For week of April 25-May 1; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Blue Ox Bar
Magic Box (rock) Thur-Sat
Boom Candle (rock) Mon-Tue
Ded Walleye (rock) Wed
Whiskey Logic (country rock) Fri
Iron Rail Saloon
Bottom Feeders (country rock) Thur
Fast Ed (rock) Fri-Sat
Wayne Renn Band (country) Wed
Mick Sterling, Fri-Sat
Prime Time Charlie's
Ice Breaker, Fri
East Gull Lake
O'Madden Pub (Madden's Resort)
Paul Berget (variety) Thur-Sat
Preston & Paulzine (variety) Mon-Wed
The Blue Goose
24/7 (variety) Fri-Sat
Steve Anderson (variety) Thur-Sun, Wed
West Side Bar
Free Ride (variety) Thur-Sat
To Be Announced Wed
The Nisswa Grille
Lee Bone (variety) Thur-Fri, 6-10 p.m.
Central Lakes College vocal concert, 7:30 p.m. today, Dryden Theatre, Brainerd campus; CLC Community and Jazz bands in concert, 7:30 p.m. May 14, John Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus.
Central Minnesota Boys' Choir in concert, 7 p.m. today, Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, Baxter; Friday, Staples Elementary School (morning), Washington Elementary School in Alexandria (afternoon), 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Arden Hills.
Habitat for Humanity Variety Show featuring the Swingin' Sertomans and Jeff and Julie, 7 p.m. Friday, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, $12 in advance, $15 at the door, tickets at Habitat for Humanity office, The Brainerd Dispatch, Brainerd Area and Nisswa chambers of commerce.
Folk singer-songwriter Jim Miller in Grassroots Concerts series, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nisswa Community Center, $10 for adults, $5 for children at the gate, which opens at 6:30 p.m.
Heartland Symphony concerts
Heartland Symphony Orchestra, featuring winners of Youth Auditions and Young Composer competition, in concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Little Falls High School, call (320) 632-0960 for ticket information.
Franklin Junior High School and Mississippi Horizons students of Brainerd will present "Oz," 8 p.m. today, $4 for adults, $1 for students, free for children 5 and under, tickets available at the door.
Brainerd High School Drama Club will present "Antigone," 7 p.m. today-Saturday, BHS Little Theatre, $4.
"My Fair Lady" concert by Staples-Motley High School choirs, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Centennial Auditorium, Staples, call (218) 894-5416 or 800-213-6877 for tickets.
Isle High School presents "Grease," 7:30 p.m. May 3-4, 2 p.m. May 5, Isle School auditorium, $5 in advance, $6 at the door, call 676-3101 or 676-3172.
Aitkin High School Concert Choir to present annual Pop Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 3, high school auditorium, featuring the choir, the Madrigal Singers, an advanced bell choir, senior soloists and selected duets and other ensembles, $2.
On stage at CLC
"The Diary of Anne Frank" opens May 2 at Central Lakes College for eight-performance run in John Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus, 855-8199 or 800-933-0346.
Guitarist at New York Mills
Kent DuChaine in concert, 8 p.m. May 3, New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, (218) 385-3339; Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Woodwind Quintet, 8 p.m. May 11; Ring of Kerry, 8 p.m. May 24.
Guitarist-singer Steve Cloutier in Little Falls House Concerts series, 7:30 p.m. May 3, Jason's Casual Dining, $7 at the gate.
Great River classical
Great River Strings Ensemble in concert, 7:30 p.m. May 4, Cascade United Methodist Church, Deerwood, and 2 p.m. May 5, St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin, free admission.
Staples Area Men's Chorus presents 25th anniversary Dinner Concert, 6 p.m. May 5, T. Maxwell's Restaurant, Staples, call (218) 894-5416 or 800-213-6877 for ticket information.
Singer/songwriter Scott Krippayne in concert, 7 p.m. May 5, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School in Walker, $7 for adults and free for those 18 and under at Living Water downtown office center in Walker or call (218) 547-1919.
Fishing Opener concert
Grand Casino Mille Lacs presents concert series during the Fishing Opener weekend, including Jan and Dean & the Surf City Allstars at 7 and 9:30 p.m. May 10, and Tommy James & the Shondells, Grass Roots and The Turtles at 4 p.m. May 12, $11 and $18 for May 10, $32 and $42 for May 12, (651) 989-5151; country singer Clay Walker, June 20.
Mille Lacs Community Theater
Musical "A Family Portrait," May 10-11, Onamia High School, and May 18-19, Isle High School.
Paul Bunyan season
Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji, opens ticket sales for its 52nd annual summer season, offering "The Robber Bridegroom" June 12-23, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" June 26-July 7, "The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr" July 10-14, "Beauty and the Beast" July 17-21, "Sylvia" July 24-Aug. 4, and "The Wizard of Oz" Aug. 7-23, $57 and $60, (218) 751-7270.
Morrison County Government Center
K-12 student show, through April, downtown.
Family Medical Center Gallery
"Student Voices" exhibit, through April, 811 Second St. S.E.
Jaques Art Center
Woodblock artist and illustrator Betsy Bowen exhibit, through Saturday, downtown Aitkin.
Ripple River Gallery
"Clay, Paper, Scissors" featuring artists Jim Loso and David Norstad, through May 5, rural Aitkin.
Watercolors by Helen Smith and Phyllis Frankum, through April.
The Crossing Arts Center
Artists of Minnesota "Spring Exhibition," 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday, 617 Laurel St.
Watercolor workshop with Rose Edin, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, First Lutheran Church, Pine River, call (218) 587-2080 to register.
Out of town
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Minnesota Opera presents "Don Carlos," May 11-19 with evening and matinee performances, $27-$86, (651) 224-4222.
Brave New Workshop's "Flanagan's Wake" runs weekly Thursday-Sunday, (612) 332-6620.
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Features several exhibits, Omnitheater films and 3D laser show, including "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure," through mid-June, (651) 221-9444.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave. S.
"High Touch" exhibit by Minnesota artists Laura Stack and Anne Sugnet, through May 5, (612) 870-3131.
Historic Orpheum Theatre
"Blast," today-Sunday, (612) 673-0404.
"The Canterbury Tales," through Sunday, $16-$44, (612) 377-2224.
"Nyanja! Africa's Inland Sea" exhibit, featuring crocodiles, pythons and spiders, through May, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, (218) 740-3474.
Gordon Lightfoot in concert, 8 p.m. May 5, DECC Auditorium, downtown, $23 and $26, (218) 727-2121.
Northwoods Opry presents classic country singer Bill "Whisperin'" Anderson in concert, 1 and 6 p.m. May 12, American Legion Post 137, $22-$38, (320) 355-2696.
Creed in concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Fargodome, $48.50, (701) 235-7171.
Midwest Country Music Theatre presents Johnny Rodriquez in concert, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, $15, 888-729-1033; Connie Lee, May 11.
Poet laureate reading
League of Minnesota Poets poet laureate Maxine Russell of Brainerd joins other area poets in a reading, 2 p.m. Friday, library at Central Lakes College, Brainerd campus, 855-8129 or 800-933-0346, extension 8129.
Bluegrass jams on first, third and fifth Thursdays of each month at Coco Moon in downtown Brainerd, starting at 6:30 p.m., and every Saturday at Lakes Music in Pequot Lakes, starting at 3 p.m., call Charlotte Curtis at (218) 692-4035 for more information.
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.
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