An inquisitive mind takes her to far-off places. Family brings her home. Rhonda Hayes has a lifetime of stories to tell about both. The daughter of Leah Nell and Lowell Peterson, she grew up on the family farm in the Vasa area — she's part of the sixth generation there, according to her genealogical research — and graduated from Red Wing High School in 1976. "I've had a variety of office, sales and computer jobs, including managing a Red Wing Shoe store in Moline, Ill.," Hayes said.
Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, who has been belting out songs since she was a little girl, brings an all-grown-up version of her "devastatingly powerful" sound to the Sheldon Theatre at 7:30 p.m. March 30. Shemekia comes to music naturally. Born in Harlem, N.Y., she is the daughter of the late blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland.
Rhonda Vincent is clearly on a roll. After 50 years as a bluegrass singer — she started at age 5 — she has come into her own. Not only did she and her bluegrass band win a Grammy this year, but she recently got inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame, and she's working with Dolly Parton on music for a movie soundtrack.
RED WING — Ailey II, a company of young dancers in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater family, will perform "Revelations" and two other works Feb. 23 at the Sheldon Theatre. It's a unique group, artistic director Troy Powell said, because the 12 dancers are the best young dance talent chosen from 2,500-plus students at the Alvin Ailey School.
Longtime members of the Church of St. Joseph remember well the Stations of the Cross paintings that graced the walls of the 1870s building that served the Catholic congregation back in the day. But in the half-century since the current church building opened, everyone pretty much forgot about them. Small, modern stations were used in the 1965 building instead of the old paintings, probably because they didn't fit its contemporary design. That's no longer the case. The historic images are back.
Art Kenyon will not soon forget his first glimpse of the Stations of the Cross paintings that are only a memory to longtime members of Red Wing's Church of St. Joseph. "I walked into a storage room and I almost fell over, because there in a corner were these old, decrepit paintings, leaning on walls and on the floor. Their frames were dented and chipped and missing parts," the Red Wing artist recalled. "These paintings were covered with dust and grime. But as I walked around the room looking at them, I could see — they were pretty doggone good."
The New Standards and 400-plus close friends will celebrate romance in song at a "Valentine Party" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Sheldon Theatre. "Valentine's Day is just a wonderful holiday," said Chan Poling, the jazz group's pianist and vocalist. He and Steve Roehm (vibes) and John Munson (bass) have spent it in Red Wing before, and would be happy make it a habit. "We love Red Wing and enjoy coming there," Poling said. They find that the intimate space that is the historic Sheldon lends itself well to this particular program.
The thundering sounds of taiko drums will fill the Sheldon Theatre when Ondekoza, a world-famous drumming ensemble from Japan, performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The concert will culminate a full week of community engagement by the group, which is participating in the Arts Midwest World Fest. "Fusing incredible athleticism, pounding rhythms and peaceful melodies, their performances will leave you inspired and energized," according to Sheldon officials, describing the group as "an unforgettable creative force that has captivated audiences across the globe."
More than half of the tickets available for the 2018 Bling & Chocolate fundraiser at the Goodhue County History Center have been claimed. The 15 decorated tables will accommodate only 100 people. The 12th annual event will be1:30-4 p.m. Feb. 11, but people are invited to come anytime after 1 p.m. for a preview of the silent and oral auction items.
Selling more tickets than in the past is great, but Bonnie Schock is even more pleased about the enthusiastic feedback she's getting from people who attend events at the Sheldon Theatre. "It's important," the Sheldon's executive director said. "I feel like the work we do is (accomplishing) what we intended." People are making connections — and new memories, she explained. "They are spending time together that they value, and sometime they are learning something."