Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Chapter: The Laureate chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at 10 a.m. in La Barista, located just inside the south entrance of the Washington Square Mall. Marilyn Tinjum is the hostess and Ethel Duenow will present the program.
Tuesday, April 2
Community Health & Wellness Summit: Join Becker County Energize members for the 2nd Annual Community Health & Wellness Summit, set to take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1401 Madison Ave., Detroit Lakes. Becky Dale of Minnesota Communities Caring for Children will discuss adverse childhood experiences and NEAR science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience). Anyone who cares about building resilient communities, where kids and adults can thrive is encouraged to attend — community members, faith leaders, parents, grandparents, government officials, service providers, policy makers, etc. For more information, please contact Karen Pifher at [email protected].
The Magic of Dr. Seuss: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a Dr. Seuss-themed magic show, “The Magic of Dr. Seuss”, starting at 1:30 p.m. Dive into the wacky and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss with this performance of magic, story-telling and silly comedy featuring the characters found in some Dr. Seuss’ most famous works. Perfect for families with toddlers, preschoolers and pre-kindergartners, this show is offered free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This event is offered in connection with 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a library program that helps children develop literacy skills.
Wednesday, April 3
TeacHaiti Update: Miquette Denie McMahon, founder of TeacHaiti, will be giving an update on the educational nonprofit and its two Schools of Hope in Haiti during the evening Lenten service at Cormorant Lutheran Church, 14314 County Highway 4, Lake Park, starting at 7 p.m. (There will also be a meal served prior to the service, starting at 6 p.m.) Visit www.teachaiti.org to learn more.
Thursday, April 4
Church Basement Ladies: The Church Basement Ladies return to the Historic Holmes Theatre (806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes) for two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. As the title indicates, the gents take center stage for his year’s performance, “Rise Up, O Men,” as the church prepares to celebrate its centennial. Visit the website at www.dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html or call the box office at 218-844-7469 for ticket information.
El Zagal Shrine Circus: The Detroit Lakes Shrine Color Guard is once again hosting three shows by the El Zagal Shrine Circus at Kent Freeman Arena, 1310 Rossman Ave., starting at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door; children age 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Advance tickets may be purchased at Central Market.
Friday, April 5
Rummage & Bake Sale: The congregation of Zion Lutheran Church, located at 1100 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host a rummage and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A barbecue lunch will also be available, so you can come and spend the day browsing.
Friday Night Fish Fry: The Detroit Lakes Knights of Columbus, Council 3166, will host a Lenten season fish fry on Friday, April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students under age 12.
Twelve Angry Women: Join the Detroit Lakes Area League Of Women Voters and a cast of 12 impassioned Becker County women — including Melissa Swenson, Amy Erickson, Amber Schwarock, Patti LaBarre, Sheila Welle, Mary Haney, Carol McCarthy Fisher, Lauren Seien, Angei Koltes, Chandler Esslinger, Kristal Kadrie, Wendy Spry, Sharon Josephson and Colleen Froke — as they lend their voices to a staged reading of the classic play “12 Angry Men” starting at 7:30 p.m. inside the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. This performance is a part of the 12,000 Voices campaign. Learn more at www.12000voices.com. There will also be voter registration after the show, which is free and open to the public, though free will donations will be gratefully accepted to help with expenses.
Saturday, April 6
Live B.I.G. Women’s Workshop: Come to The Clubhouse at The Village of Riverview (14799 US Hwy 59, Detroit Lakes, MN) between 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for an exclusive event designed just for the women of Detroit Lakes! This morning of courage, connection, and inspiration will feature national speaker Rebecca Undem, small town advocate and author of “How Mommy Got Her Groove Back,” who will share her inspiring signature message encouraging us all to embrace our circumstances and live big right where we are. Each participant will get a signed copy of Rebecca’s book plus the opportunity to win fantastic door prizes! Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com (search for “Live B.I.G. in Detroit Lakes”).
Clean Transportation Talk: Come to the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club (112 W. Holmes St.) for a 10:30 a.m. presentation on electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them, hosted by West Central Climate Action, the Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, and the Sierra Club. Presenters will include Dan Juhl, founder of Juhl Energy, and Jason Grenier of Otter Tail Power Company; event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, April 7
Pancake Breakfast: The Knights of Columbus Council 3166 will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser with a choice of pancakes or French toast, sausage and a beverage, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; proceeds will benefit Detroit Lakes’ Health Resources Center.
Ham Bingo: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 210 W. Maple Ave., Frazee, will host a fun, family-friendly afternoon of “Ham Bingo” from 1-3 p.m. Cards are available at a cost of three for $1; prizes will include one ham to the winner of each game, plus solation prizes if there is more than one bingo. Last game will be a “black-out,” with the grand prize being supplies for a ham dinner. All proceeds will benefit the church’s project to repair the siding on the parsonage.
Lakes Area Chorale: The Lakes Area Chorale will perform a special concert, “New York, New York,” featuring the best of Broadway and Lincoln Center, at 2 p.m. on the stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. There is no admission fee, though a free will offering will be taken.
Nature Poetry Workshop: Author Kevin Zepper will be at the Tamarac Discovery Center for this special workshop hosted by the Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn some creative techniques for writing poetry inspired by nature, from the man who wrote “Moonman,” a book-length collection of poems, along with four poetry chapbooks. Zepper is also an English professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead and volunteers with the Poets Across America Initiative. Cost for the workshop is $15; scholarships are available. For more information, or to register, please call 218-847-2641.
Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, “Viva Puerto Rico,” will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Tired from the long winter? Escape to Puerto Rico, a tropical island infused with unique natural wonders. Some of the island’s special native wildlife — including manatees, parrots, and turtles — is threatened with extinction. Meet the charismatic scientists dedicated to restoring Puerto Rico’s rich biological heritage in this 50-minute film. The Visitor Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, please call 218-847-2641.
