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    17th Annual Essential Art Exhibition and Celebration

    17th Annual Essential Art Exhibition and Celebration

    Visual Arts Minnesota
    January 19-March 5, 2017

    Featuring 40 artists from across the state of Minnesota, Essential Art is a showcase of mature artwork selected by curator Tricia Heuring. The exhibit is a theme-less exhibit that explores the dedicated practice of our community's creative producers. "Being the sum of a hybrid identity, Tricia Heuring is drawn to relate to diverse peoples and situations and a belief that by accepting our own complexity, we find depth and common ground with others." In difference, the annual Essential Art exhibition discovers cohesive forces in the space between varied artworks. As part of the reception, there will be an award ceremony where 6 artists will be recognized for their exemplary work in two categories, 2d and 3d.

    As a compliment to the visual artwork exhibited in the Paramount Gallery, the recognition ceremony will include an experimental collaborative performance. Set against an atmospheric musical ambiance, a digital illustrator will paint a sprawling array of moving bodies. Expect surprise! The performance will be improvisational and interdisciplinary, a collaboration between the Minnesota Dance Ensemble, the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, and local digital illustrator, Jesse Switters.

    EXHIBIT DATES: JANUARY 19 - MARCH 5, 2017
    RECEPTION: Saturday, January 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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    The Revolution 5 Presents With a Little Help From Our Friends: A Tribute to the Beatles

    The Revolution 5 Presents With a Little Help From Our Friends: A Tribute to the Beatles

    Paramount Center for the Arts
    January 28, 2017

    Experience the ‘Best of The Beatles’ like never before as The Revolution 5 team up with the finest area musicians to bring you the ULTIMATE tribute to the Fab Four. Complete with a brass section, string quartet, and a host of guest musicians, ‘With a Little Help From Our Friends’ will showcase some of the group’s most monumental hits wrapped up in one unforgettable evening!

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    Step Afrika!

    Step Afrika!

    CSB/SJU Fine Arts Series
    February 4, 2017

    Get in step!

    Step Afrika! returns for another exhilarating performance that celebrates the uniquely American tradition of stepping.

    Stepping is dance form that uses the body as a percussive instrument to create rhythms that pound the floor and fill the air in super-charged performances. The stepping tradition grew out of song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities and shares a lineage with African foot dances.

    Step Afrika! blends stepping with traditional African dances and live drumming to create pulse-pounding, foot-stomping, hand-clapping performances that audiences love!

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    KidSing: Central MN Children's Singing Festival

    KidSing: Central MN Children's Singing Festival

    The St. John's Boys' Choir
    January 21, 2017

    KidSing is an annual festival open to ALL CHILDREN in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades. More than 200 young singers from across the area will gather for a day full of fun music-making and meeting new friends. It is co-hosted by The St. John's Boys' Choir and the SCSU Cantabile Girls' Choir. Students will experience rehearsals with expert clinicians and conductors and will perform a concert for the community in Ritsche Auditorium at SCSU at the end of the day. This is a fabulous opportunity for any child with an interest in singing and it is COMPLETELY FREE!

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    We Banjo 3

    We Banjo 3

    Paramount Center for the Arts
    January 20, 2017

    Galway, Ireland is home for this outstanding group of musicians. This young, award-winning group of young men are in the United States for just two weeks in January – and right here in St Cloud, Minnesota is one of their stops! They have performed for presidents and prime ministers and kings and queens in every part of the globe. Their awards and accolades are far too numerous to list.
    “Count yourself among the fortunate. You are about to hear something new, something fresh, something daring, something that befits the bright, flamboyant spirit of the banjo itself”
    …..Paul Wells, Director, The Center for Popular Music
    “Two set of brothers in perfect musical harmony. In all of our years, we have never seen a stunning performance this this by a traditional group…”
    … Bill Margeson, LiveIreland.com (Milwaukee Irish Fest)

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    The Oak Ridge Boys

    The Oak Ridge Boys

    Paramount Center for the Arts
    March 3-March 5, 2017

    By the time March of 2017 rolls around, it will have been a full five years since the legendary Oak Ridge Boys have been at the Paramount. And, like the first 2 times they have been here, their tickets will sell out months before their arrival, so get yours early.

