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Entertainment Briefs - Jan. 10

Comedian Mary Mack will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium. Photo by G.L. Berg Entertainment

Comedian to take Pequot Lakes stage

PEQUOT LAKES—Comedian Mary Mack will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium.

"Mary Mack's endearing, slightly quirky stage presence and musical surprises make her popular with a wide range of people," it stated in a news release. "With her mandolin in hand and off-kilter stories of life as a former polka band leader, music teacher and all-around confused individual, Mary delivers a one-of-a-kind performance that is sure to make you laugh."

Mack's mandolin sing-alongs have been featured on national radio and television, including appearances on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" and NBC's "Last Comic Standing."

After starting her entertainment career in Nashville, Mack currently tours the country in her $400 Dodge Neon with her mandolin in hand. Splitting the rest of her time between Los Angeles and Minneapolis, she shares her stand-up comedy.

Mack's comedy spotted with occasional mandolin or clarinet outbursts has been seen in the Vancouver Comedy Fest, The Andy Kaufman Awards, Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival and the San Francisco Sketch Fest as one of "The Dozen" up and coming headliners designated by the festival.

Open Mic event set

Youth on Stage Open Mic event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 28, and most every fourth Monday of the month at the Eagles Club in Brainerd.

Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 sponsors the event through an Elks National Foundation grant and by the Brainerd Eagles Club No. 215. This monthly youth-oriented event is geared for those age 25 and younger who have a family-friendly talent to share on a year-round basis.

Talent may include singing, playing an instrument, storytelling, essay reading, poetry, tap dancing, comedy, magic, a band or ensemble to perform to live audiences. Eight 15-minute time slots are open on a first come basis. Those wishing to sign up should go to or may do so at the venue, the Eagles Club, on the night of a performance.

Black and White exhibit opens

The Crossing Arts Alliance opens its first exhibit of 2019 titled "Black and White," with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

A free will offering will be taken at the door. Light refreshments, in a black and white theme, will be served. People may mingle with fellow artists and arts enthusiasts.

According to a news release, "To work only in black and white is a challenge for the artist. It forces them to showcase their skills in form, texture, contrast, light and shape, in a monochromatic fashion. Only black, white and shades of grey have been used in the artwork on display to express the artist's vision."

The art exemplify the visual power of this limited palette, and that offer new and unique views, the release states.

Featured artists in this exhibition include: Duane Barnhart, Vincent DeZutti, William Grange, Elayna Hallbeck, Paula Jensen, Shalene Jensvold, Charlie Johnson, Molly Mae Krautkremer, Sonja Larsen, Mark Moser, Martin Nelson, Karla Overland, Holly Rapoport, Victor Sanchez, Ruby Thompson, Michael Vogt and Mike Weatherly.

This exhibition will be on display through Feb. 2.

Crossing Arts Alliance activities are funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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

TCAA choses Wgeishofski as featured artist

John Wgeishofski was chosen to be the featured artist at The Crossing Arts Alliance to begin the new year.

A collection of his original works and prints of his diversity Nu-Art will be on display through January. The public is invited to attend a meet and greet with Wgeishofski from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, to learn more about his artwork and vision.

The event is free to attend.

Wgeishofski has been painting with watercolor and mixed media for 10 years, beginning at the age of 70, with lessons from Donna Maves. His art expresses his interpretation of the beauty of nature as seen through his eyes.

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, an area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 in the small room of the Brainerd Public Library.

Kicking off the meeting, poets read their polished poems or favorites of others at the podium. Then poets will discuss upcoming poetry/writerly events including Blizzard Poets, League of Minnesota's winter writing retreat, held the fourth weekend in January. Afterwards poets will share copies of their poems-in-progress, so others may fully appreciate the effort and provide feedback and encouragement. This meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information call 218-838-0968 or visit Heartland Poets Facebook page.

Writing workshop set

The Brainerd Public Library is hosting a series of six writer workshops led by local indie author Carissa Andrews.

According to the press release, the workshops are for people who have thought about independently publishing their writing, have a great idea but are bogged down in questions about self-publishing a book, publishing questions or where to even get started.

