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.
More than 50 artists, musicians and writers will share their talents with the public at the annual Holiday Celebration of the Arts on Dec. 8. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Anderson Center. For one of those artists the event "kick starts my holiday spirit." Clare Schuster of Red Wing, who creates quilts and other textile works, has participated in the show several times since she moved to Red Wing eight years ago.
It'll be a "not so silent night" when Rhythmic Circus presents its wildly imaginative "Holiday Shuffle" at the Sheldon Theatre. Showtime is 7 p.m. Dec. 9. The Minneapolis ensemble includes "four world-renowned hoofers and their swingin' seven-piece band," according to Sheldon spokesmen. For the holiday show they inject their signature style of rapid-fire tap into upbeat holiday classics. "They played a sold-out show here at the Sheldon in 2011," Sheldon Executive Director Bonnie Schock said.
The Good Lovelies, which consists of a trio of women vocalists and a band of three men, are bringing their annual Christmas tour to the Sheldon Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. concert on Dec. 7. It'll be an evening of "classic holiday and winter selections, timeless and original material polished to a warm and welcoming glow," according to Sheldon spokesmen. Or, in the words of singer Susan Passmore, "We have a lot of fun with this show."
The battles of World War I, which ended 100 years ago tomorrow, were fought abroad, but that does not mean there was no hostile activity on American soil. Minnesota — and in particular Red Wing and other Goodhue County communities — was a hotbed of political and social unrest in 1917-1918. People of German ancestry were harassed, leading citizens assumed powers normally given to elected officials, and all citizens were vulnerable to arrest for the simple act of speaking their minds.
One hundred years ago today, Red Wing's Daily Republican newspaper rushed to print a one-page Extra edition announcing that the World War would end at 2 p.m. that day. But wait. Today is Nov. 7. World War I did not end until 11-11-11 — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. A copy of that Nov. 7 press run survives — perhaps the only copy that was not destroyed by the newspaper when word came that the announcement was premature.
If you grew up watching Marx Brothers movies and the quiz show "You Bet Your Life" on television, you have an idea what kind of craziness to expect when Frank Ferrante brings "An Evening with Groucho" to the Sheldon Theatre for two shows on Nov. 9. But Ferrante has discovered that even young people who have never heard of Groucho Marx make great audiences for his interactive performance. For them, it's an opportunity to discover a rule-breaking, wildly funny man whose legacy is very much alive — thanks in large part to Ferrante.
It's a toss-up: Who is the star of the Silent Film Horror Fest coming up Halloween Night at the Sheldon Theatre? Lon Chaney, known as "the man with a thousand faces," starred in the 1925 silent film "The Phantom of the Opera," which will be shown on the big screen at 6 p.m. John Barrymore, once called "the greatest living American tragedian" for his portrayal of Hamlet, starred in Paramount's 1920 silent version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which will be shown at 9 p.m.
Who would have thought that after 40 years in his career, Louie Anderson would love it as much now as he did Oct. 10, 1978, when he first stepped on stage at Mickey Finn's in Northeast Minneapolis? Anderson, who will perform Oct. 26 and 27 at Red Wing's historic Sheldon Theatre, waxed a bit nostalgic as he prepared for a return visit to his home state, Minnesota. He grew up in the Twin Cities, the second youngest of 11 children. Long before he decided to be a comedian, others seemed to recognize his innate talents.