Entertainment Briefs - Dec. 27

Author discusses 'Women Artisans of Morocco' Susan Schaefer Davis will discuss her work "Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives" at noon Monday, Jan. 7, at the Brainerd Public Library. The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library reg...

Author discusses 'Women Artisans of Morocco'

Susan Schaefer Davis will discuss her work "Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives" at noon Monday, Jan. 7, at the Brainerd Public Library.

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library regularly bring authors to the library to speak about their latest work and the craft of writing. The events give local book lovers a chance to connect with up-and-coming and award-winning authors from around the Midwest.

"Women Artisans of Morocco" tells the stories of 25 women who practice textile traditions with an inspiring pride and fortitude. In rural Berber villages, in bustling cities, and in a remarkable desert oasis, the book portrays extraordinary women who honor their cultural traditions as well as those who carve new roads in the social landscape through political office and entrepreneurship, a news release stated. Joe Coca's photography brings the women, their work, and the colorful richness of Morocco to life.

Davis has been captivated by Morocco since she was a Peace Corps volunteer there in the 1960s. Her work and research with traditional women led her to a doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan and post-doctoral work at Harvard. Davis has taught or been in research positions at Haverford College, Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania, the College of New Jersey, and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. She has published widely on gender in Morocco including two books, "Patience and Power: Women's Lives in a Moroccan Village" and "Adolescence in a Moroccan Town." In addition to consulting with several non-government organizations, Davis currently leads cultural and textile tours through Morocco.


People are welcome to bring a packed lunch or just enjoy the light refreshments provided. These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through its volunteer and fundraising efforts, and are free of charge to the public.

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

Tickets on sale for zoo event

LITTLE FALLS-Tickets are now on sale for the Little Falls Pine Grove Zoo's "Zoo Gone Wild" Coming out of Hibernation Fundraising Event" scheduled March 8 at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls.

Dave Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld, Deuces Wild Dueling Piano Show, will perform from 8-10:30 p.m. at the ninth annual event.

According to Marnita Van Hoecke, Pine Grove Zoo's director, anyone who purchases tickets before Jan. 15 will be in a drawing to win a one hour "Behind the Scenes Adventure at Pine Grove Zoo" for up to four people.

This fundraising event welcomes guests 18 and older. Tickets are just $48 each or a table of 10 is $480 with 10 free drink tickets. Tickets are only presold and will not be sold at the door.


Pine Grove Zoo, in Little Falls, has been welcoming visitors since 1913. Pine Grove Zoo is dedicated to promoting educational, environmental and conservation messages while creating lifelong memories for families and visitors of all ages, a news release stated.

Tickets are available at Pine Grove Zoo by calling 320-616-5595, info// .

Nappy Roots comes to Breezy Point

BREEZY POINT-Grammy-nominated Nappy Roots will take the stage at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at Breezy Point Resort.

The All-American Southern hip-hop group has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and is best known for hit singles such as "Good Day," "Po Folks" and "Awnaw." Nappy Roots continues The Great American Beer Run tour across the country and into the New Year.

Tickets to see Nappy Roots are $25 and can be found on the band's website at . Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online or at Breezy Point Resort.

The best selling hip-hop group of 2002, the group started when the members were students at Western Kentucky University, a news release stated. After being signed by Atlantic Records, they produced the multi-platinum album "Watermelon, Chicken, & Gritz," one of the year's best selling albums.

After more than 20 years in the public eye, Nappy Roots is expanding beyond music into projects that include craft beer and television production with "40Akerz & a Brew."' While their love for music remains the same, these passion projects are producing a different kind of creative spark for the group, the news release stated. To date, the group has mass-produced three craft beers, with two more in production that will become available in early 2019.

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