Arts briefs for the week of April 14

‘American Roots’ concert in Lakeville
The Rose Ensemble, a St. Paul-based vocal and instrumental group, will perform “American Roots: Harmonies that Shaped a Nation” 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, as part of the Coffee Concerts series at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

The concert features complimentary coffee and refreshments in the series’ informal cabaret setting, with the musicians providing some background on the pieces they’ve chosen to perform.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and are available online at and at the door. More about the Coffee Concerts series is at

Author talk at Steeple Center
Apple Valley author Mindy Mejia is set to speak 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Steeple Center in Rosemount as part of the Meet the Author series presented by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. Admission is free.

Mejia’s new novel, “Everything You Want Me to Be,” follows the investigation of a high school student’s murder in a small town. Her 2012 debut novel, “The Dragon Keeper,” focuses on a zookeeper and the Komodo dragon she cares for as scientific, religious and media forces converge on the zoo after the reptile produces eggs without ever having had a mate. More about the author is at

Library hosts poetry contest
Poets of all ages are encouraged to celebrate National Poetry Month by submitting original poems to any Dakota County Library branch from April 1-30.

Awards and prizes are presented to the top three entries in five age groups: children age 6-8, children age 9-11, teens age 12-14, teens age 15-18, adults age 19 and older.

For contest guidelines and submission information, visit any library branch or and search “Poetry.” Winning poets will be announced in May.

The Poetry Contest is supported by the Dakota County Library Foundation.

BlueNose hosts live music
BlueNose Coffee in Farmington will host two free music performances this month. Julida Alter and Sean Alter ­of folk-pop band The Blacksmith’s Daughters are set to perform 5-6 p.m. Friday, April 28, and singer-songwriter Alison Cromie, who specializes in folk music, will perform 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29.

The coffee shop at 20700 Chippendale Ave. also is hosting a Prince Art Tribute April 21-30 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Minnesota pop star’s death. The tribute features artwork by Kristin Hensen of St. Paul. More information is at

South Metro Chorale concert
South Metro Chorale, a 50-voice mixed choir from Prior Lake, will present its spring concert series 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church (16150 Arcadia Ave., Prior Lake) and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Christ the King Lutheran Church (8600 Fremont Ave. S., Bloomington).

The theme of the concert is “Love: Agape, Storge, Éros, Philia” featuring the Lord Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn as well as the music of Whitacre, Shank, and more.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at the door, by email at, and at

Arts and crafts fair
The Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, holds its Arts and Crafts Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Admission is free.