Monday, April 8
Successful Gardening with Eric Bergeson: Learn how to grow plants in the cold climate of the Northern Prairie from author Eric Bergeson, who will visit Detroit Lakes to share helpful tips and information for gardeners on the plains of Minnesota and North Dakota. Bergeson will share from his latest book, “Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie,” which is an easy-to-read, common sense manual for gardeners. This author presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Admission is free and all are welcome, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Big Rigs & Trucks: Kids, parents and caregivers can get up and close to some “big rigs and trucks,” and meet the workers who drive them, during this special open house at the Detroit Lakes City Garrage, 508 Front St. E., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is part of Week of the Young Child, April 7-13. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 10
Christian Women’s Club: The Detroit Lakes Christian Women’s Club will meet at the Holiday Inn, 1155 U.S. Highway 10 E., Detroit Lakes, starting at noon. This month’s topic is “God’s Gift of Salvation,” and the guest speaker will be Arlene Gabrielson, Cambridge, Minn., who is a mom, grandmother, blogger and part-time hairstylist. She will be speaking on the topic, “A Sister’s Gift.” Cost for the lunch and presentation is $12.50; please RSVP to Norma at 218-846-1977, or Esther, 847-5443 no later than Sunday, April 7. Free nursery care is also available; contact Diane Enslin, 847-2165 by Monday, March 8.
Detroit Lakes NARFE: Detroit Lakes Chapter 1842 of NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) will hold their regular meeting at noon in the Holiday Inn’s Ice Cutter Room. District Field Officer, Carolyn Billing, will be our guest speaker, and there will be an update on the May 21-22 State Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. All federal retirees and current Federal employees are invited to attend. The noon lunch will be from the menu, with the business meeting beginning at 1 p.m. If you need directions or have other questions, please contact Chapter President Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 for additional information.
Brown Bag Lunch: The Becker County Museum’s April Brown Bag Lunch presentation will highlight “The History of the Detroit Lakes Library.” To celebrate Library Month in April, join the museum’s staff to hear about the 106 years of history of the Detroit Lakes Public Library, a cornerstone of our community. There is no admission fee for the museum during Brown Bag Lunch events. Bring your own lunch or call the Museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve a box lunch for $8.
Gymnastics Open House: Jump and move at the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics Open House, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Upstairs Little Tykes Gym, MN Flyer Gymnastics, 1306 Rossman Ave. Learn more about local gymnastics programs to practice skills and build strength. This event is part of Week of the Young Child, April 7-13. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 11
Tamarac Volunteer Training: New and seasoned volunteers will get a spring update on refuge projects and opportunities. For more information and to sign up, please contact Janice Bengtson at 218-844-1756 by Monday, April 8. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Tamarac.
Early Childhood Native American Pow Wow: Sample traditional food and dance at the 3rd Annual Early Childhood Native American Pow-Wow, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Middle School. There will be a free community feast at 4:30 p.m., followed by the grand entry at 5 p.m., with an opportunity to watch or join intertribal dancing. Educational booths, a book giveaway, traditional food sampling and more will also be featured during the event, which is part of local Week of the Young Child festivities.
Dad’s Night: Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School will host a Dad’s Night open house as part of local Week of the Young Child festivities, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All dads and their families welcome.
These Happenings section items or events do not have a specific date, or take place on more than one day.
Lenten Fish Fry Fundraiser: The Knights of Columbus Council 12581 of Frazee will host a Friday night fish fry fundraiser on March 29 and April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee. The Lenten meal will include fried fish, scalloped potatoes or French fries, green beans, cole slaw, bread and ice cream. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 7-12, and free for kids age 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Becker County Food Pantry, local scholarships and the ongoing project to restore the church’s stained glass windows.
ABE Orientation: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering a two-day orientation for those wanting to enroll in GED or Adult Diploma classes. Orientation dates are April 3-4 and April 17-18. Prior to Orientation, students are required to complete ABE Enrollment paperwork.This should take about 90 minutes. Orientation is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days; students must attend both days. Call 218-844-5760 to register or stop by the ABE office at M State-Detroit Lakes.
Eagles Bingo: Bingo is back at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Call 218-847-5267 for more information.
Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: Open pickleball play will take place every Monday through Friday, 8:30-11 a.m., at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Two to four courts are available depending on gym and school schedules. All skill levels are welcome; all equipment provided. Wear good quality court shoes. For more information email [email protected] and join the Facebook group DL Pickleball. Rules are available at www.USAPA.org.
Lakes Area Adoption Support: Lakes Area Adoption Support is an adoption support group for anyone who has adopted or who is in the process of adoption. We meet the last Tuesday of each month at the Audubon Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Childcare available.
Overeaters Anonymous: Two local chapters of Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step food addiction recovery program, meet weekly in Detroit Lakes: One group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in Community Alliance Church, while the other meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. No diets, weigh-ins, or fees. All are welcome! For more information on the Community Alliance group, please call 701-388-7585. For more information on the First Lutheran group, please contact Donna at 218-329-5335.
Mom’s Morning Out: A Mom’s Morning Out meeting is held every Thursday morning, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at La Barista in the Washington Square Mall. You and your little one are invited to come visit with other breastfeeding moms and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea. A breastfeeding and infant care expert will be present to answer questions. For more information or to sign up call 218-314-7051.
