Cultural Thursday event on Sweden
Swedish exchange student Luba Wiander, 17, who is attending Brainerd High School for this academic year, will present a free public program on her Scandinavian homeland at noon Dec. 1 at noon in Chalberg Theatre on the campus of Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
The Cultural Thursday presentation concludes at 12:50 p.m. after a question-answer period.
Wiander, living with the Brock and Jaimi Peterson family of Baxter, is self-described as a happy girl who likes to try new things. Wiander has completed one year of high school in Stockholm. Among her interests are piano and all music, travel, American history and government, photography and art communication, Nordic skiing and several foreign languages.
Geographically, Sweden is the largest country in northern Europe and fifth in the whole of Europe. Most of the more than 9 million Swedes live in the urban areas of the southern half, including Stockholm.
The agricultural south is rather flat and, at the best, hilly. The north (Lapland) is often called the last wilderness in Europe, with high mountains, swamps and wild rivers, treeless highlands and impenetrable birch forests. In this part of Sweden the Saami live, also called the Lapps, one of the last nomad peoples in Europe.
The culture at Swedish higher education institutions is informal, creative and student-centered. Much work is left to the student’s own initiative. Such a system, with its lack of rigid scheduling, is often demanding. It encourages students to develop a critical attitude and an independent approach — two highly sought-after attributes in today’s knowledge-based employment market.
Simar to sign books
NISSWA — Author Candace Simar of Pequot Lakes will sign books from 12-3 p.m. Saturday at Turtle Town Books & Gifts in Nisswa.
She’ll sign copies of her three books: “Abercrombie Trail,” “Pomme de Terre” and “Birdie.” Simar writes historical fiction set in Central Minnesota at the time of the Sioux uprising in 1862 and beyond, following the lives of Scandinavian immigrants as they try to build a life for themselves amidst the harshest conditions.
Rose Edin receives
Artist Rose Eden recently took first place in the Artist Magazine’s International Competition in the category of animal/wildlife for her watercolor entitled “Beauty and the Beast.” There were more than 1,000 entries from all over the world in the animal/wildlife category.
“Beauty and the Beast” also won an award in the 2011 American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition in New York and will be included in its yearlong traveling show.
Crossing to host
‘The Peep(s) Show’
The Crossing Arts Alliance Q Gallery will host a first-time, themed, juried art exhibition entitled “The Peep(s) Show” Dec. 6-28 at Franklin Arts Center Brainerd, with an artists reception from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2.
Peep show definition: A sequence of pictures viewed through a lens or hole set into a box, traditionally offered as a public entertainment. The exhibition theme is the depiction of people or persons.
Hours during the exhibition will be from 12-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10. The exhibition is free and open to the public. There is a $10 cost for the reception for the general public and $5 for Crossing Arts Alliance members. To RSVP for the reception, call 833-0416 or email email@example.com.
“Peep(s) Show” exhibiting artists include Brianna Aase, Roy Abbott, Alice Blessing, David Boran, Kathy Braud, Jess Cavazos, Millie Engisch-Morris, Julie Guth, Haddie Hadachek, Joey Halvorson, Gary Harris, Mary Hendricks, Charles Johnson, Steve Johnson, Lonnie Knutson, Molly Krautkremer, Kathleen Krueger, Evelyn Matthies, Ron Morris, Pat Oldham, Prabu Perdana, Brenda Pfeffer, David Rickert, Steve Seevers, Cyrus Swann and Jim Whiting.
Crossing Arts Alliance activities are funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008; and grants from Target, the Anderson Family Legacy Fund, and Forecast Public Art.
Roggenkamps to perform Tuesday
A free gospel concert will be presented by Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp of the Pequot Lakes area at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library.
This husband and wife team presents different instruments and stories behind some of the music. Roggenkamp have been entertaining audiences throughout Minnesota and surrounding states and Canada for more than 30 years, performing traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music. They are members of the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, they have recorded several CDs and have made many television and radio appearances. They also are well known in bluegrass circles for founding the Lakes Bluegrass Festival that takes place in Pine River in 2012 and running a nationally known bluegrass music website named PlayBetterBluegrass.com.
