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Play! In the Barn: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Sep
28
8:30 PM20:30

Play! In the Barn: The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds
Written and Performed by David Mann
Directed by Sarah Gioia

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The Best of All Possible Worlds is a one-man comedy created by David Mann about
life in the suburbs, parenting, and being a corporate speaker. Buy a house. Have some kids. Make a living. Lose your mind.

In David Mann's first original one-man show in 14 years, he exposes the truth about
chasing the American Dream. Or at least... he shows what happened to him while pursing
it. It's a crazy, funny, weird trip into the jungle of the suburbs, the bizarre world of
corporate speaking, and the first years of parenting. He relives his valiant yet failed effort
to achieve work-life balance despite having quite a few motivational speakers tell him
exactly how.

Mann says, "At age 38 — when we had our first child — I immediately started aiming for
what so many people of my generation were brought up to want: a stable middle-class
life. So I started speaking and consulting in the business world as a way to make a living.
But what ended up happening was an exhausting chase for something I could barely even
define."
With personal stories and colorful characters, David takes you on a journey into the
empty bubble known as the American Dream.

» www.davidcmann.com

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

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Music on the Farm: Root River Jam
Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Root River Jam

Music! On the Farm: Root River Jam

Root River Jam will be performing music during pizza service from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 

Root River Jam is a cross genre "Americana" group based in southeast MN. Their original music includes styles from folk, country, rock, blues, celtic, and jazz.

Singer / guitarist Dave Wilson melds his life experiences into song. Growing up the son of a veterinarian on a farm near Preston, MN. He helped out on many farms throughout the region. His mother taught Dave and his siblings to play piano. And sing melody and harmony. He started writing music during his middle school years.

Listeners instantly connect with the expressive melodies, improvisation, and interaction. Recalling the "jams" of the past! Renewing the dreams of the future! 

Root River Jam released their debut album in March, 2017. After a wildly successful release party in Rochester, MN. They have bee traveling to new destinations promoting their music. 2017 proved to be a breakout year and one of transition. While still playing their favorites places, they are seeking to play more shows and events.  2018 will brings some new music and new horizons. They hope to see you at a show!

 

 
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Music on the Farm: Barbaro
Aug
31
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Barbaro

Music! On the Farm: Barbaro

Barbaro will be performing music during pizza service from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 

Barbaro is a progressive bluegrass band playing music for films about cooking. Spicy instrumentals, savory harmonies, and to-the-point songwriting creates a dynamic and captivating set for audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Barbaro began crafting it's sound in the fall 2016 and has been evolving ever since. With an EP coming out in early 2018, and a full length album already in the works, the band's tone is getting juicy and it's originality is reaching medium-rare. 

Barbaro brings together some of Minnesota's lightly seasoned, only getting older musicians for a delectable bluegrass feast. Kyle Shelstad began his journey in Montana starting the band the "Kitchen Dwellers." Isaac Sammis comes from the Winona music scene having played banjo with "Tin Can Gin." Max Graham is undoubtably the kindest mandolin player in the Twin Cities area, leading multiple bands including everyone's favorite "Kind Country." Fiddler Rachel Calvert started playing bluegrass with the "Common Ground Company" and continues to collaborate with a number of exciting musical adventures. Chris Anderson has meandered the world of music from Classical to Klezmer and now is departing on his first voyage into the world of bluegrass.

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Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

ONION FEST: Music on the Farm: Maritza

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Maritza will perform music during pizza service
starting at 5:00 pm.

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Maritza's repertoire includes evocatively beautiful melodies forged in the passionate history of Europe and Russia, lively Jewish wedding dance horas and frailachs, Gypsy (Romany) music, and twisting rhythmic line dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Greece.

Named for a river in Bulgaria, Maritza was born during a jam session among Pine Wilson and friends in 1998 in Decorah, Iowa. Pine’s love for Eastern European music and folk dance was the impetus for the band to take shape. Thanks to the enthusiastic and fun-filled tune ideas of many musicians over the years, Maritza keeps the beat going!

