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Wine Tasting at Post Town Winery

Jun. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, & Jul. 6, 2014

Time: 4 to 7 p.m.


4481 N Frontage RD. Suite 6 in the Plaza 14 Bld.
Rochester, MN 55901

Details: Looking for an enjoyable weekend event? Post Town Winery, a family run business, proudly opens it's doors to visitors. This boutique winery will charm you the moment you step through the door. You will be welcomed with a keepsake engraved wine glass for your tasting pleasure, followed by a relaxing tasting experience, with coffehouse style music, cheese and crackers and good conversation. During your visit, feel free to wander back to the tank room, the peaceful space where these SE MN grown grapes ferment, age and are bottled to bring you a truely MN GROWN, minimally processed wine. The Post Town Winery is located on the west edge of Rochester, MN just West of the intersection of Hwy 14 and West Circle Drive near the end of the North Frontage Road. The winery tasting room is also available for small private events with or without a tasting.


Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale

April 26, 2014

Time: 7:30pm | 5072867434


400 S Broadway Ste 302
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Concert

Moved by Music: CAE and Janet Lang Dancers

Choral Arts Ensemble

May 3 – 4, 2014

Time: 7:30 pm (Sat); 4:00 pm (Sun) | (507) 252-8427

Zumbro Lutheran Church

624 3rd Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Details: Choral Arts Ensemble will explore the synergy of music and movement in its season finale, May 3 & 4, 2014 at Zumbro Lutheran Church. Collaborating with dancers from Janet Lang Studio, CAE will perform Benjamin Britten's evocative, playful, touching Rejoice in the Lamb, plus a brand-new work by local composing genius Kevin Dobbe that uses motion-generated tones--movements by dancers, choir, and even audience will all contribute to a shared music-making celebration!

Civic Live: Jazz Jam

Rochester Civic Theatre

April 26, 2014

Time: 8-11pm | 5072828481

Rochester Civic Theatre

20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Civic Live: Jazz Jam
April 26 at 8:00pm
Live jazz & open mic at the Rochester Civic Theatre.
John Sievers (trombone) and the D’Sievers host these popular jazz open mic events from 8 to 11pm. Bring your instrument, warmup your voice and play or sing a tune with a great live jazz band. Musicians of all experience levels are welcome.
Free admission and open to the public.

Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Fascinating Rhythm - a tribute to Gershwin Brothers

Rochester Civic Theatre

April 27, 2014

Time: 1pm | 5072828481

Rochester Civic Theatre

20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Fascinating Rhythm
April 27 at 1pm
"Fascinating Rhythm" is a tribute to the genius of brothers George and Ira Gershwin, whose music and words changed, shaped and defined American music more than any other writing team in the nation's history. John Helmers narrates a script written by Laurie Helmers that shares biographical information and interesting anecdotes intertwined with medleys of the brothers' unforgettable tunes for stage, screen and radio as performed by vocalists Laurie Helmers and Tom Overlie. Jan Matson accompanies and also performs a solo segment of George's incomparable "Rhapsody in Blue."
Ticket: $12. On sale now at 507-282-8481 or

Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Walk Around the World International Festival in honor of World Refugee Day

Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association in partnership with Rochester Downtown Alliance and Broa

June 21, 2014

Time: 11am--11pm | 507-289-5960

Peace Plaza Downtown Rochester

1st Ave SW & 1st Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Details: A festival which seeks to create and experience that celebrates the diverse cultures residing in Rochester. There will be ethnic/cultural performances of dance, song, and theater as well as educational displays and ethnic/cultural products and services. There will be children's activities and the day will end with an outdoor movie on the plaza with an international flare! There will be ethnic food for purchase and fun for everyone!

After Hours Co-Ed A cappella Presents: Duality - The Album Release Show

After Hours Co-Ed A cappella

April 26, 2014

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm | 7739872820

Strong Auditorium - University of Rochester River Campus

300 Wilson Blvd
Rochester, NY 14627

Details: The University of Rochester's Co-Ed A cappella group, After Hours, will be having their Spring show on April 26th. It will feature a number of covers of well-known artists such as Justin Timberlake, Usher and Beyonce. Plus, their newest album will be coming out and on sale at the concert. Tickets are $10 for the general public and will be sold at the door. It's going to be a night filled with fun and great music! You might even get to see a riff-off a la Pitch Perfect! We hope to see you there!

