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Local entertainment briefs- June 23

The Swedish band “0914” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the New York Mills

Lakes Area Summer Organ Series concert scheduled

Organist Bonnie Groneberg will perform at noon Wednesday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd in the Lakes Area Summer Organ Recital Series.

Groneberg, an organist at St. Francis, will perform pieces from Bach, Mendelssohn and possibly a patriotic piece. 

Swedish band ‘0914’ to perform Saturday

NEW YORK MILLS — The Swedish band “0914” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the New York Mills Cultural Center.

The band’s name is derived from its Swedish zip code in the far north of the country, within the Arctic Circle. The concert is made possible with a collaboration of the Nordic Arts Alliance of Moorhead.

The band plays contemporary dance tunes inspired by the traditional dance music of Sweden. Tickets may be purchased at the center by calling (218) 385-3339. Advance tickets are $12 or $15 at the door. Student admission is $5. 

Just For Kix to host summer dance camps

BAXTER — Just For Kix Summer Dance camps will draw dancers and their coaches from across the state this summer.

Camps are scheduled July 18-21 and July 24-27 at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. Dancers will learn new dance routines, take part in technique classes and work on team-building classes. The camps will end with shows at 1 p.m. July 21 and July 27.

Also, the second annual dance camp is scheduled Aug. 15-18 at the Just For Kix studio in Baxter for K-9 dancers. Dancers will learn new dance routines, take part in technique classes and do fun camp activities, including skits, solos and small-group competition. The camp will end with a show at 1 p.m.  Aug. 18.

Dancers at the camps will be trained by Just For Kix instructors who have experience in dance, including being members of high school state dance championship teams, college national championship teams, dance studio teams and professional sports dance and cheer teams. 

For more information or to register, call the Just For Kix office at (800) 450-3262 or go to

Vagabonds to perform at Gregory Park on Thursday

The Vagabonds will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the bandstand at Gregory Park. 

The Vagabonds music group has been performing in central Minnesota for more than five years. The Vagabonds play music from the 1940s and 1950s and country. The concert is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the concert will be in the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center.

Bandstand concerts are a collaboration between the senior center and the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on stage in Pine River this weekend

PINE RIVER — Performances of the Pine River-Backus Community’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pine River-Backus School old high school gym.

Youngsters will team up with two professional actors to present Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The play was adapted by former Prairie Fire managing director Ben Ratkowski and designed by executive director Deborah Nelson Pick, with original music by Daniel Stock. A joyful romp of mistaken identity and pranks, all played out during a midsummer’s eve, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” continues Prairie Fire’s tradition of performing classics.

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre professionals Jeremy Day and Erin Rose Sinevich co-direct the production and will play Puck, the mischievous sprite, and Nick Bottom, the colorful head of the acting troupe. 

Tickets are $5 and available at the community education office and at the door.

For more information, call community education at (218) 587-2080.

Steamroller printmaking scheduled Friday in NYM

NEW YORK MILLS — A free printmaking event for children and adults is scheduled at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the New York Mills Cultural Center.

Participants will design and create block prints from simple materials, all provided to the participants. A small steamroller creates the actual prints on paper. Participants will leave with a paper print and ArtOrg, the teaching organization, will retain the printing blocks for possible reprinting into a larger collaborative work in the future. Average time for each participant is 20 to 60 minutes. 

This event is free thanks to the Viking Library System Legacy Program and ArtOrg. 

For more information, call the center at (218) 385-3339.

Celtic Festival set Saturday at The Farm on St. Mathias

The third annual Celtic Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Farm on St. Mathias.

The festival includes live music by Rumgumption, an award-winning Irish/Scots band; Todd Menton, front person for Boiled in Lead, a nationally known Irish rock band; traditional Irish dance from the dancers of an original River dancer; Cormac O’Shea and his studio located at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul; storytelling and The Biggest Pack of Lies You Ever Heard by John Dingle, a locally known storyteller in the Irish community out of St. Paul; and children’s entertainment by Mr. Fun and Ms. Faerie, including a kiddie parade. 

Demonstrations include traditional Celtic craft demonstrations of stonecutting, blacksmithing, sheep shearing, fiber spinning and fiber dyeing; and clothing, trinket and food vendors including Celtic Cottage, Celtique Creations, Scentsy, Unique Keepsakes, Wildrose Farm Organics, Whistling Winds Alpaca Farm, From The Ground Up Pottery, Blue Ox Brewer’s Society and the Crow Wing Food Co-op. 

Food and drinks will be made available by Prairie Bay. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Susan G. Komen racers who show up in their pink T-shirts will receive a 25 percent discount donated to the cause. Also, show your military I.D. and get one child’s admission free for every paid adult, and Northland Arboretum members get $1 off each adult admission with their membership card. 

Ill Chemistry to perform concert July 31

LITTLE FALLS — The Great River Arts Association will present the hip-hop duo Ill Chemistry at the Arts in the Park summer concert series at 3 p.m. July 31 at Maple Island Park in Little Falls. 

Ill Chemistry’s members, Desdamona and Carnage (Terrell Woods), met in 1998 at a cafe in Minneapolis’ Dinkytown neighborhood, where they exchanged lyrics. Carnage was recognized for his beat boxing abilities and Desdamona was gaining fame in the Minneapolis music scene. They were performing separately, but sometime after they met, Carnage began to work with Desdamona, taking the place of a DJ. They began to perform as a group after that.

All Arts in the Park events are family friendly and open to everyone. Donations are collected to help pay the musicians and fund additional arts activities for the community.

The group also will teach an Intro to Hip-Hop Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. July 31 at the Great River Arts Center. The workshop is $30, or $25 for members and three people for $65. The workshop will introduce participants to a history of hip-hop culture, writing poetry, beat boxing and more. The workshop is open to all age groups, but it is recommended that children age 8 and younger take the workshop with an adult. 

To register, contact the Great River Arts Association at (320) 632-0960 or