Birthing class: Essentia Health St. Mary’s hosts childbirth preparation classes for expectant mothers in their sixth to seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include Labor & Delivery, Cesarean Birth, Role of the Labor Companion, Newborn Care, Unexpected Outcomes, Breast & Bottle Feeding, Postpartum Period, Breathing Patterns & Relaxation Techniques. Suggested donation is $40 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 218-314-7051.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is hosting this new caregivers’ class on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. Classes last approximately 90 minutes. For more information, contact Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681.
Free English as a Second Language Classes: Adult Basic Education in Detroit Lakes offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday-Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by the ABE offices at M State to register or for more information.
Eagles Pinochle: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be pinochle at the Eagles Club located at 112 West Holmes Street in Detroit Lakes. Members, guests and friends welcome. For questions call Gordy Martinson at 218-841-2940.
Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. Are you caring for a friend or family member age 60 or older? Join other caregivers for education, sharing, problem-solving and refreshments. Facilitated by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. All are welcome. Contact Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681 with questions.
Adult Children of Alcoholics: The Alano Club of Detroit Lakes (827 Summit Ave.) will host a weekly meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families (ACoA) every Sunday at 8 p.m. For more information please contact Gina B at 218-849-3649.
Library Storytime: Children ages 3 through kindergarten are invited to the Detroit Lakes Library on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for exciting stories and activities that are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. For more information, call 847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at www.larl.org.
TOPS meetings: Take Off Pounds Sensibly members help each other stay on track to their weight loss goal. No diets, no food to buy and no workouts to follow. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room in Detroit Lakes. Weigh in is at 4:15 p.m., followed by meeting at 4:30. TOPS Chapter 940 meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran. TOPS 1251 of Lake Park meets every Tuesday at the Lake Park Lutheran Church, with weigh-in starting at 12 noon, followed by the meeting at 12:30. Come and join us as we help each other reach our weight goals as we improve our health. New members always welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218-532-5882.
Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery, for hurts, habits and hang-ups, is held every Monday at Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes. It begins with supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by large group and small group at 6:30. Contact Cleo Smith at 701-367-3313 for more information.
L.A. Moms group: Lakes Area (L.A.) Moms is designed to nurture every mother. At our L.A. Moms group, you will have a chance to socialize with other moms, hear some great teaching, have discussion time and participate in creative activities. L.A. Moms is held the first and third Wednesday of each month throughout the school year from 9-11 a.m. at the Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. For more info, call 218-846-1199.
Senior Social: A Senior Social is held the first and third Thursday of the month at the Neighbor to Neighbor office in Frazee. The address is 501 W. Juniper Suite B. (the “blue building” on old Hwy. 10). Call 218-334-3559 for more information.
Community Alliance Church programs: Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, hosts Quilting for Missions Mondays at 9:30 a.m.; The first Tuesday of every month is High Mileage (suggested ages 55 and up), which meets for “pot-blessing” meal at noon, followed by special music and a Bible nugget.
Foster homes needed: Foster homes are needed. If you or someone you know can help, please call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake. You can make a difference in a child’s life.
Bone Builders: An exercise class for seniors called “Bone Builders” is being held at 405 W. Maple Ave. in Frazee, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.; the Lake Park City Center every Tuesday and Friday at 10:15 a.m.; and also at the Vergas Event Center, Thursdays at 9:30.a.m. The group focuses on low-impact and balance exercises.
Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Yoga Studio at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.
Dunvilla Lions Club: The Dunvilla Lions Club will meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.
Be a foster grandparent: For those 55 and older interested in being a foster grandparent through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council program, call 1-800-584-7020 or visit www.tvoc.org.
The Caring Cup: Every second and last Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., community members who are dealing with the loss of a loved one meet at the David-Donehower Funeral Home for friendship, support and encouragement. The free program is open to the public, no registration necessary.
Women’s Domestic Violence Education Support Group: Lakes Crisis & Resource Center hosts a Women’s Domestic Violence Education Support Group every Wednesday from 5:30—6:30 p.m. in the crisis center. Call to pre-register at 218-847-8572 or 218-847-7446. Childcare is available upon request.
Rummikub, more games: Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., come to Holy Rosary fireplace room for coffee, desserts and a game of cards, board games or Rummikub. Everyone is welcome.
Parkinson’s Support Group: Emmanuel Nursing Home’s Forest Conference Center, 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.
Celebrate Recovery: Every Monday evening the Refuge in Detroit Lakes hosts a supper at 5:45 p.m. and meeting at 6:45 p.m. Call Cleo at 701-367-3313 for more information.
BC Senior Meals: Meals for persons 60 and older are served several times each week at nutrition sites in Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Osage and Wolf Lake or can be delivered directly to homes in these communities, Frazee and Callaway, via the Meals on Wheels program. One-day advance notice of attendance is required at many sites. For more information, call Lake Park at 238-5336, Detroit Lakes at 847-5823, Osage/Wolf Lake at 573-3663, Frazee at 847-5823, Ogema at 877-498-2865, and Callaway (Meals on Wheels only) at 847-5823.
Lakes Area Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild meets every 4th Thursday at 7 pm at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. Check us out on Facebook! All levels of quilters, new and experienced are welcome to attend.
Preschool screening: Preschool screening for 3-5 year olds for the Frazee-Vergas district is provided through Becker County Community Health Services. Call Annie at 218-847-5628 ext. 5419 to make an appointment. This one screening will provide your child the requirements for Early Childhood Screening. Minnesota law requires each child attend a health and developmental screening before kindergarten.
Senior Center Activities: The DL Senior Citizens Center has activities all month long. Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. is Pinochle; at 1 p.m. there will be 500 and other games. Whist is played on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. The third Wednesday of each month will be a celebration of birthdays for the month. The second Monday of each month there will be a Site Council meeting at 11 a.m. For more information, call 847-5823.
