Entertainment briefs - Jan. 24

? Call for poets Crossings is organizing an April 2013 exhibit: Poet Artist Collaboration XII. The deadline to enter is Feb. 8. Artwork delivery deadline is March 30. In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Crossings at Carnegie (Zumbrota) in...

■ Call for poets

Crossings is organizing an April 2013 exhibit: Poet Artist Collaboration XII.

The deadline to enter is Feb. 8.

Artwork delivery deadline is March 30.

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Crossings at Carnegie (Zumbrota) invites poets and artists to submit their work to the 12th Poet-Artist Collaboration, an annual exhibit in which artists create work inspired by poetry.


Guidelines for poets are as follows:

• Poets may submit no more than three poems, each typed (12 point font) on an 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch sheet of plain white paper.

• Each poem is to be limited to no more than two pages of 12 point, Times New Roman text, single-spaced.

• Entries should be accompanied by a registration form that can be found at .

If you don’t have an email, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so we can notify you of jury results.

• Submitted poems should list the author’s name on the back of each page of each poem, not on the front page of the poem.

• Poems will be juried, and those selected to be part of the collaboration will be chosen by or assigned to an artist who will create an original piece of art inspired by the poem.

Deadline for poetry entries is Feb. 8. Notification of acceptance will be the following week.


Poets and artists are strongly encouraged to attend the poet/artist reception on April 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Crossings.

This special event will feature the poets reading and discussing their work and the artists discussing how the poems inspired their art. It is not only an opportunity for the poets and artists to meet each other, but an unforgettable evening of camaraderie for all those who love the arts.

Questions? Contact Crossings at 507-732-7616 or .

■ Paint to Music event

A Paint to Music event is planned at Glaze 2 Amaze, 706 Laurel Street, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. The event is sponsored by Primo Art Spa and will feature music performed by owners Joy Ciaffoni and Mary Aalgaard.

While using a plate as a canvas, create art that serves up memory, emotion and delicious inspirations for special occasions, a gift or a memory piece for someone you love.

Primo Art Spa assists local artists with networking, consultations and classes.

Reservations are recommended by email or by calling 822-3295. Cost is $25. Refreshments provided by Shannon Janco of Tastefully Simple.


■ ‘Poetry On The Wall’ Reading and Reception

The Crossing Arts Alliance will host a “Poetry on the Wall” reading and reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Q Gallery at the Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood St. No. 222 in Brainerd. Select poems will be read and a people’s choice will be awarded.

This event is free and open to the public.

The event will also celebrate the release of Farm Girls (RiverPlace Press, 2013), featuring prose and poetry by award winning author Candace Simar and her sister, Angela. F. Foster.

“Poetry on the Wall” is a first time poetry exhibit at the Q Gallery, on display Tuesday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m. until Feb. 9 with those hours on that day being from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment.

The exhibit features over fifty poems by twenty poets that reside in Minnesota’s Region Five.

The poets featured are Kathy Bjork, Charmaine Donovan, Carole Eliseuson, John Erickson, May Fletcher, Audrae Gruber, Laura Hansen, Sonya Hess, Lea Johnstone, Kathleen Krueger, Kathryn Kelley-Pietz, Joanie Ledahl, Katie Maine, Robert Mansfield, Kathy Paradeis, Sue Ready, Bonnie Rokke Tinnes, Candace Simar, Doris Stengel and Sue Sterling.

■ Trampled by Turtles celebrates 10 years


Trampled by Turtles will celebrate 10 years with a show at 8 p.m. May 9 at the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter.

Tickets went on sale Jan. 18. General admission and all tickets are $25.

Additional fees may apply.

Trampled by Turtles is Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug (bass, vocals), Dave Carroll (banjo, vocals), Erik Berry and Ryan Young (fiddle).

Within the contained music scene of Duluth, the members of the band did their own time in punk and rock bands, brandishing their electricity proudly before switching to acoustic instruments.

While they never set out to be a bluegrass band, Trampled by Turtles employs many of the same traditional techniques of the genre, but their differences in influences, attitude and attack make for their unique sound.

Along the way their one-of-a-kind live show and a video for the song “Wait So Long,” built them legions of fans.

In their 10th year performing together, the Turtles continue to receive praise for their new album “Stars and Satellites” available now on Thirty Tigers/RED.


The album is described by Associated Press as having a “rich colour scheme of sounds, often working out intricate figures that lock so tightly it’s impossible to unravel just what’s going on” and the band is Billboard’s No. 1 Bluegrass Album Artist of 2012.

To celebrate the new release, the band performed on “The Prairie Home Companion,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and PBS’ “Lowertown Line” hosted by Dessa and filmed in St. Paul.

The band will continue to support the new release with tour dates throughout 2013 in the U.S.

In honor of their massive tour schedule and prime slots at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Outside Lands, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Firefly, Newport Folk Festival and many more.

Pollstar featured the band on their October 2012 cover.

Tickets are available at, the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes or charge by phone at 866-300-8300.

■ ‘A Crown for a

Princess’ published


Alice Faye Conklin is an author and artist. Her book “A Crown for a Princess” was recently published by Tate Publishing.

The book is about two best friends, Faith and Daniela, who after trying on princess gowns, learn the most valuable lesson of all: God’s gift to them is a crown for a princess.

Conklin is the owner of Salon El-Rio in Baxter.

■ Copper Street Brass brings classical, jazz and rock music to Brainerd

The Minneapolis-based Copper Street Quintet (CSBQ) is combining traditional classical music with the excited of jazz, pop and rock music for a free concert from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Tornstrom Auditorium, 804 Oak Street, Brainerd.

The concert, called “Evolution in Concert,” features the quintet performing a wide variety of music through the virtuosity of the brass quintet.

A freewill offering will be taken at the door and will benefit the Brainerd public schools.

The concert is the capstone event for the CSBQ’s Jan. 31-Feb. 1 educational residency at the Brainerd schools.

During the two-day residency, the quintet will perform for the middle school and high school band students to help get the students fired up about music with the unique chance to work one-on-one with professional musicians.

The CSBQ’s educational residency and concert is funded through a grant by the Five Wings Arts Council of Minnesota through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota state legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with numerous job titles since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently as Digital Editor. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work these 30+ years. I was present and worked on the our web page when our original website first went live on April 26, 1994.
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