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Entertainment Briefs - June 12

Virg and Jim will perform at 7 p.m. today in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd as part of a collaborative between The Center and Brainerd Park and Recreation.1 / 9
Peter Geye of “The Lighthouse Road” will be the next author at the Brown Bag Lunch Summer Author Series from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library.2 / 9
Evening Trillium will be among the artwork by Artist Karen Cheney’s to be displayed at the Brainerd Public Library through August.3 / 9
Regatta by artist David Richert will be among the artwork in the newest exhibit titled “Salute to the Arts 2014” in the Q Gallery at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.4 / 9
Here is one of Music General’s dancing groups who will perform at the 35th annual spring show titled “Your Autograph Please!” on Friday and Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. 5 / 9
“The Lighthouse Road” will be presented at the Brown Bag Lunch Summer Author Series from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library.6 / 9
The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post has expanded hours this summer for visitors to come see its “Four Seasons Room.”7 / 9
The cast for Minnesota’s premiere of “Mom’s Gift” includes from Julie Friday (front left), Michael Johnson, Sharon Hartley, Mary Nelson (back left), Dan Rohr and Ann Collman. 8 / 9
Joe Trucano will perform an organ recital at noon Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd, as part of the Lake Area Summer Organ Series.9 / 9

Virg and Jim in bandstand tonight

Virg and Jim will perform at 7 p.m. today in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd.

Virg and Jim perform classic country and take requests from the audience.

The Center and Brainerd Parks and Recreation collaborate in providing free community concerts every Thursday night. Participants may bring a lawn chair and blanket. Music each week offers a variety of styles. Many of the performers are from the Brainerd lakes area.

If the concert is moved indoors due to weather, it will be held at The Center in Brainerd. Signs will be posted on the bandstand and it will be announced on WJJY radio if moved.

Joe Trucano to perform in lakes organ series

Joe Trucano will perform an organ recital at noon Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd, as part of the Lakes Area Summer Organ Series.

Trucano is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead and Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Trucano is currently the Pipedreams producer at Minnesota Public Radio in Minneapolis with Michael Barone. He recently toured Switzerland to explore more than 50 organs.

The next recital will be at noon June 25 with Laura Raedeke playing at Lutheran Church of the Cross.

This series was first organized by Harriet Piehl in 2003. Renee Anderson and Don Jackson presented the first recital last week in Pequot Lakes.

Music Fest scheduled Friday at fairgrounds

The Crow Wing County Music Fest will be held from 5-10 p.m. Friday at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd, rain or shine.

Two bands will perform on the Mills Stage: Hans Blix and the Weapon Inspectors will play from 5-7 p.m.; and Link Union, the Great Awakening Tour, from 8-10 p.m.

Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be accepted. The event is sponsored by the Crow Wing County Fair and Brainerd Lakes Curling Association.

Food and beverages will be available.

Salute to the Arts exhibit

The Crossing Arts Alliance announces its newest exhibit titled "Salute to the Arts 2014" in the Q Gallery at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday with the exhibit running through July 18. The reception includes hors d'oeuvres by Prairie Bay, confections by Fancy Pants Chocolates and music by Jim Olsen. Tickets for the reception can be purchased at the door and are $10 for Crossing members and $15 for non-members.

The exhibit features the work of the following artists: Roy Abbott, Dan Brager, Kathy Braud, Kate Carlson, Jeff Collins, Lindsay Cure-Hendrickson, Millie Engisch, Julie Guth, Haddie Hadachek, Gary Harris, Deirdre Hjelle, Elsie Husom, Lisa Jordan, Deanne Joy, Lonnie Knutson, Molly Krautkremer, Judith Kuusisto, Jean London, Evelyn Matthies, David Rickert, Diane Runberg, Jane Ryan, Jodi Schwen, Steve Seevers, Krista Soukup, Doris Stengel, Mona Warren, Ruthanne Weaver, Diane Whiting and Jim Whiting.

For more information contact The Crossing Arts Alliance at 218-833-0416 or visit

Music General to present spring show

Music General will present its 35th annual spring show titled "Your Autograph Please!" on Friday and Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Show times will be 6:30 p.m. Friday and three shows Saturday at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. will be the Solo Showcase and 5:30 p.m.

