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Entertainment Briefs - Jan. 29

Artists' work on display at Brainerd library Phyllis Frankum and Gail Walsh will have their artwork on display February through April at the Brainerd Public Library. Frankum will display her watercolor and mixed art and Walsh will display her mix...

A scene from “The Chair Play,” WDC’s one-act play that features beautiful costuming and a chess-inspired set. The cast and crew will compete in Sections on Jan. 31 in Hawley.
A scene from “The Chair Play,” WDC’s one-act play that features beautiful costuming and a chess-inspired set. The cast and crew will compete in Sections on Jan. 31 in Hawley.

Artists' work on display at Brainerd library

Phyllis Frankum and Gail Walsh will have their artwork on display February through April at the Brainerd Public Library.

Frankum will display her watercolor and mixed art and Walsh will display her mixed medium.

Frankum's art has been selected on two occasions to be featured on the cover of the Brainerd Community Education brochure. She received a Merit Award at the Artists of Minnesota show in 2008 and 2011 and the People's Choice Award in the 2010 Brainerd Art Show and the 2011 Lakes Area Artist Show.

"I love the challenge that painting brings me," Frankum said in her artist statement. "I like to try new ways to paint and I like learning from my mistakes. I am always willing to try something new.

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"I have always been interested in art, the outdoors and especially my flowers."

Walsh's earliest art education was taught by Joachim Ludwig of Ramstein, Germany and Heidi Herzfeld of the American School of Art in Wiesbaden, Germany. Extension courses from the City College of Chicago in life drawing proved to be an asset in rounding out Walsh's classical realism style of painting, she said. Walsh said she is equally versed in a variety of mediums, although chalk pastel portraits, especially animals was for many years her predominant means of artistic expression. In 1981, she was designated Artist of the Year by Artists of Minnesota and recently received the People's Choice award.

Walsh is active in several local, state and national art organizations.

In 2000, Walsh met Dee Teller of Faribault who introduced her to Chinese brush painting.

"I immediately loved the freedom of expression in this graphic style of painting," Walsh said in her artist statement.

"My Sumi-e works have been well received because I depict subjects familiar to citizens of our western culture in a fresh, spontaneous and graphic manner. It is vital for an artist to reach out toward new information and ways of self expression in order to inspire and to be inspired."

Wadena's one-act play advances to sections

WADENA - Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) High School's one-act play titled "The Chair Play" will compete in sections Saturday at Hawley High School.

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WDC took first place Jan. 24 at subsections at Wadena Memorial Auditorium to advance to sections.

"They did a beautiful job," Jay Patterson, WDC's one-act director said. "They were spot on.

"What was really special was all eight of the main characters were starred. They received stars because they were so animated, so energizing."

The eight WDC students receiving a star of excellence for their performances included: Isaac Berger, Taylor Dirks, Hope Dumpprope, Alyssa Gilster, Samantha Kirkland, Hope Norenberg, Michael Small and David Wegscheid.

WDC's one-act cast received a "meld of three," meaning all three judges gave WDC a first-place score. One of the three judges also gave the one-act cast a list of areas they can improve on during rehearsals.

"We will be working on those weaknesses this week," said Patterson. "It's still a work in progress."

Patterson said he is proud of his student cast for mastering this one-act play, that he seriously considered dropping earlier in the season.

"This play was really out of my comfort zone," Patterson said. "Then, over time, the kids started to grab a hold of it, grow with it, mature with it."

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"The Chair Play," was written by Alan Haehnel, a Vermont English and drama teacher. Patterson said "The Chair Play" was written to be a comedic play. With permission from the playwright, Patterson cut scenes 16 and 17 and wrote a new, surprise ending.

Paterson said, "One-act plays have got to have surprises. They cannot be predictable. They should also make you chuckle, they should even make you cry."

Patterson, who has been directing one-act plays at WDC for more than 30 years, describes WDC's version of "The Chair Play" as one that explores the principles of economics in a fast-paced format, along with one constant stage prop, a chair.

"The entire play is a metaphor. It's incredibly poignant," said Patterson.

Students will perform "The Chair Play" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 29) in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Free admission.

The entire cast and crew include:

• The Principals: Samantha Kirkland, David Wegscheid, Michael Small, Alyssa Gilster, Isaac Berger, Hope Norenberg, Hope Dumpprope and Taylor Dirks.

• The Core: Grace Mertens, Michael Schmidt, Araya Magnuson, Esther Berger, Devyn Norenberg, Anissa Mench, Beth Schmitz, Mitchel Haman and Liz Peterson.

• Technical crew: Derek Plautz, Logan Taggart and Jasmyn Wood.

CLC Cultural Thursday: Mysteries of the Anasazi

The next Cultural Thursday event, titled "Mysteries of the Anasazi," will be held Feb. 5 at Central Lakes College (CLC).

