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Jacki and Jenna Lemieux

to perform in bandstand

Jacki and Jenna Lemieux will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd.

The mother/daughter duo from Brainerd, sing a blend of music consisting of country and jazz. The concert will include songs made famous by Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and many performers from the 1950s through the 1990s.

Jacki shares her love of music through teaching, directing and performing as a vocalist and pianist in the area. She received her bachelor of arts degree in vocal education from St. Olaf College and has taught music for more than 20 years in the public schools, with 10 in the Brainerd School District. One of the greatest joys to Jacki is being able to communicate to others through the universal language of music.

Jenna, the daughter of Brian and Jacki, is a senior at Brainerd High School. She has been singing all of her life and is involved in the high school music groups A Cappella, Chamber Orchestra and Windfall. She is a member of the 2011-2012 Minnesota All-State Choir, and 2012-2013 All-State Orchestra. Jenna enjoys performing as a vocalist and violinist at various venues in the Brainerd lakes area.

The concert will also feature a guest musician, Brian Lemieux, who will be resurrecting his hidden talent on the drums.

Bring your lawn chair or a blanket, relax and enjoy the sounds of the performance. Bandstand concerts are a collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. Rain out site is at the senior center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd.

Couple’s adventures in diving

and art to be presented

BAXTER —Bill and Evelyn Matthies, award-winning authors and educators, will recount their adventures in diving and painting for the Sept. 20 Speaking of Books program in the Joe Plut Reading Room at Prairie Bay Restaurant, Baxter.

The program, accompanied by complimentary appetizers, starts at 4:30 p.m., with guests receiving $5 off each meal. The program ends at 6 p.m.

Bill writes about his diving adventures in the waters nearby and across the globe in “One Earth, Two Worlds.” He and Evelyn have owned the Minnesota School of Diving since 1959. His treasured “finds” include a Japanese infantry rifle, logging tools, flintlocks, pistols and Native American artifacts.

He has written about a variety of diving experiences, such as recovering two D-8 Caterpillar tractors from a peat bog near Randall in 1961, slot machines that had been thrown from bridges (money still in them) and prehistoric buffalo bones believed to be over 12,000 years old. Bill has dived to more than 150 Great Lakes shipwrecks. He has also spent time in the Brainerd city septic tank.

As a painter, author and book illustrator, Evelyn will share experiences associated with her art. She has illustrated several books, including her own, “Images of the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Other locations,” and the covers of three books by poet Maxine Russell.

Evelyn has traveled internationally to create her artwork, including her favorite location: Denmark. During three decades as art instructor at Central Lakes College, she designed the European Art Study Tours leading students to England, Scotland, France, Wales and Italy.

She owns Porthole Gallery and Studio located in the same building as the Minnesota School of Diving on Washington Street in Brainerd and recently opened Studio II in the Franklin Arts Center.

Little Falls annual sale scheduled

LITTLE FALLS — The annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair, the Antiques and Collectibles Fair in

LeBourget Park and the Lone Eagle Auto Club Show and Swap Meet at the Morrison County Fair Grounds will be held this weekend.

Steve Anderson to perform

CROSSLAKE — Central Lakes College music instructor Steve Anderson will present a musical program at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Fellowship Hall at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Along with Anderson’s music, there will be several readings by Craig Nagel, local author of “A Sense of Wonder,” compiled from his long-running Lake Country Echo column, “The Cracker Barrel.”

Cost is $5. Appetizers and a beverage will be included with the program.

Whiskey Creek Film Festival

scheduled Sept. 14-20

WADENA — The model established for the Whiskey Creek Film Festival seven years ago has proved to be a success:  Show the best available current release movies not available at most theaters in the region and people will come. 

The festival will be held Sept. 14-20 at the Cozy Theatre in Wadena.

Seven feature films and a number of short films created by Minnesota filmmakers make the festival a project many in the region anticipate. Included in the mix is a free family movie to be screened Sept. 14-16.

Tickets are available at the Cozy Box Office, the Harvest Thyme Bistro and the New York Mills Cultural Center. Price of a festival pass, all six films is $30. 

One of the featured films this year is “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” The movie is in a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a 6-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. 

“The Kid with a Bike” is a film from Belgium that features Cecile De France, the actor who stars in the recent Clint Eastwood “Hereafter.” Like all of the films at the festival, “The Kid with a Bike” has received recognition nationally or worldwide, it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Woody Allen’s new comedy “To Rome with Love,” a follow-up to last year’s “Midnight in Paris,” promises a romantic escape in one of the most alluring cities on earth. Stars in Allen’s movie include himself, Roberto Benigni, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page and Penelope Cruz.