Bingo for DL Hockey: The DL Youth Hockey organization holds Bingo every Sunday at Zorbaz in support of youth hockey in Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; Bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Men’s lunch, bridge club: Men’s lunch and bridge club meets every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. Call (701) 388-4329 if you are interested in playing.
eReader help: Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions every Tuesday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Wednesday (4:30-5:30 p.m.) at Detroit Lakes Public Library, or call for an appointment that better fits your schedule. For more information, call Detroit Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168.
The Palais theatre will be crumbling down after the council resolved to demolish the 94-year-old theatre, and completely refurbish the Town Hall. The Bogan Shire Council approved plans for the reconstruction of the Palais theatre at the site of the Nyngan Town Hall at last month’s council meeting. Bogan Shire Mayor Ray Donald said the front of the Town Hall would remain due to its heritage listing, however the rest of the building would be knocked down to make way for a new regional cultural centre. Nyngan’s historic Palais Theatre will be knocked to the ground to make way for seniors rental accommodation. READ MORE: “With the Palais theatre we’ve decided not to do anything more to it, just to knock it down,” Cr Donald said. “Instead of trying to have two areas, we’re better off in a small town, to just have one.” Late last year a survey was sent to all ratepayers and residents explaining the situation and structural engineers report seeking community input into suggested options for the facility. The most popular decision, with 80 responses, preferred a reconstruction on the current site, with 32 suggesting a new facade. However the remaining responses preferred a reconstruction on another site. “I know the survey we had tended to favour the retention of it, but since then we’ve had a good look at it with experienced eyes and really we wouldn’t know how much it was going to cost to renovate it until virtually it was completely demolished,” Cr Donald said. “We can’t afford to renovate and maintain two similar buildings. “The site of the Palais theatre is suitable for more seniors rental accommodation and it would be very un-economic to try and restore it as opposed to having one building that can be replaced and renewed to provide all the aspects that the Palais did.” Cr Donald said the demolition would be funded through the council’s resources, but assured that items of history and sentiment would be retained. “We’re going to make sure we keep certain parts of it. It’s only the building that’s demolished, we’ll either keep or sell anything in there that’s of any value, sentimental or otherwise,” he said. He said plans for the new facility at the Town Hall included tiered theatre seating to accommodate approximately 300 people which could be pushed back to use the lower section as an open area, and would also have space for indoor and outdoor functions rooms. “The stage will be about as big as there is in the Palais theatre now, and there will be changing rooms and storage areas, toilets at the back, then on the Library side there will be an indoor or outdoor function area with a new kitchen,” Cr Donald said. “The indoor part will have seats and chairs for about 100 people, then outdoor can be used for the same reason as a barbecue area.” Cr Donald said that it was estimated the new multipurpose facility would cost around $8 million and depend entirely on government grants. “We asked [the architect] and he suggested around about an $8 million figure, that’s to pull it down and rebuild it,” Cr Donald said. “It will probably take well over 12 months to rebuild, if we could get the money, but getting the money is the big problem. The Bogan Shire Council will seek to get the plans costed and then begin grant applications to fund the new renovation. “We probably didn’t think we would get lights at Larkin oval years ago, and that eventually happened, so hopefully this will too,” he said.
The Palais theatre will be crumbling down after the council resolved to demolish the 94-year-old theatre, and completely refurbish the Town Hall.
The Bogan Shire Council approved plans for the reconstruction of the Palais theatre at the site of the Nyngan Town Hall at last month’s council meeting.
Bogan Shire Mayor Ray Donald said the front of the Town Hall would remain due to its heritage listing, however the rest of the building would be knocked down to make way for a new regional cultural centre.
Nyngan’s historic Palais Theatre will be knocked to the ground to make way for seniors rental accommodation.
“With the Palais theatre we’ve decided not to do anything more to it, just to knock it down,” Cr Donald said.
“Instead of trying to have two areas, we’re better off in a small town, to just have one.”
Late last year a survey was sent to all ratepayers and residents explaining the situation and structural engineers report seeking community input into suggested options for the facility.
The most popular decision, with 80 responses, preferred a reconstruction on the current site, with 32 suggesting a new facade. However the remaining responses preferred a reconstruction on another site.
“I know the survey we had tended to favour the retention of it, but since then we’ve had a good look at it with experienced eyes and really we wouldn’t know how much it was going to cost to renovate it until virtually it was completely demolished,” Cr Donald said.
“We can’t afford to renovate and maintain two similar buildings.
“The site of the Palais theatre is suitable for more seniors rental accommodation and it would be very un-economic to try and restore it as opposed to having one building that can be replaced and renewed to provide all the aspects that the Palais did.”
Cr Donald said the demolition would be funded through the council’s resources, but assured that items of history and sentiment would be retained.
“We’re going to make sure we keep certain parts of it. It’s only the building that’s demolished, we’ll either keep or sell anything in there that’s of any value, sentimental or otherwise,” he said.
He said plans for the new facility at the Town Hall included tiered theatre seating to accommodate approximately 300 people which could be pushed back to use the lower section as an open area, and would also have space for indoor and outdoor functions rooms.
“The stage will be about as big as there is in the Palais theatre now, and there will be changing rooms and storage areas, toilets at the back, then on the Library side there will be an indoor or outdoor function area with a new kitchen,” Cr Donald said.
“The indoor part will have seats and chairs for about 100 people, then outdoor can be used for the same reason as a barbecue area.”
Cr Donald said that it was estimated the new multipurpose facility would cost around $8 million and depend entirely on government grants.
“We asked [the architect] and he suggested around about an $8 million figure, that’s to pull it down and rebuild it,” Cr Donald said.
“It will probably take well over 12 months to rebuild, if we could get the money, but getting the money is the big problem.
