Entertainment Briefs - Sept. 8

CLC band rehearsals to begin The Central Lakes College Community Band will hold its first rehearsal of the fall season at 7 p.m. Monday in the Rehearsal Hall at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The CLC Community Band meets Monday nights through...

New Sound Underground will perform Saturday at The Farm on St. Mathias in Brainerd for the final concert in the Field of Dreams Roots Music Concert Series for 2016. (Submitted)
New Sound Underground will perform Saturday at The Farm on St. Mathias in Brainerd for the final concert in the Field of Dreams Roots Music Concert Series for 2016. (Submitted)

CLC band rehearsals to begin

The Central Lakes College Community Band will hold its first rehearsal of the fall season at 7 p.m. Monday in the Rehearsal Hall at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The CLC Community Band meets Monday nights through the fall season with a concert on Nov 15. Membership is open to interested musicians from high school grade 11 to any age on up.

Anyone who play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument, can join.

There also is an optional performing tour of Ireland this summer and there are a few spots open. For more information contact Steve Anderson by email at or call 218-831-3652.


Auditions for CLC production coming

Auditions for Central Lakes College drama production "Flowers for Algernon" are scheduled at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and 21 in the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus. The play calls for a cast of eight men and nine women, with age ranges for the roles of 20s to 60s. The cast also calls for one boy and one girl, age 8-10, and one teen boy age 13-16.

Rehearsals are scheduled from 6-10 p.m. weeknights. Performances will be Nov. 2-5.

Copies of the script are available for reading from the director. The audition will consist mainly of cold readings of the play. Children who audition are asked to present a brief piece from memory: a story, a poem or a cutting from a play.

Questions about the play, auditions, rehearsals or the performances can be addressed to the director, Patrick Spradlin, via email at or by calling 218-855-8255.

Music General dancers receive national honor

Senior Company Dancers at Music General Dance studio were recently honored by the Industry Dance Awards, when their performance of "Cop Chase" was chosen as the 2016 recipient for Best Tap routine in the nation.

"Cop Chase" was selected as a nominee this past May, along with several hundred other tap routines from studios across the country. The in July, the Brainerd dancers were announced as one of seven finalists for the award. On Aug. 17, at a special red carpet awards show at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., Music General was named the 2016 winner of the prestigious award.


The Industry Dance Awards is a renowned dance organization consisting of esteemed dance professionals, dance judges and dance competitions across the United States and can be compared to other awards organizations such as the Tony's, Emmy's, Oscars and Grammy's, it stated in a news release. In addition to recognizing outstanding performances nationwide, the organization also presents Lifetime Achievement Awards which have included honored professionals such as Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno and Jackie Sleight. The Industry Dance Awards also is a contributor to and sponsor of Dancers Against Cancer, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial support to dancers fighting cancer.

Fall juried exhibit to open

The Resident Artists Gallery presents its third annual fall juried exhibition featuring the work of 18 artists from across the country, with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

The reception for "Transitions" is free and open to the public.

Juried by local artist and co-founder/curator of The New Bohemian Gallery, Martin Nelson, the selected artwork is a mix of contemporary ideas and traditional imagery and mediums. Over the last three years the exhibition has grown to be one of the gallery's more popular shows, continually showcasing some of the best artwork from local, national and even international artists. Of the 25 pieces selected for the exhibition, people will see works created in the mediums of acrylic and oil paintings, photography, video and sound pieces, collage, encaustic and mixed media, pencil drawings, block prints, installation and interactive sculptures.

Among the artists exhibiting are Angela Spencer, Brittney Turner, Jayson Randall, Kyra Garrigue, Jennifer Brown, Eric Mueller, Marc Anderson, June Daskalakis, Evelyn Davis Walker, Mathias Schech, Robert Whistler, Amanda Weber, Nancy Bundy, Ellen Skoro, Brandon Regner, Colleen Cosgrove, A. Louella and Jacob Stordahl.

