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Brunelle, Jette perform

Pianist Philip Brunelle and guest soprano Maria Jette will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at The Phipps Center. The autumn season, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, is a time for music of remembrance, changing weather and gratitude. Brunelle and Jette have selected music by a wide range of composers, such as Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Lennox Berkeley, Amy Beach, Pauline Viardot, Edward Elgar, Edvard Grieg, Roger Williams and Felix Mendelssohn.

Brunelle, artistic director and founder of VocalEssence, is an internationally renowned conductor, choral scholar and performer. Jette has performed nationwide with many groups. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current ID. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets.

Try ballroom dancing

Ballroom dance parties continue at The Phipps Center Saturdays, Nov. 15, Dec. 20 and Jan. 17, 7:30 to 10 p.m., in the Phipps dance studio. Tom Larson will offer a dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:30. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is $10 per person.

Phipps annual meet set

The Phipps Center will hold its annual members' meeting Monday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the River Room. Any adult who made a monetary contribution to The Phipps Center after Oct. 25, 2007, is a member during the 2008 calendar year. If the donation was made by joint check, each person named on the check is a member. Only individuals are members, not corporations.

Tai chi classes continue

Tai chi classes continue Thursdays, Dec.18-Feb. 19, with no classes Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Phipps Center. This tai chi class trains participants to move more efficiently with the limitations they currently have, avoiding movements that cause distress. It will not correct damage from physical trauma or surgery, but it offers participants more productive ways to hold and move their bodies in alignment that allows relaxation and release from discomfort. Instructor Mark Tomlinson teaches the Yang style long form of tai chi chuan, for beginning and experienced practitioners. The fee for eight sessions is $96.

River Falls does 'Mousetrap'

River Falls Community Theatre's production of "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie continues this weekend, Nov. 13, 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kleinpell Gallery at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union Street. General admission tickets are $10.

Locals in 'Stillwater Nutcracker'

Five Hudson children are performing in the 18th annual "Stillwater Nutcracker" the last weekend of November at Stillwater Area High School. Elizabeth Kleiber (playing a Russian), Bella Lorenz (Page), Anna Milewski (Angel), John Shackle (Party Boy/Soldier) and Savannah Shackle (Snowflake) are participating in the family-friendly version of Clara's Christmas party and dream performed by more than 120 St. Croix Ballet student dancers.

Six performances are scheduled: Friday, Nov. 28, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 30, at 1 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating and are available online at The high school is located at 5701 Stillwater Blvd., Oak Park Heights, Minn. For more information, call (651) 439-2820 or visit the Web site.

GLBT group gathers

Out in the Valley, the social and community-service group serving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens of the St. Croix Valley, is having a social night of board games and charades at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at a private home in Chisago City, Minn. Friends and family are welcome. For more information, call (612) 822-0127, ext. 502, (800) 800-0350, ext. 502, or visit

Poets wanted for open mic

The River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St., invites poets -- from beginner to accomplished -- to participate in an open-mic session of poetry reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the library's lower level. Local writer Jeffrey Kulow will start the evening off with a reading of his own poetry. Poets can read short pieces of their own writing or something from another writer whose work they admire. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. To register, call Nancy Miller, (715) 425-0905, or sign up that evening.

Broadway diva shares life

The Space in New Richmond is hosting Tari Kelly from New York, who will do a one-woman show -- "Follow Your Heart" -- sharing her life as a Broadway performer -- at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 and 24. Tickets are $20; seating is limited. For reservations, visit or call (715) 246-3180. More information is available at The Space is located at 156 High St.

Other cultures featured

As part of International Education Week at UW-River Falls, there will be a free cultural festival from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the North Hall Auditorium on campus. Food, dance, music and other entertainment from different cultures will be featured. For more information, call (715) 425-4444.

Take in hunting comedy at Old Gem

The Old Gem Theater in New Richmond is staging the annual "Hunting Widow's Comedy Night" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. The one-woman show is written and performed by flight attendant Renee Foss and is a parody on the travel industry. Tickets are $10; call (715) 246-3285. The theater is located at 116 S. Knowles Ave.

ArtBarn stages Space comedy

The St. Croix ArtBarn is presenting the Jeff Daniels hunting comedy "Escanaba in da Moonlight" at The Space, 156 High St., New Richmond. Remaining performances are Nov. 14, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15; call (715) 246-3180.