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35 posts from September 2011

09/29/2011

Series of independent films returns to Galaxy 14 Cine

Wehrenberg Theatres announced today a popular film series is returning to Galaxy 14 Cine.

Diamond Film Series, a collection of independent, arthouse and critically-acclaimed movies, begins again Friday, Oct. 7. The series will feature six films well-removed from traditional Hollywood blockbusters and big-budget features.

This year’s Diamond Film Series features an eccentric Irish policeman, an MIT astrophysic’s student, a Formula One driver and a French action thriller. Each movie will play a full schedule for one week at Galaxy 14 Cine, located at 4340 Maine Ave. S.E. New titles will begin every Friday and run through Thursday. A full schedule is below.

Oct. 7 – Oct. 13 "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," PG-13

Oct. 14 – Oct. 20 "Another Earth," PG-13

Oct. 21 – Oct. 27 "The Guard," R

Oct. 28 – Nov. 3 "Higher Ground," R

Nov. 4 – Nov. 10 "Point Blank," R

Nov. 11 – Nov. 17 "Senna," PG-13

Films will show at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

 

09/27/2011

Dancing on the ceiling -- well at least Zumba on the Rooftop

Katie Button-Swenson and Emily Coates Watkins will host ZUMBA ON THE ROOF tonight at Kathy's Pub.

The Zumba class will begin at 5:15. $10 entry includes 60 minutes of Zumba and 1 happy hour drink. Sign up at Empowered Wellness.

If it rains the Zumba class will be held inside on the second floor.

If you don't know what Zumba is, you're in for a workout as these women lead you in doing aerobic Latin dance moves.

Raves for Sena

Rochester's Sena Ehrhardt Band is attracting plenty of notice in the wake of the band's debut major label album, "Leave the Light On."

"Sena is a very striking performer who has it all going on," wrote Blues Blast Magazine after a recent show. "Sena is a great vocalist."

From Blue Monday Monthly magazine: "Sena Ehrhardt is a shooting star accelerating to light speed."

You can catch the Sena Ehrhardt Band Oct. 7 at Boomer's Lounge in Rochester.

 

 

09/26/2011

Game show nights return to Rochester

Get your game face on —game show nights are returning to Rochester, this time at Beer Bellyz Bar and Grill, 821 Civic Center Drive.

Starting at 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday, stop by for a fun, free night of trivia with games such as Cash Cab, Buzz Word, Jeopardy and more.

Prizes include free rounds of drinks and paid bar tabs, as well as additional prize giveaways courtesy of Budweiser, which is sponsoring the weekly game nights.

"It's a night that you can just go out, sit down and have fun," says event organizer Brandon Helgeson of Big BANG Companies.

If you show up late, you can join in at some point in the game. The night usually wraps up around midnight.

— Marissa Block, Life section editor and Out & About columnist

Czech it out

The Czech Heritage Partnership continues to bring world-class artists to our region. Last Saturday, it was pianists Alice Fiedlerova, of the Czech Republic, and Joan Devee Dixon, of the U.S., in concert at historic St. Wenceslaus Churchin in Spillville, Iowa. This is the same church where Antonin Dvorak frequently played the organ during his 1893 stay in Spillville. Saturday's program featured Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, as well as the American premiere of pieces composed by Antonin Liehmann, Dvorak's first music teacher.

Next up for CHP is a concert by the brilliant Czech band Druha Trava Oct. 22 at the community center in Protivin, Iowa. And earlier this month, the organization hosted the Camera Chabra choir from the Czech Republic. All definitely worth the scenic drive down U.S. 52.

09/22/2011

Upper Midwest Emmy Awards Gala to be held Saturday

Minneapolis — The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS-UM) will host the 2011 Upper Midwest Emmy Awards Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the historic State Theatre.
 
The Upper Midwest Emmy Awards honors content created primarily in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and parts of Wisconsin. In attendance will be 500 of the top professionals representing all facets of media, including familiar faces from television news, entertainment, sports and production. Live updates will be posted throughout the evening via the Twitter hashtag #emmy and NATAS-UM’s Facebook page.
 
KSTP-TV’s Elizabeth Ries, co-host of Twin Cities Live, will host this year’s awards. Award presenters also include Amelia Santaniello (WCCO-TV), Ken Barlow (KSTP-TV), Kim Insley (KARE-TV), Tom Lyden (KMSP-TV), Ron Coomer (Fox Sports North), David Gillette (Twin Cities Public Television) and more.
 
