For week of April 24-30; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Blue Ox Bar
Jet City, today-Sat
Preston and Paulzine, Fri
Iron Rail Saloon
The Dweebs (family variety show), today
Smoking Guns, Fri-Sat
Prime Time Charlie's
S.O.L. (classic rock), Fri-Sat
The Palmers, Fri-Sat
Cherry Fix, Sat
Betty and Veronica (formerly Side Show Bob), Fri-Sat
The Blue Goose
Wayne Renn (country), Fri-Sat
Steve Anderson (variety), today-Sun, Wed
West Side Bar
Radio Daze, today-Sat
Bluegrass jams on first, third and fifth Thursdays of each month at Coco Moon in downtown Brainerd, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Washington Middle School sixth- and seventh-graders in concert, 6:30 p.m. today, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School.
Junior high show
Eighth- and ninth-graders at Franklin Junior High School and Mississippi Horizons in Brainerd will perform "Wonderland," 8 p.m. today and Friday, Franklin auditorium, $4 for adults, $1 for students, free for children 5 and under at the door.
'The Shadow Box'
Presented by Central Lakes College Theatre, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and May 1-3, 2 p.m. Sunday and May 4, Dryden Theatre. Call 800-933-0346 for more information.
Barbary Coast Dixieland Band
Lakes Area Concert Association members only, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School. Memberships for next season available before the show.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra's spring concert, "New Voices," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School. Tickets at Aitkin Independent Age, The Brainerd Dispatch, Bridge of Harmony of Brainerd, Bookin' It Bookstore and the Great River Arts Association in Little Falls.
Brainerd High School bands in concert, 7:30 p.m. May 1, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, $3 for adults, $1 for students.
Blues singer with his band, May 1, Blue Ox Bar, $10.
Chamber Singers concert
Presented by Central Lakes College, 7:30 p.m. May 6, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School.
Jazz & Community Band Concert
7:30 p.m. May 13, Chalberg Theatre, Central Lakes College.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra's spring concert, "New Voices," 7:30 p.m. today, Aitkin High School auditorium. Tickets at Aitkin Independent Age, The Brainerd Dispatch, Bridge of Harmony of Brainerd, Bookin' It Bookstore and the Great River Arts Association in Little Falls.
Musical presented by sixth-grade students at Rippleside Elementary School, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Rippleside new gymnasium, free.
Spring Keyboard Festival
& Honors Concert
Area piano students, 2 p.m. Saturday, Room 242, St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls.
St. Francis Music Center string ensemble meets 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the center in Little Falls, all skill levels, (320) 632-0637.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra's spring concert, "New Voices," 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Charles D. Martin Auditorium, Little Falls High School. Tickets at Aitkin Independent Age, The Brainerd Dispatch, Bridge of Harmony of Brainerd, Bookin' It Bookstore and the Great River Arts Association in Little Falls.
Spring Gymnastics Recital
St. Francis Music Center gymnastics recital, 7 p.m. May 7, Little Falls High School, free.
Spring Dance Recital
7 p.m. May 8, Charles Martin Auditorium, Little Falls High School.
The New String Ensemble and Beginning String Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. May 9, Sacred Heart Chapel on the Franciscan Sisters Campus.
Spring Choral Concert
7:30 p.m. May 12, Little Falls High School, free.
7 p.m. May 16, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 17, 1 p.m. May 18, St. Francis Music Center.
Spring Band Concert
Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz I, 7:30 p.m. May 19, Little Falls High School, free.
Bluegrass and Gospel Show
Lonesome Tradition and the Platte Valley Boys, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lutheran Church of the Cross, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, available at Lakes Music in Pequot Lakes, (218) 568-7366.
Grassroots Concert Series
Priscilla Herdman, 7:30 p.m. May 9, Nisswa Community Center, $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Food shelf donations welcome.
Grand Casino Mille Lacs
Country singers Mel Tillis and daughter Pam Tillis, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, $35 and $28 at (651) 989-5151.
American Indian Powwow and Arts & Crafts Show, May 4, free.
American Indian Dance Theatre, 8 p.m. May 9, $10 at (651) 989-5151.
Country singer Lorrie Church, dinner theater concert, 7 p.m. May 14, $25 at (651) 989-5151.
Comedian Jay Leno, 7 and 9 p.m. May 28, $35 and $45 at (651) 989-5151.
Mass Choir Concert
Hosted by Pequot Lakes School, 7 p.m. today, free.
The Teddy Bear Band
2 p.m. Sunday, Pequot Lakes School Auditorium, $7 for adults, $4 for children to age 12, call (218) 568-9200 or at the door, bring a Teddy bear to the concert.
'Give My Regards to Broadway'
Musical performed by Pillager High School students, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Fine Arts Festival
May 5, Pine River Elementary Performance Gym. Call (218) 587-4000 for more information.
'Fiddler on the Roof'
Performed by students at Pine River-Backus High School, May 15-18. Call (218) 587-4000 for more information.
Fine Arts Concert
Pine River-Backus High School band and choir, 7 p.m. May 27.
Staples Area Men's Chorus 26th annual dinner concert, 6 p.m. May 4, T Maxwell's Restaurant, (218) 894-3742.
