Lanesboro Arts

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  • Some events FREE. Member & non-Member rates for classes & St. Mane Theatre events: music, literary, film, comedy, theater, etc.


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  • Lanesboro Arts is located in the southeast corner of Minnesota in Lanesboro: Just off Hwy 52 as it runs between Rochester and Decorah (10 miles east of Hwy 52 on County 8 from Fountain, Minn. OR 6 miles north on HistoricScenic Hwy 16 from Preston).

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  • Programming takes place year-round. Art in the Park is on Saturday, June 16. Gallery open year-round: Memorial Day-Oct open 7 days a week; Nov-Dec & May open Tues-Sun; Jan - April open Tues-Sat.

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  1. "Over the Back Fence" Community Variety Show

    "Over the Back Fence" Community Variety Show

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    Showcasing a talented local cast, regional musicians and other guests, Over the Back Fence is a Lanesboro institution that features a new theme and material each month with music, skits, jokes, comedy, poems, and more! Since 1994, lively host Damon Prestemon keeps the show rolling, managing the stage chaos of Back Fence cast members, sound effects, sponsor interviews, audience participation, spontaneous humor, and sing-alongs.

    The show is held monthly on the 2nd Fridays of March-November.

    Themes for the 2018 Season:
    March – Ireland
    April – Stars & Planets
    May – Purple
    June – The Letter Z
    July – Pirates
    Aug – Yard Sale
    Sept – Folks Named Smith
    Oct – 7 Deadly Sins
    Nov – British Invasion

  2. ‘Summer Rain’ by Zeitgeist & Nirmala Rajasekar

    ‘Summer Rain’ by Zeitgeist & Nirmala Rajasekar

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    Lanesboro Arts presents “Summer Rain,” a new production with music developed and performed by Zeitgeist and composer/veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar, at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. A blend of Indian Classical music (Carnatic tradition) and Western classical new music, SUMMER RAIN features five musical compositions interspersed with discussion and interactive opportunities designed to bring audiences a greater understanding of the two traditions.

    For millennia, the sharing of music has been a natural, joy-filled means for peoples of different cultures to grow in their understanding of one another and increase the artistic possibilities of each practice. For musicians, the pull to increase their palette by exploring new timbres, melodic structures, and rhythms is absolutely irresistible, and the rich results of cross-cultural musical sharing can be traced throughout our human history.

    Zeitgeist and Nirmala Rajasekar felt that irresistable pull several years ago, during a five-day workshop devoted to the development of new work. The result was Thillana Shuffle, a work that features Western and Indian drumming and improvisation by each of the ensemble members. As their collaboration has continued, more works have ensued, including Summer Rain, written by Rajasekar, and Morning Dew, written by her daughter, Shruthi. Sublime Journey was composed by Rajasekar for a world-wide tour featuring both Carnatic and Hindustani musicians. Taken with the work, Zeitgeist member Pat O’Keefe made an arrangement for Rajasekar and Zeitgeist, adding Western influences to the Carnatic and Hindustani mix. Knowing that music has a profound place in our spiritual worlds, they created an arrangement of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, a traditional Indian devotional song much favored by Ghandi. Together, this collection of works makes up the musical evening, “Summer Rain.” “Summer Rain” celebrates our differences, delves deeply into our common ground, and creates a new musical experience for our audiences and musicians.

    Nirmala Rajasekar began her training in Veena at age 6 from well-known practitioners such as Sri Deva Kottai Narayana Iyengar and Smt. Kamala Aswathama. After moving to Bangalore, she learned at the Gana Mandira School in Basavangudi Smt. G Chennama and Smt. E. P. Alamelu. The violinist Vidwan Sri A. D. Zachariah also guided her, and she began her career as a soloist at age 13. Later in Chennai, she was guided by the revered veena vidushi for Smt.Kalpakam Swaminathan who passed away on April 6 2011. Nirmala trained with her for nearly 30 years. Her vocal Gurus are Sri B.Sitarama Sarma and Sri T.R. Subramanyam. Nirmala travels around the world teaching and performing Carnatic Music vocally and on her veena She is an active collaborator with other forms of art as well including western Classical music, Jazz, Chinese poetry. She is the artistic director of the school Naadha Rasa (Essence of Tone), Center for Music.

