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Review of "A Christmas Carol" at the Guthrie Theater by Mary Aalgaard

"A Christmas Carol" has been produced at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis for more than 35 years. This is their big show with all the bells and whistles, dancing, drama, and theatrics, of course. The story, written by Charles Dickens in 1843, describes London on the eve of Christmas. Carolers walk the streets. Women come to the door with requests to help the poor. The rich, like Scrooge, hoard their wealth. The poor are sent out into the streets with no one to help them and nowhere to go. Dickens brought to light the darkness of society.

The First Rule of Advertising….

I have some enterprising young folks in my neighborhood as evidenced by the flyer that I recently found marketing their services. Snow shoveling. Great plan! Where were you guys this summer when my lawn was growing like it was in a race with the trees. I hate shoveling snow, so immediately you have my attention.

Black Friday Special

“Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.” — Ansel Adams, American photographer and environmentalist (1902 - 1984)

There has been a movement to encourage people to shop locally this holiday season. I would like to take it one step further and encourage people to shop for local art and fine crafts for gifts this season. Sustaining local artists helps foster creativity.

Moviegoers to get luxury experience

For moviegoers the recently announced renovations to the Movies 10 in Baxter are coming at a good time but they may be measured by what’s happening about 60 miles to the south.
The Parkwood 18 movie theater in Waite Park is in the middle of a major renovation that will change the movie-going experience.
The Marcus Theatres cinema reports it is renovating every square inch of the place. Major changes are the addition of a restaurant — the Zaffiro’s Pizzeria and Bar.

Bluegrass Concert - Cindy and Tim

Time for toe-tapping and wiggling in your seats. Attend a FREE traditional Bluegrass, Country and Gospel concert presented by Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp of the Pequot Lakes area. This husband and wife team present stories behind the music and different instruments (banjo, fiddle, dobro, mandolin and bass). The concert will be at the Brainerd Public Library on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00pm.

Library Materials Available to Help Caregivers

Read Laurel's latest Senior Class column here:

It’s finally here!

If you’re a “Twilight” fan, you don’t have to ask me what is finally here. At midnight Thursday, the long anticipated, first showing at Movies 10 in Brainerd will be “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.” Finally! It is so exciting!

All-Area player

The Brainerd Dispatch sports department will announce its 2011 All-Area Volleyball Team and Player of the Year awards Nov. 19.
Who absolutely needs to make the list of the area's top 12 players and why? Who would be your choice for player of the year and why?
What was your favorite moment from the 2011 volleyball season?
And a bit of trivia. Who led the Brainerd lakes area in kills this season?

1940's Radio Hour Review by Mary Aalgaard

The 1940's Radio Hour is community theater at its finest up in Pequot Lakes, presented by the GLAPA group. I attended the Sunday afternoon show, which can be more subdued than an evening performance, but it wasn't. It was full of life and energy, beautiful costumes, and interesting scenery. I love it when the band is on stage, as in this show, so that they are part of the effect. They are cast members. Three cheers and a hand massage for the pianist, Renee Anderson. I know how hard you had to work! The music and musicians were phenomenal.

The Most Expensive Photo Ever

Clearly I'm not charging enough for my photos.

I figured this out after I saw a story about a photograph of the Rhine river by Andreas Gursky that sold for $4.3 MILLION DOLLARS! The most expensive photograph ever sold at an auction.

I've uploaded the photo for your viewing pleasure… or perhaps, as in my case, your viewing annoyance. Now, I'm not saying it's a bad photo, art being subjective, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that seven figures for one print is a tad excessive.