Anyone who entertains with a blend of German opera and Bruce Springsteen music, Jell-O shots and savory popcorn balls, environmental worries and legal battles has earned the right to be heard. Scotty Reynolds is such a person. Reynolds is the producing artistic director of Mixed Precipitation Theater, which is bringing "Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta" to Red Wing on Sept. 15. The 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Memorial Park on Sorin's Bluff, accessed from the 600 block of East Seventh Street.
People representing a wide range of creative fields — music and writing, dance, sculpture and printmaking — are in residence this month at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. The August residencies are funded by the Jerome Foundation. Participants are emerging artists from Minnesota and New York City. "This is a group of people who have shown great talent and promise," said Anderson Center Executive Director Stephanie Rogers. "It's exciting to be able to support them early on in their careers."
Jim Stowell of Red Wing has been sharing Tim O'Brien's stories about his Vietnam experience on stages — including Red Wing's Sheldon Theatre — since 2014. Now "The Things They Carried," which was a best-selling, award-winning book before Stowell adapted it for the stage, is being performed again at three widely different venues.
As the Rolling River Music Festival celebrates a successful 10-year run on July 21, the music event's founders and sponsors are preparing to hand it off to new leadership. Community response to the free, outdoor event and the venue they helped to create has exceeded their expectations in every respect, according to Scott and Anne Jones of the Jones Family Foundation.
The 10th annual Rolling River Music Fest on July 21 will be five solid hours of music for all tastes. The free festival, which kicks off at 5 p.m. in the Central Park Bandshell, opens with local youth from Universal Music Center followed by a St. Paul band, Alexander Natalie, consisting primarily of former Red Wing musicians. The rest of the evening will spotlight three groups with national reputations — fiddler Natalie Stovall, Eric Hutchinson and the Believers, then headliner The Lone Bellow around 8:15 p.m.
Nearly 900 Red Wing Collectors Society members will be arriving over the next few days on their annual search for locally made pottery and stoneware, dinnerware, art pottery and memorabilia. The society's 42nd convention runs Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14, plus there will be auctions, sales and special events all week. Including walk-ins, attendance could top 1,000. Again this year, the gathering is being held at two locations due to work being done at the previous site, Red Wing High School.
Three returning residents are being joined by an exchange artist from Austria, an organist, two fellowship recipients and a writer this month at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Florida printmaker Tom Virgin is here for his seventh visit to continue working on an artist's book on Tower View. Musicologist Angelica Minero Escobar and pianist Michael Tsalka, who have spent a month here annually since 2008, will work on joint musical activities and a new instrumental project with another collaborator. Katharina Zlobl Painter
Children's activities, tents filled with art and artists, readings and two summer exhibitions will complement the array of musical performances planned during the 2018 Summer Celebration of the Arts July 7 at the Anderson Center. The annual event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tower View. Activities will take place on the lower lawn, in the artists' studios, in the historic barn performance space and in the gallery/education building.
Trapper Schoepp, whose music career has taken him from small-town Pierce County to international stages, returns to Red Wing July 4 as headliner for an Independence Day concert in the Central Park Bandshell. Sponsored by Red Wing Arts, the party starts at 5 p.m.; he will perform at 7:30 p.m. BMX bike racing, a concerned mother and Bob Dylan all played important roles in his decision to become a musician.
Three local artists are collaborating to create Cynthia Weitzel's newest project — two prototype sculptural mobiles that meld blown glass and welded steel into new works of Deaf art. Weitzel is working with Gail Dahlberg, a glassblower at the Anderson Center, and Dave "Curly" Clark of Curly's Welding. "It's a prototype of what I hope to add to my portfolio as a new line of work," Weitzel said. She also has a growing interest in public art.