More than 200 dancers from Brainerd, Baxter, Aitkin, Isle, Staples, Pillager and Pequot Lakes will be performing in the 90-minute shows.

Performances will include Music General's award winning Company Lines, Dancing Dads, Tiny Tots and Golden Gang.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Music General, online at or at the door. Advance ticket are $8 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and under; or $9 and $7 at the door.

Solo Showcase performance is free to anyone with tickets for any of the shows. Tickets exclusively for the Solo Showcase are $5.

Author of 'The Lighthouse Road' to appear in Brown Bag series

Peter Geye of "The Lighthouse Road" will be the next author at the Brown Bag Lunch Summer Author Series from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library.

The book, set in the wilds of sea and wood, tells the story of a young immigrant woman's life outside Duluth in the 1890s. She is still shocked at finding herself alone in a new country, abandoned and adrift; in the early 1920s, her orphan son, now grown, falls in love with the one woman he shouldn't and uses his best skills to build them their own small ark to escape. This is a story of a family's struggle in a rough landscape.

Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis where he lives with his wife and three kids. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota, master's from the University of New Orleans and a doctorate from Western Michigan University where he taught creative writing and was the editor of Third Coast. His first book was "Safe from the Sea."

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library. There is no charge for the event.

Artist's work on display at Brainerd library

Artist Karen Cheney's work will be on display at the Brainerd Public Library through August.

Cheney is a self-taught artist, who has painted miniatures for years on small canvas and natural materials, using a natural palette of leaves and turkey feathers for expression in painting wildlife and songbirds.

Cheney said her love of wildlife is shown in her canvas paintings. Her work has been on display in Minnesota, Florida, Arizona, Texas and Missouri. She also has art pieces in Canada, Germany, Norway and France.

"I feel honored to be called an artist and look at the world with different eyes," Cheney said. "My art is very diversified with all my interest and view on the art subjects."

Pequot theater to present state premiere of comedy

PEQUOT LAKES - Rehearsals are under way for a Minnesota premiere of the

Pequot Lakes Community Theater (PLCT) production "Mom's Gift" by Phil Olson.

Cast members are Michael Johnson of Crosby; Sharon Hartley of Baxter;

Mary Nelson of Cushing; Ann Collman and Dan Rohr of Brainerd; and Julie Friday of Crosslake.

This heartwarming family comedy reminds us that forgiveness may be the simplest path to love. Mom has always taken good care of her family. She expects to go to heaven, but 11 months after she dies Mom is still an earthbound ghost. Like Clarence in "It's a Wonderful Life," she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on July 10-12 and 15-17 at the Pequot Lakes High School theater.

This play, first performed six months ago in Los Angeles, has won numerous awards for playwright Olson. He has written three popular shows performed in recent summers on the PLCT stage.

"We are excited to bring this new play to our state," said director Nancy Waller of Breezy Point, who previously directed Olson's "Crappie Talk," "Don't Hug Me" and "A Don't Hug Me County Fair" for PLCT.

The production team for "Mom's Gift" includes stage manager Meredith Bjorkquist, Crosslake; technical director, Craig Friday, Crosslake; set designer Peter Herzog, Pequot Lakes; and costumer Mary Chapp, Breezy Point.

Tickets are available by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. Information is available at

Gold's work on display in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS - Artist Bev Gold's exhibit "Gears to Piers" will be on display through Aug. 2 at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls, with an artist reception from 6-8 p.m. June 26. Background music at the reception will be provided by Steve Stumpf.

The exhibit includes a variety of Gold's work ranging from her intricate gear drawings and paintings to her more abstract pieces.

Gold of Pierz enjoys creating paintings of machinery. Her passion for industrial machinery derived from her father, a machine shop foreman; her husband, a tool and die maker; and her sons who have an interest in machines and machine tools. Other interests for Gold include various marine subjects such as lighthouses and sailboats, along with oil-platforms.

One of Gold's inspirations for her paintings comes partly from the countries she's visited. Having been to China, Turkey, Israel, Greece, and Austria, Gold has created paintings of churches, spiral staircases and castles. Primarily she works with acrylic on both canvas and board, spending at least eight hours a day painting while listening to books on tape. The paintings can take anywhere from a week to three weeks to complete. This will be her first art exhibition at Great River Arts.

