Entertainment Briefs - June 11

Johnny Holm Band to perform at fairgrounds Johnny Holm Band will perform June 20 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds as a fundraiser for the Crow Wing County Fair. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. with the opening act of YNOT...

Artists Dan Mondloch, Kerry Kupferschmidt and Kathy Braud love to paint the nuances and spirit of Minnesota’s landscape and animals. Their work is featured at Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.
Artists Dan Mondloch, Kerry Kupferschmidt and Kathy Braud love to paint the nuances and spirit of Minnesota’s landscape and animals. Their work is featured at Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.

Johnny Holm Band to perform at fairgrounds

Johnny Holm Band will perform June 20 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds as a fundraiser for the Crow Wing County Fair.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. with the opening act of YNOTT.

The funds raised will help bring quality exhibits and shows to the fair, will help with repairs and upkeep, upgrade buildings that need to be re-roofed, grandstands need additional seating and upgrades, maintenance to the animal buildings; and the dream of a storm shelter for public safety is on the fair's list of things to do.

Tickets are available at Cub Foods and Cashwise Liquor in Brainerd and Baxter. Advance tickets are $12 and $15 at the door.


For more information call 218-851-5945.

Quilt show planned June 19-20 at BHS

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club will sponsor a quilt show titled, "Home Sweet Quilted Home" from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 20 at the Brainerd High School.

More than 200 quilts will be on display. Admission is $2.

Along with members' quilts, there will be quilt vendors, a members' boutique, a silent auction for Lakeland Public Television quilting show support, challenge quilts and a $1 quilt raffle made from Kaffe Fassett stripes and Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics. The theme of "Home Sweet Quilted Home" is carried out in this raffle quilt. Drawing will be held at 4 p.m. June 20. You need not be present to win.

Pam Dinndorf of Aardvark Quilts will teach two half-day classes on June 19. She also will present a program and trunk show of her work June 19 at night. There will be a nominal fee. Call 218-821-9389 to register.

The Cherrywood Fabric "Wicked" challenge quilts also will be at the show. The quilts are a collection of small quilts. The 114 pieces have crossed the country to national quilt show, galleries and even Broadway. A book of all the quilts also is available.

The Pinetree Patchworkers "Home Sweet Quilted Home" quilt show is co-sponsored by Brainerd School District Community Education.


Hackensack Hot Jazz Festival planned

HACKENSACK - The Northwoods Art Council presents the Hackensack Hot Jazz Festival scheduled June 19-20 in the Hackensack Community Building. It will feature Josh Duffee and his Big Band.

Josh Duffee of Davenport, Iowa, is regarded as one of the world's greatest 1920s-style percussionists. He performs at numerous jazz festivals and concerts worldwide. Duffee is an accomplished jazz historian who gives lectures at high schools and colleges. He is the leader of many jazz groups in the Quad City area: Josh Duffee and His Graystone Monarchs, Josh Duffee and His Orchestra, The Josh Duffee Quartet and he recently launched his new six-piece band that will play covers and original music from the synth-pop era. Duffee takes great pride in representing the 1920s to the 1940s authentically with the music he plays from that era and surrounding himself with like-minded musicians in those groups.

The festival will feature hot jazz favorites June 19 from the 1920s, 30s and 40s with Josh Duffee and his Big Band. Music and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m.

There is a free educational clinic for band students at 11 a.m. June 20. Registration is required; see the NAC website at for more information, or contact Anne Pavlikat 218-652-4490 or .

Josh Duffee and his Big Band will perform a concert with jazz favorites for music fans of all ages at 7:30 p.m. June 20. Ticket prices are $10.

Lakes Area Summer Organ Recital Series

BAXTER - The Lakes Area Summer Organ Recital Series will present Ken Hager in classical organ recital at noon Wednesday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. He will play a virtual pipe organ that was recently installed at Lord of Life.


Hager will perform pieces by Bach, Widor, Mendelssohn and Bridge. His wife Tuesday will sing Hager's arrangement of Alfred Hay-Malotte's "The Lord's Prayer." The organs used will be from France, one a Cavaille-Coll and another built in the North German Baroque style.

