Jerry Mevissen, author of "The Nimrod Chronicles," will speak 7 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd Public Library.
Admission is free to this First Thursdays event.
The Nimrod author will discuss the process of writing and publishing his book, which takes a humorous look at small-town life and the people who live there.
Chrustowski to speak in Pine River
PINE RIVER -- Rick Chrustowski, author and illustrator of children's books, will give a presentation 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pine River-Backus High School library.
Admission is free to this Meet the Author event.
Chrustowski's books include "Bright Beetle," "Hop Frog," "Blue Sky Bluebird" and "Army Ant Parade," all published by Henry Holt & Co.
Call Pine River-Backus Community Education at (218) 587-2080 for more information.
Ring of Kerry to perform Friday
LITTLE FALLS -- Celtic music group Ring of Kerry will perform 7 p.m. Friday at the Great River Arts Center in downtown Little Falls as part of the Unplugged series.
Tickets are $10 per individual or $25 per family.
With sounds that range from the thunder of the Irish bodhran drum to the sparkle of the hammered dulcimer, from the lilt and rhythm of fiddle and guitar to the haunting wails of flutes and pennywhistles, Ring of Kerry has a unique musical style that has been described as ruggedly energetic.
The five members of Ring of Kerry, all of whom sing and play multiple instruments, are known to get close to the audience with their jokes and good-natured ribbing.
For more information, call (320) 632-0960 or consult www.greatart.org.
'Bob Roberts' to be screened at CLC
The 1992 film "Bob Roberts" will be shown 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room E354 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Admission is free to this People Uniting for Peace film series event.
In the film, right-winger Bob Roberts (writer-director Tim Robbins) hits the U.S. Senate campaign trail. Roberts' bizarre mix of down-home homilies and catchy melodies make him look like a joke, but as he inches closer to his goal, the laughter fades. Journalists and politicians make cameos in this satire that mixes parody and prophecy.
C-I music students, parents to present variety show
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton High School music students and their parents plan to host a variety show 7 p.m. April 14 at the C-I High School auditorium to help raise funds for a band and choir trip to New York City.
The trip is planned April 20-25.
Those who attend the show should use the west entrance of the high school. There is not a set admission, but donations will be appreciated.
The show will include solo performances, skits and other performances by C-I band and choir students.
Barra to perform Grassroots Concert
NISSWA -- Barra will bring the strains of the Emerald Isle to the Grassroots Concert series when it performs 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Nisswa Community Center.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.
Dubbed "Minnesota's best-loved Irish ceili band" by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the traditional five-piece ensemble has toured the Midwest concert and festival circuit for years.
The group includes Kari Oberg (lead vocals), John McCormick (accordion and vocals), Deborah Martin (fiddle), Paul Garding (guitar and vocals) and Dave Cammack (bodhran and accordion). Some of Barra's songs also feature a bagpipe, flute or bouzouki.
For more information, call 963-2976 or (218) 746-3930 or consult www.grassrootsconcerts.org or www.barraband.com.
Spring Legacy Chorale concerts set
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota will present its spring concerts, "Spring Song," this month at three Brainerd lakes area locations.
Performances will be 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium, 2:30 p.m. April 17 at the Crosby-Ironton High School Auditorium and 2 p.m. April 24 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Services Building, in Brainerd.
Admission for the Pequot Lakes concert is $12 at the door. Admission for the Crosby and Brainerd concerts is $8 for adults and $5 for those 55 and older or 18 and younger.
The theme of the "Spring Song" program is based on the poem "For the Beauty of the Earth" by F.S. Pierpoint. All of the works in the program are a celebration of earth, nature, family, friends, life and love. The concerts will conclude with a set of folk songs and spirituals, which has become a Legacy Chorale tradition.
Several pieces will include instrumental accompaniment provided by Laura Raedeke (piano), Ali Jones (cello), Heather Mastel-Lipson (violin), Lyle Kline (percussion) and several other chorale members. The Legacy Chorale includes 57 singers representing 13 Brainerd lakes area communities.
Tickets for the Pequot Lakes show are available at Pequot Lakes Community Education. For more information, call (218) 568-9200 or consult www.glapa.org.
Tickets for the Crosby and Brainerd shows are available at the Dispatch, Bridge of Harmony and Music General in Brainerd; The Independent Age in Aitkin; and at the door. For more information, call 888-899-6034 or (218) 820-6034 or consult www.legacychoralegmn.org.
Three Christian rock bands to perform
Three Christian rock bands will perform 7 p.m. May 14 at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. Grammy-nominated Skillet will headline the show with Everyday Sunday and Kids in the Way opening.
Tickets for this Brainerd Lakes Area Ministries concert are $13 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets are on sale at Bethany Bookstore in Brainerd or on the Web at www.bayministries.org.
For more information on the bands, consult www.skillet.com, www.everydaysunday.com and www.kidsintheway.com.
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