Shoop!, five powerful vocalists and a tight, six-piece jazz combo, will perform on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The vocal jazz group puts new twists on old standards with a sound that's a nod to The Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices.
Captain Jack, from Captain Jack Entertainment, will be the grand marshal of the Torchlight Parade at this year's Hudson Hot Air Affair on Friday night, Feb. 1. The Jack Sparrow look-alike will lead the "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" themed parade of decorated hot air balloon baskets, pirate walking units and a marching kazoo band. The parade starts at 7 p.m. on Second Street in downtown Hudson.
The Hudson-based string band Greenwood Tree will play for the River Falls Barn Dance series 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Academy Gym at the former Meyer Middle School (439 W. Maple St., River Falls). The dance will feature a variety of square, circle, and line dances and reels given a uniquely Celtic flourish by Greenwood Tree.
St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team, Inc. (SART) is hosting an ice fishing contest during the entire month of February 2019. Fish at your favorite lake, at any time during the month. The cost is $50 to enter which gives you the opportunity to win one of three grand prizes in addition to weekly drawings. Grand prizes include a two-person ice shelter, a Bass Pro Shops Extreme Ice Arctic Angler 40v Lithium ice auger, and a Vexilar. Contest will begin at midnight on Feb. 1 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2019.
"The Jazz Age" is an original show produced and written by The Phipps Dance Theater and Jeff Iblings, with a cast of 17 dancers and actors, choreographers Regan Saunders and Talya Dozois, choreographer and performer Christina Leines, and artistic director, choreographer and performer Mackenzie Heisler. Performances will be given Jan. 11-20 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Everyone is a suspect when the lead dancer of "The Jazz Age" is gunned down in her changing room.
The 2019 Hudson Hot Air Affair, Hudson's annual winter festival and hot air balloon rally, is set for Feb. 1-3. Sponsored by WESTconsin Credit Union, the Hot Air Affair is celebrating 30 years with a "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" theme.
Vocalists Wayne Luchau, Colleen Raye and Debbie O'Keefe along with the Echoes Rock and Roll Band will perform "That'll be the Day: The Music of Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt and Gene Pitney" on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. A performance has been added on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.
Health care is undoubtedly the No. 1 concern for Minnesota residents. We're worried about our coverage, affordability and accessibility — all of which were major focuses during the election. So, it's concerning that there is renewed interest in a legislative proposal that could disrupt our health care system, increase costs and jeopardize access to care.
A group working to promote the St. Croix region's story as one of national significance has seated its first formal board of directors and is launching new programs in 2019 to benefit the St. Croix watershed.
Auditions are open to area students in grades 10-12 for The Phipps Children's Theater production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Jr." Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14, from 4-7 p.m. each day, with callbacks on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.