Entertainment Briefs - May 24

School of Rock Summer Camp announced for 2018 Begun as a legacy project by The Crossing Arts Alliance to honor longtime board member Mark Munson, the Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock is preparing to rock out for its second year. The camp, whic...

Youth perform in last year's Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Registration is open for this year's camp.Mike Vogt/Submitted
Youth perform in last year's Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Registration is open for this year's camp. Mike Vogt/Submitted


School of Rock Summer Camp announced for 2018

Begun as a legacy project by The Crossing Arts Alliance to honor longtime board member Mark Munson, the Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock is preparing to rock out for its second year.

The camp, which runs noon to 4 p.m. July 17-19 and July 24-26, brings young musicians together to work on the skills needed to become a band and to perform on stage. Under the guidance of an established local musician instructor, students develop skills and friendships, and rock out, learning and performing two classic rock songs. The camp culminates with a rock concert July 26 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The camp is open to musicians in grades five through 12 with a least one year of experience with their instrument. Guitarists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists are welcome. Drummer and bass player spots are limited, so organizers encourage youth to sign up early. Some accommodations may be made for younger musicians on a case by case basis.


Registration is now open. Camp is $230 per student, which includes scholarships that are available for those who can demonstrate financial need.

Register online at or call TCAA at 218-833-0416.

The Mark Munson Memorial School Of Rock is a program of The Crossing Arts Alliance, a nonprofit arts organization in downtown Brainerd. This event is co-sponsored by Brainerd Public Schools Community Education. Crossing Arts Alliance activities are 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.

Deadline approaching for Salute to the Arts

The Crossing Arts Alliance invites artists working in any medium to submit up to two 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, it stated in a news release.

Submission deadline is noon May 31. Artists currently living in Minnesota 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 2017 and may be representational, abstract, non-representational or conceptual. Artwork must not have been previously displayed with TCAA.

The submission fee of $10 per Crossing Arts member, or $15 for non-members covers submissions of up to two 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 online at Forms also may be picked up at TCAA.


BHS Choirs present spring concert

The Brainerd High School Choirs will present spring concerts at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The 6 p.m. concert will feature the ninth grade Varsity Choir, with a sampling of tunes by Bards, Concert Chorale and Windfall. A 7:30 p.m. concert will feature full sets by Windfall, Bards, Concert Chorale and the A Cappella Choir. Past alumni will be invited to combine with A Cappella to sing "Sing Me To Heaven," and special recognition will be given to the seniors in the choral program.

A special piece written by sophomore Jacob Hanson will be presented by A Cappella as well.

Admission is $6 and $4, tickets are available at the door. Guests may attend either or both events for the same cost.

MN author to appear with suspense book

Award-winning Minnesota author Allen Eskens will present his latest book "The Deep Dark Descending" at noon June 4 at the Brainerd Public Library.

The author appearance is part of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library's mission to bring acclaimed authors to the library the first Monday of every month to speak about their latest work and the craft of writing. These events give local book lovers a chance to connect with up-and-coming and award-winning authors from around the Midwest, a news release stated.


Eskens will discuss "The Deep Dark Descending," a suspense novel about a homicide detective who hunts down his wife's killers while struggling between his thirst for revenge and a twinge of conscience forbidding him to take the law into his own hands.

People who attend are welcome to bring a packed lunch or can enjoy the light refreshments provided. These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts, and are free to the public.

For more information contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page at .

Nisswa-stämman Music workshops set for 2018

NISSWA-Nisswa-stämman instrumental, singing and dancing workshops are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 and take place in several homes in the Nisswa area.

The workshops are geared for people who have an interest in learning to play or dance to Scandinavian folk music. Each year, Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival brings top level folk musicians from Scandinavia to Nisswa. They not only perform at the festival, but they also share their talents with aspiring students on the day before the festival. There will be workshops in Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish fiddling and ensemble workshops where all instruments are welcome to participate. There will be three song workshops for singers. Dance workshops will be taught by Swedish and Norwegian folk dancers and no partner is necessary to participate. These workshops all require advance registration and there is a fee. For more information, go to and click on the workshop link or contact Janet Hill at or 218-259-4090.

Wine and Words event set

The Friends of The Brainerd Public Library announce its new Wine and Words brunch event scheduled Aug. 10 at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

The event features presentations by award winning authors including Liam Callanan, Heather

Gudenkauf, Matt Goldman, William Kent Krueger, J. Courtney Sullivan and Lorna Landvik. There will be a social hour and silent auction starting at 10:30 a.m. A sit down brunch will take place during the presentations starting at 11:30 a.m. Book signings will follow the presentations.

Tickets for the event are sold individually or tables of eight, nine and 10 seats are available at a

discounted rate. Brunch tickets are $35 for individuals and can be purchased at the Brainerd Public Library or online at .

The Aug. 9 night event is sold out.

Proceeds for the event benefit the Brainerd Public Library's programming and outreach efforts to the community. Funds raised have provided writers workshops, children's reading hour, teen programming, author events, classes for adults and children, senior programs, art workshops, Book Club in a Bag, additional copies of bestselling books and more.

New York Mills tour set

NEW YORK MILLS-To commemorate Otter Tail County's 150th Anniversary, the Otter Tail County Historical Society is sponsoring a tour at 6 p.m. June 8 of historic downtown New York Mills.

When Otter Tail County commissioners held their first official meeting in September of 1868, there was no New York Mills. Where the city is now was once a dense forest of white pine, red and white oak, tamarack and ash. This drew the attention of New York entrepreneurs Henry Van Aerman, Olcot Boardman and George Cornwall to form the New York Mills Company headquartered in Olean, New York. Arrangements were made to construct a lumber mill, the materials of which arrived in 1872 on the first rail car to the site. It was not until 1882 that the company had the property surrounding the mill platted and laid out into lots and block. The plat was recorded in 1883 with the name New York Mills.

By the early 20th century New York Mills became a destination for Finnish immigrants. Public saunas and a strong cooperative movement characterized Finnish influence on the community.

Come and explore the history and heritage of New York Mills.

Cost of the tour is $5.

For more information, contact the Otter Tail County Historical Society at 218-736-6038.

Piano recital performed

Bridge of Harmony students performed a piano recital Sunday, May 20, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

Students were Meava McFadden (front, left), Anabelle Holcomb-Smith, Serena Slaughter, Ari Sibbert, Keaira Vaughn, Sophia Schram, Lila Clarke -- teacher, Grace Holcomb-Smith (second row, left), Grace Rangen, Zendaya Sanguma, Claire Rangen, Delaney Jackman, Katey Selisker, Livia Thompson (row three, left), Raina Grant, Alayna Svendsen, K.D. Mohar, Mariah Hummer, Emerson Holcomb-Smith (fourth row, left), Ezra Hopman, Cartier Diamon and A.J. Thompson. Not pictured are Cadence White, Brody Shaw and Mary Cooley Davis.

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