'The Wizard of Oz'
The Madhatters, Inc. present "The Wizard of Oz" today through Sunday, Wadena Memorial Auditorium, $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $6 for kids 12 and under. Contact Don Hoffman at (218) 631-3129 for more information.
Brainerd City Hall
Fifth and Laurel streets
Art by Virginia MacArthur and Phyllis Frankum, through June.
Central Lakes College Gallery
Evelyn Matthies mixed media display, "Retro, Etc.," through May 16; artist's reception, 5-7 p.m. today, CLC library. At 6 p.m. a buffet will be served. For $10, patrons will have a chance to win a Matthies work.
The Crossing Arts Center
617 Laurel St.
Carol Hanson's Hand Dyed and Printed Fabrics Exhibition on display May 1-June 6.
Kid's art exhibition, starting May 20.
John Thomas Proctor exhibit, through May 5.
Brainerd Public Library
Artwork by Helen Smith and Irene Donahue, sponsored by Encore Arts Association, through July 3.
Mary Tuomi, watercolor works, through Friday.
Jaques Art Center
Student Art Exhibit, Friday-May 24.
Native American Art Exhibit, May 30-July 26.
Ripple River Gallery
Cyrus Swann, clay artist, and Marlon Davidson & Don Knudson, mixed media, through May 11.
Garrison Art Show & Sale, May 25. Contact Anne Manly at (320) 692-4060 or Haddie Hadachek at (218) 764-3296.
Great River Arts Center Gallery
Charles Kapsner's "Drawing the Essence" exhibit, featuring 18 charcoal and graphite drawings, through May 2, free.
Little Falls Public School student show by students in grades K-12, through April, free.
"Simply Nature" by Mary Tuomi, May 1-31.
Family Medical Center Gallery
Student Voices exhibit by student artists from Pierz, Royalton, Swanville and Upsala, through April, free.
"Inspirational Sights" by Deb Vander Eyk, May 1-31.
Charles A. Weyerhauser
Morrison County Historical Society Quilt Show, May 2-4.
Rolling Plains Art Gallery
"The Art of Today: Artists from Minnesota and North Dakota," touring exhibit, May 13-19.
Out of town
May Day Parade and Festival
Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1 p.m. May 4, 26th Street and Bloomington Avenue.
Art Festival featuring the work of more than 300 artists, in and around the Northeast Arts District, 6-9 p.m. May 16, noon-8 p.m. May 17, noon-5 p.m. May 18. For more information, call (612) 788-1679.
Thomas the Tank Engine visits, Friday-Sunday and May 1-4, (651) 228-0263, www.mtmuseum.org.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Dave Rogers' "Big Bugs" exhibit, May 3-Sept. 28, grand opening May 17. Gate admission $7.
"Cantus," choral concert featuring "Casey at the Bat" and "Suite from the Lord of the Rings," 2 p.m. May 4, St. John's University. Call (320) 363-3577 for tickets and information.
Grand Casino Hinckley
Events & Convention Center
Country musicians Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart, 8 p.m. May 17, outdoor amphitheater. The show will open with a fireworks display. Tickets are $25, $32 and $39 and available at the Grand Casino Hinckley and Grand Casino Mille Lacs box offices, or through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151.
Shooting Star Casino
"The Doobie Brothers," Saturday, www.starcasino.com.
NEW YORK MILLS
Regional Cultural Center Gallery
Grade 4-6 Regional Art Exhibit, through Saturday.
Art de Cielo featuring handmade kites by Twin Cities artist JoAnn Weber, through May 10.
Arts and Crafts Show
More than 150 exhibitors, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10, Brainerd High School, free admission, use north or south entrance.
Library speaker series
Lauren Nickisch will talk about her play, "Hephzebeth, Woman of Iron," 7 p.m. May 1, Brainerd Public Library as part of library's First Thursdays Speaker Series, free.
Arts & Crafts Fair, Women's Expo
Art vendors and learning sessions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3, Hallett Community Center, free admission, (218) 546-2616.
Author Monica Ferns is featured Saturday at Linden Hills and Bookin' It in Little Falls. Morning tea, 10 a.m., $35. Afternoon tea and Overnight, 1 p.m., $99.95. Includes tours of both mansions, tea, book, etc. Call (320) 616-5581.
Used Book Sale
May 8-10, Carnegie Library, free.
Stories with Joan
Story readings for kids ages 3-5, 12:30 p.m. May 12, Carnegie Library, free.
'Guatemalan Highland Maya:
Presentation by Jan Kurtz, noon May 1, Central Lakes College Lecture Hall E354.
Make Mother a Card
Class, 11 a.m. May 10, Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center, $1.50 admission.
Learning session presented by Rolf Westgard, 1:30 p.m. April 24, Hallett Community Center, $5.
'Drawing with the Masters'
Artist workshop with Charles Kapsner, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-May 2, Arts Center, Little Falls, 632-0960.
Loom design workshop
Noon-4 p.m. May 10, Mille Lacs Indian Museum, 12 miles north of Onamia on Highway 169, $25 general public, $20 Minnesota Historical Society members.
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