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Steve Hall and the Shotgun Red Show coming to Brainerd

Home town celebrity Shotgun Red will return to Brainerd for a 7 p.m. June 4 country music concert at Tornstrom Auditorium.

Advance tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and children under 10 and are available at Bridge of Harmony Music in Brainerd or by calling PTS Tours at 828-4332. Tickets will be $20 at the door.

Steve Hall and his little buddy Shotgun Red first arrived on the Nashville scene in 1980 when the local Brainerd band won a battle of the bands contest. While in Nashville, Steve and Red crashed Ralph Emery’s local TV show. Ralph fell in love with little Shotgun and made him his side kick on “Nashville Now” on TNN for 10 years. Shotgun Red also was a regular on the “Hee Haw” show for nine years running.

Shotgun Red is a regular on “Buckmasters” on the Outdoor Channel. Little Shotgun is also a member of the Brainerd Hall of Fame.

Steve Hall and the Shotgun Red Show can also be seen these days on RFD-TV on “The Shotgun Red Variety Show” seen in 40 million homes nationwide.

PTS Tours of Brainerd brings lots of groups to Nashville. One of there stops is on the General Jackson Showboat. Steve Hall and the Shotgun Red Show performed more than 200 shows a year on the Jackson and became good friends with PTS Tours.

When representatives from PTS Tours heard Hall was coming home for his family reunion they said, “Are ya bringing your band?” Hall thought why not bring everybody up from the Nashville Show.

Hall’s brother Larry Hall lives and works in Brainerd and is expected to perform on the show as well. You will hear impressions of more than 30 country artists and lots of Country Comedy. It’s a family show.

Brainerd author debuts ‘Home Sweet Murder’

BAXTER — Brainerd author Theresa M. Jarvela will celebrate the release of her first novel, “Home Sweet Murder,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 5 at Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter.

“Home Sweet Murder,” to be published by North Star Press in June, is the first book in the Tales of a Tenacious Housesitter Mystery Series.

The book tells the story of baby boomer Meggie Moore, who finds life in the small town of Pine Lake, Minn., a little too mundane. Always up for a challenge, Meggie accepts a house sitting position offered to her by an elderly gentleman. Husband Walter objects but reluctantly gives up trying to dissuade her from house sitting. Meggie’s adventure at the lake takes a sinister turn when she, along with her friend Shirley, stumble on a lake neighbor strangled to death. Meggie and Shirley become suspects in the murder and find it necessary to do some investigating in order to clear their names, but risk their own lives in the process.

Jarvela is a freelance writer for several regional magazines. She is a Five Wings Arts Council grants recipient and a member of Brainerd Writers Alliance, Great River Writers and Sisters in Crime Organization.

Jarvela will sign copies of her book and provide comments at the appearance. Tickets to the event include a copy of “Home Sweet Murder,” appetizers and music by Jim Olson.

Tickets are $25 and may be reserved at or by calling 828-4717.

BHS choirs to perform concert

The Brainerd High School choirs will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Tornstrom auditorium. The Bards, Concert Chorale, A Cappella and Windfall choirs will perform a wide range of musical styles, from jazz, to pop, Broadway and concert selections.

Brian Stubbs, director of the choirs said, “This concert is a celebration of a year’s worth of work in all of our choirs. The singers are at the top of their game, singing with confidence and energy. We always have fun at this last concert, mixing a fond farewell to our seniors with some light-hearted, upbeat music. This year will even have a few Hawaiian songs that A Cappella choir students learned while on tour. There’s something for everyone.”

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and are available at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Anton Treuer to visits Brainerd Public library Anton Treuer, Minnesota Ojibwe author and professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, will make an appearance at 6 p.m. May 31 at the Brainerd Public Library. He’ll present his most recently released book “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask.” More than 100 stereotype-debunking questions — thoughtful, awkward and searching — are answered with solid information, humor and compassion. He’ll also present on his children’s book “Awesiinyensag,” published in 2011. This book presents original stories, written in Anishinaabemowin, that delight readers and language learners with the antics of animals who playfully deal with situations familiar to children in all cultures. Suitable for all ages, this book can be read aloud, assigned to classes, shared at language tables, gifted to elders and enjoyed by those curious about the language and all who love Anishinaabemowin.

