Arts calendar published March 22, 2023

Community and high school art events will be printed each Wednesday in this calendar up to two weeks in advance. The deadline is noon Friday. Items may be emailed to with “arts calendar item” in the subject line.

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‘Matilda’ auditions

Willmar, March 22, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m., Barn Theatre; parts for ages 9 and up, cast descriptions on the Barn website for the musical “Matilda”; production dates are June 8-11, 15-18, 22-25.

West Central Connection

Willmar, March 25, 7 p.m., WEAC; the West Central Connection Chorus presents "Our Favorites," a collection of the most popular songs from shows of the last three years Featuring guest quartets "Coulee Classic" and "Kordal Kombat." Tickets $15 in advance online at and $18 at the door, students $10.

Sunday Espresso

New London, March 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Little Theatre; Sunday Espresso matinees is a collaboration between the Little Theatre Auditorium and New London Roaming Cinema, showing public domain classic movies; “Phantom Carriage” at 11 a.m., “Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” at 12:45 p.m. and “White Zombie” at 2:15 p.m.; free-will donation.

O’Hagan Combo

Glenwood, March 26, 3 to 6 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; the Lakeside Winter Dance Club presents the O’Hagan Combo; proof of vaccination required, season membership available,

Backtrack Vocals

Willmar, April 1, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; West Central Concert Series presents “Backtrack Vocals,” a five-person a cappella singing group that transforms familiar pop, funk, Motown, standard and Broadway songs with all-new vocal and beatbox arrangements. Tickets $20 adult, $5 students, at the door.


'Folsom Prison Experience'

New London, April 1, 7 p.m., New London-Spicer High School; the Cat PAC Performance Series presents "Folsom Prison Experience" starring Jay Ernest; all tickets $35, available at .

‘The Andrews Brothers’

Willmar, April 13-15, 20-22, 7 p.m., April 16 and 23, 2 p.m.; Barn Theatre; The Barn Theatre presents the musical “The Andrews Brothers”; adults $25, ages 18 and younger $15; 320-235-9500, online at or at the box office 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Friday. Tickets on sale March 22.

Hersch and Kling

Dawson, April 15, 7 p.m., Madison Mercantile Stage; the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents James Hersch and Kevin Kling; adults $20, students $5, call 320-312-2311 or online at

Baumgart recital

Willmar, April 16, 1 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Ila Baumgart will present a senior piano recital, everyone welcome.

Prairie Winds Concert Band

Willmar, April 23, 2 p.m., WEAC; The Prairie Winds Concert Band concert. Tickets are adults $10, students free.

Velvet Brass

Glenwood, April 23, 3 to 6 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; the Lakeside Winter Dance Club presents Velvet Brass Band; proof of vaccination required, season membership available, .

Wisdom and Wine

Willmar, tickets on sale for the June 8 event; $35, cash or check only at the Willmar library or by credit card online at with service charge per ticket. Authors Marcie Rendon, Matt Goldman and Steve Rushin will be featured.

Book events

Carolyn Mankell Sowinski: April 13, 6:30 p.m., Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar; Kandiyohi County native Carolyn Mankell Sowinski will talk about her latest book “The Great Storm: Minnesota’s Victims in the Blizzard of January 7, 1873.” Sowinski has identified 84 people from 31 counties in the state who died in the three-day storm. She will read excerpts about the storm, highlight some historic documents about the victims, and provide helpful hints when doing research. She will also speak at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at the Lyon County Museum in Marshall.


Mindy Greiling: author of “Fix What You Can, Schizophrenia and a lawmaker’s fight for her son” will be the speaker at a mental health workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 15, at the Willmar Community Center. A panel of local mental health providers will follow Greiling’s talk to share information and local resources followed by a question and answer session. The event is sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the Friends of the Willmar Public Library. Tickets are required. Deadline is April 13 to pick up your free ticket at the Willmar Public Library or online at


Barn Theatre, 321 Fourth St. S.W., Willmar

Bird Island Cultural Centre, 640 Dogwood Ave., Bird Island

K.K. Berge Building, 807 Prentice St., Granite Falls

Lakeside Ballroom, 180 Lake Shore Dr. S., Glenwood

Litchfield Opera House, 136 Marshall Ave. N., Litchfield

Little Theatre, 24 Central Ave. E, New London

Madison Mercantile, 601 First Street, Madison


New London-Spicer High School, Corner of Highway 9 and County Road 40, New London

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, corner of 11th St. and Kandiyohi Ave. S.W., Willmar

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council gallery, 509 West Main Street, Marshall

WEAC, Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar

Willmar Area Arts Council, 321 Fourth St. S.W., Willmar

Willmar Community Center, 624 Highway 71 N.E., Willmar

Willmar High School, corner of Civic Center Dr. and County Road 9, Willmar

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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