The famed Troubadour club in London has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Adele and Amy Winehouse. Yet in March 2013, there stood Wayzata resident Courtney Yasmineh, on stage, ready to close the show.

From left, Lauren Strauss, Claire DesLauriers and Kalli Anderson share the multi-faceted lead role in MHS's production of Evita.

The award-winning show Evita is typically thought of as a musical with a single female lead, but not in director Trent Boyum’s mind.

Circus models designed by Damon Swanson and constructed from 3D printers allow intricate details to shine.

Damon Swanson is a grandfatherly figure. He stands among his circus sculptures like a larger-than-life ringmaster. He once hand-crafted his circus-themed models and figurines, but now uses 3D printing technology to create his works of art.

Erin Kate Duininck of eKate Designs and The Orchard Art House in Excelsior hosted a reception for her December-through-February pop-up shop. Featuring many local artists, the evening focused on Minneapolis-baed collage artist and designer Ashley Barlow.

Step into David R. Smith’s home studio in Excelsior and a framed painting featuring a cluster of pumpkins arrests your gaze. The pumpkins are so vibrant and realistic, you wonder aloud if it isn’t a photograph.

From her childhood spent in rural southwestern Minnesota to her current lakeside residence in Mound, Connie Claire Szarke has always been inspired by the outdoors. “The natural world means a great deal to me,” says Szarke.

Alice McDermott’s new novel, Someone, has just over two hundred pages, which means we can linger over its beautifully crafted words.  In them, this National Book Award winner packs the truth of life.  Marie, a child in pre-Depression Brooklyn, guides us through the treacheries of growing

The Wisconsin-based film production company My Town Pictures is taking the Midwest by storm, one small town at a time. The latest hotspot to move into the spotlight is right in our backyard: the quaint town of Excelsior.

Joy, happiness and tranquility: These are words used by the students in Nicola Demonte’s art classes to describe their experience creating art. These seem to be universal responses to making art, including for these students, who are adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Perfect for the holiday season, Oliver! tells the tale of a courageous orphan seeking a better life. After escaping the drab confines of an orphanage, he falls in with a gang of pickpockets, but Oliver isn’t fit for a life of crime.