He also is author of “The Assassination of Hole in the Day and Ojibwe in Minnesota,” recently named “Minnesota’s Best Read for 2010” by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Treuer received prestigious awards and fellowships from many organizations, including the American Philosophical Society, the MacArthur Foundation, the Bush Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

CLC theater auditions scheduled

Central Lakes College Theatre will hold auditions for its 2012 summer theatre production at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and Wednesday in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

Those auditioning may choose either of the above dates.

Two shows are being considered: The classic comedy “You Can’t Take it With You” and an American theater standard, “The Curious Savage.”

“Either of these plays would be terrific summer fare,” said Patrick Spradlin, CLC theater director. “I’m hedging my bets by having two shows in mind. ‘Savage’ has a smaller cast, so the show I choose will depend on the number of people who audition.”

Auditions are open to the entire community as well as CLC students from any discipline. No previous theatrical experience is necessary. Neither show is a musical production.

A cast of “You Can’t Take it With You” would include seven women and 12 men, ages late teens to mid-60s.

A cast for “The Curious Savage” would need six women and five men, late teens to mid-60s.

Spradlin said those interested will fill out forms which will ask for contact information and schedule conflicts through July. All potential actors will be asked do readings from the scripts. Scenes will be provided at auditions.

Production dates are July 12-15 and 19-22.

For more information contact Spradlin at 855-8255 or

Nisswa-stämman workshops


NISSWA —Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival is scheduled on June 8-9 and in conjunction with the festival, many visiting musicians and dancers will be giving workshops that are open to all local musicians and enthusiasts on June 8 in the Nisswa area. There are workshops in fiddling, both advanced and beginners; an ensemble workshop where all instruments are welcome; also there is a singing workshop, and four dance workshops including Danish dances, Swedish dances, Norwegian dances and Finnish tango.

Pre-registration is encouraged for the workshops. There is a cost. For more information go to or contact Janet Hill at or (218) 259-4090.

Mark Rosen to make two appearances in Walker

WALKER — Mark Rosen, the popular Twin Cities sports broadcaster, will bring 40 years of memories and sports moments for an event to be held from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. June 1 at Chase on the Lake in Walker, where he will talk about and sign his new book “Best Seat in the House.”

Chase on the Lake is sponsoring his statewide book signing tour. He will have two signings while in Walker.

Copies of his new book will be available at the Chase on the Lake lobby and gift shop.

Rosen also will make another appearance from 2-4 p.m. June 2nd at the Walker City Park, as part of the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament. Books will be available for purchase during that signing.

Weather permitting, both signings will take place outside. At Chase, on the outdoor dining decks and at the Walleye Tournament next to the Gazebo in the park. Alternate indoor plans are in place at both locations.

For more information, contact Brian Burggraff at Chase on the Lake at (218) 547-7777 or Pat Kastning with the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament at (218) 547-3330.

Music General

dancers attend talent contest

Dancers from Music General, recently attended Showbiz National Talent Contest, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The four day event hosted more than 1,200 entries and 30 studios from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Music General entered a total of 38 routines and was awarded nine Platinum first place awards (scoring 285-300 points), 26 Diamond first awards (276-284) and three first place awards (270-275) for their efforts. Three routines were among the top scoring of the weekend including Runaway Baby, placing ninth overall for Teen Large groups; Pots and Pans, placing fifth overall for Junior Large Groups; and Dog Days which placed eighth overall for Teen Small Groups.

Judges from California, Las Vegas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Missouri scored each entry on technique (15-35 points), execution (10-30 points), showmanship (5-25 points), choreography (1-5 points) and costume (1-5 points) to reach a point total. These individual totals were combined to reach a cumulative score.

Action Entertainment announces summer schedule

Action Entertainment has announced its summer schedule and will present two productions, “Out West” and “Little Red Riding Hood” in the Brainerd lakes area.

“Out West” is a classic tale of love and heartbreak in the old west. It is a wild west stunt show featuring high falls, fights, explosions and Buddy, the trick horse. Performances will be held at 4 p.m. every Saturday during the summer beginning June 26 at Billy’s in Breezy Point.

“Little Red Riding Hood” is a comical retelling of the classic folktale set in 1611 Ireland written by Action Entertainment’s resident playright, Warren Case. Red has just baked a fresh basket of sweet treats for her grandmother. Catching a sniff of the enticing aromas, the wolf schemes to steal the sweet treats for himself.

Live performances for the whole family for this production will begin June 7 in the Nisswa Pioneer Village.

All shows are $12 for adults and $7 for children.

For more information call Action Entertainment at 839-2514.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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