For week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Blue Ox Bar
Baby Grand (rock) Thur
Junk (rock) Fri-Sat
Paradise City (rock) Mon-Tues
Whiskey Logic (country rock) Fri
Iron Rail Saloon
Preston & Paulzine (variety) Thur
Diamondback (country rock) Fri-Sat
Bottom Feeders (variety) Wed
High Noon (country) Fri-Sat
Marina Bar (Breezy Point Resort)
Tami & the Bachelor (variety) Thur-Sat
Prime Time Charlie's
Southern Uprising (Southern and classic rock) Fri-Sat
Shakey Jake, Sat
The Package, Fri-Sat
East Gull Lake
O'Madden Pub (Madden's Resort)
Jack Tango (variety) Thur
Preston & Paulzine (variety) Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed
The Blue Goose
Troubleshooter (variety) Fri-Sat
Sawtell (variety) Thur-Sun, Wed
West Side Bar
Wildcat Creek (country rock) Thur-Fri
Starlight (variety) Sat
Sandy Brooks (variety) Wed
Whiskey Logic (country rock) Sat
Prudence Johnson in Grassroots Concerts series, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Pequot Lakes High School auditorium, $15 at the gate, which opens at 6:30 p.m.; Douglas Wood, Oct. 11.
"Celtic Crossroads" production, featuring Northwind Crossing band and McNaughton Irish Step Dancers, 7 p.m. Friday, Pine River-Backus High School auditorium, Pine River, call Pine River-Backus Community Education for ticket information, (218) 587-2080.
River of Life Productions presents Legacy Five gospel group in concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, $12 in advance at area Christian bookstores, KTIG Radio or by calling 829-0065, or $15 at the gate.
New York Mills concert
Beth Custer and her jazz ensemble in concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, downtown, $10 at the gate.
Little Falls stage season
Peter Mayer in Little Falls House Concerts series, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Pine Edge Inn of Little Falls, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, (320) 632-0960; George Maurer Jazz Ensemble, Oct. 26.
Community theater production
On Stage Community Theater troupe presents "Annie," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10-12 and 17-19, and 2 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20, Franklin Junior High School, Brainerd, $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, 828-5372.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra fall concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, and Oct. 19, Wadena Memorial Auditorium, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Little Falls High School auditorium, call 800-826-1997 for ticket information.
Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts season opens with Children's Theater Co. of Minneapolis production of "Snowflake," 2 p.m. Oct. 12, Pequot Lakes High School auditorium, followed by "Lucky Stiff" on Oct. 25-27 and Nov. 1-3 and five other productions through April 4, season tickets $60 for adults, $55 for seniors, call (218) 568-9200 for more information.
Lakes Area Concert Association
Lakes Area Concert Association performing arts season opens Oct. 19 with Dare to Breathe quintet, followed by The Abaca String Band on Nov. 10, Dance Through Time on Feb. 12, Per Tengstand on March 11 and Barbary Coast Dixieland Band on April 25, $25 season ticket for individual, $65 for family, 829-3379 or 828-7105; Brassissimo Vienna opens Central Lakes Concert Series today at Alexandria-Jefferson High School; all concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
Classic Country Jamboree, featuring Jeannie Riley, John Conlee, Jerry Reed, George "Goober" Lindsey and others, in concert, 3 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Grand Casino Mille Lacs convention center, $19 and $26, (651) 989-5151 or at the casino.
Jaques Art Center
"Visions from the Land of the Midnight Sun" Scandinavian exhibit, through Oct. 26, downtown.
"Time and Place" exhibit featuring works by bead artist Jo Wood and fiber artist Tina Fung-Holder, through Sunday; "The Elements" exhibit by Northern Printmakers Alliance opens Oct. 2.
Brainerd Public Library
Painting exhibit by Irene Schalow, through Oct. 15.
The Crossing's Fine Arts Center
Private collection paintings by Eric Abbott, Saturday-Oct. 28, downtown.
Evelyn Matthies Porthole Gallery
Painting exhibit by Oren Thorson, Sunday-Oct. 28, 712 Washington St.
Government Center Gallery
"Spirit Dimensional Abstract Art" exhibit by Wayne Smith, through October, 213 S.E. First Ave.
Family Medical Center Gallery
"Paint, Pattern and Cloth" exhibit by Judith Visker, through October, 811 S.E. Second St.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum
Minnesota Historical Society offers series of workshops on traditional Ojibwe skills, including baby moccasins Oct. 19-20 and Ojibwe moccasins Nov. 9-10, $25 plus supplies, call (320) 532-3632 for more information.
NY Mills Regional Cultural Center
Mixed media collage exhibit by Joyce Haviland and glass exhibit by Larry Bautch, through Oct. 23; painting exhibit by Kathleen and Maureen Welter opens Oct. 6 with 1-4 p.m. reception, downtown.
Exhibit by painter Fred Somers, through Oct. 15, Madden's Resort, Gull Lake.
Out of town
Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors," Saturday-Nov. 3, $16-$46, 877-447-8243.
Children's Theatre Co.
2400 Third Ave.
"A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings," through Oct. 19, $12-$25 for children, $16-$31 for adults, (612) 874-0400.
Grand Casino Hinckley presents B.B. King Blues Festival with B.B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Shane Henry, 2 p.m. Sunday, $29, (651) 989-5151.
21st annual Millstream Arts Festival, featuring music, art and food, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Riverside Park, $1 donation, (320) 253-0679.
"Red! A Tribute to Red Skelton" starring Tom Mullica, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Paramount Theater, downtown, $19 for adults, less for seniors and students, (320) 259-LINE.
Cantus vocal ensemble in concert, 2 p.m. Sunday, St. John's University, $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, (320) 363-3577.
Comedian Bill Cosby in concert, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, St. Cloud State University, $24-$32, (320) 255-2205.
Cultural Thursday presentation on Venezuela by Gary Payne of Baxter, noon Oct. 3, Central Lakes College Lecture Hall, Brainerd campus.
John Erickson, area attorney and photographer, will be guest speaker in the first First Thursdays Speaker Series, 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Brainerd Public Library, free.
Arts center fund-raiser
Benefit art auction for Great River Arts Association's new art center, 7 p.m. Nov. 2, downtown Little Falls, $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, call (320) 632-0960 for more information.
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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