Entertainment Briefs - May 5

Sm?rg?sbord Exhibition to open in Brainerd gallery The New Bohemian Gallery in Brainerd presents its newest exhibition, Sm?rg?sbord. An exhibition featuring the artwork of 11 artists opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday and the exhibit run...

Brainerd High School student Zachary Rude, a tenor and musical scholar vocalist, will perform Saturday in “Dimensions of Motherhood” exhibit program at the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd. (Submitted)
Brainerd High School student Zachary Rude, a tenor and musical scholar vocalist, will perform Saturday in “Dimensions of Motherhood” exhibit program at the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd. (Submitted)

Sm'rgåsbord Exhibition to open in Brainerd gallery

The New Bohemian Gallery in Brainerd presents its newest exhibition, Sm'rgåsbord.

An exhibition featuring the artwork of 11 artists opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday and the exhibit runs through May 28. The exhibition is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibition title plays on the Swedish word, which in this case brings together an array of various kinds of artwork and mediums, opposed to traditional food dishes. Artwork created in the mediums of collage, acrylic paintings, photography, encaustic, and screen and block prints will be on display.

The New Bohemian Gallery is located in the Franklin Arts Center. For more information contact the gallery at or 218-839-5807.


Music General Dancers attend Hall of Fame Dance Challenge

Music General Studio and Company Lines competed April 7-10 at the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge in Burnsville. Music General was among 14 studios from around the state and line dancers competed against more than 750 entries for top honors.

Music General dominated the event, placing in the Overall High Point Awards 15 times, with six first place awards, four second place awards, four third place awards and one sixth place award. Dancers were awarded six Grand Slam Awards (293.5-300 points); 21 Platinum Awards (285-293.4 points); and eight High Gold Awards (278-284.9 points) for their efforts.

Five Music General routines; "Cop Chase," "Oops I Did It Again," "Gotta Get Through This," "When You Were My Man" and "You Lost Me," were Hall of Fame Inductees. Two routines; "Seven Nation Army" and "Want You To Want Me" received the Hall of Fame MVP Award, and six routines; "Cop Chase," "Oops I Did It Again," "Gotta Get Through This," "Want You To Want Me," "When You Were My Man" and "You Lost Me," were chosen as Best In Category.

Music General was awarded the Top Senior Duo/Trio with "Bolero," and their Teen/Senior Extended Line "Cop Chase" was the highest scoring routine of the entire weekend.

Sylvia Borash was the Senior Hall of Fame Inductee and second highest senior soloist, and Libby Borash was the Teen Hall of Fame Inductee and top teen soloist.

Brainerd Community Theatre summer auditions set Monday

Brainerd Community Theatre will present the musical comedy "Nunsense" this summer and auditions for the show will be 7 p.m. Monday in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.


"Nunsense" calls for a cast of five women or men who will play women. The play takes place on the night of a fundraiser for the Little Sisters of Hoboken. "Nunsense" has been a favorite of theaters everywhere in the country, with its zany cast of five nuns.

The audition will consist of singing, dancing and readings from the script. Those who audition should come dressed in loose clothing to allow movement, and should be prepared to sing a portion of an up-tempo song, prepared in advance.

The show will rehearse at night beginning May 17 and will perform July 14-16 and 20-22.

Questions can be forwarded to the director, Patrick Spradlin via email at

or 218-855-8255.

'Make Art Great Again' exhibit opens Friday

The Resident Artists Gallery will host "Make Art Great Again: On Borders, Walls and Duality" exhibit will open with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday and the exhibit will run through June 25. The gallery is located in room 101 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The Resident Artists Gallery stated in a press release: "The gallery looks forward to sharing artwork submissions exploring the subjects of division, apartheid, and isolationism in the current political climate and throughout history."


Among the artists exhibiting include Michael Fischerkeller, Steven McKnight, Martin Nelson, Andrew Turner, Allan Bunting, Anthony Stagliano, Chad Muzzarelli, Elisa Groglio and Elijah Latham.

For more information go to, email or call Holly Rose McKnight at 218-851-1885.

Singers wanted for Memorial Day program

LITTLE FALLS-Area singers are wanted to participate in the 2016 Memorial Day Program at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Camp Ripley by singing with the St. Francis Community Chorale. The program will be 1:30 p.m. May 29.

The chorale will perform four patriotic songs at this event. There will be no auditions; everyone who loves to sing is invited to join. Rehearsals will be held 7 p.m. May 12, 19 and 26 in room 242 of St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls.

The chorale is free and open to all teens and adults.

Those interested can simply show up at the first rehearsal. Questions call

St. Francis Music Center at 320-632-0637 or Barb Stumpf, director of the chorale, at 320-632-8372.

'Dimensions of Motherhood' reception and program Saturday

The Crossing Arts Alliance will host "Dimensions of Motherhood" exhibit opening reception along with a program of music and literary readings from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd.

The program begins at 1:30 p.m. and features a special musical performance by Zachary Rude, tenor and musical scholar vocalist. Rude most recently played Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the Brainerd High School Musical "Guys and Dolls." Also performing are the 2016 Crossing Arts Alliance Scholarship recipients Sophie Stubbs and Kristen Ringhand. Tickets are available at the door for $3 for Crossing members, $5 for non-members and students are free.

