Entertainment Briefs - May 21

CLC summer theater auditions set Auditions for the Central Lakes College Summer Theater production of the British Comedy "Bedroom Farce" will be at 7 p.m. May 27 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. The play calls for four men and four...

CLC summer theater auditions set

Auditions for the Central Lakes College Summer Theater production of the British Comedy "Bedroom Farce" will be at 7 p.m. May 27 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

The play calls for four men and four women, ranging in age from 20-60 years old, according to director Patrick Spradlin. The audition will consist of readings from the script.

"Bedroom Farce" is a comedy by British comic playwright Alan Ayckbourn. The play takes place during one night, but in three separate bedrooms in three separate houses.

A housewarming party at one couple's home is sabotaged by the arguing of another couple, who leave the party and take their bad attitudes into the homes of two other couples.


Rehearsals will generally take place weeknights between 7-10 p.m. Performances are scheduled for July 16-18 and 23-25.

For more information, contact Spradlin at or by phone at 218-855-8255.

Submissions being sought for 'Salute to the Arts' exhibition

The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) invites artists working in any medium to submit up to three works for Salute to the Arts, a juried exhibit. Salute to the Arts is a long-running exhibit featuring fresh new work from area artists.

Submission deadline is noon May 29. Artists currently living in the following counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena are eligible to submit. All media will be considered, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, digital, printmaking, video, installation, collage, mixed and textile. Original work only. Work must have been completed since June 2014 and may be representational, abstract, non-representational or conceptual. Artwork must not have been previously displayed with TCAA.

The submission fee is $20 per Crossing Arts member, or $25 for non-members and covers submissions of up to 3 works for consideration. A People's Choice Award will be given. Winner will receive a $50 cash prize and have a feature in TCAA's quarterly newsletter.

Full submission details can be found on TCAA website at or by contacting The Crossing at 218-833-4016, , or in person at the office in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

This activity is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Prayer Quilt Ministry quilts on display at Brainerd library

The Brainerd Public Library now has 15 quilts from the Prayer Quilt Ministry on display until the end of June. Quilts made by the Prayer Quilt Ministry are given to people who are going through serious health issues. The quilts combine the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt.

The Prayer Quilt Ministry was started in 2009 by Rita Tasche. The quilts are hand cut, machine sewn and hand-tied with a prayer said for the recipient with each knot as it is tied. It takes several volunteers to make one quilt. There are people who cut the materials, match and sew strips, quilt tops together and the volunteers who pray while tying each knot.

The ministry has made more than 1,400 quilts and has delivered them to people all over the United States. The quilts are made from donated fabric and thread. Monetary donations are also received and go toward the cost of batting and postage to mail the quilts.

There are currently more than 20 volunteers who meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays on the third floor of The Center in Brainerd.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating is welcome to come to The Center or call 218-829-8913.

Five Wings Arts Council awards local artist

Little Falls resident Jody Scott Olson was awarded a Project Support grant of $2,500 by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds from the McKnight Foundation.


Olson said the grant will be used to study atmospheric landscape painting coursework produced artist Tim Gagnon, portraiture coursework produced by London-based artist Will Kemp and to cover the cost of website and equipment upgrades.

Olson said she was first introduced to oil painting in 2011 at the age of 50 when she needed a college credit at St. Cloud State and oil painting fit her schedule. She said she was prepared for epic failure but earned an A grade and has been in love with painting ever since.

Olson said, "By the time you reach my age you assume you already know what you're good at. I had no idea how much I would love painting and how central to my life it would become. I am eternally grateful to the Five Wings Arts Council for approving my proposal and providing me this unique opportunity to learn, expand and develop as an artist."

Olson's paintings will be featured June 12 during the St. Cloud Art Crawl by Rush Boutique.

Third Double Barrel Bluegrass Fest this summer

REMER - The third annual Double Barrel Blues Fest at Pineridge Grouse Camp will be held in July and new this year will be the Double Barrel Bluegrass Fest.

The idea of a music festival evolved from a "mid-construction thank you party" Brenda and Jerry Havel, owners of Pineridge Grouse Camp, held for their work crews and friends as a thank you for helping them build a new lodge at the camp.

With the original concept being an event to say thank you, the Havel's set aside a set number of tickets for people in the communities of Longville, Remer and Grand Rapids who maybe going through a hard time or just need a "pick me up" and also donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to help others in the area. They have donated over $10,000 to several local and state charities over the past two years including Deep Portage Learning

Center, University of Minnesota, Hidden Wounds and Autistic Imprints.

