Arts calendar published Sept. 7, 2022

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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Hayloft Players auditions

Willmar, Sept. 7-8, 4 p.m., Barn Theatre; auditions for youth in grades 1-9 for “Once Upon a Crime, the Trial of Goldilocks,” performances Oct. 28-29; free, register on The Barn Theatre website.

Pepfest Music Festival

Willmar, Sept. 10, 4 to 10 p.m., Robbins Island; Pepfest 2022 presents a celebration of America, the music of Nashville with George Birge and Erin Grand; local entertainment 4 to 6 p.m., main event 6 p.m.; shuttle buses from Willmar Senior High School, Willmar Middle School and Kennedy Elementary School; tickets $41, available on

Monson Lake Opry Festival

Sunburg, Sept. 10, 1 p.m., Monson Lake Opry Barn, 225 170th Ave. N.E.; bands and musicians 57Chevy, Kentucky Thunder, Gene Watson, Ricochet, Wade Hayes and Junkyard Caddy; tickets $50, ages 13-20 $30, 12 and under free, available at Brinks 104 Club, Sunburg, Brinks in Swift Falls and on

Copper Street Brass

Willmar, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; West Central Concert Series presents Copper Street Brass, with a variety of music from classical and opera, jazz and folk, to rock and disco. Tickets $20 adults, $5 students, at the door. Season tickets available on the website, .

Peacetime Ukraine

Litchfield, Sept. 25, 1 to 4 p.m., Litchfield Opera House; the sights, sounds and cuisine of peacetime Ukraine with Ukrainian folk music by violist Svetlana Potapova Davis, photos of Ukraine by award-winning photographer Ralph Hallquist and Ukrainian appetizers; freewill donation for people of Ukraine.


Velvet Brass

Glenwood, Sept. 18, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; the Lakeside Dance Club presents Velvet Brass; season membership available,

‘The Odd Couple’

Willmar, Sept. 22-24, 29-Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 2 p.m.; Barn Theatre; The Barn Theatre presents Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”; adults $20, ages 18 and younger $10; 320-235-9500, online at or at the box office 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Friday.


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

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

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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