Winners Annouced for Festival


Mankato, Minn. –The international Speechless Film Festival is proud to announce the winners

and official selections of the 2015 festival. Generous cash prizes and honorable mentions were

given in eight categories of submission. The festival received over 170 entries (predominantly

short films) from over 20 countries. Judges include 15 educators and industry professionals from

Mankato and all over the USA.

The public is warmly invited to attend the festival, which will run March 20-21 in Mankato,


Local Art Constituents Meet with Sen Kathy Sheran at the State Capitol

Senator Sheran Photo

Photo Caption with Sen. Kathy Sheran, District 19 (L to R): Brenda Byron, Executive Director of Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, Waseca and board member of MN Citizens for the Arts; Diane Harms, Saint Peter Choral Society and PLRAC Board Member; Lill Robinson, Blue Earth Town & Country Players Theater and PLRAC Board Member; Sen. Kathy Sheran; Sara Buechmann, Mankato Symphony Orchestra; and Kathy Kerekes, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, Mankato.


Good Thunder Reading Series Hosting Chris Abani

On Thursday, March 19, Chris Abani will answer questions about writing, present a craft talk, and give a reading. All events are free and open to the public.


Project Luna at Arts Center of SP

Project Luna

Modern dance, live music, spoken word and visual art will combine in “Project Luna,” an original multimedia performance piece by Rural Route Dance Ensemble at the Arts Center of Saint Peter on Friday, March 20. "Project Luna" explores the rural lunar experience and its relation to the human psyche. Featured artists include Rural Route Dance Ensemble members Mayer, Carla Bode, Emily Stark, Ruth Boehme and Lindsey Tollefson; performance poet Esther Marcella; and the Minneapolis-based mixed chamber ensemble Skeleton Crew.


Merely Players 2014/15 Season News

The Good Doctor

Merely Players Community Theatre is piloting a novel concept in their production season with upcoming performances of "The Good Doctor" featuring first-time directors, costumers, and tech crew. The play, Neil Simon's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's many writings, has been divided where each of the 11 original writings/scenes are being performed as short plays. The twelfth scene, "The Quiet War", authored by Simon, was incorporated into his Broadway production. We are also including this scene as the 12th short play.


PLRAC and MN Citizens for the Arts Present Economic Study

A presentation in Mankato will take place on March 2, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts regarding a new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. The presentation will be made at Room 215, Honsey Hall, Bethany Lutheran College, 700 Luther Drive, Mankato, followed by a discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in our 9-county region in southern MN. This includes the counties of: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan.


Souper Bowl Pottery Sale at the Arts Center Today

arts center

SAINT PETER, MINN. – More than 300 hand-thrown artisan bowls and specialty pottery will be available for purchase at “Souper Bowl,” a fundraiser for the Arts Center of Saint Peter, on Tuesday, March 17 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Redman Club, 412 S. Third Street, Saint Peter, on the route of St. Peter’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade which begins at 5:30 p.m.


Valentine's Day at Number 4, the Restaurant, in Mankato

The Full Monty at Number 4 Mankato restaurant

The Full Monty at No. 4 Restaurant in Mankato


Indie World Film at OPL, Love Is Strange

Love is Strange

Thursday, February 26, at 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. in the Gainey Room at Owatonna Public Library, showing:

Love Is Strange (U.S.)


Indie World Film: ILO ILO at Owatonna Library

Independent World Films, Indie films at public library

Thursday, February 12, at 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day life of the Lim family – troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents. Comfortably middle-class and with a baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in Singapore, Teresa struggles to manage the boy’s antics and find her footing within the family. The two eventually form a unique bond but unforeseen circumstances will challenge the new normal yet again.