Brainerd's Donna Salli says play is about family, flavored with humor and worry.
Three Brazilian students attending Central Lakes College will present the Cultural Thursday program at noon Thursday in the Chalberg Theatre of the Brainerd campus.
The 50-minute program is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Resource Center for Cultures and Languages of the Americas.
Presenters will be CLC students Stefanno Lira, Andrea Schlittler and Raoni Marinho, who will present an illustrated talk covering aspects of Brazilian life such as education, celebrations, geography and climate, diet and dining customs, natural resources and governmental processes in the Portuguese-speaking nation where English is the official second language. All three students are studying applied engineering with environmental emphasis in Brazil and enrolled in natural resources and other associated classes at CLC.
Boa Viagem Beach, a popular beach in Recif, Brazil, will be among the topics in the Cultural Thursday program at noon today at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
The three were selected as participants in the Community College Initiative program for global education and international development with the goal of contributing to their home country's economic and democratic development.
CLC is the only community and technical college in Minnesota awarded grant funding in support of the one-year residency.
For information about Cultural Thursdays, contact Jan Kurtz at CLC at 855-8183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pines in concert Saturday at E Squared
The Pines will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the E Squared Cafe in Brainerd. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at the cafe or by calling 828-7809 or by going online at www.esquaredcafe.com.
In a world swimming in singer/songwriters, it's difficult to rise above the masses and create a truly unique sound that captures ears and stimulates the mind. The Pines are a band that has taken on this feat, honing their musical craft with a sound combines the traditional acoustic/roots music, but embraces the nuances of today's indie-rock and blues music.
Meeting in a Mexican barrio in Arizona, fellow Iowans David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey began playing music together, forming The Pines. Committing to a musical career, they returned to their Midwestern roots and settled in Minneapolis.
The Pines will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the E Squared Cafe in Brainerd.
In 2004 The Pines released their debut self-titled album on the Iowa-based Trailer Records. In 2007, The Pines released "Sparrows in the Bell" on the world renowned acoustic/roots label Red House Records. The album had critics buzzing and was named one of the top roots releases of 2007 by Q Magazine. Their second release was "Tremolo."
Scattered Trees in concert Saturday
Scattered Trees, a rising rock band from Chicago which features Brainerd natives Nathan and Alissa Eiesland, will be playing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Music Cafe in downtown Brainerd.
Cost is $5 at the door and features an opening performance by Videoceans, a Minneapolis band featuring Brainerd natives Alex Proctor and Drew Herder.
Scattered Trees music has been featured on numerous TV programs, including MTVs "The Real World." The band also gained national recognition as they were featured on the Starbucks Entertainment sampler "Off the Clock, Vol. 1" with the song "Sparrow" as the lead track. The compilation debuted on the Billboard Top 200 and has sold more than 30,000 copies.
Viking band to perform in New York Mills
NEW YORK MILLS - The Danish quartet "Krauka" will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
The group plays ancient tunes of the Vikings as well as contemporary compositions in the same tradition. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available from the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339.
Krauka has its fourth CD "Odinn" that is brimming over with legends and myths about elves, dwarfs, tricksters and gods. Krauka is in the field and this time with one more musician playing a bass.
Krauka was formed in 1999 around the idea of combining storytelling and music from the Viking Age. The band takes its audience on a journey back in time to an era when life was all about battles, pillaging and drinking. Krauka's music is played on instruments reconstructed after archaeological findings, but modern elements intertwine, creating an intense and often wild atmosphere inspired by the sagas and the Nordic forces of nature.
CLC plans travel study trips to Italy, London
An informational meeting is set at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss two Central Lakes College travel study trips set for next March. The meeting will be in room E354 of the Brainerd campus.
"The Italian Renaissance Experience," led by English and humanities instructor Michael Soderlund, will travel to Rome, Florence and Venice from March 13-21. The study trip will explore the art, literature and culture of the Italian Renaissance.
Patrick Spradlin, CLC theater instructor, and Matthew Fort, English instructor, will lead a London theater study trip from March 13-20. Participants will attend four plays in the London Theater District and view cultural and historical landmarks within and outside the city.
The Italian Renaissance Experience and the London Theater Experience study trips are available to CLC students and community members.
The Real Men Sing in concert Oct. 10
In Natal, Brazil, home of Central Lakes College students Stefanno Lira and Raoni Marinho, the Newton Navarro Bridge lights the night sky. The CLC students will discuss this as one of the topics set at noon Thursday for the Cultural Thursday program.
STAPLES - The Real Men Sing choral and vocal festival that will feature a chorus of more than 250 voices will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Staples-Motley High School gym.
The guest conductor will be Lee Nelson of Wartburg College, formerly of St. Cloud State University, and the guest voice clinician will be Steve Boelhke of the Minnesota Valley Men's Chorale. The concert will include performances by the Staples-Motley High School Men's Chorus, the Wartburg College Ritterchor Men's Choir, the Staples Area Men's Chorus and solos from the Voice Clinic. The Festival Chorus also will include voices of high school men from Albany, Bertha-Hewitt, Brainerd, Browerville, Eagle Valley, Little Falls, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Pelican Rapids, Pequot Lakes, Pillager, Pine River-Backus, Sauk Centre and Sebeka.
