Professionals and local residents will get together Feb. 20 on the Sheldon Theatre stage to perform an evening of comedy improv as a fundraiser for HOPE Coalition. The 7 p.m. show will be a showcase of their ability to improvise — to be spontaneous, to think on their feet, to act out a role on the spur of the moment. And with Stevie Ray as their teacher and leader, you know it's going to be funny.
The Goodhue County Historical Society — the oldest county historical society in Minnesota — observes its sesquicentennial this year with special exhibits, programs and outreach activities celebrating this historic part of Minnesota. The kickoff event, themed "Hats Off to 150 Years," is the annual Bling & Chocolate fundraiser on Feb. 10 at the History Center. "We have lots planned," Executive Director Robin Wipperling said, including programs and fundraisers as well as special projects being undertaken by the museum staff.
"Past/Present," an exhibit that puts the spotlight on two local artists and their three-dimensional abstract creations opens Feb. 2 in the mezzanine gallery at the Sheldon Theatre. John Wells, who is being paired with the late Charles Biederman, will be present for the opening reception 5-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to see the show, visit with Wells and enjoy light refreshments. The exhibit is presented by Red Wing Arts. At the Sheldon's request, the arts organization is staging exhibits in the newly remodeled mezzanine space.
"No. 24," one of the late Charles Biederman's abstract constructions, is in the public eye again. Red Wing Arts paired Biederman with another local artist who creates three-dimensional constructions for an exhibit in the Sheldon Theatre's mezzanine. "Past/Present," which opens with a public reception on Feb. 2, recognizes the similarities and differences between Biederman's creations and the new work being done by John Wells.
Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater performers will be out and about in Red Wing next week conducting Arts & Health and Arts & Education workshops for all ages at a variety of locations. Their residency culminates Feb. 2 with a 7:30 p.m. performance of "Matinee" at the Sheldon Theatre. "We are always interested in bringing work off the stage and into communities," said Pimsler. He and Suzanne Costello are artistic co-directors of the company.
If you've ever enjoyed a Saturday afternoon or a date night at the picture show, a trip to the Sheldon Theatre to see "Matinee" is a must. The production is a dance-theater-film adaptation of a short story about a woman who escapes reality by going to a movie theater and watching films. Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater out of the Twin Cities will perform the original work at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 on the Sheldon stage, culminating a weeklong resident filled with community activities.
They may not be the first to say it this year, but when you hear "Merry Christmas from the Doo Wop Project," you know you are about to be entertained. The Doo Wop Project consists of five guys who "re-doo" classic songs from the 1950s and '60s in a performance filled with musicality, movement and showmanship. They are bringing their new Christmas show to the Sheldon Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. "It's so much fun, this show," promised Dominic Scaglione Jr., who founded the project about six years ago with Dominic Nolfi.