The Bogan Shire Council will seek to get the plans costed and then begin grant applications to fund the new renovation.
“We probably didn’t think we would get lights at Larkin oval years ago, and that eventually happened, so hopefully this will too,” he said.
Art Spring has sprung, and so have the Overture Center for the Arts’ “Spring Exhibitions!”The galleries are free, open and accessible to the public through June 2, featuring collages, photography and even a futuristic, site-responsive installation. April 1-June 2
Special Event “Pundamonium” at the High Noon Saloon puts the town’s funniest punsters to the test. Ten contestants will compete for the chance to win the witty pun slam, ending in a hilariously dramatic final pun-off — perfect for your April Fool’s Day plans. April 1
Music Her song-a-week video series, Sunday Mornings with Reina Del Cid, already has a global audience of YouTube viewers. But this year, Cid takes her folk rock vibes across Europe and America in the flesh with Toni Lindgren, a common guest on Sunday Mornings. Catch the duo at the High Noon Saloon and enjoy their inventive singer-songwriter creativity. April 3
Music In her new album, “Be The Cowboy,“Mitski Miyawaki entertains the challenges of being a successful, modern woman who must grapple with the danger of being either pedestalled by society or knocked down. At The Sylvee this month, Miyawaki performs her raw and honest indie rock jams. April 3
Theater “Life Sucks,”produced by Forward Theater Co. and written by Aaron Posner, is a modern update of a Chekov play that involves seven characters whose lives sometimes, but don’t always, suck. The show continues this month in The Playhouse at the Overture Center for the Arts. April 4-14
Music Wild Belle’snew record, “Everybody One of a Kind,“ is a “freaked-out sonic collage“ across genres like dub reggae, soul, R&B and pop. Catch the eclectic duo that is unafraid to test musical boundaries at the High Noon Saloon this month. April 4
Music Hailing from Minneapolis, Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band that balances pop vibes of the ‘90s with the sincere lyrics of band member Kerry Alexander. Celebrate the first weekend of April with this “sweet and sour“ trio at the High Noon Saloon. April 5
Music Two electronic dance music groups, Shallou and Slow Magic, are at the Majestic Theatre this month on their “Into the Wild“ tour. Shallou is a Chicago-based artist who sold out all of his first headlining shows. Slow Magic is a “DIY project with a worldwide scope,“ producing ethereal and transcendent beats. Tickets are on sale now through Majestic’s website. April 5
Music A High Noon Saloon favorite, “The Dirty Shirts Tribute to Gram Parsons” returns for an encore show after a six-year hiatus. The group of nine, made up of a few Dirty Shirts originals, will perform the albums “GP“ and “Grievous Angel“ for a delicious night of Gram Parsons jams. April 6
Dance One of this month’s Kids in the Rotunda performances brings the Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble to the Overture Center. Song, dance, drum and theater come together in the groups’ performance of traditional music and dance from Guinea, West Africa. As always, Kids in the Rotunda performances are free and appropriate for all ages. April 6
Music Laura Jane Grace is a musician, author and activist who doesn’t play by the rules. She left the punk rock band Against Me! to pursue a solo album under the name Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers. The group will be at the Majestic this month, spewing honest and bold punk beats. April 6
Music An artist out of the west suburbs of Chicago, Rich Robbins is a lover of anime, mess, hip hop and mix tapes. In 2012, he was accepted to the University of Wisconsin–Madison on the esteemed hip hop scholarship, First Wave. Now, he mixes his music to bridge together metropolitan and suburban kids, identity fluid kids and black and brown kids. Sail away with his beats at the High Noon Saloon this month. April 6
Music Michael Benjamin Lerneris at the High Noon Saloon with the release of his new album, “Telekinesis.“ The Seattle-born artist is known for his clean and clear pop beats. April 7
Special Event Join the Cap Times crew for a rare but insightful live recording of “Madsplainers,” the podcast on local government. Hear behind-the-scenes stories at the High Noon Saloon about the Madison mayoral race, including the dynamic competition between top candidates Satya Rhodes-Conway and incumbent Paul Soglin. April 9
Comedy Cody Ko and Noel Millerwere once software engineers, before ditching it all (yes, even health insurance) to make people laugh. These two goofballs started their comedy career with the podcast, “Tiny Meat Gang“ late last year, and are now taking the show around the nation. Catch them live at the Barrymore Theatre this month. April 9
Music The Pink Floyd tribute show, Brit Floyd, comes to Madison’s Orpheum Theater this month. The show celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band’s iconic album, “The Wall,“ and will perform highlights from the rock opera record as well as classic hits from albums including “The Dark Side of the Moon.“April 10
Music The Driver Erais an up-and-coming pop group featuring brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch. Their debut single, “Preacher Man,“ touches on the angst of existential crises with soulful lyrics and intense energy. Don’t miss them at the Majestic this month. April 10
Comedy Cincinnati-born actor, writer and comedian Tom Segura has become one of the top comedy theater acts in the nation. You might recognize him from Netflix specials like “Disgraceful,““Mostly Stories“ or “Completely Normal,“ but now you can catch him and his natural knack for hilarious storytelling on stage at the Orpheum. April 11
Music Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris of Ex Hexstand out from other rock bands in their powerful aura and upbeat presence. Magnet Magazine named them No. 1 on its “Best of 2014“ list, and No. 11 in the “Pazz & Jop“ critics poll. Don’t miss Ex Hex’s contagious energy at the High Noon Saloon this month. April 11
Art Before we had cameras in our pockets, developing photos required hours of labor that the viewer of the final photograph would never see. The complex process of historical photography is the focus of the exhibition “Un/Seen: The Alchemy of Fixing Shadows,” which runs until April 14. Anna Campbell, sculptor and assistant professor of gender & women’s studies, will host a gallery talk at 12:30 p.m. on April 11 in the Garfield Gallery of the Chazen Museum of Art. April 11-14
