Open Mic event set

Youth on Stage Open Mic event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, and most every fourth Monday of the month at the Brainerd Elks Lodge 615.

The Lodge sponsors the event through an Elks National Foundation grant and by the Brainerd Eagles Club No. 215. This monthly youth-oriented event is geared for those age 25 and younger who have a family-friendly talent to share on a year-round basis.

Talent may include singing, playing an instrument, storytelling, essay reading, poetry, tap dancing, comedy, magic, a band or ensemble to perform to live audiences. Eight 15-minute time slots are open on a first come basis. Those wishing to sign up should go to or may do so at the venue, the Eagles Club, on the night of a performance.

Music General dancers attend talent competition

Music General Teen and Senior Company Lines as well as Studio Line dancers attended the

first competition of the 2019 season March 2-3 at Celebration Talent Competition in Burnsville.

Music General was among several studios from around the state attending the event, entering 26 routines in jazz, tap, contemporary and lyrical. Dancers in Teen/Senior Companies took home an array of awards for their efforts. Out of a possible 300 points, Music General finished the weekend with six High Gold Awards with 273-287 points; 13 Platinum Awards with 288-293 points; and seven Diamond Awards with 294-300 points.

Music General had 12 entries place in the Top Five Overall High Scores, including seven first-place wins. Teen/Senior Company Line's tap routine "Feel It Still" was the highest scoring Teen/Senior group routine of the entire weekend scoring 298.4 out of a possible 300 points. Teen Company dancer Miley Yde was the Top Junior Soloist, Dancer of the Year Finalist, First Overall for Junior solos and the recipient of the Super Star Award for all elite dancers age 12 and under.

Senior Company dancer Sydney Roberts was the Top Teen Soloist, Dancer of the Year Finalist and Category winner, while Senior Company dancer Libby Borash was the Top Teen Soloist,

Judge's Choice recipient and category winner for both her tap and jazz solos.

GRA to celebrate St. Patrick's Day through art

LITTLE FALLS-Great River Arts in Little Falls will offer events Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, which is March 17.

A Celtic music band called Battlelegs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at GRA, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at online at or at the door the day of the event.

Battlelegs consists of Little Falls natives Kasey Devine, Andrew Barnes and Lance Radziej, who grew up playing around town and performing in garages.

Battlelegs website stated, "Battlelegs grew out of the newfound love of Celtic music, and after trading in their huge guitar amps for acoustics, they're still ready to rock. With a perfected blend of comedy, energy, memorable stories, shredding accordion licks, spoon solos, and cute college boys, Battlelegs is dressed to impress."

Then 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Anita Hendrickx will teach a basic calligraphy class at GRA. This class will be an opportunity to discover and learn an ancient art form. Hendrickx will teach students the foundational script as well as how to hold a chisel tipped calligraphy marker to create each letter form.

Sprout requests proposals for mobile art cart initiative

LITTLE FALLS-Sprout Minnesota is seeking four artists, artist collaboratives or organizations to partner with to creatively share their art to the central Minnesota area.

The selected artists may use any art form or medium to create their art cart project in a way that engages the community. Interested artists are encouraged to visit the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 to understand its mission and familiarize themselves with the work of Sprout MN.

The À la cARTe initiative allows artists to develop their art cart as an outlet for their art production, as a resource for engaging the community and as a differentiating factor and economic driver for their art business, a news release stated. Once chosen, the art cart will be owned by the selected artists, allowing them to bring their art to events and communities independently. This new project will also work in tandem with Sprout's Mobile Market stops, providing additional community engagement activities and bringing a blend of local food and art opportunities to area residents.

Five Wings Arts Council and the Region Five Development Commission will help facilitate the application process for artists to assist them in generating their ideas to paper. A key goal of the project is to elevate the skills and insights of area artists, whom are more uniquely equipped to infuse creativity into community engagement strategies, a news release stated. This program is open to all artists and art mediums and works to cultivate business skills to support artists' work by providing connections to resources.

Visit for more details and the application process. The deadline for submission is April 1.

