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Entertainment Briefs - Dec. 19 2013

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Entertainment Briefs - Dec. 19 2013
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

■ From Age to Age to perform holiday concert

From Age to Age Choral Ensemble will perform “Finding Christ: Through the Carol” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

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Known for their exceptional sound, the ensemble will bring classical choral works that promise to draw audiences into the joy of the holiday season.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Founded in 2007, From Age to Age has quickly made a name for itself in the upper Midwest. From Age to Age has been featured as a regional spotlight group on Minnesota Public Radio, and has been included on the Classical Minnesota Public Radio Holiday CD “A Taste of the Holidays.” From Age to Age has collaborated with several high school, honors, collegiate and semi-professional ensembles including Kantorei, The Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota, The Duluth East Choralaires, Bismarck State College Choirs and the Brainerd High School Chamber Singers.

Brennan Michaels is the artistic director of the ensemble. Michaels received his bachelor’s of music degree in vocal music education from Concordia College, Moorhead, where he studied with Rene Clausen, Paul Hindemith and Michael Smith.

■ Poetry on the Wall call for submissions

The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) invites those interested to submit up to three poems for Poetry on the Wall.

Submission deadline is Jan. 10, 2014. Poets of any age must have resided for at least four months of the past year in the following counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena. Poetry must be submitted using black text on white background only (no graphics), preferably submitted as a Word file or PDF via email to info@crossingarts.org. For submissions of an unusual font, provide the poem as a PDF file. Poetry submitted on a white 8.5- by- 11-inch sheet will also be accepted. The submission fee is $15 per poet or $10 for TCAA members, to helps defray the cost of the reception/reading.

No poetry shall violate any copyright and must be appropriate for a general audience. Poetry may be published or unpublished work. For more information contact TCAA at 833-0416 or info@crossingarts.org.

A juried exhibition opens Jan. 23, 2014 and runs through Feb. 28, 2014, at the Q Gallery located at the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd.

Selected poets are invited to read their poetry at the poets’ reception and reading from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 8, 2014. The event is free and open to the public. Poets are encouraged to invite guests.

A People’s Choice will be chosen at that time offering a $100 cash prize. A booklet featuring selected submitted poetry will be available for purchase. The event features award-winning author Sheila O’Connor as host. O’Connor is an award-winning author and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and professor in the master of fine arts program at Hamline University. Her poetry and fiction have been recognized with fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Loft McKnight and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

This activity is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; and grants from Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Brainerd Service League, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, and the Anderson Family Legacy Fund.

■ Elements of creative writing series

The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) will present “Elements of Creative Writing Series” at the Q Gallery located at the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd. There will be four classes held from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 11 and 25 and Feb. 8 and 22 of 2014.

The class series includes: Memoir I and Memoir II, instructed by Angela Foster and Creating Place in Fiction and Creating Characters in Fiction, instructed by Sheila O’Connor. Class fee is $15 per class, or $10 for TCAA members. Classes are intended for all levels of writers. Writers may sign up for one or all classes. To register call 833-0416 or www.crossingarts.org. Class size is limited.

Foster teaches memoir at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and holds a masters in Creative Nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston, Mass. O’Connor is an award-winning author, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a professor in the Hamline University writing program.

Memoir I and II class description: “Do you have a story to tell but need a nudge to get it on the page? Or are you ready to revise some of the work you have already written? In this class, participants will study the elements of writing an engaging personal story of dialogue, setting, description and scene. Through a variety of fast moving writing exercises, people will dig deep to find the great stories. There will be time to share your work with fellow students and receive feedback on your work.

Creating Place in Fiction class description: “Whether we’re placing our story in a familiar landscape, or inventing a fictional reality, the world our characters inhabit will shape their actions and their destinies. How, then, do we create a world so vivid and convincing readers will feel as if they’ve actually inhabited that place? How do we develop the relationship between character, conflict, and setting? Through discussion, reading, and writing, we will explore these questions as we develop our own settings. Participants will complete a series of writing exercises designed to help them establish their story’s world.”

Creating Character in Fiction class description: “Character is at the center of good fiction, but how do writers create complex, three-dimensional characters? What tricks help writers inhabit a character’s heart and mind? What makes a character unforgettable? Where do characters begin? How do we find the character’s voice? These are some of the questions we will explore as we do a series of creative exercises designed to create vivid, convincing characters.”

This activity is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; and grants from Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Brainerd Service League, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, and the Anderson Family Legacy Fund.

■ Longest Night Festival set in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS — The Longest Night Festival is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

Artists including Lisa Winter, Father Peter Kirchner, John Perry, Dave Virnala, Dennis Happel, Lou Hoglund, Marie Nitke, Doug Eckes, Michael Dagen, Amber Fletschock, Adam Dagen, Jim Van Schaick, Amy Wallgren, Heidi Dresser, Ben Ranson, Nora Hyde, David Stoddard, Renita McGrane and Macelle Mahala will be at the center to celebrate the solstice and the season of light.

The event is free.

■ Comedy Birthday Bash scheduled

Matt Taylor’s Comedy Birthday Bash is scheduled at 7 p.m., Dec. 28, in the parlour at the Sunshine Kitchen and Moonshine Lounge in Brainerd.

Performing will be Matt Taylor, amateur comedian; Tommy Thompson, a finalist in the World Series of Comedy and has performed at clubs, colleges and corporations across the U.S.; Xchel Hernandez, who has performed at clubs across the U.S.; and Mark Nusbaum, a semi-finalist in the Twin Cities Funniest Person Contest.

Cost is $20 in advance and are available at the lounge or by going to www.eatdrinkshine.com/events; or tickets will be available at the door.

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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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