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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

Dragons Love Tacos: April 8 (Student Performance)

heatreworks USA’s Dragons Love Tacos
Monday, April 8, 2019

Madison Dental Clinic – Brandon Ulstad, DDS

A musical revue of beloved contemporary children’s books!

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Dragons love all sorts of tacos — except spicy ones!  When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party , red-hot trouble ensues.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
It’s bedtime for the little red chicken.  Papa is going to read her a story, but the chicken can’t help interrupting.  Will the chicken ever get to sleep?

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
A story about the creative spirit in all of us. Vashti can’t draw.  Then her teacher says, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”  Vashti discovers she is an artist, after all.

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Mercy, a porcine wonder, and Mr. Watson go for a ride every Saturday in Mr. Watson’s automobile.  But one Saturday, guess who winds up behind the wheel?

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman, painted by Betsy Lewin
Yee Haw! Cowgirl Kate and her loyal horse Cocoa are the perfect pair. They do everything together, until school is in session — and horses are not allowed!

Approximate Running Time: 50 Minutes
Recommended Ages: Grades K through 5

Tickets on sale this week for Riverfest Show: A Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline set for Saturday, June 23

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents A Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline with Colleen Raye during Riverfest Weekend in Dawson at Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, June 23 at 7:00pm. This is the final performance of the Arts Association’s 17th season.

Singing Patsy Cline’s greatest hits like “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” or “Walkin’ After Midnight,” as well as some of her lesser-known tunes like “You Belong to Me,” “Stop, Look and Listen,” “Eyes of a Child,” Colleen Ray skillfully brings the artistic presence of Patsy Cline into her performance, singing her songs with a heartfelt sincerity that is rare, while also talking about Patsy’s life. Audiences will appreciate Raye’s natural charisma and sense of humor. Her vocals are supported by a quartet of talented musicians.

Event sponsors are Peggy Crosby & David Pederson and Kluver Law Office & Mediation Services, PLLP. Tickets are on sale beginning Friday, June 15 by calling the box office at 320-769-2955 Ext 246 or online. This is a reserved seating performance.

Children’s Theatre Company touring production of Seedfolks comes to Dawson May 22

Tues., May 22, 2018 – 7:00pm
$10 Adults $5 Students

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents a public performance of the Minneapolis-based Children’s Theatre Company, Seedfolks, on Tuesday, May 22 at 7pm at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson as part of the Company’s three-month tour to eight cities across Greater Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. The organization received tour support from the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Arts Tour Minnesota grant to bring Seedfolks to eight theatres across Minnesota in Worthington, Grand Rapids, Fairmont, Detroit Lakes, Red Wing, International Falls, Brainerd and Dawson in the spring of 2018.

CTC recently brought this production of Seedfolks to the prestigious ASSITEJ International (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) 2017 World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

The CTC commissioned play was developed and premiered at CTC in 2014 and is based on the book by Newbery Award-winning author Paul Fleischman. Seedfolks begins when nine-year-old Kim plants the first seeds in the rat-infested, vacant lot next to her apartment building. They are six lima bean seeds, planted in honor of the father she never knew. Slowly, each member of the community finds a reason to plant their own seeds, resurrecting a derelict lot and uniting a fractured neighborhood. Actress Sonja Parks embodies the 11 distinct voices of Gibb Street in this enthralling, one-woman production.

“This is a beautifully written, funny and poignant book and production about the power we all have to be catalysts for change,” states CTC Artistic Director and Seedfolks Director, Peter C. Brosius. “We came to the decision to use one single actor to portray 11, diverse voices in this production as a demonstration that we are all part of a whole, and together, we can create something beautiful.”

The New York Times’ review of the production claims that “its themes could not be more topical in today’s fractured, and fractious, America” and “how people so disparate, distant and divided can find, in every sense, common ground.”

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for multigenerational audiences. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire for nearly 275,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to producing world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is also presenting this production to area students on Wednesday, May 23.
Event sponsors for the Dawson production are Minnwest Bank and the Dawson Community Foundation, a component fund of the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

Tickets are available online or the box office at 320-312-2311.

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association Annual Meeting

We’re changing things up this year! Members are invited to the Dawson VFW Event Center on Hwy 212 on Thursday, May 3, from 6-7pm for the Annual Meeting of Dawson-Boyd Arts Association. Come for an update on next year’s season, for a review of last year’s financials, elect new board members, while enjoying complimentary appetizers, cash bar and live music.

We hope to see you there!

Luther College Jazz Orchestra in Dawson MN April 13

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents the Luther College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Juan Tony Guzmán on Friday, April 13 at 7pm at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson.

Guaranteed to make the stage come alive with musical energy, these 21 talented student musicians will perform swing, Latin, funk and more!

Event sponsors of this performance are John & Effie Deno. Coffee by Marc’s on Main will be served in the lobby prior to the performance.

No tickets are necessary for this performance. A freewill offering will be taken.

Learn more.

Cancelled: Carrie Newcomer shows

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association regrets to announce that this weekend’s concert and workshop with Carrie Newcomer and Gary Walters are cancelled because of the forecast of snow and more snow and then, wind!

We do not wish to put audiences or artists on the road in the conditions that are forecast for this weekend.

If you have already purchased tickets, we will contact you to discuss options.

A re-scheduled date will soon be available and we will announce that as soon as it is confirmed.

Big News, Quick Change – Mary Mack in Dawson Saturday Feb 3

We have bad news and good news. Sadly Cy Amundson, our scheduled comedian is unable to be with us this weekend. Happily Mary Mack is going to replace him Saturday night at 7:30!

Mary is hilarious! Her endearing, slightly quirky stage presence and musical surprises make her popular with a wide range of people. With her mandolin in hand and off-kilter stories of life as a former polka band leader, music teacher, and all-around confused individual, Mary delivers a one-of-a-kind performance that is sure to make you laugh. Mary’s mandolin sing-alongs have been featured on national radio and television, including appearances on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

But why tell you when we can show you. Check her out below and join us Saturday night. Tickets will be available at the door.