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Free poetry reading event "Two River Poets," a free poetry reading event featuring John Graber and Lee Kisling, will be held on Thursday, April 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Both are inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, through which the St. Croix River was one of the first to receive protection.
Mosaic workshop Enrollment is open for a weekend-long mosaic workshop for adults of all skill levels taught by Wouterina "Riana" de Raad, who has been creating mosaic concrete sculpture since 1987. She will teach techniques and formulas she has developed over that time in this popular annual workshop on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 8, from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
'Once Upon a Mattress' March 9-31 "Once Upon a Mattress," a fractured fairy tale musical comedy with music by Mary Rogers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and the book by Jay Thompson, Barer, and Dean Fuller, will be performed March 9-31 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience, sponsored by Hudson Neighbors magazine, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The High 48s bluegrass band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences.
"Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook," a play by Allison Gregory adapted from the popular book series by Barbara Park, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater at 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 9-25 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Junie B. Jones is certain that someone at school stole new furry mittens. So, when Junie B. finds a pen of many colors, she figures she should be allowed to keep it because "finders keepers, losers weepers."
The Hudson Hot Air Affair kicks off Friday, Jan. 26, with the Hot Air Affair Torchlight Parade. The parade starts at the Wells Fargo parking lot and travels down Second Street, turning down Walnut Street and ends at the Hudson Arch. Blasts of flames from the balloon units will help warm the crowd. Spectators will see marching kazoo bands and "Touchdown Hudson XXIX"-themed parade units. Immediately after the parade there is a fireworks display at Lakefront Park sponsored by Andersen Corp.
The 29th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair celebration has been moved one week earlier, to Jan. 26-28, 2018. This fun-filled winter festival and hot air balloon rally changed its date due to the Super Bowl taking place in Minneapolis. With football in mind, the 2018 Hot Air Affair theme is "Touchdown Hudson XXIX" with several football-related activities during the event.
A series of exhibitions featuring work by 30 regional artists will be on view through Dec. 3 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. The Galleries feature an installation, photography and mixed media work on paper in the three-person exhibit, "In This Place: What Makes a Place Holy?" featuring artists Hend Al-Mansour of St. Paul, Susan Armington of Minneapolis, and Sylvia Horwitz of Minneapolis; glass and mixed media mosaics by members of the Minnesota Mosaic Guild; ceramic sculpture by Jennica Kruse of Minneapolis; and oil paintings by Brian Stewart of North St. Paul.
Award-winning artist, Wouterina "Riana" de Raad will offer a mosaic workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Participants will learn the basic skills of mosaic tiling, including how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, as well as what materials and adhesives to use for a subzero climate. There will be a grouting demonstration and discussion on cement formulas, how to use pigments, and how to texture a cement surface.