War of the Worlds Live Radio Play Performance by Merely Players

Merely Players Community Theatre's 2014-15 season begins next Friday, October 24, 2014 with "War of the Worlds Live Radio Play" (WOTW). The performances are October 24, 25, 31 and November 1 at 7:30 PM and Octber 26 and November 2 at 2:00 PM.

There are two acts:


Hermann the German Coming to New Ulm in October

Hermann the German is going to make another appearance in New Ulm on Saturday, October 11. The New Ulm Actors Community Theatre (NUACT) presents a hilarious play for New Ulm to open its 2014-2015 Season. Tickets are available on line at www.newulmact.com or at the New Ulm Chamber.

Mankato Mosaic to Feature 24-Hour Art Show Featuring Theme from Community

Be part of Mankato Mosaic's 24-Hour Art Show, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Mankato Event Center.

Four musicians, four poets, four playwrights and four artists will be chosen on Monday, Oct. 6. All will have to create their art using a theme drawn randomly by Mankato Mosaic members. Anyone in the community can submit a short theme -- a quote, a phrase, a sentence -- and email it to mankatomosaic@gmail.com with 24-Theme in the subject line, along with your name and phone contact.

Mankato Symphony Orchestra Music & Brews Fundraiser September 26

Mankato Symphony Orchestra cellist Kate Sonsteby teaches Ben Findley to play the cello

Haven't you always wondered what it is like to play double bass? Trumpet? Triangle? Violin? On September 26 come on down to the Mankato Brewery and give it a shot while being cheered on by MSO musicians and fellow participants. Perhaps you'll discover a hidden talent. You'll definitely have a good time.

SurlyFest This Coming Weekend in Brooklyn Center

SurlyFest Flyer

The 6th Annual SurlyFest event will take place this weekend in the Twin Cities.

SurlyFest is back, Sept. 21, from 2:00 – 6:17 p.m. A regular ticket will come with a commemorative half-liter SurlyFest stein and 4 beer tickets, according to the Surly event page. A designated driver ticket gets DDs two soda tickets. There will be live music, food vendors, and of course, beer, including SurlyFest, Surly's German style Oktoberfest bier, the company mentioned.

Beer tickets won't be available to purchase at SurlyFest.

Live Music:

Scott Wesley to Perform at Gustavus Tonight

Scott Wesley will perform at Saint Peter's private college tonight. He will grace the Courtyard Cafe at Gustavus Adolphus College.

According to the Gustavus Event Calendar and the activities coordinator at the college for this event, "Scott Wesley performs a high energy show with diverse sound in the pop/rock genre. He's performed at over 60 colleges and universities across the country. Come to the Courtyard Café to relax, grab some coffee, and hear some great music."

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Had Huge Turnout This Year

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival had one of the biggest turnouts of any year this year, according to organizers at the festival. Traveling north on Hwy. 169 that week provided the evidence: long lines of cars that stretched from the festival location (near Jordan) backed up all the way to the stoplight intersection at Chaska (near Holiday gas station).

Free Family Concert Series: Haydn Go Seek –The Lark

MSO Poster

Mankato, Minn. – September 4, 2014– Come and enjoy the first of four hilarious and fun filled performances based upon Haydn’s String Quartets with the Austrian composer himself and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. This is a show for all ages. Each child takes home a gift and a snack at the end of each show. The first performance of this series will be taking place next Saturday, September 13th, in the Mankato YMCA Exercise room.

Comedy Event to Benefit Merely Players at Mankato Event Center

Mankato, MN: ComedySportz Minneapolis will bring its unique blend of comic improvisation to the Mankato Event Center on Thursday, September 18 at 7 and 9 pm.

Based out of Calhoun Square in Minneapolis, ComedySportz is light-hearted insanity that appeals to people from every walk of life. It’s clean, positive entertainment that is guaranteed to please even the toughest crowd. This group has been entertaining audience of all ages for 25 years, and has appeared on local and national TV.


Chief Keef to Perform in Mankato in Time for MSU Homecoming

Popular hip hop artist Chief Keef will be performing in Mankato just in time for the madness that is Minnesota State University Homecoming. The news hit Twitter last week.

Keef even released a promotional video for the event that glorifies his upcoming show, his music and his lifestyle.