This same concert will be presented at 11:30 a.m. June 21 at Lord of Life.

Author Julia Lee to sign books at Caribou in Baxter

BAXTER - Author Julia Lee will sign copies of her debut novel "Seven Stones" from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Caribou Coffee in Baxter.

Seven Stones, published by RiverPlace Press, follows Keilann Douglas on her journey from an uprooted girl trying to fly under the radar to a woman unafraid of the power of her own voice. Only after she discovers the source of an impossible connection that spans continents and centuries, Keilann realizes that her true quest has been finding herself. Set against the dramatic landscape of Scotland, a land full of history, culture and unsurpassed beauty, Keilann delves deeper into Scottish history. Reconnecting with her own Ojibwe heritage she rediscovers her long-buried identity and beliefs where a remarkable and unshakable bond is formed between her and an incredible woman who vanished from recorded history long ago.

Lee resides in rural Minnesota where she is pursuing a master of library science. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in secondary English and theatre education. While attending college, she had several short stories published in the university literary arts magazine, The Muse. In addition, one short story, "Sea of Glass," won first-place prize for prose in the university's annual writing competition in 2008. In 2015, Lee was awarded the Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.

Author Candace Simar to sign 'Shelterbelts' in Nisswa

NISSWA - Award winning author Candace Simar will sign copies of her latest novel "Shelterbelts," published by North Star Press, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Turtle Town Books and Gifts in Nisswa.

"Shelterbelts" is set in a tightly-knit Scandinavian farming community in Minnesota at the close of World War II. Tia Fiskum, the old maid of Tolga Township, struggles to control the family farm after her shell-shocked brother returns from the war. Woven throughout is the man who walks lizards, a grieving father, the neighborhood gossipmonger, a disillusioned preacher, the man who fears being returned to the asylum and the Potato King who prays for a miracle.

Award winning author Jonis Agee describes "Shelterbelts" as a "wonderful novel, full of vivid writing and fierce characters with a passion for finding their place in the world despite the cruelties of war and the realities of living on the land."

Simar previously co-authored "Farm Girls," a book of poetry and essays, published by RiverPlace Press in 2013. In addition, she has published four historical novels with North Star Press of St. Cloud: "Abercrombie Trail" in 2009; "Pomme de Terre" in 2010; "Birdie" in 2011; and "Blooming Prairie" in 2012. "Birdie" received the 2012 Spur Award and Blooming Prairie was a 2013 Spur finalist. In 2014, Five Star Cengage released the large print/hardcover versions of this series.

Scientist and author Radomski to speak on 'Lakescaping' at Library

Lake scientist and author Paul Radomski will visit the Brainerd Public Library for the Brown

Bag Author Series at noon Monday in the library's large meeting room.

Radomski works with state and local governments to create policy to preserve and restore Minnesota's most valuable natural resource, the lakes. He will discuss the importance of individual stewardship of home and cabin lakeshore and what individuals can do to begin "lakescaping" to invite wildlife back to their natural habitats. Copies of the book "Lakeshore Living" are available to request for loan from the library.

All presentations are at noon at the Brainerd Public Library, and attendees are welcome to bring

a packed lunch or just enjoy listening to the authors talk about their work and their writing experiences.

These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, and are free of charge to the public.

Contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page at for more information on Brown Bag Author Series.

Music General Spring Dance Review set Friday-Saturday

Music General Dancers will present their 36th annual Spring Dance Review "Mad About the Mouse" Friday and Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium in the Washington Education Building in Brainerd.

Show times are 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with the solo showcase at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dancers of all ages will perform tap, jazz and lyrical routines in the show to favorite Disney tunes. The show features favorites such as the Music General Dancin' Dads and Daughters and the studio and company line finale; and both groups performing to various songs/mash-ups from "High School Musical."

Advance tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children 8 and under and can be purchased online at or at Music General. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $7 for children 8 and under. Tickets to the Solo Showcase are free with the purchase of a ticket to another show, or $5 at the door.

