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Entertainment briefs - May 2

? PLHS spring play opens Thursday PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) student production of "The Giver" will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, and Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school theater. Tickets are $5 for adult...

■ PLHS spring play opens Thursday

PEQUOT LAKES - The Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) student production of “The Giver” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, and Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school theater.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and youth and will be available at the door.

“The Giver” is based on the book by Lois Lowry of the same title. This is a widely acclaimed youth novel. The action of the show is in arriving at an understanding of yourself. If you were Jonas what would you do?

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness, no unemployment and where every family is happy Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything in under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. Jonas is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from “The Giver.” “The Giver” alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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Jonas discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. In this 1994 Newberry Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly he decides he cannot pay the price.

The play is under the direction of Kristen Maas, PLHS English teacher.

■ C-I to present choir concert

CROSBY - The Crosby-Ironton Junior-Senior High School choirs, under the direction of Wayne Ellingsen and accompanied on piano by Bryan Johnson, will present their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Mayberry Auditorium.

Performing in the concert will be the seventh and eighth grade boys choir, seventh and eighth grade girl’s choir, seventh and eighth grade mixed choir, the Concert Choir, the Girls’ Triple Trio, the Chamber Singers and the A Cappella Choir.

Admission is by suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Providing variety to finish this years’ choral concerts, the spring concert is titled “Broadway & Beyond.” The concert will feature a wide variety of show tunes, pop tunes, spirituals and tunes from Broadway musicals.

The seventh and eighth grade choirs will open the concert with a variety of tunes including “Drill Ye Tarriers,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” recorded by Taylor Swift and “We Go Together” from Grease. Next, the Concert Choir will present a variety of music including “Song Of The Sea,” the spiritual “If I Have My Ticket” and pop tune “Stuck Like Glue” with body percussion. The Girls’ Triple Trio and Chamber Singers will follow with some lighter pop tunes including “Build Me Up, Buttercup,” “You Are The New Day” recorded by The Kings Singers, and “Hallelujah” from “Shrek.” The A Cappella Choir will conclude the concert with the “Medley From Les Miserable’s” which includes seven songs and many solos and “The Battle Of Jericho” by Hogan.

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The National School Choral Award, The Directors Choral Award and the All State Choir Awards will be presented along with certificates and recognition of the 13 senior members of the A Cappella Choir. The A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers Section/State music contest trophies also will be presented.

■ Upcoming Aitkin choir
concerts and banquet

AITKIN - Aitkin High School choirs will be hosting two upcoming choir concerts.

The middle school choirs and ninth grade choir will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Aitkin High School Auditorium. The Concert Choir, Madrigals, “Fists of Fury” Handbell Choir, solos/ensembles will present a pop concert at 7:30 p.m. May 17 in high school auditorium. Admission is $2.

The Aitkin High School Fine Arts Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 20 at St. James Catholic Church. The banquet will honor students who excelled in the fine arts, such as vocal/instrumental music, speech, art and one act. Tickets will be available for purchase at the pop concert or from Kelly Blake, the vocal music director.

■ Bill Morgan to sign books

LITTLE FALLS - Central Minnesota author and historian Bill Morgan, will discuss his new book “Earth, Wood, Stone: Central Minnesota Lives and Landmarks” at 10:30 a.m. May 11 at The Charles A. Weyerhaueser Memorial Museum.

The book is Volume II of a series and covers various aspects of the history of central Minnesota. Among the Morrison County stories featured in the book are Vernon Pick, the William W. Warren and MacDougall site, the orphan train and Amos and Charles Berry of the First Minnesota Regiment. A retired St. Cloud State University professor and long time advocate for the value of our cultural heritage, Morgan will share local history through his storytelling and writing. Books will be available for purchase at the museum. The museum is located at 2151 Lindbergh Drive S. in Little Falls.

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The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Morrison County Historical Society at www.morrisoncountyhistory.org; contactstaff@morrisoncountyhistory.org ; or 320-632-4007.

■ An Afternoon with Barton Sutter

CROSBY - Minnesota author Barton Sutter will make an Unlimited Learning appearance at 1:30 p.m. May 14 at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby.

Sutter will discuss the forces that drove a Midwestern small-town boy to explore this wide range of literary forms, making his home in Minnesota. He will illustrate his talk by reading from his work and he will even sing. Books and autographs will be available.

