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Lakes Area Summer Organ

Series to kick-off Saturday

PEQUOT LAKES — The kickoff concert for the Lakes Area Summer Organ Series will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes.

Featured will be Don Jackson on the piano, Renee Anderson on the organ, and there will be original vocal renditions by Jim Nordheim. Jackson is choir director, pianist and composer. Nordheim is a composer from Duluth and a bass singer. Both Jackson and Nordheim pursued graduate degrees in music composition from Paul Fetler at the University of Minnesota. They each wrote works for each other for this program. Anderson is church organist at Our Savior’s Lutheran and has accompanied musicals and other community events as well as accompanied for the high school choir in Pequot.

A free-will offering will be taken to be divided between the local food shelf and Nordheim’s travel expenses from Duluth.

The Lakes Area Summer Organ Series will be held every Wednesday at noon at different venues every week through August.

Second annual ‘Affaire des

Artes’ scheduled Saturday

WADENA — Art and Literary Fairs, live music, storytelling, improve theatre and three Minnesota authors presenting talks are the features of this year’s “Affaire des Artes” scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Burlington Northern Park, in downtown Wadena. Sponsored by the Greater Wadena Arts League and the Kitchigami Regional Library, Affaire des Artes is a day to showcase the area’s visual artists, writers and musicians.

Wadena author, Paul Sailer will kick-off the event talking about his book, “The Oranges are Sweet,” a story set in World War II history for many years. His college degree in American History, along with his service in the U.S. Army as a pilot in Vietnam gave him much background information and experiences to write this book. Sailer lives on a tree farm in rural Wadena.

At noon, the stage comes alive with the energetic and fascinating music of Brothers Burn Mountain, a duo of musicians that have become regulars at Harvest Thyme Bistro. Performing original music, drumming that electrifies their audiences, and their home-town approach to performing, these two brothers are talented.

Immediately following Brothers Burn Mountain, the DL Cloggers will take the stage. Another energetic, “foot-stomping” dance troupe from Detroit Lakes will perform a second time later in the day, around 2:45 p.m..

The day’s main liner author, Brett Laidlaw will speak at 1 p.m. Laidlaw is a writer, cook, bread baker, trout bum, mushroom hound and gardener. After spending most of his life in the Twin Cities area, he recently relocated to hilly northern Dunn County, Wis. He is the author of two novels, “Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth” and “Blue Bel Aire.” His short stories, essays and reviews have appeared in Grays Sporting Journal, the Star Tribune and Minneapolis Observer Quarterly. Trout Caviar is a Minnesota Book Award finalist. In 2008, he started an online journal titled “Trout Caviar” celebrating local, seasonal eating and the distinctive foods of the Upper Midwest. The blog led to the publishing of a book of recipes, photographs and essays.

At 2 p.m., storyteller Sonja Kosler, who hails from the Eastern shore of East Silent Lake in Ottertail County, will share her talents in storytelling, to be appreciated by children and adults alike. Following Kosler’s performance, The DL Cloggers will take the stage for the second time. At 3 p.m, author Ken Korczak will speak on e-publishing. He has spent his entire adult life earning a living with the written word. He has a journalism degree and spent much of his career as a government writer, until gave that all up to be a freelance writer, living in a remote woods in Northern Minnesota.

At 4 p.m. music will fill the air again with “Jammin with Brad and Ron, a trio of musicians from Staples. Following their gig, here will be a short audience participation opportunity as members of Madhatters Community Theatre initiate an improv theatre fun time. Last to take the stage is Paul Imolte, “The Stringman” playing his collection of stringed instruments, including the hammered dulcimer. Imholte plays at 5 p.m.

In addition to the scheduled events, from 1-4 p.m. there will be children’s art activities, food available, and a possible “music jam” at the end of the day for anyone so inclined.

Affaire des Artes is funded in part by the Five Wings Arts Council and the Kitchigami Regional Library System with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Brown Bag Lunch Summer

Authors’ Series announced

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library announces the author schedule for the annual Brown Bag Lunch Summer Authors’ Series. Each event is at the Brainerd Public Library on eight Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. in June and July. There is a tremendous line up of authors including one Newbery Honor Winner and five 2012 Minnesota Book Award nominees/winners. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch or just come to enjoy an hour with a Minnesota author. These events are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library. There is no charge for these events and all are welcome.

Author visit schedule:

• June 4: Jim Northrup, “Anishinaabe Syndicated.”

• June 11: Darby Nelson, “For Love of the Lakes.”

• June 18: Bill Marchel, photography, “Birds in Our Backyard.”

• June 25: Shawn Lawrence Otto, “Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America.”

• July 9: Margi Preus: “Heart of a Samurai.”

• July 16: Britta Reque-Dragiecevic: “Close To Home: A Soldier’s Guide to Returning from War.”

• July 23: Eric Dregni: “Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America.”

• July 30: Alice Palace, children’s author and illustrator, Bearpaw Books.

Brainerd native performs lead

in Toronto-based opera co.

Brainerd native Peggy Kriha Dye recnetly performed as the lead in Toronto-based opera company Opera Atelier at the Palace of Versaille Royal Opera House.

Kriha Dye, a 1987 Brainerd High School graduate, has performed a few concerts in Brainerd in the past.

Kriha Dye made her singing debut with the San Francisco Opera in 1996. She has been acclaimed internationally for her soprano voice.

She received her undergraduate degree in music from St. Cloud State University, her master’s from the Manhattan School of Music and she spent two years as a member of the Julliard Opera Center. Kriha Dye’s parents are Carol Bombardier and George Kriha, who live in the Brainerd area.

Watercolor exhibit at Jaques

AITKIN — A Watercolor World Exhibit opens Friday and runs through July 14 at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.

The exhibit is the challenging medium of watercolors featured in a colorful show. The opening reception will be held from 12-3 p.m. Saturday.

Calling for art submissions

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin will host its sixth annual Plein Air Event and Exhibition on July 17-28 and artist submissions are due Friday.

‘En Plein air’ artists must create 2D works of art in an outdoor setting. The Jaques Plein Air Event is opened to all artists, featured or not featured (open class). All artists in the community are encouraged and welcome to participate in the Plein Air Event.

A $25 application will be charged for features artists and 20 will be selected for this competition. Interested artists should contact the Jaques at (218) 927-2363 or go online at for the registration form.

Polish orchestra plays Mozart’s Requiem in protest

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish opera house has performed Mozart’s Requiem — a funeral piece — in front of the Culture Ministry in Warsaw to protest cuts to its budget.

The Chamber Opera’s orchestra, choir and soloists performed Tuesday to the hearty applause of hundreds of people. A large banner saying, “Minister, Only You Can Save the Chamber Opera,” hung above the artists.

They handed a ministry official a letter signed by some 20,000 people asking Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski to secure funds for the opera. Otherwise, they say, it will have to close in the summer.

There was no immediate reply from the ministry, which is instituting cuts as a broader government cost-reduction effort.

The 50-year-old Warsaw-based opera is known for its annual festivals of all of Mozart’s opera compositions.

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