Movie, Music and One Last Farmer’s Market

Here’s the weekend line-up:

photo-158Thursday, November 20th

There will be an encore showing of the Driftless Film Festival hit, Keep on Keepin’ On. Here’s a link to the trailer. Show begins at 7 pm.

Friday, November 21st

Friday night, like all Friday nights, the place to be for live music is the Gray Dog Deli. Scott Stieber performs at 8:30 pm.


Saturday, November 22nd

Saturday morning stop in for the last scheduled indoor Farmer’s Market at 114 High Street from 8:30-11:00 a.m.

10003684_729706513790808_85211400435162223_oSaturday night the Opera House will be rocking and rolling with three bands performing to benefit the Mineral Point Stadium Project.

1) The first group, Al Bauman and friends, includes Jean Van Matre on keyboard, and high school students Josh Berg (trumpet), Blake Chambers (bass guitar), Bryce Fitzsimmons (saxophone) and Haakon Schriefer (trombone). The group will be performing classic rock & roll tunes.

2) Next up is Ruckus, Jesse Bauman’s country rock band.

3) And closing out the night is the Driftless Beggars, which includes Matt Sweeney, John Birner, the Gray Dog’s Shannon Williams and MPHS Spanish Teacher Dianna Rogers. They will be playing classic rock/pop covers.

Admission is $15. Tickets are available at Berget Jewelry at the top of High Street, online (click here) or at the door. Show begins at 7:00 pm.

- Contributed by the Hays

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Hostile Elf Returns Tonight

10420286_813130058739003_6223557135951061979_n“I often see people on the streets dressed as objects and handing out leaflets. I tend to avoid leaflets, but it breaks my heart to see a grown man dressed as a taco. So, if there’s a costume involved, I tend not only to accept the leaflet, but to accept it graciously, saying ‘Thank you so much,’ and thinking, ‘You poor, pathetic son of a bitch.’” From The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello.

The Santaland Diaries returns to Shake Rag Alley tonight, with Sam Murn reprising his role as Crumpet, the grumpy Macy’s elf. Come ye adults and listen to Crumpet explain the sad facts of elfdom with a deadpan expression and a potty mouth. If you like sugar-coated, holiday cheer, this is not the performance for you. Crumpet is no George Bailey. Come to think of it, George Bailey had a bit of an attitude. But he wasn’t funny about it, the way Crumpet is.

The point is this, if you like to laugh and appreciate a bad attitude, then leave your kids at home, and come down to Shake Rag Alley’s Quonset Hut (formerly the Napa Auto) at 411 Commerce Street, for some adult humor. (Don’t worry, Crumpet keeps his clothes on.)

The show is tonight only, November 15, 2014. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a social hour, and viewing of the Art Lottery pieces. For $20 you can enjoy the event, social hour, and the performance. Your $20 ticket will not include participation in the Art Lottery, which is sold out, but you are welcome to stay and view the fun! Call the Shake Rag office at 608-987-3292 for tickets.

- Contributed by the Hays

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Remember and Give Thanks

photo-169Veteran’s Day was commemorated today on High Street at 11:00 a.m. in a short but sweet ceremony.

In Mineral Point, Veteran’s Day is not a day off from school; it’s a day to remember and give thanks.  The American Legion was at the Middle School this morning, and this afternoon veterans will head to the Elementary School for the traditional Veteran’s Day assembly.  The fifth graders have written over 200 letters to area veterans inviting them to attend.

photo-168The American Legion will open the ceremony by marching in the flag. The veterans will line the perimeter of the gym, and one by one they will state their name, which branch of the service they were in and, where they served.  The students honor the veterans with songs and poems. After the colors are retired, the veterans assemble near the doorway, and as the students leave, they shake the hands of each veteran, and thank them for their service.

This Elementary School Veteran’s Day Program is scheduled for today at 2:00 p.m.

- Contributed by the Hays

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Sunday – Driftless Film Fest – Day 4

Today is not technically the last day of the festival.  Two more features will be screened this week. Monday night is 1971 and Thursday night is Expedition to the End of the World. Both films will be shown at 7 p.m.

But, if you want to spend a full day at the Opera House, then today is the last day for that  — until next year. Films begin at 11 a.m. and roll well into evening. Here’s the lineup, with links to the trailers when available.

photo-15811:00 a.m. – Documentary Shorts Program

- Getting Lost in My Own Art – 27 minutes

- At Home in The Shop – 11 minutes

- Dog Down – 45 minutes

1:15 p.m. Rolling Papers ‘Work in Progress’

4:00 p.m. Food Patriots, preceded by The Great Outdoors

7:00 p.m. Art and Craft

For a concise description of the films visit or pick up one of the fold-out brochures with the movie cow on the front.

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Saturday – Driftless Film Fest Schedule

If you love the indulgence of watching movies all day, then today is your day! Tomorrow is your day too.  Films begin at 10 a.m. and go well into the night. Of course, you can just come for one or two. This afternoon’s Shorts Program, is like a DFF sampler, allowing you to see five films in 80 minutes.

Here are links to the trailers to the feature length films and the times for today’s screenings.

10 a.m. – Damnation – 87 minutes

12:15 – When The King Tilts – 77 minutes, with short The Harpist – 15 minutes

photo-1583:00 p.m. – Wisconsin Shorts Program

- One Week Vacation – 15 minutes

- No Brainer – 36 minutes

- MECCA – The Floor That Made Milwaukee - 14 minutes

- The Wonderful World of Romance – 8 minutes

- Worthless – 7 minutes

5:15 p.m.  The Starfish Throwers – 83 minutes, preceded by Because It’s Small – 16 minutes

8:00 p.m. Hanna Ranch – 73 minutes, with short Inside & Out – 4 minutes

For a complete list of the weekend line-up visit or pick up one of the fold-out brochures with the movie cow on the front.

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