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Women on Wednesdays

Dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 11, Apr 22, May 6
Times: Complimentary appetizers and cash bar at 5:00pm
Presentation and discussion at 5:30–7:00pm

Join us for evenings of thoughtful discussion about issues addressing the oppression and resiliency of women.

Admission free but reservations required.
To make your reservation, send an email to by Monday before each Wednesday.


Session themes:

January 21:
Everything Is Gendered, Part II

Join the dialogue about how cultural and individual perceptions of gender influence who we are, what we do, and how much we allow society to define us. Can we create equality?  What is necessary for social change? Diversity Council Executive Director Kay Hocker sits down with Guest Speaker Char Kunkel, Professor of Sociology at Luther College, to talk about how we got where we are today.

February 18:
The Journey to Rochester: Women’s Stories of Immigration

Listen to the stories and glean a better understanding about the journeys of five local women who share how and why they arrived in Rochester, Minnesota, and some of their personal experiences.

Rana Mikati, Arabic instructor, RCTC
Dawn Littleton, Librarian, Mayo Clinic
Zukiswa Mpande, Graduate student
Haji Habibo, RN, Mayo Clinic
Mari Imaizumi, Rochester Civic Theatre

March 11:
Women in the Performing Arts

Rochester has the good fortune of having an abundance of talented women working in the performing arts. But does it come at a price?  The opportunities available to these artists carry challenges the creative woman must face while she seeks to balance her personal aspirations and her day-to-day commitments. Area women talk about the difficulties encountered, the support and gratification received, and an intensified sense of empowerment developed as they pursue their artistic goals.

April 22:
Young Women and Their World

What is important to today’s young women? How do they describe the issues that have value and significance for them? It’s a changing world…or is it?

May 6:
Mothers as Mentors

More than a biological parent, women from all backgrounds find themselves raising, tending to, and/or nurturing young men and women and even peers who are exploring potential and striving for healthy, fulfilling lives. Often our greatest resources and support come from these women who have expanded and deepened the definition of mother. Hear their stories; share your experiences.


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Americana Showcase

Feb 11, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20 at 7:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Featured musicians:
Feb 11: Miles Nielsen with Kelly Steward, Brandon Sampson with Heather Ritenour-Sampson
Mar 18: Voices of Winter
Apr 15: The Pines with Brandon, Barry, John from Six Mile Grove
May 20: Jeffrey Foucault with Six Mile Grove

Winter/Spring '15 Season Pass ($70) is on sale now at the box office! Call 507-282-8481 or stop by the box office.

Individual tickets: $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door. On sale now!




Jazz Jam

Feb 15, Apr 12, May 17, 2015
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Stage
Admission Free

Come enjoy an evening of live jazz & open mic at the Rochester Civic Theatre.  
John Sievers (trombone) and the D’Sievers will host a jazz open mic. Bring your instrument or your voice and sign up to play or sing a tune along with a live jazz rhythm section. Musicians of all experience levels are welcome. Come with tunes in mind and bring changes for the rhythm section if you are playing an unusual tune or in an unusual key.

This event is always free and open to the public. 





Past Events



The Rose Ensemble: The Roots of Bluegrass

October 10, 2014 at 7:00pm (Past Event)
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Civic Live is delighted to present the Rose EnsembleThe Roots of Bluegrass - A Journey through America’s Folk, Old-time, and Gospel Traditions. 

Return to America’s folk roots. Rousing hymns, Appalachian foot-stomping songs, Southern Harmony shape-note singing, and Shaker spirituals: the music that gave birth to bluegrass. The Roots of Bluegrass explores our country’s musical heritage with close vocal harmonies, banjo, guitar, and fiddle.

The Rose Ensemble: Founded in 1996 and based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, The Rose Ensemble performs vocal music that strives to stir the emotions, challenge the mind, and lift the spirit. Each performance illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, languages, politics, religion and world cultures and traditions. With nine critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, the group has thrilled audiences across the United States and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages, including new research in Hawaiian, Swedish, Middle Eastern and American vocal traditions.

Ticket: Adult $15, Senior & Student $10. 





Science at the Cinema

October 18, 2014 at 5:30pm (Past Event)
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Join us for a night of great movie followed by a lecture on various topics by doctors from Mayo Clinic.
This event is admission free.

