February and March 2020 Happenings in Lanesboro, Minnesota!

Lanesboro is located in Southeast Minnesota, just 40 miles from Rochester and the Mayo Clinic. It is the perfect place for anyone looking for little getaway. Stone Mill Hotel & Suites provides a convenient location for all Lanesboro has to offer. Within easy walking distance, you will find local outfitters, the Commonweal Theatre, several dining options and the shopping district. Family owned since 2001, we have maintained the integrity of the historic 1884 facility and created a comfortable and unique lodging experience.
Fireplace and two-person whirlpool suites are available and perfect for this time of year!
Call us at 507-467-8663 or visit our website at www.stonemillsuites.com.

Name: The Dixie Swim Club
Website: http://lanesborocommunitytheater.blogspot.com
Event Description:
Five Southern women, who met many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, these friends rally ‘round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.
St. Mane Theater, 206 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, MN
Date/Time Information:
February 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7 p.m. 
February 23 and March 1 at 2 p.m.
Contact Information:
Lanesboro Community Theater
$13 Students/Seniors, $15 Adults 
All Seats General Admission
available at Parkway Market, online at thedixieswimclub.brownpapertickets.com , or by calling  800-838-3006 .

Dinner on the Bluff: “Climate Change and the Fish on Your Plate”

Name: Dinner on the Bluff: “Climate Change and the Fish on Your Plate”
Date: February 29, 2020
Time: 5:00 AM – 8:00 PM CST
Event Description:
Nic Mink, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder of Sitka Salmon Shares, will be the featured speaker at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center’s Dinner on the Bluff event February 29th.
Nic’s talk, “Climate Change and the Fish on Your Plate”, will explore our changing oceans through the lens of the fish we consume and how a focus on small-boat, community based fishing can change the way we view and harvest from the ocean.
Nic’s speech will be accompanied by a three-course dinner featuring sockeye salmon provided by Sitka Salmon Shares. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverage of choice.
Pico Guacamole with chips
Stuffed mushrooms
Main Course:
Sockeye Salmon (provided by Sitka Salmon Shares)
Lemony Herb Couscous
Honey Glazed Carrots/Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Dinner Roll
Lemon Tiramisu with Blood Orange Coulis

Name: Master Dance Class Workshop with Ashwini Ramaswamy
Date: March 5, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
Website: https://lanesboroarts.org/calendar/ashwini-dance-class/
Event Description:
Ashwini Ramaswamy, founding company member of the internationally renowned Ragamala Dance Company and dancer/choreographer/project director for Let the Crows Come, is leading a master dance class workshop at Coffee Street Fitness & Dance Studio on Thursday, March 5 at 4 p.m. Registration is $5 per person and the workshop is available to persons age 5 and up. No dance experience necessary.
Participants will have fun learning from Ashwini about her Bharatanatyam (south Indian classical dance) background, focusing on the rhythmic, gestural, and expressive vocabularies that are the underpinnings of the form! In addition to active dance instruction, the class explores concepts of lineage, aesthetics, the close relationship between music and movement in Bharatanatyam, the evolution of culturally rooted art forms, and their ongoing relevance in the 21st century.
As an independent choreographer and Choreographic Associate with Ragamala Dance Company, Ashwini Ramaswamy‘s (Minneapolis, MN) work references ancient myths and ritualistic practices, global literature and poetry, and the mixed media contemporary culture she has absorbed for 35 years, drawing from myriad influences to express a personal identity that has universal resonance. She is a McKnight Artist Fellow for Dance, as well as the recipient of three Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants, a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund grant, and two Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grants. Ashwini currently has the honor of studying under Bharatanatyam legend Alarmél Valli, one of the greatest living masters of the form.

