The ring of death

A cell phone ringing incessantly in a quiet café; a stranger at the next table who has had enough and a dead man with a lot of loose ends.

So begins this wildly imaginative new comedy, "Dead Man's Cell Phone," a the Firehouse Brewing Theatre starting Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The play is an odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world – all the while exploring the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” runs Friday's and Saturday's until Feb. 3. 

Revisit history with WWII presentation

South Dakota Veterans Forum presents "Then & Now of World War II in Europe," by Ray and Josephine Cowdery. The presentation includes hundreds of pictures taken when the Cowderys took American and Canadian WWII veterans back to Europe on dozens of history tours. 

The narrated photo documentary will cover only WWII-related locations, from the beaches of Normandy to battle sites in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Auschwitz Concentration Camp and more. 

The presentation is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the South Dakota Air & Space Museum, just outside Ellsworth Air Force Base. Admission is free.

Mining and the landscape

The Apex Gallery on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will present “The Mining Aesthetic” now until Feb. 16, an exhibit exploring the impact mining has on the landscape as well as the people and animals around it.

Featuring photographs, drawings and artifacts by Montana artist Glenn Bodish, “The Mining Aesthetic” will showcase images of the Berkeley Pit, Continental Pit and Yankee Doodle Tailings Pond, all located in Butte, Mont.

Bodish said he hopes the exhibit raises awareness of the affect that mining has on the landscape, something he saw firsthand while living in Butte for 20 years. “The exhibit brings a message that we should be aware of the incessant desire we have for heavy metals … and how it affects the landscape, people and animals.”

Bodish, originally from Pennsylvania, has spent 35 years working in the fields of fine art, commercial design, museum management and higher education. He currently lives in Montana and Illinois, and he teaches at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Ill.

The exhibit is open to the public in the Classroom Building on the SD Mines Campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year. The gallery is closed during the summer, and on holidays and long weekends.

A tip of the hat to SD 'Cowboy Governor'

Learn about the man who led the state through the Great Depression, Gov. Tom Berry. 

Author Paul Higbee will talk about Berry and sign copies of his book about him, "Cowboy Governor," during the First Saturday Brunch on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Tri-State Museum in Belle Fourche. Brunch at 10 a.m. is $5, or free with a museum membership. The presentation at 10:30 a.m. and is free to all. 

Dust off your dancing boots

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The Red Dirt Festival rolls in Deadwood for the third year with a strong line-up of up and coming country music stars. 

Casey Donahew Band, Josh Abbott Band, Chancey Williams & the Younger Brother’s Band, Troy Cartwright and Brock Finn are all slated for this year's event that starts Friday and continues on Saturday. The two-day festival is billed as best in the upper mid-west. Tickets can be found at ticketmaster.com and for questions please visit deadwoodmountaingrand.com 

A bite of Downtown Restaurant Week

Let your taste buds run wild in Downtown Rapid City during the third annual Downtown Rapid City Restaurant Week from Friday, Jan. 12 to Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

The event is a collaboration between the Downtown Rapid City Business Group and participating Downtown Rapid City restaurants, celebrating the finest chefs and cuisine and connecting then dining enthusiasts.

For nine evenings, participating locally owned restaurants will showcase specially-crafted menu options for just $20. The menu will include a multi-course meal made up of any combination of complimenting beverages, appetizers, main courses and desserts. 

No passes or tickets are required. Instead, diners may simply visit participating restaurants during the week to enjoy special menus. Some restaurants do recommend reservations. For reservation details, or to see menus visit downtownrapidcity.com.

“Restaurant Week is back for its third year in Downtown Rapid City,” said Dan Senftner, President and CEO of Destination Rapid City. “It’s a wonderful way to gather with friends and try or rediscover the many Downtown eateries, while supporting our locally-owned restaurant community.”

The 13 participating restaurants are Blind Lion Speakeasy, Botticelli Ristorante Italiano, Delmonico Grill, Firehouse Brewing Company, Gold Bison Grill at the Holiday Inn – Rushmore Plaza, Independent Ale House, Klinkletown, (kōl), Murphy's Pub & Grill, Philly Ted's Cheezsteaks, ¿Qué Pasa? Cantina, Tally's Silver Spoon and Vertex Sky Bar. Most of the participating restaurants accept the Downtown Gift Card, making this a perfect opportunity to put them to use.

Extend your evening Downtown with free ice skating at Main Street Square during Restaurant Week with proof of participation. Show your receipt dated Jan. 12 to Jan. 21, from a participating Restaurant Week business at the Main Street Square Skate Shack and skate for free. The offer is redeemable for one skate pass with rental skates per meal purchased. Offer only valid Jan. 12 to Jan. 21

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