The juried exhibition will run through Oct. 29 in the gallery located in The Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. The exhibit is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

For more information go to the gallery website at, email or call HollyRose at 218-851-1885.


Well-Read mom group to meet

PEQUOT LAKES-The local Well-Read Mom group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at St. Alice's Fireside Room at Lakes Country Parishes-St. Alice's Church in Pequot Lakes.

The Well-Read Mom meetings and selections give the help of accountability and perseverance to read literature and spiritual classics. Staying together helps the group develop the habit of reading.

The local Well-Read Mom group is currently reading "Dakota: A Spiritual Journey," by Kathleen Norris. This is an open reading group and new women are welcome.

For more information visit or contact Amber at 218-568-5593.

Stable Art Gallery to unveil art

The Stable Art Gallery at Madden's Resort in Brainerd will unveil selected oil paintings from four forthcoming books by artist/writer Robert H. Perrizo from 3-6 p.m. Friday.

The special showing will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday through Sept. 24.

Gallery manager Donna Jarvis states in a news release that the original oil portraits and scenes in the exhibit come from the books: "America's Fascinating French Connection," concerning the first French voyageurs and explorers who padded their canoes off the Great Lake starting in 1660 to lay the seeds for the Louisiana Purchase; "How the Horse Transformed the Dakota Indian Nation," about the arrival of horses raided, traded or caught wild by the Sioux, turning them into the most famed Indians in American history; "Lost Legend of the Links," the colorfully illustrated storybook written in limerick form of how 18 wee Gremlins of Golf created the Scottish game centuries ago; and "Historic Heavyweights," about six World Heavyweight Boxing Champions who earned special prominence in American history.

"We think this showing gives us some insight into how these books evolved," Jarvis stated. "First of all, the artist has a French heritage that led him to search into his own family's early history in French Canada that began in the 1660s. Secondly, he grew up on the plains of Minnesota where the Dakota Indians hunted buffalo on horseback in the mid 1700s. Bob's father was also closely acquainted with Tommy Gibbons who fought Jack Dempsey for the Heavyweight Boxing title in the 1920s. Bob was also once a sportswriter who had met Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali-four of the six fighters he has painted and written about. The limerick book and comic illustrations about golf were written to entertain his wife in her last days."

For more information about the art showing call Jarvis at 218-839-2233 at the Stable Gallery.

New Sound Underground to perform

New Sound Underground will perform Saturday at The Farm on St. Mathias in Brainerd for the final concert in the Field of Dreams Roots Music Concert Series for 2016.

The concert will be presented by Foxfire Festivals, a nonprofit division of The Farm on St. Mathias, and ShrinkRap Productions. The farm opens at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

New Sound Underground, fresh from its CD release party in Minneapolis, are known for their high-energy, all-instrumental performances and have become a must-see band in the Minneapolis music scene. The band stands out with all original songs, engaging arrangements and live shows. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of styles including funk, jazz, fusion, rock, soul, rhythm and blues and gospel. The band released its debut self-titled album in 2013, a year in which they also went on to play the Telluride Jazz Festival. The band has performed at prominent venues including First Avenue and The Dakota Jazz Club, both in Minneapolis, The Twin Cities Jazz Festival and Prince's renowned Paisley Park: After Dark series.

New Sound Underground was voted "Best Jam Band of 2015" by the Twin Cities local paper City Pages. This past March, the band partnered with Last Triumph's annual Take Off Tour to SXSW in Austin, Texas.

The band's recent CD "PUSH" will be released on vinyl in late September.

This concert series is sponsored by The Farm on St. Mathias and the generosity of Five Wings Arts Council. Free camping is available on a first come/first served basis. Finnegans beer is a sponsor of the event and proceeds will benefit Foxfire Festivals' mission to "foster and promote arts and crafts through the use of traditional and roots music, storytelling, dance, artisans and agriculture" and to further support the Field of Dreams Roots Music Concert Series.