Today, they focus on adding their touch to the early traditions of country, gospel and bluegrass music. Tim and Cindy perform a variety of styles from slow ballads to fast instrumentals, and on various instruments including guitar, bass, banjo, fiddle, dobro and mandolin. Performing either as a duo or with a full band, they enjoy preserving authentic American music with their own distinct sound.
Tim Roggenkamp is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his hard-driving banjo playing, but is also accomplished on lead and rhythm guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bass and has recently taken up the dobro as well. Cindy Roggenkamp plays standup bass and rhythm guitar and sings heart-warming and honest vocal leads and harmonies.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra will resume its 35th anniversary season with its winter concert “Season of Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.
Conductor Josh Aerie said the holiday concert offers a twist on the usual Christmas concert this year. To open the program, Heartland Symphony will feature “Thanksgiving Overture,” a composition by HSO alum, Jeff Liebsch. Liebsch’s compositions include works for full orchestra, concert, brass ensemble, choir/piano and smaller ensembles. Central Lakes College community band in Brainerd has premiered five of Liebsch’s compositions since 2007, the latest of which also was performed in the band’s European tour in July 2011. Another feature piece for this performance will be the well known masterpiece, Symphony No. 5 by Felix Mendelssohn, also known as the “Reformation Symphony” which will be played in its entirety. An on-stage choir made up of CLC Cantre singers and Legacy Chorale members, with the rich accompaniment of the symphony, will lead the audience in sing-a-long carols and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
HSO offers a complimentary season brochure with concert details, by calling at (800) 826-1997. Ticket prices are $7 for seniors and students, $10 for adults, $15 for adult pair, $20 for family. Tickets are available at Bridge of Harmony or the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd and at Bookin’ It Bookstore or the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls. Tickets also are available at the door, starting 30 minutes before each concert.
These activities are funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and also by grants provided to Heartland Symphony Orchestra from the Five Wings Arts Council, The Musser Fund and the Anderson Brothers Family Fund.
Audition Dec. 1 for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
Central Lakes College Theatre in Brainerd will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in Chalberg Theatre for those seeking roles in the February production “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Director Dennis Lamberson said the production will be staged Feb. 10-19 in the Dryden Theatre and will have a cast of eight women and 11 men ages 16-75. Two boys, ages 10-14, and one girl age 9-11 are needed, as are two actors and two actresses of color.
Rehearsals start Jan. 9, and Lamberson said no experience is necessary. Actors will read from the script for the audition.
Production dates are Feb. 10-12 and 16-19.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was instantly successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.
For more information contact Lamberson at (218) 855-8202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLC’s ‘Tuba Christmas’ Dec. 10
The Central Lakes College Music Department will present its 16th annual “Merry Tuba Christmas” at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Herberger’s court of the Westgate Mall in Brainerd/Baxter.
Rehearsal is at 10 a.m. in the Music Hall on the Brainerd campus (E471).
All trombone, euphonium (baritone) and tuba players are welcome to participate in the event. Music and stands will be provided.
“This is the 16th year that CLC has hosted this celebration of Christmas and low-brass music,” said director Steve Anderson. “Come join us in making a joyful noise with our special approach to Christmas music..”
For more information contact Anderson at 855-8215, 831-3652 or email@example.com.
Enchanted Holiday Village to open Friday
Paul Bunyan Land, located east of Brainerd on Highway 18, will host its fifth annual Enchanted Holiday Village with more than 40 holiday and winter scenes.
The holiday village will be open from 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, beginning this week and running through Dec. 17.
The event is free, but donations would be accepted.
Authors to appear
LITTLE FALLS — Bookin’ It Bookstore in Little Falls will host a pair of author appearances Dec. 4.
A book signing and discussion by authors Darby Nelson and Connie Claire Szarke will be had.
Nelson is the author of “For Love of Lakes” and Szarke’s novel is “Delicate Armor.”