ZUMBROTA — Traditional folk music and a tribute to Simon and Garfunkel are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.

• Bryan Bowers, who has been traveling the folk circuits for five decades, will arrive with his autoharp for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Bowers began his career in the late 1960s, initially on guitar, and then on autoharp. He has remained connected to the roots of folk music ever since.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door.

Ultrasonic Duo will play the music of Simon & Garfunkel at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19.

Focusing in part on songs about small-town living, the concert will feature “My Little Town” and “America,” as well as other Simon & Garfunkel classics.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door.

For reservations, call 507-732-7616 or go to crossingsatcarnegie.com.

Winter concerts start up at Oak Center

OAK CENTER — Folk Forum concerts at the Oak Center General Store resume after the holiday break with a show by James Buckley and Tim Sparks at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Buckley has played bass with the Pines, Har Mar Superstar, the Blenders and other regional bands. Sparks won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship in 1993. Together they are playing a blend of blues, jazz and roots music.

Also coming up at Oak Center is a night of bluegrass music with the Sawtooth Brothers at 8 p.m Jan. 26.

Tickets are $15, with discounts available for low-income patrons. For reservations, call 507-753-2080.

Saint Mary’s University to host Arab-American artists

WINONA — “Za’atar,” an evening of performances by Arab-American artists, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Valencia Arts Center, 1164 W. Howard St., Winona.

This is the second program in the Cedar Tree Project at Saint Mary’s University.

Performing will be: Leila Awadallah, a Palestinian-American from Minneapolis; Sharon Mansur, a Lebanese-American from Winona; and Leyya Mona Tawil, a Syrian Palestinian from Oakland, Calif.

The program will conclude with “Thulathi,” a new collaborative work devised by the artists for this event.

A pre-performance discussion is at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15, available at pagetheatre.org and at 507-457-1715, as well as at the door.

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Tom covers primarily arts and entertainment for the Post Bulletin and 507 Magazine. He also often writes feature stories about local history. He is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and enjoys reading and traveling.

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