Entertainment Briefs - Nov. 4

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

Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service

Crossing Arts to open Kringle Market

The Crossing Arts Alliance will open its holiday Kringle Market to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 in its Gallery and Gift Shop in downtown Brainerd.

A selection of artist-created art and fine craft will be on display for sale. The number of people in the space will be limited to 18. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect, and masks will be required at all times.

Crossing Arts members will get a sneak peak of the market Nov. 11-12, by appointment. Hour-long slots will be available, which can be reserved by calling 218-833-0416.

The Kringle Market will run through Dec. 24 and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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


Author to speak on BookEnds Online Edition

Author Marcie Rendon of "Girl Gone Missing," will be the featured speaker at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 14 on BookEnds Online Edition.

After the Zoom meeting, her interview will be made available on the Wadena County Historical Society's website along with other BookEnds authors. Visit for more information. To join the meeting email .

“Girl Gone Missing” is the second in the Cash Blackbear Mystery Series. Rendon, an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, is a writer whose poems, plays, children’s books and novels explore the resilience and brilliance of Native peoples. She is also a community arts activist, supporting other native artists, writers and creators in pursuit of their art.

This past summer, the McKnight Foundation selected Rendon for its 2020 Distinguished Artist Award — a $50,000 award created to honor a Minnesota artist who has made significant contributions to the state’s cultural life. Rendon is the first Native American woman to receive the Distinguished Artist Award which was first given in 1996, a news release stated.

BookEnds Online Edition is a literary event connecting readers and writers the second Saturday of the month via Zoom. It is hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society and Travelin’ Storyseller in collaboration with the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

For more information, call 218 631-9079.

Cultural Center presents ‘adopted in-person’ concert

NEW YORK MILLS — The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will host its first “adapted in-person” concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, with a concert by Issam Rafea and Gao Hong.

This duo — Rafea, a Syrian oud master, and Hong, a Chinese pipa master, — are unlikely partners due to the dramatic differences in their musical traditions, a news release stated. They perform live improvisations blending Chinese and Arabic techniques.


Since they never discuss what they will play in advance, no two performances are ever the same. Each concert is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and audiences witness singular creations that come to life before their very eyes and ears, but are never to be repeated.

In May of 2018, Rafea and Hong released their debut album, “Life As Is – the Blending of Ancient Souls from Syria and China.” It made the first ballot for the 2019 Grammy Awards and was nominated for Best Instrumental Album and Best World Beat Album in the 2019 Independent Music Awards. It has been broadcast worldwide and appeared on numerous “top pick” lists, including the No. 5 classical pick on Spotify for the week it was released.

The Cultural Center has adapted programming due to the coronavirus pandemic to help keep the community safe by focusing on three types of events: virtual, outdoor and adapted in-person. This concert will be the first adapted in-person concert as the temperatures outside drop and outdoor options become limited. The center also will plan to offer a virtual option on its Facebook page .

Tickets will be sold in groups to accommodate the largest number of people safely. Purchase tables for two, three or four people each, with drinks and snacks included, or purchase a limited number of single tickets Purchase tickets by calling 218-385-3339 or go online at .

COVID-19 safety guidelines will be observed at this event, including spacing, masks, plexiglass screens, sanitizer and limited attendees. The center asks if people are not well, to not attend. For more information, call 218-385-3339.

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