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Mark Poolos, giant-sized comedian, performs live at Mankato Event Center on Thursday, April 10 at 8 pm.
Mankato Comedy Presents Giant Mark Poolos Live
By Rob Lawson
March 29, 2014

Mankato Comedy season is almost over! Come join us for a night to remember with members of Mankato Comedy and MSU Maverick Comedy Club, feature guest Chris Maddock, local host Zack Kolars and Headlining comic Mark Poolo. Don't miss this mega-sized comedian at the Mankato Event Center in the Mankato Place Mall near the Underground bar and Buffalo Wild Wings. Show starts at 8 p.m. Food and beverages served by Charley's Restaurant.

Mark Poolos was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota. To start his career he co-starred in two independent films "Attack of the Killer Snow Cone Zombies" and "Joanie Loves Furbies". FULL STORY

Another Night of Mankato Comedy at Event Center
By Rob Lawson
December 21, 2013

Sponsored Post from LMP: Presented by MankatoComedy.net, Slanted Mag, Mankato Gazette, Mankato Event Center and ECHO Food Shelf. Bring in food donations for the ECHO Food Shelf to receive $5 off your ticket at the door and help those in need in your community! Food and beverages available from Ch... FULL STORY

Standup Comedy at the Mankato Event Center
By Rob Lawson
October 28, 2013

The Mankato Event Center, in association with Lawson Media and Publishing, the Mankato Gazette and Slanted Magazine Southern Minnesota Arts and Culture, will be hosting comedy twice per month. The Second Thursday of each month will feature a headliner act and the fourth or last Thursday of each mont... FULL STORY

Jam for a Cause - Bands play to help ECHO
By Rob Lawson
June 20, 2013

Milwaukee's Misha Siegfried, a talented guitar player with his funky, jazzy, bluesy band and Frogmouth, a Twin Cities rock n roll band, will both play at the Mankato Event Center on June 22 and 23 to help support the ECHO Food Shelf in Mankato. Frogmouth will play at 9 pm on Saturday, June 22 at ... FULL STORY

Mankato Symphony News
By Rob Lawson
May 6, 2016

The Mankato Symphony Orchestra closes its 2015-16 with a concert of French music, known for its energy, sensuality, and charm. MSO’s own Concertmaster (lead violinist) Emily Saathoff will perform Saint-Saens’s Violin Concerto with the Symphony, followed by Franck’s Symphony in d minor. This event wi... FULL STORY

Concert to Benefit Pregnancy Resource Center
By Rob Lawson
April 7, 2016

A concert benefitting Options for Women | Mankato, a pregnancy resource center, will be held at Hosanna Lutheran Church Saturday, April 23. Funds are slated to replace the center’s ultrasound machine which is nearing the end of its optimal functionality. Doors open at 7:30 and concert begins ... FULL STORY

Handel with Care Family Concert Series Rescheduled
By Rob Lawson
February 6, 2016

The Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s free “Handel with Care” family concert series performance, originally scheduled for January 16 and cancelled due to cold, is rescheduled for Saturday, February 6. Join us from 11:00 – 11:45AM in the Mankato YMCA’s aerobics studio for a fun, family friendly performanc... FULL STORY

Belle - Indie World Films in Owatonna
By Rob Lawson
January 12, 2016

Belle is a sumptuously filmed historical drama inspired by the true story of Dido Elizebeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain priv... FULL STORY

Santa Claus at Blue Earth County Library
By Rob Lawson
December 7, 2015

Santa will be making an appearance at the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato on Sat., Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. for a special holiday story time. All ages are welcome to join in the fun which will include holiday stories and treats with Santa. Following story time, the Minnesota Valley Chorale will ... FULL STORY

New Ulm Parade of Lights
By Rob Lawson
November 23, 2015

The holiday season will soon be upon us, and with that comes the 27th Annual New Ulm Parade of Lights! The parade, which is organized by the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year it will take place on Friday, November 27th, at 6:00 pm. It will r... FULL STORY

