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I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert...Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Nothing beside remains.
Auditions for "The O'Conner Girls," by Katie Forgette, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts. The O'Conner girls, Liz and Martha, help their mother, Sarah, excavate their recently deceased father's mountain of personal effects over the Christmas holiday in a small town in northern Minnesota, 1997. Clues to the quiet patriarch's life are discovered, prompting the usual heated arguments and some unusual revelations.
It's all about the balloons! And a new balloon is coming to Hudson for the first time for the 24th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair Feb. 1-3. The winter festival is presented by WESTconsin Credit Union--Hudson and features about 30 commercial, regular and special-shaped hot air balloons. The newest special-shape balloon to participate at this year's event is Gus T.
"Frostbite Follies," an eclectic new vaudeville show featuring guitarist/fiddler/singer Pop Wagner and ragtime pianist Butch Thompson, will be performed on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Wagner and Thompson frequently appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" during the formative years of the show.
Squire House Gardens in Afton, Minn., is presenting a series of Saturday afternoon gardening presentations during January and February. The Winter Weekend Garden Talk and Tea series will feature discussions moderated by landscape artist and shop owner, Martin Stern. Complimentary tea will be served. The schedule includes: --Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m.: Photo presentation on Vita Sackville-West and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. --Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m.: Newly introduced perennial plants. --Saturday, Feb.
The Phipps Oratorio Society is a regional community chorus that annually performs major works for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. Membership is open to any interested singer of high school age and older without audition. Prior singing experience as well as basic musicianship skills are helpful. A membership fee of $25 helps to defray the costs of the performance. The 2013 performance will include Antonio Vivaldi's joyful "Gloria" and J. S. Bach's cantata "I Will the Cross Gladly Carry" for baritone soloist, orchestra, and chorus on Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m.
The Old Gem Theater invites students to join the next session of performing arts classes beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22. The Young Performers Ensemble class, for students eight years old and up, will rehearse and perform the poignant drama "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." In 1941 thousands of Jews were forced out of their homes and into the ghetto at Terezin to await their fate at the hands of the Nazis.
Aerialists Rachel Butler (above) and Gemma Kirby are featured in "Frostbite Follies, an eclectic new vaudeville show featuring guitarist/fiddler/singer Pop Wagner and ragtime pianist Butch Thompson which will be performed on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
Heads up! We've got a book about heads this week, "Heads in Beds," by Jacob Tomsky (Doubleday, $25.95). But first a brief dissertation on what I like to call the "insider" novel, which has been around for centuries. One of the first is "Moll Flanders." In which Daniel DeFoe gets inside the life of a prostitute and con artist to tell readers what goes on in the life of Moll. Tons of such novels have followed.
A popular hot air balloon will return to the Hudson Hot Air Affair Feb. 1-3 -- the RE/MAX balloon. The familiar red, white and blue aerostat representing the real estate company has been part of Hot Air Affair for more than 20 years. The winter festival and hot air balloon rally is presented by WESTconsin Credit Union-Hudson and features about 30 commercial, regular and special-shaped hot air balloons.