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Entertainment Briefs - Oct. 11

Clint Young, who happens to look just like Adam West, plays Batman for a scene in an upcoming film: “PEOPLEMANIA: Fireworks.” Submitted Photo1 / 3
Those involved posed when an independent film was being filmed in Staples. The independent producer and director was shooting a teaser for an upcoming film: “PEOPLEMANIA: Fireworks.” Submitted Photo2 / 3
Clint Young, who happens to look just like Adam West, plays Batman for a scene in an upcoming film: “PEOPLEMANIA: Fireworks.” Submitted Photo 3 / 3

Independent film shot in Staples

STAPLES—An independent film was filmed up and down the streets Oct. 5 in Staples.

Wayne Renn, the independent producer and director, was shooting a teaser for an upcoming film: "PEOPLEMANIA: Fireworks."

The movie is about a Scooby Doo-style band called PEOPLEMANIA trying to put on a giant concert that incorporates fireworks, a news release stated.

Original cast member of the television series Batman, Johnny Green, who played one of the Joker's henchmen on 42 episodes, will play the bad guy in the movie. Green travels around the country going to Comic Con shows, car shows and festivals with one of the Original Batmobiles, owned by Clint Young, who happens to look just like Adam West, dressed as Batman.

Young now lives in Billings, Mont., fairly central to the shows they travel to. He went to Hollywood to be an actor, but two weeks into his acting classes, the teacher arrived with a paying gig that needed someone to wear a Batman suit. This was the start of the road that led him to owning one of the original Batmobiles and a career as Batman.

To film the movie teaser, Renn and his crew built a full-size wall set on its side for Batman to climb as cast members of the movie pop their heads out, to tell him about the new movie.

"PEOPLEMANIA: Fireworks" is being filmed now and set to be out next year.

First Rock It Forward Concert set

PINE RIVER—The first Rock It Forward Concert featuring Zeppo, playing the music of Led Zeppelin, with special guests the Wyld Ryce band, will be 7-11 p.m. Oct. 20 at Pine Peaks Events Center, 39957 Swanburg Road S., off Crow Wing County Highway 1 between Emily and Pine River.

The concert geared for people of all ages will benefit the Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward Fund.

Tickets are $20, with all ticket sales donated to the fund. Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets and will also be available at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit

The Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward Fund at the St Joseph's Foundation/Essentia Health was established by Wayne and Sylvia Swanson of Breezy Point. The fund was founded as a way to provide financial assistance for basic living expenses to lakes area residents who are undergoing cancer treatments. The Swansons have raised tens of thousands of dollars through their annual golf tournament every August. For more on the Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward Fund, visit

In addition to the music, there will be full bar service, non-alcoholic beverages and food available from Maucieri's on site.

In a news release, Paul Boblett, event organizer and Outing resident stated, "We're very excited for this opportunity to help individuals and families in our community who may be struggling with a very serious health issue. When you're battling cancer, the last thing you should have to worry about is how to make rent or put food on the table."

"I don't know anyone who has not been affected by cancer in some way, whether it's a spouse, relative, friend or co-worker," Boblett stated. "Both my wife and I are cancer survivors, and those experiences have given us new perspective on the difficulties patients face. This concert will be a super fun way to help others and have a great time doing it. The local business community has been amazingly supportive in many ways, especially Dave and Julie Peterson of Pine Peaks Event Center, who graciously donated their facility for the night.

"Lastly, the timing of the concert is great for the local residents. It's tough to find the time to get out and have fun during the summer because everyone gets so busy, so we certainly hope they will join us for this."

Zeppo is a Twin Cities-based band formed after an impromptu jam session in October of 2016. The band members all grew up listening to Led Zeppelin. The band is comprised of rock veterans including guitarists John Eller and Terry Fisher; drummer Noah Levy; bassist Paul Boblett and keyboardist Zach Sershon.

Zeppo cuts a wide swath of the extensive Led Zep discography and their sets regularly including the memorable "Kashmir," "Ramble On," "Black Dog," "Rock and Roll," and some deeper cuts for diehard fans, the release stated.

