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Entertainment Briefs II - July 3

Nationally known comedian Louie Anderson will headline Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Golden Jubilee celebration scheduled Aug. 16 at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

Louie Anderson to appear in Crosby

CROSBY - Nationally known comedian Louie Anderson will headline Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's (CRMC) Golden Jubilee celebration scheduled Aug. 16 at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby. The event is a continuation of CRMC's 50th anniversary celebration and will be a fundraiser for the hospital's charitable fund.

Two-time Emmy award winner Anderson is one of the country's most recognized and adored comics and was named by Comedy Central as "One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time." Currently he is headlining in his own stand up show, "Louie Live" at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Anderson, who is originally from St. Paul, began his career at a comedy club in Minneapolis, when on a dare from friends; he got up on stage and performed. His big break came in 1984 when he appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" who was impressed with the comic he called him out for a rare and coveted "second bow." Anderson's stand-up comedy career then skyrocketed.

Known as a "clean" comedian, his stories about growing up in the Midwest, being one of 11 children and dealing with an alcoholic father provided endless material for the comic with audiences of all types relating to his everyday life experiences. The multi-talented performer went on to do television and movies starring in his own CBS sitcom "The Louie Show" and five of his own comedy specials for both HBO and Showtime.

In addition to a performance by Anderson, the event will include a live and silent auction and music. Seating will be limited. Tickets are $75 per person and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make reservations or for more information, contact Jennifer Holmvig at 218-545-4455.

Author to appear at Book World

BAXTER - Author Rachael Hanel will appear to discuss her book "We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter" at 11 a.m. July 25 at Book World in Baxter.

Hanel's name was inscribed on a gravestone when she was 11 years old. Yet this wasn't at all unusual in her world: her father was a gravedigger in the small Minnesota town of Waseca, and death was her family's business. Her parents were 42 years old and in good health when they erected their gravestone - Hanel's name was simply a branch on the sprawling family tree etched on the back of the stone. As she puts it: I grew up in cemeteries.

And you don't grow up in cemeteries, surrounded by headstones and stories, questions, curiosity, without becoming an adept and sensitive observer of death and loss as experienced by the people in this small town. For Hanel, wandering among tombstones, reading the names, and wondering about the townsfolk and their lives, death was, in many ways, beautiful and mysterious. Death and mourning she understood. But when Hansel's father, Digger O'Dell, passes away suddenly when she is 15, she and her family are abruptly and harshly transformed from bystanders to participants. And for the first time, she realizes that death and grief are different.

At times heartbreaking and at others humorous and uplifting, "We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down" presents a moving perspective of a gravedigger's daughter and her lifelong relationship with death and grief. It also is a meditation on the living elements of our cemeteries: Our neighbors, friends and families and the histories of our towns and cities and how these things come together in the eyes of a young girl whose childhood is suffused with both death and the wonder of the living.

Foreigner performs with WHA Choir at Moondance Jam

WALKER - As part of Foreigner's ongoing charity partnership with the Grammy Foundation, it will host the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA) choir who'll sing with the band on a performance of their timeless 1984 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is," on July 18 at Moondance Jam in Walker.

Foreigner has partnered with the Grammy Foundation to support its mission of maintaining and restoring music education in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education.

"As far as I'm concerned, music is not only the most powerful form of communication between the peoples of the world, it provides a gateway that opens up a fantastic new dimension of feeling and creativity. Anything we can do to provide our young ones with the tools to express themselves through music, is our goal in this partnership," Foreigner guitarist and founding member Mick Jones said.

As part of its charity initiative, Foreigner is donating $500 to the WHA to use toward its music program.

A Foreigner live greatest hits CD/DVD set will be made available for purchase at the concert.

Members of the choir will be selling the CD/DVD set to concertgoers both before and after the performance. For $20, the buyer can purchase this live set that features all of the band's classic hits and a raffle ticket that will enable them to enter a drawing to win an autographed Foreigner guitar. The guitar will be raffled off at the end of the performance. Proceeds from the sale of the CDs will be donated to the Grammy Foundation program.