Entertainment Briefs - Dec. 2

A roundup of area concerts, shows, book and visual art events in the Brainerd lakes area.

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St. Nicholas to make stop in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS – St. Nicholas is adapting to the pandemic by scheduling online visits with children through Zoom, including Little Falls.

St. Nicholas will stop Dec. 19 at the Morrison County Historical Society, with a “Fireplace Zoom Chat” at 10 a.m. He will read the classic tale, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Clarke Moore and talk to those in attendance. Parents, guardians and other caregivers are welcome to join their children in the fun.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Call the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007 or email to register.

Coalition calls for designs for statue

The Destination Downtown Coalition, in partnership with the city of Brainerd and The Crossing Arts Alliance, are bringing Babe the Blue Ox to downtown Brainerd.

Nor-Son Construction donated a Babe the Blue Ox statue they've had at their Baxter office since 2008. After a successful fundraiser of donations from the community to secure the statue and address some much needed repairs, the coalition is ready for the next step to find artists to design and paint the ox sculpture.


The coalition wants this to be a community project that adds to downtown Brainerd's uniqueness, it stated in a news release. The Crossing Arts Alliance will put together a panel to determine location/placement, finding local artists and jury the submissions, for who will be doing the honors of creating downtown Brainerd's latest attraction.

The project is open to all artists residing in Minnesota. Artists may submit up to three designs for consideration. Submitted designs should be family-friendly and aesthetically appropriate for display in public places. Some examples of the family-friendly criterion include absence of violence, nudity, bias and hate.

The artist chosen for this project will receive a $700 honorarium to help defray material costs and other expenses. Priming and sealing of the sculpture will be provided by the coordinators of this call for art. The artist will furnish all of the paint materials, and be responsible for the painting of the artwork.

Work will be juried by a committee consisting of the executive/artistic director of The Crossing Arts Alliance, members of the Destination Downtown Business Coalition, Brainerd city employees and community members.

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2021. The selected artist will have the month of May to work on and complete their design on the ox, and the finished piece will be installed in downtown Brainerd in early June.

Go to for the full submission, information and rules, as well as an easy online submission form.

For more information contact arts center at 218-833-0416 or Crossing Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit located in the heart of downtown Brainerd at 711 Laurel Street.

Author to discuss new thriller mystery book

Bestselling author P. J. Tracy will discuss “Deep Into the Dark,” her new thriller book to be released in January 2021, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in a live virtual event.


Tracy’s talk is part of the Brown Bag Lunch author visit presented as live virtual events on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page, as the Brainerd Public Library is closed to in-person events.

In the new mystery, “Deep Into the Dark,” Tracy introduces a brand-new series set in Los Angeles and features up-and-coming LA Police Department Detective Margaret Nolan and murder suspect Sam Easton.

According to a news release, the book is described as:

Sam Easton — a true survivor — is home from Afghanistan, trying to rebuild a life in his hometown of LA. Separated from his wife, bartending and therapy sessions are what occupy his days and nights. When friend and colleague Melody Traeger is beaten by her boyfriend, she turns to Sam for help. When the boyfriend turns up dead the next day, a hard case like Sam is the perfect suspect. But Nolan, whose brother recently died serving overseas, is sympathetic to Sam's troubles, and can't quite see him as a killer. She's more interested in the secrets Melody might be keeping and the developments in another murder case on the other side of town.

Tracy is the pseudonym of Traci Lambrecht, bestselling and award-winning author of the Monkeewrench series, along with her mother, P. J. Lambrecht spent most of her childhood painting and showing Arabian horses and graduated with a Russian studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Lambrecht and her mother wrote eight novels before P. J. passed away in 2016. Lambrecht continued the series and has written two Monkeewrench novels on her own.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library are celebrating the 21st season of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series with a lineup of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the Friends of the Library’s Facebook page at .


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