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Entertainment Briefs - Nov. 1

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■ Uff-da! Ole’ and Lena are getting married

DEERWOOD — Uff-da Ole’ and Lena are getting married, an interactive comedy dinner, will be performed at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Deerwood Auditorium.

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The production supports the Advocates Against Domestic Abuse (AADA), as part of its seventh annual Frolic For Hope. AADA’s latest fundraising event will celebrate healthy relationships and provide fine entertainment, superb food and wonderful items to purchase and win.

Tickets are limited and are $25. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in this event by sharing their favorite stories about Ole’ and Lena throughout the night.  

AADA is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that assists victims of domestic violence in seeking peace in their lives. AADA provides safety, shelter, support, referrals and most importantly hope to battered women and domestic violence victims in Aitkin and Crow Wing counties.  

“Domestic Violence affects one in four women in our community and most people personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence,” said AADA executive director Lisa Hamilton. “In 2011, at least 23 women died from domestic violence in Minnesota. It is estimated that at least 85 percent of victims of domestic violence are women. However, men and whole communities are affected by this devastating social problem.”

AADA is funded entirely by grants, individual/group donations and fundraisers. Donations are tax deductible. 

Contact AADA at 218-927-2327 to reserve your tickets or for more information about this event. 

■ Grassroots Concerts to present Jonathan Byrd

NISSWA – North Carolina flatpicker and award-winning songwriter Jonathan Byrd will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Grassroots Concerts series at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

A Gulf War veteran and preacher’s son, Byrd is songwriter whose songs you’ve probably heard, even if you haven’t heard him sing them. His music has been covered by Tim O’Brien, Steve James, Red Molly, Jack Lawrence and Melissa Greener.

Byrd’s music will seem familiar to any Americana fan.

He spent four years in the Navy, landing Marines in Liberia, carrying supplies to Kurdish refugees and recording songs on a four-track in his downtime. He returned to the gritty indie music scene of Chapel Hill, N.C., and fronted several rock bands before he rediscovered Old-Time and Bluegrass music at weekend festivals.

Byrd quit the bands and hit the road solo in 2000, flatpicking and singing new songs in an old style. A tip from a friend led him down to the Kerrville Folk Festival, a dusty ranch where he discovered the rich Texas songwriting culture and made it his own.

Word spread in 2003, when Jonathan won the festival’s New Folk songwriting competition in similar fashion as one-time upstarts like Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. Byrd broke the record for CD sales at the festival, and has played there nearly every year since.

The last concert of the fall season is Nov. 30 with the Bitter Spills.

Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult.

Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through the Minnesota State Legislature. The series is a 501c(3) non-profit under the Internal Revenue Code. The concert series encourages those attending to bring non-perishable items for the food shelf.

For more information go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org, call 839-4092 or email information@grassrootsconcerts.org.

■ Band concert set Tuesday at CLC

The Central Lakes College (CLC) Music Department will present its Community Band and Jazz Ensemble in concert at 8:01 p.m. (after polls close) Tuesday in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

Featured for the concert, conducted by Chris Bolstad will be:

• Jazz Ensemble: Katherine Torbert, piano; Isaac Armstrong, alto saxophone; Mike Bender, tenor saxophone; Cody Johnson, drums; Claudtette Kitzman, trumpet; and Sue Kavanaugh, flugelhorn.

