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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

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

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.

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.

An Andy & Bing Christmas – it’s coming to town on December 16

How many Super Bowl players turn into Andy Williams at Christmas? If you answered just one — Ben Utecht, the former Super Bowl winner with the Indianapolis Colts and University of Minnesota football star, Hastings native, author and professional singer — Santa’s got something sweet for your stocking!

Utecht, rockin’ Twin Cities soul man and impresario Mick Sterling and Twin Cities vocalist Cate Fierro have created the most nostalgic of any Holiday shows again this year with their “An Andy and Bing Christmas” concert featuring a 17-piece orchestra/band.  The renowned singers faithfully celebrate and re-create the perfect classic Christmas albums of Andy Williams and Bing Crosby.  For many Baby Boomers raised on Andy and Bing albums at Christmas, the familiarity will be heart-warming. For others hearing these beloved songs live for perhaps the first time in their lives, it will be a refreshing discovery and a new tradition.

They will be bringing the show to Dawson this weekend:

Saturday, December 16 – 7:30pm
Memorial Auditorium – Dawson
Tickets: $25 Adults $10 Students

Included in the show are Bing and Andy Christmas classics such as THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN, WHITE CHRISTMAS, IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS IN KILARNEY. This 27-song Christmas celebration are delivered and performed in a beautiful, remarkable and memorable way. But Ben’s remarkable back story is also worth sharing and equally as memorable.

Since the holidays are a time of giving,  Andy and Bing audience members will have the opportunity to support the non-profit sponsor of the show, The 30 Days Foundation, which assists Minnesota families in real-life financial crisis with a one- time financial grant that is made payable only to the service provider.  Since 2011, 30-Days has assisted over 70,000 families.