Arts Briefs for the week of July 21

Butterfly brew on tap

The Minnesota Zoo and local brewery partner, Fair State Brewing Cooperative, are joining forces for the third year in a row to release a limited edition brew, The Dakota Skipper Endangered Reserve.

This unique beer features actual local prairie grasses and helps to save endangered prairie butterflies, like the Dakota skipper. The butterfly brew was tapped July 13 at Fair State Brewing Cooperative. The beer will be available for purchase at the Minnesota Zoo during the Adult Night Out event on July 20.

Beer connoisseurs will be able to purchase the butterfly brew through Aug. 31, or until the beer runs dry, at Black Sheep Eat Street, Black Sheep North Loop, Smack Shack, Lolo’s Stillwater, Rock Elm Tavern and Mill Valley Kitchen.

Drum corps in Farmington

Minnesota Brass presents March On!, a Drum Corps International open class show, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Farmington High School, 20655 Flagstaff Ave.

Performing are the 2016 silver medalist Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, Minnesota’s own River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps, Govenaires, Minnesota Brass and more.

Tickets are $12 in advance at or $15 at the gate. More information is at

Community art exhibit entries

Dakota County is calling for artists to enter the 2017 Dakota County Community Art Exhibit that showcases and celebrates local talent. This year’s exhibit theme is “Exploring 3D Printing.”

Artists are invited to create a 3D design that interprets the theme, print it using a 3D printer, and submit the entry to be considered for the four-month exhibit that will be displayed in Dakota County buildings beginning in August. Entries will be accepted through 5 p.m. Aug. 4.

Printed artwork must be no more than 3 inches by 3 inches by 3 inches. Several local 3D printers are available to artists including a printer at the Wescott Library iLAB, 1340 Wescott Road in Eagan. To schedule, contact Holly Carlson, technology librarian, at 651-450-2900. Printers are also available at Nordeast Makers in Minneapolis, the St. Paul Public Library — Central in St. Paul, and online.

Artists must submit an artist statement that states how the artwork reflects the “Exploring 3D Printing” theme, a completed application, and photos of the entry with all artwork dimensions.

The annual exhibit is organized by the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee to showcase and celebrate local talent and make community art more accessible to residents. The committee includes seven members — each with a background in art — that have been selected by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. The committee previews the submissions and provides recommendations for final selection to the County Board. The 2017 exhibit is the 21st overall exhibit and the sixth exhibit open to the work of local artists.

More information and entry materials are available online at, search “community art exhibit,” or contact Jenelle Teppen at 651-438-4247 or [email protected] Entries may be submitted online or mailed to Jenelle Teppen at Dakota County Public Services & Revenue Division, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033.

The artist must be a Dakota County resident to participate. All ages welcome. Entries are limited to one per person.

Trivia at Rascal’s

Bar quiz Trivia Mafia is now featured 7 p.m. Sundays at Rascal’s Bar & Grill, 7721 147th St. W., Apple Valley.

The free trivia events last about an hour and a half. Information: 952-431-7777.

Symphony on the Rocks

Symphony on the Rocks returns to Ames Center 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Special guest is Mark Wood from Trans Siberian Orchestra.

This high-powered rock symphony show features a 26-person symphony accompanying the seven-member awarding-winning rock band Vic Ferrari.

Tickets are $35 and $45 at the box office, 800-982-2787 or Ames Center is at 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville.

Australian Bee Gees show

The Australian Bee Gees Show, voted best tribute show in Las Vegas, comes to Ames Center 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

Tickets are $30-$50 at the box office, 800-982-2787 or Ames Center is at 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville.

Riverwalk Market Fair

Music by Kathleen Johnson, fresh local produce, arts and crafts, and the Northfield Public Library Book Bike are featured 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square. For more information, visit