RED WING -- A.J. Croce, who has steadfastly tried to carve out a musical career of his own, will play some of his late father's songs in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sheldon Theatre, 443 W. Third St., Red Wing.

Croce is the son of Jim Croce, who had hits with "I've Got a Name," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" in the early '70s. Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash in 1973.

A.J. Croce was two years old at the time of his father's death. As a boy, he lost his eyesight due to physical abuse by his mother's boyfriend, and began to model himself after blind artists Ray Charles and Steve Wonder. He regained sight in one eye at the age of 10.

Early on, Croce avoided hearing his father's music, instead preferring to develop his own style. When he heard some old tapes of his father performing, A.J. realized they had the same influences in the blues.

Now, Croce features his father's songs in his concerts, alongside his own material and covers of songs that influenced both him and his father.

Tickets are $39 and $35, available at and 651-388-8700.

Fashion show will benefit youth theater group

Haute Couture Costume and Fashion Show, a benefit for Immersion Youth Repertory theater organization, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Castle Community, 121 N. Broadway.

Original designs and costumes by Marann Faget of Creative Costumes and Clothing, fashion designer Brooke Burch and Hunter Prouty will be worn by models on the runway.

Immersion Youth Repertory is a Rochester-based nonprofit theater company that provides professional-level instruction and stage experiences for children and youth.

Tickets are $20, or $50 for front row VIP seating, available through

'Alice' auditions scheduled by Children's Dance Theatre

Children's Dance Theatre of Rochester will hold auditions Oct. 27 for a production of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." The production will be presented March 19-22 at Mayo Civic Center. Rehearsals will start in January.

Auditions start with registration at 12:30 p.m. at Allegro School of Dance and Music, 2342 Superior Drive NW. Dancers should check for age group slots and complete audition information.

Catfish and bluegrass on tap in Rushford

RUSHFORD -- The Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association will host a catfish and fried chicken dinner Saturday at the Rushford Legion Hall.

Dinner is $10, with all the fixings, and is served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bluegrass music will be played during dinner, with jamming afterward.

The Rushford Legion Hall is located at 213 Minnesota Highway 16.

Commonweal's 'Stones' tour ends in Winona

WINONA -- The final performance of the Commonweal Theatre's touring production of "Stones in His Pockets" will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Masonic Theatre, 251 Main St., Winona.

The play features Hal Cropp and Josiah Laubenstein portraying multiple characters in a small Irish town who find themselves cast as extras in a Hollywood film.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students in advance; $25 for adults and $10 for students on the day of the performance. For tickets, call the Winona Parks Department at 507-453-1633.

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