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24 posts from July 2011


Christmas shows Line up

Ticket details aren't available yet, but it looks like the Oak Ridge Boys will return to Rochester's Mayo Civic Center with their popular Christmas show on Dec. 14.

Also just in time for Christmas will be Lorie Line's annual Christmas concert, set this year for Dec. 4 at Mayo Civic Center. Tickets: $46, on sale Aug. 1.


Git along little extraterrestrials

"Cowboys and Aliens" almost has to be better than it sounds. Then again, it actually sounds pretty cool. Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig battling the worst the universe has to throw at them. I am so there. If you’ll be there too, let me know your thoughts on this one and I may use your comments for next Thursday's review.

-- Chris Miksanek

-- The Med City Movie Guy

 Chris Miksanek - The Med City Movie Guy -- 'Cowboys and Aliens' staring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig



Iowa State Fair's free stages are set to thrill

DES MOINES, Iowa — The 2011 Iowa State Fair free entertainment lineup is filled with rising stars and perennial favorites. The fair's five free stages, all free with gate admission, will feature acts from a wide array of music genres.

Country music fans will find many great shows to tap their toes to, including The Band Perry ("If I Die Young"), Jason Michael Carroll ("Livin' Our Love Song"), Josh Kelley ("Georgia Clay") and The Oak Ridge Boys ("Bobbie Sue").

Also taking to the free stages, oldies bands will play hits that have stood the test of time. Be sure to check out Jay and the Americans ("Cara Mia"), Lovin' Spoonful ("Do You Believe in Magic") and Paul Revere and the Raiders ("Louie Louie").

Extreme Sunday shows include Christian group Tenth Avenue North ("Hold My Heart"), the funk R&B band Here Come the Mummies ("Funky Little Baby") and country artist Lee Brice ("Happy Endings").

Other notable acts will bring something for everyone to the Fair, including Radio Disney stars Allstar Weekend ("Come Down with Love"), rappers Ying Yang Twins ("Wait (The Whisper Song)") and a capella group Tonic Sol-fa.

The fair will also feature some of Iowa's own entertainers, including country artist Jason Brown, blues group The Blue Band, rockers The Nadas and Brother Trucker.

The complete live music lineup:

Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage

• 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Aug. 11-13, The Nadas

• 8 p.m. Aug. 14, Martin Sexton

• 8 p.m. Aug. 15, Josh Kelley

• 8 p.m. Aug. 16, Sarah Darling

• 8 p.m. Aug. 17, Ying Yang Twins

• 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Aug. 18, Brother Trucker

• 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Aug. 19-20, The Blue Band

• 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Here Come the Mummies

Anne and Bill Riley Stage

• 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Aug. 11-12, Tonic Sol-fa

• 7 p.m. Aug. 13, Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation

• 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Aug. 14, The Johnny Holm Band

• 8 p.m. Aug. 15, Allstar Weekend

• 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Aug. 16-20, Ron Diamond

• 8 p.m. Aug. 21, Tenth Avenue North

Budweiser Stage sponsored by ABC5

• 8 p.m. Aug. 11-13, Jay and the Americans

• 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 14-15, Confederate Railroad

• 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17, Georgia Satellites

• 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18-19, Lovin' Spoonful

• 8 p.m. Aug. 20-21, Paul Revere and the Raiders

Susan Knapp Amphitheater

• 8 p.m. Aug. 11, The Oak Ridge Boys

• 7:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Aug. 12-13, Jason Brown

• 8 p.m. Aug. 14, Jason Michael Carroll

• 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15-16, Hairball

• 8 p.m. Aug. 17, The Band Perry

• 8 p.m. Aug. 18, Stealing Angels

• 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Country Gold featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Jeannie Kendall, Eddy Raven and T. Graham Brown

• 8 p.m. Aug. 20, Blaine Larsen

• 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Lee Brice

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair will celebrate 100 years Aug. 11-21. For more information, call 1-800-545-FAIR or go to


Rochester hip hop artist NoTrace releases new video

NoTrace, a Rochester rapper and hip hop artist created his own music video "Who I Am" featuring Ashleigh Munn.

To view the video click here.

Dress in pink and go all in

Whether you play poker or not, ladies grab your girlfriends for a night of food and fun. And don't forget to think pink!

For a third year, join the annual Ladies Pink Poker Night this Thursday and help raise money for the Rochester Area Eagles Cancer Telethon by playing — or learning how to play — Texas Hold'em.

