Songs and stories, often filled with surprises, come to Red Wing on Dec. 16 when Kevin Kling brings his holiday show, "Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log," to the Sheldon Theater. The holiday show, which also features pianist/accordionist Dan Chouinard and vocalist/accordionista Simone Perrin, will start at 7:30 p.m. "Master storyteller Kevin Kling's wry tales of Midwestern holiday and family traditions take surprising turns, from laugh-out-loud bizarre to the touchingly insightful," according to Sheldon spokesmen.
Photographer Chappy Achen and poet Robert Hedin have been capturing images of Red Wing, each using his own personal lens, for four decades. After years of saying "We ought to ...," they have finally combined their visions in a limited-edition book. "This Place Called Home: Red Wing and the Upper Mississippi Valley" makes its debut at the annual Holiday Celebration of the Arts at the Anderson Center. That events runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
More than a dozen highly accomplished clay and ceramic artists are bringing their creations to a "show within a show" opening Dec. 9 during the Anderson Center Holiday Celebration of the Arts. Resident potter Julie DeVetter organized the invitational show and contacted just over a dozen individuals, asking each to contribute five pieces. The exhibit, aptly titled "Five Pieces," will be in the newly remodeled Potters Gallery on the lower level of Tower View's educational building.
You've seen them and heard them in movies and on television. Now you can enjoy Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in person. The swing revival all-stars, who have appeared in concert venues around the world, will present their "Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party" at the Sheldon Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
Holiday music, art, poetry and local books will take center stage at the 18th annual Holiday Celebration of the Arts, which will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Anderson Center. Activities will be spread throughout the entire Tower View campus, from the main residence to the education building, the historic barn and the artist studios on the lower lawn. Participants include more than 50 local, regional and national painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, fabric artists, photographers, weavers and printmakers, along with writers and musicians.
The 1970s and '80s were their heyday, but the Suburbs haven't stopped creating new music that is getting "worthy buzz" on the contemporary music scene. The Twin Cities-based band will perform music from "back in the day" along with songs from "Hey Muse!" — its latest album — during a concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Sheldon Theatre.
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."