The Great River Arts Center is open Wednesday through Saturday. More information is available on the center's website at

Beatlemania comes to North Country

WALKER - The Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation (LLAWF) is hosting an annual fundraising dinner/dance event, "Back to the Sixties" June 21 at Northern Lights Casino and Event Center in Walker.

Dance to 60s Beatles favorites played by Hard Day's Night band, the premier upper Midwest Beatle's tribute band.

Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with raffle drawings and silent auction items and buffet dinner, dancing and special events to follow from 6:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, $35 is tax deductible and on sale at

The event supports the land conservation work of the LLAWF, a regional conservation organization that permanently conserves critical shorelands throughout north central Minnesota for the protection of fish and wildlife habitat and water quality. Since 1997, LLAWF has protected more than 30 miles of critical shorelands and more than 3,000 acres to insure continued public enjoyment of north central Minnesota natural resources in perpetuity and protect the economic base that the region depends upon. For more information go to or call 218-675-5773.

Cast of upcoming play announced

The cast for the Central Lakes College (CLC) Summer Theatre production of Noel Coward's classic comedy, "Blithe Spirit," has been announced.

Playing the role of novelist Charles Condomine will be Kevin Yeager. Bri Keran will portray Ruth, his current wife, while Nicole Rothleutner will play Elvira, Charles' first wife who died young, and has returned to torment him and interfere in his current marriage. Keran is from Baxter, and her fellow cast members are residents of Brainerd.

Dr. Bradman and Mrs. Bradman, friends of the Condomines, will be portrayed by Nicholas Kory of Baxter and Brianna Engels of Pequot Lakes. Edith, the befuddled servant, will be played by Kryston Wiseley of Crosby.

The psychic medium who conjures up the spirit of dead wife Elvira, Madame Arcati, will be played by Brainerd native Barb McColgan.

The production is directed by Patrick Spradlin, with scenery designed by Tim Leagjeld, costumes by Dawn Marks, and lighting by Gary Hirsch. Dwayna Paplow will serve as technical director, and Kerry Townsend as stage manager.

Performance dates are set for July 9-12 and 16-19 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. Ticket information can be obtained from the box office at 855-8199 or online at

Market in the Park returns to downtown Pequot Lakes

PEQUOT LAKES - Market in the Park, a family event, returns June 19 to Trailside Park near the Paul Bunyan State Trail in downtown Pequot Lakes.

Market in the Park will run every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 21. This event includes crafters, flea market booths, farmers, fundraisers, garage sales and concessions. Anyone is welcome to purchase booth space for this event.

A 10-foot-by-10-foot booth space costs $15/day or $30 for a 10-foot-by-20-foot booth. Brainerd Lakes Chamber members get a booth space for free.

There also will be a bobber hunt for children from 10 a.m. to noon each Thursday and bobber bowling for children and adults at 1 p.m. in Trailside Park. Prizes will be given to the winners.

Each week there will be new vendors. To apply for a space contact Jenna Crawford at 218-568-8911 or

Mille Lacs Indian Museum takes visitors back in time

ONAMIA - The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, located across from Grand Casino, about 10 miles north of Onamia, has recently expanded its visiting hours for the summer. It is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday through Labor Day.

Built in 1996, the 22,810 square foot museum is a state-of-the-art building with a copper domed roof, corrugated copper columns and a wall of windows providing a panoramic view of Lake Mille Lacs. The museum, which draws around 12,000 visitors each year, features exhibits dedicated to revealing the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

A highlight of the museum is the "Four Seasons Room" featuring a life-size diorama, including mannequins modeled after actual Mille Lacs Band members, depicting traditional lifestyles during the spring, summer, fall and winter months.

"The exhibits draw heavily on the personal stories and oral histories of Mille Lacs Band members," said Travis Zimmerman, museum site manager. "It's a great way to learn, see and feel the history of the Ojibwe culture."

Throughout the summer, the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post hosts workshops for people of all ages, including Kids Craft where children can decorate shoulder bags, bead a ring or learn to make a dreamcatcher. The museum is hosting a Birch Bark Basket Workshop for adults on June 28, and We Are Anishinaabe, a half-hour dialogue about Ojibwe history every other Saturday.

For more information on the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, which includes a 1930s-style store where handmade, authentic American Indian arts and crafts are bought and sold, visit

A collaboration between the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Minnesota

Historical Society, the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is located on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs.