Grassroots Concerts welcomes Pushing Chain

NISSWA-The Minnesota duo Pushing Chain makes its area debut on the Grassroots Concerts stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Formed in 2012, Pushing Chain is Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on fiddle and vocals. The duo recently celebrated 20 years of making music together, as well as the release of their new album, "Sorrows Always Swim."

Playing about 200 shows every year, Blomberg and Moe have been doing what they can to spread their brand of roots music far and wide in venues big and small across the United States and Canada.

Strong songwriting, tight harmonies and a gonzo approach have been winning fans for Pushing Chain across the Midwest and beyond, a news release stated.

"The two friends' songs reverberate with country, jazz, and life up near the Canadian border," City Pages stated.

"We believe in performing songs we've never played together, and jamming with people we've just met," the pair stated in their website biography, adding

• A guitarist and a fiddler can cover Hendrix if they want to;

• Music can cause tears and laughter, sometimes in the course of one song;

• There are still important songs to be written;

• A good band will make strangers share a table.

Available for purchase at the concert will be "Sorrows Always Swim," a straight-up Americana/country record. It features the duo's original folky-tonk backed by some of the best players in Austin, Texas.

Grassroots, a nonprofit organization, welcomes donations of non-perishable food or cash for the local food shelf. For more information, go to or call 218-829-4092.

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, a local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the small room of the Brainerd Public Library. Poets kick off the meeting reading favorite poems written by themselves or others. A discussion will follow of the recent League of Minnesota Poets annual fall conference and other upcoming events for poets. Poets are asked to bring copies of poems-in-progress to read and discuss with fellow poets, so others may fully appreciate their efforts. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Brainerd library hosts drop-in writing sessions

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, celebrates 20 years of encouraging creativity, education and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world. This year, NaNoWriMo expects more than 400,000 people-including more than 95,000 K-12 students and educators on the Young Writers Program website-to start a 50,000-word novel in the month of November.

The Brainerd Public Library is partnering with NaNoWriMo to provide a space for participating

writers in the Brainerd lakes area to gather together to inspire each other to write their novel. Four times during the month of November the library will provide a meeting room equipped with outlets and Wi-Fi for laptops, as well as inspiring writing prompts, coffee and snacks. Writers will be able to meet others working on their own stories and be inspired by the spirit of NaNoWriMo in action.

No registration is necessary for any of the sessions, and writers may come and go as they are able.

The sessions will be 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Nov. 20 and Nov. 29; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17.

National Novel Writing Month is a nonprofit formerly known as the Office of Letters and

Light that believes your story matters.

For more information, contact Laurel Hall, public services library assistant, at 218-829-5574 or

Brainerd library hosts author talk

Author Sarah Stonich will discuss her latest novel "Laurentian Divide" at noon Monday, Nov. 5 at the Brainerd Public Library.

Her appearance is part of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library mission to bring authors to the library at noon Mondays to speak about their latest work and the craft of writing. These events give local book lovers a chance to connect with up-and-coming and award-winning authors from around the Midwest.

In "Laurentian Divide," the second volume of her Northern Trilogy, Stonich reassembles characters that endeared "Vacationland" to so many readers, a news release stated. Stonich's characters in all their sweetness and sorrow remind us once more of the inescapable lurches of the heart and unexpected turns of our human comedy.

Stonich is the best-selling author of "These Granite Islands" which has been translated into

seven languages and shortlisted for France's Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle. She is the founder of, she lives on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

Attendees are welcome to bring a packed lunch or just enjoy the light refreshments provided. These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts, and are free to the public.

For more information on any of the events, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page at

Library presents Art of George Morrison

Briand Morrison, son of George Morrison, will present "Musical Impressions:" The Art of George Morrison at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Brainerd Public Library.

Briand Morrison, a well-known artist in the music world, pairs his father George Morrison's (1919-2000) work with his own musical compositions for an original event that will please both visual art and music lovers alike, a news release stated. This multimedia performance is a visual sequence of George Morrison images, accompanied by original jazz guitar compositions of Briand Morrison as seen on the Blu-ray disc "Musical Impressions".

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage. Everyone is welcome to attend.

GRA offers classes to celebrate art

LITTLE FALLS-Great River Arts will offer class opportunities this November.

Former GRA staff member, Samantha Bruno, will return to guest teach Petite Picasso and Mini Monet classes Saturday, Nov. 3. Young artists ages 4-7 are invited to Petite Picasso from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and students in grades first through fifth are welcome to attend Mini Monet from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Glass on Glass Mosaic workshop taught by Pam Collins will be Saturday and Monday. Collins is mostly a self-taught artist, who works in watercolors, mosaics and fabric. She has studied under nationally known artists in pursuit of her favorite medium. Collins has lead numerous watercolor and mosaic workshops in her studio, at area art centers and school districts. Her passion is contagious and inspirational.

In this workshop, students will learn how to cut glass, design and create a colored glass image, and grout the works to complete a gorgeous stained glass mosaic piece. All glass and constructive materials will be provided. The class will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 6-9 p.m Monday. The process is time intensive; attendance for all two sessions is necessary, a news release stated.

Local jewelry artist Deb Hess will host a jewelry making class from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Titled "Bring Your Own Buckle," each class participant will craft a necklace utilizing a buckle as the focal point and pendant. Learn how to wire wrap beads, use jump rings and affix findings under Hess' expert instruction. All experience levels are encouraged to attend.

The jewelry making series continues on the first wednesday of each month with Hess. December participants will create a beaded bracelet with charms.

A cash bar will be available to participants who would like to purchase a beverage of their choice throughout the event. More information on the classes may be found online at Pre-registration for each class is required. You may secure your spot by calling GRA at 320-632-0960.