Whistling happy birthday

Whistle Binkies on the Lake will celebrate its first anniversary with a week-long celebration featuring food and drinks from different countries each day.

Among the specials will be Summit IPA CASK ale poured from a "Firkin" starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. There also will be free tethered hot-air balloon rides in the afternoon on May 19, weather permitting.

Whistle Binkies on the Lake is at 247 Woodlake Dr. S.E. in Rochester. Information:

Americana dreams

After six months of hosting Americana Showcases at the Break Room in Rochester, Six Mile Grove has decided to do it again starting in November.


Until then, bandmates Dezi Wallace and Brandon Sampson will return to The Break Room once a month for Acoustic Tuesdays, including next week. They will also be inviting groups from around the country to join them.

The Break Room is at 1635 U.S. Hwy. 52 N. in Rochester. Information:

Be your own DJ

The Current’s all-request day, dubbed Radio Free Current on May 1, was so successful it spawned a regular show.

Starting this weekend, The Current will present Radio Free Current every Saturday night from 7-11 p.m., hosted by Jill Riley. Listeners can make requests during the week online at or during the show by calling (651) 989-4893.

The Current can be heard in Rochester on 88.7 FM.

Documenting Billy X. Curmano

The Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City recently purchased a portion of Billy X. Curmano’s archives for its permanent collection.


The museum collection includes samples of the Winona-based intermedia artist’s work from his early Milwaukee period to the present. Highlights include a vial of water collected on the first day of his 2,367.4 mile swim from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

Post cards, writings, silk screenings and video and audio footage of his work are also included. Among the CDs is "Billy X: Solo Set," which was recorded live in Studio A at Rochester Community and Technical College.

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