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Entertainment briefs- Sept. 8

Heartland Poets to meet Friday at library

Heartland Poets, a local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library.

After a brief business meeting, poets will share their poems in progress. Bring copies of your poem for review by members. The meeting is free and open to the public. 

 Volunteer members will meet after the main meeting to discuss plans to attend a Girl Scout event Saturday at Camp Lincoln/Camp Lake Hubert. 

Auditions set for ‘1940’s Radio Hour’

PEQUOT LAKES — Auditions for the opening production of the Pequot Lakes Community Theatre season, the musical “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

Everyone is welcome and no appointments are necessary. Everyone will be asked to sing and read from the script and must show mobility.  

“The 1940’s Radio Hour” follows the cast and crew of a 1944 Christmas broadcast of a musical variety show as they arrive at the studio, perform the show and return to their real lives. The score is all authentic songs from the ’40s and each role is a principal. The cast includes eight to 10 men and four to six women, ranging in age from 16 on up. All must sing. 

The director is Michael Sander, choreographer is Wendy DeGeest and vocal director is Lauren Nickisch. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 11-13 and 18-20.

For more information, call Sander at (218) 587-4728 or e-mail at Audition information also is available from the Pequot Lakes Community Education office at (218) 568-9200.

Latin jazz pianist Nachito Herrera to perform Sept. 17

PEQUOT LAKES — The opening show in the 2011-12 Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts season will be Latin jazz pianist Nachito Herrera, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Pequot Lakes High School stage.  

Herrera and band will present a lively repertoire of popular jazz. Herrera was a child prodigy who studied in Havana with masters such as Ruben Gonzalez from the Buena Vista Social Club CD. Herrera joined the high-energy group Cubanismo! in the 1990s.

Tickets may be purchased at the Pequot Lakes Community Education office at (218) 568-9200. Ticket prices are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60 and older and $13 for youth age 18 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour before the show.

Minnesota authors gather at Bookin’ It for Arts and Crafts Fair

LITTLE FALLS — Bookin’ It Bookstore in Little Falls will continue its popular tradition of featuring Minnesota authors signing books Saturday and Sunday during the annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair.

On Saturday, Duluth-based children’s book author and illustrator Chris Monroe will be at the store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monroe’s self-illustrated picture books include “Sneaky Sheep” and three “Monkey With a Toolbelt” stories.

On Sunday, Little Falls-born and Twin Cities-raised Lynne Jonell will sign books from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jonell gained national acclaim when President Obama was filmed buying her book, “The Secret of Zoom,” for his daughters. Jonell’s other highly regarded books include “Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls,” “Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat,” “Emmy and the Bats In the Belfry” and “Hamster Magic.”

Patty Overson will make an appearance from 12-2 p.m. Sunday. Overson’s three books highlight many of the sights, sounds and facts of Minnesota. Her books include “Minnesota Minutia,” “Staycation in Minnesota” and “Tasty Foods Along Minnesota’s Highways.”

More information is available at or by calling the store at (320) 632-1848. Books may be reserved in advance while supplies last.

Call for artists for community-wide homecoming celebration

The Crossing Arts Alliance has scheduled another lakes area community art exhibition at the Q Gallery at Franklin Arts Center in collaboration with the community-wide homecoming celebration.

Submission forms are available at The Crossing Arts Alliance office, 1001 Kingwood St.,  No. 114, Brainerd, or by request at Submission fee is $15, $10 for Crossing Arts members, and are due Tuesday.

Artwork will be exhibited in the Q Gallery in No. 222 from Oct. 4-14. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday or by appointment. A combined artists reception will be at the Q Gallery after the Seth Doud concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Franklin Arts Center auditorium.

For other community homecoming week activities, visit or 

For additional information, contact The Crossing Arts Alliance at 833-0416 or

‘Art of Photography’ exhibit winners announced

AITKIN — Jaques Art Center is featuring an “Art of Photography” exhibit that will run through Oct. 8. From the traditional to the abstract, the exhibit features photos by accomplished amateur photographers. 

The Best in Show winner was “After the Storm” by Angie Barnhart. Winning photos in the People Category: First place, “Evelyn” by Robbye Lossing; second, “A Step Forward,” Mary White Kochenderfer; and third, “Portrait of Elana,” Paul Andell. 

Nature Category: First place, “Rocks & Weeds with Reflected Sky,” Pamela Heft Andell; second, “Sunset on Lake Spitzer,” Kristin Salmonson; and third, “Shapely Reflections,” Barnhart. Humor Category: First place, “Good to the Last Crumb” by Kimberly Heft Cook; second, “Minnesota Summer Cooler,” Paul Andell; and third, “Baby Skunk,” Kimberly Heft Cook. Honorable Mention was “Target Field Threat” by Kristin Salmonson. 

The art center also will have an artist trading cards lecture/demonstraton by Carol Hanson and Judith Kusisto at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24. A discussion of artist trading cards for trading among artists and art card editions and originals intended for sale rather than trade will be part of a class from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $15. Call the center to register at (218) 927-2363.

Staples Area Women’s Chorus to host new member night

STAPLES — The Staples Area Women’s Chorus will open the 2011-12 rehearsal season with a new member night at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Staples Motley High School choir room.

 The chorus is directed by Rob Freelove, in his second season with a new accompanist, Becky Nelson from the Cushing area. Nelson has a wide variety of experience accompanying choirs, solos and ensembles.

The chorus invites women to become a chorus member. Rehearsals are from 8-9:30 p.m. Mondays in the SMHS choir room. The season will run from September to Dec. 10, Jan. 23 to the end of April and then close until fall.

New York Mills Cultural Center announces fall concert season

 NEW YORK MILLS — With an eclectic lineup of music and theater performances including bluegrass, rock, folk and jazz, the New York Mills Cultural Center fall concert series gets underway on Sept. 17.

Performances are in the center’s downstairs gallery on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. in New York Mills. Audience members will have the opportunity to meet each of the artists during intermission and to enjoy the current gallery show.

Tickets to the each of the eight concerts this fall are available at the center’s ticket office. Concerts are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Purchase four or more tickets for $10 each. Student tickets are $5. Detailed information about each concert is available at the center’s website at 

The concerts:

• Sept. 17 — Lauren Pelon and Gary Holthaus will provide a musical journey through time with ancient and contemporary instruments. The performance links music through time with poetry and features Pelon’s soprano voice. Pelon has performed throughout the United States and in China, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia and New Zealand. 

• Oct. 1 — Zeta Reticuli is a powerful musical ensemble that fuses an eclectic mix of original and traditional bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements.

• Oct. 15 — Lehto and Wright feature a unique blend of traditional and modern styles, taking cues from the Irish, English and American folk traditions and interpreting them with contemporary guitar-based arrangements.

• Oct. 28 — The Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis, with a Native American-themed drama “According to Coyote.”

• Nov. 11 — Red House Records singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson. 

• Nov. 19 — Dick Kimmel and Co., a five-piece bluegrass band.

• Dec. 10 — John Gorka, Minnesota-based singer, will present a holiday concert.

• Dec. 21 — Regional musicians will present the Longest Night Music Festival. This final concert of the season is free, a gift to the community by many musical artists in the region.