This project is supported in part by the McKnight Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, and Lakewood Health Systems and is led by partnerships with Sprout, Five Wings Arts Council, Region Five Development Commission and other community partners.

Kick-off to poetry event set

LITTLE FALLS-"Make a Recipe into a Poem: Workshop to kick-off National Poetry Month; Part 1" is scheduled 1-2 p.m. April 6 at the Great River Regional Library in Little Falls.

The workshop is for adults and teens. Participants will learn more a fun approach to creating poetry, a news release stated. Recipe poems are poems inspired by or taking the form of a recipe. Recipes will be broken into their component parts and then reassembled into something new. People are asked to bring a favorite cookbook or recipe card or may use one the library will supply.

Pillager to present 'Cinderella'

PILLAGER-Pillager High School will present Rodger and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" with performances at 7:30 p.m. March 22-23, 2 p.m. March 23 and 3 p.m. March 24 in the Pillager School Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door for any of the performances for $4. People choose their seat when they purchase a ticket.

For the March 23 night performance, there will be a small plate dinner prepared by Tom Kavanaugh and ProStart students. This is a Pillager Education Foundation fundraiser. Dinner and theater tickets are $45 and are available by calling 218-746-2105.

'The Jingle Dress' exhibit to open April 3

ONAMIA-A new exhibit "Zibaaska' iganagoodday: The Jingle Dress at 100" opens April 3 at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia, and runs through Oct. 31, 2020.

The exhibit explores the story of the zibaaska' iganagooday, or jingle dress, its connections to healing and how it has spread across Native communities in the last century, a news release stated. Today jingle dress is a popular dance form on the competitive powwow circuit and is performed by Native women with a variety of tribal affiliations.

Visitors will be able to examine jingle dresses-many from the Minnesota Historical Society collections-from a variety of eras and communities and see how Native women have handcrafted garments or transformed store-bought dresses by adding decorative cone-shaped jingles, originally created from snuff tobacco cans.

"The jingle dress dance is an Ojibwe tradition, one that empowered women a century ago, during a global health crisis. This exhibit looks at the history of the tradition and how its meaning has evolved over the past century, including changes to the dresses," Curator Brenda J. Child, Red Lake Ojibwe and Northrop professor of American studies and American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota, stated. "Until recent decades, it remained primarily an Ojibwe and Dakota tradition. When visitors see the exhibit, they will appreciate the jingle dress dance as a modern tradition, but one with a foundation in Ojibwe song and dance."

Exhibit content is presented in both English and Ojibwe and is curated by Child and her students. The exhibit is a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society, the University of Minnesota Department of American Studies, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe community.

Cost to see the exhibit is to pay the general museum admission of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 for ages 5-17 and free for age 4 and under and for Minnesota Historical Society members and Mille Lacs Band members.

Author to appear to discuss book

Brainerd author M E Fuller will discuss her debut novel, "Saving the Ghost" 1-3 p.m. March 30 at Sage on Laurel in Brainerd.

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

"Saving the Ghost" is a story of resilience and courage. When Ellen McInnis left home at 17, she was free of her abusive father's violence against her. His death brought the terrors of childhood back to life. Ellen, now 57, is desperate to tell the truth. She believes it's the only way she can save herself from total emotional collapse. But there's only one living family member she can trust, her elderly aunt Mercy, and Mercy is keeping her own secrets, devastating secrets of unimaginable horrors and betrayal.

According to Goodreads' review, a reader wrote they read to gain perspective "of situations, past and present. Hopefully, a better understanding of the effects of abuse, can reduce the occurence. Very well written and definitely an author I hope to read again."

Fuller is available to speak to groups about the writing of "Saving the Ghost" and to discuss the importance of this difficult yet timeless topic.

Fuller has published short fiction in Shark Reef-A Literary Magazine, Talking Stick 26, PHOTOWRITE 2018 and South85Journal blog. "Saving the Ghost" is her first novel. She is a freelance writer and visual artist in central Minnesota. She is a member of Brainerd Writers Alliance.

This project was supported by Five Wings Arts Council with funds from the McKnight Foundation.