Film historian Bob DeFlores will screen films featuring Bing Crosby in a program Wednesday evening at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater.

DeFlores was a big fan of the bass-baritone who went on to be one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with more than a half billion records in circulation. DeFlores has collected scores of films featuring Crosby, whose mother, Kate Harrigan, was born in Stillwater.

The program, called "Bing Crosby Movies at the Courthouse," will include "Please," a 1933 Paramount film, "Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look at Bing Crosby," and a 30-minute home movie and highlights from Crosby's home in Toluca Lake between 1935 and 1943. The scenes show Crosby playing tennis, horseback riding, swimming and attending parties.

Clips and commentary will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event put on by Stillwater Theatre are $10 at the door, or $9 if reserved in advance by calling 651-338-4158.


Sikorski is a finalist in play writing contest

William Sikorski's "13A" is one of 20 plays still in the running to be included in the Lakeshore Players' 2012 Ten-Minute Playwrighting contest. Sikorski is the only playwright from Minnesota to have a script selected as finalist.

More than 357 published and amateur playwrights from around the world submitted scripts to be considered for the contest. After the initial cut in February, directors and actors read aloud each of the 39 works named as semifinalists during March and choose the finalists.

Ten winners will be announced in April, and their plays will be presented on stage during the eighth annual 10-Minute Play Festival June 7-11.


SPCO plays Schubert's 'Tragic' symphony'

Franz Schubert's fourth symphony in C Minor will be one of the featured pieces when the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 N. 4th St.

Thomas Zehetmair will lead the orchestra as it also performs Schubert's "Rondo in A" for Violin and Strings and the U.S. premiere of Irish composer Gerald Barry's "Feldman's Six-Penny Editions."

Tickets are $10 to $25. For more information, call 651-291-1144.


Egg hunts Friday in Carver Lake Park

Kids are invited to search for colored eggs filled with prizes Friday at Carver Lake Park, 3175 Century Av. S. The Old-Fashioned Egg Hunt is free and begins at 6:30 p.m.

In a separate Flashlight Egg Hunt, kids ages 6 to 13 can search for eggs that contain hidden messages that reveal prizes. That hunt runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is also at Carver Lake Park. The cost is $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Adults must accompany children while in the park.

Both hunts are sponsored by the Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 651-714-3583.


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