• CLC Community Band: Flute/piccolo played by Rob Myers, Adam Marcotte, Julie Mudgett, all of Brainerd; Cameron Trott, Ironton; and Sarah Skjonsby, Staples; oboe played by Angie Hins, Brainerd; and Katherine Torbert, Little Falls; clarinet played by Shawn Kobs, Pillager; Cathy Dens, Barb Stokke, JoAnn Norman and Kristina Myers, all of Brainerd; Dick Gunderson, Deerwood; Melissa Evans, Wadena; Mike Bender, Crosby; Kassandra Wiseley, Ironton; Kaydi Johnson, Baxter; and Kasie Rasinski, Fort Ripley; alto/bass clarinet played by Sarah Jo Armstrong, Pine River; and Jennifer Fundine, East Gull Lake; bassoon played by Darrel Rodekuhr, Walker; alto saxophone played by Barbara John, Joe McGown and Jennie Planer, all of Brainerd; and Frank Milo, Pine River; Tenor saxophone played by Mollie Briggle, Onamia; and Brian Dyer, Little Falls; baritone saxophone played by Isaac Armstrong, Pine River; French horn played by Bonnie Groneberg, Baxter; Nicole McGillis, Deerwood; Claudette Kitzman, Lake Shore; Richard Salzwedel, Backus; and Jessica Dieter, Nisswa; trumpet played by Drew Larson, Wadena; Marissa Spencer and Ashley Deem, Brainerd; Pat Ryle, Staples; and John Raboin, Baxter; trombone played by Jim Anderson, Jerry Swanson and Jennifer Paterson, all of Brainerd; Bob Allen, East Gull Lake; Derek Prindle, Staples; and Hannah Harakel, Little Falls; euphonium played by Judy Swenson, Brainerd; Carol Ellerbusch, Baxter; Cassidy Trott, Ironton; tuba played by Rick Fellman, Brainerd; Doug Durant, Baxter; and Meredith Sternaman, Backus; percussion played by Katherine Torbert, Little Falls; Patricia Anderson, Brainerd; and Steve Anderson, Merrifield.

• The CLC Jazz Ensemble: Saxophone played by Isaac Armstrong and Frank Milo, both of Pine River; Shawn Kobs, Pillager; Mike Bender, Crosby; trumpet played by Sue Kavanaugh, East Gull Lake; and Claudette Kitzman, Baxter; trombone played by Jerry Swanson, Brainerd; and Doug Durant, Baxter; guitar played by Greg Botts, Brainerd; piano played by Katherine Torbert, Little Falls; bass played by Suzanne Laflex, Brainerd; and drums – played by Cody Johnson, Deerwood.

Admission is $5 for adults, free to CLC students with student identification and free to children under age 12.

■ Free tickets for vets for Staples production

STAPLES — The Staples Motley Area Arts Council recently announced that free tickets are available to veterans for the performance of “The Accidental Hero” scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples. The free tickets are the result of a grant from the Five Wings Regional Arts Council.

Veterans may contact Stan Carlson to reserve their tickets by calling 218-894-1899, emailing him at scarlson1899@charter.net or by mail at 104 Park Road, Staples, MN 56479.

■ Children’s Felt Art Fun

with artist Michelle Pfeiffer

The Brainerd Public Library, with support from the Brainerd Friends of the Library, is transforming the story time area into a huge flannel wall where artist Michelle Pfeiffer will help children create interactive felt board pieces.

Story time in November will have a theme for the felt art.

• At 6 p.m. Nov. 5 the theme is “Welcome to My House,” with story time of “John Jeremy Colton” by Bryan Jeffery Leech. The Felt Art Fun will be Alphabet Art Magnet where attendees will create their first initial out of felt with inspiration from John Jeremy.

•At 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13, “Farm Fun,” with “Farm” by Elisha Cooper. The Felt Art Fun will be Funny Farm Friends where participants will create a felt farm animal with personality.

•At 6 p.m. Nov. 19, “We’re Goin’ to the Zoo,” with “Color Zoo” by Lois Ehlert. The Felt Art Fun is Colorful Zoo Puppets where participants will use colorful felt shapes to create a zany zoo puppet. 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.

■ Jared Sherlock to perform at Harvest Ball

LITTLE FALLS — Jared Sherlock will perform Nov. 15 at Horizon Health’s “Evening of Illusions” Harvest Ball at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls. Sherlock entertains guests with illusions and magic. Sherlock began his love of the art of magic at age 8 and as a result, holiday “Magic Shows” for the family became a tradition.

Sherlock graduated with distinction from Saint John’s University where he received a bachelor’s of art degree in theater entrepreneurship. As an award-winning entrepreneur and a classically trained illusionist, he has also toured internationally in Shanghai, China and Hong Kong. Vicki Villebro, Horizon Health’s marketing director, is looking forward to Sherlock’s performance, as she saw a small portion of his act earlier this year and was impressed with his skills and interaction with the crowd.

Tickets are $35 and include the show and a meal. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at F & M State Bank or Horizon Health in Pierz or GoldSmith Jewelers in Little Falls. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Guests will have an opportunity to participate in the Champaign and Diamond Event, where there will be 100 chances to win their choice of a diamond necklace, diamond ring or diamond earrings. Other raffles for prizes will be available.

For more information contact Villebro at 320-468-6451 or 800-224-6451.