Wyld Ryce is once again a lakes area staple. The band was popular in the early '80s and recorded and released two full-length albums and a 45, a news release stated. They re-formed in 2016 with all but one original member after a nearly 30-year hiatus.

Their recent local shows prove the group is still in top form. The band includes husband and wife John Palmer on vocals and Vicki Palmer on keyboards; bassist Craig Englehart; guitarist Joel Jenkins, keyboardist Jim Cervin; and drummer Todd Johnson, who replaced original member Joey Peterson.

This event is made possible by the following businesses: Barstock Liquors, Crosslake Communications/Emily Cooperative Telephone Co., Crosslake Drug, Crosslake Veterinary Hospital, Crosslake Ace Hardware and Appliance, Miller Construction, Northland Press, Pine Peaks Event Center, Pine River State Bank, Reeds Market, Waterfront Services and Wes Hanson Builders. In-kind sponsors include First Impression Printing, Hubbard Broadcasting, Brainerd Dispatch, Echo Journal, D&D Beverage Co. and C&L Distributing.

Author to appear in Nisswa

NISSWA—Susan Wardell, author of a children's picture book called "My Grandma's Hands," will sign books noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Turtle Town Books and Gifts in Nisswa.

"My Grandma's Hands" is the story of relationships between grandmothers and grandchildren, and how the grandmother's hands play a huge role in the development of that relationship. It is told in diverse vignettes and can be both humorous and sobering at times, a news release stated. The illustrations are both vivid and beautiful and are the work of a first-time illustrator, Katrina Smith.

Wardell grew up in St. Paul, but spent a great deal of time during her childhood summers in the Brainerd lakes area. She is a retired preschool and special education teacher, a mother of four children and grandmother to three. Several years ago she and her husband sold their home in the Cities and moved to Backus. She currently works part-time at Paws and Claws Animal Rescue and Resort in Hackensack.

Singles dance set

The fall dance sponsored by the Lakes Area Singles will be 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Brainerd Eagles Club.

Music by Artisan. There is a $5 cover charge. New members are admitted free with paid one year membership of $25.

All singles age 40 and older are welcome.

For more information, call Mary at 218-330-5582.

Crosslake plans Haunted Hallows

CROSSLAKE—The Crosslake Area Historical Society is partnering with Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts in presenting "The Haunted Hallows of Crosslake, where things went horribly, horribly wrong."

The show will be staged for five nights starting at 6 p.m. and then it will be repeated every 30 minutes until 9:30 p.m. October 18-20 and Oct. 26-27 at the Crosslake Historic Log Village.

Travel through time guided by professional actors, animatronics and special effects. The Historic Log Village will be transformed into a fearsome adventure for all ages, a news release stated.

Gate admission is $12. Tickets for children 10 years and younger is $7. Food will be

available on the grounds from Maucieri's on Oct. 18-20 and from Jr's No. 19 BBQ on

Oct. 26-27.

Wadena to host meeting/book talk

VERNDALE—Wadena County Historical Society will host its annual business meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Maasconi's Char and Bar in Verndale.

Guest speaker will be Adam Regn Arvidson, who will talk about his new book, "Wild and Rare: Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest." The book describes a number of species living in Minnesota that are on the Federal Endangered Species List.

Before the meeting at 5:30 p.m., there will be an opportunity to purchase dinner off the menu. Dinner reservations are required by calling the Historical Society at 218-631-9079 or email

The meeting and the program are free and open to the public and require no reservations.

Booyah, beer and bluegrass

NISSWA—A Booyah, Beer and Bluegrass event will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Minnesota Hockey Camp in Nisswa. Everyone is welcome to enjoy food, beer tasting, root beer floats, face painting and games. Music is by Hans Blix & the Weapon Inspectors.

There will be a short program when attendees can find out about Bold Camp for Girls and

"WeARE-Let's Talk: Being an 'Askable' Parent."

Tickets will be available at the door for $10 per person or $30 for a family.

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