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    Bleacher Bums

    Bleacher Bums

    Pioneer Place Theatre Company
    September 12-September 28, 2014

    Conceived by Joe Mantegna and written by The Organic Theatre Company
    September 12-14, 18-21, 25-28 

    Just in time for the Baseball Play-offs and World Series, Pioneer Place will open its 16th season with the sports comedy, Bleacher Bums. In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game. The Cubs inevitably blow it in the ninth and the villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs figuring he can’t lose, cleans up. The bleacher bums remain undaunted and in true baseball fan form – they will be back tomorrow to root for the home team.

     

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    Granite City Music Review

    Granite City Music Review

    Pioneer Place Theatre Company
    September 24, 2014

    PIONEER PLACE

    Is Proud To Present
    GRANITE CITY MUSIC REVIEW

    Featuring
    DIRTY MERCURY

    GIBBY HIBBIES

    Wednesday, September 24 – 7:30pm ALL AGES
    Tickets: $10 advance, $12 door
    ABOUT THE GRANITE CITY RADIO REVIEW:
    This is a new series at Pioneer Place that is designed to fill a great need in Central Minnesota – a stage for local and upcoming original artists to share their talents. Each concert throughout the year will feature two bands and there will be an interview part of the show where the audience can learn more about the players and their music. We hope you will come and support our local musicians.

    DIRTY MERCURY
    Forged out of the long friendship between Jake Hagedorn (Jake Braking, BrakeAway) and Brandon Surerus (Tsumatra, Thin River), Dirty Mercury was founded in 2013 to bring back the spirit and intensity of the Indie & Punk music we grew up in. Luke Lien (Jolly Roger Bandits, Do As the Romans Do) was recruited on drums and soon we were on a creative tear! “Sound of Mind” is the result of that creative flurry; equally eclectic as it is compelling. Their new album, Sound of Mind is getting a lot of radio play and features 11 tracks of pure joy!

    GIBBY HIBBIES
    So the most frequently asked question is: What is a Gibby and/or Hibby? Well, Gibby means an awesome person/too hot/sexy. Hibby means failure/scum/loser. Started sometime in 2009, this band loves having fun with music. All of their recordings are done from a home studio-like atmosphere and their live performances are filled with energy and imagination.

    The current lineup of the Gibby Hibbies:
    Dustin Ward – Lead Vocals, Guitar
    Dave Rausch – Guitar
    John Schulte – Drums
    Laura Ruprecht – Background VOX, Percussion/ Synth
    Cody Jorgenson – Bass

    Check them out at: http://gibbyhibbies.com/index.php

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    The Naked I:  Insides Out

    The Naked I: Insides Out

    St. Cloud State University--Communication Studies Department
    October 2, 2014

    The Naked I: Insides Out is an original performance created by Minneapolis’s 20% Theatre Company. The performance “explores queer and trans* experiences through monologues, short scenes, and spoken word poems” (see attached flier). The literature used comes from an open call for any writings that address queer, transgender, and/or gender non-conforming issues. The show itself is performed, directed, and produced by local artists, many of whom identify as queer and/or trans*. The Naked I presents “fresh voices and unique perspectives on what it means to identify as queer and/or transgender/gender non-conforming.” This show is truly groundbreaking. It discusses identities that are often invisible, discounted, and precariously situated in our culture.

    Sponsored by:
    The Department of Communication Studies' Don and Arlene Sikkink Speaker Fund; The Department of Theatre and Film Studies; The LGBT Resource Center; The School of the Arts; The Women's Center; and The Ethnic and Women's Studies Department

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    Sinclair Lewis Writers Conference

    Sinclair Lewis Writers Conference

    Sinclair Lewis Foundation
    October 11, 2014

    One of the longest-running, most respected writers’ conferences in the upper Midwest is back in Sauk Centre for its 25th year! The conference has attracted such renowned keynote speakers as Frederick Manfred, Robert Bly, Jon Hassler, Carol Bly, Leif Enger, Bill Holm, Will Weaver, Patricia Hampl, Don Shelby, Jim Klobuchar and Gary Paulsen. This year’s keynote speaker is Kevin Kling, distinguished author, playwright and teller of tales. Kling will be joined by three other professional writers who will share their writing and marketing expertise:

