CLC announces Cultural Thursday series

Central Lakes College will begin the 2019-20 Cultural Thursday series at noon Sept. 5 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd Campus.

Staples-Motley High School graduate Tera Weyer spent the past two years in the Arabian Peninsula and will be speaking on her experiences in the country of Oman, among others.

Not only did Weyer attain an intermediate/mid-level of proficiency in her studies of Arabic during that time, but she also gained several insights into Muslim religious beliefs and practices and elements of Middle Eastern cultures. She met many individuals with whom she was able to share more about her Christian religious beliefs and practices, in addition to sharing elements of Minnesota culture.

A natural geographical marina in the Al Bustan area of northern Oman. Fishing is a large sector of the local economy and Omani families have been fishing for a living for centuries. This photo, among others, will be shown Sept. 5 during Central Lakes College's Cultural Thursday event. Submitted Photo
A natural geographical marina in the Al Bustan area of northern Oman. Fishing is a large sector of the local economy and Omani families have been fishing for a living for centuries. This photo, among others, will be shown Sept. 5 during Central Lakes College's Cultural Thursday event. Submitted Photo

“The Sultanate of Oman, also known as the Land of Frankincense, is one of the most beautiful and little-known Arab nations in landscape, culture and tradition,” Weyer stated in a news release.

“Come and discover the aspects of life in Oman, the breathtaking geographical features, the unique cultural traditions, and the ways Omanis are known to be some of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world.”

Al Alam Palace, Muscat, Oman: The first palace for Sultan Qaboos after he moved the capital city from the interior to the coast. This photo, among others, will be shown Sept. 5 during Central Lakes College's Cultural Thursday event. Submitted Photo
Al Alam Palace, Muscat, Oman: The first palace for Sultan Qaboos after he moved the capital city from the interior to the coast. This photo, among others, will be shown Sept. 5 during Central Lakes College's Cultural Thursday event. Submitted Photo

For more information on Cultural Thursday presentations, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jimenez at 218-855-8183.

The District to perform in Lum Park

The District will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, near the large pavilion at Lum Park in Brainerd.

The District performs a mixture of contemporary rock and roll, country and humor. This is the last concert in the concert series.

The District will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, near the large pavilion at Lum Park in Brainerd. Submitted Photo
The District will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, near the large pavilion at Lum Park in Brainerd. Submitted Photo

“Thank you for attending and supporting the series. We look forward to seeing you again next summer,” organizers stated in a news release.

These free concerts are at Lum Park due to construction at Gregory Park. People who attend may bring their lawn chairs or blankets while they listen to the music.

Concerts go on rain or shine, with the rain site at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

Concerts in the Park are a collaboration between the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Concerts are made possible by funding from grants. Organizers thank the Brainerd Community Foundation and 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.

Puppet show to raise funds for Nicaragua

BAXTER -- The Garst Team of Indiana will present a black light neon puppet show at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Heritage Church in Baxter. This is a fundraiser for the Nicaragua mission's team from Heritage Church. The Nicaragua mission’s team has been ministering there for the past seven years, helping build homes, providing clothing, food and toiletry distribution and helping to grow the sponsorship program for school, college and special needs students. This will be a fun-filled night for all ages filled with lots of laughter and music, a news release stated.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 per family or $5 per person; ages 5 and under are free.

Author event set at Brainerd library

One man’s journey down the Mississippi will be the subject of an author talk at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Brainerd Public Library.

“Pass the Paddle: Mississippi Dreamin’ Come Hell or High Water” was written by Gerald “Jerry” E. Schumm, Jr., John Maybin DeFraites, Jr., and Jeanne Shay Schumm. Jerry and Jeanne Schumm will speak at this free event.

The book is Jerry Schumm’s memoir of his journey down the Mississippi River. It is the story of how his life-long dream to canoe the length of the river became a reality. It was an excursion like no other. Jerry Schrumm never paddled alone. Friends and family members signed up to journey sections of the river. A ceremonial paddle was passed from one canoeist to the next -- a giant relay.

The book is relevant for outdoor adventurers, young and old, planning an extended excursion.

Through this memoir of a “Paddlin’ Pastor,” readers will learn the importance of building relationships, dreaming big and planning meticulously, and having the personal persistence and support from community to overcome inevitable hurdles, a news release stated.

This free Legacy Program is 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.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.

The Cultural Center in New York Mills’ current gallery show features photos from Italy as seen through the eyes of local travelers.  “Snapshots of Italy” is on display until Sept. 14. Submitted Photo of poster
The Cultural Center in New York Mills’ current gallery show features photos from Italy as seen through the eyes of local travelers. “Snapshots of Italy” is on display until Sept. 14. Submitted Photo of poster

Photos of Italy to be featured

NEW YORK MILLS -- The Cultural Center in New York Mills’ current gallery show features photos from Italy as seen through the eyes of local travelers. “Snapshots of Italy” is on display through Sept. 14, with a reception with the photographers from the show from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 13. Refreshments will be served, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

The Cultural Center offers many unique opportunities for the region to participate in and enjoy the arts, including a variety of visual art gallery shows, music and other performances, lectures, and workshops, a news release stated. The goal is to celebrate local art and culture, and to be a window to the world. “Snapshots of Italy” are a series of photos from a trip to Italy in June sponsored by the Cultural Center and offered in partnership with More for Le$$ Tours of New York Mills.

This “Window to the World” travel experience took 18 travelers from central Minnesota to many culturally significant sites throughout Italy. They visited Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii and several smaller towns along the Amalfi Coast. The art, culture and country offered unlimited photographic opportunities. The series of photos on display are from 11 of the travelers. The photos represent each person’s favorite moment or memory.

For more information, call 218-385-3339, or visit www.kulcher.org.

“Prince: Before the Rain” exhibit opens Sept. 21 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Submitted Photo
“Prince: Before the Rain” exhibit opens Sept. 21 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Submitted Photo

Shaping an icon through rarely seen Prince images

ST. PAUL -- “Prince: Before the Rain” exhibit opens Sept. 21 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu helped shape the icon we know today as Prince. As Prince’s personal photographer and friend from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, he charted the musician's progression from rising star to superstar. Through it all, Beaulieu had access to Prince that few photographers have had, before or since.

View images Beaulieu captured for the album covers of “Dirty Mind,” “Controversy,” and “1999,” as well as the posthumous release of "Piano and a Microphone" and "Originals." Plus, see live performance shots and behind-the-scenes candids in the new exhibit.

The exhibit features 50 digital prints of Prince, The Revolution, Morris Day and The Time, and other artists as well as a handful of artifacts that speak to Prince’s image.

Fans can hear Beaulieu during a panel discussion at the history center's free program First Tuesdays/First Avenue: Prince Night, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 1. Beaulieu will be joined by The Revolution band member Dez Dickerson and DJ Kevin Cole, with The Current’s Adrea Swensson moderating. Cole will also DJ in the gallery from 6:30-7 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to continue Prince’s story with his next big hit, “Purple Rain,” in the neighboring exhibit, “First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom.” The exhibit features the suit he wore in the movie and other artifacts, as well as a section devoted to Prince’s April 2016 passing with memorial letters and items left at First Avenue.

“Prince: Before the Rain” and “First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota Mainroom” are on view through May 3, 2020.

“Prince: Before the Rain” is made possible in part by presenting sponsor Xcel Energy and by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 800-657-3773. Admission to “Prince: Before the Rain” is included with regular History Center admission of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5 to 17; free ages 4 and under and MNHS members.

The Minnesota History Center houses the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society and is home to the History Center museum with innovative exhibits, Gale Family Library, café and museum store. For more information, visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org.