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Entertainment Briefs - May 9

Frank Weber, who authored “The I-94 Murders,” poses with Verlene Birger, Midwest Independent Publisher Association Book Awards chairperson. Weber won Best Romance of 2018 for his book during the May 4 annual Midwest Book Awards event in St. Paul. Submitted Photo1 / 4
The Brainerd High School Varsity Orchestra will be among the orchestras to perform a concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Submitted Photo2 / 4
The Brainerd High School Chamber Orchestra will be among the orchestras to perform a concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Submitted Photo 3 / 4
The Brainerd High School Sinfonia Orchestra will be among the orchestras to perform a concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Submitted Photo4 / 4

Pierz author's book wins award

Pierz author Frank Weber's book "The I-94 Murders" won Best Romance of 2018 during the Saturday, May 4, annual Midwest Book Awards event in St. Paul.

Books released in a 12-state area of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin were reviewed in the 28th annual event.

Weber's books are available at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd, the Shoppes of Little Falls or Red's Auto in Pierz, and can also be purchased through most places books are sold.

"The I-94 Murders" is the sequel to Weber's first novel "Murder Book," when Investigator Jon

Frederick returns in a search to uncover the identity of a killer creeping through communities along I-94 in Minnesota, targeting couples who store their fetish photos online. The killer taunts Frederick with hidden messages embedded in local media that lead him to Sonia, a young woman with a terrible secret.

Weber is a forensic psychologist who has completed assessments for homicide, sexual assault and domestic abuse cases. His work has ranged from assessing murderers chained to the cement floor in the basement of a prison and assessing psychopaths to providing therapy for wealthy professionals who've engaged in multiple affairs. He has testified as an expert witness in numerous sexual assault and homicide cases, written seven different treatment workbooks, and in 2015 published a training series for psychologists, which has been accredited by the Minnesota Board of Psychology.

Mystery author to speak at Brainerd library

Award-winning mystery author Allen Eskens will speak at noon Monday, May 13, at the Brainerd Public Library about his newest novel, "The Shadows We Hide," the sequel to his 2014 book, "The Life We Bury."

Eskens will also be releasing a new novel in November titled "Nothing More Dangerous." The Minnesota best-selling author of "The Life We Bury," "The Guise of Another," "The

Heavens May Fall," "The Deep Dark Descending" and "The Shadows We Hide" is a recipient of

the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award and the Silver Falcon Award and has

been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award and Audie Award. His

books have been translated into 21 languages and his novel, "The Life We Bury," is in

development for a feature film.

People who attend are welcome to bring a packed lunch or may enjoy light refreshments. This

free Legacy program is funded in part or in whole with money from the people of Minnesota's vote on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page at

Open Mic event set

Youth on Stage Open Mic event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Brainerd Eagles Club.

The 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.

Second Saturday set at TCAA

Crossing Arts Kids, a featured artist, a book signing and "Artistic Vision," an exhibit of work from the Brainerd Area Art Guild, are coming Saturday, May 11, at The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd.

The Crossing Arts Kids art programming, "Figure Studies" taught by Diane Runberg, will occur in two sessions: 10-11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required, space is limited. Visit or call TCAA at 218-833-0416 to enroll. A $3 per child/$5 per family materials donation is requested but no child will be turned away due to need.

Those who attend may meet the Crossing's featured member artist, Mary White Kochenderfer, and see a selection of her artwork including scratchboard pieces, painting and felted landscapes.

Local author Rebecca Flansburg, a member of the Brainerd Writers Alliance, will be on hand 10 a.m. to noon signing copies of her books "Freelance Freedom" and "Mom Bossing."

The current exhibition, "Artistic Vision," featuring a selection of work from the Brainerd Area Art Guild will be on display through May 25.

The 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.

Used book sale set

AITKIN—Friends of the Aitkin Library will host its used book sale May 11-17 at the Aitkin Public Library during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

BHS orchestras present spring concert

The Brainerd High School orchestra program will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Performing groups include 100 students from Varsity Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble. Works performed include music by J.S. Bach, Shostakovich, Faure, Santana and other contemporary composers, as well as a solo featuring senior cellist Erika Christiansen. At the conclusion of the concert, all groups will combine for the final piece.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.