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    Dinner and Demonstration: An evening with Dan Mondloch, artist/painter

    Dinner and Demonstration: An evening with Dan Mondloch, artist/painter

    St. Cloud Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
    February 7, 2017

    The St. Cloud Friends of Mia are thrilled to invite you to join us for a winter's evening at the Paramount for dinner and a painting demonstration with native son and artist extraordinaire, Dan Mondloch. Dan is a third generation painter of landscapes in watercolor, following in the footsteps of his parents and great grandfather. In his hometown of St. Cloud, he graduated from SCSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing in 2007.He operates a studio in his home, where he balances his professional life between studio art, commission work, murals, and teaching. He became a rostered teaching artist for the Central MN Arts Board in 2012. He teaches studio and plein air workshops, K-12 Artist Residencies, and beginner classes at the Paramount Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud. In 2013 he was awarded a McKnight Emerging Artists Award from the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB), and a Career Development grant from them in 2012 & 2014. In March of 2013, Dan was awarded a prestigious Artist’s Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts board. It may be cold outside, but it will be a cozy evening in Studio C. Please join us.


    Our Menu will include:
    Puff Pastry Wrapped Brie with Jam
    Served with Crackers & Gluten Free Crackers
    Winter Salad -Organic Grown Lettuce Blend, Spinach, Kale, Romaine, Red Onions, Crumbled Feta Cheese,
    Dried Cranberries, Caramelized Pecans with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
    Butter Squash Soup (Vegan)
    Chicken Wild Rice Soup
    Sour Dough, Honey Wheat, and Gluten Free Bread Options
    Rosemary Garlic Butter
    wine/beer/water/coffee

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    Godspell

    Godspell

    Paramount Center for the Arts
    March 23-March 25, 2017

    Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew as St. John’s Prep School presents its annual Spring musical.

    Godspell was the very first major musical theatre offering from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked,Pippin, Children Of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day By Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs including “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” and many more.

    A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.

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    Fresh Thyme Grand Opening in Waite Park

    Fresh Thyme Grand Opening in Waite Park


    January 25, 2017

    Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a rapidly growing Midwest specialty retailer focused on healthy and organic products and groceries, will open its sixth Minnesota store and first Waite Park location in Waite Park (50 2nd Street South) on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 a.m. The first 250 shoppers, aged eighteen and older, in line on Wednesday morning will receive a free bag of healthy groceries. The store will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony with prominent city officials at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24.

    Fresh Thyme is passionate about their connections to the local community, from stocking local products and produce to hiring local residents and partnering with non-profit efforts that benefit the residents. To further express its commitment to the Waite Park community, Fresh Thyme will be donating 100 percent of proceeds generated from their Boars Head hot dog cart on Wednesday, January 25 and Saturday, January 28 between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Minnesota. The Boys and Girls Club is a youth guidance organization offering enrichment programs for children aged five to 18 and provides ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, and character development experiences to provide an environment in which they can have fun, without negative influence.
    As part of the planned grand opening celebration, Fresh Thyme will have family-friendly activities, samplings and live music throughout the week. For more information, go to freshthyme.com/go/waitep….

    Ribbon Cutting with Local City Officials
    Tuesday, January 24 at 3:45 p.m.
    Eric Davidson, Senior Director of New Store and Operations Strategy, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
    Jim Erickson, Store Director, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market - Waite Park

    Activities include: Music from Charlie Hermann, a local vocalist, Rainbow Party Arts balloon artist and face painting

    Grand Opening Day
    Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 a.m.
    Special Offers, including:
    Free Bag of Healthy Groceries to the first 250 people, aged eighteen and older, in line on grand opening morning

    Activities include:
    Muffin Man from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
    Food and Drink Demonstrations throughout the day
    Boar's Head Hot Dog Cart benefitting The Boys and Girls Club of Central Minnesota
    Live Music

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    Night of the Stars

    Night of the Stars

    Paramount Center for the Arts
    February 24-February 25, 2017

    Celebrating its 15th year, the LEAF Night of the Stars Variety Show is a fundraiser for the K-12 activities programs of district 742. An amazing evening showcasing the outstanding talent of the students in District 742!

    Presented by LEAF and District 742

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