Tickets are available to NATAS-UM Twin Cities market members for $95 or $195 for non-members. For all other markets, the ticket price is $80/members and $180/non-members. The price includes admission to the pre-Gala dinner at CRAVE Restaurant, admission to the Gala at the State Theater and admission to the post-Gala party on CRAVE’s rooftop patio.

A list of Emmy award nominees can be found at www.midwestemmys.org/category/nominees. For more information, call (952) 381-7494 or email info@midwestemmys.org.

Winona State University hosts award-winning director

WINONA — Winona State University will host “On the Border of a New America: Wall of Shadows” with Barbara Martinez Jitner at 7 p.m. Tuesday in East Hall at Kryzsko Commons.

The talk tells the story of two Latinos in America: Jose, who was wrongfully deported and gets trapped on the border, and Manuela, who must cross the border into America because of an economic crisis in her homeland.

Martinez Jitner’s presentation explores the legacy of Latinos in the United States and how the events on the southern border have penetrated the entire country, creating a new dichotomy in the Latino national identity.

Martinez Jitner began her career as an award-winning director of commercials and documentaries. She also produced the Showtime millennium documentary “An American Tapestry” and Emmy-nominated “American Family,” which made history as the first Latino family drama on broadcast television when it debuted on PBS in January 2002. Now president of El Norte Productions, Martinez Jitner is currently developing several feature films, including “Zapata” for Disney and “Tattooed Soldier” for HBO.

This event is free and open to the public.

The talk is co-sponsored by the WSU Inclusion and Diversity Office, WSU International Services Office, Southeast Technical College, Anoka Ramsey Community College and WSU VOCES.

For more information, call Alex Hines at (507) 457-5595 or email ahines@winona.edu.

Winona State University hosts award-winning director

WINONA — Winona State University will host “On the Border of a New America: Wall of Shadows” with Barbara Martinez Jitner at 7 p.m. Tuesday in East Hall at Kryzsko Commons.

The talk tells the story of two Latinos in America: Jose, who was wrongfully deported and gets trapped on the border, and Manuela, who must cross the border into America because of an economic crisis in her homeland.

Martinez Jitner’s presentation explores the legacy of Latinos in the United States and how the events on the southern border have penetrated the entire country, creating a new dichotomy in the Latino national identity.

Martinez Jitner began her career as an award-winning director of commercials and documentaries. She also produced the Showtime millennium documentary “An American Tapestry” and Emmy-nominated “American Family,” which made history as the first Latino family drama on broadcast television when it debuted on PBS in January 2002. Now president of El Norte Productions, Martinez Jitner is currently developing several feature films, including “Zapata” for Disney and “Tattooed Soldier” for HBO.

This event is free and open to the public.

The talk is co-sponsored by the WSU Inclusion and Diversity Office, WSU International Services Office, Southeast Technical College, Anoka Ramsey Community College and WSU VOCES.

For more information, call Alex Hines at (507) 457-5595 or email ahines@winona.edu.

Winona State University hosts award-winning director

WINONA — Winona State University hosts “On the Border of a New America: Wall of Shadows” with Barbara Martinez Jitner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

This talk tells the story of two Latinos in America: Jose, who was wrongfully deported and gets trapped on the border, and Manuela, who must cross the border into America because of an economic crisis in her homeland.

Martinez Jitner’s presentation explores the legacy of Latinos in the United States and how the events on the southern border have penetrated the entire country, creating a new dichotomy in the Latino national identity.

Martinez Jitner began her career as an award-winning director of commercials and documentaries. She also produced the Showtime millennium documentary “An American Tapestry” and Emmy-nominated “American Family,” which made history as the first Latino family drama on broadcast television when it debuted on PBS in January 2002. Now president of El Norte Productions, Martinez Jitner is currently developing several feature films, including “Zapata” for Disney and “Tattooed Soldier” for HBO.

This event is free and open to the public.

The talk is co-sponsored by the WSU Inclusion and Diversity Office, WSU International Services Office, Southeast Technical College, Anoka Ramsey Community College and WSU VOCES.

For more information, call Alex Hines at (507) 457-5595 or email ahines@winona.edu.

Wookiefoot kicks off fall tour Friday in Rochester

Wookiefoot, the Minneapolis-based jam band that frequently hosts music festivals at Harmony Park, is kicking off its fall tour with a concert Friday in Rochester.

Wookiefoot will play at Wicked Moose. Show starts at 8 p.m.

From here the band heads to Mankato on Saturday, then South Dakota, Chicago, Iowa, Minneapolis, St. Cloud and on and on. 

Download a free music track of "All Together" here.