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Entertainment briefs- Apr. 21

Eagles Tribute show adds 2nd performance

 Patrick Spradlin, CLC Theatre Cultural Arts Series producer, recently announced the addition of a second performance of “Takin’ It to the Limit: A Tribute to the Eagles.” The added show will be at 9:30 p.m. May 13 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of CLC.

The show is performed by The Fabulous Armadillos, a band made up of musicians and singers from the St. Cloud and Twin Cities music scene. 

“The Armadillos were here in March with their Motown show, and really wowed the audience,” Spradlin said. “After that show, the sales for their Eagles show took off. We’re sold out of all but a few rush ticket seats for the 7:30 show, and the concert is a month away. It seemed like there is a demand to be met here.”

Tickets for the show are available by calling the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199 or may be purchased online at

Film series scheduled for May

CROSBY — Robert Yahnke’s popular film courses are again scheduled for the four Fridays of May at Heartwood Senior Living Center in Crosby.

Participants will watch and discuss movies furnished and chosen by Yahnke, professor emeritus, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

Cost of the four courses for Unlimited Learning members is $30 and $45 for non-members. Make checks payable to Unlimited Learning and send them to George Cowie, 10154 Birch Grove Rd., East Gull Lake, MN 56401. Your canceled check will be your proof of registration. People are asked to include their e-mail address or a phone number in case of unexpected news regarding the courses. 

Classes run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be provided, but bring your own brown bag lunch if you would like to eat while watching the movie.

Class size is limited to 35. For information about other Unlimited Learning programs, go to http://unlimited or call Larry Foote at (218) 678-3034.

CLC choir concert is April 28

“Classics, Old and New,” the free Central Lakes College spring choir concert, will be at 7:30 p.m. April 28 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

The concert features the music of Martini, Richard Rodgers, Lennon and McCartney, Manhattan Transfer and more.

Featured are the Cantare’ Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, Women’s Ensemble and Fine Arts Festival Ensemble. Soloists include Joe Anderson and Emma Widmark, both of Brainerd; Danica Karli, Winona; and Ryan O’Rourke, North St. Paul.

A Brainerd High School string quartet will accompany groups in a performance of “Domine, ad adjuvandum me, Festina” by Fr. G. B. Martini. St. Cloud oboist Annaeka Johnson will play with the women’s ensemble in “The World is Full of Poetry” by American composer David L. Brunner.

The Cantare’ Concert Chorale includes Anderson, Karli and O’Rourke; and Stephanie Fremstad, Nisswa; Katelyn Grater, Neela Jarrott and Robert Brantley Tyson, all of Brainerd; Jenny Hanes, Hewitt; Kyle Hanson and Elsa Roque, both of Aitkin; Karissa Klugow, Howard Lake; Peter Lucken, Melrose; Stephanie Mitchell, Merrifield; Emily Raaen, Jordan; Katey Kulhanek, Isle; and Cody Smith, Pequot Lakes.

Chamber Singers are Anderson, Widmark, Tyson, Lizzy Buscher and Kyle Brenizer, all of Brainerd; and Fremstad, Karli and Hazelann Titworth, all of Deerwood.

The Women’s Ensemble includes Buscher, Fremstad, Grater, Hanes, Jarrott, Karli, Klugow, Kulhanek, Mitchell, Raaen, Roque, Titworth and Widmark. The Fine Arts Ensemble includes Anderson, Tyson, Breziner, O’Rourke, Lucken, Hanes, Roque, Buscher, Widmark, Karli, Mitchell, Jarrott and Titworth.

 Brenda Handel-Johnson is the director and Sarah Gorham is the vocal accompanist.

Minnesota Percussion Trio to tour Kitchigami libraries

The Minnesota Percussion Trio will tour several area Kitchigami Libraries and communities for a performance of its most popular program, “Clicks, Claps, and Clunk!” — geared for families of all ages.

The trio will perform at 4 p.m. April 29 at Brainerd library; April 29 in Wadena (time to be determined); 3 p.m. April 30 at The Life Center in Pine River; 10 a.m. April 30 in Longville; 12:30 p.m. April 30 in Walker; and 4 p.m. May 20 in Cass Lake.

The trio performs in collaboration with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Start the Music Series, Xplorchestra music concerts and CONNECT programs. Trio members are Bob Adney, Erik Barsness and Josh Carlson. 

For the complete schedule of Minnesota Percussion Trio’s Kitchigami performances, visit the Kitchigami Regional Library website at and select Legacy events.  

Staples Area Men’s Chorus to host last concert of season

STAPLES — The Staples Area Men’s Chorus will host its annual end-of-the-season concert at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Landmark Inn in Staples. 

The concert will celebrate the release of the SAMC’s new CD, “Let the Music Rise.” The CD will be available for purchase at the concert for $10.  

Tickets for the concert are $10 and may be purchased online at or from chorus members. Tickets also are available at Staples Wireless and Nelson Insurance, both in Staples. For an additional $5, concert-goers may stay and celebrate with the chorus members, hear a few more songs and enjoy appetizers.

The chorus is directed by Steve Hoemberg.  

Student art show at CLC

The 2011 Central Lakes College Juried Student Art Show runs through May 5 in the CLC Gallery on the Brainerd campus.

Artist and educator Andrew Nordin of New London judged the entries in the annual exhibit. Luke Grittner of Pillager received Best of Show with untitled earthenware. Merit Awards went to Ryan Hollen, Brainerd, for his untitled pen drawing and Lindy Jo Johnson, Crosby, for “Family Generations,” a watercolor.

BHS art show winners

Brainerd High School recently announced its art show winners:

Best in Show, Andy Johnson; Most Original, Kayla Voss; Overall 2-D Favorite, Francine Hegman; Overall 3-D Favorite, Megan Hardy; and Overall Favorite Photo, Steph Northway.

Honorable mention: Maddy Gregory and Johanna Downing, drawing; Cassie Peters, painting; Shalene Cole, graphic design; Jasmine Johnson and Kevin Gohman, photography; and Charles Kassulker and Eric Zelilnske, pottery.

Area poets celebrate Poetry Month

 The Five Wings Arts Council hosted its first poetry reading and reception April 2.

An invitational exhibit “Poetry On, and Off, the Wall” has been on display in the Council’s Middle Ground Gallery since January. The work of 22 poets from the five-county area has been displayed on the wall and suspended from the ceiling for the last three months. 

Fourteen of the poets read their work. The program was emceed by Five Wings executive director Mark Turner, who also read his haikus. 

Cass County poet Lea Johnstone, who read three of her poems accompanied by oil paintings that illustrated the works, received the People’s Choice plaque.