NISSWA - Singer/songwriter and all-around artist Tom Russell will make his Grassroots Concerts debut at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at the Nisswa Community Center.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.
Russell, 58, was born in Los Angeles and now lives on a farm in West Texas.
In 2005, Russell released the acclaimed "Hotwalker" on Hightone Records. This "beat montage" on American culture featured the voices of Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, Dave Van Ronk and others, and served as a memoir of the music and literary characters who influenced Russell's childhood.
Tom Russell is the next Grassroots Concerts performer.
Russell has recorded one DVD and 20 albums of original material.
For more information, call (218) 963-2976 or visit www.grassrootsconcerts.org.
Unlimited Learning to present opera class
CROSBY - The Unlimited Learning class, Opera on the Range, will be presented in three parts from March 27-April 5.
A class on opera will be at 1 p.m. March 27 at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby. A class on composer Giacomo Puccini will be at 1 p.m. April 3 at the Hallett. On April 5, students will take a trip to view "La Boheme" in HDTV at the Parkwood Theater in St. Cloud.
Cost is $12 for Unlimited Learning members and $34 for non-members.
The first session will include an overview of opera as an art form, viewed in the context of its time (1896). The second session will focus on the opera "La Boheme" and the composer Puccini, with musical examples.
The instructor, Nancy Handrich of St. Cloud, is a practicing attorney with a master's in music and voice, an interest in opera and extensive classroom experience.
At 12:30 p.m. April 5, students will view a live performance of "La Boheme" by the New York Metropolitan Opera in HDTV. After the opera, students will have dinner in St. Cloud with the instructor to review and evaluate the experience. Students may carpool to St. Cloud.
For more information or to register, call Joanna Pierce at (218) 534-4946 or Geri Altonen at (218) 546-5789.
Loretta Lynn to perform at casino
Loretta Lynn will perform in April at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
ONAMIA - Loretta Lynn, one of country music's greatest vocalists and songwriters, will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 25-26 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
Tickets, priced at $31 and $38, are available through the casino box office and Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or grandcasinomn.com.
Lynn was raised in a shack in Butcher Hollow, Ky., the second of eight children. Married at 13, she was a grandmother by the time she was 29. It sounds like the beginning of a life of deprivation and despair, but it didn't turn out that way.
In a groundbreaking career that began in 1960, Lynn has written more than 160 songs and released 70 albums, 17 of which have gone to No. 1.
In 1980, Lynn's autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter," was made into a movie.
Lynn's most recent record, 2004's "Van Lear Rose" - a hit collaboration with the Whites Stripes' Jack White - has helped her reach a new generation of fans.
Tickets on sale for YMCA Charity Ball
Tickets are on sale for the 13th annual Brainerd Family YMCA Charity Ball, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 17 at Madden's Town Hall in East Gull Lake.
The Johnny Holm Band will perform, dinner will be served and a silent auction will be held. Visit www.brainerdlakesymca.org for details.
Tickets are $75 per person ($40 is tax-deductible) or $750 for a table of 10. They are available at the YMCA or by calling 829-4767. Proceeds go toward youth programs at the YMCA.
A member of the Latin Jazz Trio was named incorrectly on Page 4E Feb. 28. The musician's name is Greg Breen.
The Dispatch regrets the error.
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