While most writers are content to refine their skills in one literary genre, Sutter is the only Minnesota author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three categories: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Primarily a poet, Sutter enjoys working in a variety of genres. He has published poems, essays and stories and produced seven books, the most recent of which is “The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems.” “My Father’s War and Other Stories” won the 1992 Minnesota Book Award in Fiction. For several years, Sutter wrote and broadcasts monthly commentaries for Minnesota Public Radio, and these essays were collected in “Cold Comfort: Life at the Top of the Map” (University of Minnesota, 1998), which won the 1999 Minnesota Book Award for Creative Non-fiction.

The event is free to Unlimited Learning members, and $5 for non-members. For more information go to www.unlimitedlearning.net .

■ Nisswa-stämman announces line-up

NISSWA -Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival has announced their musician line-up for the 14th annual festival taking place June 7-8 in Nisswa.

Visiting musicians are all international prize winners, including Harald Haugaard and Helene Blum, Denmark’s most acclaimed fiddler and singer combine their talents in a special visit to Nisswa; Marie Skavnes & Lars Berg, Norway’s top prize winning fiddler in the national 2012 competition teams up with an accordion player; Polka Chicks, Finland, top flight duo on fiddle and accordion that were favorites at Nisswa-stämman 2010; Bjärv duo, “fiddler of the realm” prize winning fiddlers from Sweden; and Mette Jensen & Kristian Bugge, also returns to Nisswa-stämman who won this year’s Danish Grammy for best traditional music.

Rounding out the list of 150 performing musicians are a multitude of Minnesota artists, and some from as far a field as Washington, D.C, and Chicago.

Nisswa-stämman is a nonprofit festival dedicated to preserving Scandinavian music and tradition here in Minnesota. For more information go to http://www.nisswastamman.org or email nisswastamman@nisswastamman.org .

■ Author to appear at arts and craft festival

Author Margo Hansen will make an appearance from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 during the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival held at the Brainerd High School.

Hansen, of Bovey, will be available to sign copies of her book, “Mattie’s Unspoken Vow.” Other books in this series available include, “Emma’s Marriage Secret,” “Jade’s Courting Danger Sky’s Bridal Train” and “Irena’s Bond of Matrimony.”

Most brides view their weddings as a dream come true. Mattie Morrison wishes her wedding was only a dream. When Mattie awakes from a deep sleep, she’s in for quite a surprise. While she was sleeping, an irate preacher had done what he considered his duty and married her off to some stranger. Now Mattie must live with the consequences.

She does not learn the identity of her husband until she runs into him in Sand Creek. Mattie recognizes Abel Newly. Abel, on the other hand, has no idea Mattie is the bride he was tricked into marrying. Instead, he’s eager to marry Delphinia Digby and to begin setting up his medical practice. He considers the wedding ceremony an elaborate hoax.

Abel’s seemingly single state concerns the townspeople. They’re not at all sure about having an unmarried doctor tend to their womenfolk. More than once, Abel calls upon Mattie to lend a hand at the doctor’s office. But what is it about her that seems so familiar?

Hansen’s fifth book “Mattie’s Unspoken Vow,” completes her series about the Newly family and sets the stage once again for romance, mystery and adventure in the north.

■ Author and kayaker visits Kitchigami libraries

Ely author, artist and adventurer Nancy Scheibe will present “River stories, making dreams come true” at several libraries in the Kitchigami Regional Library System.

Scheibe’s presentations will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Cass Lake Community Library; 11 a.m. Wednesday at Walker Public Library; 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Longville-Margaret Welch Memorial Library; 6 p.m. Wednesday at Pine River Public Library; noon May 9 at the Brainerd Public Library; 2 p.m. May 9 at Crosslake Community Library; 7 p.m. May 9 at Pequot Lakes Public Library; and 11 a.m. May 10 at Wadena City Library.

As an avid paddler and camper, Scheibe has lead women’s paddling groups into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A desire to fulfill a childhood dream of paddling the Mississippi River combined with a need to hear women’s stories which gave birth to the project, Ripples of Wisdom. She divided the river into three sections and with a team of volunteers in 2004, 2007 and 2011, and led the kayaking expedition that ensued. She’s written three books that vividly capture the flavor and adventures of each section of the river and the heartwarming and inspiring stories of the women she met along the way. Her career as a writer started as a free-lance journalist for The Ely Miner, a hometown newspaper where she was also the cartoonist.

Scheibe attended the School of the Associated Arts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and counseling psychology at Metro State University in St. Paul.

Scheibe’s visits are part of the Legacy Program, which is 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.

■ Free glass blowing workshop
offered in Pequot Lakes

PEQUOT LAKES - Steven Weagel will host a free glass blowing demonstration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11, at his residence at 6078 Crow Wing County Road 16 in Pequot Lakes, three miles east of the A Pine Restaurant.

It is free and open to the public.

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