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29 posts from October 2011


Tickets on sale now for annual customer appreciation event

Rochester's Apollo Wine & Spirits wants to say thank you to its customers in a big way.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, enjoy food, live music, games and more than 200 wines to choose from as part of Apollo's annual customer appreciation wine tasting at the Rochester Athletic Club.

As part of the event, bid on a selection of silent auction items to benefit the Serenity House in Rochester.

Tickets are $15, available in advance at any Apollo location in Rochester or at the door.

Also part of the event, order any bottle of wine that night and receive a $5 coupon for a future purchase at Apollo.


Johnny Depp's "The Rum Diary" and the animated "Shrek" spinoff "Puss in Boots"

Also Justin Timberlake's "In Time" this weekend. Rochester, what're your movie plans this weekend? Let me know your thoughts and I may use them in Thursday's review of the film.

-- Chris Miksanek
-- The Med City Movie Guy

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Arran scotch tasting starts tonight

Calling all Arran scotch lovers. Taste a variety of Arran scotches today from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Oakwood Broadway Plaza Hotel in downtown Rochester.

In addition to scotch samples, enjoy food by Cabernet Catering and Johnny Mangouras.

Cost is $25; pay at the door or stop by Apollo Wine and Spirits near Best Buy North to reserve your spot. Reservations may also be made by calling 286-1300 or sending email to

Limited to 40 people.


The Core opens the door to creative potential

In an effort to create a community of creativity as well as increase the creative economy in Rochester, Sara Hobbs Kohrt and Anthony Williams are working together to plant the seeds of a new creative co-operative called The CORE. 

The space that is currently being considered to house The Core, the historic Kennedy Building, is at 10 Third St. S.W., and will be open from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to view the space and learn more about The Core.

The Core will house community computers, studio bays for arts, and a gallery for display and sale of works. The design of the space will accommodate the mediums of the members.

There will also be a gathering area for members to interact regularly, such as creative and philosophical discussion groups, yoga classes, group dinners and more.

Winona State University hosts Lakota journalist Charles Trimble

WINONA — The Winona State University Lyceum Series will host Lakota journalist Charles Trimble at 7 p.m. Oct. 27, in Stark Hall, room 103.

Trimble’s presentation, “A Sense of Place: Pine Ridge,” will center on his extensive writing about his upbringing on the Pine Ridge Reservation and the connections to places that all human beings have.

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.

He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota. Following service in the U.S. Army, he did further studies in journalism at the University of Colorado.

In 1979 he founded Charles Trimble Company, Inc., dedicated to promoting and fostering economic development on Indian Reservations. He also founded Red Willow Institute to provide technical and management assistance to American Indian non-profit organizations.

In 2000, Trimble was awarded an honorary Doctor of Cultural Sciences from Creighton University for his work in human rights. In 2002, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wayne State College in Nebraska, and in 2008, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by his alma mater, the University of South Dakota.

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

This presentation is free and open to the public. An open reception will be held in the Science Laboratory Center Atrium from 4 p.m. to  5:30 p.m. before the evening talk.

For more information about the Lyceum Series or event descriptions, contact Kathleen Peterson at (507) 457-2913 or

Apache Mall to host Trick-or-Treating

From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Apache Mall will host Trick-or-Treating. Kids up to age 12 are welcome and encouraged to wear costumes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

"Johnny English Reborn" and "The Three Musketeers"

Also "Paranormal Activity 3" this weekend. Rochester, what're your movie plans this weekend? Let me know your thoughts and I may use them in Thursday's review of the film.

-- Chris Miksanek
-- The Med City Movie Guy

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Another "Don't Hug Me" in Plainview

When it comes to autumn in Minnesota, Phil Olson sounds ready to give it a great big hug.

"I love Minnesota in the fall, it's my favorite time of year there," said Olson, the Edina native transplanted to southern California.

Local theater-goers also love autumn, because that's when Olson annually unveils another installment in his "Don't Hug Me" series of Minnesota-based comedies. This year, it's "Don't Hug Me, I'm Pregnant," which opens tonight and runs through Nov. 20 at the Jon Hassler Theater in Plainview.

Watch for a review in Monday's edition of the Post-Bulletin.



Film series continues

"The Guard" is the next offering in the Diamond Film Series at the Galaxy 14 Cine in Rochester. The series is a collection of independent, art house and foreign films. "The Guard" runs through Oct. 27, followed by "Higher Ground" Oct. 28-Nov. 3, "Point Blank" Nov. 4-10 and "Senna" Nov. 11-17. Here's what Roger Ebert had to say about "The Guard":

"Brendan Gleeson is wonderful as an Irish cop with shaky standards; he steals drugs from accident victims, parties with hookers and deals in graft. But he loves his mother. Partnered against his will on a big drug case with an FBI agent (Don Cheadle), he rises to the occasion, but not before much dialogue of sly wit. A rich human comedy with a gripping ending and much humor along the way."

See the complete review in Thursday's print edition of the Post-Bulletin.

Third annual Poker Face canceled

Due to low registrations, Fuel Rochester's third annual Poker Face has been canceled for Oct. 28.

Plans are still being worked out for an alternate get-together; stay posted for updates.