The event has raised more than $14,000 for local cancer research in past years. To accommodate more lady poker players, organizers this year will host the event at the Rochester International Event Center, 7333 Airport View Drive S.W.
The fun starts with food, drinks, registration and social hour at 4:30 p.m., followed by poker instructions, a review of raffle prizes and ticket purchases. The games begin at 6:30 p.m., with entertainment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

All skill levels are encouraged to attend; there will be two brackets for new and experienced players. Players can form their own starter tables as well, so you can play with or against friends!

Cost is $25. Receive a free pink poker gift bag if you pre-register at

For questions, call Lisa Viker at (507) 867-3760, or email

From Friday's Out & About column, for those who love the nightlife! If you're out and about, keep your eyes open for anything new and interesting. Share your findings at

Mayo Clinic announces five performances in August

Community members are invited to enjoy five Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program concerts in August. The outdoor performances will be from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays at the Rochester Peace Plaza at the corner of First Street Southwest and First Avenue Southwest. In case of bad weather, the concerts will move to Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium, Charlton Building, subway level.

The schedule is:

Aug. 1: Six Mile Grove will perform an Americana and roots rock concert.

Aug. 8: The April Verch Band will perform roots fiddle music.

Aug. 15: Six Appeal will perform a contemporary a capella pop concert.

Aug. 22: Johnny Butten and his new band Telegraph Road will perform a unique blend of “bluegrass/newgrass” music.

Aug. 29: Swing Street will perform a big band jazz music concert.

Buckcherry comes to Treasure Island

It's not just rock, it's rock and roll! And Buckcherry is fired up and ready to bring its rockin’ hits, including "All Night Long," “Check Your Head" and “Sorry," to the Island Event Center stage at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, on Aug. 5.

“All Night Long” is the fifth album from the band. More than a decade after first establishing its name with the popular eponymous 1999 debut effort, Buckcherry has created the band's most eclectic and impressive effort yet.

Two fans could win an autographed Fender Squire guitar. The drawing will be held after the show at 11 p.m. Anyone with a ticket to the show can swipe their Island Passport Club card at the kiosk to enter. If you are not a club card holder, stop by the Island Passport Club before the show to get your free players club card.

Tickets are only $40 and $50, available by calling 1-877-849-1640 or online at Doors open at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 8 p.m.

Captain America: The First Avenger

This is called the "summer of superheroes." First it was "Thor," then ""X-Men: First Class" and "Green Lantern." Now it's "Captain America: The First Avenger." If you're not tired of them by now, what's your favorite comic superhero film of all time? Tell me which and why and I may use your comments for next Thursday's review.

-- Chris Miksanek

-- The Med City Movie Guy

 Chris Miksanek - The Med City Movie Guy -- 'Captain America -- The First Avenger'


Old-fashioned big top circus is coming to Dennison

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Dennison on Wednesday, with two scheduled performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This year the circus is proud to present Skeeter as the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Advance Clown.

Around 9:30 a.m., watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the free tour. The presentation offers an opportunity to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. Learn about performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals in the circus family.

On circus day, performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute show.

Advance tickets are available at the Farmers State Bank in Dennison, the Fireside Lounge & Supper Club in Dennison, the Dennison Depot and the Randolph Community Education Office. Proceeds from the event will benefit Randolph Community Education, The Dennison Park Project Fund, and The Nerstrand Elementary School.

Northfield Arts Guild presents 'The Country Wife'

Lace fanA man marries a young and naïve woan and brings her to the big city where she finds a community filled with intrigue and secrets. Does it sound like an episode from a popular television series?  Nope, it’s the plot of "The Country Wife."

Written in 1675, "The Country Wife" is a bawdy comedy which finds a wife from the country introduced to life in the big city and a clever man who has astonishing ruse to gain unlimited access to many of the wives of the community.  The play is saucy, hilarious and filled with clever language and social satire.

This play, directed by Susan Dunhaupt, features the acting talents of Martha Baird, Dick Brown, Jordan Ett, Brendon Etter, Mandy Everhart, Jane Fenton, Jodi Gustafson, Rolf Kragseth, Tania Legvold, Bryan Reed, Megan Proft, Jon Terrill, Peter Webb, and Shelley Whitehead.  The play will be presented in  Central Park in Northfield on Aug. 5-7 and 11-13.  All performances start at 7 p.m. 

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts at 304 Division Street South, by phone at (507) 645-8877, or online at