The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 8, 2014

Editor's picks

A sampling of arts and entertainment highlights for the upcoming week:

'FOB' restaurant performances

The Twin Cities-based performance group, Mu Performing Arts, will be stopping in Mankato on Saturday and June 15 as part of its Minnesota Chinese Restaurant Tour.

In a pair of 2 p.m. performances, the group will stage the Obie Award-winning play "FOB" at the New Great Wall restaurant, 1814 Commerce Drive in North Mankato. "FOB" was written by David Henry Hwang and "explores relationships and conflicts between established ABC (American Born Chinese) and FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) newcomers," according to a press release.

Tickets for the performance are $5 and include a Chinese buffet meal. For tickets, visit or call 507-387-1008.

Blues Fest

The sixth Annual Ambassadors’ Blues Fest in St. Peter's Minnesota Square Park will be held Saturday.

Bobby Messano, Left Lane Cruiser, Dee Miller featuring Jimi “Primetime” Smith, Studebaker John and the Hawks, and City Mouse are among the performers for the day of free live music in the park from noon to 10 p.m. In keeping with the Blues Fest tradition of inviting back a musician who has played the event in the past, Dee Miller and Jimi "Primetime" Smith are returning performers.

In addition to the free event in Minnesota Square Park, bands will perform in local bars Friday and Saturday nights as well as the during the day of June 15.

The Saturday lineup includes: City Mouse (noon), Studebaker John and the Hawks (2:30 p.m.), Left Lane Crusier (4:30 p.m.), Dee Miller with Jimi “Primetime” Smith (6:30 p.m.) and Bobby Messano (8:30 p.m.).

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'Next to Normal'

The Minnesota State University Department of Theatre and Dance continues its 48th Highland Summer Theatre series with its debut of the musical “Next to Normal.”

Performances are 7:30 p.m. nightly on Wednesday through Saturday in the Ted Paul Theatre.

“Next to Normal” is the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Diane Goodman, a mother struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family.

Tickets are $22, $19 (discounted) and $15 (current MSU students). Purchase online at or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center from 4-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and one hour before performances. Call 507-389-6661.

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