Faces of Winona

Lanesboro Arts-FRFF

LANESBORO ARTS is proud to host three short documentary film events presented and curated by the Frozen River Film Festival and the Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project at the St. Mane Theatre in scenic Lanesboro on Saturday, February 3, 2018. “Iraqi Voices” will be shown at 1p.m., “Jeff’s World” begins at 4p.m., while the “Adventure Film Set” will start at 7:30 p.m. A Cross-Cultural Storytelling Workshop will also take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Upper Level Studio Space of the St. Mane Theatre.  These screenings will kick off the 2018 Frozen River Film Festival, taking place in Winona, MN February 7 -11. Film-goers are invited to attend the opening reception for the 4th annual Emerging Artist Exhibition also happening Feb. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7p.m., at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery.  Tickets for each screening event are $7/$5 LA member (FRFF 2018 Donor Premiere and Big Muddy Passes will also be honored) and are available online at lanesboroarts.org, at Lanesboro Arts Gallery, by calling 507-467-2446, and at the St. Mane Theatre box office one hour prior to each screening on February 3. The Frozen River Film Festival offers documentary films and programming that engage, educate and activate our community to become involved in the world.

Pictured: Tater Litterer & his sisters dance with fire in “Keiki Fire and Light,” part of the Adventure Film Set. Photo by Pioneer Public TV

John Paulson Big Band Concert

The Winona State University music department is hosting a free John Paulson Big Band concert Sunday January 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm. The concert will be held at the Vivian R. Fusillo Main Stage Theatre in the Performing Arts Center on the main WSU campus in Winona, MN. The 18-piece group includes some of the best jazz players and teachers in the region. They are unique in that they perform only original big band jazz composed and arranged by musical director John Paulson. The music is an exciting mix of contemporary blues, Latin, ballads, funk and swing with plenty of solo space for the players. Paulson taught jazz and woodwinds at Saint Mary’s University for over 30 years and he is currently an adjunct music instructor at Winona State University. His first big band CD “The John Paulson Big Band Project” was released in 2012.  Portions of the Winona State concert will be recorded and included on the group’s upcoming CD “Five Years On” slated for release in the fall of 2018. This concert will also feature Twin Cities guest artists Adam Meckler (trumpet and flugelhorn), David Graf (trombone), and guitarist Scott Gerry plus the addition of vocalist and recording artist Ariane Lydon (pictured). Adam Meckler is a trumpet player, composer, and educator living in Minneapolis, MN. He is an Edwards Instrument Co. Performing Artist and Clinician, and leads The Adam Meckler Orchestra (AMO), an 18-piece big band that plays his original compositions. The AMO's debut album 'When the Clouds Look Like This' was listed among 2014's Best Jazz Releases by iTunes.
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