BHS sells tickets for Madrigal Dinner

Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir will host its annual Madrigal Dinners Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1 at the Legacy Golf Course Clubhouse Pavilion on Highway 77, north of Brainerd.

The dinner concert will encompass a full concert of Christmas music and carols, a four-course meal, a short play with a court jester and actors, recorders, beggars, carolers and costumes for 70 people.

"Take the Thanksgiving break out of the calendar and we have three and a half weeks to pull this off," Brian Stubbs, A Cappella director, stated in a news release. "It's a crazy time with a flurry of activity to get this thing on its feet. What amazes me is by the second night of performance the kids run the entire show and I have nothing to do."

The night is divided into sections, beginning with a Wassail social, where guests mill and visit with each other and the students while drinking wassail and eating some hors d'oeuvres. Guests are directed by the town crier to the dinner hall and the meal is served with a trumpet fanfare and song announcing each course. The court jester is onhand after dessert to entertain the entire room with humor and wit. Finally, the room is surrounded by 70 singers and a short concert is sung, in the round.

Tickets are $35 and seating is reserved. Tickets are available only through the website, and are available up to 24 hours prior to the event, so food can be planned for each night.

BHS Orchestra presents concert Tuesday

The Brainerd High School fall orchestra concert will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Performing groups include the Varsity, Sinfonia, Chamber Orchestras and the Guitar Ensemble.

Each ensemble will play several selections of music in every style ranging from works written in the early 1700s to within the last decade. Composers include Albinoni, Sibelius and Mendelssohn as well as contemporary composers. More than 100 BHS students will perform on this program. Violin and cello soloists include Jimmy Lin, Molly Wells, Erika Christiansen and Jeb Duininck.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Kringle Market opens Saturday

The Crossing Arts Alliance, a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Brainerd, opens its holiday Kringle Market at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 and it will run until 4 p.m.

More than 75 local artists will have work for sale and patrons will find a wide selection of art and fine craft including pottery, blown glass, fiber work, paintings, jewelry, woodwork and more, geared towards gift-giving.

Complimentary treats and cider, and live musical entertainment, will be provided. The market will run through Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

A special members-only preview event for Crossing Arts members will be 5-7 p.m. Friday. Memberships start at $35 and may be purchased at the door the night of the event.

Contact TCAA at 218-833-0416 or or visit for more information.

Franklin Arts Center open house set

Martin Nelson Design Studio, located in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, will be open Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10, during the Franklin Arts Center holiday open house to sell its art. Artwork on display will include handmade collage and mixed media pieces.

The studio will be open from 5-8 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or email

'Steel Magnolias' takes Little Falls stage

LITTLE FALLS-The Fall Dinner Theatre production of "Steel Magnolias" will open Thursday, Nov. 8, and run Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 15-17 at Great River Arts in Little Falls.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for social hour, dinner at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served buffet style catered by A.T. the Black and White. Dinner includes salad, herb roasted chicken, roasted pork loin with a honey dijon apple sauce, roasted garlic mashed yukon gold potatoes and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and coffee.

There also will be two matinees Nov. 11 and 18, with doors opening at 1 p.m. and the show at 2 p.m. Matinees will offer coffee and carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting served at intermission.

Written by Robert Harling, "Steel Magnolias" is directed by Beth Selinger with assistance from Cheryl Walker, Lisa Leblanc and costumes by Marge Nelson. The cast includes Kathy White, Lindsey Derry, Karen Mowers, Rhonda Schmidt, Sharon Hartley and Melissa Peterson.

This production was produced in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council.

"Steel Magnolias" follows a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor. Part comedy of manners, part heartfelt tearjerker, and a spitfire of non-stop witty banter Steel Magnolias is both touching and hilarious. Tugging at the heartstrings, "Steel Magnolias" pulls together all the right elements of comedy and drama while hitting home the value and strength in community and friendship between the characters.

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, La, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by eager new assistant, Annelle, who is not sure whether or not she is still married; the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon; Ouiser, the "I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for 40 years"; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter Shelby-the prettiest girl in town-is about to marry a "good ole boy." Shelby's health scare throws into question her hopes of having children.

"Steel Magnolias" is filled with hilarious repartée and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, a news release stated. As time passes, the women and their friends encounter tragedy and good fortune, and grow stronger and closer in the process.

Tickets can be purchased in person at Great River Arts, by phone at 320-632-0960 or online at Seating is general admission although tables may be reserved for groups of eight. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Sprout kicks off November holiday market

LITTLE FALLS-Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace in Little Falls will host its holiday market Nov. 17, opening at 10 a.m. for shopping and live music at 11 a.m. featuring Corey Medina & Brothers, a blues-rock band led by Corey Medina from the Navajo Nation.

More than 40 vendors participate in the market, making handmade, homegrown food, art, and other products available for sale to the public.

A cooking demonstration will take place at 1:30 p.m., led by Pillager High School students from the ProStart program, a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the culinary and management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students of ProStart may also participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them. Sprout, along with other community partners like the Purple Carrot Market, a startup food co-op in Little Falls, see the benefit of the ProStart program for both local food culture and economic development.

"We cannot wait to see these young chefs strut their skills in the Sprout kitchen" Natalie Keane, a Purple Carrot Market Board Member, stated in a news release. "Because the Purple Carrot Market co-op will thrive alongside new local food entrepreneurs and their products, programs like ProStart are needed to introduce these young, burgeoning culinary artists to the industry." Community members are invited to watch the cooking demonstration and enjoy free samples of the food at the market.

Medina, a Native American blues artist from Shiprock, N.M., moved to northern Minnesota in 2012 and collaborated with Incepticons Entertainment. Medina released his debut album "Old Dog Crying" in May of 2015, which was nominated for the Native American Music Awards Best Rock Album in 2016. Medina now plays, writes and produces with the Incepticons team full time and travels with his band known as "The Brothers." Medina refers to "The Brothers" as a representation of the relationship he likes to keep with his fellow bandmates, both from Bemidji, Eric Sundeen on drums and Gary Broste on upright bass.

Due to a partnership with Hunger Solutions Minnesota, families and individuals eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may double their dollar at the Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace. Market Bucks can then be used at vendor booths during the market for any SNAP eligible items, such as breads, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, and more. SNAP is a federal food assistance program. To find out if a person qualifies for SNAP, call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 888-711-1151 or visit

The activities at the market are funded through a grant awarded to the Region Five Development Commission by ArtPlace America's National Creative Placemaking Fund.