    Lauded for providing “a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers,” Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble comprised of two percussion, piano and woodwinds. One of the longest established new music groups in the country, Zeitgeist commissions and presents a wide variety of new music for audiences in the Twin Cities and on tour. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music. The members of Zeitgeist are: Heather Barringer, percussion; Patti Cudd, percussion; Pat O’Keefe, woodwinds; and Nicola Melville piano.

  3. Art in the Park Fine Art Festival

    Art in the Park Fine Art Festival

    202 Parkway Ave S
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    The 38th annual Art in the Park Fine Art Festival in Lanesboro, Minnesota on Saturday, June 16, 2018 will feature 90+ fine art booths, excellent live music, craft beer & community food vendors, and family art activities in the midst of mature shade trees in the beautiful setting of Sylvan Park. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that June 16th is the Saturday before Father’s Day. Hosted by LANESBORO ARTS, Art in the Park is southern Minnesota’s longest running fine art fair! Renowned for quality, variety and value, Art in the Park attracts thousands of regional patrons to Sylvan Park in Lanesboro each year.

  4. Chris Koza Concert

    Chris Koza Concert

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    Lanesboro Arts is proud to present Minnesota songwriter Chris Koza in an intimate listening-room environment at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro, MN on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. This concert will also serve as the capstone event of a mini-residency with Chris Koza, who is returning to town after a pair of 2017 events at the High Court Pub, to live and work in Lanesboro all week to participate in various storytelling, songwriting and music events with area residents; supported by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.

    Koza is a singer-songwriter-composer living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the climate, the mighty Mississippi River and the balance of large city and rural communities offer him continued inspiration. Critics have taken note ranging from local press: “The man’s got ‘pop’ down!” (Minnesota Monthly) to national attention: Paste Magazine calls Rogue Valley one Minnesota’s best bands. Koza performs with regularity in the Twin Cities, the greater Minnesota region, and also nationally, supporting such artists as Brandi Carlile, The Jayhawks, Blitzen Trapper, Stephen Kellogg, Tift Merrit, and Field Report.

    Koza grew up in Portland, Oregon and studied piano throughout elementary school before expanding to guitar, euphonium, and theater/voice while in high school. Koza first came to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College where he studied music theory and participated in the men’s freshman choir and jazz ensemble. He began writing original songs and lyrics, and seeking a broad liberal arts exposure, decided not to pursue a music major and instead graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art (oil painting) and Philosophy.

    After college, Koza began writing, recording, performing, and producing his own compositions. In 2004 he released his first solo album Exit Pesce followed by 2006’s Patterns and A Friend of a Friend. These releases were met with warm critical acclaim by key critics in the Twin Cities and led to regional touring and recognition.

    Koza moved to Minnesota for good in the fall of 2007, after spending the the previous six years splitting time between Portland, Minneapolis, and New York City. In 2008 he released The Dark Delirious Morning which built on the goodwill of earlier releases. With a full band, he headlined the famed First Avenue in Minneapolis and played over 150 shows regionally and nationally.

    In 2010 Koza began a cycle of albums with his new ensembled Rogue Valley and performance at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Beginning with the Spring release Crater Lake, Koza and the band released four full­ length albums in one year, each released timed for a season. The Summer and Autumn albums, The Bookseller’s House and Geese in the Flyway followed and the project culminated in April of 2011 with False Floors in a multi­media dance/video/music performance at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.

    Lately, Koza has utilized his role as a musician in educational and outreach opportunities. During the winter of 2013, Koza was artist ­in ­residence and produced a performance with the Hopkins High School Orchestra. Later that year through the aid of grant funding, Koza and Rogue Valley spent a week in Koochiching County visiting schools and engaging with students before performing at the Backus Community Center in International Falls. Additionally, Koza is a regular guest ­musician and lecturer at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul and at the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis.

    Over the last several years, Koza and his band Rogue Valley have released a total of nine albums and EP’s. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Koza is also involved with co-writing and arranging songs with other artists, and is exploring commercial and film opportunities. Koza’s songs have been featured on numerous television shows including ABC’s Cougartown; MTV’s Jersey Shore and Matt & Kim; and CBS’s 2013 Superbowl pregame show. International musicblog Americana UK gave Koza’s most recent solo release, The Dark, Delirious Morning, 9 out of 10 stars, calling it “an unpretentious little masterpiece.” In Fall of 2014, Koza released his latest solo record, In Real Time, and embarked on a national tour in support of his album with indie pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson.