Music In all the glory of the ‘60s, “Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown”hits the Barrymore this month. Stellar tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction meet at the mic in an unforgettable mix of classic hits from the two legendary groups. April 11
Music If you’re feeling introspective, or even slightly poetic, Carrie Newcomer and Over the Rhine at the Barrymore Theatre will sooth your restful soul. Newcomer is known for her soulful lyrics and enticing stage presence. The husband and wife duo, Over the Rhine, leaves audiences applauding their effortlessly in-sync instrumentation. April 12
Comedy He might be an old fart, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a good handyman. Red Green’s “This Could Be It!” tourtakes to the Capitol Theater stage at Overture this month, bringing you advice and knowledge as the leader of Possum Lodge men’s club. You can expect guest appearances from Harold, advice to married guys and an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers in this live, comedic rendering of “The Red Green Show.“April 12
Dance For one weekend only you can discover the changing tide of classical dance. “Emerging Voices” at the BartellTheatre features a “sexy, interactive and fresh“ take on traditional ballet by some of the industry’s most promising artists. April 12-13
Dance Kanopy Dance Co. is celebrating the warming air and chirping birds with “Spring’s Awakening” in Promenade Hall at the Overture. Relish in the expressions of new beginnings and blossoming flowers as you sit back and enjoy this locally grown production. April 12-14
Film Duck Soup Cinema is back at it again with the silent film, “Grandma’s Boy,“ a 1922 comedy about a shy man and a good luck charm, showing this month in the Capitol Theater at Overture. This screening is part of Duck Soup Cinema’s silent film series, which provides a rare and historic glimpse into the silent film experience. April 13
Special Event Grab the kids and head to the Madison Children’s Museum for a museum-wide, musical event. The “Symphony Shindig” partners with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Suzuki Strings of Madison to bring musical education and exploration to the next generation! Enjoy activities like opera yoga, recycled instrument-making and various classical performances throughout the day. April 13
Theater In Overture’s lavish Capitol Theater,“B – The Underwater Bubble Show” follows the colorful and bubbly character, Mr. B, to an underwater world called Bubblelandia. It is there where audiences are invited to dream, savor and marvel at the beautiful and mysterious world with Mr. B. This fun-for-all-ages 75-minute show will leave you feeling lighthearted and creative. April 14
Art UW–Madison graduate Gillian Laub will be available for a Q&A session following the screening of “Southern Rites“ in the Marquee Theater of Union South. The documentary compliments Laub’s photography exhibition on display in the Chazen through May 12, which explores nuances in cultural identity, including images of a southern U.S. town that held racially segregated dances well into the 21st century. April 16
Special Event A lifelong advocate for racial, economic and gender justice, Angela Davis comes to UW–Madison to deliver moving words in “An Evening with Angela Davis” at Shannon Hall in Memorial Union. Davis is the author of nine books, has taught at universities across the nation and has spoken worldwide. In the ‘70s, she spent 18 months in jail and on trial, and was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.“ Now, she draws upon that experience to advocate for disproportionately represented and oppressed groups in the criminal justice system. April 16
Special Event The current star of Broadway’s “Hello, Dolly!“ Bernadette Peters is looking swell at “An Evening with Bernadette Peters” in Overture Hall this month. Ms. Peters is a three-time Tony Award-winning actress, lauded nationally for her performances in Broadway classics like “Sunday in the Park With George“ and “Into the Woods.“April 19
Theater Directed by John Siewert and commissioned by Madison’s queer theater company, StageQ, comes “RAID! Attack on Stonewall.”The production takes audiences back to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, where police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York. The raid resulted in a week of violence and rioting, and was a catalyst for the gay rights movement across the United States and beyond. Tickets for the historically significant and moving production are on sale now. April 19-27
Music Madison-local reggae band, Natty Nation comes to the High Noon Saloon this month for “Vibrate Higher: Natty Nation’s 4/20 Party.”The evening will also feature popular groups like Atsang, Euforquestra and Spare Change. April20
Music The ethereal, mysterious and experimental is invited to see AL1CE “The Unity of Opposites Tour” at the Crucible. The group is more than just a band; they create multimedia dance, art, video and music mashups with rock beats and fearless experimentation. April 22
Reading As a part of Madison Public Library’s Wisconsin Book Festival, Nickolas Butler will be in the Central Library to chat about his newly released novel, “Little Faith.“ This captivating story is the cross-generational tale of a Wisconsin family reconvened. What should be a happy time for main character Lyle Hovde turns out to be challenging and divisive when his daughter and her son fall under the influence of a radical church. “Little Faith“ is one of Madison Magazine’s picks for the 2019 local reading list. April 24
Theater Six runaways vow to keep absolutely silent in their attempt to escape from bustling city life, but human connection becomes difficult without communication. “Small Mouth Sounds,“ presented by Madison Theater Guild and directed by Dana Pellebon, takes the stage at the Bartell in a charming, sometimes awkward production. April 25-May 4
Music If you feel that lately our country has been fixated on our differences rather than our similarities, you won’t want to miss Son Volt at the Majestic. The band’s newest album, “Union,“ is out now, and addresses feelings of separation and polarization. Wrapped up in a bluesy, feel-good package, Son Volt’s music will restore your faith in unity. April 26
Music A ca-rock your way through this a capella evening with the first and premier all-male a capella group, the MadHatters. If their red blazers don’t hook you, their wit, charm and sheer talent will. Tickets are on sale now for “The MadHatters Spring Concert“ in the Capitol Theater at Overture. April 26
Music Born in the artsy St. Paul, Minnesota, Hippo Campus is an eclectic indie rock band that made it big after performing at South by Southwest and on Conan. They released their new album, “Bambi“ last fall, and are performing the new releases across the country. Tickets are on sale now for their performance at The Sylvee this month. April 26