This will be the seventh year for the festival, which provides high school male students the opportunity to work under some of the best choral directors in the state. Participating schools can bring as many of their male singers to the festival as they want. Rehearsals and workshops also will be held.
The Staples Area Men's Chorus - at no charge to participating schools - books the facility, hires a guest conductor and voice teacher, buys the music and provides a meal.
Members of the Staples Area Men's Chorus will be seated next to the young men during the rehearsals and at the concert. The goals of the event are to convince young men that "yes, real men do sing"; to inform them that there are artistic and creative opportunities waiting for them after leaving their high school choirs; to demonstrate that men from many walks of life and many ages, can come together, build community, create enriching music together and have a great time doing it.
Tickets are available through the Centennial Auditorium Box Office at (218) 894-5416 or (800) 213-6877. Advance sale tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets purchased the day of the festival are $10 for adults and $5 for students. This project is made possible with financial assistance from the Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Legislature.
Brainerd playwright's work to be performed in English and Finnish
"The Rock Farm," a play about heritage, love, family and the magnetic attraction of home, makes its American stage premiere Oct. 9-10 in Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Written by award-winning Brainerd poet and CLC English instructor Donna Salli, the short play is her love song to Finnish-American roots. She is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, born to parents of full Finnish descent still living in Wakefield.
In an e-mail, Salli said that the play is about family, flavored with humor and worry. The characters are who they became as they moved through the writing process. They are products of the culture and society Salli grew up in and were inspired by a time and place that many in the audience will recognize, said Salli.
"The Rock Farm" or "Kivistn Tila" in Finnish has been translated into Finnish and was first performed a year ago in Joensuu, Finland. Salli attended during an exploratory trip pursuing the possibility of study aboard exchanges for CLC and Finnish students.
The play will be performed twice at each showing in two distinct styles. The first version will be performed in English by a cast of local volunteers, and the second version is in Finnish, translated and performed by Theater Fiasko of Finland. Superior, Wis., native Erik Steen of Brainerd directs the English version and Tuire Hindikka of Theater Fiasko directs the Finnish troupe.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 and 2 p.m. Oct. 10 as part of the Cultural Arts Series at CLC. General admission tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for CLC students. Tickets are available through the Theatre Box Office at 855-8199 or (800) 933-0346, ext. 8199, or e-mail email@example.com.
Nominations open for the 22nd annual Minnesota Book Awards
The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library opened nominations for the 22nd annual Minnesota Book Awards, honoring the state's finest authors and artistic creators. Eight categories recognize and celebrate the best in Minnesota literature: Children's literature, general nonfiction, genre fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, Minnesota, novel and short story, poetry and young people's literature.
Finalists in the eight categories will be announced Jan. 31. Winners will be announced at the 22nd annual Minnesota Books Awards gala on April 17 in St. Paul.
Anyone may nominate an eligible book by completing the nomination form and submitting five nonreturnable copies of the book, plus the $40 nomination fee, to The Friends' office. Nominations close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 11.
Nominations also are open for the Minnesota Book Artist Award, co-sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. This award recognizes a Minnesota book artist or long-standing book artist collaborative group for excellence of artistic work in the book arts, as well as significant contributions to Minnesota's book arts community. Nominations remain open through Oct. 30.
Nomination forms for both contests and information on the eligibility and entry guidelines are available online at www.thefriends.org or by calling (651) 366-6497.
Aitkin author to be featured Oct. 13 in Crosby
CROSBY - Leif Enger of Aitkin will present his second novel, "So Brave, Young, and Handsome," to an Unlimited Learning class from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby.
Enger was raised in Osakis and wanted to write fiction since his teens. Until the 1991 publication of his first novel, "Peace Like a River," he worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio. Enger wrote a series of mystery novels featuring a retired baseball player.
The class is funded in part by a Lifelong Learning Grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center. The program is open to the public for a fee of $6. For Unlimited Learning members, the program is part of this year's membership. Scholarships are available.
Unlimited Learning offers 'Night of Fine Dining' at Ruttger's in October
DEERWOOD - Unlimited Learning will host the seventh annual "Night of Fine Dining" set Oct. 23 at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge.
Terry Dox, chef for more than 30 years at Ruttger's, will share his recipes and demonstrate his culinary skills as he prepares an extraordinary menu.
Entertainment following dinner is a local humorist. Social hour is set from 6:30-7 p.m. with Bob Hoeft at the piano, followed by dinner and demonstration.
Cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Sign-up and confirm reservations by sending a check, written to Unlimited Learning-Night of Fine Dining, P.O. Box 455, Deerwood, MN 56444. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 19. For more information, call Kristy or Paul Tesdahl at (218) 546-5036.
For further information about Unlimited Learning programs, contact Larry Foote at (218) 678-3034 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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