  5. Patrick Scully in ‘Leaves of Grass — Illuminated’

    Patrick Scully in ‘Leaves of Grass — Illuminated’

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    Lanesboro Arts presents “Leaves of Grass – Illuminated” at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro. Patrick Scully, a Minnesota native and the founder of Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis, summons the spirit of Walt Whitman in this one-man show, voicing the poet’s words and adding his own artistic flavor. The performance is a physical embodiment of Whitman’s work through dance and a reflection of the poet’s art, spirituality, sexuality, and gender expression.

    “Leave of Grass” was Walt Whitman’s life project. First published in 1855, the book of poems was controversial at best and offensive at worst. The collection has continued to inspire thought, interpretation, and speculation ever since.

    “Leaves of Grass – Illuminated” pulls from history, art, literature, even opera, and presents aspects of Whitman’s life and work that are fascinating in our time, now that discussions of male/male relations have finally moved out of the shadows into the light of day. On stage, this world includes projected video images of eighteen men dancing together, ranging from tender and sensual to boisterous. The audience is invited to interpret the presence of the dancers. Are they Whitman’s fantasy? A memory? The future? Or something else altogether? The video work by created by Bessie Award winner Nancy Mason Hauser.

    Scully explained that his life as a performer has been about performing his own work on stage, most of it autobiographical. “I have dealt a lot with being a gay man in a world that wasn’t quite ready for gay people to be as out and as open as I was eager to be,” he said.

    “With ‘Whitman,’ I continue to work with these very similar themes, but just on someone from a different historical period—someone whose life has mirrored my own in some ways, but someone whose challenges have been different.” Scully considered it an opportunity to work with someone whose name was well recognized but whose sensuality is often not known. He called the one-man play a way to out Walt Whitman in a manner that Whitman would have liked.

    He uses Whitman as a vehicle to address the same themes the poet sought to tackle – the struggle for liberation and human rights – but to do it in a way that has a broader reach. “Whitman had a utopian vision of what men’s relationships could be, and how that could transform not just locally but the world,” Scully said. “He saw it as a balm for the crass materialism that he saw in his time.”

    “You think about Whitman as a gardener,” Scully continued. “He was not only someone who tended his garden but expanded it as life went on. So although ‘Leaves of Grass’ was his life’s work, when he first published it in 1855, it was a very thin volume. When he published the deathbed version in 1892, it was a pretty fat volume. He didn’t just add to it. Like a gardener, he pruned and trimmed.”

    This show is the product of over 10 years of research and development. Over the past few years, Scully has read 55 books by and about Whitman. “The intention was to have a broad enough understanding of him so that if I were doing a show for Whitman scholars, I could morph this show to make it more specifically interesting for them. Or if I’m doing it in Germany, I could make it more relevant to German literature and German writers.”

    This incarnation of the show: “Leaves of Grass – Illuminated” manifests Scully’s original vision for this work, as a high-tech one-man show. “Leaves of Grass – Uncut,” the full cast version of the show, opened in Minneapolis to critical acclaim in 2014. Scully’s workshop process led to a residency at MANCC at Florida Sate University in 2015, followed by “Leaves of Grass – Illuminated” premiering in NYC in May of 2017. Scully explains, “I call this version ‘Leaves of Grass – Illuminated’ because of the clear reference to shining a light on something, but also illuminated manuscripts with added beauty on the page. And I use the video projectors to illuminate parts of the set.”

    Through the show, you may learn something about Whitman, something tiny or something profound you didn’t know about the literary icon. Though much of the show focuses on Whitman’s struggle with sexuality, Scully says sexuality is “not necessarily what may make you feel out of sync with the times. People can vibrate at different frequencies than those around them. The question is how we stay true to ourselves and adapt the world to us, not the other way around.”

    Scully, who got his master’s in 2008 in teaching English as a second language, is currently teaching part-time at the University of Minnesota. But most of his artistic focus is on the Whitman shows. “Right now in my creative life, this pretty much takes up all the space and energy I have,” he said. “Recently I have been thinking about other things I might do. There’s nothing concrete yet, but little wisps of thought come drifting through my head and then evaporate and drift away.”

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