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Minnesota mystery

author to appear

PINE RIVER — Jess Lourey, a Minnesota mystery author from St. Cloud, will make an appearance at 2 p.m. Saturday at the at the Riverview Life Center in Pine River.

Lourey’s free workshop will be on Minnesota Mystery Writing. Lourey is the author of the Lefty-nominated Murder-by-Month mysteries set in Battle Lake, Minn., and featuring amateur sleuth, Mira James. Her most recent book, “November Hunt,” will be released in March.

Lourey has been teaching writing and sociology at the college level since 1998. She spent her formative years in Paynesville, a small town not unlike the Murder-by-Month series’ Battle Lake. Laurey is a member of Sisters in Crime, The Loft, Lake Superior Writers, and she serves on the national board of the Mystery Writers of America.

Lourey’s visit is a free Legacy program that is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

For more information on Legacy events call the Pine River Library at (218) 587-4639.

Aitkin to present

band concert

AITKIN — The 31st annual Aitkin mass band concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the old gym.

The concert will feature six bands in grades five through 12th. There is no admission charge for the concert, however donations to the band programs to help fund activities outside the curriculum will be collected at the door. There is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per adult and $1 for school age children.

The fifth grade band under the direction of Bill Broderius will open with “American Spirit March” by John 0’Reilly and “Conquest” by Brian Balmages. The sixth grade band, also directed by Broderius, will perform “On the Colorado Trail” by Pierre La Plante and “Let’s Rock.” The seventh grade band under the direction of Chris Halvorson will perform “Aztec Dance” by Michael Story and “Stone Age Stomp” by Timothy Loest. The eighth grade band will be performing the “American Patrol” arranged by John Kinyon and “Rockin’, Rollin’ River” arranged by Mark Williams.

The ninth grade band will perform “Encanto” by Robert W. Smith and “Lord of the Rings” The Fellowship of the Ring arranged by Ralph Ford. The concert band will be performing “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” by Sir Malcolm Arnold and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” arranged by Jerry Brubaker.

The event will conclude combining more than 200 young musicians to perform together. The selections will be “Farandole” from “L’Alresienne” by Georges Bizet and arranged by Michael Sweeney; “Apache,” percussion section feature arranged by Michael Sweeney; and “The Stars and Stripes Forever Trio” by John Phillip Sousa, arranged by Robert E. Foster, Jr.

Watercolor to be

next Flipside event

The next Flipside children’s art activities event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 10 in the cafeteria at the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd.

A watercolor activity will be instructed by Mona Warren.

Cost is a suggested $3 per child donation or $5 per family. No one will be turned away because of cost.

Brainerd woman’s play accepted by Great Plains Theatre conference

Donna Salli, Central Lakes College English instructor-playwright, was honored at the Great Plains Theatre conference in Omaha, which selected Salli’s work, “The Rock Farm,” for a staged “PlayLab” reading at the 2012 conference scheduled May 26 to June 2.

Salli’s script was one of 30 chosen from over 640 submitted scripts and one of two selected from Minnesota. She will experience a week of workshops, networking with theater professionals from all over, and the reading with a panel critique.

“The Rock Farm,” a play about heritage, love, family and the magnetic attraction of home, was translated to Finnish and first performed in Finland, then in English and Finnish at CLC, and in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at Wakefield, where the Finnish-American Salli was raised.

The Omaha conference schedule states that each of the 30 playwrights’ scripts “will be rehearsed by local and national directors and actors and performed in staged readings. Playwrights will hear their play and receive feedback from master playwrights, theater scholars, directors and the public, in a guided response setting.”

The daily PlayLabs are free and open to the public.

In an email release, Salli is grateful to everyone who has worked with the different versions of the script: Central Lakes College Theatre and Theatre Fiasko/Floppi, for starters.

“Directors Tuire Hindikka, Erik Steen and Patrick Spradlin taught me a lot by letting me hang on the fringes,” Salli said. “And the casts who brought the script to life helped me see how it worked and what it needed. They all were instrumental to the script’s becoming what it is.”

Mobile art on display

at Brainerd library

Mobile art by artist Jess Cavazos is on display at the Brainerd Public Library.

Cavazos has eight different mobile art pieces on display. Carazos has been making mobiles for about seven years out of various materials, including aluminum, stainless steel, brass, wood, card stock and found objects. His work includes both representational and nonrepresentational sculptures in motion. Cavazos’ work is heavily influenced by Alexander Calder, displaying curved shapes, clean lines and abstract designs. Many of the mobiles are based on geometric shapes.

Cavazos, a resident artist at the Franklin Art Center, relocated to Brainerd from San Antonio, Texas. He has been featured in the Brainerd Dispatch and “In Focus” Lakeland Public television. At the 2010 Arts in the Park in Brainerd, he won third place in sculpture and recently held his first solo show at the Q Gallery. His work also can be viewed in the main hallway of the Franklin Arts Center.

Carazos will be teaching a class “Hanging Mobiles” at the Crossing Arts Alliance’s Flipside Kids program on May 12 at the Franklin.

Rising Stars take first place in competition

The Just For Kix Rising Stars took first place in the kick and jazz divisions in a recent United We Dance competition held at Eastview High School.

The team was given first place standings by every judge in the competition. The team is coached by Ali Clough, Cindy Clough and Haley Norton.

Fundraising event planned

A fundraising event entitled “Finnegan’s Pub Crawl!” is planned for 6 p.m. March 9, and l will benefit the Salvation Army Food Shelf.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today and Bernick’s Pepsi are sponsoring the event that is for individuals ages 21 or older. Interested people may meet at the Last Turn and travel by bus to several bars, including the American Legion, O’Neary’s Irish Pub, Zorbaz, Ernie’s on Gull Lake and Liquor Pigz where there will be a bag pipe band playing music..

Cost is $30. Those interested may register at through this week or at the participating bars.

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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