» www.maritzatunes.wordpress.com

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Music on the Farm: Rich Show
Jul
27
5:00 PM17:00

Music on the Farm: Rich Show

Music! On the Farm: Rich Show

Rich Show will be performing music during pizza service from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 

Show has been heralded as South Dakota's all-time greatest rock & roll songwriter, with a catalog dating back over four decades. Nearing his 60th birthday, Show re-recorded songs from throughout his career, including music originally released with legendary Sioux Falls bands No Direction, Flag With Hank and Violet. 

"Few of us have a record of our life, of our purpose, our art. That’s probably because we aren’t willing to look at it. Not really. We don’t turn our lives over and over like a spectacular jewel; examine it from all directions, in different light and circumstance. We don’t go back again, and again, and try to explain it to ourselves. Most of us just don’t think about it that hard. Rich Show does. Music has no answers and songwriters aren’t prophets or shamans. But good songs are stories, reflecting the writer’s vision, translated into melody and rhythm. Guitar, bass, drums. The classic rock n’ roll formula endures as a classic American art form. Rich took these tools of music, the craft of storytelling and turned his memories into jewels. He took his observations of life in a small Midwestern city and honed them until they shined. He got up every day and went to work, and raised kids, and struggled with himself. All the while, for all the years, he examined his life, turned it over, tried to figure it out and then interpret it for us … There has never been a record like this for a South Dakota artist, and there likely never will be again. Rich has the history of the city, the dedication to the craft of storytelling, of setting it to music, colored by the people and culture of where he lives. What we hear in this record is the progress of a life of wonder, and hope, but grounded in the absolute reality of life. Because real life gives us very little, unless you’re willing to turn it over and over and find the hidden gems between the edges.” 

— Excerpted from Patrick Lalley's liner notes to "That Was The Future, This Is The Past"

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Flourish Youth Performances
Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Flourish Youth Performances

Performances by Flourish Summer Camp Youth.

Flourish Summer Camp is a performing arts program for youth ages 11-15. The camp consists of a group of artists that mentor young people in the disciplines of theatre, puppetry, dance, music and voice for one week in the context of a farm. The goal of the program is to establish an intimate working climate that allows each participant to voice their unique ideas.

FREE and open to the public.

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Music on the Farm: Vidar Skrede
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Music on the Farm: Vidar Skrede

Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg will perform during pizza service from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. If there is rain, they will play in the barn at 8:00 PM.

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Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg join their Scandinavian fiddle forces together in this Norwegian-Swedish folk music duo. The variety of strings includes fiddles, Hardanger fiddle, 5 string fiddle, and even some guitars. The mix of tunes is composed by both their original and traditional Nordic fiddle tunes.

This is what music sounds like between two Scandinavian transplants in the Midwest coming together to share their fiddle tunes.

More about Patrik Ahlberg at: www.patrikahlberg.com

More about Vidar Skrede at: www.vidarskrede.com

Suggested ticket price $10.

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Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: Old Time Barn Dance with Bob Bovee & Co.

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event!

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Betsy Neil, fiddle; Pop Wagner, caller.


Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music! in the Barn: Whole Hog Revue

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Music! in the Barn: Whole Hog Revue

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event!

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Co. (Spring Grove).

Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

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Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Music on the Farm: MJ & Jake

MJ & Jake will play music during pizza service
starting at 6:00 pm.

MJ Bach was raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis. With influences from John Prine to Ben Gibbard, she has always been inspired by storytellers. When she got a Taylor guitar for he 16th birthday, she started writing songs and performing in the youth group band at church.  While attending college at St Ben’s, MJ challenged herself to play original songs on stage at least once a month. After college, she spent a summer as an intern at Dreamacres Farm, pulling weeds, playing music, and making pizzas. Since then, she has lived and worked every corner of Minnesota as a botanist and outdoor educator, writing songs that tell the stories of small towns and the people who live there. When MJ settled in the St Cloud area to teach middle school science, she bumped into Jake at an Open mic night.

