Legacy Chorale performs free spring concerts

The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota announces its Spring Series 2019: "Wanting Memories-Worldwide Songs of the Journey Called Life" with three upcoming concerts:

• 7:30 p.m., April 12, Cascade United Methodist Church, Deerwood.

• 7:30 p.m., April 13, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Onamia.

• 3:30 p.m., April 14, Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd.

The Legacy Chorale has presented concerts on area stages since 2002. The chorale describes itself as a group of "ordinary people creating extraordinary vocal music," with a mission to ensure the legacy of excellence in choral music in the Greater Minnesota area, while enriching, inspiring and renewing the communities in which they live, a news release stated. Comprised of 50-70 vocalists at any time of all ages, they perform in many communities throughout central and greater Minnesota.

"I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes," are words written by American composer Ysaye Barnwell for her now-famous piece, that inspired the theme for The Legacy Chorale's Spring 2019 Concert Series.

"Songs that lead us from despair to hope, doubt to faith, and hatred to love comprise a program filled with inspirational melodies from around the globe," the release stated. These include "Spiritual," also written by Barnwell; a Swahili adaptation of the Lord's Prayer titled "Baba Yetu" (from the video game Civilization IV); an exciting choral arrangement of Carly Simon's hit, "Let the River Run"; "Famine Song," which features body percussion that mimics the sounds of rain; Leonard Cohen's beautiful "Hallelujah"; and many more, including folk songs and spirituals.

Free will donations accepted at the door or at www.legacychorale.org/contribute.

These concerts are also made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, go online at www.legacychorale.org/events or contact Anne McMahon at admin@legacychorale.org or by phone at 218-270-8212.

CLC offers summer youth theater workshops

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center announces two summer theater workshops geared for students entering first through fourth grade and fifth through ninth grade. Local writer Mary Aalgaard, also known for her blog "Play Off the Page," will teach the workshops during the month of June.

The first workshop will be June 10-14, tailored for first- through fourth-graders. Students will have the opportunity to create their own characters and work together to create a play. The theme for the workshop is "Fairy Tale Island," where characters come together to have a nice vacation but something goes horribly wrong. Students will work on acting skills, writing, and creating props and artwork for the set.

The second workshop will be June 17-21, tailored for fifth- through ninth-graders. The theme is "Extreme Adventure Camp," where campers discover more is at stake than adventuring, gathering clues to a mystery and returning to camp to share their discoveries. In addition to performance and writing skills, students will have the opportunity to create props, costumes and other artwork.

Both workshops will feature performances for family and friends on the final day of class. The

workshops meet from 10 a.m. to noon in the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

Fee for the workshops are $55 per person, which is non-refundable. To register for a workshop call Jean at 218-855-8253.

Youth Mic Night set for earlier Monday

Youth on Stage Open Mic event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Brainerd Eagles Club.

The event typically is hosted every fourth Monday of the month. However, this month was changed as the fourth Monday in April is the day after the Easter holiday. Another change this month is the event will be in the Eagle's "Underground" venue, located downstairs of the Eagles Club.

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 www.YouthOnStageMn.org or may do so at the venue, the Eagles Club, on the night of a performance.

Solo performance by Patrick Scully set in Wadena

WADENA-The Wadena County Historical Society will host Patrick Scully's "Leaves of Grass - Illuminated" at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Robertson Theatre in Wadena.

This solo performance by Scully summons the spirit of America's great poet, Walt Whitman, revealing Whitman's many sides from the furtive-changing genders to "straighten things up" to the fierce-defying the censors and getting banned in Boston. Now approaching Whitman's 200th birthday on May 31, 2019, Whitman also is an important artist for this era; a poet who loved America, and used his writing to strategically transform what he believed needed to be changed, a news release stated.

