Indie Foreign Film at Owatonna Library: Far from the Madding Crowd

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless soldier; and William Boldwood, a prosperous, mature bachelor. Thomas Hardy’s literary classic, Far from the Madding Crowd, is a compelling and timeless tale that is much more than a love story. Although written almost 150 years ago, Bathsheba remains as fierce a character as ever - and she has been brought to life by Carey Mulligan in this dazzling new production.


Photo Slideshow: Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna


First Good Thunder Reading Event Features Feminist Author Roxane Gay

Minnesota State University, Mankato will host fiction and creative nonfiction writer Roxane Gay on Thursday, Sept. 10 as the first of nine writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

Wikimedia Commons image by Slowking44


Iron Maiden Vocalist to Pilot Boeing 747-400 Jet to Six Continents for Book of Souls Tour

Iron Maiden, a metal band from the 80s still putting out albums and touring worldwide with a cult following for those in love with their gory and artistically detailed imagery, still knows how to do big things when they go on tour. The band has travelled via Boeing jets on a number of tours throughout the millennia and their newest Book of Souls tour is only different in that they will be travelling on the largest jet yet and it will be piloted by Maiden's vocalist, Bruce Dickinson. The band will play in six contents travelling more than 55,000 miles around the world.


American Bandstand Tribute

The State Street Theater celebrates television, rock and roll, and teenagers at 7:30 pm, Friday, September 11, 2015. In the 1960′s when television and rock and roll were coming of age and when the biggest generation in American history was just about to enter its teens, it took a bit of originality to see the potential power in this now-obvious combination. The man who saw that potential more clearly than any other was a 26-year-old named Dick Clark. He would transform himself and a local television program into two of the most culturally significant forces of the rock-and-roll era!


Photography Exhibit at Emy Frenz Art Guild

New Gallery Exhibit and Opening Reception at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild

Photography by Wayne Whitmore

Mankato (MN) – Twin Rivers Council for the Arts will be hosting a new gallery exhibit by Mankato artist Wayne Whitmore titled, Natural. Whitmore’s work will center around the four elemental essentials of air, water, earth and fire. The show will run from August 20 – September 16 in the Emy Frentz Arts Guild Gallery, 523 S 2nd Street, Mankato. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.


2015-2016 Good Thunder Reading Series Features Six Events

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 2015-2016 Good Thunder Reading Series will host nine writers during six events in the series’ 34th year.

The annual Good Thunder Reading Series invites emerging and established writers to Mankato to meet with community writers and readers, be interviewed on public radio, lead discussions on the craft of writing, and read from their published works.

All events are open to the public. For more details and specific locations of each event, please visit the Good Thunder Reading Series website.


Country Artist Jerrod Niemann to Perform at MSU

MANKATO, Minn. – Chart-topping country star Jerrod Niemann will perform in concert during Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Homecoming week celebration Friday, Oct. 9.

Opening for Niemann will be country artist Morgan Evans.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct., 9 in Myers Field House. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show will be free for Minnesota State Mankato students and will go on sale for non-students Sept. 1.


Tangerines, World Independent Films at OPL


A story of awakening humanity in the midst of violence, told with intimacy and elegance, Tangerines is the spare, yet haunting tale of an older Estonian man who cares for two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the 1990s-era war in Georgia. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanizing effect that just might transcend ethnic divides. The film reveals compassion to be the ultimate response to centuries of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict, a compelling and relevant message.


FoodNiche: Banana Pancakes and Social Dialogue


A new social media channel has emerged around the debate about nutrition and the niche interest and national fascination with food. It is called and Slanted Magazine Southern Minnesota Arts & Culture recently explored some of their Facebook posts to get a feel for what the new niche network will have to offer food lovers and the nutritionally conscious. Here is what we found.