Jake Hagedorn (aka Jake Braking) picked up the guitar at 13 years old having already impressed many with his singing voice. Largely self-taught in his teen years, Jake went on to study at Gustavus Adolphus College until moving to the St Cloud area in 2001. In demand as a vocalist & guitarist, he maintains a busy performance schedule in the Americana group Broken Fiddle, modern rock band Dirty Mercury & now performing with MJ. You might know him from Beatles tribute The Revolution 5. Jake also enjoys theatre and plays bass in various orchestra pits. Somehow he finds time to work as a postal carrier on top of all this!

MJ & Jake have an undeniable chemistry that guarantees to charm & entertain! Combining their respective songwriting prowess with a knack for interpreting both modern & classic male-female duets, they will keep you enthralled. Grab your sweetie and make it a date night!

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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Music on the Farm: Tom Schramm & the LPs

Tom Schramm & the LP's will play music during pizza service
starting at 6:00 pm.

 

Experience Lanesboro’s own “easy listening” band while you enjoy your pizza at the farm. "This fun group, from the hills of Southeastern Minnesota Bluffcountry, plays a mix 70’s easy listening, vintage country, a few originals and songs to sing along with. The lead singer, transplanted from Arizona, has been likened to a cross between Neil Young and John Denver, and with a banjo, upright bass, and strong harmonies, this group is a mishmash of folk, rock, country and bluegrass." — Tom Schramm & the LP's Facebook page

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The Good Person of Szechwan
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Good Person of Szechwan

The Good Person of Szechwan
by Ten Thousand Things Theater and Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative

Directed by Michelle Hensley

7:00–8:30pm

Wykoff Community Hall

FREE! All are welcome!
Light refreshments provided! Come one come all!

Best for ages 14 and up.

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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same time.

Featuring Christina Baldwin, Sun Mee Chomet, Joy Dolo, Tyson Forbes, Elise Langer,
Harry Waters Jr, Karen Wiese-Thompson and Max Wojtanowicz.

www.tenthousandthings.org

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board
through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people on November 4, 2008
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MISSION

Ten Thousand Things brings lively, intelligent, professional theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts - who in turn help our artists and traditional audiences re-imagine what theater can be.

VISION

Ten Thousand Things will continue to be a significant force in the American theater, inspiring its audiences and the field with its unique model of high quality, low cost, accessible theater and transformative outreach. We aim to brighten the future of theater through our successes in Minnesota and across the country because we know that theater is richer when everyone is in the audience.

VALUES

Audiences of ALL life experiences and backgrounds
Artistic excellence in all we do
Investment in artists as our greatest asset
Honesty, depth and imagination in our work and our relationships
Diversity at all levels - in our performances, our audiences, our staff and our leadership
Bold universal stories - full of hard questions, complicated and hopeful - that speak to the human experience and help us to discover all that we share in common
A working environment that offers trust, room for creativity and equal participation, and that fosters laughter, play and joy

OUR PERFORMANCE MODEL

At our performances, audiences experience theater in its most vital, elemental form. We don't use a stage; rather, we perform on the floor inside a circle of chairs, with the lights on so everyone can see each other, with minimal sets and live music. The result is a performance that engages the imagination of our audiences. Through this dynamic exchange, artists and audience breathe new life into theater together reminding us that theater is essential to all of our lives. We do not preach easy answers to life's difficulties and seek to transcend the perceptions of class, race, education and life experience that often divide us.


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“TEN THOUSAND THINGS IS ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST: KINDNESS TO OTHERS, PARTICULARLY THE MARGINALIZED, AND INSPIRING ART.” — DONOR
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Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

Play! out of the Barn: Philemon & Baucis – Planet in Peril: A Picnic Operetta

Philemon & Baucis – Planet in Peril: A Picnic Operetta by Mixed Precipitation
3:00 - 4:30 pm

Photos by Jaffa Aharonov

Fun for all ages, enjoy this mix of theater, food, and music on the farm!

