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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March has arrived, and that means spring is only a few short weeks away. What better way to start fresh in the season, with a new or enhanced knowledge of art through one of the area’s crockpot-full of classes. Liven up a drab wall with a new canvas painting, create a work of metal art for your soon-to-be blossoming garden or learn how to plant your own “Pride of Red Wing” hanging basket – and even store in a greenhouse until mid-May. The opportunities for art and creativity this month are almost nearly endless — from culinary classes to learning how to ballroom dance.
Spotlight: Alternative-country artist Jillian Rae performs on the cozy stage with her band at Oak Center General Store this Saturday March 7 for an 8 p.m.
Take old-school Americana music, fill it with blues, roots, southern soul sound, then sprinkle some signature style on top and you have the high-energy quintet Davina & the Vagabonds. The band graces Zumbrota State Theatre’s stage at 7:30 p.m.
Spotlight: The quintet Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins brings its music to the halls of Oak Center General Store for an 8 p.m. concert Saturday Feb. 21. With two guitars, a mandolin, a bucket of fiddles, an upright bass, a banjo and four-part vocal harmonies, the four musicians says they strive to maintain the original spirit of the "string band" while continuing to create new original music. Expect to hear a blend of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass and the occasional stage banter. Tickets are $5-15 based on ability to pay.
The widely popular tribute band ensemble Collective Unconscious is returning to the Zumbrota State Theatre stage for a Beatles-themed concert in “Abbey Road.” The show, hosted by Crossings at Carnegie, starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Feb.
Spotlight : After a weekend of three performances, the Widespot Players present two more shows of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” – the female version. See the comedic performance at 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 13 or Saturday Feb. 14 at the Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm. Simon’s update of his classic roommate fiasco tells the story of two women who barely survive the experiment-gone-horribly-wrong of living together. Florence Unger (Samara Akers, Hager City) is devastated that her 10-year marriage has ended.
Feeling the winter blues? Looking for something new to do? We’ve got this month’s lineup of creative classes and unique learning opportunities covered. The region’s rich catalog of courses reaches out to all audiences — from foodies to felters, from couples to the just plain curious. Learn how to paint a bright sunflower scene on canvas. Treat your taste buds in a culinary chocolate class.
After taking a year off, Lake City’s Winterfest is back on the calendar. The daylong festival happens Saturday Feb.
For more than 20 years, David Danzig has entertained audiences by demonstrating the limitless potential of the human mind. Danzig, a hypnotist, is bringing his act to the Zumbrota State Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday Feb.
From a country-pop queen to singing old-timey Appalachian mining songs, Kathy Mattea has worked the music industry since she moved to Nashville in 1978. The Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter brings elements of country, folk, bluegrass and gospel to the Sheldon Theatre stage Saturday Feb.