Halloween at Malls Still a Popular Fiasco
By Rob Lawson
November 2, 2015

Halloween trick or treating at malls is still a popular fiasco in modern America, and the trend showed no different at the River Hills Mall in Mankato. There was a large line from the get-go through the mall 30 minutes before the start of the trick or treat. Each location store in the mall, incl... FULL STORY

Mankato Symphony: Passion and Romance
By Rob Lawson
October 1, 2015

For the first event of the five concert Symphonic Series, the MSO brings to you a terrific performance of music by Brahms and Dvorak. In this performance, the music sings and celebrate the heart's sad song of love and longing with a charming wind serenade by Dvorak, and Brahms’s mighty First Sympho... FULL STORY

Mystery Cave announces fall tour schedule
By Rob Lawson
September 17, 2015

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to make the scenic drive to Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in the southeastern corner of Minnesota. Fall color typically peaks in early to mid-October, and cave tours will continue through Nov. 1. “Stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones await those who tr... FULL STORY

North Mankato Residents Enjoy Annual Fun Days Fest
By Rob Lawson
July 9, 2015

North Mankato's annual Fun Days festivities began this week. The festivities started yesterday and will continue through July 12. The annual event in Mankato is something like a mini fair or carnival with many food vendors, live music and dancing, games and general socializing with neighbors, fr... FULL STORY

Mankato Fourth of July at Riverfront Park
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2015

On Saturday (July 4), the Red Hot & Boom 4th of July celebration will be held in Riverfront Park, 310 West Rock Street, and can be viewed from both sides of the river. Even though Veterans Memorial Bridge is under construction, spectators can watch the fireworks from the bridge, which overlooks the ... FULL STORY

Concert on the Historic Courthouse Lawn June 23
By Rob Lawson
June 14, 2015

The public is invited to attend a Concert on the Courthouse Lawn event scheduled for Tues., June 23 on the grounds of the Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse located at 204 S. 5th Street, Mankato. Event activities will help commemorate 125 years of the Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse, an ic... FULL STORY

MN Music Hall of Fame 2015 Features MSO and Others
By Rob Lawson
June 8, 2015

The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame has inducted several groups and performers into its prestigious HOF: The Blenders from Minneapolis, Craig Ebel from Minneapolis, Lorie Line from Lake Minnetonka, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Mich Sterling from Crystal (Twin Cities) and John "Jack" Volinkaty were amon... FULL STORY

Captains of Industry Tour
By Rob Lawson
May 4, 2015

-Take a historical city bus tour, "Mankato's captains of industry," on Thursday, May 14 at one of two tour times: 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Each tour will leave from the bus drop-off area off of Riverfront Drive next to the civic center. View map for pick-up location. Seating is limited and is first-come... FULL STORY

Mankato Symphony Orchestra Heydn Go Seek Event
By Rob Lawson
April 27, 2015

Mankato Symphony Orchestra Release: Mankato, Minn.—April 20th, 2015— Enjoy the last of four hilarious and fun filled performances based on Haydn’s String Quartets with the German composer and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet. This concert is suitable for all ages and each child ta... FULL STORY

MSO Included in Film Festival
By Rob Lawson
March 30, 2015

Mankato, Minn. –This year’s Speechless Film Festival includes a brand new category, the innovative visual music showcase featuring live music by the Mankato Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet, together with award-winning synchronized visuals from all over the world. The Visual Music category is sponsor... FULL STORY

Upcoming March Events
By Rob Lawson
March 4, 2015

Southern Minnesota Wedding Expo 12 p.m., Sunday, March 1 Southern Minnesota Homebuyers Expo 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 7 Heart with special guest Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18 FULL STORY

Upcoming Entertainment Bulletin
By Rob Lawson
February 1, 2015

MSU Maverick Men's Hockey Mankato vs. Alaska Anchorage 7:07 p.m., Friday, February 6 7:07 p.m., Saturday, February 7 Dancing with the Mankato Stars 7 p.m., Friday, February 13 JUICY J 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 14 MN Science Teachers Association Conference Friday, February 20 and Sat... FULL STORY

