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Local entertainment briefs- Oct. 27

BHS choirs to present concert

Brainerd High School choirs will present a fall concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium in the Washington Education Services Building.

All choirs will perform, including Windfall, Bards, Concert Chorale and A Cappella. Selections will include jazz, doo-wop, sacred and secular melodies, folk songs, hymn settings and concert motets.

Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults and are available at the door. Senior citizens may use their blue cards, available at the activities office at the high school.

Printmaking next Flipside activity

The next Flipside children’s event will be from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 12 at the Franklin Arts Center cafeteria.

Jay Raymond, a former Moorhead art instructor, will offer printmaking. A $3 donation is suggested to cover the cost of materials. Participants are encouraged to wear old clothes as the ink is permanent.

For more information on Flipside call Paulette Buck at 828-8062.

Donovan’s work published

Brainerd resident Charmaine Donovan’s poetry and creative non-fiction was recently published in “The Talking Stick, Volume 20.”

Donovan, author of the poetry collection “Tumbled Dry,” also has a poem entitled “Brainerd Weather” in the recently published issue of Lake Region Writers, a new anthology available through the Lake Region Writers Network.

Traveling exhibit coming to Linden Hill

LITTLE FALLS — Linden Hill in Little Falls will present a traveling exhibit from Jan. 21 through March 11 entitled “Minnesota Homefront, World War II” that explores the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments and challenges that have shaped the enduring legacy of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation through their stories.

In “Minnesota Homefront, World War II,” visitors will learn what it was like to “make do” with rationing, to farm during a severe labor shortage, to work on the Iron Range, to develop inventions for the war, to be trained as a translator at Fort Snelling and to endure a starvation experiment for science and the war effort. In addition, the “Linden Hill” military connection will be explored.

The exhibit features nine graphic panels, audio interviews, songs of the period and a “Letter Stories” bin.

The exhibit is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will travel to venues throughout Minnesota. Linden Hill also has acquired additional World War II artifacts, on loan from sources to add to the exhibit.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. It collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.

Simar awarded prize by Lake Region Writers Network

Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar recently was awarded the fiction prize for her short story “Mildred Hansel” by the Lake Region Writers Network in Fergus Falls.

Simar’s story also is included in the 2011 Lake Region Review.

Editors Mark Vinz, professor emeritus of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Athena Kildegaard, a lecturer at University of Minnesota Morris, read more than 200 submissions before narrowing the field to 27 established and emerging writers, most having some kind of connection to the lake region area of Minnesota.

The Lake Region Review is available online at www.lakeregionreview. net.

Nisswa native Brandon Van Vliet to release film

Nisswa native Brandon Van Vliet’s independent film “In Harm’s Way” will be featured in his company’s world premiere Nov. 17 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis.

The film is a gritty crime drama about the interconnecting lives of drug dealers, criminals, cops, a washed up actor, a sociopath and an innocent man and woman all on a deadly collision course with each other.

Van Vliet, who graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1996, moved to the Twin Cities area in 1999 and has been making independent films since 2004. He created a film production company, Restraining Hollywood, which has released six feature films, short films and music videos over the last seven years.

Cost of the Red Carpet event is $5 at the door and includes a free DVD and CD soundtrack. An after party is being planned at Chino Latino in Minneapolis.

Van Vliet, the son of Wayne and Linda Van Vliet of Nisswa, said in an email release that Eric McCulloch from Crosslake was an actor and executive producer for the project.

Pequot Lakes author’s book may be published in Reader’s Digest

A story by Ellie Pederson of Pequot Lakes is one of the 150-word life stories being considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Reader’s Digest magazine.

Pederson’s story is available for viewing at, where anyone may vote for their favorite story.

Skating club to host ‘Family Fun Night’

BREEZY POINT — The Breezy Point Figure Skating Club, in cooperation with Breezy Point Resort, has scheduled a fundraiser Nov. 18 with a “Family Fun Night” — a party and dance with entertainment by DJ Tyrone Blue.

The party will run from 6-10 p.m. in the Whitebirch ballroom at Breezy Point Resort.

Special Olympics gold medalist Michael Padgett will make an appearance, sign autographs and show his gold medal.

Cost is $5 per person or $15 for the whole family.

Thorson exhibition to open Nov. 4 at Porthole Gallery

Kathleen Thorson’s first “Solo Exhibition” will open at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 at Evelyn Matthies’ Porthole Gallery in Brainerd.

Thorson, 16, who has been taking lessons from Matthies, will have approximately 30 paintings along with a selection of cards and reproductions.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of December and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A meet-the-artist reception will be from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 5.

In an email release, Thorson said, “I enjoy all things in the arts including painting, singing, dancing and playing a musical instrument. I sing in the BHS choir and play in the band. Ever since I was little I loved to draw and paint. When I was very small people would ask me what I wanted to be and I would say an artist. I paint because I can express what I feel without saying anything. Being shy I don’t say much about what I feel, but with a paint brush the words come so easily. I plan to use what I have learned throughout my whole life. I hope to incorporate art into my future in as many ways as possible. Overall, art is the best thing ever.”