A new adaptation of Haydn’s rarely performed 1773 marionette opera, featuring the music of Queen!

Returning from space exploration in a far off galaxy, space cadets Jupiter and Mercury return to earth to find humanity decimated by plague. Surviving citizens are cold, suspicious, and hooked on banality. Our gods-in-disguise prowl about town looking for someplace to unveil their gender-bending extravaganza. No one will give these gods a chance but the down-trodden tavern of Philemon and Baucis.

This production explores fear, displacement, and hospitality to strangers from another world. We celebrate the natural human yearning to heal the planet — while gazing into the great beyond. This space-age, romantic adventure features the beloved melodies of Haydn’s The Creation and the defiant rock n’ roll of Queen! That means German opera and oratorio with the music of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.

This one-of-a-kind show is written and directed by Elizabeth Windnagel and Scotty Reynolds with music director Gary Ruschman.

» www.mixedprecipitation.org

Suggested ticket price $10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

Mixed Precipitation is a performance company exploring text, space and form with festive theatrical events that inspire social engagement. The Picnic Operetta is a lively theater experience touring to community gardens and other green spaces. A five-course tasting menu of locally grown, performance-inspired delicacies is served during each show bringing together classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling into a celebration of ecosystems.
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Aug
25
8:30 PM20:30

ONION FEST: Play! in the Barn: VANG by Mary Swander

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ONION FEST: Performance: VANG: A Drama About Recent Immigrant Farmers by Mary Swander
8:30pm – 10:00pm

Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and Kennedy Center award-winner Matt Foss collaborated to create a drama called Vang (meaning “garden” or “farm” in Hmong). Swander and Chamberlin documented recent Iowa immigrant farmers. Swander wound their words together to form a verbatim play that captures the immigrants’ journeys to the U.S. Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and their intense desire to return to the land. Chamberlin took stunning photos of the immigrants in their greenhouses, farms, and dairy barns.

For any sensitive soul, it is not possible to be a witness to this play and not to be changed by it, not be moved by the gut-wrenching experiences of these recent refugees and immigrants. We applaud their ability to survive the horrific and find solace in their farms and gardens. — Dr. Judith A. Conlin, Executive Director of Iowa International Center

A Hmong family who fled Communist bullets and wild tigers through the jungle of Laos and across the Mekong River to the refugee camp in Thailand. A Sudanese man who was thrown into prison in Ethiopia for helping the Lost Boys and was left gasping for air through a crack under the door. A Mexican woman who taught herself English by looking up the meaning of the profane words that were hurled at her at her first job in a meat packing plant. A Dutch boy, dressed as a cowboy, who put the flag of the Netherlands through the paper shredder and declared, “I am an American.” These are some of the characters brought to life in Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers.

The immigrant farmers in this production came from four continents, speaking over six different languages, with multiple experiences of the world. In their own ways, they adjusted to life in America. Some of these immigrants came to the U.S. as refugees from war-torn parts of the world. Others came fleeing poverty in their homelands. Still others came with money, invited to join agri-business ventures. Many of these immigrants landed in the U.S. and took the only jobs they could find—in meatpacking plants and auto repair shops. But all of these immigrants had grown up on farms and wanted to once again assume the livelihood that they had known in the past, the work that had formed the foundation of their cultural roots.

The public often thinks of farmers as white males of European ancestry living in isolated rural areas. And the public often thinks of immigrants as those who have slipped into the United States to take advantage of assistance programs. Vang blows both of those stereotypes and opens discussion about how farming is done in the United States and how immigrants have become part of the larger agricultural picture.

The entire play runs an hour and has two actors, male and female, who take on the parts of all 8 immigrants. The play calls for a spare stage with simple movement and props. Dennis Chamberlin’s photos of the immigrants are projected on the walls of the theatre and bring both artistic grace and reality to the performance.


