Arts calendar published Oct. 3, 2019

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. Items may be emailed to with “arts calendar item” in the subject line.

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Minnesota River Valley, Oct. 4-6; five-county Upper Minnesota River art crawl, self-guided tour of 40 individual artists and 33 studios in and near the western Minnesota communities of Ortonville, Appleton, Madison, Milan, Dawson, Montevideo and Granite Falls.


Watson, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Watson Town Hall; Midwest Hall of Famers Don and Lee Kanten present a fun night of music; freewill donation at the door.

Scandinavian folk music

Dawson, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents Scandinavian folk musicians in concert; adults $15, students $5, call 320-312-2311 or purchase tickets at the door.

‘In the Bag’

Litchfield, Oct. 6, 2 p.m., Litchfield Opera House; Opera House tea and the one-act play “In the Bag”; $6 or $5 with a donation of an item(s) of good quality clothing. Bring your finest tea service and reserve a table for eight to watch the play with your friends, $40, prizes awarded for the best table.


Willmar, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., WEAC; Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, a circus like show starring Gregory Popovich, acrobats, ringmaster and pets; for season ticket information email; season and individual concert tickets will be available at the door.


Monroe Crossing

Glenwood, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., Central Square; named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing performs an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals; $30 in advance, $35 at the door, children under 12 are free with a paid adult, call 320-634-0400 or online at

Concertina Jamboree

Morgan, Oct. 13, 3 to 8 p.m., City and Country Tavern; all concertina players are welcome.

Willmar High School

Willmar, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., high school gym; “Wonderment” fall showcase concert featuring all four choirs, three bands and two orchestras.

White Rose Band

Glenwood, Oct. 20, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; the Lakeside Dance Club presents Julie Lee’s White Rose Band; $10 per person, $5 ages 17-30, season membership available; no jeans;

‘Show and Spell’

Willmar, Oct. 25-26, 7:30 p.m., The Barn Theatre; the Hayloft Players presents “Show and Spell” children’s performance; adults $10, ages 18 and younger $5; 320-235-9500.

BOLD High School

Bird Island, Oct. 25 & Nov. 2, 7 p.m.; Oct. 27 & Nov. 3, 4 p.m., Bird Island campus stage; BOLD High School presents “Les Miserables”; adults $7, students $5.

Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra

Willmar, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., WEAC; fall concert “Halloween Hollow;” adults $12, up through age 18 admitted free with adult, season tickets available.


Willmar, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; Timothy Chooi, sterling violinist with piano accompaniment presents a classical program; for season ticket information email; individual concert tickets available at the door.


Bus tours

Twin Cities museums: Oct. 23, $45 non-members/$40 members; tour of the Museum of Russian Art and the American Swedish Institute, includes bus and admission fees, lunch not included, call the Willmar Area Arts Council at 320-235-8560 or email .

Pioneer Public TV

The Pioneer Public Television studio is located at One Pioneer Drive in Granite Falls. For more information call 1-800-726-3178 or email .

Minnesota 4-H: Growing True Leaders: Oct. 10, 7 p.m., hosted by Libby Montreuil, it will highlight the Engineering Design Challenge where 4-Hers from all over the state were tasked with designing a Rube Goldberg-type machine that helped a superhero save the planet.

The program also features interviews with 4-Hers at the Minnesota State Fair talking about their projects and experiences in 4-H.


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

Dassel History Center, 901 First St. N., Dassel

Central Square, 105 Second Ave. N.E., Suite 111, Glenwood

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


Kandiyohi County Historical Society, North Business 71 (by the train engine), Willmar

Kensington Bank, 2800 First St. S., Willmar

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

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

Memorial Auditorium, 601 Ninth St., Dawson

Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council gallery, 114 Third St. N., Marshall

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

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

Willmar Civic Center, 2707 Arena Dr. N.E., Willmar

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

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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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