Minnesota Folklore Theater in Walker opens

WALKER - Minnesota Folklore Theater in Walker opens its seventh season June 17 with a salute to veterans who served in World War II with the nostalgic looks and the sounds of the era with The 1940s Northwood's Radio Hour. The production features Bemidji residents Leandra Craigmile, Luke Barnard, Lori Roed and Susannah Roed.

Author to sign books June 26

BAXTER - Author Midge Bubany of "The Equalizer" in June of 2014 and "Silver's Bones" in March of 2015 will sign copies of her books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 26 at Book World in Baxter. Both novels are part of the Cal Sheehan mystery series and are set in north central Minnesota.

Bubany attended Minnesota State University at Mankato to obtain an education degree and later gained a social science major from the University of California at Irvine. She taught six years in Huntington Beach, Calif., and 27 years for the Osseo School District, and although retired, she continues work as a substitute teacher. In addition, she has studied writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and has educated herself on police procedures using several resources, including the Orono Citizens Police Academy, an eight week course offered by the Orono Police Department, and more recently the Hennepin County Sheriff's Law Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy. Both allowed her the privilege of participating in ride-alongs in patrol and crime scene investigations.

In "The Equalizer," deputy Investigator Cal Sheehan tackles the first homicide investigation of his career, a double murder in a Central Minnesota county park. When a local hiker discovers the bodies of Ted Kohler, a prominent businessman and Ronny Peterson, a young parks employee, the community is sent into a frenzy of fear and suspicion. In the mix of the tale, Cal is distracted by his dysfunctional family and two aggressive women who vie for his affection: the wacky young reporter who rear-ends him on the way to the scene and Peterson's attractive boss, a recently divorced friend. But Cal is unaware of how manipulating both women are and to what extent they will each go to get what they want.

In "Silver's Bones," 17-year-old Silver Rae Dawson vanishes while babysitting for her neighbors and 15 years later, a landscaping crew hired by Adriana Valero, Sheehan's ex-girlfriend, uncovers her shallow grave. Just when Cal thinks the difficult cold case will be his only challenge, a major distraction occurs. Solving Silver's murder case is Cal's top priority, and with little new evidence and former suspects who seem to have solid alibis, it isn't going to be easy.

Joint exhibit at Great River Arts

LITTLE FALLS - Great River Arts presents a joined reception for Amber White's "Remnants" and the Artist Guild of Central Minnesota "Members Exhibition" on display in the front and main galleries through June.

A reception with the 11 exhibiting artists will be from 6-8 p.m. June 18 and it also will feature the live musical stylings of Paul Drinkwine.

"Remnants" is a collection of cast metal, photography and found objects that reflects on White's reaction to the world she inhabits described as "somewhere between image and object, process and aftermath." As a Little Falls native, White describes her return to the gallery for her first solo exhibition as coming full circle, remembering the day she installed her senior art exhibition in the same space a few years past.

The "Members Exhibition" features the work of 10 area artists who range in media styles. For the first time in many months the main gallery features an extensive sculpture collection of ceramic works, in addition to colorful walls of abstracts, watercolors, photographs and oil paintings.The guild was formed in April 2011 as an educational and business resource for Central Minnesotan artists seeking to foster a deep appreciation for the arts. Members featured in this exhibition include: Kenneth Ferber, Michele Feriancek, Melissa Gohman, Jill Dubbeldee Kuhn, Dan Mondloch, Rachelle Netland, Chuck Norwood, Jo Svaren, Willicey Tynes and Lisa Molitor. Together the individual pieces heighten awareness of rural Minnesotan art and present juxtapositions of media for a group exhibition.

Find Waldo in Wadena

WADENA - The famous children's book character Waldo in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 25 different local businesses throughout July in Wadena. Those who spot him can win prizes. From Kal's Kars to Over The Rainbow to Caring Heart Boutique, Waldo figures will be well hidden in local business establishments. Find Waldo Local is a summer vacation activity and a way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a "Find Waldo Local in Wadena!" passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at 10 or more sites can bring their passports back to An Open Book to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.

For more information about hunting for Waldo in Wadena, call An Open Book at 218-632-2665.

