Entertainment Briefs - Nov. 10

A roundup of area concerts, shows, book and visual art events in the Brainerd lakes area.

Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service

Movie night at Northland Arb

Watch the first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary conservation thinker Aldo Leopold at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter.

“Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” explores Leopold’s extraordinary career and his enduring influence – tracing how he shaped the modern conservation movement and continues to inspire projects all over the country that connect people and the land.

Popcorn and hot chocolate will be offered for a true movie viewing experience and stay after the meeting to enjoy a discussion led by Master Naturalist Rick Meyer.

RSVP online by Wednesday, Nov. 10, for the event in the lower level of the arb by visiting .

‘Taste of the Lakes’ winners at Grand View Lodge

The 33rd annual Kinship Partners “Taste of the Lakes” fundraiser will take place from 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.


This event will be an evening comprised of wine, beer and spirit tastings; silent and live auctions; live music; and food prepared by an impressive array of local chefs.

Awards will be presented by a celebrity judge for best starter, best entrée and best dessert while there will be a vote for the highly coveted People’s Choice award!

Proceeds from the event benefit Kinship Partners, which serves area families by providing positive role models to youth from the ages of 5 to 14. Mentors can be individuals, couples or families.

Tickets are $75 per person or $750 for a table of 10. To order tickets online or for more information on being a Kinship Partners mentor, call 218-829-4606 or visit .

Brewery Comedy Tour in Jenkins

Laughs are on tap for this nationwide tour that has already hit 1,500 breweries and wineries across the U.S.

More than a dozen New York and Los Angeles stand-up comics are on the road, sampling the local fare, local brews and providing the finest and funniest in comedy entertainment. Their credits include top festivals, TV and major club appearances.

Two to four comics from the tour will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Snarky Loon Brewing Co. in Jenkins.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at .


Calling all artists for submissions

The Crossing Arts Alliance on Laurel Street is accepting submissions for solo and group exhibitions, as well as proposals for exhibits that specifically address diversity, inclusion and equity.

The downtown nonprofit is seeking submissions to exhibit from Feb. 4 through Feb. 26, Sept. 2 through Sept. 24, and various months to be determined In 2023.

All artists living in the United States are encouraged to apply. A very strong and consistent body of work is essential, according to the news release.

Open to all traditional and non-traditional art forms and media, artwork must not have been previously exhibited with the Crossing Arts Alliance.

All submissions will be reviewed and juried by the Crossing Arts Gallery Committee, which is made up of working professional artists, educators and art organization leaders in the local community.

For more information, to review all of the guidelines and to complete the submission form, visit . The deadline to apply is Dec. 11.

Verse Like Water set

Verse Like Water, the visiting poetry program of Central Lakes College, will present poet, actor and novelist Kwame Dawes at noon Nov. 19 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

This live event will be followed by a book signing and craft talk. The community is invited to attend this free event in person or virtually at .


Youth on Stage Open Mic set

Youth on Stage Open Mic stage will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 22, at the Eagles Club in Brainerd.

Presented and sponsored by the Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615, it takes place on the fourth Monday of the month; the program is two hours long with 15-minute sign-up time slots.

This monthly youth-oriented event is geared for those age 25 and younger who have a family-friendly talent to share on a year-round basis.

Talent may include singing, playing an instrument, storytelling, essay reading, poetry, tap dancing, comedy, magic, a band or ensemble to perform to live audiences.

The first eight acts to sign up get a free meal from the Eagles Club Grill and a chance to win one of five $10 gift cards. Sign up at .

Kringle Market returns to Crossing Arts

Shop a selection of local artist-created art and fine craft, art supplies, holiday gifts and more with the annual Kringle Market at the Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd at 711 Laurel St.

The Kringle Market will run through Dec. 24 with normal hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, with the exception of Dec. 24, which is 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416, .

Gingerbread Architecture: The Sweet Elements of Design

LITTLE FALLS — Love gingerbread? A fan of architecture and construction? Dream of building your own home or designing a structure? Engage your inner architect or builder while creating your own structural masterpiece using icing and gingerbread in Little Falls and St. Cloud.

Learn the basics of building construction and architectural design at an all-ages, family-friendly, child-oriented workshop by Eric Cheever, exhibits and collections curator for the Stearns History Museum, who will instruct participants about basic building elements during this hands-on class.

“Gingerbread Architecture: The Sweet Elements of Design” will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls on Nov. 20 and at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud on Dec. 4. Masks are required and class size is limited.

General admission is $10. Sliding scale admission options are also available. Register online at .

Auditions Nov. 29-30 for ‘Recommended Reading for Girls’

PEQUOT LAKES — Auditions for “Recommended Reading for Girls” by Ellen Struve, presented by Pequot Lakes Community Theatre, will be 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 at the Pequot Lakes High School Theatre.

Rehearsals begin Dec. 6 with performances scheduled Feb. 11th-13. The show will be directed by Jennifer LaRee Anderson.

The show follows Amy Saunders who already has a lot on her mind when she arrives at her childhood home. Reeling from a recent layoff and a broken heart, she is staying over to help her mother through a round of chemo. So, when “Anne of Green Gables” inexplicably shows up, it may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Somehow, all the heroines from Amy's favorite childhood novels, from “A Little Princess” to “Heidi,” have appeared in her house — and just to make things even more perplexing, her sister Jackie can see them, too. As Jackie worries about the baby she's having soon and the sisters' mom Marilynn questions her own path, will the three Saunders women be able to become the heroines of their own stories? “Recommended Reading for Girls” is a winning love letter to family and literature that brims with humor and heart. The show calls for a cast of seven female actors ranging in age from 15 to 60-plus.

Auditions will consist of reading scenes from the script. Those interested should bring to auditions a full list of conflicts for rehearsals.

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