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Entertainment briefs - Dec. 6

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■ ‘Joyeux Noel’ planned at Lindbergh Historic Site

LITTLE FALLS — The Lindbergh Historic Site Film series presents “Joyeux Noel” from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site in Little Falls.

“Joyeux Noel” is a 2005 French film (subtitles will be available) which captures a rare moment of grace during World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1914, as German, French and Scottish regiments face each other from their respective trenches, a musical call-and-response turned into an impromptu cease-fire. Soldiers traded chocolates and champagne, played soccer and compared pictures of their loved ones. But when Christmas ended, the war returned. This film is rated PG-13 and was nominated for best foreign film of the year in 2006. The film will be shown in the Visitor Center theater. A discussion will follow.

Admission is free.

The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. It is located across from Charles A. Lindbergh State Park.

For more information call 320-616-5421.

■ Pre-registration being taken for

writing boot camp

The Crossing Arts Alliance presents “Creative Writing Boot Camp” that will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2013, at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

This one day writing workshop, taught by award winning author Candace Simar of the Abercrombie Trail series and creative writing teacher Angela F. Foster, explores some of the components of story — A setting that immerses the reader in your story world; conflict that keeps your reader turning the page; and dialogue with fluidity. They’ll discuss common missteps writers make and how to avoid them, touching on point of view, writing that important first page and creating interesting characters.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $15 and includes all day workshop, lunch and beverages.

For more information or to download a registration form, visit or call Krista at 828-4717.

This event made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

■ Crosby-Ironton High School choirs

to present Christmas concerts

CROSBY — The Crosby-Ironton seventh-eighth grade boys’ choir, seventh-eighth grade girls choir, Concert Choir, Girls’ Triple Trio, Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir will present their annual Christmas Concerts Dec. 16 in the Mayberry Auditorium.

The choirs are under the direction of Wayne Ellingsen and are accompanied on piano by Bryan Johnson. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Seventh-eighth grade students plus all others whose last names start with A-L perform at 1 p.m. and all ninth-12th grade students, plus all others whose last names starts with M-Z perform at 3 p.m.

Opening the concert will be the 95 members of the seventh and eighth grade choirs singing a variety of seasonal music including a medley titled “A Gentleman’s Christmas,” a Russian tune titled “Minka” and traditional carols titled “Nutcracker Jingles,” “Merry Christmas Bells” and “Up On The Housetop.”

The 39 voice ninth grade concert choir will follow with a variety of favorites including “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” “The Miracle Of Hanukkah” and “Antiphonal Deck The Hall.”

The Girls’ Triple Trio and Chamber Singers will sing a mix of styles of a cappella music including “Hey, Mister Santa,” “We’ll Dress The House,” “Ding-a Ding-a Ding,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Carol Of The Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Singing solos with the Chamber Singers are Kryston Wiseley and Dean Groat.

The 79 voice A Cappella Choir will conclude the concert with a wide variety of Christmas music. Songs include “Tis The Season,” “Sing Noel,” “Ding Dong! Merrily On High,” “Sweeter Still: A Holiday Carol,” “The Sleigh” and the traditional “Silent Night.” Singing a “Silent Night” solo will be senior Jesse Drake.

Between the two concerts, the A Cappella Choir will host a reception in the commons.

■ Community Christmas concert planned

STAPLES — Four choral groups – The Colla Voce Girl’s Choir, the Central Minnesota Boys Choir, the Staples Area Women’s Chorus and the Staples Area Men’s Chorus — will combine to present a Community Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Staples.

“Our part of Central Minnesota is blessed to host such a wonderful community of choral organizations,” said Steve Hoemberg, director of the Staples Area Men’s Chorus. “We know of no other community our size so fortunate, and it speaks well of the value placed upon choral excellence and the commitment of the residents to support this tradition.”

Again this year, the concert will feature each choir performing as a solo ensemble and in combination with each other. The audience will be entertained with some familiar, and some not-so familiar, songs of the season. The concert features more than 100 singers from across central Minnesota, ranging in age from 9 to 90.

Tickets can be purchased online at, from chorus members or at the door (if still available). Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students, $24 for family and tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $30 for family.

■ Two artists’ work on display at Brainerd library

Work by artists Jan Roberts and Phyllis Frankum will be on display through February at the Brainerd Public Library.

Roberts works with oil, acrylic and water color pieces and has worked a little with ink and chalk. Roberts began painting nine years ago. Barb Morgan got her interested in folk art. Roberts also has studied under Nyberg and Dahle. She also took lessons from Phyllis Frankum, Rose Eden, Donna Mase and David Rickert.