The documentary “Bully” is about a nationally important subject that has not been shown widely. Lee Hirsch, Sundance Festival award-winning director made the film, which follows five youth and families over the course of a school year. The free family film is “The Secret of Belle Isle,” a comedy starring Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen and directed by Rob Reiner.

An hour of short films will be screened for free at 5 p.m. Sept. 15.

The schedule and descriptions of the movies can be found at

The Music of Steve Lawrence

and Eydie Gorme

PEQUOT LAKES — The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA) opens the 2012-13 performance season with “A Tribute to Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme” to be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

Jason Richards and Maud Hixson, two of the Twin Cities’ most intrepid vocalists, showcase the songs and careers of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme’. Joined by the classic Wolverines Trio, the rhythm section of the venerable Wolverines Big Band, a regional staple since 1974, they share the remarkable story of this celebrated couple, highlighted by the duets they made famous, such as “Side by Side,” “Darn It Baby,” “That’s Love” and “This Could Be the Start of Something.“

Richards, a native of Mankato, began performing in clubs at age 15, as a singer and pianist, in addition to acting in local musical theater productions. He then relocated to the Twin Cities and had performed widely with a variety of groups and as a solo performer. He also toured for several years as a main stage performer for Celebrity Cruises and in concerts and night clubs throughout Europe.

Hixson grew up in Saint Louis Park. After being presented as “Best New Voice” at the KBEM Winter Jazz Fest in 2003, she became a full- time musician. Maud has since worked with a variety of local groups, from the Wolverines to the JazzMN Big Band, as well as with international artists such as Warren Vache’, Jon Weber and Evan Christopher. She is also the co-founder of the continental sextet French 75 with clarinetist Tony Balluff.

Tickets for the single show are available by calling the Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200 or can be purchased starting one hour before the show at the door. Ticket prices for the show are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 60 and over) and $9 for youth (age 18 and under).

GLAPA season tickets are available by calling community education.

Calling all singers to St. Francis Music Center

LITTLE FALLS — St. Francis Music Center, a community school for the arts located on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls, is offering free opportunities for adults who love to sing. No auditions are necessary to participate in any of the choirs.

The St. Francis Community Chorale meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 13. The chorale sings a wide variety of music from classical to sacred to Broadway and pop. This fall they will be working on music for a Christmas concert.

Sestri, a Women’s Slavic Choir, meets at 7 p.m. Sundays, beginning this Sunday. This group is open to teenage and adult women with an interest in Slavic folk music. No prior knowledge is needed.

Brothers in Harmony is a men’s singing group open to teenage and adult men. The group has changed their rehearsal times this year and will now meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m Mondays, beginning this coming Monday.

All the above opportunities are free thanks to grants received from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Five Wings Regional Arts Council. None of the groups require auditions. For more information, call the music center at 320-632-0637.

Anti-Social Comedy Tour

coming to Mystic Lake

PRIOR LAKE — Four of the funniest and raunchiest comics in America will come together on a single night Nov. 3 when the Anti-Social Comedy Tour comes to Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

The Anti-Social Comedy Tour features comedians Artie Lange, Dave Attell, Amy Schumer, and its creator and host Jim Norton. Norton is the author of two New York Times bestselling comedy books and is a regular guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” Lange was a former member of the “The Howard Stern Show” and is now co-host of the popular syndicated radio “Nick and Artie Show.” Attell was named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly and was featured in the HBO comedy special “Captain Miserable.” Schumer’s debut comedy album “Cutting” was released in 2011, and her television comedy special, “Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff,” debuted in August 2012.

Tickets to see the Anti-Social Comedy Tour are available for $49. Contact the Mystic Box Office at 952-445-9000 or go to

Cast of ‘Anne Frank’ announced

Central Lakes College (CLC) Theatre announces the cast for its upcoming production of the drama “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The production will play Oct. 4 -6 and 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 14 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of CLC.

Director Erik Steen of Brainerd directs the cast of Linda Nichols, Donna Salli, Kevin Yeager, Sharol Gibson-Rude, Richard Celley, of Brainerd, Nicole Barta, Craig Friday and Mitchell Dallman of Pequot Lakes, and Kadie Jo O’Day of Ironton.

The play tells the story of the Frank family, Jews who were forced into hiding during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. The script is based on the writings of Anne, who kept a series of diaries during the family’s two year ordeal.

Tickets for the production are available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199 or online at

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