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Entertainment briefs - Jan. 10

■ ‘Home Sweet Home’ on display

AITKIN — The ninth annual Juried Exhibit “Home Sweet Home” is now open Jaques Art Center in Aitkin. A variation of art depicting a home as its prime subject is on display. The exhibit will be open until Feb. 16.

Prizes were awarded to the following people at the reception:

• Best in Show, $300, Duane Barnhart, “Two Hoots.”

• First place, $200, Marva Harms, “Troglodyte.”

• Second place, $150, Diane Runberg, “Dream House.”

• Third place, $100, Kathy Kovala, “Home is Where the Nest Is.”

• Honorable mention, $50, John Kinzer,“My Home.”

• Honorable mention, $50, Linda Causton, “Home is Where the Nest Is.”

• Honorable mention,$50, John Wgeishofski, “The Watcher.”

Also at the center, Beginning to Intermediate Watercolor for adults will be held Jan. 25 and 26. Cost $80. Instructor: is Duane Barnhart. Materials are furnished, class limited to 10.

Call the Jaques for details at 218-927-2363.

■ Lakes Bluegrass Festival band receives grammy nomination

The Special Consensus — three-time Lakes Bluegrass Festival performers from 2005, 2008 and 2012 — were recently nominated for a Grammy Award for their album, Scratch Gravel Road. The 55th Grammy Award show is scheduled for Feb. 10.

Other recent award winners who have appeared at the Lakes Bluegrass Festival were Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers (2012) for the International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) Emerging Artists of the year. The hot new band, Flatt Lonesome from Jacksonville, Fla., appearing in 2013 won first place in the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music (SPBGMA )national band contest, while Jeanette Williams, appearing 2013 also won the 2012 SPBGMA Female Vocalist of the Year. The 2012 band, Cumberland River, had one of their songs chosen as the sound track for the FX TV Series, “Justified.”

The eighth annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for Aug. 22-25.

■ HSO hosts gourmet meal

with ensemble music

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is collaborating with A.T. Black and White Restaurant in Little Falls to provide a five course meal paired with music ensembles performed by members of the HSO to be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 27.

The renowned Le Cordon Bleu Chef and restaurant owner, Tomas, is creating a menu to reflect the region represented in the music selected for the performances at the restaurant.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased until Jan. 18 at the following locations in Little Falls: Bookin’ It, Great River Regional Arts and KLTF Radio. In Brainerd, they can be purchased at the Brainerd Dispatch and Bridge of Harmony. Contact the HSO office to purchase tickets through the mail at 800-826-1997 or

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