The leaves are starting to turn, which means it’s time for a new season for arts, music and other entertainment options in southeastern Minnesota.
Some groups have their 2014-2015 seasons already underway, and a few are launching in the next week.
One of the biggest and longest-running music series, the Oak Center Folk Forum, which has been going since the 1980s, opens Oct. 4 with a concert by the Mary Jane Alm Band. The Oak Center concerts are held in the top floor of the Oak Center General Store, a cozy venue that artists and audiences alike love for its acoustics and atmosphere.
In Mantorville, they’ve packed away most of the melodrama props until next summer and are ready to launch the 2014-2015 Mantorville Theatre Company season Oct. 3 with a murder mystery, “Murder at the Cafe Noir.”
In Austin, Riverland Community College Theatre is rehearsing “Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” for an Oct. 8 opening.
Here’s a look at what’s coming up:
After the Mary Jane Alm Band, at 8 p.m. Oct. 4, concerts are held nearly every weekend into January. A spring season will be announced later.
Among the highlights: Blues from Paul Mayasich and RAMM, Oct. 11; Twin Cities folk/blues/Americana singer Chastity Brown on Nov. 15; the Scottie Miller Band on Nov. 29; Oak Center favorite Radoslav Lorkovic with T. Bruce Bowers on Dec. 7; ace guitarist Erik Koskinen and singer Molly Maher on Dec. 12; Charlie Parr on Dec. 20; and the Pines on Jan. 17.
Tickets are $5 to $15, pay what you can afford. For reservations, call 507-753-2080.
Mantorville Theatre Company
“Murder at the Cafe Noir” is a dinner-theater offering, with patrons being served a three-course catered meal while they watch the show. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance at www.mantorvillain.com or at the Chocolate Shoppe in Mantorville. Performances are at 7 p.m Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday from Oct. 3 through Oct. 26 at the historic Mantorville Opera House.
Also coming up this season in Mantorville:
“Hjemma’s Dilemma, or Whole Stole the Lutefisk?” a full-length melodrama by Cheryl Frarck, Nov. 21 through Dec. 14. Tickets are $15 and $13.
“Church Basement Ladies,” Feb. 6 through March 1.
“Love, Sex and the IRS,” April 10 through May 3.
Tickets for shows other than the murder mystery can be ordered by phone at 507-635-5420.
Riverland Community College Theatre
“Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” will be presented Oct. 8 through Oct. 12 at Frank Bridges Theatre on the Riverland campus. Tickets are $16, available from the box office at 507-433-0595 or via email at email@example.com.
It’s the start of a busy year at Riverland, where theater director Lindsey Williams also has scheduled “She Stoops to Conquer,” Nov. 19-23, “The Crucible” Feb. 25 to March 1 and “Legally Blonde the Musical” April 23 to May 3.
In addition, the History Theatre will present a stage version of Minnesotan Tim O’Brien’s prize-winning Vietnam War novel “The Things They Carried” on Nov. 6 at Riverland.