Entertainment Briefs - Jan. 25

Swann artwork to be displayed at TCAA "Pulling It All Together," artwork by Cyrus Swann, will be on display Feb. 9 through March 3, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd. The exhibition showcases the cera...

Artist Cyrus Swann's work will be on display Feb. 9 through March 3 at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd.Submitted
Artist Cyrus Swann's work will be on display Feb. 9 through March 3 at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd. Submitted

Swann artwork to be displayed at TCAA

"Pulling It All Together," artwork by Cyrus Swann, will be on display Feb. 9 through March 3, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd.

The exhibition showcases the ceramic and mixed media work of Swann, "as he combines the disciplines of function, domestic installations and wall art into one setting, a news release stated. "By doing this, he creates a work of art that cannot be defined by one medium. With the combination of traditional and reclaimed materials, Swann creates something that is completely reimagined."

Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served at the reception. A free will donation will be accepted at the door. The public is invited to attend.

Prior to the reception, an artist talk will take place from 5:30-6 p.m. This event is open to TCAA members only. For those interested in attending the artist talk, they may become a member by visiting TCAA's website at .


When the exhibition opens, it will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, contact TCAA at 218-833-0416 or .

'Pop Up' show set at TCAA

A "Pop Up, Take A Seat" exhibition will open Tuesday at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd and will run through Feb. 3, with a reception from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 3.

The Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity ReStore donated various chairs to TCAA and local artists altered the chairs into new works of art, using various materials and mediums.

This exhibit is a part of TCAA's special pop-up shows that are intended to inspire creativity and present new projects and ideas in our gallery, in a time frame of a short burst, a news release stated.

The artist reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This exhibition will be on display for a week and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


BHS students advance to state in music contest

Brainerd High School students Jimmy Lin, Luke Meyer and Leigh Preimesberger will advance to state for the Music Listening Contest Feb. 2 at Augsburg University n Minneapolis.

The High School Music Listening Contest regional event took place Jan. 19 in 10 different regional sites throughout Minnesota and Utah. Nearly 140 teams participated in the contest this year, representing 52 different schools, home schools and private music studios.

BHS had three teams compete at St. Cloud State University for the regional competition. Members are Lin, Meyer, Preimesberger, Erika Christiansen, Grace Erholtz, Ammy Lin, Jorden Holmes and Autumn Paulus. The teams are coached by Spencer Frie, BHS orchestra director.

Lin, Meyer, and Preimesberger placed first at the regional contest, earning them a place at state. A team from Buffalo placed second at the regional contest. The team of Christiansen, Erholtz and Lin earned third place.

The mission of the Music Listening Contest is to assist teachers in their efforts to expand the music experiences of students-primarily through the use of Western art music, commonly referred to as classical music, a news release stated. The contest materials cover classical music, global perspectives and a variety of musical influences. The objective of the contest is to inspire students to become lifelong participants in the musical experience.

The statewide contest connects high school students with classical music and enhances their ability to identify composers, periods and styles. In the fall, teachers or coaches recruit three students to form a team. Team members receive a study guide and access to all musical selections they will need to compete effectively. All teams participate in regional competitions. The top two scoring schools from the regional contest advance to the state championship competition.

The Music Listening Contest is a nonprofit organization serving thousands of students. Program sponsors this year include Augsburg University, J.W. Pepper, the University of St. Thomas, Classical Minnesota Public Radio and Naxos Music Library.


For more information, visit: .

Author of 'Murder Book' to appear

Pierz native Frank Weber, author of "Murder Book," published by North Star Press, will appear at noon Monday at the Brainerd Public Library.

The author event is part of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library's program of bringing acclaimed authors to the library on the first Monday of every month to speak about their latest work and the craft of writing. These events give local book lovers a chance to connect with up-and-coming and award-winning authors from around the Midwest, a news release stated.

