BRIEFS Lights, camera, action Rochester!

It's only been five months since the first Rochester Independent Short Film Festival, but the MLT Group is ready to roll again.

Submissions are being accepted for low and no budget short films for the MLT Group's second short film festival.

More than $700 in prizes will be awarded and proceeds from the festival go toward a digital arts scholarship at Rochester Community and Technical College.

Films will be shown Nov. 10-11 at RCTC's Hill Theatre.

For more information or to see previous winners, go to


More live music

McGoon's Taxi Company Restaurant (downstairs from Goonie's Comedy Club) is adding Wednesday night music to the menu.

Starting next week with a concert by Eddie Jeff Cahill, small, acoustic groups will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each Wednesday at the downtown restaurant. There's no cover.

McGoon's is at 7 Second St. S.W. in Rochester.


I See Hawks in Minneapolis

After graduating from Rochester's Mayo High School in 1990, Rob Waller moved to Los Angeles where he leads the country rock band I See Hawks in L.A. and teaches writing at the University of Southern California.

The band was named Best New Country Artist of 2005 and Top Ten Live Acts 2005 by the San Jose Mercury News, is a multiple winner of Best Country Artist L.A. Weekly, and made many Best of 2005 lists. Over the summer, the band toured across the United States and Europe.


Now I See Hawks in L.A. will play Oct. 1 at the 400 Bar in Minneapolis with Kid Dakota and Larissa Anderson. Tickets are $5. Music starts at 8 p.m.


A tribute to Lincoln

A recent obituary in the Winona Daily News noted the passing of John J. Prondzinski, 55, of Buffalo City, Wis. Prondzinski, who was better known around the Rochester area as Johnny Lincoln, played in several bands, including Southbound Country.

In his prime, about 20 years ago, Lincoln was known to get up and play and sing at jam sessions at the Rochester VFW and former Hollywood Bar either before concerts or on his nights off, said Post-Bulletin sports writer Steve Webb, who has fond memories of seeing Lincoln perform.

Prondzinski died Sept. 12 at his residence. A private funeral services was held.

Online condolences and memories may be sent to

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