New London, today-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Little Theatre; the Peer None Players present the world premiere of "I Love Minnesota"; adults $12, ages 17 and under $7, opening night is two for one and matinee is pay what you can afford; to order tickets call 320-295-3524; remaining tickets will be available at the door.
Willmar, today-Saturday and Feb. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday and Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. The Barn Theatre; "Greater Tuna" comedy; adults $15, age 18 and younger $8; box office open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; 320-235-9500.
Brooten, Friday, 6:30 to 9 p.m., John O's Dinner Theatre; concert by Brady Toops, singer, songwriter, guitarist originally from New London; $8; 320-346-4330.
Bob's Big Band
Appleton, Saturday, 7 p.m., '52 Wing Auditorium; Bob's Big Band music of the 1950s and '60s; $10 at the door.
Tom Petty tribute
Spicer, Saturday, 9 to 1 p.m., Melvin's on the Lake; Free Fallin' presents A Tribute to Tom Petty; cover charge.
Glenwood, Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; the Winter Dance Club presents the Velvet Brass band; doors open at 2 p.m.; East Coast Swing lesson begins at 2:15 p.m.; $10 per person or $60 per couple for the rest of the season. For more information see the club Web site at www.lakesideballroom.org or call Barbara Benson at 320-763-6432.
Willmar, Monday-Tuesday, 7 p.m. The Barn Theatre; auditions for the comedy "Sylvia"; parts for two men and two women; directed by Thom Rosengren; production dates April 16-19, 23-26.
Morris, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, University of Minnesota campus; Minnesota-based Continental Ballet Company presents "Copelia"; adults $15, seniors and youth under 18 $10; 320-589-6080; www.morris.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts.
Brooten, Feb. 21, 7 to 11 p.m., John O's Dinner Theatre; Funky Gumbo blues, jazz, R&B and dance music as part of the 1970's party; $15; for reservations call 320-346-4330.
Willmar, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; the West Central Concert Series presents Fascinating Gershwin; for ticket information call Claudia Lenz at 320-235-3675 evenings.
Willmar, Feb. 25-26, 6 p.m., Ridgewater College theatre; auditions for "The Head That Wouldn't Die," no experience necessary, contact Jayme McGhan at 320-222-5989 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.; production dates April 22-25.
SJU Men's Chorus
Willmar, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church; St. John's University Men's Chorus begins its spring tour in Willmar; freewill donation.
Willmar Jr. High play
Willmar, Feb. 26-28, 7 p.m., March 1, 1 p.m., Willmar Senior High School; Willmar Junior High School presents "Cinderella."
Diamond Edge Figure Skating
Willmar, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. and March 1 at 1 p.m., Willmar Civic Center; Diamond Edge Figure Skating club's annual show "Skating Around Town." Guest skaters are Canadian Kurt Browning, who competed in three Olympics, and the first places pairs skaters in the U.S. National Intermediate level, Tyler Broderick and Olivia Oltmanns. Advance tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students, available at Cash Wise in Willmar. Remaining tickets will be $12 for adults and $7 for students $7 at the door.
Appleton area showcase
Appleton, March 1, 3 p.m., '52 Wing Auditorium; area showcase of high school vocal groups; $5 at the door.
Willmar Senior High
Willmar, March 3, 8:01 p.m., high school; Willmar Senior High orchestra concert; adults $6, students $3, passes and punch cards accepted.
New London, March 5, 7 p.m., Little Theatre; local musicians take the stage with their favorite tunes and original compositions.
Artaria String Quartet
Dawson, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents the Artaria String Quartet in concert; adults $10, students $5, open seating, tickets available Feb. 26; artist showcase in the lobby by Cat Abbott.
Morris, March 7, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, University of Minnesota campus; "Romanza," Canada's own three tenors with original arrangements, folksongs, ballads and opera hits; adults $15, seniors and youth under 18 $10; 320-589-6080; www.morris.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts.
Bus trips by community education and other non-profit groups to art related events are listed below according to the date of the event. Price must be included.
Kandiyohi County Historical Society: Bus trip to Minneapolis on April 3 with a backstage tour of the Guthrie Theater, a tour of the Mill City Museum and a riverfront bus tour of historic downtown Minneapolis; $36 per person, lunch on your own, leaves Kandiyohi County Historical Society at 7:30 a.m.; registration required by March 20, call 320-235-1881.
Jim Johnson will sign his book about "Dummy" Hanson, a deaf baseball pitcher's life in the hearing world, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at Book World in the Kandi Mall in Willmar; Johnson is a Kerkhoven native.
'52 Wing Auditorium, East Ronning Avenue, Appleton
Barn Theatre, 321 Fourth St. S.W., Willmar
Edson Auditorium, University of Minnesota campus, Morris
John O's Dinner Theater, Highway 55, Brooten
Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood
Little Theatre, 24 Central Ave. E., New London
Memorial Auditorium, 601 Ninth St., Dawson
St. Mary's Catholic Church, corner of 11th St. and Kandiyohi Ave. S.W., Willmar
WEAC, Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar
Willmar Civic Center, 2707 Arena Dr. N.E., Willmar
Willmar High School, corner of Civic Center Dr. and County Road 9, Willmar
Community and high school art events will be printed each Thursday in this calendar up to a month in advance. The deadline is noon Monday.