The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 19, 2013

News and notes: 'Puppet Problems' debuts, MSO on MPR, Bethany's busy weekend


Theatre Physics is an annual tradition that began when Bloedel was asked to fill a slot for a one-act play during Bethany's fall kickoff performance. A juggler himself with an interest in vaudeville theater, Bloedel decided instead on a variety show — and the rest is history.

Performances are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. All performances held in the Sigurd K. Lee Theater, Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center.

There is no charge for admission, but patrons are welcome to make a donation. Shows fill quickly, so advance reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve tickets in advance, contact the Bethany Box Office 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 507-344-7365.

• Pianist Ralph Votapek is performing 7 p.m. today in BLC's Trinity Chapel.

Votapek is a winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award and Gold Medalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He's been featured no less than 16 times as the Chicago Symphony's guest soloist and has frequently played with Boston Pops. He will be joined in the performance by wife Tina Votapek, with whom he has recorded several TV programs aired on PBS.

Tickets — $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors — will be available at the door one hour before the concert begins.

• In conjunction with the Fall Festival, Bethany's Fine Arts Department is hosting Arts on the Green 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The all-ages event is free and open to the public, and includes art activities, inflatable games, food vendors and live music. In addition, the Bethany Band will perform "Noah," a newly commissioned piece by Lee Johnson, during a free performance at 3 p.m. in Trinity Chapel.

For more about Bethany events, visit

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