The first session, "Pen to Paper—Write Your First Novel," will be 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 26. The first step in independent publishing is writing the book, so Andrews will give advice on creating a writing space and schedule, brainstorming and using computer programs that can help in the writing process. She will also cover techniques like writing sprints and projects like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to get words on the page. She'll give a preview of how to start a person's own author platform, even if they haven't finished their novel yet.

Andrews is an internationally bestselling author from central Minnesota who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy and dystopia. As an expert in independent publishing

and audiobook production, Andrews continually writes and publishes books readers of all ages

enjoy. She's currently working on a young adult paranormal reverse harem romance trilogy

called "The Windhaven Legacy," due out in 2019.

These free classes are for teens and adults at all stages of writing their novel or creative

nonfiction work. Writers may attend one or all sessions.

These free Legacy Programs are 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. Register by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page for more details:

Writers may attend one or all of the free Indie Writing Workshops at the library:

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 31: Author Platform—Be Ready To Engage;

• 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9: Clean Your Mess—Polish Your Novel;

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12: Demystifying Self-Publishing—eBook and Beyond;

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28: Pick Yourself Back Up—Keeping Your Book Selling;

• 10 a.m. to noon March 9: Author Confidence Booster—How to Push Through Doubt.

Brainerd library announces family events

Brainerd Public Library announces its family events for the week of Jan. 21.

Jan. 21:

• 6 p.m.: Storytime for the whole family.

• 6 p.m.: Books, Burgers & Brews book club at Prairie Bay restaurant. RSVP at

Jan. 22:

• 10:15 a.m.: Family Storytime.

Jan. 24:

• 11:15 a.m.: Baby Storytime. Geared for babies to age 2 but all ages welcome.

• 3:30 p.m.: Read to Shadow. Young readers of all skill levels are invited to read to Shadow, the library's reading therapy dog. Call the library to reserve a 15-minute time slot at 218-829-5574.

• 3:30 p.m.: STEM class for beginners ages 13-18. Learn to make a movie poster and more. Register by calling 218-829-5574.

Jan. 28:

• 2:30 p.m.: Computer class, Basics 1. Register by calling 218-829-5574.

• 6 p.m.: Storytime for the whole family.

• 6 p.m.: Friends of the Brainerd Public Library annual meeting. Go to for more information.

Jan. 29:

• 10:15 a.m.: Family Storytime.

• 4 p.m. STEM class: Qubits. For ages 7-12. Call 218-829-5574 to register.

Book Reviews from the Brainerd Public Library:

"Cultivators" by Jennifer Boothroyd. This nonfiction picture book was published by New Holland

Agriculture, an international manufacturer of farm equipment. Photos compare equipment then and now. A glossary and fun facts round out the book. For grades kindergarten to second grade.

"The Third Mushroom" by Jennifer L. Holm is a sequel to "The Fourteenth Goldfish." Written in a humorous tone, seventh-grader Ellie continues to experiment, both socially and scientifically. Meanwhile, her grandfather Melvin shows up. He is 76 years old but is currently living in the body of a 14 year-old boy. While fiction, the book refers to several famous scientists and there is a non-fiction biography section of the scientists and suggestions for further reading, making this much more than your average book. For grades fourth through seventh.

Dueling Guitars to perform in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS—Glen Everhart and Pat Balder in SongBlast Dueling Guitars will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

"This interactive comedy performance syncs with the audience and delivers side splitting laughs while rocking out to all the classics," it stated in a news release. "Pat knows every rock 'n' roll classic through and through while Glen knows about every acoustic guitar-based song ever to hit the airwaves. Combined, they represent a total of over 50 years in professional stage performance and offer a fully interactive show for all audience members."

General admission tickets can be purchased for $40 at Backwoods BBQ, NYM Library, F&M Bank or online at

A limited number of VIP tables are also available for purchase for $600 for eight people, including premium seating, snacks and drinks.

This event is made possible by local sponsor KLN Family Brands. Additional sponsorship opportunities still available by emailing or calling 218-385-3339.