MSO and Mankato Ballet Collaborate Again
By Rob Lawson
December 11, 2014

Mankato, Minn—It’s crowded in the orchestra pit, but a lot of fun. 18 musicians from the Mankato Symphony and Assistant Conductor Joe Rodgers squeeze themselves into a very small space with some very big instruments. There’s no way the full orchestra could fit, so it’s one on a part. The strings are... FULL STORY

Mapleton Moves Snowflake Dazzle, Looks for Vendors
By Rob Lawson
October 29, 2014

Mapleton Snow Flake Dazzle will take place on Wednesday December 3 from 4-8 p.m. Home-based businesses for the Vendor Fair are sought, according to a City of Mapleton newsletter. "This year we do not have access to a free building, so we are renting the Leisure Center in Mapleton," said Maple... FULL STORY

Merely Players Do War of The Worlds
By Rob Lawson
October 20, 2014

Merely Players Community Theatre's 2014-15 season begins next Friday, October 24, 2014 with "War of the Worlds Live Radio Play" (WOTW). The performances are October 24, 25, 31 and November 1 at 7:30 PM and Octber 26 and November 2 at 2:00 PM. There are two acts: Act 1 is a "docudrama" discussi... FULL STORY

Mankato Craft Beer Expo to Feature Craft Beer Nuts
By Rob Lawson
September 4, 2014

The Mankato Craft Beer Expo will take place once again at the Verizon Wireless Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001 on January 11. The title of this story is obviously a pun. The expo is aimed at those that are nuts for craft beer. The Expo offers beers from more than 40 different cra... FULL STORY

Firefighters Dance in Mapleton Coming Up
By Rob Lawson
September 3, 2014

The Mapleton Fire Fighters dance will be held September 27, at the fire station in Mapleton. An open house will be held from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. as well. The dance begins at 8:00 p.m. with the band Lookout Drive. FULL STORY

New Night Run Event in Mankato Starts Tomorrow
By Rob Lawson
August 26, 2014

The SLEEPLESS running series will be taking place at Sibley Park in Mankato August tomorrow. This SLEEPLESS race is a new event to the Mankato area. The event will feature an array of lights and sounds. According to Final Stretch Inc., the company that puts the race on, Sibley Park will have a 0.... FULL STORY

Blues Fest Held Despite Rainy Weather
By Rob Lawson
June 15, 2014

Left Lane Cruiser, a rhythmic blues powerhouse from Indiana kept the Saint Peter crowd at Minnesota Square Park entertained even through the cloudy, rainy weather. Vendors also turned out and made what bucks they could selling items at the annual Ambassador's Blues Festival. Left Lane Cruiser al... FULL STORY

Egging Reported in Mapleton
By Rob Lawson
June 5, 2014

The following is according to Mapleton Police: "We have taken 3 reports of properties that were egged overnight. In many cases there are also a number of unreported cases that occurred the same evening. Eggs can permanently damage property in some cases when not cleaned up immediately. If you se... FULL STORY

By Rob Lawson
June 5, 2014

Mankato’s iconic event is back! On Saturday, June 28 the Barefoot Winos and the Mankato Symphony will take the stage at Riverfront Park. The Winos are one of Mankato’s most popular blues bands and will be sure to delight the crowd. The MSO will play lighter pops fare, including some patriotic favori... FULL STORY

World Films at OPL
By Rob Lawson
April 12, 2014

The Independent & World Film Series is back. They’re continuing their former schedule of the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The focus for their series has always been independent films that are not widely distributed in the U.S., as well as world or foreign films. “Indie” films have tradi... FULL STORY

Problems with Movie Equipment at OPL Indie Night
By Rob Lawson
April 12, 2014

The advertised April 10th showing of “The Book Thief” has been changed to Thursday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. This will give the Owatonna Public Library time to make sure that their equipment is working properly. The last showing was out of sync, after unveiling new Blue Ray projector equi... FULL STORY

