabriel Borkman - the story of a banker imprisoned for misuse of investor funds and obsessed with recapturing his former power and influence.

Ibsen Fest offers numerous events and presentations throughout the weekend to satisfy a variety of interests. Throughout the weekend, guests may attend lectures, film presentations, musical concerts, artist displays, and a Norwegian/English Worship Service at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro. The Commonweal Theatre is excited to welcome Professor Simon Williams as this year's keynote speaker. Professor Williams is chair of the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of over forty books and articles on European drama, especially of the period dominated by Ibsen, Strindberg, Shaw and Wedekind. The title of his lecture will be "Coming to Terms with the Industrial Revolution: The Politics of John Gabriel Borkman."

The highlight of the weekend will be the opening night of Henrik Ibsen's penultimate work, John Gabriel Borkman. Commonweal Theatre's production will feature resident artists Stela Burdt, Sarah Hawkins, David Hennessey, Tim Sailer and Adrienne Sweeney with Hal Cropp - Commonweal's artistic director and a 2009 nominee for the International Ibsen Award - in the title role. Commonweal Theatre has commissioned Minnesota's premiere playwright, Jeffrey Hatcher, to develop an original adaptation of the script for our audiences. Mr. Hatcher's plays include Complete Female Stage Beauty, Scotland Road and Three Viewings and adaptations of Jean Anouilh's To Fool the Eye (produced by Commonweal in 2006) Henry James' Turn of the Screw (onstage at Commonweal later in 2010).

The show will be directed by Risa Brainin, former resident director of the Guthrie Theatre and current director of performance/associate professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Locally, Ms. Brainin's directing credits include The Guthrie, Mixed Blood, History Theatre and Illusion Theatre and regionally at Indiana Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Actors' Theatre of Louisv .....
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Writer Sarah Stonich is Lanesboro Arts Center Artist in Residence

Mon, Feb 1st, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center is hosting writer Sarah Stonich as Artist in Residence for four weeks: Jan. 11 - Feb. 8, 2010. During her residency, Sarah will be working on finishing a volume of essays about northern Minnesota entitled: Shelter: Places Lost ..... 
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Arts and cultural heritage fund grant program

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) is pleased to announce the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant Program, which will provide grants up to $10,000 for innovative arts activities that increase access to the arts, life-long arts l ..... 
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"Birds, beasts & figures" ceramic sculpture exhibit

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota, will present a new exhibit: "Birds, Beasts and Figures" Feb. 6 - April 4, 2010. Free to the public, the exhibit will feature ceramic sculpture by Robin Murphy, an artist from Bayfield, Wisconsin. An Ope ..... 
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Tell me a story...with art!

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

We invite you to help us celebrate the Chatfield Public Library's 95th birthday!

Youth ages one to 18 are invited to submit an original piece of artwork to be displayed at the Chatfield Public Library during the celebration.

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Hot reads for cold nights

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

As part of its adult reading program, Hot Reads for Cold Nights, Preston Public Library invites the public to join a local book club in their discussion of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, o ..... 
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Chatfield brass band practice

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
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The Chatfield Brass Band is extending an invitation to all instrumentalists to join the band as they begin their practice season in preparation for the summer concert series. The first rehearsal of the new year will be on Thursday, Jan. 21. Rehearsa ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota, will present the Juried High School Art Show Jan. 16-30, 2010. Free to the public, the exhibit will feature 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work by students in grades 9-12 from Chatfield Chosen Valley ( ..... 
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"Songs of the season favorites" airs Christmas Day

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
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A musically Merry Christmas is in store for all when KFIL-FM 103.1 airs "SONGS OF THE SEASON FAVORITES" on Christmas Day! This special broadcast, featuring highlights recorded during past concerts at the Val-A Lodge, will begin at 5:30 pm, and is sp ..... 
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