Entertainment Briefs — Sept. 14

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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Brainerd Book Club to meet at public library

The Brainerd Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Brainerd Public Library at 416 S. Fifth St. for an hour-long discussion about “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid.

“Such a Fun Age” is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both, according to a news release.

“It explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone family and the complicated reality of being a grown-up,” according to library officials.

The book club is welcoming new members who like to discuss a variety of books including literary novels, mysteries,and nonfiction titles such as memoirs and biographies. Library staff members lead the discussion and often recommend related books and other materials available through the library.

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library supports this book club by providing the funds to purchase 10 copies of a title for patrons to borrow. These copies may be picked up at the front desk during the month prior to the meeting, during the library’s regular hours.


For more information on any of the events, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at .

Jaques Art Center in Aitkin to host art class

The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin will host an acrylic and mixed media class from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

This class will include doing a fish design to add to a banner for the Aitkin Fish House Parade to be held Nov. 25.

For details and to enroll in the class, call 218-927-2363 or stop by the Jaques Art Center at 121 Seconnd St. in Aitkin from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Ripple River Gallery to host nature journaling class

Write, illustrate, print and bind your personal nature journal in the “Nature Journaling: Words & Images” workshop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Ripple River Gallery in Aitkin.

Book artist, master naturalist, writer and yoga instructor Elizabeth Carls will lead this two-day experience with nature walks, writing prompts, yoga breaks, nature printing, drawing practice and more.

The cost is $60 and includes supplies and lunch. Space is limited so call 218-678-2575, email or visit the gallery at 27591 Partridge Ave. in Aitkin to register.

Crossing Arts Alliance accepting submissions

The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd is accepting submissions for solo and group exhibitions, as well as proposals for exhibits that specifically address diversity, inclusion and equity. The deadline to apply is Sept. 24.


All artists living in the United States are encouraged to apply (a very strong and consistent body of work is essential). Open to all traditional and nontraditional art forms and media. Artwork must not have been previously exhibited with Crossing Arts.

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 Brainerd lakes area community.

The Crossing Arts Alliance is seeking submissions to exhibit at its gallery at 711 Laurel St. during the following months in 2023: May, July, August and September.

Review the guidelines listed at before submitting your work. More information and an online submission form can be found at , or contact the nonprofit at 218-833-0416 or email .

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