Another fun weekend around St. Cloud this weekend. There are a few new art exhibits opening up at St. Cloud State University, and the Stearns History museum. John Gorka will be performing at BoDiddley's, and The Veranda Lounge has three free concerts. Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks also return to the Pioneer Place stage with their latest show. Speaking of Pioneer Place, they recently announced the line-up for their popular outdoor music festival, Takin' It To The Streets '15.

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    Turkish Scholar Gallery Exhibit

    Atwood Art Gallery - St. Cloud State University

    This art exhibition, Turkish Women in the Ottoman Empire, features work in the form of weavings and screenprints on felt.  Dr. Fatma Nur BaşaranDr. H. Sinem Şanl, and Dr. Banu H. Gürcüm are visiting from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. Their combined work makes up the exhibition. Their individual exhibits are Anatolian Woman: Mother Goddess (Dr. Başaran), Anatolian Woman: Levni's Women (Dr. Şanl), and Anatolian Woman: Orientalists' Women (Dr. Gürcüm). The entire exhibit shows a concept of Anatolian women from ancient times until the 19th century. Their work is currently on display, and will be on display until April 19th. The Atwood Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public.

    CLICK HERE for more information about the exhibit and the visiting scholars.

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    Teenage Idol: The Ricky Nelson Story

    Pioneer Place - St. Cloud

    Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks present the work of teenage idol Ricky Nelson. Nelson's music was a weekly feature on the TV show, "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet". This rock artist once had 34 songs on the Top 40 list. The Throwbacks will be playing classic songs such as Garden Party, Travelin' Man, Never Be Anyone Else But You, Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Poor Little Fool, Stood Up, Teenage Idol, Fools Rush In, It's Up To You, and many more. There are two more shows you can catch this weekend, one of which is tonight (Thursday). Tickets are $26 for this concert. Justin Ploof and The Throwbacks will be back in concert next month at the Pioneer Place with American Bandstand: The 60's Dance Party.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information for Teenage Idol: The Ricky Nelson Story

    • Thursday, April 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, April 3rd, 7:30 p.m.
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    Hands Across the World: The Journey Continues

    Stearns History Museum

    This one actually doesn't open until Monday, but we wanted to tell you about it.The Stearns History Museum is hosting a new exhibit called Hands Across the World: The Journey Continues which addresses the power of art to address social change. Artwork includes fabric construction, weaving, ceramics, and mosaic art, as well as photographs and stories of recent immigrants. This work is the result of the Paramount's Education Outreach program, the Visual Arts Center, and Hands Across the World hosting workshops with recent immigrants. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, April 12th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m at the museum. The reception will feature cultural activities and food including Sakina Abukar doing henna designs, and Jeri Olson-McCoy leading a weaving session. There is a second exhibit opening on Monday, entitled For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. 

    CLICK HERE for more information about the exhibits.

    Museum Hours

    Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    John Gorka

    BoDiddley's on 25th Ave. - St. Cloud

    The Granite City Folk Society presents John Gorka. He has had many of his songs either recorded or performed by many well known artists including Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Maura O'Connell. One of his new songs, Where No Monuments Stand, is going to be featured in an the upcoming documentary "Every War Has two Losers". Check out this VIDEO to get a preview of Gorka's singing. Tickets for this concert are $25. Local artist Dave Cofell will be opening for the show.

    CLICK HERE for a full list of upcoming artists.

    • Friday, April 3rd, 7:30 p.m.
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    Free Music in The Veranda Lounge

    Pioneer Place - St. Cloud

    There are three free concerts this weekend in The Veranda Lounge.

    First up tonight (Thursday), Chris Laumb will be playing alongside a special guest from Norway. Laumb's music is inspired form his family's Norwegian heritage, along with stories from his childhood, and draws from everyday American life. Again he will be playing with a special guest from Norway from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

    Aksel Krafnick will be performing in the Veranda Lounge tomorrow night. He has played for several years across Central Minnesota spending some time with Wyatt Earp and the Punks. Krafnick has recently added his vocal and guitar skills to Coyote Proof Coop. He will be performing from 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    On Saturday night Alex Nelson will be performing his free concert. He's a local musician who plays a variety of music ranging from classic rock, folk, and country, to bluegrass alternative rock, and grunge. He has played with the Bridge Brothers, as well as his own brothers as The Red-headed Step Children. This will be a solo performance by Nelson, and he will be on stage from 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    CLICK HERE for a full line-up of upcoming musicians.

    • Thursday, April 2nd , 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 3rd, 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 4th, 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Chris Laumb, Aksel Krifnick, Alex Nelson (Photos Courtesy: Pioneer Place)