■ Comedian Scott Hansen to perform in Nisswa

NISSWA — Scott Hansen, the unprecedented, five-time winner of the Minnesota Comedian of the Year award, will perform Nov. 17 at Nisswa American Legion. Ticket are $20 in advance of $25 at the door. For tickets call 218-963-9946 Extension 0 or stop at the Nisswa Legion.

The award-winning comedian has made millions laugh with successful national TV appearances on HBO, Showtime, A&E and E! Hansen has developed and created two pilots and a series for Comedy Central including “ Access America” which starred Fred Willard, Digest America and “Seriously Weird Magazine,” which starred Joel Hodgson (Mystery Science Theatre 3000). On regional television, Hansen has produced, written, directed and hosted “Comedy Gallery: The TV Show” on KMSP-TV. The show was a ratings hit as it beat “David Letterman” and the “Tonight Show” in it’s weekly Friday night time slot. Hansen has been the director, producer and head writer of the award-winning, live comedy specials “April Fools Live” and “Halloween Live” which were hosted by Harry Anderson, Jennie Jones and Roseanne Barr.

Hansen’s national reputation has earned him a spot appearing in concert with superstars Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Drew Carey. He has been a guest host or regular feature on nearly every Minnesota news, talk, entertainment or sports TV program. He has done the weather and guest hosted sports shows on all network stations. During the 1991 World Series Hansen was a guest host for a daily segment for CBS Sports where he debuted his original song, “The Twins Twirl.” The video was shown nation wide and the recording played on every Twin Cities radio station. Hansen is currently featured on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio and is a regular fixture on the KQRS Morning Show.

Hansen has written comedy material that has been performed on the “Tonight Show” or “David Letterman” by Jay Leno, Louie Anderson and Roseanne Barr. As an actor, Scott starred in the short thriller “Warped.”

Hansen attended the University of Minnesota and studied theater arts. Along with Louie Anderson, Hansen basically started comedy in Minnesota at one of Americas’ first comedy night clubs, Mickey Finns.

■ Brainerd grad publishes fifth book

J.P. LaRue’s fifth book, “The Nature of Life” was recently published and is meant to be a sequel to the book “A Beautiful Tragedy.” According to the book description, the author takes the reader on a journey through all the seasons and moods of Mother Nature, with some added life lessons along the way. The book describes the exquisite beauty and stark cruelty that is found in all of nature. The poems in this book portray many of the contrast that are found in life and in nature, along with powerful imagery and deep meaning.

LaRue is blind and the book, along with his other titles, were written entirely by using Morse code.

■ Two Great River orchestras

to perform fall concert

AITKIN — The Great River Strings directed by Richard Aulie, and the Ripple River Strings, directed by Arnie Anderson will present its fall concerts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood and 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin.

Making its premier appearance will be the Ripple River Mandolin Orchestra under the direction of Anderson.

The public may come early to review and bid on items provided by the orchestra members, friends of the orchestra and local businesses. The silent auction starts one hour before the concert.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $20 for families. Children under 6 are free.

The Great River Strings kicks off its 14th season with a look back at the past. Using music and reflections from founding members, they will share the story of how this community orchestra got its start and how their energy and passion have provided them with new musical venues. Music by Mendelssohn, Humperdinck, Faure, Kahn, A. Vivaldi and A. Anderson will help the strings “Dream a Little Dream.”

The dream started in the summer of 1999 when customers of Mary Bourn, former owner and operator of the Dogpatch, would hear comments about the musical instruments she had hanging on the wall of her shop. Comments such as,”I used to play but there is no convenient opportunity for me today.” Or, “My children played in their school orchestra in their former school.”

After several organizational meetings, development of a mission statement, budget and recruitment of a conductor (Aulie) from the Crosby-Ironton School District, an invitation was extended to all in the surrounding area who wanted to be involved in the venture.

The first concert of the Great River Strings and The Great River Strings Ensemble, which was composed of players who wanted to play more challenging music, was held Nov. 20, 1999, at Westside Church in Aitkin with 14 musicians conducted by Aulie.

Soon there was not enough space to practice at the Jaques Art Center and the group moved to the basement of the Aitkin United Methodist Church. In 2000, Aulie began the Ripple River Strings which was formed to encourage beginning string players of all ages. Instruments were donated and refurbished and provided at no cost to players.