Mankato Comedy Presents Michael Harrison Live
By Rob Lawson
March 10, 2014

Don't miss Mankato Comedy's next show at the Mankato Event Center on Thursday, March 13 at 8 p.m. Michael Harrison will be swinging through Mankato on his way from Toronto, Ontario. Mankato Comedy's Zack Kolars will be hosting again, along with members of Mankato Comedy and Maverick Comedy Club. ... FULL STORY

Music on the Hill
By Rob Lawson
March 5, 2014

The Mankato Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the third concert in the chamber series Music on the Hill, titled “Elegant Impressions.” It will be held on Sunday, March 16 at 2 pm in the chapel at Good Counsel. Jill Mahr, principal flutist in the MSO, will be making her debut by playing Mozar... FULL STORY

Slanted Magazine Gets A New Website
By Rob Lawson
March 5, 2014

Slanted Magazine Southern Minnesota Arts & Culture online has been updated with an all new responsive design website with dynamic content and other features. Their booking tool from Reverb Nation is located on the right hand side of the page, along with an ad to its flagship Slanted Mobile app o... FULL STORY

Open Mic Tonight: Standup Comedy at Event Center
By Rob Lawson
February 27, 2014

Mankato Comedy open mic will be at 8 p.m. at the Mankato Event Center in the Mankato Place Mall downtown Mankato. Comedians from Maverick Comedy Club will be there and guests are encouraged to try their hand on stage at making people laugh. The event is free to the public and will be hosted by Manka... FULL STORY

February Mankato Comedy Showcase at Event Center
By Rob Lawson
January 28, 2014

Come out to the Mankato Event Center for Standup Comedy on February 14, 2014 at 8 p.m. featuring Steve Gillespie, Tiffany Norton, Tim Hillesheim and Zack Kolars, Mankato Comedy's host. Sponsored by Slanted Magazine Southern Minnesota Arts & Culture, Lawson Media & Publishing and the Mankato Gazette,... FULL STORY

Merely Players - It’s a Wonderful Life Live Radio
By Rob Lawson
December 10, 2013

Ryan Sturgis is making his directorial debut with the Merely Players Community Theatre by bringing the classic film story, “It’s a Wonderful Life” to the stage, but with a new twist. This stage play adaptation by Joe Landry tells this beloved holiday classic through a 1940s live radio broadcast in f... FULL STORY

University Music Industry Students Team w/ Pub 500
By Rob Lawson
November 9, 2013

Submitted by Pub500 MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State University Mankato’s Music Management and Concert Production class will host a music event at Pub 500 Wednesday, November 20 at 8:30 pm. Pub 500 is located at 500 South Front Street in Mankato. The event, titled “Hipster Hootenanny,” wil... FULL STORY

Merely Players Opener - Little Shop of Horror
By Rob Lawson
October 24, 2013

ankato, MN (October 14, 2013) - Merely Players Community Theatre opens its 2013-14 season with the laugh-out-loud Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors, a grand-scale production that features a flesh eating plant, do-wop music, and a lesson in the snares of fame and greed. Little Shop of ... FULL STORY

Open Mic with MSU Comedy Club Tonight
By Rob Lawson
October 24, 2013

Open Mic is scheduled for tonight at the Mankato Event Center, featuring MSU's Comedy Club. FULL STORY

Stand Up Comedy at The Mankato Event Center
By Rob Lawson
October 2, 2013

Lawson Media and Publishing, Slanted Magazine Southern Minnesota Arts and Culture, The Mankato Event Center, The Mankato Gazette and Funny Business have come together to provide the Greater Mankato Area with some much needed laughter from top national and regional comedians as well as a local host, ... FULL STORY

