Student art display starts Thursday

The latest in a series of art shows featuring the works of Paideia Academy students will debut Thursday at Gallery Editions in Apple Valley. An opening-night reception runs from 6-8 p.m.

Bill and Sharon Nygaard, owners of Gallery Editions, have donated the space and the matting of the artwork for the series. The show opening Thursday features third-, fourth- and fifth-grade art.

Gallery Editions is at 7707 W. 147th St., Apple Valley, in the Granada Center.

Paideia Academy is a charter school in Apple Valley serving grades K-8.


How to write a memoir is subject of class

For anybody who's interested in writing a memoir, the Guthrie Theater educational department will be at the Burnhaven Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 8 offering a program called "Your Story: Intro to Memoirs." The class is limited to 20; registration is required.

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Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival July 10

The first Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival in Prior Lake is getting a big-name headliner with the addition of Midwest native Jonny Lang, organizers announced last week.

The free event, set for July 10 in Lakefront Park, will feature a variety of jazz and blues artists, food and beverages, and a kids' activity area. It's being organized by the Prior Lake Rotary Club and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

"From the very beginning it was our goal to create a free, family-friendly musical event, while showcasing our beautiful city and raising money to continue the philanthropic missions supported by our club," said event cochairman Dave Card.

In addition to Lang, other performers include urban jazz headliner Nick Colionne; guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Joyce Cooling; and veteran bluesman Lil' Ed Williams.

Organizers hope to attract 10,000 people, which would make it one of the largest music events in the south metro area.


Chorale concerts set for Shakopee, Lakeville

The South Metro Chorale (SMC), the Minnesota Mormon Chorale and a full orchestra will team up to perform Felix Mendelssohn's "Cantata: Hymn of Praise" in early May.

"This is a major musical event not to be missed by anyone who enjoys the absolute finest in choral music," said SMC director Loren Squires.

The program also will include familiar sacred pieces under the direction of Erin Gray, artistic director of the Mormon Chorale, as well as the spirited "Elijah Rock" by Moses Hogan, under the direction of Tim Malone. Jerry Goodrich will host the program.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 1 at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 350 S. Atwood St., Shakopee, and 7:30 p.m. May 8 at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Av., Lakeville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. They may be purchased at the door or by calling 952-226-3553. See to learn more.


Poetry slam warmup at Wescott Library

National poetry slam champion Cynthia French will help teens get inspired and comfortable performing during a poetry "boot camp" from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Wescott Library in Eagan.

Sponsored by Caponi Art Park in preparation for its annual Teen Poetry Slam on May 8, the workshop will use examples of poems and performances from a variety of poets and poetry slam champions .

Participants will be asked to read poems, participate in discussions and performance exercises, write and share their writing. To register, visit or call 651-454-9412. The workshop is free to teens and adults; a $5 donation is suggested.

The poetry slam is open to teens age 13-19 and will take place in the Theater in the Woods amphitheater at Caponi.


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