TCAA announces upcoming workshops

The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd will host three upcoming art workshops in April and May in a variety of mediums. Workshops include:

• Saturday, April 27: "Needle-felted nest" with Lisa Jordan. Suitable for beginning or intermediate needle-felters ages 10 and up. Using a specially barbed needle, fluffy wool and a variety of ribbons, trims and natural materials, students will create a one-of-a-kind nest. All materials are included. $25 for TCAA members, $30 for non-members.

• May 4: "Fabric is Paint" with Pam Collins. Students will learn a technique giving fabric dimension and depth, turning it into "paint" on canvas. Students will complete a landscape or seascape-inspired fiber art painting. Students should bring fabric scissors and a sack lunch. Cost is $75 for TCAA members, $80 for non-members.

• May 17: "Oil and Cold Wax" with Patricia Lintner. This will be a two-day class where students will learn to manipulate cold wax and oil to create an abstract design with textural effects. All materials are included. Cost is $70 for TCAA members, $75 for non-members.

To enroll, call TCAA at 218-833-0416 or visit Pre-payment is required. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before class will not be eligible for a refund. Classes will be at TCAA, 711 Laurel St., Brainerd.

'Unlimited Range' gallery to open

Central Lakes College Art Gallery will host an opening reception of "Unlimited Range" 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in No. E422 at the Brainerd campus.

The exhibit will be on display through May 17. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Fridays.

The 'Ultimate Tribute Show' to perform in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS-From the birth of rock 'n' roll to the teen idols of the '50s and '60s, the Wayne Luchau Band will perform the "Ultimate Tribute Show" in the authentic style from the era at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Great River Arts in downtown Little Falls.

Luchau, who grew up in Ada, attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, when he passed the audition to be on The Ted Mack television show which had a weekly viewing audience of 15 million. He appeared on the nationally televised show three times, once in New York, once in Chicago and once in Los Angeles.

After the television appearances, Luchau has had numerous other successes including vocals on a Jacqueline Smith movie and an ABC After School Special. After successful careers in teaching and business he returned to his first love, singing, a news release stated.

Luchau is the embodiment of the 50's and 60's era of music and his show pays tribute to those artists who were the impetus to his music career. During the show he literally seems to channel Elvis, Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney and many other vocalists from the era.

As a testament to his wonderful talent, in 2012, he was inducted into The North Dakota Rock and Country Hall of Fame.

Songs by Elvis, Buddy Holly, Bobby Vee, Carl Perkins, Ricky Nelson, Gene Pitney, Roy Orbison, Ritchie Valens, The Ventures, Gene Vincent, Jay & the Americans, Frankie Avalon, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Bobby Darin, Buddy Knox, Don Gibson, The Platters, Everly Brothers and Pat Boone will be heard.

Doors open for the concert at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at GRA, by phone at 320-632-0960 or online at Tickets will be available at the door until they are sold out.

St. Francis Community Chorale presents concert

LITTLE FALLS-The St. Francis Community Chorale will present a free spring concert at 7 p.m. May 3 in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This concert will

be a 40th anniversary celebration of the music center.

This concert will feature songs on the theme of "Home!" Many of the songs will reflect the

rural heritage and what home means to each person. Songs include "Peace Train," "Joshua," "Take Me to the Water," "Dakota Hymn" and "Fill Your Life with Music."

The St. Francis Youth Chorale also will perform "Count on Me" with the St. Francis ukulele class and "A Million Dreams" from the movie "The Greatest Showman."

The Community Chorale is directed by Barb Stumpf and accompanied by Vicki Spofford.

The Youth Chorale is directed by Joan Wingert and Spofford. This concert will also feature

musicians Isaac Olson, Bobbi French, Kevin Stueven and Amanda Jansen. The St. Francis Brass Ensemble will perform at 6:45 p.m.

St. Francis Music Center offers singing activities free to anyone in the area who wishes to join. The concert is free and open to the public. The St. Francis Chorale groups are sponsored by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

For more information, call the center at 320-632-0637.