Two nationally acclaimed contemporary voices in American poetry, Afaa Michael Weaver and Marcus Wicker, will read from their work Nov. 10 at the Anderson Center. Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen will introduce Weaver and Wicker when the event begins at 7 p.m. in the historic barn. A reception and book signing will follow the reading; copies of some of their books will be available. It will be Weaver's first visit to Red Wing and his first time in Minnesota other than a brief stop in the Twin Cities following a tour with Chinese poets in Wisconsin some time ago.
Arlin Albrecht, former editor of the Red Wing Daily Republican Eagle, and Richard "Dick" Johnson, a Marine Corps veteran, will present "Perspectives from the Vietnam War" from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak St. The two local men experienced the war in very different ways. "This program will be conversation between the two," said Casey Mathern, curator of objects and exhibits.
"Sweet Land, the Musical," billed as a story about "land, love, and the American immigrant experience," comes to the Sheldon Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. A St. Paul History Theatre production currently touring Minnesota communities, the musical is a stage adaptation of the independent film "Sweet Land" by Ali Selim and the short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat" by Will Weaver.
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame group The Drifters will bring more than a half-century of experience to the Sheldon stage when the quartet performs Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Drifters are celebrating a lengthy catalog of hits dating back to 1953, when they They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with the pop classic "Up On the Roof," and were the first African American vocal group inducted into the hall of fame. The Drifters also are credited with adding string instruments to their rhythm and blues songs in "There Goes My Baby."
Paintings and books, symphonies and other artistic creations are not spontaneous things that emerge fully-formed from the hands and minds of the artist/writer/musician. Creativity is a process — one that often involves failure and disappointment. That process is the focus of a new exhibition opening Oct. 6 at the Anderson Center. "There Is a Ladder: Reaching for the Unknown" explores how the creative process worked for 20 local and international luminaries.
The venerable Sheldon Theatre hasn't seen anything quite like Manual Cinema for generations. The Chicago-based company, which will make its Minnesota debut here on Oct. 7, has created a unique theatrical style of visual storytelling. Like actors in the silent films that were featured at the Sheldon decades ago, the characters who appear in Manual Cinema's "Mementos Mori" use action and gesture — complemented by appropriate music and sound effects — to tell a story without spoken words.
If you want to understand other people, first you need to understand yourself, Jodi Pfarr believes. People who grew up as part of the middle class, for example, need to realize how they were affected by that experience — if they want to understand people who grew up in poverty, or in wealth. Pfarr grew up in rural poverty. Today the Minneapolis woman is an internationally known consultant who travels widely, sharing her unique perspective on the demographics, diversity and dynamics of poverty and class.
Two great-grandsons of the man who built one of Red Wing's most striking historic homes will be back in town Sept. 24 to share stories about what it was like back in the day. Charles and Bill Stone are returning to the big brick house at 457 W. Seventh St. for a Historic Home Tour sponsored by the Goodhue County Historical Society. Along with the current owners, Melissa and Steve Sorman, they will welcome visitors to what is known as the Brooks-Sheldon House in the new South End Residential District.
Opening weekend at the Sheldon Theatre Sept. 23-24 does more than hint at the adventures that await during the 2017-18 season. OK Go, a Grammy and MTV Video Music Award-winning group that explores a variety of mediums, comes to the Sheldon stage on Sept. 23. Koo Koo Kanga Roo, a party band, will follow up with an evening of family fun on Sept. 24. Sheldon Executive Director Bonnie Schock is confident that the two events will provide a memorable launch to an eclectic season.
WITH PHOTO OF TOWER coming later Friday CUTLINE: Structural problems have put the walkway that encircles the Anderson Center tower off-limits for Saturday's book fair, but the "tea room" at the top will be open for storytelling. Samantha Bengs / RiverTown Multimedia The "tea room" at the top of the Anderson Center's iconic tower will be open for the Minnesota Children's Book Festival Saturday, Sept. 16, but no one will be allowed out on the walkway that encircles the historic structure.