Entertainment Briefs - Feb. 7
BHS orchestras to perform winter concert
Brainerd High School orchestras will perform their winter concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Performers include 100 string musicians in Varsity Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Works performed will include music by Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams and contemporary composers William Grant Still, George Gershwin and fiddle/alternative styles composer Darol Anger.
Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for students.
Brainerd Dispatch photographer's work on display
An exhibit featuring a wide selection of photographs taken by Brainerd Dispatch photographer Steve Kohls will be on display at The Crossing Arts Alliance through Feb. 23, with an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.
"This exhibition will spark memories for many, from the images captured throughout the years from the local area and beyond," a news release stated. "Reminiscing on events and news stories that were an important part of the time, all captured through Steve's creative eye for that perfect shot that will tell an amazing story for years to come."
The exhibition is titled "You Can't Make This Stuff Up: 43 Years As A Dispatch Photographer." A free will donation may be given at the door. Light refreshments will be served.
The Crossing Arts Alliance is a nonprofit arts organization at 711 Laurel St., downtown Brainerd. For more information contact Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.crossingarts.org.
Black & White presents The Dance
LITTLE FALLS—A.T. Black & White and Great River Arts are partnering in hosting a dinner dance to celebrate Valentine's Day Saturday, Feb. 9.
People may first go to A.T. Black & White for dinner and then walk over to Great River Arts for the dance. Doors at GRA open at 6:30 p.m. for social hour and a show at 7:30 p.m.
Entertainment will be by R & B band, Brothers Tone & The Big Groove, an 11-piece rock band complete with female backup singers and a horn section. This band will entertain the audience with covers from artists including Chicago, Aretha Franklin, Eagles, Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, Neil Diamond, Santana, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, K.C. & Sunshine Band, Journey, Head East, Lady Antebellum and more.
Tickets are $18 and available at Great River Arts, by phone at 320-632-0960, online at www.greatart.org or at Reality Roasters. VIP tables can be reserved through GRA for groups of six or eight. Organizers encourage people to get tickets early as seating is limited and the event has sold out in previous years.
2 groups unite in reunion concert
The Center is reuniting two groups—Jack Franzen & Boys and Diane Saumer & Friends—to perform a concert 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Franklin Art Center Auditorium. The groups performed together in February 2012.
The Center's Players will be featured in this concert and will perform its "Olde Time Radio Show with farm report, comedy arts and more," a news release stated. The concert will include country, rock 'n' roll, jazz and gospel music.
Tickets are $15 for members of The Center, $18 for non-members and children under 12 are $5. Tickets can be purchased 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd. Tickets may be available at the door the day of the concert. Proceeds from this concert will be used to support The Center, a nonprofit organization encouraging mature adults to engage in healthy living, socialization, lifelong learning and community connections.
3rd writing workshop set Saturday
The Brainerd Public Library is hosting a series of six writer workshops led by local indie author Carissa Andrews.
According to a news 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 third workshop will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, titled "Clean Your Mess—Polish Your Novel." Andrews will be joined by traditional book editor Angela Wiechmann for this session to help people get their book ready for publication. They will discuss content and copy issues, finding beta readers, the approaches used by both independent and traditional publishers, and book cover design.
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 this year.
Wiechmann is a freelance editor and owner of A.M.W. Editing in the Twin Cities area. In
her work, she offers a unique immersion experience that blends workshopping, developmental
editing, content editing, and copy editing, the release stated
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. This series is funded in part 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: www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.
Upcoming workshops include:
• 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.