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Entertainment Briefs - Nov. 17

'SKETCHORAMA' exhibition to open The New Bohemian Gallery presents its next exhibition titled "SKETCHORAMA," which features the artwork of 51 artists, who explore the ideas, thought process and creative individuality behind the artist sketchbook....

Staples-Motley High School choir students Noah Han and Katie Benson were part of the King's Royal Court in 2014. Submitted
Staples-Motley High School choir students Noah Han and Katie Benson were part of the King's Royal Court in 2014. Submitted

'SKETCHORAMA' exhibition to open

The New Bohemian Gallery presents its next exhibition titled "SKETCHORAMA," which features the artwork of 51 artists, who explore the ideas, thought process and creative individuality behind the artist sketchbook.

An opening reception will be 5-8 p.m. Friday and the exhibition will run through Jan. 14, 2017. Exhibition hours are from 12:30-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment in the gallery located in the Franklin Arts Center.

"Participating artists were given a sketchbook and a little over three months to do pretty much anything they wanted, with few exceptions, with their book," organizers stated in a news release. The sketchbooks have been placed on shelves in the gallery alongside prints of select images from the books which will be displayed on the walls. Visitors are welcome to sit down with a book and dive into the diverse selection of artwork that is featured within each page. The artwork in each sketchbook varies between each artist, but includes illustration, pen and pencil drawings, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography, collage, screen and block prints and mixed media.

Participating artists include Katiana Robles, Christina Price, Katherine Virag, Steph Frey, Pam Gehlen, Taylor Champoux, Anna Graziosi, Lorianne Baumgartner, Andy Pucko, Melanie Ezra, Jamie XV, Tracy Ryan, Joshua Newth, Amber Watts, Sabrina Batiz, Penne Holt, Cassidy Trott, Alicia Weagel, M. E. Fuller, Sen Holiday, Damon Hood, Jiin Ha, Laura Ross, Nelson Kaufman, Lauren Jo, Mike Dieter, Samantha Russell, Terri Myers Wentzka, Amanda Lust, Lora Marie Hlavsa, Mitchell Cory Nelson, Eileen Tavolacci, Maggie Fae Royce, Anna Kiljunen, Lean Swenson, Judith Connor, Teresa Getty, Tamara Andersen, Katarina Kalmanova, Rachel Lynn Sylvan, Tony Powers, Martin Nelson, Nicole Finley, Olivia Miller, Jesse Rose Lentz, Nicole Sullivan, Liesa Miller, Marian Lyndgaard, Becky Christensen, Amanda Weber and Milena Jovicevic.

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For more information contact the gallery at thenewbohemiangallery@gmail.com or 218-839-5807.

'Ye Olde Madrigal Dinners' planned

STAPLES-As has been the custom since 1975, the Staples Motley High School Choirs will present "Ye Olde Madrigal Dinners" at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the high school.

Continuing their "Tradition of Excellence" in the performing arts, guests of the king will be transported 500 years back into the realm of English lords and ladies.

"Excitement fills the air as this year the guests will enter the Market Place of the kingdom from the south (south gym) where they will be taken on a new journey that has never been seen," the choir director stated in a news release. "After being taken through the city, guests of the king

will be summoned by the 'Crier's Call to the Feasting Halle!'"

People will be served a meal and entertained with music of the renaissance style, featuring works like "The Boar's Head Carol," "Gloucestershire Wassail," "Sicut Cervus," "Ecsultate Justi" and more. Many of these works were popular during the time of Shakespeare. Prime among them are madrigals themselves, with their "fa-la-la" refrains. Traditional Christmas carols will also be performed by the choirs, a recorder trio, carolers, the Court Jester, strolling minstrels and the despicable beggars.

New to this year's madrigal is the seating of the paupers, which will be in the stands seats which will allow for guests to come and be involved in the festivities for a third of the cost. These people will not partake in the feast, but will be entertained.

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Tickets for this biennial feast and celebration may be purchased from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Dec. 1-2 at Nelson Insurance Agency in Staples.

Author gives talk in Wadena

WADENA-Guest author Faith Sullivan from Minneapolis kicked off the new Book Ends program Saturday at The Uptown in Wadena.

