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Hairball to rock Brainerd Area Civic Center

The popular rock band — Hairball — will rock the stage at 7p.m. April 27 at the Brainerd Area Civic Center in Brainerd.

Hairball is an arena rock cover band from Minneapolis who covers many popular bands such as Kiss, AC/DC, Poison and Motley Crew. Opening for Hairball will be Tim Mahoney, as seen on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Tickets can be purchased for $20 at Cash Wise Liquor in Brainerd and Baxter, and West Side Liquor in Baxter. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend. All proceeds for the show will go towards supporting Brainerd’s hockey and basketball programs.

Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA) is an organized hockey program that strives to provide fun for players, improve hockey skills and develop responsibility and self-discipline. BAHA’s goal is to create an atmosphere of sportsmanship, self confidence and self pride in hopes of preparing the players not only for the game of hockey, but also to become well rounded and contributing members of their community.

The Brainerd Basketball Association (BBA) is a community based volunteer organization that fosters and develop competitive basketball players in Brainerd and Baxter. With direction from the Brainerd boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball coaches, the program’s goal is to develop basketball players who have aspirations of playing competitive basketball in Minnesota State High School League.

Just For Kix spring dance show Saturday

Just For Kix will host its spring dance show Saturday with two shows — 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — at the Brainerd High School.

Children’s author to make appearance

BAXTER — Children’s author Bob Fulton will be signing books from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Book and Gift in Baxter. Fulton is the author of “Pickle Bumps for Baby Dill,” published in 2010 and celebrating its second printing by Bang Printing of Brainerd this March. The book’s message addresses topics of diversity and acceptance, and encourages children to support those with differences. Fulton has been visiting schools and sharing the story’s message with children throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Fulton taught in the Saint John’s University/College of Saint Benedict joint chemistry department for 39 years.

Turtle Town to participate in World Book Night

Turtle Town Books and Gifts in Nisswa will be among volunteers across America Monday to distribute free books to unlikely adult readers in 6,000 towns across America as part of World Book Night. Turtle Town is anticipating to give away 20 copies of a chosen book.

The idea behind World Book Night is to have volunteers share their love of reading and books with adults who perhaps lack access to books or are reluctant readers. April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, chosen in honor of Shakespeare and Cervantes who died on April 23, 1616.

Crosslake author to release 8th book

CROSSLAKE — Crosslake author and columnist Mike Holst has announced the release of his new book “An Absence Of Conscience.” For Holst this is his eighth fiction novel and the story that takes place in Minneapolis in the 1980-1990 era.

It is the story of Torch Brennan, a man who was born to be a cop and especially, a homicide detective. He had the instincts and that gut feeling mentality that helps good detectives sort out the good from the bad. Minneapolis was a city that gave him a lot of challenges, but he was always up for it.

Mathew Halsworth Jr. was born with no moral compass. He was rich and intelligent and had every break in life one could ever want or need. But he grew up to be a ruthless, uncaring killer. He felt he was too cunning to get caught, and for a long time he was. That is until he met Torch.

While most detectives would have given up and stuffed this case in the cold case files, Torch could not and would not. He could forget a lot of his victims, but not this one.

The book is available at most bookstores, online at Amazon and Barns and Nobles and also in E book form.

Outside Track to perform Tuesday

The Outside Track’s marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song that has been rapturously received around the world will perform from 8-11 p.m. Tuesday at Sunshine & Moonshine Lounge in Brainerd.

Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre.

Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards. Members are Norah Rendell, a Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee); Mairi Rankin (Beolach); Ailie Robertson, Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist; Fiona Black, BBC Fame Academy Winner; and Cillian O’Dalaigh.

The band toured in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA, including appearances at Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours, Goderich, Mission, Memoire et Racines, Sidmouth and Whitby Festivals.

There is no cover charge, although donations will be accepted.

St. Cecelia Trio to perform

MOTLEY — The St. Cecelia Trio — Father Peter Kirchner on cello, Lisa Winter on flute and Natalia Heikes on piano — will present a concert of chamber music at 2 p.m. April 29 at the United Methodist Church in Motley.

The concert is entitled “Interlacings” and the centerpiece is Emma Lou Diemer’s piece, “Homage to Poulenc, Mozart, and MacDowell.” The Trio also will play selections by the composers celebrated by Diemer. In addition, the Trio will perform the Swedish Folk Song “Thy Holy Wings, O Savior” where they will be joined by a vocal quartet consisting of Tamara Moore, Mary Moen, Christian Breczinski and Michael Ortmann.

Diemer is a widely performed contemporary composer and keyboard performer. She was composer-in-residence with the Santa Barbara Symphony 1990-92. The symphony premiered four of her orchestral works.

Diemer has written many works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, keyboard, voice, chorus (women’s, men’s) and electronic media. She has given concerts of her own organ works at Washington National Cathedral and The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, among others. Her choral music is often performed, even by high schools choirs.

Kirchner graduated from St. John’s University and Seminary. He taught orchestra in Montana and South Carolina and has played with the St. Cloud, Bozeman, South Carolina and Heartland Symphonies. He currently performs with the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra. He is the pastor at Sacred Heart in Glenwood and St. Bartholomew’s in Villard. He previously served at Sacred Heart in Staples.