County jail wins award for inmate programs

A community arts collaboration between The Crow Wing County Jail and The Crossing Arts Alliance was awarded Minnesota Jail Programs and Services Dave Grant 2014 Program of the Year. The program for Crow Wing County inmates included writer's workshops, book clubs and visual arts coordinated by Miranda Neuwirth, programs sergeant, and Rhonda Christman, jail programmer. Under the project direction of Krista Rolfzen Soukup and Elsie Husom, the program also included a Five Wings Arts Grant providing The Crossing Arts Alliance to publish a book of inmate work by Chip Borkenhagen of RiverPlace Press title "Behind the Bricks," as well as a community art exhibit.

The programs were initiated by Lowell Johnson from the Father's Read Every Day program and around the premise that adult literacy in the family is the foundation for children's early literacy learning and were developed to meet the literacy needs of the inmate populations. Through the Five Wings grant, the program expanded by adding a visual arts component with weekly visual art and writing instruction classes in three housing units in the jail, serving both male and female population. Numerous volunteers, including many retired teachers from the community, led highly attended weekly sessions. The program also included local author Candace Simar leading book club discussions in each housing units for each of her four Abercrombie Trail series books.

Completed inmate works were selected by community artists to make a companion piece, art to writing and writing to art that reflect the mood, meaning and/or feeling of the original work. The work was showcased in the Beyond the Bricks Exhibit at the Jail, The Q Gallery, several area churches and schools, with an estimation of more than 2,000 people of all ages viewing this exhibit in various locations.

The Dave Grant Award is given annually by the Minnesota Sheriffs Association using four criteria for the selection process; cost effectiveness, innovations, providing new skills and utilization and/or integration of community resources.

This program was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Five Wings Arts Council encourages and promotes arts creation, appreciation, and education through grant programs and technical assistance to enhance the quality of life for Minnesota residents in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties.

Virg and Jim to perform at Gregory Park

Virg and Jim will perform at 7 p.m. today, June 11 in the bandstand at Gregory Park in Brainerd.

Virg Litke's music career has taken him on a journey over the years. Litke began his musical career in grade school by playing the harmonica in civics class. During the following years, he mastered playing the guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo.

In 1958, he started the band Virg and the Eldorado's and he was the lead guitar on KCMT-TV Alexandria's Slim Acre's Show. In 1960, Litke got his own show every Saturday and was on weekly until 1964. He was also busy playing house band gigs six nights a week for 21 years.

Along the journey, Litke has played back up for such stars as Stonewall Jackson, Red Foley, Dottie West, Webb Pierce and opened shows for Sammy Kershaw and Three Dog Night. Litke wrote and recorded "The Ballad of Jacob Wetterling" when Jacob was abducted. The song tells the story of what happened and appeals to the abductor to set him free. It received local and national airplay. He also recorded a Christmas song dedicated to his mother called "Merry Christmas Mom" which tells of how she gave him his first guitar.

In 2005, Litke had the honor of being inducted into the Minnesota Country Music Hall of Fame as a pioneer of country music. His music journey has taken him all over the Midwest and beyond: Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ontario, Alberta, Montana and Alaska.

After playing music in the area for 56 years, Litke still plays, but not as often.

Bandstand concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chair, a blanket and enjoy the music. Rain out site is The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd. If the concerts are moved

indoors, signs will be posted on the bandstand and it will be announced on WJJY radio.

Concerts in the park are collaboration between the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Funding for the concerts has been provided by community donations.

Destiny Cruises goes Old School for the 'Crooner's Cruise'

Destiny Cruises will take a trip back in time June 20 with live music on board the North Star for a three hour "Crooner's Cruise" featuring the old-school sounds of Mr. Mellow D.

The cruise is from 3-6 p.m. on Gull Lake.

Mr. Mellow D has a song list that includes the likes of Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Frankie Valli. Participants can dance, warm up their sing-along voice or just relax.

The "Crooner's Cruise" tickets are on sale now at or by calling 855-953-3784. Tickets are $34 plus taxes for adults and $24 plus taxes for children.

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