Puppeteers Play Passionate Potheads
By Rob Lawson
October 2, 2013

September was a good month for Mankato Mosaic. Their string of play performances entitled "Puppet Problems" was a hit among audiences at venues such as the Mankato Event Center, Mankato Brewery, the What's Up Lounge and other community stage venues around Southern Minnesota. This quirky play sta... FULL STORY

Standup Comedy October 10 Mankato Event Center
By Rob Lawson
September 23, 2013

Join Us For Standup Comedy Every Second and Last Thursday of Each Month at the Mankato Event Center! Presented by Lawson Media and Publishing, Slanted Magazine Southern Minnesota Arts and Culture, The Mankato Gazette, Mankato Event Center and Funny Business: Tommy Thompson has a brand of comedy th... FULL STORY

Speechless Film Festival starts today
By Rob Lawson
May 3, 2013

Bethany Lutheran College held first ever Speechless Film Festival in which films were shown from around the world and critiqued on their style and visual storytelling. The events were held at Mankato Event Center and the Maverick 4 theater in the Mankato Place downtown. FULL STORY

World Films at Owatonna Public Library
By Rob Lawson
April 24, 2013

Featuring on Thursday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.: Queen of Hearts is a delightful little comedy from France. Thirty-something Adele is devastated after a painful breakup. With no close friends or family, her distant cousin, Rachel, reluctantly takes her in and graciously attempts to salv... FULL STORY

Mankato Event Center Starts Comedy on April 12 wit
By Rob Lawson
April 8, 2013

Slanted Magazine Southern Minnesota Arts and Culture and Lawson Media and Publishing will present two comedians on April 12, 2013 at the Mankato Event Center at 12 Civic Center Plaza in Downtown Mankato. John Russell and Gabe Noah, Minneapolis comedians will be performing for a live audience at th... FULL STORY

Vintage Vegas Gala Supports BackPack Food Program
By Rob Lawson
March 30, 2013

Calling all cats and chicks to escape to Vegas for a swinging evening to eat, drink and be merry, all while supporting a great cause. The Minnesota State University, Mankato Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America invites the public to a snazzy night out at Vintage Vegas: A Rat Pac... FULL STORY

Gravitone Musical Coming to Mankato Event Center
By Rob Lawson
March 16, 2013

Picture ST. PETER – Eat carrots or Cheetos? A vegetable dish at the Food Co-op or Old Country Buffet? Shop at the local store or Wal-mart? Those “good choice, bad choice” decisions are made every day -- until evil villain General Idiocy invents his M-ray and teams up with Siren Seductress Leat... FULL STORY

Loud Commercials To Be A Thing Of The Past
By Casey Conroy
December 16, 2012

Nationwide- As of the 13th of September, a new Federal Communications Commission rule has been put in place to limit the volume of commercials. In accordance with the CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) act, passed by congress the regulation states that the commercial has to be wi... FULL STORY

Polar Bear Plunge Now Open To Registration
By Casey Conroy
December 9, 2012

It's nearly that time again - January 26 - March 16 the Polar Plunge will be held again in 16 different communities around the state. Participants will raise a minimum of $75 per group to jump in and brave the freezing waters of Minnesota. The event is held with all money going to support the ... FULL STORY

Learn to Dance
By Rob Lawson
October 25, 2012

East Coast Swing Dance Lessons Mankato Community Ed. Oct. 18 - Nov. 15 2012. 5 Thursdays 7 - 8:15 pm $75 per Couple Lincoln Community Ctr. 110 Fulton St. Lower Gym St. Peter Community Ed. Oct. 16 - Nov. 13 2012.** 5 Tuesdays 7 - 8:15 pm ... FULL STORY

Electric Children To Play Show at Savoy Tomorrow
By Rob Lawson
October 25, 2012

An Announcement From MPLS Band, Electric Children: Just dropping a quick line to let you know that we will be playing a show in town on Friday, Oct. 26th. We'll be playing at Savoys with another MPLS band, Electric Children. You can check out their music at http://electricchildrenmpls.bandcamp.c... FULL STORY

