Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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LAKE CITY — After eight months of construction and a total remodel, the Lake City Public Library will open its new doors with a dedication ceremony followed by the return...
After one of the busiest holiday seasons now in the books for the Sheldon Theatre, Executive Director Bonnie Schock hopes the momentum keeps up. As the theater heads into the second half of the main stage’s programming, Schock reflects on what she says was a “fantastic” first half of her first season here.
Three hundred sixty-five days end with a mere 10-second countdown for many annual New Year’s Eve celebrations. In fact, according to www.history.com about 1 million people gather in New York City’s Times Square alone to countdown and watch the famous 11,875-pound, 12-foot-wide ball drop as 2,000 pounds of confetti fall onto the sardine-like packed crowd. Can’t make it to the big city? No worries, close to 1 billion people watch the event on television — perhaps sipping on one of the 360 million glasses of sparkling wine that are consumed during the holiday season.
Eighties-focused rock tunes along with current and classic rock/pop can be heard this weekend when the Rock Godz performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 25 and Saturday Dec. 26 in the Parlay Lounge of Treasure Island Resort & Casino. The band features the music of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Journey, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Poison, Prince, Bryan Adams, Led Zeppelin, Theory of a Deadman, Quiet Riot, Buck Cherry and Steel Panther among others.
Ever since April, Fair Trade Books in downtown Red Wing has been hosting the monthly game night. Normally held on the fourth Thursday of the month, owner Richard DeVoe says the venue has acquired an enthusiastic core group of regulars who play one or two 30-to-45-minute games each night. Rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the 1950s and ‘60s playing in the background fill the quaint bookshop during the night “keeping things lively,” he adds.
Starting next week, the Flyway Film Festival’s Minema series lands in the mezzanine lobby of the Sheldon Theatre for the first of what is hoped to many unique film showings. Kicking off the “Thursday Minema” series in Red Wing is a feature length documentary on Janice Joplin dubbed “Janis: Little Girl Blue” by Oscar-nominated director Amy J. Berg. See the flick at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 17.
On the Tenors’ new album, “Under One Sky,” the multi-platinum JUNO-Award winning band co-wrote eight tunes, showing facets of themselves that the singers say they’ve longed to share. “We’ve had eight years together and we wanted to turn those memories into music,” said Clifton Murray, who is joined in the Tenors by Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters. The Canadian quartet takes the stage at Treasure Island Resort & Casino to spread a mix of holiday cheer with their ballad-like anthems Saturday Dec. 19.
Local talent, a children’s choir and lots of laughter are at the core of this year’s Phoenix Theatre holiday production housed in the Sheldon Theatre with hysterical reprisal of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The show, which was performed to sold-out Sheldon houses in 1996, was written by Barbara Robinson in the early 1970s. This year’s play is directed by the Sheldon’s recently retired executive director Sean Dowse. Audiences can experience the holiday hit during the show’s four-day run 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 10 through Saturday Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 13.
Over the last 11 months, local area art centers, museums, libraries and theaters have offered more than 150 classes, workshops and learning opportunities. In this month of giving, the art world has again delivered an impressive showcase of events across all mediums for inexperienced artists to the modern-day Picasso. A handful of classes have been themed for creating handmade gifts or your own holiday decorations. Carve a Festive Santa daylong workshop held at Crossings at Carnegie gives beginners and experienced woodcarvers alike the tools to carve and paint a Santa figure. “These Santa f
The talent-packed tribute band the Fabulous Armadillos will be back in the region with a new show featuring songs from four distinct years and decades of iconic music. Hear “Lucky Sevens” with tunes from 1957, 1967, 1977 and 1987 when the band returns to the State Theatre 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 27. “The show is a trip through time through four musically transformative years,” said Marie Marvin of Crossings. “Each year has a wealth of great songs and artists, from Buddy Holly to the Beatles, the Bee Gees to Bon Jovi.