Entertainment Briefs — Oct. 19

A round-up of upcoming entertainment events, such as concerts, plays, music in the park, author events in the Brainerd lakes area.

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Comedienne Paula Poundstone to appear at CLC

BRAINERD — Paula Poundstone will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Gichi-Ziibi Center for the Arts in Brainerd as part of the Central Lakes College Performing Arts Center lineup.

Hailed by Comedy Central as one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time, she is a frequent panelist on NPR’s news quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”

Poundstone is known for her “smart, observational humor and a spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend,” according to her biography. She has performed a series of one-hour HBO comedy specials and tackles every subject imaginable.

In Time magazine’s “Best of” issue that came out in March 2020, Poundstone’s HBO special "Cats, Cops and Stuff" was listed as one of “The 5 Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever.”

Poundstone’s second book, “The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness,” was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States.


Tickets start at $30, available online at For more information, call 218-855-8199.

Pints for a Purpose at Jack Pine Brewery

BAXTER — Enjoy a beer and help out Mounted Eagles at the same time from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Mounted Eagles provides therapeutic horsemanship and equine-assisted activities to those facing physical, mental, social and/or emotional challenges to riders who range from 3 to 65 years old.

Interested in learning more? Representatives from the organization will be on hand to talk about its impact on the community.

For more information about the fundraiser, call 218-270-8072 or email .

Northland Arb hosts Haunted Trail in Baxter

BAXTER — Enter if you dare Northland Arboretum’s Haunted Trail in Baxter.

There will be three trails with different scare levels at the Halloween event from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Friday and Saturday for those who may be easily frightened to those who enjoy a good scare.

Concessions will be available and there will be free games or prizes for children.


Advance tickets are $17 at the Arb's visitor center, $25 at the gate and $25 for a fast pass, available at .

For more information, call 218-829-8770 or email .

Safari North Wildlife Park offers Haunted Trail

BRAINERD — Have a wild time at Safari North Wildlife Park’s Haunted Trail from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday in Brainerd.

There will be no animals on display or used at the Halloween event, but things to do include the haunted trail, pumpkin sales, fire pits and s’more kits, apple cider, hot chocolate, caramel apples, mini-doughnuts,.cotton candy and more, and a hayride shuttle

Tickets are $15 per person, with $1 off admission with a canned good that is brought to the park at 8493 Highway 371.

For more information, call 218-454-1662 or visit .

Paul Bunyan Land offers Haunted Hidden Hallows

BRAINERD — For more than two decades, Paul Bunyan Land has been offering a spooky Halloween attraction, and it will again 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Saturday, and Oct. 28 and 29.

The Brainerd lakes area attraction’s “scream team” consists of “more than 100 seriously demented people,” according to its website.


The maze, haunted house and entry paths are redesigned annually, so the experience will never be the same. Concessions available include hot chocolate, apple cider, hotdogs, nachos, pop and cotton candy.

Final tickets are sold at 10 p.m. The cost for the three-story haunted house for $14, for the 14-acre corn maze for $18 and for both $28.

Paul Bunyan Land is located at 17553 Highway 18, east of downtown Brainerd.

For more information, call 218-764-2524, email or visit .

Babinski Foundation to host Haunted Trail

PEQUOT LAKES — Haunted Trails are coming to The Babinski Foundation animal shelter in Pequot Lakes from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday.

Enjoy bonfires and s’mores at the free event and learn more about the foundation’s mission. The foundation attempts to provide temporary shelter for abandoned, stray and surrendered animals and to find each animal a new and prosperous home.

Halloween Girls' Night Out at Jaques Art Center

AITKIN — No tricks, just treats at Jaques Arts Center in Aitkin from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

There will be refreshments and prizes at the gallery, and visitors can enter a drawing at the end of the night.

For more information, call 218-927-2363, email or visit .

Brewery Comedy Tour visits Jenkins

JENKINS — Laughs are on tap for this nationwide comedy tour that has already stopped at 2,000 venues across the nation.

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 from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Snarky Loon Brewing Co. in Jenkins. Advance online tickets start at $13 and can be purchased at . Tickets are $20 at the door.

Books, Burgers & Brews to meet at Nisswa brewery

NISSWA — Books, Burgers & Brews will meet at 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Roundhouse Brewery in Nisswa to discuss “The Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner

“With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters, and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance, and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time,” according to the group.

Each month hosts Sheila DeChantal and Laurel Hall will take participants through an engaging discussion. RVSP is required and to register online, visit .

Copies of the book are available at the Brainerd Public Library front desk by asking for the Books, Burgers & Brews title for September. The books at the library are first-come, first-serve.

This program is supported in whole or part by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteering and fundraising efforts. Find out more about how to get involved at .

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