Minnesota Shorts Play Festival long on laughs, sub
By Greg Abbott
August 30, 2012

Special to the Gazette MANKATO – If you were dying for a piece of candy from your 2-year-old’s Halloween bag, would you snitch one? If the Voter I.D. law passed and Jesus came to vote, would He need a government-issued I.D.? Can a murder be solved in 8 minutes? With a twist of humor and 15 minutes... FULL STORY

Ribfest a Success
By Rob Lawson
August 9, 2012

According to the City of Mankato: Mankato's 15th annual RibFest was deemed a resounding success with an estimated 20,623 people attending the four-day long event. This year's RibFest generated record-breaking attendance with visitors coming from the greater Mankato area as well as northern Iowa, ... FULL STORY

Highland Summer Theatre ends with "Sound of Music"
By Mike Lagerquist
July 3, 2012

The Minnesota State University, Mankato 46th annual Highland Summer Theatre season comes to a close in July with the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical, “The Sound of Music.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 12-14 & 18-21 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Spons... FULL STORY

Civic Center Expansion
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2012

The Mankato City Council recently approved applying for a Minnesota Business Development Capital Projects grant. If the city receives the grant, funding will go toward arena improvements and expansion at the Verizon Wireless Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. As part of the program requirements, a 50 per... FULL STORY

MN Airshow Spectacular
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2012

Mankato's Minnesota Air Spectacular was a success. In addition to 35,000 people attending the two-day event, it produced significant economic impact for local businesses in the area. Many visitors were from out of town – about 70 percent of the them coming from beyond a 20 to 30 mile radius. Acco... FULL STORY

Minnesota Air Spectacular
By Rob Lawson
June 9, 2012

The Minnesota Air Spectacular is Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at the Mankato Regional Airport, 3030 Airport Road. Gates open at 9 a.m. Parking is available at no cost. The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron Blue Angels, is the featured performer. Other performers include the Black Daggers, t... FULL STORY

Verizon Wireless Center Events
By Rob Lawson
May 10, 2012

Save the date for Mankato's eighth annual Senior Expo, featuring keynote speaker Bud Grant, former Minnesota Vikings head coach. Theory of a Deadman with Pop Evil and Stellar Revival 7 p.m., Saturday, May 5 Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo 2012 8 a.m, Wednesday, May 9 Senior Expo at Verizon W... FULL STORY

Alpacas at Sibley Park
By Rob Lawson
April 30, 2012

The public is invited to watch the alpacas at Sibley Farm in Sibley Park, 900 Mound Avenue, get a haircut from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 30 (weather permitting). About five to 10 pounds of fleece is usually sheared from the alpaca. The fleece, which is softer than wool, light and hypo-aller... FULL STORY

Gorilla Fun Run Photos
By Rob Lawson
April 30, 2012

The Gorilla Fun Run Charity Event in Mankato and sponsored in part by Buster's Bar and Buyfun.com took place on Saturday, April 21. Costumes were donated by Buyfun.com and the gorillas chased the banana all the way to Buster's where food and refreshments were provided. The Gorilla Fun Run was a ... FULL STORY

Mapleton Easter Egg Hunt
By Rob Lawson
April 7, 2012

Mapleton Area Chamber is sponsoring the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Mapleton Community Home. FULL STORY

Jose Cole Circus at Maple River High School
By Rob Lawson
March 9, 2012

Jose Cole Circus is March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Maple River High School Gym. Tickets are on sale now at Maple Mart, Dietz, Thunder Bar in Good Thunder and The Wow Zone in Mankato. This fun event is put on by the Mapleton Chamber of Commerce. FULL STORY

Upcoming Civic Center Events
By Rob Lawson
February 9, 2012

MSU Maverick Men's Hockey vs. Michigan Tech 7:37 p.m., Friday, February 3 7:07 p.m., Saturday, February 4 RV Show 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, February 10 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, February 11 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, February 12 MSU Maverick Men's Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth 7:37 p.m... FULL STORY