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October 6, 2013

The SideBar: Alice Lind Play Reading society, artist/toy maker exhibiting at MSU

'Inherit the Wind' is next play reading title

NEW ULM — October's selection for the Alice Lind Play Reading Society is "Inherit the Wind."

The play will be read 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lind House, 622 Center St. in New Ulm. Admission is $5, and reservations must be made for a limited number of scripts. Those interested should call 507-359-9990 and leave a message that you plan to attend. Participants will only be called if there are no more spaces available. Refreshments will be served.

"Inherit the Wind" is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes's conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law. The characters correspond to the historical figures of William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, Scopes, and H. L. Mencken. However, the playwrights state in a note at the opening of the play that it is not meant to be a historical account, and there are numerous instances where events were substantially altered or invented.

For the reading, volunteers will be asked to read parts throughout the evening. Depending on attendance, the leading roles may be read by several people for each act or scene. Persons attending do not have to read or may request smaller roles to read.

The Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information about the play readings, go to www.newulmact.com.

Phantom toy artist exhibiting at MSU

MANKATO — Artist Randy Regier will be hosting an artist lecture on Monday in conjunction with his exhibit at Minnesota State University's Conkling Gallery.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union's Ostrander Auditorium. Regier's exhibit remains on display through Oct. 23.

Regie has built full-sized spaceships, racecars and a host of “phantom” vintage toys and their respective packaging, many of which correspond to constructed narratives. Projects have included an eight-foot toy ocean-liner that was sunk in a lake for a year before its recovery and NuPenny, a "Twilight Zone"-themed toy store that appears at night — and unannounced — in small towns.

The title of Regier’s presentation is “The Sale Begins When the Customer Says ‘No’: A Real Fiction.” A reception will follow in the University’s Conkling Gallery, located in Nelson Hall.

More information on Randy Regier is available at www.randyregier.com.

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