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34 posts from August 2011


Go green at this weekend’s Irish Fest

The Irish are coming to town over Labor Day weekend. Celebrate a full weekend of Irish entertainment, historical and cultural events Sept. 2-4 on the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester at Irish Fest 2011.

Fest-goers will enjoy live entertainment and dancing, a whiskey tasting event, freckle, fairy and red-hair competitions, and more. Go to for the schedule.

The event is free and open to the public.

Winona State University announces 2011-12 Lyceum Series

WINONA — Winona State University’s premier speaker series, the Lyceum Series, announces its schedule for fall 2011.

The Lyceum Series aims to provide unique cultural enrichment and educational opportunities for the Winona and Rochester campus communities.

The first Lyceum presentation this fall will be “The Way Home,” presented by Shakti Butler at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, in Stark Hall room 103. Butler is a filmmaker and educator in the field of racial equality.

She is also executive director of WorldTrust, a non-profit organization that works to eliminate racial injustice through transformational education. Her discussion will center on social change through community empowerment.

Starting off the presentations in October will be David Kung with “How Math Made Modern Music Mad, Mad Irrational” at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in Stark Hall room 103. Through music theory and basic arithmetic, Kung will explore how modern scales are “wrong” and explain why no piano is ever in tune. His presentation will include demonstrations on the violin.

Kung, associate professor mathematics at St. Mary's College of Maryland, also will give a violin recital, accompanied by pianist Deanne Mohr, chair of WSU’s Department of Music, at noon Oct. 14 in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.                

The second speaker in October will be Charles Trimble with “A Sense of Place: Pine Ridge” at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Stark Hall room 103. Trimble was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. He has worked on Native American issue and policy-making for more than 40 years.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

For questions, call Kathleen Peterson at (507) 457-2913, email or visit


Party for a cause this weekend in Lanesboro

Party for a cause this weekend at the second annual ScottieFest 2011. Held Saturday and Sunday at Gud-i-Nuff Campground, 23363 Hickory Road, Lanesboro, the annual fest benefits an area child or family in need. This year, proceeds benefit 4-year-old Jacob Kinzer, who has muscular dystrophy.

Enjoy a roundup of nine area bands, a silent auction and crafts; bring your own beverages (no glass) and grills. The nearby Root River allows festivarians to also enjoy fishing, tubing, biking on the trail, canoeing and more.

Cost is $50, which includes concert admission and camping; free for kids 12 and younger with a canned food donation for the Fillmore County Food Shelf. Go to for tickets and the full event schedule.

— Marissa Block, Life Section Editor


Cheers to seasonal beer!

Celebrating a decade of festive brewing tradition, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing CoLeinie Okt. in Chippewa Falls, Wis., is once again rolling out barrels of its seasonal German Marzen-style Oktoberfest brew to craft beer fans across the nation.

Available through October, Leinie's Oktoberfest is brewed with "Munich, Caramel and a blend of 2-row Pale malts." This rich, hearty brew pairs great with bratwurst and sauerkraut, as well as full-flavored appetizers, soups and chili.

Other Leinenkugel limited-release seasonals to look forward to in the months ahead include Fireside Nut Brown in November and 1888 Bock in January. 

The fourth annual Latino Fest is set for Sept. 10

The Alliance of Chicanos, Hispano, Latino Americans (ACHLA) will host the fourth annual Latino Fest & Carnivalia from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at Graham Arena at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds in Rochester.

As part of the day's festivities, enjoy:

·         Educational; Employment; Health Care; Housing: & Immigration Exhibits

·         Quinceañera & Wedding Dress Fashion Shows by Mestads Bridal & Formal Wear

·         Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill & The Cowgirls

·         Fun Land for Kids (inflatables, spin art, rides)

·         Ethnic Food Vendors

·         Culturally-specific artistic performance groups

·         Salsa Making Contest & Tasting

·         Music & Dancing (Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia)

·         Nonprofit Organization Service Providers

·         Zumba Dance Party

·         Spas, Salons & Health Care/Product Exhibits

The fest is free and open to the public. Click here for full details.


"Sarah's Key"

It's limited release, coming to Rochester tomorrow, and arguably Oscar-bound. Read the review in next Thursday's Post-Bulletin. Click for the trailer

-- Chris Miksanek
-- The Med City Movie Guy

Chris Miksanek - The Med City Movie Guy -- Sarah's Key' 


Enjoy the Castlerock just a little bit longer

ALMA, Wis. — Castlerock Museum of Arms and Armor in Alma, Wis., is extending its hours to the public over Labor Day weekend.

The museum will be open every afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 2-5.

Normal hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, but due to heavy recent attendance, staff have decided to extend hours.


Comedian Frank Caliendo to appear at Treasure Island Resort & Casino

From "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Late Show with David Letterman" to his weekly picks segment on the FOX NFL pregame show, comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo has been all over television. Now you can see his spot-on impressions and hilarious parodies at The Island when he takes the stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 2. Frankcaliendo

Best known for "dead on" impersonations of celebrities including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John Madden, Al Pacino and William Shatner, Frank Caliendo is a veteran of sketch comedy performing his hilarious act on "MadTV," "Hype" and even his own show, "Frank TV."

On stage, Frank's high-energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that build to a frenetic pace.
Tickets are $50 and $60, available by calling 1-877-849-1640 or online at 




Loverboy rocks the Island Event Center

Treasure Island Resort & Casino will welcome the highly acclaimed band, Loverboy, at 8 p.m. Sept. 15. 

Loverboy burst on to the music scene in 1980 and was heralded as one of the most energetic and dynamic live performances of the time. More than 30 years later, they are still selling out tours and packing arenas with the same amount of intensity and excitement that originally thrust them into the limelight.

Loverboy defined a generation with their trademark red leather pants and thundering rock sound. These trendsetters were among the first to be featured on the station at the forefront of pop culture on MTV.  Loverboy sealed their superstar status with their top 5 single “Heaven in Your Eyes” that was written for the blockbuster movie "Top Gun."
The group has earned six Juno Awards, four multi-Platinum albums and numerous international Gold albums with classics such as “Working for the Weekend,” “Lovin' Every Minute Of It,” “Queen of the Broken Hearts,” “Hot Girls in Love” and “Turn Me Loose.” 

Tickets are $25 and $35, and are available by calling 1-877-849-1640 or online at Doors open at 7 p.m. the day of the show.


Chapman tickets already gone

All tickets for a concert by Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman Oct. 16 at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester sold out in eight hours. Officials looked at adding a second show, but it was not feasible.