    Kim Ode will discuss effective interviewing techniques
    Mary Casanova will examine how to turn experience and research into fiction
    William Kent Krueger will show how to maximize the impact of setting in your writing

    Both beginning and established writers are invited to attend the conference. Participants will have the chance to hear three different presentations, the keynote talk, and a panel discussion during the day. The day-long gathering will again look at the process of writing as well as selling what you write. The conference is on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Sauk Centre High School auditorium. For more information, visit www.saukherald.com/writers/

    “I think the Sinclair Lewis Writers Conference in Sauk Centre is one of the best values going in the Midwest. It allows aspiring writers to plug in for a day with well-known authors and fellow book lovers. You’ll learn a lot, and it’s downright fun.” Will Weaver

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    Millstream Arts Festival

    Millstream Arts Festival

    Millstream Arts Festival
    September 28, 2014

    Millstream Arts Festival is a festive environment with a wide variety of visual arts, music, dance,
    enticing foods, and hands-on art activities for children. There's something for everyone!

    The Bookend
    A featured area of the festival dedicated to authors & poets
    Open mic -- read a passage or recite a favorite poem!
    Millstream Tea and Scone Shop
    Live music by Paul Imholte

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    Alexander Webb

    Alexander Webb

    Pioneer Place Theatre Company
    September 18, 2014

    In town for one night only – we our proud to welcome back Alexander Webb! Fresh off a multi-state tour, and making a quick stop before starting the next leg of his midwest road tour, Alex is happy to be back in the Veranda for this special Thursday night performance.

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    Ceramics 101: Intro to the Pottery Wheel (Fall)

    Ceramics 101: Intro to the Pottery Wheel (Fall)

    Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
    October 6, 2014

    Mondays, October 6,13,20,27, November 3 and 10 – 10:00-12:30 with Ken Ferber

    Experience the exciting world of pottery in this introductory course, perfect for those who have never worked in clay or people looking for a refresher!

    Tuition includes first bag of clay. Other materials supplied by student

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    Carnivale Revolver

    Carnivale Revolver

    Pioneer Place Theatre Company
    September 19, 2014

    Carnivale Revolver is St. Cloud MN’s premier Burlesque and Sideshow Revue! Formed in February of 2013 by St. Cloud local Scarlette Revolver, one could say they went out with a BANG. Amongst sold out shows they have been featured in the St Cloud Times and have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout Minnesota. They are continuing to grow and dazzle audiences with their new-age spin on the traveling circus-sideshows of olde! Including burlesque, sideshow, magic, comedy, cabaret, miming, drag, and more this is a show you won’t forget!

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    Basketry 101: Shaker Catshead

    Basketry 101: Shaker Catshead

    Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
    October 18, 2014

    Join us for a Paramount first, basket weaving with Janet Olney! This style of basket is a traditional Shaker shape that sits on cat’s “feet.” The basket is woven of reed with split maple splints and curls woven into it. It is approximately 9 – 10” wide and 6 – 7” high plus a handle, and is a great project for someone who has never woven before!

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    Khumariyaan

    Khumariyaan

    CSB/SJU Fine Arts Series
    September 27, 2014

    With its propulsive, furious sound, Khumariyaan has reawakened the live music scene in Peshawar, Pakistan, the ancient crossroads through the Khyber Pass whose contemporary culture is under attack from within and from without.

    Built around traditional instruments, the lute-like Pashtoon rubab is the meeting point for this hyper-folk jam quartet. It intertwines with the djembe-like zerbaghali and Pushtoon sitar. Underpinning these instruments with driving acoustic guitars, Khumariyaan's rolling pulse and richly layered sound builds to frenzied intensity. It's an addictive and accessible pleasure that's ushering in a new era for this region's eclipsed music.

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