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Entertainment Briefs - March 24

Legacy Chorale announces spring concert The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota Spring concert series runs April 15-17 and features "Music of the Night." Organizers state, "The show will take you back to memories and dreams of beautiful nights, m...

Legacy Chorale announces spring concert

The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota Spring concert series runs April 15-17 and features "Music of the Night."

Organizers state, "The show will take you back to memories and dreams of beautiful nights, moons and stars in the sky. You'll be entertained with soothing sounds that reflect the feeling of music of the night under the direction of Legacy Chorale founder and artistic director Sarah Aamot, accompanied by Laura Raedeke."

Concerts are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia; 7:30 p.m. April 16 a Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts performance at Pequot Lakes High School Theater; and 3:30 p.m. April 17 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

A variety of venues will be represented including folk, blues and spiritual with pieces such as,

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"All Night, All Day," "Moonglow," "In the Night We Shall Go," "Stars I Shall Find," "Moon River," "The Long Day Closes," "The May Night," "Beautiful Dreamer" and "The Music of the Night."

The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota has performed on area stages since 2001 under 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."

They are governed by a nine-member board and group membership is by audition held twice a year.

The Legacy Chorale includes 40 and 65 singers at any time of all ages, representing a number of greater Minnesota communities. They are committed to performing in a broad area in order to bring quality choral music to greater Minnesota. The Legacy Chorale has held performances in Aitkin, Brainerd, Baxter, Bemidji, Crosby, Crosslake, Deerwood, Hackensack, Little Falls, Long Prairie, Longville, Minneapolis, Moose Lake, Pequot Lakes, Staples, Perham, St. Cloud, Wadena, Walker, Willmar and White Bear Lake.

Concert tickets for the April 15 and 17 concerts are available from choir members, at the door, or in advance at the Brainerd Dispatch, Lakes Printing in Brainerd and Bethany Book Store in Baxter. Tickets are $12 for adults and seniors; free for students age 18 and under. Tickets for April 16's GLAPA performance are available at Pequot Lakes Community Education office at Pequot Lakes High School.

The organization is funded by member fees, fundraisers, community donations, ticket sales and grants. More information is online at www.legacychorale.org or to see the full schedule.

Geritol Frolics looking for singers/dancers

The Geritol Frolics are looking for people age 55 and older who are interested in performing in its vaudeville-style musical variety show.

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Auditions for those interested in being in the show will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. March 31 and from 6:30-8 p.m. May 5 at the Franklin Arts Center. No prior training or experience is required. Singers may bring a prepared piece if they wish.

The frolics are in its 13th season. Their production will run Oct. 20-23 and 27-30 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

For those who can't make it to one of the auditions or need more information can call 218-825-3777.

Matinee performance added for Don Shelby Mark Twain Show

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center has added a matinee performance of "Mark Twain: Life on the Mississippi," featuring former WCCO newsman Don Shelby.

The additional performance will be 2 p.m. April 2 in the Chalberg Theatre at CLC in Brainerd. The performance also will be at 7 p.m. on April 2.

Go to www.clcmn.edu/arts or call the CLC Box Office at 218-855-8199 for tickets.

Writers workshops presented throughout April

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The Brainerd Public Library will present four writers workshops throughout the month of April. The series will kick off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 7 with "Peeling away the Layers to Discover the Truth of your Character" with author Candace Simar.

This workshop will discuss how a reader can identify with fictional characters and why readers sometimes do not love characters as much as the writer does. This class will help you learn ways to make your characters live and breathe on the page. No matter where the participant is on their writing journey, their writing can improve by creating more dynamic characters. The class will be informal and will include both instruction and sharing.

Participants can register by calling the library at 218-829-5574.

Simar of Pequot Lakes has written "Abercrombie Trail," "Pomme de Terre," "Birdie," "Blooming Prairie" and "Shelterbelts." In 2013, she co-authored "Farm Girls" with Angela Foster. "Birdie" received the 2012 Spur Award and "Blooming Prairie" was a 2013 Spur finalist.

The additional writer's workshops will be:

• From 6-7 p.m. April 11: "Skype Presentation on Query Letters" with Laura Zats. Limited to 25.

• From 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 21: "Somewhere Between Poem and Prose and Something Else Entirely" for middle and high school writers with Sonya Chamberlain.

• From 9-11 a.m. April 23: "How to Attract Readers (or Publishers) with an Engaging First Page" with Angela Foster.

These free Legacy Programs are funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's art and cultural heritage.

For more information, contact the Brainerd Public Library at 218-829-5574.

