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Artsminded: Come find what delights you

The next few weeks in River Falls underscore the embarrassment of creative riches we enjoy here. I'll run down some highlights, profile others in the calendar below and hope you'll rise to the occasion of these delights.

  • Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, RF Community Theatre presents the ever- popular, really entertaining One Acts with Snacks at the RF Golf Club on Division St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., live music at 6:45, plays at 7:30. Tickets $10 at the door or at The Dish and The Spoon.
  • Saturday, April 10, 2 p.m., RF Public library: Rare opportunity to attend a reading by visiting Canadian author, Dr. Ruth Simkin from her newly published memoire, The Jagged Years of Ruthie J. In late adolescence she was sent to the world famous mental hospital Chestnut Lodge (immortalized in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and Lilith ), with a diagnosis of epilepsy, considered a mental illness in the 1960s. With compelling style, Ruth brings to life the three years of entrapment that followed, her gritty resistance to being crushed by a forbidding system and her journey back to society, ultimately leading to a long, successful career as a physician and activist. After the reading and discussion Ruth will sign books. Everyone is welcome to stay for a reception. Free and open.
  • Thursday, April 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., UW-RF University Center and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Gallery 120 (Global M.A.D.E and Interior Concepts) 120 N. Main, and Second Chances 125 N. Main, the RF Diversity Committee presents Unity in the Community , a multi-cultural celebration of our rich human tapestry. Varied offerings include a sushi class, music and dance performances, henna tattoos, a sand mandala assembled by Tibetan monks, and international culinary offerings at the University Center. Community venues feature dance, music, percussion, poetry, speakers and refreshments for purchase. All events free.
  • Saturday, April 24, 6-10 p.m. RF Community Arts Base presents the 15th Annual Spring Gala and Silent Art Auction at RF Golf Club. Talk about a community celebration! This gathering in support of CAB is sure to stimulate all your senses. In addition to the auction, there are fine art raffles, performances by swing dance band Generation 2, Chris Silver, Isis Aurora Dancers. The sumptuous appetizer buffet is catered by WestWind. Advance tickets $25 ($20 CAB members), available from CAB board members, Whole Earth Grocery, The Dish and the Spoon and me (425-2402), at the door $30 ($25 CAB members). FFI 425-7143 x2109.
  • Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., UW-RF Wyman Series presents Jazz Club Cabaret with Galen Abdur-Razzaq, UC Falcon's Nest. Hot appetizers, cash bar. Tickets available now, UC information desk, adults $12, two for $20, seniors $10, students, faculty, staff, under 18, $5. 425-3911.

    Additional events and opportunities - confirm details:

    Call for artist submissions to CAB's Spring Gala.

    Continuing at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson: High School Art and What We Need is Here exhibitions.

    Through April 18, RF Public Library: Hanging by a Thread: Photography.

    Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m., Community Poetry Reading at the public library

    The following free concerts are at UW-RF Kleinpell Fine Arts Center, Abbott Concert Hall:

    Thursday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Senior Recital: Cari Pahr, soprano

    Saturday, April 10, 3 p.m., Senior Recital: Virginia Carlson, flute

    Saturday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Anthony Capparelli, High School graduation piano concert.

    Sunday, April 11, 3 p.m., Senior Recital: Nikki Jo Zeleny, clarinet and voice

    Sunday, April 11, 5 p.m., Senior Recital: Jamie DeGolier, mezzo soprano

    Monday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Air Force Wind Ensemble/Symphony Band. Free tickets available at RF Journal

    Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Trombone Recital directed by Rick Gaynor

    Thursday, April 15, 3 p.m., Student Convocation

    Sunday, April 18, 3 p.m., Student Honors Recital

    Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., New Music Ensemble directed by Dr. Patti Cudd

    Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Percussion Ensemble directed by Dr. Patti Cudd

    Saturday, April 10, 7 p.m. RF CAB and RF Parks and Recreation sponsor Barn Dance, Poor Benny, RF Academy Gym, 439 W. Maple St. Adults $5, children 12 and under $2.50

    Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 11,18, 2 p.m., Stillwater's Bridge Theatre presents Cabin Fever. FFI 651-439-3362,

    Wednesday, April 14, doors open 6 p.m., show 7:30, Honky Tonk Cafe, featuring Pat Donohue and the Jonathan Earl Band with Fizz Kizer at RF Golf Club. Advance tickets $12 ($15 at door) available at Whole Earth Grocery, or reserve at

    Friday April 16 May 5, UW-RF Juried Student Exhibition, Gallery 101, KFA, 425-3266

    Saturday, April 16, 1-2 p.m.,The Phipps, Minnesota Art Start, and The Purple Tree present "Going Green Through Recycled Art" for children 5 to 12 at The Phipps. Event free, reservations required. 386-9450.

    Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1, 7:30 p.m. UW-RF Theatre, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Reservations 425-3114.

    Call for artists for a summer show, Into the Garden, RF Public Library. 715-425-0905

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