BRIEFS Concert band to perform Sunday

After a few weeks of rock and blues, the pace of Down by the Riverside 2006 slows down a bit this weekend as the Rochester Concert Band takes the stage Sunday at Mayo Park for an evening of traditional summertime music under the skies.

Conductor Chuck Blattner will lead the band through a celebration of Down by the Riverside's 15th anniversary. This also happens to be the band's 137th season, and the idea for this concert is to somewhat recreate the atmosphere of 100 years ago, when the band would entertain folks on warm summer evenings at the Mayo Park bandshell.

Featured selections will include "Down by the Riverside," "The Great Steamboat Race" and "The Sound of Music." Music starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

Bob &; Tom tour comes to Rochester

Tickets go on sale Aug. 11 for the Friends of the Bob &; Tom Show Comedy Tour, which arrives in Rochester Sept. 30.


The tour stars the syndicated radio show's regular guests, Bob Zany, Donnie Baker, Drew Hastings, Tim Bedore and Pat Godwin with guest host Kristi Lee.

Tickets are $32.50, available starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Mayo Civic Center Ticket Office and through all Ticketmaster locations, 252-1010 or

Library film series continues

"Peck on the Cheek," a film from India, is the next offering in the iFilms series at the Rochester Public Library.

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the library's auditorium. The movie follows a girl's search for her biological mother, who had abandoned her as a newborn. Admission is free. The film series is intended for mature adults. For more information, call 285-8006.

Comedy club cancels tonight's show

Tonight's Amateur Night at Goonie's Comedy Club is canceled so patrons and employees of the club who knew Kevin Toliver can attend his wake.

Toliver, who worked at McGoon's Taxi Co. Restaurant and Goonie's Comedy Club, died in a fire at his residence Sunday. The wake will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home in Rochester.


Amateur Night, which is held at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the club, will resume next week.

Exhibit features photos from South Africa

LANESBORO -- "Postcards from South Africa," photographs by Renee Bergstrom of Elgin, is the current exhibit at the Cornucopia Art Center in Lanesboro.

Bergstrom took the photographs while visiting South Africa. "I try to find unusual things to photograph, things that many tourists may not notice," she said.

A reception for the artist will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 26. The exhibit is open through Sept. 30.

Also coming up at Cornucopia is a photography workshop Aug. 18-19 conducted by Hank Erdmann, who has had his photographs published in several magazines, including National Geographic. The workshop is open to all levels of experience. Information: (507) 467-2446.

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