RED WING — Ailey II, a company of young dancers in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater family, will perform "Revelations" and two other works Feb. 23 at the Sheldon Theatre. It's a unique group, artistic director Troy Powell said, because the 12 dancers are the best young dance talent chosen from 2,500-plus students at the Alvin Ailey School.
Longtime members of the Church of St. Joseph remember well the Stations of the Cross paintings that graced the walls of the 1870s building that served the Catholic congregation back in the day. But in the half-century since the current church building opened, everyone pretty much forgot about them. Small, modern stations were used in the 1965 building instead of the old paintings, probably because they didn't fit its contemporary design. That's no longer the case. The historic images are back.
Art Kenyon will not soon forget his first glimpse of the Stations of the Cross paintings that are only a memory to longtime members of Red Wing's Church of St. Joseph. "I walked into a storage room and I almost fell over, because there in a corner were these old, decrepit paintings, leaning on walls and on the floor. Their frames were dented and chipped and missing parts," the Red Wing artist recalled. "These paintings were covered with dust and grime. But as I walked around the room looking at them, I could see — they were pretty doggone good."
The New Standards and 400-plus close friends will celebrate romance in song at a "Valentine Party" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Sheldon Theatre. "Valentine's Day is just a wonderful holiday," said Chan Poling, the jazz group's pianist and vocalist. He and Steve Roehm (vibes) and John Munson (bass) have spent it in Red Wing before, and would be happy make it a habit. "We love Red Wing and enjoy coming there," Poling said. They find that the intimate space that is the historic Sheldon lends itself well to this particular program.
The thundering sounds of taiko drums will fill the Sheldon Theatre when Ondekoza, a world-famous drumming ensemble from Japan, performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The concert will culminate a full week of community engagement by the group, which is participating in the Arts Midwest World Fest. "Fusing incredible athleticism, pounding rhythms and peaceful melodies, their performances will leave you inspired and energized," according to Sheldon officials, describing the group as "an unforgettable creative force that has captivated audiences across the globe."
More than half of the tickets available for the 2018 Bling & Chocolate fundraiser at the Goodhue County History Center have been claimed. The 15 decorated tables will accommodate only 100 people. The 12th annual event will be1:30-4 p.m. Feb. 11, but people are invited to come anytime after 1 p.m. for a preview of the silent and oral auction items.
Selling more tickets than in the past is great, but Bonnie Schock is even more pleased about the enthusiastic feedback she's getting from people who attend events at the Sheldon Theatre. "It's important," the Sheldon's executive director said. "I feel like the work we do is (accomplishing) what we intended." People are making connections — and new memories, she explained. "They are spending time together that they value, and sometime they are learning something."
Red Wing exactly where Monroe Crossing wants to be on New Year's Eve. "It's sort of become a tradition, for ourselves and for Monroe Crossing fans," said Matt Thompson, mandolin and fiddle player who also sings harmony vocals. The award-winning bluegrass band returns to the Sheldon Theatre at 7 p.m. Dec. 31. "We love that beautiful venue," he explained. "Our bass player describes it as a wedding cake ... and the sound is great in there."
Everybody likes Sammy, and the feeling is mutual. "I like people, in general," Sammy Albers said — not just babies or relatives or neighbors. Everyone who walks through the door of her new home gets a smile, and it's clear that Albers' memory for faces and names is remarkable for a 93-year-old. She is spending her first Christmas at The Villa, which is part of the St. Crispin Living Community on Pioneer Road.
Stephanie Rogers, who currently is with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre in Minneapolis, will take over as executive director of the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing on Feb. 1. Rogers succeeds Christopher Burawa, who resigned in October. Currently serving as acting director is Robert Hedin, co-founder of the Anderson Center and its director for 20 years prior to his retirement in 2015.