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Rochester Civic Theatre

May 16, 2014 – June 1, 2014

Time: All performances at 7pm, except Sunday at 2pm | 5072828481

Rochester Civic Theatre

20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon
May 16 – June 1
Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s "Your Show of Shows," with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince.”
Tickets go on sale April 7 at 507-282-8481 or
Ticket prices: Adult $22, Senior $19, Student $17

Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904

UMR CONNECTS: Shakespeare on the Plaza


June 17, 2014

Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM | 507-258-8053

Downtown Peace Plaza

2nd Ave. SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Details: Free Professional Speaker Series

Join the Word Player Theatre and cast from Shakespeare in the Park as they enact scenes from various Shakespeare plays, perform original music from upcoming productions, as well as incorporate audience members into the scenes!

Global Warming: Deny and Delay or Action without Delay

Kathy Gatliff

April 21, 2014

Time: 7pm-8pm | 507-282-7441

Assisi Heights Spirituality Center

1001 14th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Details: The list of concerns: temperatures rising, arctic ice melting, coral reefs bleaching, wildfires increasing, tropical storms escalating. What is the responsibility of the community? Is there a moral component to the decision? Do our values offer any guidance? Listen and discuss the ethical dilemma of where we are headed if we continue to misuse our environmental resources. Our instructor, Edward Cohen, attended Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is certified in the field of residential and commercial energy auditing. Ed has a history with both the public and private sectors in energy conservation, energy efficiency, solar energy, waste minimization and recycling. He is Vice Chair of the City of Rochester Energy Commission and a steering committee member of CERTS, the Clean Energy Resource Team.

Make-N-Take: Painting and Poetry

Nicole Henry

April 21, 2014

Time: 7pm


Rochester Public Library

101 2nd Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Local artist and poet, Mary Lou Devlin will be here to present a painting and poetry workshop. During the workshop, participants will create a painting inspired by poetry. Participants can bring a poem they like, either that they have written or found.

“Dirt” – The Movie

Kathy Gatliff

April 22, 2014

Time: 7pm-8pm | 507-282-7441

Assisi Heights Spirituality Center

1001 14th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Details: This movie is an insightful film that tells the tale of the lowly and undervalued source of fertility, called “dirt,” upon which we trod. Learn how profit and industrial pursuits have contributed to the degradation of soil. This film is both serious and humorous, with the sharing of expert’s stories that study and harness the power and beauty of this humble matter. What a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day reflecting on how we benefit from our mutual relationship with soil. Our facilitator, Sister Joy Barth, is active in ecological ministries at Assisi Heights.

DMC Development Plan Public Forum Kick-Off

April 22, 2014

Time: 7pm-9pm

Mayo Civic Center

30 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Save the date for the kick-off of the DMC Development Plan public forum.

RCTC LIFE (Learning Is ForEver) Nelle and Truman Capote: A Literary Friendship

Kay Cooper

April 22 – 29, 2014

Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm


RCTC Heintz Center Rm. HA112

1926 College View Rd E
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Vaunceil Kruse A guided discussion of works by Harper Lee and Truman Capote, looking at thematic resonance as well as echoes of voice in the works of these childhood friends. Participants will read Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird"for the first session and "The Complete Short Stories" by Truman Capote, (Vintage ISBN: 1-4000-9691-X) for the second session. The old rumor that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is Capote’s will be addressed. Bios for background browsing (not required, just for reference): "Mockingbird" by Charles J. Shields, "Capote" by Gerald Clarke and "Truman Capote" by George Plimpton.

Jazz Band/Aires Concert

April 23 – 24, 2014

Time: 7:30pm


RCTC Hill Theatre

851 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Join the RCTC Jazz Band and show choir, The Aires for a night of high energy performances.  Light refreshments will be served at intermission.

Peter Yarrow

Valerie McCarty

April 24, 2014

Time: 7pm | 507-732-7616

State Theatre

96 E 4th St
Zumbrota, MN 55992

Details: Peter Yarrow of legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary returns! Yarrow is a singer and songwriter whose social commentary has always been part of his music and his life. He co-wrote one of Peter, Paul and Mary’s most famous songs, “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” and his songwriting also worked its magic with “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala.”

12th Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Stephanie Humphrey

April 25, 2014

Time: 11am-1pm | 507-280-1639

Three Links - Silver Lake Park

840 7th St NE
Rochester, MN 55906

Details: Rochester Public Utilities, with partners Maier Tree & Lawn and Rochester Park & Recreation, will hold their 12th Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 25th. Come join in the celebration at Three Links-Silver Lake Park, located at 840 7th St NE in Rochester, with live music by Paul Mayasich and his band, Real American Made Music, free trees, and free lunch! Smokey Bear, clowns, balloonists, magician, bean bag toss, scavenger hunt, information on tree planting, and many more family activities will be will be taking place. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to RCTC’s Field House located at 851 30th Ave SE in Rochester.