Weber's adult fiction novel captures much of his real-life professional experiences interwoven with personal details of his childhood growing up in a family of 12 in the small rural town of Pierz. "Murder Book," a law enforcement term for homicide case, is packed with authentic investigative details based on his own work and his own life experiences.

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. He has received the President's Award from the Minnesota Correctional Association for his forensic work and recently received an award for excellence in his clinical work.

The book follows Jon Frederick, who spent his adolescence protecting his mentally ill brother and worrying about his parents' farm as it headed toward bankruptcy. So when Mandy Baker, the alluring new girl in town, pursued him, he was easily enamored. But on the day he ended their tryst, Mandy vanished. There is no doubt in the small Minnesota town of Pierz that the flirtatious girl is dead, and there is little doubt that Jon got away with murder.

A decade later, Jon is made an investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. While investigating a case near his hometown, Jon quietly reopens the murder book on Mandy Baker and begins to see commonalities between Mandy's disappearance and his new case. Digging up the past raises intriguing possibilities with an old friend, Serena Bell-but also forces them to work through old betrayals. As the investigation intensifies, Jon realizes he has crossed paths with the killer before.

These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts, and are free of charge to the public.

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

'Myths, Legends and Truths' of the Brainerd area

PEQUOT LAKES-Master storyteller and historian Alan Bohme will present a workshop titled "Myths, Legends and Truths" from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in room K114 at the Pequot Lakes High School.

"We've heard that Al Capone hung out at Breezy Point, that there are bodies of mob enemies wrapped in chains at the bottom of some of the lakes and that the Brainerd lakes area was the place to get alcohol during prohibition," a news release stated. "What is true, legend or myth? Are all the stories true or just parts that have grown into folklore? Come and find out the truths behind the stories."

Fee is $5 per person.

Singers wanted in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS-St. Francis Community Chorale will begin rehearsals at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls.

The choir welcomes all adults who love to sing and singers do not need to take lessons at the music center. The St. Francis Community Chorale is under the direction of Barb Stumpf and accompanied by Vicki Spofford. The chorale will present a 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert April 29 in the Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent.

Thanks to a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, participation in the choir is free.

For more information, contact the music center at 320-632-0637 or visit the website

at .

Honors Concert presents young musicians

LITTLE FALLS-St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls will present an Honors Concert at 1 p.m. Sunday in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

This concert will present 16 young students who have shown exceptional ability and

commitment to their musical studies, a news release stated. Students, who have dedicated hundreds of hours of practice time, will perform on violin, cello, piano, voice and flute.

Performing in the concert will be Claire Breitenfeldt, Korrin Gwost, Sully Gwost, Ava Haggerty, Collin Kray, Sarah Leisenheimer, Bailey Lochner, Nicholas Mettler, Hannah Miller, Vera Miller, Jaylene Newman, Isaac Olson, Gabrielle Sobania, Zachary Sobania, Brianna Wuebkers and

Sam Zimmerman. These students represent the communities of Little Falls, Browerville, Burtrum, Freeport, Pierz, Royalton, Flensburg and Long Prairie.

This concert is free and open to the public.

Ruttger's unveils 2018 entertainment schedule

DEERWOOD-Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge announces its new events for 2018.

New events includes Blues and BBQ Bash, a barbecue feast followed by an outdoor blues concert by Ken Valdez; the Ruttger's Yoga Expo; Game of Towns, a charitable fundraising event pitting Crosby and Aitkin schools; a 120th Anniversary Celebration; Moonlight Movie Nights outdoors and Zombie Apocalypse Halloween Spooktacular, a 5K run and Halloween party. All events are open to the public.

"It's going to be a fun summer at the lake and everybody is invited to join the party," Ruttger's President Chris Ruttger stated in a news release. "And when we say everybody, we mean everybody, especially all of our local friends."

In addition to these new events, 2018 will feature the return of several popular events, including the 2018 Summer Concert Series consisting of eight outdoor concerts from the shores of Bay Lake, Beer and Bacon Bonanza and Ruttger's 33rd Annual Oktoberfest.

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