For more information, visit and follow The Farm on St. Mathias on Facebook.

Second Saturday event planned

As part of its ongoing Second Saturday events, The Crossing Arts Alliance will host a kids art class and highlight the work of a member artist on Saturday.

Crossing Arts Kids will learn how to use pressed flowers and leaves to create art and make a wooden flower press of their very own. The class runs 10 a.m. until noon in the cafeteria on the lower level of the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Cost is $3 per child or $5 per family and includes materials. Donations are requested but no child will be turned away due to need. No pre-registration is required, but class is limited to the first 40 children.

Contact TCCA at 218-833-0416 prior to the event if a person needs handicap accessibility at the class.

Laura Paycer will be the featured member artist in The Crossing Arts Gift Shop for September. The Gift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Paycer is a local glass artist who creates works of stained glass, fused glass and mosaics.

The visual art exhibit, "Elemental" will be on display in The Crossing Arts Gallery.

For more information visit or contact The Crossing Arts Alliance at 218-833-0416.

New exhibit to open at The New Bohemian Gallery

The New Bohemian Gallery presents its newest exhibition, "In The Year 3000," with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

This exhibit features the artwork of seven artists and will open Friday and run through Oct. 1. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition is open to the public from 12:30-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment.

In a news release, organizers stated, "This exhibition focuses on the state of our surroundings 359,150 days into the future, through artwork that is both representational and abstract in nature. We ponder how different things will be in the year 3000, and ask ourselves questions like, will we finally have flying cars, will we be inhabitants of Mars, will our brains be connected to the cloud, will we all be super humans or be replaced by artificial intelligence, how will our global economies and governments hold up alongside various environmental issues that currently affect us today?"

The artists selected for the exhibition have created artwork that reflect on the questions and overall have a futuristic feel to them. Whether it be the digital illustration by Selena Hautamaki, created in a retrofuturistic style, incorporating bold imagery and colors, or the mixed media paintings by Tyler Huss, which imagine an unknown environment with select imagery that could look much more familiar in the near future, each of the pieces in the exhibition is a look into what could be. Artwork created in the mediums of acrylic paintings, collage, illustration, mixed media, and ceramic sculpture will be on display.

Participating artists include Allanah Voes, Brandin Baron, Lauren Skelly, Martin Nelson, Selena Hautamaki, Brian Huber and Tyler Huss.

For more information, contact the gallery at or 218-839-5807. The New Bohemian Gallery is located in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Call for vendors for holiday show

The Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd is looking for artists and makers of artisan food and goods to sell their wares at the ninth annual Holiday Open House scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12. Vendors would get a 10-foot by 10-foot booth space for $25, and would bring their own tables, chairs and display items. Those interested in setting up a booth at this event should go to to sign up.

Go to to keep up on the dates and details of events. Email with any questions.

Auditions planned for Little Falls production

LITTLE FALLS-Auditions for Great River Arts' Fall Dinner Theater production of "Lafferty's Wake" by Susan Turlish will be 6-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the art center in Little Falls.

Actors are asked to prepare a one minute monologue and will also read from the script. Pre-registration for audition times is encouraged. Call 320-632-0960 or sign-up online at for a 15-minute time slot. There are several roles for senior actors so everyone is welcome to try out.

The production will be performed Nov. 10-12 and 17-19.

"Lafferty's Wake" centers around the funeral of Charlie Lafferty in his home away from home, the local pub. The audience joins Charlie's widow, sweet daughter, bumbling son-in-law, the parish priest and pub owner as they spend the evening commemorating his crazy life. The play includes some traditional Irish tunes and actors must be comfortable with audience interaction and participation.

Great River Arts is funded in part by the Five Wings Arts Council and Legacy Amendment.

Artist awards announced

CROSSLAKE-The 32nd Crosslake Art Show and Sale was held for three days in August where more than 35 local artists, members of the Crosslake Art Club, displayed their art.

