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Live music

For week of March 3-9; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.



American Legion

Near Highways 371 and 87

Fran Gack Show, 5-9 p.m. March 17


Paul Bunyan Bowl

7609 Excelsior Road

John Pribyl, Friday


Blue Ox

608 Laurel St.

High Octane, Friday-Saturday

Coco Moon

601 Laurel St.

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

Eagles Club

124 Front St.

Country Rain, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday

The Last Turn

214 South Eighth St.

Limited Engagement, 8-11 p.m.Friday


Commander Bar

30279 Airport Road

Dirty Bomb, Friday-Saturday

JJ’s Pub

downstairs of the Commander

The Soupbones, 5-9 p.m. 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



21560 CR 3

Stoken Beyond Boredom, Saturday

Ten Hi

133 Highway 10

October Son, Saturday


KC’s Uptown Saloon

116 Cedar Ave. E.

Beetkeepers, Thursday

The Huntin’ Shack

724 Highway 210 W.

Trinity Junes Acoustic, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday

Performing arts


 ‘Drowsy Chaperone’

Central Lakes College presents “Drowsy Chaperone,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5.50 for general admission and 25 cents for CLC students. For tickets call the theater box office at 855-8199 or online at

 CLC Cultural Arts Series

Central Lakes College presents Fabulous Armadillos performing “Motown & Soul,” at 7:30 p.m. March 11, Chalberg Theatre. Tickets and information by calling 855-8199 or going to or e-mailing


 Monroe Crossing

Monroe Crossing, 7:30 p.m. March 11, New York Mills Cultural Center. Tickets are $18 at the door or $15 in advance. Students are $5 and children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased by calling the center at (218) 385-3339.


 Lamplighters production

Lamplighters Community Theatre to present “The Cemetery Club,” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Landmark Inn, 631 Third Ave. N.E. Tickets are available at Unity Bank, First International Bank and Trust and the Staples World or by calling the Staples World at (218) 894-1112.

 Lamplighters audition

Lamplighters Community Theatre auditions for “The Pirates of Penzance,” 3:15-5 p.m. March 14; 7 p.m. March 15 and 17; and 3 p.m. March 19 at the choir room at Staples Motley High School. Audition appointments available by contacting vocal director Pam Quance Harris at (218) 316-7224 or Performances are June 23-25 and June 29-July 1.

 Neal and Leandra

Neal and Leandra to perform, 2 p.m. Sunday, Centennial Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students in advance, or $15 and $7 at the door. Tickets are available at the Centennial Auditorium Box Office at (218) 894-5416 or (800) 213-6877.  

Visual arts


 Jaques Art Center

121 Second St. N.W.

Aitkin County student art exhibit, ends Saturday

“Oh You Beautiful Doll” exhibit, featuring doll collections of Marilyn Johnson, Jeanne Rikala and JoAnn White, to open March 18, with reception, 12-3 p.m. March 19. 


 Lord of Life Lutheran Church

6190 Fairview Rd.

John Erickson of Art Matters Studio to present art exhibit of the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival 2010 season, display through March 13.


 Q Gallery at Franklin Arts Center

1001 Kingwood St., Suite 222

11th annual Picturing workshops, Saturday, with reception and awards from 5-7 p.m. honoring Photographer of the Year, Kelly Humphrey, a Brainerd Dispatch photographer. Cost of reception is $15 or $5 for workshop goers, Crossing Arts Alliance and Focal Point Photo Club members. The photographic exhibit on display through March 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12. Free and open to the public.

 Central Lakes College Gallery

501 West Campus Dr.

Artist Megan Rye’s “Iraq: The Forgotten Way,” runs through March 24.

Special events


 Art events

Kaleidoscope, first Saturday of the month for ages 8 and up at 10 a.m., “Claymation!” $10 supply fee, Jacques Art Center; One stroke painting classes, first Wednesday of the month, 1-4 p.m., cost is $18 and class will be taught by Rochelle Bertram. More information or to register call the center at (218) 927-2363 or e-mail at


 Book-signing event

Nisswa authors Mike and Dianne Heintzeman’s novel, “The Stonehouse Series: The War is Over” book-signing event, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Bethany Book and Gift.


 Cultural Thursday

Cultural Thursday on Turkmenistan, noon Thursday, Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College; free.


 Shakespeare event

Joe Albrecht to present class of the life and works of William Shakespeare, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Heartwood Senior Living Community; Cost is free to Unlimited Learning members and $6 to the public. 

 Musician jam sessions

All musician invited to join in acoustic jam sessions, first Sunday of the month, 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 for eight weeks beginning Feb. 15 for April performances, Crosby High School band room. Information call Lynn Foote at (218) 678-3034.


 Fire Hall Theatre

Mary Aalgaard, a writer living in Baxter, is one of the six women playwrights whose work will be read Saturday at the Fire Hall Theatre in Grand Forks. Tickets are $5.

Out of town


Grand Casino Hinckley Events

and Convention Center

777 Lady Luck Dr.

Roots and Boots, March 12


Mystic Lake Casino

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.

Jay Leno, March 12


Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center

“Ring of Kerry,” 7:30 p.m. March 12; tickets are $18 for adults; (320) 259-5463 or


Northern Lights Casino

6800 Y Frontage Rd. N.W.

Jo Dee Messina, 7 p.m. March 13