Festival of the Arts set in Pequot Lakes

PEQUOT LAKES-The 34th annual Pequot Lakes Festival of the Arts will be held 5:30-8 p.m. March 31 at the Pequot Lakes High School.

The festival showcases the artistic talents of youth and adult artists. The event offers visual arts, performing arts and public speaking presentations. People can come meet the artists, take a walking tour of the art displays in the Patriot Athletic Center, sit and watch the performers on stage on the Pequot Lakes High School Theater or stop to hear the speech students share their presentations in the Patriot Writing Center.

Community artists who will be setting up displays include pottery from Cyrus Swann, Dan Devine and Bill Grange; Wildlife artists Heath Foss and Jerry Raedeke; metal sculpture and glass blowing from Jeff Kreitz and Steve Weagel; World Champion Fish Decoy Carver Bob Johnson; and photography by John Caughlan. High School art students will also have their artwork on display. Senior artists have many projects from the year to showcase.

Performing arts to be performed in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater will be: 5:30 p.m., Just For Kix dancers; 5:45-7 p.m., Roseanne Reed's Northwoods Dance; and 7-8 p.m., Jazz with the Pequot Lakes junior high and senior high school jazz bands.

New to the offerings for the 2016 festival is the addition of speech presentations. The Pequot Lakes Speech team has had an award winning year and the students will share their talent.

Festival of the Arts buttons can be purchased from any of the school offices before the day of the festival. Buttons will be sold at the door on the day of the event.

Silent auction items needed for classical concerts

Great River Strings is looking for donations and items for its Annual Spring Silent Auctions.

Anyone who has quilt or craft items, furniture, lodging or food certificates or business donations, can contact Mary Aulie at 218-839-1085.

The concerts, "What's in a Name?" and silent auctions will be at 7 p.m. April 23 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood; and 2:30 p.m. April 24 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin.

Crosslake Art Club news

CROSSLAKE-The Crosslake Art Club announces the following events:

Bill Grange, longtime Crosslake Art Club member and former Brainerd High School Art teacher, currently has an exhibit of numerous pen and ink and watercolor paintings on display at the Crosslake Community Library.

Works by other Crosslake Art Club members including Sherri Wagner, Carol Engebrit, Laurel LaBorde, Diane Runberg, Phyllis Frankum, Barb Neihart, Mary Erlandson and Adelle Erickson, may also be viewed at the Crosslake Community Center, Crosslake City Hall and the Breezy Point City Hall.

The Crosslake Art Club will meet at 1 p.m. April 4 at the community center. Members are invited to meet at 10 a.m. to view and paint along with a Gordon Mackenzie video workshop on watercolor landscapes.

Seniors at Pequot Lakes High School who plan to further their education in art are encouraged to apply for a $1,000 scholarship that the Crosslake Art Club will make available to a qualifying graduating senior. The Jim Stevenson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at the spring awards banquet. For more information and application forms, contact Pequot High School art teacher, David Guenther.

AItkin musical planned

AITKIN-The Aitkin High School Concert Choir consisting of 47 singers will present the musical, "Grease."

Performances will be 2 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. March 31 and April 1-2 at the high school. Tickets are $6 for Wednesday's concert and $8 for center seats and $6 for the wing seats for the March 31 and April 1-2 performances.

Tickets can be purchased in the Aitkin High School District Office.

"Grease" takes place in 1959 at Rydell High School. The too-cool-for-school "Burger Palace Boys" are stealing hubcaps and acting tough and their gum-snapping "Pink Ladies" are in bobby sox and poodle skirts. The heart of the story is the romance between Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski. The whole gang sings and dances around the couple's romance, through hit songs such as "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin'," "We Go Together" and "You're the One That I Want."

Cultural Center presents gallery talk and concert

NEW YORK MILLS-The Cultural Center in New York Mills will host a poetry reading, gallery conversation and traditional Norwegian music at 7:30 p.m. April 1. This event, "Conversations & Concert," is offered in conjunction with the current gallery exhibit at the Cultural Center, "Immigration Integration: Exploring Women's Identity and Culture."

This exhibition's curator, Jill M. Johnson will open the night with a reading of poetry connected to the theme of the exhibit: women's identity and place in our global culture. Cultural Center program coordinator will facilitate a conversation on "Issues in Global Women's Equality." The event concludes with musical selections by Arna Rennan on the overtone flute and a Northern European dulcimer, called the langeleik. Arna is one of the featured artists of the Immigration Integration art exhibition.

The concert will take place in the main gallery and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be showcased through Saturday, April 9.

For more information, visit the center's website at www.kulcher.org or call 218-385-3339.

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