Theater Enter a world of pure imagination with the Children’s Theater of Madison’s rendition of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka.” The whole family will be swept off to the land of oompaloompas and chocolate rivers when Charlie finds his golden ticket. April 26-May 12
Dance Let loose and release yourself into the music of DJ Cykophuk at the Crucible this month with “Continuum – Midnight Dance Party.“ A once-a-month event, this dance party is for those who truly love to boogie. April 27
Art In the Wisconsin Studio of the Overture Center for the Arts, artist Jerry Butler will teach aCreative Play Collage Workshop open to teens and older. Learn from the master, then see his work in the exhibition “Folks“ displayed in Gallery One through June 2. Bring your own unique images, graphics and fabrics to create your collage masterpiece. April 27
Music Some musicians find it trendy to say they don’t fit into a genre, but for Pokey LaFarge it’s simply the most accurate way to describe his music. To LaFarge, lyrics are the most important thing, and his style is influenced by his global travels. Sometimes his tunes are jazzy, and sometimes they’d be best described as a waltz. Leave all expectations at the door, and enjoy LaFarge’s fluidity at the High Noon Saloon. April 27
Music Lead singer Alex Varkatzas of Atreyusays his band’s newest album, “In Our Wake,“ is “a deep one.“ It focuses on the delicious yet terrifying reality of legacy versus forgottenness and explores the dangers of failure. The rock band has been in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200, garnering a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Catch Atreyu’s reflective and honest music at The Sylvee. April 27
Music “Your girlfriend’s favorite band“ is at the Majestic this month, known for their crafty spin on popular songs from Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Katy Perry and more. Sporting classy beards and high energy vibes, Pork Tornados will leave you laughing and dancing along. April 27
Music Even after 27 years, Face to Face is finding new ways to inspire and engage fans. The classic punk rock group has rolled with the changing genre for decades, but now surprises fans with an acoustic take on their signature sound. The quartet will unplug the electrics and grab their hallow body guitars for a performance at the Majestic. April 29
Reading Neil Hilbornis a spoken word, slam poetry artist known nationally for his moving words and captivating presence. He recently released a debut full-length book, “Our Number Days,“ and is a College National Poetry Slam champion. Don’t miss him at the High Noon Saloon at the end of this month. April 29
Music Neko Case’snewly released album, “Hell-On,“ is inspired by a blazing fire that destroyed her home and most prized possessions. Her songs focus on the fleeting fragility of life and rage, and the importance of passing on our stories, regardless of whether they have a happy ending. Neko Case is at The Sylvee this month with songs off of her deep and reflective album. April 30
Music Steve Marion drifts in and out of the circles of legends, having recorded with Paul Simon and Kanye West. Marion also produces his own work, like his forthcoming LP, “Till I Burn Up,“ which comments on the toxic nature of our fast-paced, digital lifestyle. Delicate Stevewill perform tracks from his new LP as well as other reflective originals at the end of the month at the High Noon Saloon. April 30
Music Fans of The Growlers or Thee Oh Sees will find Black Lips equally entrancing with their rocky, blues punk vibes. The band was formed in 1999 when Jared Swilley and Cole Alexander were kicked out of Georgia’s Dunwoody High School for “bad behavior.“ Now a group of five, more than 15 years later, and Black Lips has been making a scene on stages worldwide. Tickets to see the reckless group at the Majestic are on sale now. April 30
AUBURN — Walking into the Auburn Schine Theater two years ago, most developers would have been daunted by what they saw: ruptured ceilings, plaster debris, bird droppings.
Not Bryan Bowers.
Bowers is founder and president of Asbestos & Environmental Consulting Corporation and Bowers Development, both of East Syracuse. And, as of December, the developer is the new owner of the Schine. Through Schines Theater LLC, Bowers purchased the historic building from its owner of 20 years, the Cayuga County Arts Council, for $15,000.
Now, Bowers and his companies are planning how to succeed where others have not and restore the Schine to its 1938 art deco glory.
Monday, in his first interview with The Citizen, Bowers said the restoration is stalled until the city of Auburn receives paperwork for a $1 million Restore NY grant from Empire State Development. The city applied for the grant on the project’s behalf, and the award was announced in March 2018. The city hopes to receive that paperwork within the next few weeks, Bowers said.
Bowers said the city has been “absolutely tremendous” in its support of the Schine’s restoration. That support has included allocating $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the removal of the theater’s asbestos and other hazardous materials in 2018. Those funds also covered the installation of a new roof and the acquisition of materials to build a new stage, Bowers said.
The effort to restore the Auburn Schine Theater may have more momentum behind it now than ev…
Meanwhile, the Schine’s restoration has also been awarded $1.2 million through the state’s Regional Economic Development Council, and Bowers plans to apply for a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for the property. The remainder of the project’s cost, which Bowers places at $6 million, will be covered by historic tax credits and both private and bank financing, he said.
But because of the Restore NY grant delay, Bowers continued, the fall 2019 completion date he once projected has been pushed back about a year. When the paperwork arrives, the next phase of work on the Schine will include restoring the marquee, entrance and facade, as well as installing heating, ventilation and air conditioning and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
“You never want to invest a lot of time and money restoring your building until your building’s conditioned,” he said. “Otherwise, a lot of the problems you had with mold and moisture will return.”
Bowers believes the experience his companies have with restoring buildings — and securing grant funding to do so — positions them to finish the Schine project after 20 years of effort.
