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Early spring calendar full of music, theater events

Taste of Spring

Willmar, Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Oaks at Eagle Creek; Buffalo Fish around town and The Oaks present an art and wine weekend featuring live music by Jeff James on Friday and artwork displayed by Minnesota artists.

Just Desserts

Brooten, Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 p.m. John O's Dinner Theatre. "Just Desserts," a murder mystery where the audience will determine the murderer. $30; for reservations call 320-346-4330; dinner reservations start at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Katie McMahon

Dawson, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents soprano Katie McMahon in concert with her band and troupe of Irish dancers; adults $14, students $5, reserved seating.


Willmar, Saturday, 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, Sunday, 3 p.m., WEAC; Prairie Winds Concert Band concert dedicated to former summer band director Paul Baumgarten; adults $6, students $3, former students of Baumgarten admitted free.

Upper Mississippians

Glenwood, Sunday, 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; visit or call Barbara Benson at 320-763-6432 for more information.

Willmar Senior High

Willmar, Tuesday, 6 p.m., high school; Willmar Senior High band concert; adults $6, students $3, passes and punch cards accepted.

Willmar Senior High

Willmar, Tuesday, 8 p.m., high school; Willmar Senior High choir concert; adults $6, students $3, passes and punch cards accepted.

Women Out All Night

Sacred Heart, March 20, 7 p.m., Sacred Heart Community Center; Women Out All Night event featuring comedians Darlene Westgor, Rox Tarrant and Jodie Maruska; fundraiser for the Sacred Heart Injury Response Team; $20, 320-226-6690.

Comedy show

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; West Central Singers present "Great Hymns and Folksongs"; adults $5, students $3, available 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 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.

Stand by Your Man

Brooten, March 25-26, dinner 5 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.; March 29, 2 p.m. show only, John O's Dinner Theatre; musical "Stand By Your Man," the Tammy Wynette story presented by the Town and Country Players; for reservations call 320-346-4330.

Julie Lee and the White Rose Band

Glenwood, March 27, 7 to 11 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; visit or call Barbara Benson at 320-763-6432.

Rivers Rats

Granite Falls, March 27, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Prairie's Edge Casino; The River Rats, Jim Steinworth and Steven Alm, present their crazy brand of rock-n-roll on two grand pianos; free admission.

Richard Barlow

New London, April 4, 5 to 9 p.m., ARThouse; site-specific painting and digitally designed multiples by Minneapolis artist Richard Barlow; free.

Moses Oakland

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

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

First Presbyterian Church, corner of 6th St. W. and Litchfield Ave., Willmar

John O's Dinner Theater, state Highway 55, Brooten

Kandi Entertainment Center, 500 19th Ave. S.E., Willmar

Memorial Auditorium, 601 Ninth St., Dawson

Renville County West High School, Renville

St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 301 S. 10th St., Olivia

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.

Items may be submitted on the Tribune Web site at; faxed to 320-235-6769; mailed to Arts Calendar, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mailed to with "arts calendar item" in the subject line.