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BRIEFS Variety of music hits Oak Center stage

OAK CENTER -- Folk, blues and roots music fans will have their choice of three concerts coming up at the Oak Center General Store.

Pieta Brown's graceful vocals and Bo Ramsey's rootsy guitar playing come together for a bluesy folk concert at 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10 for adults, free-will offering for children.

Joe and Vicky Price, a husband-and-wife duo, will play Mississippi Delta blues at 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 to $10 with patrons paying what they can afford, and a free-will donation for children.

The Granary Girls, which is Patty Kakac and Jodi Ritter, will play their story-driven folk music at 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Admission is $5 to $10 with patrons paying what they can afford, and a free-will donation for children.

To make reservations or for more information, call 753-2080 or e-mail folkforum@lakes.com. The Oak Center General Store is located on U.S. 63 between Lake City and Zumbro Falls.

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St. Paul painter will lead workshop

Learn how to open your mind and let the mental images out during a workshop with painter Margo Selski at the Rochester Art Center.

Selski, who resides in St. Paul, is known for her visual storytelling and references to northern Flemish masterpieces.

She will lead a workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5.

The workshop, geared to adults, begins with a brief slide lecture of Selski's work and process. Then using charcoal, pen, pencil and paper, students will explore the process of personal imagery and synectikos, the Greek process of bringing different things into unified connection.

Tuition is $25, $20 for Art Center members. To register, call 282-8629 by Tuesday.

An exhibit of Selski's works, titled "The Fertile Mind of Margo Selski," will run from Feb. 4 through April 3 in the accent gallery. The opening reception, with an artist's talk, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 4.

There's a cure for the wintertime blues

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Pint's Pub is offering a weekend full of cures for the winter blues -- the red hot blues.

Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max will take the stage Friday. The Eau Claire-based band, lead by Luedtke on slide guitar, has played electric blues across the Midwest for 20 years.

James Solberg will keep things cooking with a concert Saturday. Solberg, a two-time W.C. Handy Award winner for Blues Band of the Year and a Grammy nominee, plays a mix of soul, gospel and blues.

Both concerts start around 9 p.m. For more information, call Pint's at 287-8017.

Jazz trio comes to Crossings

ZUMBROTA -- The George Maurer Jazz Trio will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Crossings at Carnegie Art Center, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.

The group plays traditional jazz and swing, bepop and blues. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For reservations and information, call (507) 732-7616 or visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com.

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