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Meander Weekend will launch new work by local poet Lauren K. Carlson

On Saturday, October 6, Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents the premiere of a new work during Meander weekend at 7:30pm at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson: A Life on the Prairie: Poem, Story & Song from Lac qui Parle.

Poet and writer Lauren K. Carlson, in collaboration with regional and local musicians, combines her experiences as a writer in a performed reading featuring art song and musical accompaniment. Themes of Carlson’s work include celebrating the natural world while recognizing the challenges of life and work in a rural setting.

Collaborators for this production include composer Andy Stermer, formerly of Montevideo; pianist Brandon Hurley and bassist Allysa Larson, and mezzo-soprano Heidi Felton, all residents of the Prairie Waters region.

Event sponsors are Farmers for Dawson and Pioneer Public Television. Coffee from Marc’s on Main will be available in the lobby. Tickets are on sale now online and will also be available at the door. For more information, contact the box office at 320-312-2311. Order Online: Click here!

Arts Association opens 18th season with White Whale Productions’ Ishmael September 20

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association announces the opening event of its 2018-2019 performing arts season on Thursday, September 20 with a performance of Ishmael by White Whale Productions at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson at 7:30pm.

Drawn from Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick, Ishmael tells the tale of a country schoolteacher who signs on to a whaling trip with a captain he’s never met. A shape-shifting actor and a multifaceted musician conjure a funny, thoughtful, harrowing play about one man’s drive to see the world and another man’s insatiable quest to destroy it.

Originating at the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Ishmael was chosen for development into a full-length theater piece at the 2016 Big Sky Conservatory and premiered at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in 2017. Ishmael opened the season for Minneapolis’ Jungle Theater in 2018, successfully selling out daily performances for three weeks.

Comedy Night with Tommy Ryman! Feb 2

Winterfest Comedy Night
Saturday Feb 2
7:00 pm
Tickets $15 Adults or $5 Students
Pasta Buffet beginning at 6:00pm – $11 per person
Limited seating of 150 for this meal & show
Meals must be purchased by Jan. 30

NEW Location:
Hilltop Bar, Grill & Event Center
712 Oak Street on Hwy 212 – Dawson

Join us for a night of laughs with Tommy Ryman – and have dinner before the show!

Tommy Ryman grew up with a new-age, folksinging mother and a traditional, Lutheran insurance-agent father. This XY equation evidently equals: acclaimed comedian. Ryman has earned the title of Semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, where judges raved about Tommy saying, “they had never seen anything like him, one of a kind, fantastic!”

Ryman’s act is absurdist and clever, masked behind a very likable and innocent demeanor, often thought of as disturbingly adorable. He is a favorite among audiences at top clubs, colleges, and corporate events around the nation, and he is regularly featured on SiriusXM, and iheartradio.

Ryman recently won the title of Best in the Midwest at the prestigious Gilda’s Laugh Fest,and voted best comedian in the Twin Cites by City Pages. He was invited to perform at the Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theater.   Ryman’s newest album “Having the Time of My Life” hit #2 on the iTunes comedy charts, and he also has a brand new comedy special on Dry Bar Comedy

Johnson Memorial Health Services
Dawson Chamber

Writing Workshop with Carrie Newcomer

The Beautiful Not Yet: Living with Hope in Hard Times
February 24

Carrie Newcomer
1-4:00 pm
Writing workshop on Sun., Feb. 24
$20 per person. Limit of 30 workshop participants.
Get tickets online
Or call the box office 320-312-2311

The Beautiful Not Yet: Living with Hope in Hard Times

Facilitated by Carrie Newcomer (Musician/ Poet/ Educator)

“ Hope is holding in creative tension, everything that is, with all that could and should be, and each day taking action to lessen the distance between the two”  Parker J. Palmer.

This mini-retreat led by Grammy winning singer songwriter, Carrie Newcomer, will explore maintaining hope and our ability to envision during times of individual and community challenge.  Carrie will use music, poetry, reflective writing, small and large group conversation to explore the personal stories and practices that keep us resilient and help us to stay centered in daily, faithful, and life-giving action.  Participants will consider the things that have helped them maintain hope in the past as well as ponder if those things are still available to us, and if so how do we access them. This retreat will be conducted in a safe, fun and respectful atmosphere.  No previous experience with creative art forms is necessary.

Rekow Management LLC

Also available a concert with Carrie Newcomer and Gary Walters on Feb 23