Double Barrel Bluegrass Fest, July 17-18, will kick off with a performance from Minnesota's own Charlie Parr, known for his authentic heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirits. July 18 will feature a full day of music including Grammy nominated The

Special Consensus, Dick Kimmel Band, Wasteband, Turpentine Wine and Black

River Revue.

The Double Barrel Blues Fest is planned July 24-25 and will kick off with a little

"pork-neck," a sound heavily rooted in rock n' roll, blues, country, swing and surf from Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders. Also playing July 24 will be Barefoot Winos and the Everett Smithson Band. The line-up for July 25 includes blues based singer, songwriter and guitarist Corey Stevens, Hamilton Loomis, Ken Valdez, Kevin Burt and Big Medicine and Brian Naughton.

2015 Regional Art Show announced

NEW YORK MILLS - The Cultural Center in New York Mills announces its Regional Art Show, running Wednesday through July 2. The show is open to regional artists working in any medium and is non-juried.

The Center will accept entries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 or 22 or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Work must be ready for gallery display, which means paintings, drawings, or photographs must be framed and wired.

Artists are allowed to submit one or two works for a $15 registration fee for one, or $20 for two, which includes an annual Cultural Center membership.

"The Regional Show is one of our most popular exhibits," said show coordinator Brad Wegscheid. "It's also one that draws from the most diverse array of area talent, all in one show. Expect to see the usual paintings, drawings, and photos, plus pottery, sculpture, glass work, carvings, bead work, and a few surprises."

Prizes include $50 for People's Choice and four best-in-category awards. Categories will be determined after entries are submitted and will be based on the largest number of entries in any genre. Artwork may be offered for sale, with a commission going to the Center. Work completed in 2013 to 2015 is eligible.

"It's an honor to share gallery space with so many talented regional artists," said Pam Robinson, past People's Choice winner. "The depth and breadth of the exhibit is a treat for both the community and summer visitors."

A reception for artists will be held from 7-9 p.m. May 30.

Details including entry forms and commission schedules can be found at or call the Center at 218-385-3339.

Young Performer's Day Camp offered in June

PEQUOT LAKES - The fifth annual Young Performer's Day Camp will offer performing arts classes for area youth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18-20 at the Pequot Lakes High School. The camp director has more than 15 years of experience working specifically with youth in the performing arts, which includes directing, writing, choreographing, costuming, props, lighting and sound. Those in grades first through eight in the 2014-2015 school year with lively imaginations and high energy are encouraged to register.

Sessions include improvisation skills, dance, music, theater games, character development, short plays/skits. Youth also have the opportunity to develop and perform a solo act if they choose. These are 3 full days and end with a free friends and family showcase on the last day.

Cost is $90 and includes snacks, costumes, t-shirts and a pizza party on the last day of class. Space is limited, registration due by June 1 by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

Music in the Park begins June 11 in Crosby

CROSBY - The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce announces its start of the 2015 Music in the Park series at 6 p.m. June 11 in Crosby Memorial Park.

The band shell is now named the John H. Pribyl Pavilion and will be officially dedicated with a memorial plaque.

Gawker Slowdown and Cuyuna Rhythm Band will kick off the Music in the Park series.

Gawker Slowdown includes C-I residents, Clark Hamdorf: guitar, vocals; Shawn Hamdorf, drums, vocals, organizational skills; and Rick Bandy: bass, vocals, sound system design. Celebrating the band's 25th year of musical collaboration, Gawker Slowdown presents original music with occasional radio classics. Their original music has been recorded and performed by local artists John Pribyl, the S.T.A.R.T. Band and The Denver Patients.

Cuyuna Rhythm is a regional band, playing classic rock and oldies from the 1950's to the 1990's, a mix of old and new country, blues and boogie. The band plays upbeat music, mixed with an occasional slow dance or ballads. Band members are Jamie Koop, rhythm guitar and vocals; John Laughlin, drums, harmonica and vocals; Jody Stewart, lead guitar and sound specialist; Dave Peterson, bass guitar and vocals; and Rick Koop on the keyboard.

The June 11 event is sponsored by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center featuring a Summer Safety Theme with free bike helmets for youth and adults, expert fittings by emergency service providers, hands-only CPR demonstration and special appearance by Super Why.

For more information go to or contact the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber at 218-546-8131.

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