Open mic event is tonight
New London, today, 7 p.m., Little Theatre; local musicians take the stage with their favorite tunes and original compositions.
Dawson, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents the Artaria String Quartet in concert; adults $10, students $5, open seating; artist showcase in the lobby by Cat Abbott.
Willmar, Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 1 p.m., WEAC; Prairie Fire Children's Theatre and 65 local youth present "Pinocchio"; tickets available at the door.
Brooten, Friday-Saturday, and March 13-14 at 5 p.m.; Sunday and March 15 at 2 p.m. John O's Dinner Theatre; "Just Desserts," a murder mystery where the audience will determine the murderer; $30 for dinner and show; $17.50 for show only; for reservations call 320-346-4330; times listed are for dinner seating, the play starts at 7:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
New London, Saturday, 7 p.m., Little Theatre; concert of local teens including the rock band "In Depth," guitarists and a bluegrass violinist; $5 at the door.
Morris, Saturday, 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.
Friends of the Arts
Renville, March 12, 4 p.m., deadline to purchase tickets for the Friends of the Arts dinner theater production of "Don't Hug Me" on March 20-21; dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by show; adults $25, seniors and students $20; matinee show only at 2 p.m. March 22; adults $15, seniors and students $10; tickets available at Minnwest Bank in Danube, Thrifty White Drug in Renville, F&M State Bank in Sacred Heart or by calling Kris at 320-765-8856.
Dawson, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents Katie McMahon, soprano, in concert with her band and troupe of Irish dancers; adults $14, students $5, reserved seating.
Willmar, March 14, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; the West Central Concert Series presents the New Century Saxophone Quartet; for ticket information call Claudia Lenz at 320-235-3675 evenings.
Prairie Winds Concert Band
Willmar, March 15, 3 p.m., WEAC; the Prairie Winds Concert Band performs a variety of music, dedicated to former summer band director Paul Baumgarten; adults $6, students $2, former students of Baumgarten admitted free.
Glenwood, March 15, 3 to 7 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; the Winter Dance Club presents the Upper Mississippians band; doors open at 2 p.m.; $20 per couple; for more information see the club Web site at www.lakesideballroom.org or call Barbara Benson at 320-763-6432.
Willmar Senior High
Willmar, March 17, 6 p.m., high school; Willmar Senior High band concert; adults $6, students $3, passes and punch cards accepted.
Willmar Senior High
Willmar, March 17, 8 p.m., high school; Willmar Senior High choir concert; adults $6, students $3, passes and punch cards accepted.
Sacred Heart, March 20, 7 p.m., Sacred Heart Community Center; "Women Out All Night" featuring comedians Darlene Westgor, Rox Tarrant and Jodie Maruska in a fundraiser for the Sacred Heart Injury Response Team; $20, call 320-226-6690.
Willmar, March 21, dinner and show 7 p.m., show only 8:30 p.m., Kandi Entertainment Center; comedy show featuring Rox Tarrant, Wayne Burfeind and Jeff Bergs; dinner and show $29; show only $15 in advance, $17 at the door; 320-235-3800.
West Central Singers
Willmar, March 21, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church; the West Central Singers present "Great Hymns and Folksongs"; adults $5, students $3; at the door.
Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra
Olivia, March 22, 4 p.m., St. Aloysius Catholic Church; the Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra and the Woodbury Singers of Renville County present "Reach the World" composed of choral and orchestral music; freewill offering for the Renville County Food Shelf.
Friends of the Arts
Renville, March 22, 2 p.m., RCW High School; Friends of the Arts production of "Don't Hug Me"; adults $15, seniors and students $10; tickets available at Minnwest Bank in Danube, Thrifty White Drug in Renville, F&M State Bank in Sacred Heart or by calling Kris at 320-765-8856.
Julie Lee and the White Rose Band
Glenwood, March 27, 3 to 7 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; the Winter Dance Club presents Julie Lee and the White Rose Band; doors open at 2 p.m.; $20 per couple; for more information see the club Web site at www.lakesideballroom.org or call Barbara Benson at 320-763-6432.
New London, April 4, 5 to 9 p.m., ARThouse; site specific painting and digitally designed multiples by Minneapolis artist Richard Barlow; free admission.
Dawson, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents Moses Oakland for blues and barbecue; $16 includes the meal, show only is $10; tickets available March 24.
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.
ARThouse, 117 First Ave. N.E., New London
Edson Auditorium, University of Minnesota campus, Morris
John O's Dinner Theatre, state Highway 55, Brooten
Kandi Entertainment Center, 500 19th Ave. S.E., Willmar
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, North Business 71 (by the train engine), Willmar
Little Theatre, 24 Central Ave. E, New London
Memorial Auditorium, 601 Ninth St., Dawson
Renville County West High School, Renville
WEAC, Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar
Willmar High School, corner of Civic Center Dr. and County Road 9, Willmar
Community and high school art events such as concerts and stage productions will be printed each Thursday in this calendar up to a month in advance. The deadline is noon Monday.