Light dinner by Dunn Bros Coffee (sandwiches, soup, chips, cookie) is available to purchase at the Civic at 5pm and during the dinner break.
Have dinner at the Civic & enjoy the movie & lecture!

Saturday, October 18 features a movie, Gravity.
5:30pm "Gravity" (2013. Rated PG-13)
7:30pm Lecture on aerospace medicine by Dr. Lawrence Steinkraus (Mayo Clinic, Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine)

This event is free admission, and sponsored by Rochester Public Library.







Fired Up: Survivor stories of trauma, hope, and change

November 8, 2014 at 6:30pm (Past Event) 
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Fired Up is a staged reading of a play written by Cordelia Anderson along with cast members Michael Frear, Tim Hammond, Guadalupe Lopez, Shanna McCann, Chris Stark, and Stacey Chambers. 

Fired Up is the story of trauma, resilience, hope, transformation and the burning need to end the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Fired Up consists of powerful, distinctive, personal stories that tug at the heart while showing the ripple effects that touch everyone.

Fired Up shows the multiple costs of sexual abuse to the survivor, the family, and to society.

Fired Up weaves together many stories to shed light not only on individual trauma, but on the frequency of abuse, and calls for a collective action to end it.

Fired Up attempts to move audiences to ponder:
“Why are there so many child victims?”
“Why are there so many–primarily males–who sexually offend?”
“Why do we focus so many resources on responding after the harm is done, or after a crime is committed, without prioritizing prevention to end it?”
“What can I do to be part of the solution?”

Ticket: Adult $15, Senior & Student $10. 

This event is sponsored by Victim Services of Olmsted County.



Alison Scott's Soulful Christmas

December 7, 2014 at 7:00pm (Past Event)
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

"Alison Scott's Soulful Christmas" has turned into a new holiday tradition for fans across the midwest. The beautiful mix of real soul music and Christmas cheer turns out to be a flavor that audiences can't get enough of. For music fans who are tired of the same old seasonal songs, this is a must-hear show! 
Some great new original holiday songs mixed with creative reinterpreted classics, amazing guest musicians and touching real life Christmas stories from the musicians make for a sellout show at the Civic. 





Mark Smeby - Hope of Christmas

December 10, 2014 at 7:00pm (Past Event)
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Come celebrate the Hope of Christmas as Nashville-based singer Mark Smeby brings his 4th annual Christmas tour back to Rochester on December 10. It promises to be a great time of reflection and inspiration as Smeby shares familiar holiday classics, as well as piano-based, inspirational, original tunes.

Smeby was seen on national television when he co-starred in an episode of ABC TV’s hit series “Nashville,” playing the booker of bands at the hip East Nashville music venue, The 5 Spot. He also played the romantic lead in "1 Message," an inspirational motion picture about the ravages of breast cancer, serving as a "saintly mentor" to the lead character. He’s completed three successful years of his "Hope of Christmas Tour," bringing light to the true meaning of the season across the country. This is in addition to various tours throughout the US to share his songs in concert; from New Hampshire to Washington, from Minnesota to Florida. "I know that Christmas is not the happiest time of year for a lot of people, in spite of the enthusiastic celebration going on around them. The holidays can be a glaring reminder of relatives who have died, relationships that have ended, and disappointment with life's circumstances." 
After growing up in Minnesota (he’s a big Twins fan!), Smeby has resided in Nashville for the past 21 years. Since 2010 he has released four CDs, including Pilgrim Man (and its powerful, anthemic title track), ChristmasHymns For The Journey, and the brand new, Shining Through.




The Steele Family Christmas Concert

December 14, 2014 at 7:00pm (Past Event)
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

As seen at Mayo Clinic’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, The Steele Family will bring back an evening of soul-drenched Gospel greatness to the Civic Theatre! The Steeles, featuring J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta, and Billy, will amaze, delight, and inspire.

The Steeles have been singing together since they were children growing up in Gary, Indiana where they began to develop their style and soul. Each came to Minnesota for different reasons; however, it is clear they were meant to be a part of the Minnesota sound. The family has traveled around the world in the acclaimed musical The Gospel at Colonus including a Broadway run at the Lunt Fontanne theatre in1988. Their recent accomplishments include projects with corporate clients including Target, Best Buy, AMBEV, and Delta Airlines. They have been featured on local and national commercials and enjoy an international profile that has earned them a worldwide audience. The siblings continue to perform in world class productions around the globe both collectively and individually.