Heikes began her classical piano training at the Volzhshy School of Music and the Volgograd Conservatory in Russia. After moving to the United States, she completed her piano performance degree from Moorhead State University and is currently in graduate studies in piano performance at North Dakota State University.

Winter graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she played under the legendary Frank Bencriscutto. She continued her studies at the Castrop Rauxel in Germany, and played in the Stadtorchester in Lienz, Austria. She currently performs in the Heartland Symphony and the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students in advance, or $15 and $7 at the door. Tickets will be available online at the Staples Motley Arts Council’s website at Tickets also will be available from the Staples Motley Public Schools Community Education Office at (218) 894-2497. Anyone purchasing six or more advance sale tickets to any event, or series of events, will receive the special season price of only $10 per ticket. Also any student with proper identification can purchase a Student Rush Ticket one hour before the show for only $1.

Three Brainerd students selected for MBDA honor band

Three Brainerd South High School students — Connor Gunsbury, Catie Kleindl and Sara Whiteman — have been selected for membership in the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) 9-10th Grade Honor Band for the 2011-2012 school year. These students were 3 of 74 students selected from 254 who auditioned this winter for a position in this group.

The students participating will have the opportunity to work with some of the finest music educators in the state as their section coaches, and will be conducted by Timothy Mahr, Professor of Music at St. Olaf College. The students will rehearse with Mahr on Saturday at Fergus Falls Senior High School, and will then perform a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at the school.

 Their director is Jessica Moats said, “I am very proud of what these students have accomplished, not just the three students who were selected but all seven who auditioned. The talent of all the students who tried out is overwhelming. The audition is not easy, and they proved that practice will make you a better musician.”

Top handbell ensemble to perform

DEERWOOD — Strikepoint, one of the world’s top handbell ensembles, will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood. There is no admission charge, but a $10 donation is suggested.

Think of a handbell ensemble as a living piano, with each of 11 ringers responsible for up to nine notes. Audience members will see musical lines moving as chords move up from the bass or the highest bells join in on the melody. Treble ringers may hold as many as six bells in their hands at one time, while bass ringers use their whole bodies to move 13-pound bronze bells with grace and finesse.

Strikepoint rings on six octaves of bells (nearly the entire range of a piano keyboard) and frequently adds other instruments, from chimes to a penny whistle to African percussion. Concert selections and audience favorites run the gamut from Bach’s Little Fugue to Disney Studios’ “Under the Sea.”

The group, based at First United Methodist Church in Duluth, has been touring annually since 1985, with an international tour every 2-3 years. Bill Alexander, a nationally known handbell clinician and

conductor, leads the directorless ensemble.

Strikepoint is noted for capturing the enthusiasm of audiences with its dynamic style and accessible music. Concerts are designed to delight and stir listeners whether they know all or nothing about handbells. Among the comments frequently heard after programs, a favorite is, “If we’d known it was going to be like this, we would have made all our friends come.”

Geritol Frolics auditions to be held

The Geritol Frolics will hold auditions for singers and dancers age 55 and over from 6-9 p.m. April 27 and from 10 a.m. to noon April 28 at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Previous experience is not necessary.

Brainerd dancers compete in United We Dance competition

Brainerd Just For Kix dancers recently competed in a two-day United We Dance competition in Rochester.

The first day of the competition was for the solo and small group division. Exhibition was performed by Grace Gilbertson, Allie Speiker and Brianna Nieymeyer, who have competed in the Miss Dance Team Minnesota and nationals and basically wished to practice their solo’s.

Results were:

In solo lyrical/jazz 2A: Abigail Burkhardt-Bixby of Fridley took first place, Jamie Wallace, Brainerd, second; and Nicole Daggett, Richfield, third.

Solo lyrical/jazz 3A: Ari Rodahl of Brainerd took first place; Jordan Rudolph, Brainerd, second; Hannah Doerr, third, Pequot Lakes; Makayla Clough, Brainerd, fourth; Elle Bottom, Mendota, Ill., fifth; and Danielle Popp, Brainerd, sixth.

In solo lyrical/jazz 4A: Marissa Knopf, first; Cierra Meyer Berg, second; and McKenzie Davidge, third.

Duet division: Aftyn Arnold/Aubri Metz, Brainerd, first; and a tie for second with students from St. Peter and Cannon Falls

The second day of competition, the Brainerd Advance Lyrical Team performed their Tribute to “Veterans” three times. The routine “Goodnight Saigon” received a standing ovation for all three performances.

The two-day event featured 365 back-to-back performances. There were dance teams from Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

Brainerd teams took home 5 first place plaques and a third place.

The results were:

Mini jazz 4A: Brainerd’s “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend,” first place; Richfield/Bloomington, second; and Farmington, third.

Middle lyrical 2A: Brainerd’s “If I DIe Young,” first place; Austin, second; and St Cloud Area, third.

Middle jazz 4A: Brainerd’s “Americano,” first place; St. Cloud area, second; and Austin, third.

Jazz studio junior 4A: Brainerd’s “Cell Block Tango,” first place; Elk River, second; and St Cloud area, third.

Kick junior 4A: St. Cloud Area, first place; Austin, second; and Brainerd’s “Pon De Floor,” third.

Senior jazz 2A: Brainerd’s “Breathe Me,” first place; St. Cloud area, second; and Elk River, third; and Austin, fourth.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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