"A small but energetic crowd," An Open Book owner/operator Gillette Kempf stated in a news release. "A great program, a wonderful guest, a comfortable setting. The program will grow. Word of mouth is the best advertising, and our guests today promised to spread the word."

Sullivan is author of "Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse," a story set in southern Minnesota from the beginning of the 20th century to World War II. The Wall Street Journal chose it as one of 10 top fiction books for 2016. Among other awards, it won top prize for fiction in the Midwest Book Awards.

Book Ends is a monthly reader-writer event at 11 a.m. on the second Saturday at the month. Minnesota authors come and talk about their books, their writing habits and their plans.

Go to www.anopenbookmn.com//upcoming-events for more information.

Upcoming events at the Wadena library include:

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• 1 p.m. Saturday, "Conversation Over Books: Welcome To Night Vale," Community Room on the Lower Level of Jefferson Square.

• 5:30 p.m. Monday, "Conversation Over Books," The Uptown.

• 4 p.m. Wednesday, "Magic: The Gathering Casual Play," Community Room.

Workshop and concert set today

NEW YORK MILLS-The Cultural Center presents poet Brian Laidlaw in a free songwriting workshop followed by a ticketed concert scheduled today, Nov. 17.

Opening his public workshop to writers of all ages and ability levels, national-touring troubadour, Laidlaw, begins the discussion with ways that songwriters draw inspiration from day-to-day life, and then shares tricks or formulas to help transform initial ideas into finished songs.

The free workshop begins at 6 p.m.

Laidlaw and bandmate Ashley Hanson, founding members of the Minneapolis-based folk ensemble The Family Trade, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m.

Laidlaw earned a master's of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and consulted on multiple Grammy Award-winning albums. While touring the country, Laidlaw presents similar poetry and songwriting workshops during literary festivals.

Hanson is a rural community artist who recently released a solo album recorded at the former Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls.

Tickets to the concert are $15 at the door, or $12 in advance and members get $2 off.Tickets visit the Center's website at www.kulcher.org or call the center at 218-385-3339.

Students who participate in the songwriting workshop may attend the concert for free. The songwriting workshop is free to attend and open to all.

Laidlaw is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pillager native to perform in Crookston play

CROOKSTON-Cassondra Hagg of Pillager is one of three students performing in dinner theater in Saturday and Sunday at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The University of Minnesota Crookston Music and Theater Department will present a dinner theater production of "Vanities," a comedy, at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center in Crookston. Tickets for the dinner theater are $15 for the dinner and show; $5 for show only. Parking permits are not required.

Reservations by contacting George French at 218-281-8266.

Written by Jack Heifner, "Vanities" centers on the lives and friendship of three "aggressively vivacious" cheerleaders starting from high school in 1963, continuing through college as sorority sisters in 1968, and ending with the dissolution of their friendship in 1974 as their interests and lives diverge and their relationship is strained and ambiguous.

Hagg, a senior natural resources major, will play "Mary."

Crosslake Art Club meets

CROSSLAKE-The Crosslake Art Club met Nov. 7 and elected new president Barb Neihart. Outgoing president Diane Runberg was thanked for her work.

Art members discussed their next scheduled workshop with artist Catherine Hearding will be in April of 2017 and planned the annual Dec. 5 Christmas Luncheon to be held at Prairie Bay in Brainerd.

For more information on the luncheon contact Charlene LaFon at 651-210-9086.

For membership or other information about the Crosslake Art Club, contact Neihart at 651-398-8790. Members can live throughout the area, from Crosslake to Crosby to Brainerd.

CLC holiday festivals planned

Central Lakes College is hosting a free holiday festival at both its Brainerd and Staples campuses.

The festival will be held 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Brainerd campus and from

5-8 p.m. Dec. 6. at the Staples campus.

There will be photos with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, caricatures, ornament making, crafts and more.

The event is held by The Right Brain Media Club, CLC's Graphic Design club.

For more information call 218-855-8157.

The New Bohemian Gallery presents its next exhibition titled “SKETCHORAMA,” which features the artwork of 51 artists, who explore the ideas, thought process and creative individuality behind the artist sketchbook. Submitted
The New Bohemian Gallery presents its next exhibition titled “SKETCHORAMA,” which features the artwork of 51 artists, who explore the ideas, thought process and creative individuality behind the artist sketchbook. Submitted

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