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Entertainment briefs - Aug. 23

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Changes this season for From Age to Age

From Age to Age will see several changes this year, including seeing artistic director Andrew Miller, who founded the group in 2007, leaving the group.

Miller worked countless hours to ensure that From Age to Age would became a respected choral ensemble of the highest quality. Miller, who currently serves as the director of choral activities at Bismarck State College, has become active in the arts community in Bemidji and he continues to compose choral music.  

Succeeding Miller will be Jodi Bennett, who joined the group in 2008 and served as assistant artistic director last season. Bennett has been a music educator for 16 years, a guest clinician for area choral groups and a performer and soloist with multiple Minnesota choral ensembles.

From Age to Age also is gearing up for its 2012-13 season and it has worked on programming music, finalizing venues and holding auditions. This season the group will preform the following concerts: In October and November the concert title will be “Roots of American Music;” December, “O Great Mystery;” February and March, “Life, Love, Loss, and the Journey Beyond;” April and May, “Music in Bloom;” and June, “Peace.”

Program and location details can be found at

From Age to Age also is looking for volunteers, who would be interested in many jobs, including being an usher, providing a meal, labeling envelopes and folding programs. The group also is currently recruiting for those who’d like to serve on the board of directors. If interested contact

Just For Kix hosts annual Directors Convention

BAXTER — More than 145 Just For Kix youth program dance directors from Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado and South Dakota recently attended the 2012 Directors Convention held at the Just For

Kix Baxter Dance Studios and The Legacy.

“The 2012 Convention focused on techniques and curriculum to allow our directors and their young dancers the ability to soar,” said Cindy Clough, Just For Kix executive director. “We needed to remind our directors that the skills they teach in class not only affect their technical dancing, but also give them the foundation for life skills, too. The culmination of these skills, we believe, give our dancers a platform to soar.”

A highlight of the convention was the launch of a Just For Kix effort to create awareness and educate youth and their families about bullying. The convention also offered multiple educational and programming classes to assist in furthering the Director’s dance curriculum knowledge and sessions on resources for program development.

Additionally, the annual Just For Kix Hall of Fame inductee is announced at the convention. The 2012 inductee was Carrie Cowell of Brainerd who started working part-time at Just For Kix in 1991 as a dance teacher, then joined the organization full time in 1997 as dance programs assistant. In 2011, Cowell retired as director of programs. Julie Davidge, the Just For Kix youth programs manager said the overall convention experience allows for the directors to come to Brainerd to collaborate

and engage with the Just For Kix home office staff and other directors from across the country.

For 28 years, Just For Kix has held a Directors Convention. Just For Kix orchestrates youth dance programs in 10 states at nearly 200 locations engaging more than 20,000 youth dancers. Specific to Minnesota, 11,460 metro and out-state Minnesota youth are enrolled in Just For Kix programs, which employ 100 Minnesota-based Just For Kix directors alone who teach and orchestrate the dance programs.

Comedian Louie Anderson to perform in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — Comedian Louie Anderson will perform shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center in Crosslake.

An Italian buffet by Maucieri’s will be served for $10. There will be a full bar.

General admission is $35 with VIP Meet and Greet tickets for $50. Get tickets at Maucieri’s in Crosslake or call the ticket hotline at (888) 379-4078.

Anderson is an author and comedian known for the nightly series “Family Feud” and late night chat shows.

Johnny Carson invited Anderson to make his national television debut on the “The Tonight Show” in 1984. Leno, Letterman, “Comic Relief” and Showtime and HBO specials followed.

Anderson has guest-starred in sitcoms like “Grace Under Fire” and dramas like “Touched by an Angel” and “Chicago Hope,” and he has had featured roles in film comedies like “Coming to America,” opposite of Eddie Murphy, and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” He is also host of “Comedy Showcase,” the late-night series that follows “Saturday Night Live.”

In 1995 Anderson put his creative energies to work on the Saturday morning animated series “Life with Louie.”

The long-running series based on Anderson’s own childhood as one of 11 children in Minnesota and his life with his father won three Humanitas Prizes for writing on a children’s animated series. It also earned a Genesis Award for its depiction of the proper treatment of animals and two Emmy Awards.

Brainerd native performs in New York

Brainerd native Peggy Kriha Dye sang the title role of Armide, a collaboration with Opera Atelier directed by Marshall Pynkoski and conducted by David Fallis, in this summer’s Glimmerglass Festival held in Copperstown, N.Y.

Kriha Dye, a 1987 Brainerd High School graduate, currently serves as the director of artistic and educational programming at Opera Columbus. She performed Stella in the world premiere of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with San Francisco Opera and later reprised the role with Washington National Opera. She has also performed Musetta in La bohème with both San Francisco Opera and Shanghai Opera. In May, she performed Armide with Opera Atelier at the Royal Opera House in Versailles, to great acclaim.

Kriha Dye’s parents are Carol Bombardier and George Kriha, who live in the Brainerd area.

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