By January of 2001 it was necessary to move again and for the next nine years, the strings met in the Aitkin High School band room. In September of 2009, Anderson was hired to direct the Ripple River Strings. By this time many members were dreaming of a home of their own and in September of 2010 the orchestra, composed of 43 musicians, was given the use of the vacated Crosby-Ironton Junior High band room along with an office and rooms for lessons.

As they settled into their new home, the dreaming started again when Anderson dreamed he was conducting a “mandolin orchestra.” No one questioned this would happen and the premier performances of the Ripple River Mandolin Orchestra will be Nov. 10-11.

For more information on the concerts call Lynn at 218-678-3034.

Jared Sherlock to perform at Harvest Ball

LITTLE FALLS — Jared Sherlock will perform Nov. 15 at Horizon Health’s “Evening of Illusions” Harvest Ball at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls. Sherlock entertains guests with illusions and magic. Sherlock began his love of the art of magic at age 8 and as a result, holiday “Magic Shows” for the family became a tradition.

Sherlock graduated with distinction from Saint John’s University where he received a bachelor’s of art degree in theater entrepreneurship. As an award-winning entrepreneur and a classically trained illusionist, he has also toured internationally in Shanghai, China and Hong Kong.

Vicki Villebro, Horizon Health’s marketing director, is looking forward to Sherlock’s performance, as she saw a small portion of his act earlier this year and was impressed with his skills and interaction with the crowd.

Tickets are $35 and include the show and a meal. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at F & M State Bank or Horizon Health in Pierz or GoldSmith Jewelers in Little Falls. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Guests will have an opportunity to participate in the Champaign and Diamond Event, where there will be 100 chances to win their choice of a diamond necklace, diamond ring or diamond earrings. Other raffles for prizes will be available.

For more information contact Villebro at 320-468-6451 or 800-224-6451.

Comedian Scott Hansen to perform in Nisswa

NISSWA — Scott Hansen, the unprecedented, five-time winner of the Minnesota Comedian of the Year award, will perform Nov. 17 at Nisswa American Legion.

Ticket are $20 in advance of $25 at the door. For tickets call 218-963-9946 Extension 0 or stop at the Nisswa Legion.

The award-winning comedian has made millions laugh with successful national TV appearances on HBO, Showtime, A&E and E! Hansen has developed and created two pilots and a series for Comedy Central including “ Access America” which starred Fred Willard, Digest America and “Seriously Weird Magazine,” which starred Joel Hodgson (Mystery Science Theatre 3000).

On regional television, Hansen has produced, written, directed and hosted “Comedy Gallery: The TV Show” on KMSP-TV. The show was a ratings hit as it beat “David Letterman” and the “Tonight Show” in it’s weekly Friday night time slot. Hansen has been the director, producer and head writer of the award-winning, live comedy specials “April Fools Live” and “Halloween Live” which were hosted by Harry Anderson, Jennie Jones and Roseanne Barr.

Hansen’s national reputation has earned him a spot appearing in concert with superstars Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Drew Carey. He has been a guest host or regular feature on nearly every Minnesota news, talk, entertainment or sports TV program. He has done the weather and guest hosted sports shows on all network stations.

During the 1991 World Series Hansen was a guest host for a daily segment for CBS Sports where he debuted his original song, “The Twins Twirl.” The video was shown nation wide and the recording played on every Twin Cities radio station. Hansen is currently featured on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio and is a regular fixture on the KQRS Morning Show.

Hansen has written comedy material that has been performed on the “Tonight Show” or “David Letterman” by Jay Leno, Louie Anderson and Roseanne Barr. As an actor, Scott starred in the short thriller “Warped.”

Hansen attended the University of Minnesota and studied theater arts. Along with Louie Anderson, Hansen basically started comedy in Minnesota at one of Americas’ first comedy night clubs, Mickey Finns.

Brainerd grad publishes fifth book

J.P. LaRue’s fifth book, “The Nature of Life” was recently published and is meant to be a sequel to the book “A Beautiful Tragedy.”

According to the book description, the author takes the reader on a journey through all the seasons and moods of Mother Nature, with some added life lessons along the way. The book describes the exquisite beauty and stark cruelty that is found in all of nature. The poems in this book portray many of the contrast that are found in life and in nature, along with powerful imagery and deep meaning.

LaRue is blind and the book, along with his other titles, were written entirely by using Morse code.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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