The developer’s recent resume includes the Security Building on Bleecker Street in Utica and a 7.5-acre industrial site on the Erie Canal in Canastota. In both cases, Bowers said, local development agencies reached out to him about restoring the properties, which required remediation of asbestos in the former and both PCB and petroleum in the latter. But he took on the projects, and within months of beginning work, each site was restored, reopened and occupied by new tenants: a law firm in Utica, and Dutchland Plastics and CNY Hemp Processing in Canastota.
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Bowers doesn’t have experience restoring a historic theater, he continued. But another current project, the New Century Club in Utica, includes a large auditorium area built in the late 1800s.
His experience is the reason Bowers wasn’t daunted by the Schine when the Cayuga Economic Development Agency approached him two years ago about restoring it, he said.
Twenty years ago in January, the Cayuga County Arts Council purchased the Auburn Schine Thea…
“You just can’t find buildings like this anymore,” he said. “You can’t create buildings like this anymore.”
Bowers is now finalizing the Schine’s restoration plan in communication with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Because of previous grant money the state has awarded the project, the office must approve any changes to the building so as not to compromise its historic character. The office also had to approve the theater’s sale to Bowers.
“They love this project and are very supportive,” he said of the office. “And obviously they look forward to its restoration and completion.”
There have been no recent changes to the restoration plan, Bowers said: It still includes tiers of seating with loose tables and chairs on the auditorium floor, and fixed seating in the balcony. The area under the balcony will be leveled off to become a bar and concession space, and separated from the rest of the auditorium by a glass wall. And the stage will be extended over the orchestra pit.
Bowers is also waiting until the project is closer to completion before he begins planning the Schine’s future. The movie palace John Eberson designed sat 1,700, but almost a century later, such a venue wouldn’t be viable in a city of 27,000, Bowers said. That’s why the restoration plan will permit a wide range of uses, from movies and live music to weddings and corporate events. Bowers added that he’s been contacted by five to 10 entities interested in being part of the Schine’s future, from its concession sales to its overall operations.
Before that can happen, though, Bowers must continue to navigate the constellation of logistical and financial challenges that have kept the Schine from being restored for 20 years.
“With all these projects, it only takes two things,” he said. “Imagination and money.”
La Virgen de Guadalupe — an apparition of the Virgin Mary — is an icon of the Catholic faith, the patron saint of Mexico and a symbol of Mexican independence venerated throughout the Americas, although not principally for her comic timing.
Or at least not yet. In Evelina Fernández’s enchanting new play, “The Mother of Henry,” now at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, La Virgen gets some of the biggest laughs.
10:40 PM, Mar. 31, 2019An earlier version of this review misspelled projection designer Yee Eun Nam’s first name as Lee.
As played by Esperanza America in this Latino Theater Company world premiere, La Virgen strongly resembles the best-known image of her, the one miraculously imprinted on a cloak in 1531 and displayed ever since at her basilica in Mexico City. Enclosed in a fringe of sunbeams, dressed in a pinkish robe and cerulean mantle, La Virgen stands with her head sympathetically tilted, her hands clasped and an angel at her feet.
But here the angel (Robert J. Revell) plays an electric guitar, while La Virgen belts out 1960s folk-rock anthems like “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “For What It’s Worth” in a strong, bluesy alto.
As in the Latin American tradition of magical realism — one of the genres Fernández and director José Luis Valenzuela mingle here — supernatural intervention doesn’t guarantee a happy ending. For although La Virgen responds personally to a worried mother’s prayers, and even helps her fold laundry, she can’t change destiny. “Do you think things would be such a mess if I could?” she asks dryly.
All La Virgen can do is listen and comfort — the plight of every mother. “So many times I think, ‘Oh, no, please don’t do that,’ ” she admits, of watching humanity struggle from above.
The recipient of these Marian visitations, a not-especially-religious woman named Concepcion Castro (Cheryl Umaña), can relate. It’s 1968 in Boyle Heights, and Connie, as her Anglo friends call her, is newly divorced, caring for her ill-tempered, devout mother (also Esperanza America, swathed in blankets and hilariously screaming about rosary beads in Spanish), and starting a new office job at Sears. Her work is dull but easy, fortunately, because Connie has enough on her mind. Her son, Henry, is in Vietnam.
As Connie gets to know her coworkers, their attitudes toward the war begin to color and complicate her own. Because these characters live in the 1960s, well before the era of political correctness, they have none of our qualms about cultural stereotypes; they blithely use them to explain their own and everyone else’s behavior. Their banter captures both the relative simplicity of this worldview and its limitations.
Loretta (Ella Saldana North) is an outspoken Italian who says things like, “There’s something about Latin men. I can’t explain it; I just know I like it.” Olga (Mary-Beth Manning), in keeping with the policies of her native Canada, prefers not to take sides. Their manager, Manny (Xavi Moreno), is a flirty musician on the make; and their supervisor, Herb (Gary Patent), is a kindhearted Jewish bachelor who opposes the war and sympathizes, just as Loretta suspects he does, with “the coloreds.”
As the five of them navigate a rapidly changing America — gorgeously conveyed by Yee Eun Nam’s projections, which combine lush religious iconography with footage of the calamities (RFK’s assassination) and triumphs (the moon landing) of the late 1960s — they change one another in unexpected ways.
The story, if summarized, might sound more bitter than sweet, but the strength of the performances, the warmth and humor of the developing relationships, the excellence of the design elements and Valenzuela’s spirited direction cast an irresistible spell. What it means to be American seems likely to keep changing, just as radically now as it did, but maybe we can get through it if we stick together.
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‘The Mother of Henry’
Where: Latino Theater Company production at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles
When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through April 20