A Harvest Tea complete with sandwiches and treats, a silent auction, live music and a published author is planned for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the fellowship hall at Christ Episcopal Church, 321 West Ave. The tea is a fundraiser for Friends of the Red Wing Public Library, who are trying to complete and publish a history of one of the city's most valued resources: the library.
Fresh from appearances in Seattle, at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood and the Sheldon Theatre's grand reopening party, Chan Poling returns to Red Wing at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 with the legendary band The Suburbs. Poling was on the Sheldon stage last weekend with his jazz trio The New Standards. He also takes the lead in the Suburbs, an alternative rock band he founded in 1977 when he was just 19.
A printmaker, a composer, two poets and a mixed media artist are working on their individual projects this month at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. October is the final month of the year for visiting artist residencies, Executive Director Stephanie Rogers said. While in Red Wing the five men and women also will do community service outreach with students, senior citizens, jail inmates and a local women's group. H.L. Hix Poet
Red Wing Arts' Fall Festival may be 52 years old, but the arts group is approaching this year's outdoor art show with fresh eyes and a youthful attitude. People who come downtown will see signs of the new look in the weeks leading up to the Oct. 13-14 festival. About 100 hand-decorated kites will be strung along Third and "We wanted something unique to reflect the arts," Executive Director Emily Guida Foos said. Several years ago the arts group had children paint umbrellas. Plastic kites decorated with permanent markers are this year's project.
In planning the 2018 Fall Festival, Red Wing Arts organizers reached out to the community and discovered that lots of other groups — such as nonprofits, local musicians and youth organizations — were more than willing to be included. "We're trying to get different groups of people in the community involved with the arts," said recently appointed Executive Director Emily Guida Foos. "Collaboration is a big thing for us," injected Lacy Schumann, program coordinator.
Before she puts on her "fancy pants" clothes her Oct. 13 concert at the Sheldon Theatre, Storm Large invites the community to come to the Sheldon stage at 4 p.m. for a conversation that has nothing — and everything — to do with her music and her unconventional childhood. Large grew up the daughter of a woman who was frequently to be found in mental institutions and psych wards. When she was 9, Storm asked one of the doctors if she was likely to be crazy like that someday.
Genuine is more than a description of vocalist Storm Large's take on a variety of musical genres. It also describes the larger-than-life woman who is led by her heart whether she's performing onstage or sitting around talking with small groups about music, addiction and mental illness. Large will perform her "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Sheldon Theatre. She's also offering a free, public workshop at 4 p.m. at the theater to share her story (see sidebar).
Three-time Grammy Award-winner Shawn Colvin will present an evening of acoustic music on Oct. 6 at the newly reopened Sheldon Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. The event will open with a set by Mary Bue, a Minneapolis indie singer-songwriter. A South Dakota native who spent much of her childhood in Illinois, Colvin first picked up a guitar at age 10 and was making public appearances on the University of Illinois campus when she was just 15.