Dennis Chamberlin:

Photojournalist, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Dennis Chamberlin’s photos have appeared in such prestigious places as The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, TheEconomist, and Newsweek. Chamberlin is an associate professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University. He holds an M.F.A. in photography from Indiana University. He lived much of his adult life in Poland.

Matt Foss:

Matt Foss studied theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago and in Moscow. He received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 2013. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the University of Idaho. He has won five Kennedy Center Awards for productions.

Mary Swander:

Mary Swander is the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. She has published over thirteen books of poetry and non-fiction, in addition to plays, radio and television scripts and magazine articles. She has
appeared in such places as The New York Times Magazine, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, and Poetry Magazine. Swander’s plays Driving the Body Back and Farmscape have toured the U.S. Swander is a Professor of English and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. She holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

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Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

ONION FEST: Music on the Farm: Maritza

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Maritza will perform music during pizza service
starting at 6:00 pm.

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Maritza's repertoire includes evocatively beautiful melodies forged in the passionate history of Europe and Russia, lively Jewish wedding dance horas and frailachs, Gypsy (Romany) music, and twisting rhythmic line dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Greece.

Named for a river in Bulgaria, Maritza was born during a jam session among Pine Wilson and friends in 1998 in Decorah, Iowa. Pine’s love for Eastern European music and folk dance was the impetus for the band to take shape. Thanks to the enthusiastic and fun-filled tune ideas of many musicians over the years, Maritza keeps the beat going!

» www.maritzatunes.wordpress.com

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Aug
25
5:00 PM17:00

ONION FEST: Pizza on the Farm

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Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00 pm or as far as the dough stretches

Music on the Farm: Maritza

Relax and listen to live music from Maritza while you enjoy your onion-based delicacies.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

 

DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Aug
11
8:30 PM20:30

Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet

Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet
A One-woman play by Jane Curry (Minneapolis)
8:30pm – 10:00pm

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door at least one hour before the show.

As her deadline rapidly approaches, newspaper columnist Weezie Alton just can't seem to find the inspiration for her latest offering of "Weezie's Whimsies." So she does what any other self-respecting writer would do. She procrastinates. In the process she channels her inner Erma Bombeck in a monologue about advice given to women over time on sex, dating, marriage, and housekeeping.


Jane Curry is an author, storyteller, performer, and recovering academic with a knack for provoking both thought and laughter with her one-woman shows. Since 1983, she has traveled with her various personae to forty-eight states, Israel and Japan. Last summer she brought her "Samantha" character to Dreamacres and returns this year with "Samantha's" great-granddaughter.

Written and performed with a sense of history and humor, the four shows described below address themes of women's history and gender equity. They have been featured for a variety of audiences and venues: performing arts stages, conferences, banquets, fundraisers, teacher in-service workshops, Artists/Lecture/Lyceum/Convocation Series, student assemblies, government agencies, corporations, college and university programming, community groups, festivals, and celebrations.
 

Jane Curry's One-Woman Shows:

Nice Girls Don't Sweat 
Sammy Kay Knight, English teacher and veteran of the All American Red Heads professional basketball team, tells stories about women's experiences with athletics over time. With a sense of history and humor, Sammy Kay's verbal meanderings engage the enduring themes of physical capacities, propriety, and femininity.

Miz Wizard's Science Secrets
Join Barbara Knight, aka Miz Wizard, as she tells stories about women's contributions to science, engineering, invention, and math... about revolutionary research and media portrayals... about obstacles faced and overcome by women whose passion is discovery.

Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question 
Features farm wife and rustic philosopher Samantha Smith Allen as she "rastles" with questions concerning history's treatment of women, rights denied by the church, women's powerlessness before the law, social status, role assumptions, and more.  Samantha challenges the status quo and plants herself squarely on the side of sensible women's rights.

