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Entertainment Explosion by Mary Aalgaard

Entertainment options are exploding as the New Year begins. After a few quiet weeks where we had time to celebrate the holidays, meet and greet family and friends, and ring in a New Year, we now have an abundance of choices to entice us out of our warm houses and mingle with the local folks. It's opening week for many new shows in the Twin Cities. I've been invited to two at the Guthrie and one at The Children's Theatre in Minneapolis. Check back next week for some reviews.

You don't have to leave the area to find quality entertainment. A friend and I checked out the newly opened Sunshine Kitchen and Moonshine Lounge last weekend where Seth Doud was the feature artist. You feel like you're in his livingroom, listening to him put heart and soul into each delicious chord. There he is, standing on the stage in his stocking-feet, crooning away and chatting it up with the audience. His buddy, Suzie Cavalier, opened the show. It was her birthday, but she was the one who gave us the gifts of her song. So sweet. This week Jim Olsen and the Stardust Trio will be there.

Local theaters are also rehearsing and announcing their performance dates. "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be at CLC's Dryden Theatre, starting Feb. 11. The Lamplighters in Staples will be performing three short plays on Feb. 9, 10, 12, 17 & 18. Up in Pequot Lakes, the GLAPA community theater will play the classic, "Arsenic and Old Lace" starting on March 23. My own original work, "Coffee Shop Confessions", will be performed at the Coco Moon on Mar. 2 & 3, at 6:30. The Coco Moon also offers bluegrass music on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. Add that to all the other local entertainment options, and you won't be able to just stay home under the electric blanket. You know you'll be missing out.

Go. Create. Inspire!
And, visit me at my writer's blog for more local fun and entertaiment reviews. www.maryaalgaard.blogspot.com.