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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In the theater world a new script might run from two to four weeks, explains local playwright Jessica Zuehlke. But for she and her fellow playwright, co-producing husband Jim Stowell, a four-week run for their original show was just the beginning. It was back in September 2005 when the two celebrated the official opening of their comedic musical “Church Basement Ladies” at the Plymouth Playhouse in Minneapolis. A decade later and the show is going as strong as ever. In fact, the original musical has returned to the Plymouth Playhouse running now through Nov.
The Minnesota Music Coalition, 89.3 the Current, and the Sheldon Theatre present the 5th annual Caravan du Nord at the Sheldon Theatre on Saturday Oct. 17. Red Wing’s Sheldon Caravan stop includes free music workshops, industry networking opportunities and a special opening set by Red Wing native Andy Hartin, followed with a full set by garage/indie/soul band Black Diet and a rare solo concert by R&B indie-pop artist Caroline Smith. The Caravan du Nord is an ongoing project of the Minnesota Music Coalition made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
The Flyway Film Festival has announced the official program selections for the annual event showcasing top-notch emerging filmmakers from across the globe … right here in the Mississippi River region. Since its inception eight years ago, the Flyway has won accolades from industry professionals, filmmakers and audiences for the excellence of its film program and for the festival’s intimate, welcoming atmosphere. Flyway made it on “MovieMaker” magazine’s “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” list last year. The festival gets underway with the Flyway Kickoff Gala on Wednesday Oct.
Next weekend, the streets of downtown Red Wing will be filled with nearly 100 artists and their work at the annual Fall Festival of the Arts. The events run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 10 and continue 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 11. “For 2015 we have the most artists ever,” said Fall Festival coordinator Arlene Roth, adding a number of new artists will be exhibiting for the first time. “The variety of art promises to make a tempting shopping experience,” she notes.
Five years ago regional fiber farmers had an ongoing issue. “They indicated that they enjoyed raising the fiber animals but the markets and knowing how to market were challenging,” said Jean Mueller. Some of the farmers were even throwing away their wool because it just didn’t pay enough to cover the cost of shearing. “I was struck by that,” said Mueller, a lifelong farmer herself.
Autumn is here and classes offered throughout the region this month are infused with the aromas of the colorful season. Whether it is getting an early start on some holiday gift ideas like making your own soap or perhaps learning the basics of forcing bulbs to have bloomed tulips during the holiday season, local area classes have you covered. Hunters or their spouses can learn the art of wild game cooking in a new, perfectly timed class offered Wednesday Oct. 14.
Spotlight : Go “Back to the Sixties” at a record dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday Oct.
By Stacy Bengs firstname.lastname@example.org Taking a drive along Wisconsin’s Great River Road and adjoining rural byways in the fall is a must for any autumn color enthusiast. Now add access to the handfuls of curiously charming art studios along the way and you have an out-right must-do road trip. That’s the idea behind the annual self-guided Fresh Art Fall Tour.
The sounds of traditional Revolutionary War-period fifes and drums will be bouncing off the buildings of downtown Red Wing next weekend when the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band returns to town … and that is just the pre-show. In addition to the outdoor march, band members are hosting a 6 p.m. reception prior to their 7 p.m. show at the Shedon Theatre, Saturday Sept. 26 where free coffee, cake and lemonade will be served. “We are getting to have big crowds following us for that,” Sousa director Scott Crosbie says of their annual pre-show reception.
Two artists with wit and a sharp sense of humor have real characters on display at Crossings now through Saturday Oct. 24. Ceramist Brad Wegscheid and multi-media artist Aaron Butcher each feature fun, oddball faces in their works. Wegscheid, from Wadena, Minnesota, started as a graphic designer, but later branched out into the three-dimensional world of ceramics.