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Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Live music

For week of Nov. 10-16, bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.


Blue Ox

608 Laurel St.

Strange Daze, Friday-Saturday

Coco Moon

601 Laurel St.

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

Eagles Club

124 Front St.

Three Men and a Lady, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday

Matty’s Restaurant

Highway 371 N.

DJ Walzy, Thursday and Saturday; G.B. Leighton, 9:30 p.m. Friday

The Last Turn Saloon

214 S. Eighth St.

Open Mic Night, first Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.

Yesterday’s Gone

612 Front St.

Aitas and Weird Allison, Nov. 19; Blue Room Free Jam, every Sunday from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.


Commander Bar

30279 Airport Rd.

The Common Ground, Friday-Saturday

JJ’s Pub

downstairs of the Commander

Joel Edwin, 5-9 p.m. Saturday

Prime Time Food and Spirits

8548 Ski Chalet Dr.

TBA, Friday-Saturday


The Bridge Tavern

26929 Highway 6

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


Moonlight Bay

38136 CR 66

DJ J.P. and Chad, 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Ox Lake Tavern and Grill

County Roads 66 and 16

Northern Exposure Trio, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday

The Wharf

County Roads 66 and 16

DJ Number II, Friday-Saturday


Bar Harbor

8164 Interlachen Road

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


West Side Bar

115 West Broadway

Loss 4 Words, Friday; Thunder Ridge, Saturday



21560 CR 3

Kings Ransom, Nov. 19


Ten Hi

133 Highway 10

October Son, Saturday

Performing arts


- Friday nights at the Beanery Cafe

Jan and Mike Cherry, 8-10 p.m. Friday, the Beanery Cafe.


- Fall CLC choir concert

Central Lakes College choir concert “On Wings of a Song,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Chalberg Theatre; free.

- Lakes Area Concert

Association series

Anderson and Roe, a piano duet, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tornstrom Auditorium.


- Legacy Chorale to present fall concerts

Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota’s fall concert series, entitled “Sing All Along De Way: Celebrating the Spiritual,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Crosslake Lutheran Church; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham; and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. Admission is $10 for adults and seniors, and students age 18 and younger are admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the door at each concert; or at the Brainerd Dispatch, Bethany Bookstore in Baxter, Crosslake Lutheran Church or by contacting Bill Satre, Legacy Chorale manager, at (218) 820-4558 or


- GRS to present two concerts

Great River Strings hunting theme concerts, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors up to a maximum of $20 per family.


- ‘Deer Camp the Musical’

“Deer Camp the Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Little Falls High School Auditorium. Tickets are $23 in advance or $26 at the door. Group rates are available through the ticket line at (218) 536-0589. Advance tickets are available at Coborn’s.


- Grassroots Concert season

Tim Sparks, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


- PLCT production

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre production of “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” Friday- Sunday and Nov. 18-20. More information call the Pequot Lakes Community Education office at (218) 568-9200.


- Staples Motley Area

Arts Council series

Butch Thompson, 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 available online at the Arts Council’s website and from the Staples Motley Public Schools Community Education Office at (218) 894-5416 or (800) 213-6877.

- WDC theater kick-off

Wadena-Deer Creek High School theater to perform musical, “Wonderland,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19, Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

Visual arts


- Jaques Art Center

121 Second St. N.W.

Asian exhibit featuring Barden R. Heft Collection of Japanese Woodblock Prints by Tadashi Nakiyama, ends Friday.


- Art Matters Studio and Gallery

#225 Franklin Arts Center

1001 Kingwood St.

“Altered States: Abstract and Impressionist Photography” by John Erickson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Exhibit runs through March 30, or by appointment at (218) 330-1780.

- Northland Arboretum Art Gallery

14250 Conservation Dr.

Photography by Jenny Wallin, runs through Tuesday. Free exhibits, for more information call the arb at 829-8770.


- Sioux Line Depot Museum

101 First St. N.E.

A traveling exhibit entitled Lake Roosevelt Artifact Exhibit and Interpretive Project will be on display during regular business hours. To schedule the exhibit for a group, school or organization, contact the Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network office at (218) 545-1166 or Kay at (218) 546-5996.


- Regional Cultural Center

Center Gallery

24 Main Ave. N.

“Colors of the Earth,” ends Saturday.

“Land by Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place,” opens Wednesday and runs through Dec. 31, with a reception from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 19. A presentation by one of the artists, 1:30 p.m.; and a free family fiber arts activity, “Things with Strings,” from 2:30-4 p.m. Free.

Special events


- Art events

Kaleidoscope, first Saturday of the month for ages 8 and up at 10 a.m., Jaques 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 email at


- Joe Plut event

A grand opening of the Joe Plut Reading Room, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Prairie Bay. Plut will sign copies of his book, “Conversations with Jon Hassler,” with a half hour program scheduled at 7 p.m.


- Flipside event

Flipside, art children’s event, 10 a.m. to noon, second Saturday of the month, Franklin Arts Center cafeteria; suggested $3 cover. Questions call Paulette Buck at 828-8062.

- BHS arts and crafts festival

Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Brainerd High School. Free.

- Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets to meet, 6-9 p.m. Friday, large roon at Brainerd Public Library.

- ‘Voyageur Skies’ event

Mark Seeley, author and climatologist, and photographer Don Breneman to present “Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park,” a free, public program, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College.

- Doug Ohman program

Doug Ohman to present Mississippi River program, 6 p.m. Monday, Brainerd Public Library.

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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