Arts & Literature


East Side art studio to show its stuff

“Dappled Spring” is one of Josephine Geiger’s favorite pieces she’s made. The inspiration for the stained glass came when Geiger was sitting on her back in her yard, staring up at the trees. (submitted photo)

J.A. Geiger studio is the lone East Side art gallery in St. Paul Art Crawl.


Sci-fi lands at Historic Mounds Theatre

Patrick Sheehy, 51, who plays Orson Welles as a reads through the opening monologue of “War of the Worlds” during a rehearsal at the Historic Mounds Theatre. A fan of Welles, Sheehy has worked on other pieces by the famed dramatist and jumped at the opportunity to play him again. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

“War of the Worlds” director Derek Dirlam stands with Sal Niteo, tech and utility man for the play. The two dreamed up their own concept for a theatrical presentation of the classic radio broadcast after seeing the success of other radio theater plays at the Historic Mounds Theatre on Hudson Road. The two see radio theater as a potential niche for the performing arts facility. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Classic radio drama ‘War of the Worlds’ getting a reprise on the East Side for its 75th anniversary


Crossing the River: From the war-torn jungles of Vietnam to the tranquil lakes of Minnesota

Moua, third from left in the top row, with his wife Mai Yia, second from right in the top row, and their extended family. (submitted photos)

“Crossing the River” by T. Cher Moua was published in January.

T. Cher Moua, a Maplewood resident, wrote of his personal journey from the war-torn jungles of Vietnam to Minnesota. In addition to his work at the Cross Cultural Evangelical Free Church, Moua serves as director of Asian ministries and donor relations officer at the Union Gospel Mission. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

T. Cher Moua’s recently published book, “Crossing the River (One Man’s Journey from Darkness to Light)” is more than just an incredible story of escaping a war - it’s a personal journey from which everyone can glean valuable insights.


Mystery author to appear this weekend at Har Mar

Pat Dennis

Throughout her long career, Pat Dennis has worn many hats, including that of a stand up comedienne, a keynote speaker and author.


Tapping our love of maple syrup

The tree-tap device is put into the tree when the day temperatures are starting to climb above 32 degrees and the nights are still below freezing. That’s when the boxelder tree sap starts to flow. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

South Minneapolis resident Teresa Marrone is the author of the new book “Modern Maple”, which is full of interesting recipes and information about making maple syrup. (submitted photo)

Author Teresa Marrone used a hand-powered drill bit to start the hole to insert a “spile” in a boxelder tree at Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville. Sap will flow from the spile into a bag. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

(Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Last week, the only thing I knew about pure maple syrup was that I liked it on pancakes, and that it somehow came from the sap of maple trees.
It’s hard to imagine how a liquid can come from a solid tree. Now, after reading the new book “Modern Maple” by Teresa Marrone of Minneapolis and attending a talk she gave at the Minnesota History Center, my knowledge of maple syrup has expanded a great deal.


It’s ‘Act 2’ for Hill-Murray alums

Heather Fisher and John Komarek play Lucy and Rex in “Don’t Shoot the Masseuse,” a farcical romp about a sullen baseball star dealing with the worst breakup of his life. (submitted graphics)

Siblings Marino and Elizabeth Eccher, co-directors of Don’t Shoot the Masseuse, pose for a picture at the play’s rehearsal space. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Marino and Elizabeth Eccher focus on directing during a scene rehearsal for Don’t Shoot the Masseuse at the play’s rehearsal space at Carlton Artists Lofts in St. Paul. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

“Don’t Shoot the Masseuse” director Marino Eccher, left, and cast member John Komarek, right, pose for a photo at Hill-Murray in 2003 after a run of “Kiss Me Kate.” The musical was one of many the two acted in together in high school. (submitted photo)

Frankie (played by Pat Mulcahy) finds himself in an embarrassingly binding situation and offers his best explanation to Trixie, left, and Mimi (played by Tanya Miller and Molly Miller, respectively). (submitted photo)

Vicki Valentine (played by Carrie Vandelac) gives agent Carlisle (played by Eric Johnson) a piece of her mind as the cast rehearses a tense scene in the living room of the directors’ home. (submitted photo)

Former classmates reunite to stage play on the East Side


‘Sisterhood of War:’ Nurses who served in Vietnam will tell their story

Kim Heikkila’s book “Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam” focuses on nurses who served during the war. (Vonny Rohloff/Review)

Former Army nurse Valerie Buchan of Arden Hills tended wounded soldiers in Vietnam during the war. (submitted photo)

Kim Heikkila is the author of “Sisterhood of War” a tale of women nurses who served in Vietnam. (submitted photo)

March is Women's History Month, and the Ramsey County Branch Library in Roseville is celebrating it with programs about some of the more interesting aspects of being an American female.
The one that caught my editor's attention was historian Kim Heikkila's talk on her book "Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam." She knew immediately that I would have a particular interest in the topic since I worked for Special Services in Vietnam during the war. It provided recreation programs for U.S. servicemen.


Peril in the ponds

Judy Helgen at a favorite Falcon Heights habitat in warmer times. (submitted photo)

A fascinating new book by Roseville writer Judy Helgen uncovers the tragedy happening in our ponds