The Free Press, Mankato, MN


April 6, 2014

Editor's picks

Editor’s picks

A sample of the upcoming week’s arts and entertainment highlights:

Mankato Opry Jamboree

The Kato Ballroom is hosting the Mankato Opry Jamboree on Friday and Saturday.

The event features old-time country music with the Mankato Opry All Star Band and 14 guest singers. The event is the same both days, and all proceeds benefit Habit for Humanity of South Central Minnesota.

Doors open for the country-style buffet at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 5:30 p.m. A fish entree is available. The show begins at 7 p.m. with open dancing from 10 p.m. to midnight.

All tickets are $20. The buffet is an additional $12.50, plus tax. Available at the Ballroom, Waseca Music, Janesville Service Center, Rhapsody Music or online at For more details, visit

MSU's 'Drowsy Chaperone'

Theatre-goers have one final chance to see one of Minnesota State University's most acclaimed actresses when productions of the "The Drowsy Chaperone" open this week.

Callie Syverson, a senior from Windom, won the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition against more than 400 nominees during the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January. She competes in the national finals later this month.

In the meantime, however, she is playing the role of starlet Janet Van de Graff in the production, which was described in a press release as a " musical within a comedy."

Performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday as well as April 17-19; also 2 p.m. matinees will be held April 13 and 19. Tickets are $22 regular, $19 discounted and $15 for MSU students. Purchase tickets or find more information at or 507-389-6661.

Local music highlights

— Perennial Mankato favorites City Mouse open for Davina and the Vagabonds on Saturday at Hooligans.

Davina Sowers' sultry concoction of blues and jazz has been earned the band some impressive credits, including performances with PineTop Perkins, Aaron Neville, Los Lobos, Little Feat and Buddy Guy. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 day of the show. Purchase tickets at For more, call 507-389-5549.

— Mankato rockers Revilwen will release a new EP during a release party 9 p.m. on Saturday at the What's Up Lounge.

Lineup also includes SPITE, Lasting Impression and Ugly. Cover charge is $3; ages 21-plus only.

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