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Event Calendar

Live music

For week of April 12-18; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.


American Legion

Near Highways 371 and 87 W.

Frankie Lamb, 2-6 p.m. Sunday


Blue Ox

608 Laurel St.

Captain May I, 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

Sunshine Kitchen & Moonshine

724 Mill Ave.

Saint Anyway, 8 p.m. Friday, $5 suggested cover; Stardust Jazz Trio, Saturday; Useful Jenkins, Sunday.

The Last Turn Saloon

214 S. Eighth St.

Open Mic Night, first Wednesday of the month from 7-10 p.m.

The Hubb (formerly The Iron Rail)

707 Laurel St.

October Son, Friday-Saturday

Yesterday’s Gone

219 South Ninth St.

Free Jams in the Blue Room, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sundays


Commander Bar

30279 Airport Rd.

Northern Comfort, Friday-Saturday

JJ’s Pub

downstairs of the Commander

Off the Record, 5-9 p.m. Saturday

Ox Lake Tavern and Grill

County Roads 66 and 16

Strange Brew, 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Prime Time Food and Spirits

8548 Ski Chalet Dr.

Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Thursdays; Kentucky Thunder, Friday-Saturday


The Bridge Tavern

26929 Highway 6

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


Moonlight Bay

County Roads 66 and 16

DJ J.P. and DJ Chad, every Friday-Saturday

The Wharf

County Roads 66 and 16

DJ Number II, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday


Ten Hi

133 Highway 10

Cutloose, Saturday


West Side Bar

115 West Broadway

Northstar Entertainment, Friday; Hot Hits, Saturday

Performing arts


Great River Strings

Great River Strings to perform two spring concerts: 7:30 p.m. April 21, Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood; 2 p.m. April 22 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $20 for families. Children under age 6 are free. For more information call Lynn at (218) 678-3034.


Coffee Shop Confessions

Coffee Shop Confessions to be performed, 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Coco Moon; and at 6:30 p.m. April 19-20 at the Shante in Pillager. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Coco Moon, the Shante or by calling 828-4717.

Swedish duo to perform

A “pre-Nisswa-stämman” Swedish folk music concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the Music Recital Hall at Central Lakes College. Presented by Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival and The Center for Lifelong Learning. For information call Paul Wilson at (218) 764-2994, or Bill Brekken at 855-8146.

Leon Redbone to perform

Leon Redbone to perform 7:30 p.m. April 21, Chalberg Theatre, as part of Central Lakes College Cultural Arts Series. Tickets are between $10-$25 and can be purchased at, or by contacting the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199. For more Cultural Arts Series information, including links to each artist’s website, can be found at

Heartland Symphony Orchestra

Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s final concert in the 2011-12 season: “Sounds from the Heartland,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Tornstrom Auditorium. For tickets or more information call the HSO office at (800) 826-1997, email requests to or online at

Cultural Arts Series

“Art,” a witty Tony Award-winning play, 7:30 p.m. April 26-28, Dryden Theatre, Central Lakes College. Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for CLC students (with student identification).

Lakes Area Concert

Association series

Redhead Express Walker Family, April 28, Tornstrom Auditorium, tickets by calling Betty Alderman at 829-3379.


Musical Variety Show

The Crosby-Ironton High School choir program’s Musical Variety Show, 7 p.m. April 20, Mayberry Auditorium. Admission is a $5 for adults and $3 for students with proceeds funding next year’s New York Tour.


Heartland Symphony Orchestra

Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s final concert in the 2011-12 season: “Sounds from the Heartland,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Charles D. Martin Auditorium, Little Falls High School. For tickets or more information call the HSO office at (800) 826-1997, email requests to or online at


‘Stuart Little’

Sign Stage on Tour to present “Stuart Little,” 7 p.m. Friday, Pequot Lakes. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 60 and over) and $8 for youth (age 18 and under). Ticket will be sold at the door starting one hour before the show or reserve your ticket by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at (218) 568-9200.

Special Events


Friday nights at the Beanery Cafe

Onset, 8-10 p.m., Friday, the Beanery Cafe.

Art events

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


Reading Room series

Author Joe Plut to host literary series from 4:30-6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Prairie Bay through October; with first one April 19 with Chip and Jean Borkenhagen. More information by calling 824-6444.



Flipside children’s event, 10 a.m. to noon second Saturday of the month, with this month’s theme of dinosaurs and other animals taught by Eric Omtvedt; $3 suggested donation or $5 per family. More information contact Paulette Buck at 828-8062.

Heartland Poets to meet

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

Cultural Thursday

Central Lakes College special Cultural Thursday, 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 19, lecture hall (E354), free. Gary Payne and Mary Rosenberg will be the presenters on Suriname’s Amazon Delta.

Celebration of Nations

Central Lakes College to host Celebration of Nations, 4-9 p.m. April 20, gymnasium. Cost is $5.


Bus trip

A bus trip is being organized, by Friday Study Club, to attend the Minneapolis Institute of Arts program, “Art in Bloom,” April 27. Cost is $22 and to reserve a seat contact Joan Hallada (218) 546-6218.

Mozart’s Requiem

Sarah Aamot, director of the Legacy Chorale, will discuss the history of Mozart’s Requiem at 1:30 p.m. April 24, Heartwood Senior Living Center. The chorale will perform Mozart’s Requiem concerts: April 26 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter; April 28 at Sacred Heart Chapel, Little Falls; April 29 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd; Tickets are $10.


Auditions scheduled

Fishermen’s Community Theatre auditions for “Mysterious Ways,” from 6-8 p.m. April 26 and from 2-4 p.m. April 28 at The Log Church in Crosslake. Rehearsals will be at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning June 4. The play will be performed at July 26-27 and Aug. 2-3 at The Old Fire Hall in Crosslake. For more information, contact Stanley Mikles at 820-5365.


Author visit

Author Julie Cadalbert, to appear for book-signing, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Good Book & Gifts.


Annual meeting

New York Mills Regional Cultural Center annual meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Visual arts


Jaques Art Center

121 Second St. NW

Native American Art exhibition, opening reception, noon Saturday.


Brainerd Public Library

416 S. Fifth St.

Mobile art display by artist Jess Cavazos display; Artist Bill Grange’s watercolor exhibit on display through May.

City Hall

501 Laurel St.

Encore Art Club members, paintings, ongoing.

Crow Wing County

Community Services

204 Laurel St.

Artwork by Jan Lendobeja and Jean Dressel to be on display through June.

Northland Arboretum Art Gallery

14250 Conservation Dr.

Artist Judith Kuusisto work on display through April.

If you would like your event listed in the entertainment guide, e-mail Jennifer at, call 855-5851, fax 829-0211 or mail to Jennifer Stockinger, Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401. Please include time, date, place, admission price and contact information. Deadline is Monday for Thursday publication.

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