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Entertainment Calendar - Aug. 16

■ Performing arts


Concerts in the Park

Diane Saumer & Friends, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in the bandstand at Gregory Park; free. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Rain out site is the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood St.

Lakes Area Music Festival

Lakes Area Music Festival “Songs of the New World,” concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Tornstrom Auditorium. Free, but donations accepted. For more information visit


Outdoor Music Series

Sell Out Stereo, 7 p.m. Saturday, Crosslake Town Square.


Decade 7

Decade 7, Saturday at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes; and Sept. 1 at Crosslake Town Square.


Summer Music in the Park

WoodPicks, 7 p.m. Sunday, Northern Pacific Park. For more information on the Music in the Park: In case of rain, concerts will be moved to Centennial Auditorium in Staples.

■ Live music

For week of Aug. 16-22; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.


American Legion

Highways 371 and 87

Frankie Lamb, 2-6 p.m. Sunday


Blue Ox

608 Laurel St.

Tracy Blake Project, Friday-Saturday

Coco Moon

601 Laurel St.

Thursday Bluegrass, first, third and fifth Thursday of the month

Eagles Club

124 Front St.

Agates, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday

Madden’s on Gull Lake

11266 Pine Beach Peninsula

The Whiskies, Aug. 24-25

Sunshine Kitchen & Moonshine

724 Mill Ave.

Dead Larry, 10 p.m. Thursday, $5 cover; The Beatkeepers, 8 p.m. Friday; Nate Eiesland, 9 p.m. Saturday

The Hubb

707 Laurel St.

Whiskey Tango, Friday-Saturday

The Last Turn Saloon

214 S. Eighth St.

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

Yesterday’s Gone

219 South Ninth St.

Free Jams in the Blue Room, third Wednesday of the month



CR 11 & Ranchette Dr.

October Son, Saturday

Breezy Point Ice Arena

30279 Airport Rd.

Hairball, Sept. 1, doors open at 5 p.m.; tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Commander Bar

30279 Airport Rd.

Face for Radio, Thursday-Saturday; karaoke, Sunday

JJ’s Pub

downstairs of the Commander

Mark Stary, Saturday

Prime Time Food and Spirits

8548 Ski Chalet Dr.

Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Thursdays; Pointnot, Friday-Sunday


The Bridge Tavern

26929 Highway 6

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


Manhattan Beach Lodge

Lakeside Patio

County Road 66 N.

Brad Meyers, 1 p.m. Sunday

Moonlight Bay

County Roads 66 and 16

DJ J.P. and DJ Chad, every Friday-Saturday; Chris Dobson, 8 p.m. Aug. 23, on the deck

The Wharf

County Roads 66 and 16

DJ II, Friday-Saturday


Ernie’s on Gull Lake

10424 Squaw Point Road

Andy Fischer, 7-10 p.m. Saturday; Seth Doud, 1-4 p.m. Sunday


Ten Hi

133 Highway 10

EVP’s, Saturday

■ Special Events


Friday nights at the Beanery Cafe

The Browning Sisters, 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; Art classes, first Wednesday of the month, 1-4 p.m. More information or to register call the center at (218) 927-2363 or email at


Reading Room series

Speaking of Books series, 4:30-6:30 p.m., the third Thursday of the month, Prairie Bay, with Doris Lueth Stengel on Thursday, Aug. 16. More information by calling 824-6444.


Cultural Thursday

Gary Payne to present Cuba for Cultural Thursday, noon and 7 p.m. Sept. 6, room E354 (lecture lab) at Central Lakes College.


‘Out West’

Action Entertainment production, “Out West” to be performed from 4-10 p.m. every other Saturday during the summer, with the next one Aug. 18 at Billy’s. All shows are $12 for adults and $7 for children. For a complete schedule go to


Lone Eagle exhibit

Lone Eagle exhibit at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site.

Author event

Author Margo Hansen, 11 a.m. Friday, Minnesota Morrison County Fairgrounds.

Bookin’ It events

Bookstore Shop Hop, Saturday-Sunday; Book-singings are: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Danielle Sosin of “The Long-Shining Waters;” 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Katie Knutson of “The Possession of Cassie Quinn,” Danelle Helget, “Lost and Found” and “Found and Destroyed” and Dennis Herschbach, “Convergence at Two Harbors;” 12:30-2 p.m. Aug. 25, William Kent Krueger, “Trickster’s Point;” and from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 25, Theresa Jarvela of “Home Sweet Murder.“


Lakes Area Summer Organ Series

Cathy Taylor to perform, noon Wednesday, Lutheran Church of the Cross.


Mystery author William Kent Krueger to appear from 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 25, Turtle Town Books and Gifts.

‘Little Red Riding Hood’

Action Entertainment’s “Little Red Riding Hood,” production will be held every Thursday in the Nisswa Pioneer Village. All shows are $12 for adults and $7 for children. For more information call Action Entertainment at 839-2514.


Lakes Bluegrass Festival

Lakes Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 23-26, Cass County Fairgrounds. More information or tickets, visit or call the Pine River Chamber at (800) 728-6926.

Action Entertainment

Action Entertainment to host event with stage coach rides, a belly dancing show, an “Out West” performance, Aug. 25, Houston Ford.


‘Taste of Broadway IV’

“Taste of Broadway IV,” Monday, Northern Lights Hotel Event Center; Reservations are $50 per person for the inner show and are available by calling (218) 547-2865.

■ Visual arts


Jaques Art Center

121 Second St. NW

Haitian Art exhibit, runs through Sept. 15.

Ripple River Gallery

27591 Partridge Ave.

“World of Wonder” exhibit through Sept. 9 , with an opening reception held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.


Brainerd Public Library

416 S. Fifth St.

Artist Kathy Kovala work on display through August.

City Hall

501 Laurel St.

Encore Art Club members, paintings, ongoing.

Crossing Arts Alliance

Franklin Arts Center

1001 Kingwood St.

“Tuesday Sampler: Taste of the Arts,” where featured artists will be on hand Tuesdays in August and September from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with authors Robert Fulton and Carolyn Abbott on Tuesday.

Crow Wing County

Historical Society

320 Laurel St.

Various exhibits, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 829-3268,

Evelyn Matthies’ Porthole Gallery

712 Washington St.

Artist John Wgeishofski’s exhibit “Nuances of Art,” on display through Aug. 25. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Crow Wing County

Community Services

204 Laurel St.

Artwork by Helen Smith, Barbara Worms and Virginia MacArthur on display through Sept. 30.


Sioux Line Depot Museum

101 First St. N.E.

A traveling exhibit entitled Lake Roosevelt Artifact Exhibit and Interpretive Project will be on display during regular business hours. To schedule the exhibit for a group, school or organization, contact the Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network office at (218) 545-1166 or Kay at (218) 546-5996.


Community Center and Library

14126 Daggett Pine Road

Paintings by Crosslake Art Club members, ongoing


United Church of Christ and downtown area

The 17th annual Northwoods Art and Book Festival and Poetry recognition event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.


Morrison County Government

Center Gallery

213 First Ave. S.E.

Local artists, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. weekdays, ongoing.

Weyerhaeuser Museum

2151 S. Lindbergh Drive

Various Morrison County historical exhibits, ongoing, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, free, (320) 632-4007,


Five Wings Arts Council

Art Gallery

116 Fourth St. N.E.

Five Wings Showcase: Visual Arts Grantees of 2011, 5-7 p.m., Monday.

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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