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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As Americana songstress Vicky Emerson prepares for the first show on her upcoming tour, the journey means much more than a 2,000-mile trip. Emerson, Pierce County native and current San Franciscan, will play Friday Feb. 17 at Widespot Performing Arts and Community Center, returning to her roots after a yearlong performing hiatus. Originally from Elmwood, Wis., Emerson has been touring as an independent musician for eight years. But she's played the part since her youth.
Jennifer Maren has walked across many stages. As the Twin Cities-based performer prepares for her tour with the Illusion Theater's production of "My Antonia," a uniquely familiar stage in the lineup welcomes her back home Saturday Feb. 11: the Sheldon Theatre. Maren, a 1993 Red Wing High School graduate, returns 18 years after her last performance on the stage where her acting career sprout. Originally from Fond du Lac, Wis., Maren lived in Hager City until second grade when her family moved to Red Wing.
As ambitious theater students prepared Monday for their winter play at the Red Wing High School, flashbacks from undergraduate performances tugged at the heart-strings of the seniors who influenced the selection of this year's show, "Pride and Prejudice." Directed by curriculum coach Jillyene Raymond, the play premieres Thursday Jan. 26. The story is based on Jane Austen's novel by that name first published in 1813. Several seniors bound together by their love of theater performance are exceptionally excited - after waiting years to act it. "We told Mrs.
A wise person once said, "Laughter is the best medicine." Although the anonymous quote holds no cure for all the sniffs, snuffs and coughs of the season, the simple line offers an alternative outlook - or Saturday evening -- as funny-man Billy Gardell performs his comedic stand-up routine at Treasure Island Resort and Casino. The show begins at 8 p.m. today. The Pittsburgh native is best known for starring in the CBS television series "Mike & Molly," which debuted in 2010. The show follows the romantically comedic life Mike Biggs (Gardell) and Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy).
Students in Red Wing High School teacher Mrs. Kristin Bray's Drawing and Painting 2/3 class began by taking photographs around Red Wing, then used those photographs as inspiration to create multimedia artworks. Hundreds of photographs later, "the students created wonderful depictions of the city and in the process, really valued taking the time to really see and appreciate the beauty of Red Wing," Bray said, "The results are spectacular." The final pieces can be seen at a first-of-a-kind opening artists' reception Monday Jan.
The annual Snow, Lights and Sounds is set for Friday Dec. 30. Traditionally held the last weekday of the year, the gathering of friends, family and familiar faces blended with a love for music creates the harmonious hometown atmosphere that 26-year-old founder Sam Brown said he was looking for. Tying in a personal passion for music with an influx of friends coming home for winter break, Brown six years ago crafted the idea of a new homegrown Holiday tradition. "Building community through music is what I'm about," Red Wing native Brown said.
As the seasons change, most work lives thrive on as usual - minus the dissolving daylight. But for one business owner, the transforming terrain marks a new season, shifting thoughts from crops to catchy compositions. Steven Schwen, humble owner of Oak Center General Store based in rural Lake City, respects the change from the earth. The store is the home base for Earthen Path Organic Farm, a 14-acre fruit, herb and vegetable farm that provides part of the produce for their Community Supported Agriculture program. Shares are purchased and produce is picked up weekly.
The Red Wing High School will present "Alien Equation" by Annie Maccoby with Jeff Church. Students will stage the annual fall children's play at 5 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 12 and 5 and 7 p.m. Friday Oct.
Soapbox Players presents 30 Neo-futurist plays from "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes." Julie Martin directs this production, created by Greg Allen and written by an experimental theatre troupe from Chicago called the Neo-Futurists. As the long name implies, there are 30 short plays performed in 60 minutes, but this is not a typical production of short plays. The order is determined by the audience. The program includes a menu of plays identified by number and title.
"Humans associate music with time and people in their lives. I guess, I've done that and I figured everyone does," Suzanne Fabian-West says. A lifetime of singing and a few years of guitar-playing have given her the tools not only to make her world go round, but also to give others a glimpse of a sometimes forgotten world. Originally from Elyria, Ohio, Fabian-West has been surrounded by music since her youth. "My mother sang in church choir and my sister played piano," she said, "I was in chorus, church choir and school plays.