Friday, February 22, 2013
There's plenty to do in the south metro this weekend, whether you're a Hollywood film buff, a rockstar on the ukelele or North Star-style daredevil.
• Minnesota proves its mettle this weekend at the 8th Annual South Metro Polar Bear Plunge, where hundreds of courageous (crazy) souls will brave the icy waters of Crystal Lake this Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Brunswick Bowl in Lakeville. The plunge itself begins at 2:30 p.m. at Crystal Lake Beach, 1100 Crystal Lake Road East. • Ukelele enthusiasts and novices are invited to Cabin Fever Uke Escape, a mid-winter shred fest at Apple Valley's Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road. The event is free and runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by StruMn Ukelele Players. • Last chance to see Chameleon Theatre Circle's irreverent ode to the film industry, "Completely Hollywood (abridged…
Monday, September 10, 2012
Audience members at Chameleon Theatre Circle's annual New Play Festival chose 'Mom!'— an irreverent, touching tribute to the trials and joys of parenthood—as the best new play in 2012.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us "Hot Mama Blues" got a warm reception in Burnsville this weekend. The song is just a small sampling from "Mom!"— a musical written by a trio of Illinois women that was voted "best" of this weekend's New Play Festival. By sheer coincidence, the play is successor to another comedy that centers on family relationships one rung further up the matrilineal ladder: “Grandma’s Little Helper” was named "Best of the Fest" in 2011. "Mom!" was one of just 11 plays that made the final cut at the fest in 2012, the 13th annual competition sponsored by Chameleon Theatre Circle. The Star Tribune's Liz Rolfsmeier called the play a "fun, heartfelt, raunchy, …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Organizers are adding plenty of new elements to the annual New Play Festival, according to the Star Tribune.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
This weekend: Rock, swing, wine and lots and lot of dancing.
1. GB Leighton Start the weekend off with some music from Twin Cities rockers, GB Leighton, a six-piece group headed by namesake Brian Leighton. The band has toured abd recorded extensively — with 10 CD releases to its credit. Right now, they're promoting their latest album, "Hope One Mile" which came out just this year. The band will perform at McKracken's Pub at 9:30 p.m. There is an $8 cover charge. The show is 21 plus only. 2. Dinner, Dance Lessons and a Big Band Maybe a night of swing is more your speed. If so, you are in luck: This Friday, the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn is hosting a night of 40's style dancing. For $12, guests will get a dance lesson and a chance to try out their new moves during a performance by Tim Patrick …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
"Grandma's Little Helper," a play by Kris Bauske, was the chosen favorite at Chameleon Theatre Circle's 12th annual New Play Festival.
A Floridian playwright took top honors at this year’s New Play Festival, an event sponsored by the Chameleon Theatre Circle. Kris Bauske’s comedy, “Grandma’s Little Helper,” was voted “Best of the Fest.” The comedy concerns Grandma Betty, an elderly woman who takes in a runaway off the street. Betty’s loved ones initially assume that the girl is a certified home health aid. Complications ensue when one family member does a criminal background check on the girl. Though the show was packed with plenty of laughs, the topic is one that strikes close to the heart for many in the audience. “I’ve been through a family shift like that,” said Bauske, who hails from Ocoee, FL. “It’s a struggle all families go through.” Bauske said she admired the …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
In case you missed it, here is Burnsville's signature Fire Truck Parade distilled to one minute, plus a calendar of events still to come.
Today, the Burnsville Fire Muster hit a rather loud, high note with the annual Fire Truck Parade. The lineup featured trucks new, old and older from all over Minnesota. However, the day is only half-over and the Fire Muster festivites are just beginning. Here is a look ahead: Saturday, Sept. 10 The carnival continues all day, from noon to 11 p.m. in Civic Center Park. In addition to midway rides and games, kids can enjoy pony rides, face painting, hair painting, airbrush tattoos and a variety of activities at the Kidz Korner. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will also be helicopter rides throughout the day, which lift off from a hill west of the park's main stage. Adults can also help themselves to a round of bingo at the Beer Tent. The …