Frankum retired in 1997 from the Brainerd School District and has always been interested in art. Frankum specializes in oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings of the outdoors, especially flowers. She has taught acrylic and watercolor painting classes through Brainerd Community Education. Her work has been featured at Brainerd City Hall and the Brainerd Public Library.

Frankum received a Merit Award at the 2008 Artists of Minnesota Show in the Theme category, a 2011 Merit Award in the Professional category, a Peoples Choice in the 2010 Brainerd Art Show and at the 2011 Lakes Area Artist Show.

■ Local author to sign books in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — Poet Susan Sink will read and sign her book “Habits” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Good Book and Gifts in Little Falls.

“Habits” offers an inside look at the lives of nuns from the 1920s to the 1990s. Working with the oral histories of Benedictine Sisters in Minnesota, Sink has fashioned 44 stories, each 100 words long, which give an intimate look into the lives of nuns, from their entrance into the convent through aging in a large community.

The stories also chronicle the rich history of change in religious life during the 20th century, including stories about receiving a new name and the decision to stop wearing the habit in the 1960s. When one Sister doesn’t like the religious name she is given, Lawrence, she’s told by the novice director to “just put Mary in front of it.”

Hard work has always been a hallmark of the lives of nuns, and there are stories here of their work in hospitals and schools as well as in the mission field with Native Americans and in Taiwan. There are also stories of their own farm operations, running a large dairy farm and caring for thousands of turkeys.

The characters in this book tell about charity offered and charity received from communities in which they served. One nun expresses embarrassment when asked by the local brewer if the Sisters need more beer because the cases empty so quickly. There are also tales of life constrained within and without: making complex arrangements when not allowed to ride in a car with the local priest after dark, explaining the difference between genuine and “particular” friendships, and hoping for changes that would allow women’s ordination and greater participation in the Church.

Sink was communications director for the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph from 2008-2011. She also is the author of a book of poems, “The Way of All the Earth,” and three volumes of Art of The Saint John’s Bible. “Habits” is available in paperback format for $12 from or on the book page of the author’s website: It is also available at Good Book and Gifts in Little Falls.

■ Auditions planned for Pequot Lakes production

PEQUOT LAKES — Auditions for the Pequot Lakes Community Theater’s next production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” will be held 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 or Dec. 18 in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

Kate Davis, director for the show, and Ben Gordon, assistant director, invite interested children and adults to audition to prepare a short poem or monologue for the audition and bring along the dates of any known conflicts for January through March. Rehearsals will be mostly Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights starting in early January. There are six performances scheduled for March 15-17 and March 22-24.

The show will be the Joseph Robinette dramatization of the C. S. Lewis classic. Set in the land of Narnia, this play faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggles with the White Witch and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.

The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: The temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowning of the four new rulers of Narnia and more. The supporting characters are also here: The unicorn, the centaur and the other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Questions contact Kate at or 218-838-3988. For more information on the production call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

■ Two Lakes Area Music Festival musicians perform for Presidential Inaugural

Two resident musicians who performed locally for the 2012 Lakes Area Music Festival will be featured at the Presidential Inaugural luncheon. Che Ho Lam and Kelsey Farr are members of the string quartet from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., who were selected to appear at the 57th U.S. Presidential Inaugural Luncheon to be held Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.

Lam is a native of Hong Kong where he began studying the violin at the age of 6. Last August, he performed at numerous local Music Festival events, including a memorable presentation in Tornstrom Auditorium of Tartini’s Sonata in G minor appropriately nicknamed “Devil’s Trill.” In his young teens and as a soloist, Lam toured with the Hong Kong Yip’s Children’s Choir and the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared throughout the United States, Asia and Europe and is the founder of the Minestra Quartet, playing primarily contemporary string quartet music – all before turning 21. Lam recently performed his degree recital at Eastman, searchable with “Mozart Duo in G for Violin and Viola, Che Ho LAM,Violin” at YouTube.

Farr has been playing the viola since the age of 8. She began her musical studies in the Eden Prairie String Academy, directed by Michelle Persian. Through high school, she became increasingly involved in Minnesota’s classical music scene, studying under Minnesota Orchestra’s Aaron Janse and Richard Marshall, as well as performing in Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and the All State Orchestra. After completing her bachelors degree in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music, Farr is currently completing her masters degree. She currently performs with the Rochester Philharmonic as a substitute violist.

The Lakes Area Music Festival was established in 2009 and encompassed seven free of charge concerts in 2012 at Tornstrom Auditorium, featuring members of the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, students from top music conservatories around the country and other talented local musicians. The festival will again take place in the Brainerd lakes area in 2013, beginning with the popular Prelude Series in July. For more information visit

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