Sociologist Gary Payne will display images captured on photo safaris to the southwestern territories of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, which had been the homeland of the Anasazi, several closely related American Indian cultures. Payne will demonstrate how life was possible in the scorching heat of desert summers and icy cold high altitude winters common in this region. The history, geology, wildlife, vegetation and artifacts in the area will be discussed in regard to how they affected Anasazi shelters, hunting, art and diet.

"Mysteries of the Anasazi" will be presented at noon with an additional presentation scheduled at 7 pm. Both presentations will be held in the lecture lab E354 at the Brainerd campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Waffle Breakfast and Bake Sale set

The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota will host its third annual Waffle Breakfast and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at The National Guard Armory in Brainerd.

The Chorale has partnered with Dad's Belgian Waffles once again to offer "all you care to eat" 9" malted belgian waffles, sausage links, eight syrup varieties, whipped cream and beverages.

Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up; $5 for ages 6-12; and 5 and under are free. Tickets are available from Legacy members, Brainerd Dispatch, Bethany Bookstore in Baxter and at the door the day of the event.

Take out also is available.

Chorale members also sell baked goods. New this year is a mini silent auction to bid on a hand-made, one-of-a-kind quilt, a smaller lap quilt and a framed Jerry Raedeke painting. Proceeds benefit The Legacy Chorale's 13th season. The spring concert series theme is "Songs on the Water." Concerts will be held April 24 at St. Francis Chapel in Little Falls; April 25 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa; and April 26 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The Legacy Chorale is a non-profit organization starting in 2002 under the direction of Sarah Aamot. Their mission is "to ensure the legacy of excellence in choral music in the greater Minnesota area, while enriching, inspiring and renewing the communities in which we live." The Chorale currently includes 67 singers of all ages, representing 19 area communities from as far north as Hackensack, south to Little Falls, east to Garrison and west to Pillager. The Legacy Chorale is governed by a nine-member board and membership is by auditions, held twice a year. The organization is funded by member fees, concert ticket sales, fundraisers, donations and grants.

For more information contact Barb Mann, chorale manager, atlegacychorale@gmail.com ; or 218-270-8020, or online at www.legacychorale.org .

Just For Kix dancers compete in Together We Dance

Brainerd Just For Kix dancers competed Saturday in a Together We Dance Competition at the Sauk Rapids Rice High School, where there were nearly 2,000 dance competitors.

The results are as follows with Brainerd teams listed first:

• Mini Kix from Mondays placed first in the Mini Kix 5A division with "Shake it Off" coached by Amanda Clough, Marissa Knopf. Second place went to Pierz; third, St. Peter; fourth, Pequot Lakes; fifth, New London Spicer; and sixth, Foley.

• Tuesday's Mini Kix took first place in Mini Kix 7A with "I Believe I can Fly" coached by Jamie Clough and Jasmine Ward. Second place went to St. Cloud; third, Rice; fourth, Alexandria; fifth, Belle Plaine; sixth, Cambridge-Isanti .

• Monday's Middle Kix took third place in Middle Kix 4A with "Little Black Spiders" coached by Amanda Clough and Knopf. First place went to St. Cloud Area., second, Alexandria; fourth, Long Prairie; fifth, Princeton.

Winter Light Festival set in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS - The second annual Winter Light Festival will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the gallery of the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

Visiting artist Charles Matson Lume will present his light installation that fills the gallery from 4-6 p.m. Lume will give a slide presentation and answer questions about his abstract interpretations of the light of wintertime here in rural Minnesota. Following the presentation will be live music presented by Dave Virnala of New York Mills and then a presentation of award-winning short films from the Rural Route Film Festival.

This event marks the introduction of "Monday Nights at the Center," where The Center will open from 5-8 p.m. There will be yoga classes, fiber arts/knitting group meeting and other events on Monday nights at The Center.

There is no charge for this event as it is being presented through the support of the members of the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

Local father and son photographic team Gary and Sayer Payne pause beneath a gigantic arch that remains after 60 million years of erosion at Utah's Dead Horse Point State Park. Gary Payne will speak at noon and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Central Lakes College’s Cultural Thursday program.
Local father and son photographic team Gary and Sayer Payne pause beneath a gigantic arch that remains after 60 million years of erosion at Utah's Dead Horse Point State Park. Gary Payne will speak at noon and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Central Lakes College’s Cultural Thursday program.

Local father and son photographic team Gary and Sayer Payne pause beneath a gigantic arch that remains after 60 million years of erosion at Utah's Dead Horse Point State Park. Gary Payne will speak at noon and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Central Lakes College’s Cultural Thursday program.
Local father and son photographic team Gary and Sayer Payne pause beneath a gigantic arch that remains after 60 million years of erosion at Utah's Dead Horse Point State Park. Gary Payne will speak at noon and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Central Lakes College’s Cultural Thursday program.

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