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.
A month in Salzburg, Austria, as an Anderson Center exchange artist gave Michael Hoyt the opportunity to explore a subject that has eluded him for years: himself. Hoyt and his wife, Sarah Mickelson, both were transracially adopted. His Asian heritage and much of his wife's Korean heritage were not emphasized when they became part of Minnesota caucasian families.
She thought it was normal for a boyfriend to be protective, and a bit jealous. It showed he cared. At first, the Cannon Falls High School senior didn't mind that he seemed to be making all the decisions. "It was my first relationship, so I didn't know what the boundaries were," said Micah Jeppesen, a Cannon Falls native who was 18 at the time. "I didn't know what to expect." Gradually he started getting critical of her. He told Jeppesen that no one else would want to be with her, and that she didn't really deserve him. If anything went wrong, it was her fault.
Writing stories about your own family isn't as easy as you'd think. The problem, Tim Bascom said, is that he keeps running into what the educator in him calls "a sensitive relational dynamic." Both of his published memoirs have raised issues with family members, explained Bascom, who is director of creative writing at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He is in residence during July at the Anderson Center.
A "mountain" of more than 40,000 pairs of eyeglasses, free vision testing and prize drawings for free glasses will be among highlights of "Spectacles" in the Park on Sunday, June 25. The Red Wing Lions Club is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International with the unveiling of a public sculpture of a giant pair of eyeglasses. The art work and related activities reflect the organization's commitment to vision and to service ever since Helen Keller asked Lions to be "Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness" back in 1925.
Julie Sirek, whose artwork reflects her concern for victims of domestic violence, returns Friday, April 14, to the Anderson Center with an eclectic assortment of textile creations. A reception for the exhibit, "Behind Closed Doors," will be at 7 p.m. at Tower View. It is free and open to everyone. Sirek worked on one of her larger projects when she was in residence here during August 2015. An installation titled "Till Death Do Us Part," the project consists of handmade prayer flags for all 1,437 victims of domestic homicide in the United States that year.