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Live music

For week of Dec. 23-29; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.


Blue Ox

608 Laurel St.

Acoustic Pilots, Saturday

Coco Moon

601 Laurel St.

Thursday Bluegrass, first, third and fifth Thursdays of the month


Commander Bar

30279 Airport Road

Stool Pigeons, Thursday and Saturday


The Bridge Tavern

26929 Highway 6

Live music every Friday; Classic Country Dinner Theater, 4-8 p.m. Sunday


Bar Harbor

8164 Interlachen Road

Kevin Klimek, 7-11 p.m. every Friday-Saturday


KC’s Uptown Saloon

116 Cedar Ave. E.

Beetkeepers, Thursday

Performing arts


‰ Last concert of the year 

Caitlin Robertson to open for Ian Alexy in the last concert of the year, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, New York Mills Regional Cultural Center; tickets are $5 and free for students with a student identification card.


‰ GLAPA season performances

The Platte Valley Boys, Feb. 19; “Morning’s at Seven” March 25-27 and April 1-3; and Rose Ensemble, April 9. More information by calling the Pequot Lakes Community Education office at (218) 568-9200 or at

Visual arts


‰ Ripple River Gallery

27591 Partridge Ave.

“Passages” an exhibit featuring 17 artists, through Jan. 2.


‰ Brainerd Public Library

416 S. Fifth St.

Maria Thompson Seep exhibit through December.

‰ City Hall

501 Laurel St.

Encore Art Club members, paintings, ongoing.

‰ Crow Wing County 

Historical Society

320 Laurel St.

Various exhibits, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 829-3268,

‰ Evelyn Matthies’ Porthole Gallery

712 Washington St.

“Two Sisters Spin on Art,” display through Jan. 7 from 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment on Sundays.

‰ Franklin Arts Center

1001 Kingwood St.

Robert Mansfield’s sculpture “Geometric Ikebana,” exhibit on display, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, in front of auditorium.


‰ Community Center and Library

14126 Daggett Pine Road

Paintings by Crosslake Art Club members, ongoing.


‰ Morrison County Government 

Center Gallery

213 First Ave. S.E.

Art by Jim Poff, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, ongoing.

‰ Weyerhaeuser Museum

2151 S. Lindbergh Drive 

Various Morrison County historical exhibits, ongoing, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, free, (320) 632-4007,


‰ New York Mills Cultural Center

24 Main Ave. N.

Art show called “Happenchance,” featuring Twin Cities artists Laura Andrews, Suzanne Murphy, Heather Humbert (Price) and Jennifer Totoritis-Searl work through Dec. 31.

Minneapolis artist Brian Jorgenson’s show entitled “Paper Plains,” through Dec. 31.

Special events


‰ Jacques Art Center

Kaleidoscope, first Saturday of the month for ages 8 and up, the Jan. 8 with scratchboards with Duane Barnhart; One stroke painting classes, first Wednesday of the month, 1:30-4:30 p.m., cost is $18 and class will be taught by Rochelle Bertram. More information call the center at (218) 927-2363 or e-mail at


‰ Musician jam sessions

All musician invited to join in acoustic jam sessions, first Sunday of the month with next one 1:15 p.m. Jan. 9, Grand Lodge at Heartwood Senior Living Community. More information by calling Connie Lou Swanson at Heartwood at (218) 534-3089.

‰ GRS Community Orchestra

Great River Strings Community Orchestra to rehearse 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Crosby High School. Information call Lynn Foote at (218) 678-3034.


‰ St. Francis Music Center

Community Chorale meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. 

The St. Francis Sestri Na Mir meets from 5-7 p.m. Sundays.

The St. Francis male singing group meets from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays; More information by contacting St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637 or visit

Out of town


Grand Casino Mille Lacs

777 Grand Ave.

New Year’s Eve Disco Fever, Dec. 31

The Fab Four, 2 and 6 p.m. Jan. 8.


Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center

“Holy Bells!” 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $19; (320) 259-5463 or

Cabaret at the casino.

If you would like your event listed in the entertainment guide, e-mail Jennifer at, call 855-5851, fax 829-0211 or mail to Jennifer Stockinger, Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401. Please include time, date, place, admission price and contact information. Deadline is Monday for Thursday publication.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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