Performing Arts — June 29

This calendar lists theatrical productions and other unique entertainment events.

Red curtains of a theater parting open.

Gangsters to be subject at Back Porch Series

The Crosslake Area Historical Society will present another Back Porch Series program about gansters who “conducted business” in Minnesota and in the area. Presenter Alan Bohme is from Backus and has done extensive research on those hoodlums and mobsters in the roaring ‘20s.

The Prohibition Amendment forced breweries to close and that led to bootlegged products that expanded to smuggling, gambling, prostitution, extortion, robbery and murder.

The public is invited to hear fascinating tales about notorious gangsters such as John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, the Barker gang and others who committed crimes right here in Crow Wing County,

The free program will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Historic Log Village at 35404 Crow Wing County Road 3 across from the Pine River Dam and the Crosslake Recreation Area Campground. There is a suggested donation of $5 to help fund the Historic Log Village.


Critics invited to Pequot Lakes for scripted reading of play

Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts and Pequot Lakes Community Theater announce a scripted reading of “Love or Best Offer,” a play by Phil Olson.

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre has done scripted readings of three Olson plays that were in development. He appreciates the feedback Pequot audiences supply during his writing process that he has requested the community's help once again, according to a news release.

Actors read the script and the audience gives feedback in real time to the playwright on what they feel did and didn't work. “Love or Best Offer” is intended as a funny and kooky love story set in modern times, but online dating goes haywire and love and friendships are challenged.

The playwright is a Minnesota native who keeps in touch with his roots. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he writes and produces plays. He has written 18 published plays that have had over 400 productions in seven countries around the world.

The scripted reading will tak place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Pequot Lakes High School Theater at 30805 Olson St. (enter door No. 3).

For more information, call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

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