"Leaves of Grass-Illuminated" reflects Whitman's utopian dreams, and his 19th century tribulations. It presents fascinating aspects of Whitman's life, times and work. It pulls from history, art, literature, even opera. Whitman crafted clear strategies to deal with the social pressures and the consequences he faced for writing about taboo topics. This is a side of Whitman that few learned about in American Literature classes. Some of these taboos have disappeared, others are still very relevant.

"Leaves of Grass" is the product of over 10 years of research and development. A large cast version of this show opened in Minneapolis to critical acclaim in 2014. Scully developed that version into a one man show in a residency at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University in 2015, and premiered it in New York City and Minneapolis in 2016. In 2017-18, he toured it to 24 communities in Minnesota, with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board's Legacy Funds. In 2018-19, again with Minnesota State Arts Board touring support, he is touring it to another 24 communities.

This production is hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society as part of their Spring Legacy series. It is free and open to the public. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Five Wings Arts Council supports BookEnds

WADENA-The Wadena County Historical Society was awarded a grant from Five Wings Arts Council to support the costs of hosting visiting author programs in April, May and June. BookEnds is a literary arts series that connects readers to writers on the second Saturday of each month. It was started three years ago by local author, Jerry Mevissen. At the end of last year, Mevissen asked the WCHS to get involved. In addition to coordinating and marketing the programs, WCHS also carries books by the various BookEnds authors in the newly established bookstore at the Wadena Museum. Upcoming BookEnds presenters include Poet Thomas R. Smith, who will present April 13; David Durenberger and Lori Sturdevant with their book "When Republicans were Progressive" on May 11; and Lin Enger, author of "The High Divide" on June 9.

The new bookstore at the Wadena Museum carries about 150 titles of books about history and culture and has plans to include Wadena-themed souvenirs and the work of local artists. For more information about BookEnds and other programs of the WCHS visit www.WadenaCountyHistory.org, email 603wchs@arvig.net or call 218-631-9079.

Book sale set in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS-The Little Falls Friends Of The Carnegie Library will host its semi-annual book sale April 25-27.

Thousands of gently used books such as mysteries by John Sanford, romances by Danielle Steel, westerns by Louis L'aMour, science fiction books by David Weber and others will be available. In addition, hundreds of children's books, religious books and other fiction and non-fiction books will be sold. Prices for the books will be $1 or less and a special $2 a bag sale will be April 27.

A special members only sale will be from 5-7 p.m. April 24. Hours for the public sale are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 25, noon to 6 p.m. April 26 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27.

For more information contact Bob ONeill at 320-632-6801 or Cindy Bruggentheis, library services coordinator, at 320-632-9676.

Magician to sign book April 13

Steve Cotariu-who goes by Hudson, a master magician and owner of Twin Cities Magic Academy-will appear from noon to 3 p.m. April 13 at Cat Tale's in downtown Brainerd to sign copies of the Twin Cities Magic Fun Book. This activity book was developed in cooperation with Discover Magic, an international program to teach 8-12 year olds confidence and communication skills through the process of learning to perform magic.

According to a news release, studies have shown the art of magic helps students build key life skills like self-discipline, self-confidence and interpersonal abilities. Scientists frequently

study magicians' techniques to gain new insight into how the human mind works.

The Discover Magic course is an educational program specifically designed to teach respect, creativity, confidence and preparedness among other things

"In fact, it's best described as a life skills course camouflaged to look like magic lessons," Cotariu stated. "Kids become so engrossed and entertained in learning the magic tricks that they don't realize they're acquiring skills whose benefits they'll reap for a lifetime. Indeed,

many opportunities for performing magic tricks arise later in adult life, whether as an icebreaker for businessmen or a doctor who uses magic tricks to put their young patients at ease."

Twin Cities Magic Academy recently expanded to the Brainerd lakes area and will

Offer the Discover Magic curriculum through Brainerd Community Education this summer.

Cotariu has been performing magic for over 40 years and is a member of The Academy of Magical Arts, home to the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif. Hudson has been a full-time professional magician since 2013 and launched Twin Cities Magic Academy in 2015.