Entertainment Briefs — March 2

A round-up of upcoming entertainment events, such as concerts, plays, music in the park, author events in the Brainerd lakes area.

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Pints for a Purpose at Jack Pine Brewery

Enjoy a beer at Jack Pine Brewery in Baxter from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, and help out the Women of Today at the same time.

With every beer sold, $1 will go directly to the Women of Today, which will have representatives on hand to talk about their impact on our community.

For more information, call 218-270-8072 or email

‘Cultural Thursday’ presenter to talk on Anishinaabe

The community is invited to attend Central Lakes College’s virtual “Cultural Thursday” presentation on the culture and values of the Anishinaabe. The free event will be held at noon Thursday, March 3, via Zoom. Pre-register here: .

The speaker will be Susan Beaulieu, an Anishinaabe citizen of the Red Lake Nation. Beaulieu has been working with tribal communities for over 14 years in a variety of capacities, including project development, training development, teaching and facilitation.


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Susan Beaulieu
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She works as an extension educator for the University of Minnesota Extension in family development and family resilience, where she provides resources and support to tribal nations and communities around the state on topics including trauma and toxic stress, adverse childhood events, epigenetics neuroscience, resilience and healing.

Beaulieu is a mother of four and resides with her family in the Brainerd lakes area.

For questions about this event or the “Cultural Thursdays” series, contact Jason Edens at or 218-855-8124.

Folk and classical music at the NYM Cultural Center

Flutist Linda Chatterton and harpist Rachel Brandwein will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the visual arts gallery space of the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

Their concert will have a mix of classical and folk music, with a special piece of music inspired by a piece of New York Mills’ history.

The duo will also be performing for music students in fifth through 12th grades at the New York Mills Public School and residents of Mills Manor as part of this Minnesota State Arts Board-funded residency, brought to the community by the Cultural Center.

The pair have been performing together since 2013 with concert tours in the U.S. and the Far East, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour grant to present concert and educational residencies in four greater Minnesota communities, including New York Mills.

Their repertoire encompasses traditional concert repertoire for flute and harp, their own arrangements for flute and harp of classical, folk and contemporary works, and new works written for them.


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Linda Chatterton and Rachel Brandwein
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“The kind of performance that sparks wild standing ovations,” according to the American Record Guide of Minneapolis flutist Linda Chatterton in a news release.

Chatterton has performed and given masterclasses at prestigious locations throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, St. Martins-in-the-Field in London and the Moscow Conservatory.

A two-time McKnight Artist prize winner, Chatterton has received her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and has released seven recordings. (Learn more at .)

Brandwein is the winner of the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Solo Competition. She has toured the U.S. and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and concerto soloist.

Brandwein is on faculty at St. Olaf College and Luther College. She earned degrees from the University of Michigan, The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. (Learn more at .)

Tickets are $10 for adults ($2 member discount) or $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door the night of the concert. Light refreshments will be available.

COVID-19 safety guidelines will be observed. (Full refunds will be provided if unable to attend due to illness.)

For more information, call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the website at .


This concert is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

‘Brewery Bus Assault Tour’ stops at 5 breweries

Join a bus tour of the Brainerd lakes area breweries and distilleries that starts at noon Saturday, March 5, and ends nine hours later.

Begin at the Snarky Loon Brewery Co. in Jenkins at noon to get the party started. Buses load at 1 p.m.

Don't want to drive? Make reservations at the AmericInn in Pequot Lakes and a bus will pick you up and drop you off. (Just mention the Brewery Bus Assault Tour at the time of the reservation for a lodging discount.)

The bus tour will include Big Axe Brewing Co. and Roundhouse Brewery in Nisswa, Jack Pine Brewery in Baxter, 5Rocks Distilling Co. in Brainerd, and Cuyuna Brewing Co. in Crosby.

The cost is $40 per person and includes a bus ticket, an event beer mug and a snack necklace. To reserve a spot, visit .

‘Lantern Idol’ singing contest at Green Lantern

Who's ready to sing their way to $500 cash at The Green Lantern in Brainerd?

The bar contest at 19121 Highway 18 runs every Saturday night in March and finals are March 26.

Singing starts at 9 p.m. each night and contestants must be there by 8 p.m. to register if you are singing in the contest modeled after “American Idol.”

For more information, contact Tina Hayes Mandel on Facebook at .

Minnesota author Sarah Stonich to discuss ‘Reeling’

While the Brainerd Public Library is not holding in-person events, Brown Bag Lunch author visits will be presented as live events on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page.

Minnesota author Sarah Stonich will discuss her new novel, “ Reeling ,” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 7. She lives on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. In her book, RayAnne Dahl is taking public television’s first all-women fishing talk show on the road to New Zealand.

Those who met RayAnne in “Fishing!,” Stonich’s first outing with the intrepid, accidental talk-show host, will encounter familiar and unexpected pleasures in her latest antics — and a story whose lighthearted surface and surprising depths will charm readers finding her for the first time.

”Fishing!,” the first installment of RayAnne’s adventures, is published by University of Minnesota Press, as are the first two volumes in Stonich’s Northern Trilogy, “Vacationland” and “Laurentian Divide.”

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Sarah Stonich
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Stonich is also the author of “These Granite Islands” (2013), which has been translated into seven languages and shortlisted for France’s Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle; a memoir, “Shelter: Off the Grid in the Mostly Magnetic North” (2017); and the critically acclaimed novel “The Ice Chorus.”

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the Friends of the Library’s Facebook page at .

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