Name: Master Dance Class Workshop with Alanna Morris-Van Tassel
Date: March 6, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
Website: https://lanesboroarts.org/calendar/alanna-dance-class/

Event Description:
Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, a longtime featured performer with TU Dance and dancer/choreographer in Let the Crows Come, is leading a master dance class workshop at Coffee Street Fitness & Dance Studio on Friday, March 6 at 4 p.m. Registration is $5 per person and the workshop is available to persons age 5 and up. No dance experience necessary. Space is limited.
Participants will have fun learning from Alanna’s extensive contemporary modern dance practice (rooted in the Alvin Ailey legacy of American modern dance techniques), as well as how she approached and accomplished the deconstruction and re-contextualization of Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Bharatanatyam dance (a technique totally foreign to her) into a unique movement paradigms for Let the Crows Come.
Brooklyn-born Dancer, Choreographer, Educator, and Producer, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel was a leading performer with TU Dance from 2007-2017. She is one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch!” (2018), City Pages’ Artist of the Year for 2018 (2018), and City Pages’ Best Choreographer (2019). Alanna’s work excavates cultural retention and fragmentation as it relates to Caribbean diasporic identity around ideas of home, place, displacement, spirituality, traditions and rituals. Alanna is a 2015 recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in Dance and a 2016 recipient of a travel/study grant from the Jerome Foundation to participate in the New Waves! Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad studying Afro-Caribbean dance and culture. She is currently working on a new project, Black Light re: Search, to premiere at The Cowles Center in March 2020.

Coffee Street Fitness & Dance
Date/Time Information:
Friday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m.
Contact Information:

Name: International Festival of Owls
Date: March 6, 2020 – March 8, 2020
Website: http://www.festivalofowls.com
Event Description:
Immerse yourself in owls at the only annual, full-weekend, all-owl festival in North America.  Highlights include at least five species of live owls (including foreign species and a flying Barn Owl), owl prowls to call in wild owls, a birding and natural history bus trip, and learn from owl experts from the USA, The Netherlands and Nepal.  Families can build an owl nest box, dissect an owl pellet, make a variety of owl crafts, buy owl merchandise, enjoy owl art and photography, and have a hoot eating owl-themed food.
Houston, MN with the main programs at the school, 306 W Elm St.
Date/Time Information:
March 6-8, 2019
Adults – $10/day
Ages 4-17 – $6/day
Ages 3 and under – free
Members – free

 “Let the Crows Come” presented by Ashwini Ramaswamy & Ragamala Dance Company
Date: March 6, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM CST
Website: https://lanesboroarts.org/calendar/let-the-crows-come/

Event Description:Lanesboro Arts and Ragamala Dance Company are proud to present Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Let the Crows Comea piece of experimental Bharatanatyam dance, at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on Friday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m. Commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and debuting in November 2019 in the Twin Cities, this performance with recorded music in Lanesboro is an exclusive regional date before the production goes on to tour the east coast in April 2020. Let the Crows Come is a genre-twisting evolution of movement and music across cultural and corporeal boundaries. A student ticket rate of $5 is being offered to students 18 and under.
In a series of three dance solos from Ramaswamy and Twin Cities’ dancer/choreographers Alanna Morris-Van Tassel and Berit Ahlgren, the South Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam is deconstructed and recontextualized to evoke a memory that has a shared origin, but is remembered differently from person to person. The dancers’ use of imagery and narrative is accompanied, via recorded audio, by the soaring voice of Carnatic singer Roopa Mahadevan and two other classical Indian musicians, percussionist Rohan Krishnamurthy and violinist Arun Ramamurthy, performing an original score by Prema Ramamurthy. The recorded accompaniment also features composer/DJ Jace Clayton and composer/cellist Brent Arnold, who extrapolate from Ramamurthy’s classical Carnatic score, utilizing centuries-old compositional structures as the point of departure for looped sonic explorations that incorporate pop music and electronic sounds.
“As an artist of diaspora, I am a cultural carrier with an instinct to move within ancestral patterns,” explains Ramaswamy. “There is a continuum between what we perceive as real/tangible and what we accept as unknown/unknowable; this gravitation between the human, the natural, and the metaphysical—which are forever engaged in sacred movement—is a focal point in my work.”
The performance of Let the Crows Come in Lanesboro is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through an Arts Tour grant to Ragamala Dance Company from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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St. Mane Theatre, 206 Parkway Ave N
Date/Time Information:
Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Contact Information:

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