For week of July 18-24; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Blue Ox Bar
Peril (rock) Thur-Sat
Clayson Union (rock) Mon-Wed
Preston & Paulzine (variety) Fri
Iron Rail Saloon
Preston & Paulzine (variety) Thur
Silent Partner (rock) Fri-Sat
Rodeo Days (country rock) Wed
Docksider Bar (Breezy Point Resort)
Chris "Elvis" Olson (impersonator) Sat, 7:30-11 p.m.
Austin Healy (rock) Thur
Separate Ways - Fri
Shane Allen - Sat
Marina Bar (Breezy Point Resort)
Johnny Green & the Greenmen (rock) Thur-Sat, Mon-Wed
Prime Time Charlie's
Himbo's (variety) Fri-Sat
The Ivory Kings (comedy variety) Thur
Shakey Jake (blues) Fri
Honey Wagon (country rock) Sat
Chris "Elvis" Olson (impersonator) Sun
Three Bobs (variety) Mon
The Package (rock) Fri-Sat
East Gull Lake
O'Madden Pub (Madden's Resort)
Paul Berget (variety) Thur-Sat
Jack Tango (variety) Mon-Wed
Ernie's on Gull
BluesTrain (blues) w/special guest
Sun 4-8 p.m.
The Blue Goose
Midnight Highway (variety) Fri-Sat
Lou & Eddy (variety) Thur-Sun, Wed
Steve Anderson (variety) Mon-Tue
West Side Bar
Biz Kats (rock) Fri-Sat
Magic Box (rock) Wed
The Nisswa Grille
Lee Bone (variety) Thur-Sat, 6-10 p.m.
On stage at CLC
Central Lakes College theater course presents "Cabaret," 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Bob Dryden Theatre, Brainerd campus, $5.
Brainerd area history
Rhythm of the Rails highlights the area's history in variety stage show, 8 p.m. today-Saturday and July 25-27, outdoor stage, 307 Front St., Brainerd, $6 for adults, $4 for children at the gate.
Folk singer Dennis Warner in Performances in the Park series, 7 p.m. today, Gregory Park, Brainerd, free; Holly Garner, July 25.
Paul Bunyan season
Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji, presents "Beauty and the Beast" today-Sunday, "Sylvia" July 24-Aug. 4, and "The Wizard of Oz" Aug. 7-23, $13 for adults, less for children, (218) 751-7270.
Hole in the Day Players present musical "Footloose," 8 p.m. July 25-27 and 2 p.m. July 27-28, Charles Martin Auditorium, Little Falls High School, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, (320) 632-9106.
Concert in the Park
The George Maurer Trio jazz group in Little Falls' Concert in the Park series, 4 p.m. Sunday, Maple Island Park, downtown, free; folk musicians Juliette McCoy and Amy Schmidtbauer, July 28.
Country singer Tanya Tucker in concert, 7 and 9:30 p.m. July 26, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, $19 and $26, (651) 989-5151; Merle Haggard, Aug. 19.
Northcountrymen Barbershop Chorus, Breakpoint and area high school choral groups in concert, 7 p.m. Aug. 3, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, tickets free from concert sponsors or $7 at the gate, call 829-9663 or 829-1214 for list of sponsors.
Choral alumni in concert
A Cappella Alumni Summer Chorale, featuring Brainerd High School graduates, 4 p.m. Aug. 4, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, $10 for students, $20 for adults, 821-3559.
Brainerd Family YMCA
Several area artists featured in painting and sculpture exhibit, through July.
Evelyn Matthies Porthole Gallery
Painting exhibit by former Brainerd resident Cindy Wicklund, through August, 712 Washington St.
Brainerd Public Library
Jeanine Murschel painting exhibit, through July.
Brainerd City Hall
Lavina Anderson exhibit, through August.
The Crossing Fine Arts Center
Edible Art & Rummage Sale event, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 617 Laurel St.; children's art workshop, Saturday, 833-0416.
"Picturing II: Depth of Field" photography exhibit, featuring works by 20 area artists, Aug. 7-14, Central Lakes College, Brainerd campus, with keynote by StarTrib photographer Brian Peterson at 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at CLC and 7 p.m. Aug. 10 reception for outdoor photographer Bill Marchel at The Crossing Fine Arts Center, 617 Laurel St., Brainerd, call 829-7852 for more information.
Les Kouba exhibit, through Sept. 7, downtown.
Ripple River Gallery
Fred Somers oil and pastel exhibit "Illuminated Landscapes," through July, rural Aitkin; pine needle basket workshop with fiber artist Tina Fung, July 27-28, deadline for registration Sunday, $75; bead workshop with artist Jo Wood, Aug. 3-4, registration deadline July 28, $75; (218) 678-2575.
EAST GULL LAKE
Stable Gallery, Madden's Resort
Brainerd photographer-lawyer John Erickson reception, 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Morrison County Government Center
"Abstracted Landscapes" by Mary Lingen, through July, downtown.
Family Medical Center Gallery
"Faces" exhibit by Rebecca Kummer, through July, 811 Second St. S.E.
Great River Arts Association offering adult workshops in painting, drawing, ceramics, interior design and cooking throughout the summer, call (320) 632-0960 for registration and fee information.
Area art shows & festivals
Fifth annual sale and exhibition by Lakes Area Artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Saturday, Nisswa Community Center; 42nd annual Pine River Art Club exhibit, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. July 25-27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 28, Pine River Elementary School; Majestic Pines Arts Festival, July 26-27, Nisswa; Crosslake Art Fair, Aug. 9-10, Crosslake Community Center; Serpent Lake Festival of Fine Arts and Craft, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17, Crosby Memorial Park.
Out of town
Xcel Energy Center
Down from the Mountain Tour featuring artists from Grammy Award-winning "O' Brother Where Art Thou" sound track, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $37-$75; Santana, 7 p.m. Aug. 25, $36.50-$51.50, (651) 989-5151.
Harriet Island Regional Park
Irish Fair of Minnesota, featuring fiddler Natalie McMaster, Gael Force and other Celtic acts, Aug. 10-11, free.
University of Minnesota
FinnFest USA, featuring traditional music, dance and food, Aug. 7-11, including performances by Skalmusik ensemble of Brainerd, consult www.finnfest02.org for more information.
International Choral Festival, featuring 60 public performances by groups from around the world, Aug. 2-10, consult www.worldchoralsymposium6.org for details.
Three Dog Night in concert, 8 p.m. Tuesday.
George Thorogood & the Destroyers with Credence Clearwater Revisited in concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Grand Casino Hinckley, followed by Bill Cosby, 4 p.m. Aug. 4, and George Jones and Loretta Lynn, 4 p.m. Aug. 25, (651) 989-5151.
Author D.B. Nguyen in Friends of the Brainerd Public Library's "brown bag" luncheon series, noon Monday; author Donna Salli, July 29.
75th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's return to Little Falls after historic transatlantic flight, Aug. 9-11, including 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 dinner at Falls Ballroom and 1 p.m. Aug. 10 parade in downtown Little Falls.
Crosslake Area Historical Society hosts annual home tour July 25-26, starting at 8:30 a.m., Crosslake Historic Village, $40, write Log Home Tour, P.O. Box 134, Crosslake, MN 56442, include self-addressed stamped envelope.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe hosts bead-making workshop, noon-4 p.m. July 27-28, Mille Lacs Indian Museum, $25 or $20 for Minnesota Historical Society members, possible fee for supplies.
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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