The "Dimensions of Motherhood" juried exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Fridays, starting May 10-27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The exhibit explores the complex and universal theme of "mother" and features visual and literary pieces by artists residing in Region Five. Featured visual artists include Millie Engisch, Mary Boran, Bob Johnson, Jan Lendobeja, Kathy Braud, Robin Knutson, Lonnie Knutson, Kathleen M. Krueger, Lynne Johnson and Jeanie Neville. Literary artists include Mary Aalgaard, Laura Hansen, Sonya Hess Chamberlain, David Anderson, Doris Stengel, Char Donovan, Candace Simar and Julie Jo Larson. The project, under the artistic direction of Lisa Jordan and Krista Rolfzen Soukup of Blue Cottage Agency, was made possible through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council and is co-sponsored Brainerd Public Schools Community Education.

For information visit or call 218-833-0416.

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.

Simar named a finalist in Midwest Book Awards

The 26th annual Midwest Book Awards has recognized "Shelterbelts" by Pequot Lakes' author Candace Simar as a finalist in the category of Fiction Contemporary/Historical/Literary. Winners will be announced at the Midwest Book Awards Gala May 13 at the Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

The competition, sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association, is judged by experts from all aspects of the book world, including publishers, writers, editors, librarians, teachers and book designers. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence.

"Shelterbelts" is set in a tightly-knit Scandinavian farming community in Minnesota at the close of World War II. Award winning author Jonis Agee describes "Shelterbelts" as a "wonderful novel, full of vivid writing and fierce characters with a passion for finding their place in the world despite the cruelties of war and the realities of living on the land. Like Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg Ohio, this book explores the secret yearnings of the heart that promise to connect us if we take the time to discover them in each other. Readers are going to fall in love with Simar's Tolga Township."

"It is thrilling to see so many talented authors and publishers of high quality books in the Midwest," Midwest Book Awards Chair Sherry Roberts stated in a news release. "I look forward to the Gala, where we will be recognizing the achievements of all the finalists and winners as well as celebrating the strength and vitality of independent publishing in the Midwest."

Midwest Independent Publishing Association serves the Midwest publishing community to promote excellence in publishing in the Midwest. Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MIPA helps members learn more about publishing and book production, promotion and marketing. MIPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other.

MIPA serves a 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The Afterglow concert coming May 14

STAPLES-The 2015-2016 singing season for the Staples Area Men's Chorus is coming to a close with the finale concert "The Afterglow" at 7:30 p.m. May 14 at the Landmark Inn in Staples. The concert will be a series of selections with an intimate atmosphere. Past concerts have included audience requests and break-out groups performing favored pieces.

Tickets are available online at or at the Staples World, Nelson Insurance Agency in Staples and Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce.

This is a fundraiser concert for the SAMC to help with costs of performing at Carnegie Hall in 2017. In addition to their songs, they will be selling etched pint and stemless wine glasses at the concert as part of their fundraising efforts. The chorus is also looking to the 2016-2017 season when they will host the Big Sing in Staples in April of 2017.

The chorus has been busy this year with performances including Real Men Sing, the Messiah concert, the Sing Off! and the Big Sing in Jamestown, ND.

Concert chair Robin Collins stated in a news release that the highlight of the year was performing at Real Men Sing where they sang a premier piece of work they had commissioned 'What Will We Promise?' by chorus members Dave Bengtson and Christopher Aspaas.

Cultural Center hosts author reading

NEW YORK MILLS-The Cultural Center in New York Mills hosts Duluth-based author Mark Munger for a reading and discussion at 7 p.m. Friday.

After practicing trial law for nearly 20 years, Munger became a District Court Judge in 1998 and serves a four county region of Northeastern Minnesota. Munger is currently at work on his seventh novel, "Boomtown," a courtroom drama and mystery set in Ely on the Vermilion Iron Range. He has written nine books, including six novels, a collection of short fiction, a biography, and a collection of essays.

His work has been published in Writer's Journal, the Hermantown Star, the Duluth News Tribune, the New World Finn and other periodicals.

Munger's historical novels, "Suomalaiset and Sukulaiset" explore themes of Finnish immigration to Minnesota and the Finnish experience during World War II. "Sukulaiset: The Kindred," which is his most recent novel, was a semi-finalist for the 2012 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Writing Award and was awarded a Finlandia National Foundation grant.

Go to for more information or call the Cultural Center at 218-385-333.

Garrison Art Fair planned

GARRISON-The 24th Annual Garrison Invitational Art Fair is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 29 at the Garrison VFW pavilion and grounds. The Mille Lacs Arts Council hosts the free event. Food will be available on site for light lunch and bake sale from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Cleo Kuelbs and Jim Olson will provide music in the morning with light jazz and swing standards. In the afternoon solo guitar and vocals will be offered by jewelry artist and musician Robert Hale.

Artists will be exhibiting their paintings, jewelry, metal sculpture, wood turnings, pottery, porcelain, paper art, concrete sculpture, photography, wood carvings and fiber creations. The art

council has been pleased to bring this show to the Mille Lacs area since 1992. The show is juried, accepting all forms of art which meet the criteria of being artist produced, original and expressing a creative interpretation. Qualifying artists invited to participate in the show come from both the local region as well as neighboring states.

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