Each day of the art show, the public voted for their favorite artists. The following artists were chosen as "People's Choice"-Cathye Austin for "Loon at Sunset;" Laurel LaBorde, "The Red Bag;" Kathi Mann, "Joy's Pride." Barb Neihart was also a People's Choice winner.

Dance classes set in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS-Dance lessons for children ages 3 and up will be offered at St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls, starting Sept. 15.

Dance classes at the Music Center follow a strong, age-appropriate dance curriculum. The program is designed to give young students an introduction to dance that covers basics in tap, ballet, jazz and creative movement. The main goal of the dance program is to teach dancers to be creative, physically fit, flexible, confident and artistic.

Dance classes will meet Thursday nights. There will be a class for 3-year olds and new 4-year olds from 5-5:30 p.m.; a class for 4 and 5-year olds will meet from 5:30-6:15 p.m.; and a class for 6-year olds and older will be held from 6:15-7 p.m.

There will be three eight-week sessions of dance during the school year, followed by a spring recital.

For more information or to register, go to or call the music center at 320-632-0637.

Photo contest deadline coming

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District invite photographers of all ages and abilities to submit their photos for the 2016 Native Plant and Tree Photo Contest. Deadline is Oct. 15.

Beth Hippert, district technician, stated in a news release: "This is a great opportunity for people to discover, explore and learn about native plants that grow around the Brainerd lakes area and photograph the progression of plants and trees from spring to fall."

The top 12 entries will be featured on the district's Facebook page and website, and receive a gift certificate for a six pack of wildflowers or grasses from the 2017 SWCD Tree and Plant Sale. One photo will be selected to be printed on canvas and will be given away at the Crow Wing County Fair Drawing.

Entries must feature a plant species that is native to Crow Wing County or surrounding counties, to be eligible. Examples of native plants, grasses, shrubs and trees: Blue Flag Iris, Wild Lupine, Prairie Smoke, Pennsylvania Sedge, Eastern Star Sedge, Long Beaked Sedge, Chokecherry, Wild Plum, Basswood and Nannyberry.

E-mail a photos to tasha.lauerLand Services Building; Crow Wing SWCD, 322 Laurel St. Suite 22, Brainerd, MN 56401.


• Entries must be original work that is property of the person who submits the photo.

• Labels must be on each entry with name, phone number, name of the plant/tree and what city/town photo was taken.

• One entry per species, limit of five entries per person.

• Submit photo by email or on Facebook in digital format only.

• Trademarks, commercial names or advertisements may not appear in the photos.

• Entry will imply consent to use photos for SWCD educational activities.

• Photos will be judged on shot composition, clarity, and the inclusion of stems, leaves, and flowers. Extra points will be awarded for shots that include wildlife.

Wild Ones-Brainerd Chapter will judge photos.

Unlimited Learning event planned

CROSBY-Jack Hickerson, a retired literature professor from Southwestern Minnesota State University, will show John Huston's last film "The Dead" from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heartwood Senior Living, Crosby.

"The Dead" is the last story in the novel "The Dubliner" by James Joyce. At an annual winter gathering of friends and family, the late arrival of Gabriel Conroy, the protagonist, appears as a self assured and successful man. The short story reveals this man is considering life's disappointments, the inevitability of death and has an emotional life which is in shambles. Joyce's short story is considered by many to be one of the best short stories written.

The event is an Unlimited Learning event and cost for non-members are $5.

Lake Shore author to appear for book event

BAXTER-Author Raymen Starkka of "SINS of Human Rights Abuse and Corruption" will appear for a book signing from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Book World in Baxter.

The book serves to inform the public of abuse and corruption within homeowners' associations, as well as in religion, with positive ways to change this abusive culture, the author stated in a news release. The author stated his book is a guide, which speaks to issues that would not have been otherwise addressed in the book market.

Starkka of Lake Shore is a born-again believer who has become a whistleblower on organizations, religious leaders and associations who abuse their members.

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