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Entertainment Briefs - Jan. 5

Picasso-inspired masks will be made during the Second Saturday Crossing Arts Kids art programming Jan. 14 in the cafeteria at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Submitted 1 / 2
This is one example of a fiber art piece that can be done in a fiber art workshop scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Submitted 2 / 2

Second Saturday event set at Franklin

The Crossing Arts Alliance will host its monthly Second Saturday Crossing Arts Kids art programming scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 14 in the cafeteria at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Youth will explore cardboard and paint as mediums for making Picasso-inspired masks. The class is geared for ages 5 to 13, but any age is welcome. Younger artists will require an adult helper. It is recommended children wear appropriate clothing for painting.

Cost is $3 per child or $5 per family as a material donation, but no child will be turned away due to need. No pre-registration is required and the public is welcome. Handicap-accessible parking and access is available.

Crossing Arts Kids classes are co-sponsored by Brainerd Public Schools Community Education.

For more information contact The Crossing Arts Alliance at or by calling 218-833-0416.

The Crossing to host Needle Felting workshop

Brainerd area fiber artist Lisa Jordan will offer a fiber art workshop from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

The workshop is sponsored by The Crossing Arts Alliance.

Using a specially barbed needle and fluffy wool, students will learn to needle-felt a small scene inside a cup to be used as a functional pincushion or as a bit of whimsy for the home. Students will learn about the history of felting, tips and techniques, and how to manipulate this medium to create three-dimensional shapes.

Class fee is $30 for Crossing Arts members, and $35 for non-members. Fee includes all fiber, tools and materials needed. Students may choose to bring their own small or choose one from the instructor's stash. Additional wool and tools will be available for purchase from the instructor.

Jordan has been needle-felting since 2006 and enjoys combining techniques and materials in her art. Her work has appeared in a number of craft books, magazines and online publications. She writes about her life at, under the poplar and pine. By day she is the director of The Crossing Arts Alliance, which is housed inside the Franklin Arts Center.

For more information contact The Crossing Arts Alliance at or by calling 218-833-0416.

Auditions coming for next Stage North production

Stage North Theatre Company will host auditions for its next theater production titled, "Little Shop of Horrors" Jan. 20-21 in the auditorium at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Auditions will be 7 p.m. Jan. 20 and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 21 Callbacks will be 3 p.m. and the theater director stated in a news release, "It is very important to be there if asked."

Cast includes: Audrey, Seymour, Mr. Mushnik, Orin the dentist, three to six divas and a chorus of at least 16, many which have lines and singing parts. The cast may end up as large as 30-40. No roles have been precast. Ages 15 and up can audition.

Audition will include dancing and people are asked to dress accordingly.

For singing parts, people are asked to prepare 16 measures of a song and to bring sheet music for the accompanist. Scripts will be provided for reading roles.

Performance dates of the production are March 30-31, and April 1, 6 and 7.

The director is Gary Hirsch; choreographer, Wendy DeGeest; and music director, Laura Oldham.

Music scholarships awarded

LITTLE FALLS—St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls has several special scholarships that have been set up by families to recognize the talents and dedication of music students and to encourage them to continue their musical studies. Students are chosen for these awards based on teacher recommendation and participation in musical activities.

The highest honor at the Music Center is the Sister Justina Bieganek Award. Sister Justina was a part of the music center from its very beginnings in 1979. She retired at the age of 99. Isaac Olson from Little Falls has been chosen as this year's recipient.

Also awarded were the Sister Judine Cassidy Scholarships to Sarah Leisenheimer of Little Falls; Vera and Hannah Miller from Browerville; Marissa Throener from Swanville; and Brianna Wuebkers from Freeport.

Sister Judine was the principal at St. Francis High School from 1960-1977.

Nick Crist from Motley was awarded the Lyseng Family Scholarship which was set up by Vicki and Greg Spofford in honor of Vicki's parents, both lifelong music educators. Loretta Mrosla from Bowlus was awarded the Guy Christiansen Family Scholarship set up by Carol Christiansen and family in honor of their father. Genevieve Winrod was awarded the Bernet Family Scholarship, created by the Bernet family in honor of Sister Maurita Bernet and of their parents who provided music lessons to all six daughters.

St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts located on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. The center offers lessons to all ages on most musical instruments, plus sponsors three orchestras, two choirs, UROCK, dance and gymnastics classes, a brass ensemble, drumming club, music therapy and more. The Music Center is open to everyone.

For more information, visit their website at or call at 320-632-0637.