Washington County community arts news

  • Updated: March 25, 2013 - 11:40 AM

Claudia Schmidt will perform songs from her new album, “Bend in the River.”

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In April, people in the St. Croix River Valley will be reading “The Tragedy of Arthur” by Minneapolis native Arthur Phillips. The Valley Reads 2013 books selection will challenge readers to figure out what is real, what is true and who assigns value.

Phillips has been acclaimed as “one of the best writers in America” by the Washington Post. As part of Valley Reads, a one book/one community event that brings together the entire St. Croix River Valley, Phillips will be in the region at several events from April 18-20 to share his work, his process and his Shakespearean-style play.

Several events are planned throughout the Valley to encourage discussion, bring together neighbors and, during select events, to experience a scene from a Shakespearean-style play performed by actors from St. Croix Festival Theatre.

The play, taken from “The Tragedy of Arthur,” is in development for a full stage production. Phillips lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

“The Tragedy of Arthur” is available at local libraries. Also, Valley Bookseller in Stillwater and Chapter 2 Books in Hudson are offering a 15 percent discount on the Valley Reads title.

For more information, visit www.valleyreads.org or www.artreachstcroix.org.

Here is the schedule of public events:

• 3 p.m. April 18: Author event and scene from “The Tragedy of Arthur” with Phillips and the St. Croix Festival Theatre Actors of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The event will occur in Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, 420 E. Cascade Av., River Falls, Wis. It is free and open to the public, but donations are requested.

• 7 p.m. April 18: Club Book Headline event at Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St. N., Stillwater, where Phillips will discuss his work and the writing life. It will be immediately followed by a reception hosted by ArtReach St. Croix’s Literary Arts Committee, ArtReach St. Croix, 224 Fourth St. N., Stillwater.

• 7:30 p.m. April 19: Author event and scene from “The Tragedy of Arthur” with Phillips and the St. Croix Festival Theatre Actors at the St. Croix Festival Theatre, 210 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls, Wis. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are requested.

• 10 a.m. April 20: Writer’s on Writing: A brunch with the author; $20 for members, $22.50 for non-members, Lake Elmo Inn, 3442 Lake Elmo Av. N., Lake Elmo.

• 7 p.m. April 20: The English Majors Ball, Light appetizers, cash bar, honorary degrees at the door; $10 for members, $12 for non-members, Brine’s Third Floor, 219 Main St. S., Stillwater.

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Folk legend Schmidt to christen studio

A concert by Claudia Schmidt at 7 p.m. April 13 will mark the grand opening of artist Tom Maakestad’s new art studio at 51 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix.

Schmidt will play from her new album, “Bend in the River,” a collection of 16 essential tracks from the singer’s prolific Red House Records catalog.

This collection of her past catalog is by no means a bookend to her career, but a celebration of her musical journey, where she has been and looks forward to taking both her loyal fans and new listeners.

Tickets are $20 and can be bought by e-mail at maak@winternet.com or call 651-260-8021 to reserve.

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