Rupert Wates

Rupert Wates performs Saturday in Chatfield. (John Mazlish)

Every Minnesotan's favorite topic -- the weather -- will be the subject of the MPR Connects program Oct. 14 at Castle Community, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester.

Paul Huttner, Minnesota Public Radio's chief meteorologist, will talk about the "whys" of Minnesota's weather. Huttner maintains MPR's Updraft weather blog, and is the host of the weekly radio program "Climate Cast," which focuses on climate change news, science and solutions.

The doors open at 5:15 p.m. with registration and refreshments. The program is at 6 p.m., concluding with a Q&A session.

Admission is free, but registration is requested at

Chosen Bean series continues with Rupert Wates

CHATFIELD -- Rupert Wates, a British singer-songwriter now based in the United States, performs in the next Chosen Bean Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chatfield Center for the Arts, 405 Main St. S.

Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University before becoming a full-time songwriter. He moved to Paris in 2001 and to the U.S. in 2006. His traditional folk music is mixed with jazz, vaudeville and cabaret styles. His most recent album is "Full Circle."

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door; 507-884-7676 and

Festival of Music season opens with Duo-B

Duo-B, a violin-cello duo, will perform the first concert in the new Festival of Music series at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Rochester.

Duo-B consists of the husband-wife duo of Hirono Borter on violin and Philip Borter on cello. The couple met while students at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and formed Duo-B while in graduate school at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

Together and as soloists they have performed in Europe and Asia, and across North America. Philip Borter is a professor of music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Admission is a freewill offering. The church is located at 512 Third St. SW.

Rochester arts group plans Minneapolis trips

Rochester Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art will take a bus trip to the institute Thursday to attend a lecture by Andrea Bauer from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The lecture will be followed by a docent-led tour of the MIA's collection.

To reserve a free ticket, call 612-870-6323. The bus fee is $30 for members, $35 for non-members. The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. from 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Drive NW.

-- Also coming up is a trip Oct. 17 to the Weisman Art Museum and the newly reopened Bell Museum, both at the University of Minnesota, with a stop for lunch at Granite City Food & Brewery. The trip is a fundraiser for the Rochester Friends of the MIA.

The fee is $95, and the tour is limited to 50 people.

Reservations by check for both bus trip should be made out to RF-Mia and sent to Sandy Hillesheim, 1965 Tiffany Cove Lane SW, Rochester 55902.

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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.