Sisters of the Quill and Skillet 
As her deadline rapidly approaches, newspaper columnist Weezie Alton just can't seem to find the inspiration for her latest offering of "Weezie's Whimsies." So she does what any other self-respecting writer would do. She procrastinates.


More information can be found at: www.janecurry.com  and www.mnartists.org

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Aug
11
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

Pizza service will be followed by: Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet. A One-woman play by Jane Curry (Minneapolis) at 8:30pm.

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door at least one hour before the show.


DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet (Open Rehearsal)

Play! in the Barn: Sisters of the Quill & Skillet (Open Rehearsal)
A One-woman play by Jane Curry (Minneapolis)
3:00pm

An open rehearsal of Sisters of the Quill & Skillet for those who want to experience edgy theatre in the daylight hours.

As her deadline rapidly approaches, newspaper columnist Weezie Alton just can't seem to find the inspiration for her latest offering of "Weezie's Whimsies." So she does what any other self-respecting writer would do. She procrastinates. In the process she channels her inner Erma Bombeck in a monologue about advice given to women over time on sex, dating, marriage, and housekeeping.

Jane Curry is an author, storyteller, performer, and recovering academic with a knack for provoking both thought and laughter with her one-woman shows. Since 1983, she has traveled with her various personae to forty-eight states, Israel and Japan.  Last summer she brought her "Samantha" character to Dreamacres and returns this year with
"Samantha's" great-granddaughter.

Written and performed with a sense of history and humor, the four shows described below address themes of women's history and gender equity. They have been featured for a variety of audiences and venues: performing arts stages, conferences, banquets, fundraisers, teacher in-service workshops, Artists/Lecture/Lyceum/Convocation Series, student assemblies, government agencies, corporations, college and university programming, community groups, festivals, and celebrations.
 

Jane Curry's One-Woman Shows:

Nice Girls Don't Sweat 
Sammy Kay Knight, English teacher and veteran of the All American Red Heads professional basketball team, tells stories about women's experiences with athletics over time. With a sense of history and humor, Sammy Kay's verbal meanderings engage the enduring themes of physical capacities, propriety, and femininity.

Miz Wizard's Science Secrets
Join Barbara Knight, aka Miz Wizard, as she tells stories about women's contributions to science, engineering, invention, and math... about revolutionary research and media portrayals... about obstacles faced and overcome by women whose passion is discovery.

Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question 
Features farm wife and rustic philosopher Samantha Smith Allen as she "rastles" with questions concerning history's treatment of women, rights denied by the church, women's powerlessness before the law, social status, role assumptions, and more.  Samantha challenges the status quo and plants herself squarely on the side of sensible women's rights.

Sisters of the Quill and Skillet 
As her deadline rapidly approaches, newspaper columnist Weezie Alton just can't seem to find the inspiration for her latest offering of "Weezie's Whimsies." So she does what any other self-respecting writer would do. She procrastinates.

More information can be found at: www.janecurry.com  and www.mnartists.org

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Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

Music on the Farm: Brass Messengers

Music on the Farm: Brass Messengers (Minneapolis / St. Paul)
A sprawling fun factory of ten musicians
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Suggested ticket price $10. 

Brass Messengers photos by Jim Clifford

"The Brass Messengers are a Minneapolis street band playing mostly original music inspired by global sources. The BMs formed from the annual rubble of of the Heart of the Beast Mayday Parade and Ceremony in Minneapolis. The musical origins were found in the music of Africa, the Carribean and Balkans, but now the BMs play whatever works, throwing in a country song to the crying drinkers, a high speed polka or two for the midwest dancers, running in circles with the little ones, activating gatherings of our activist kin or a bit of Black Sabbath for the metal crowd.   But mostly, it is an original music that rises from the heart of the band that can only be described as a homegrown Minneapolis street music sound.

The Messengers play stages large and small, events from parties to bars, large theaters to street parades and funerals.  The Mess have been a part of the HONK community for nine years running, attending more than ten HONK festivals in Sommerville, Seattle and Austin, TX." — The Brass Messengers website

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