Entertainment Briefs - May 11

Emily author's book to be released Emily resident Jill Anderson's first women's fiction novel titled "To-Hell-And-Back Club" will debut Tuesday. The book, published by Pandamoon Publishing in Texas, takes place in a fictitious town around the Bra...

Jill Anderson
Jill Anderson

Emily author's book to be released

Emily resident Jill Anderson's first women's fiction novel titled "To-Hell-And-Back Club" will debut Tuesday.

The book, published by Pandamoon Publishing in Texas, takes place in a fictitious town

around the Brainerd lakes area and mentions several area businesses.

The book's description is "Who can you turn to when your life falls apart? Peyton Brooks, a newly-empty nester with a comatose marriage, loses her three friends in a car crash and reaches out to women in the 'To-Hell-And-Back Club,' hoping they'll help resuscitate her life.


"Women use their sense of humor, strength and support to help pull her off the couch and back to living her life. She rebuilds the life she'd put aside two decades ago. But when Peyton digs up time capsules she and her friends buried years ago, and uncovers secrets about those she loved, she struggles to keep her own life-changing secret buried."

"To-Hell-And-Back Club" is a book that reminds people it's never too late to start over, and that living a life of regrets is no life at all, the author stated in a news release.

Anderson has written part-time for Her Voice magazine for the past 10 years. She is a member of Women's Fiction Writers Association and is currently working on her second women's fiction novel, "Crazy Little Town Called Love."

Both novels take place in fictitious towns around the Brainerd lakes area, and feature many area businesses and attractions.

Print and eBook copies are available on Amazon.

The author has two upcoming book events: 5:30 p.m. June 14 at Mixed Company in Crosby and 6 p.m. June 23 at Manhattan Beach Lodge in Crosslake. The author asks people to email her at to RSVP for both events.

Second Saturday event coming

The Second Saturday Crossing Arts Kids art programming will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.


The Crossing Arts Alliance will explore the magical world of watercolor with Alice Larson. The class is geared towards youth age 5 to 13, but any age is welcome to attend. Younger artists will require an adult helper. This class is being sponsored by the Altrichter Family, in honor of the magic of Gracie.

Crossing Arts Kids classes are offered for a suggested donation of $3 per child/$5 per family but no child is turned away due to need. No pre-registration is needed. The classes are co-sponsored by Brainerd Public Schools Community Education.

Artist Kathi Mann will be the featured member artist at TCAA through the month. Mann will appear from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Crossing Arts Gift Shop for an artist meet and greet. The public is encouraged to meet Mann and learn about her work. She will also be teaching a water-based oil painting workshop from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

"The Art of Brevity" a literary exhibit that challenges writers to tell a story in just two sentences, will be on display in The Crossing Arts Gallery through May 26.

For more information visit or call TCAA at 218-833-0416.

Music General attend Hall of Fame Dance Challenge

Music General Studio and Company Lines competed in March at the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge in Burnsville. Music General was among 14 studios from around the state who attended the event, and Music General Studio and Company line dancers competed against more than 750 entries for top honors. Music General dancers placed in the Top Ten 18 times, including three first place awards, two second place awards and four third place awards. Dancers in Mini-Senior Company lines were awarded two Grand Slam Award with 293.5-300 points; 20 Platinum Awards with 285-293.4 points; and four High Gold Awards with 278-284.9 points for their efforts.

Music General's Senior Company and Teen Company lines were chosen as Hall of Fame Most Valuable Players with their routines "Try a Little Tenderness" and "Dippity Dop." Five routines; "Gone," "Remember My Name," "The Little Things," "Thunderstruck" and "Try a Little Tenderness," were chosen as Best In Category.


Copper Street Brass comes to Crosby

Minneapolis-based Copper Street Brass will perform at 7 p.m. May 22 in the Mayberry Auditorium at the Crosby-Ironton High School.

The CSB will combine classical music with jazz, pop and rock to the Crosby stage, as part of its "Evolution in COncert" touring program. CSB is the brass chamber ensemble in Minnesota and one of only a handful of self-sustaining brass groups in the country. The group was founded in 2008 as a professionally trained classical chamber music ensemble, which means they perform without a conductor with two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba, it stated on its website. CSB performs more than 40 concerts each year, mainly in the Midwest.

CSB also leads more than 100 educational programs each season, performing for more than 100 classroom concerts and school lyceums for students in kindergarten through college each year.

The concert is a free-will donation.

Ruttger's announces Summer Concert Series

DEERWOOD-Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge will host an eight-event Summer Concert Series running from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend.

Local and regional bands will perform on the shores of Bay Lake on select weekends throughout the summer. For two of the concerts, Ruttger's will transform a portion on the resort into a street dance. All concerts are open to the public. Admission is $5 per person.

"There is something magical about good live music on a sunny, warm summer night," Chris Ruttger, president of Ruttger's stated in a news release. "We are happy to provide a family friendly, high-quality entertainment option for our guests and members of the community. Everyone is invited to enjoy the shows."

Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

Tami Lee and the Northern Lights Band will perform May 27; Erin and Madison, May 28; Alpensterne, June 17; October Son, July 1 ; Shane Martin Band street dance, July 8; Ipso Facto, July 14; King Wilkie's Dream street dance, Aug. 26; and Copperhead Creek, Sept. 2.

For more information go to about the the concert series. The series is sponsored by Viking Coca-Cola and Cuyuna Brewing Company.

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, an area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the large room at the Brainerd Public Library. Poets will open the meeting by reading poems at the podium. Following will be business regarding various summer opportunities for poets/writers to be discussed including the annual convention of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and League of Minnesota Poets' retreat.

Poets will share their poems-in-progress and are asked to bring extra copies, so others can appreciate it. This meeting is free and open to the public.

The NFSPS also is hosting a contest where writers are asked to write a "Lune" which is a shorter version of the haiku to accommodate English. The syllable count is 5/3/5 instead of haiku's 5/7/5 count. Invented in the 1960s, subject matter can be anything; whereas traditional haiku generally includes nature.

Ensemble MA to perform

LITTLE FALLS- Ensemble MA will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Great River Arts in Little Falls, as part of the 14 Fridays Performing Arts Series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

General admission is $10 and $5 for students. Tickets are available in advance at Great River Arts, online at or by phone at 320-632-0960 or at the door.

Ensemble MA will present a blend of traditional Japanese and Asian American music, along with some Taiko (drumming). The show will feature a musicality distinctive to the Ensemble Ma style that focuses on choreographed percussion.

The group features talented musicians and vocalists from the Twin Cities including Alex Lubet, Sara Ochs, Sarah Senseman, Iris Shiraishi, Susan Tanabe, Arlene Teraoka, Jennifer Weir and Mary Zilge.

Elementary Art Exhibit set

NEW YORK MILLS --The annual Regional "Best Of" Elementary School Art Show will run through May 27 at the Cultural Center in New York Mills, with an open house reception from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

A twist on the perennial exhibition, this year's show is juried by the art teachers. Prizes are awarded to top students from each of the schools and a Best In Show.

About 60 pieces of student art are expected for viewing in the gallery. Participating schools include New York Mills, Wadena, Sebeka, Frazee and Perham.

The exhibit is free to see and open to all.

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