Erickson lands title role in CLC's 'Sweeney Todd'
Veteran actor Rande Erickson of Baxter will play the title character in Central Lakes College's "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street," to be staged 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6, with a midnight showing Oct. 30, at the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of CLC.
Patrick Spradlin directs the play.
Tickets are $5 for the public and free for CLC students.
Erickson made his CLC stage debut more than a decade ago in "Oklahoma!" and has performed in 50 productions, starred in television commercials and toured as an improvisational actor in the Impart Players' "Reunion Revenge" murder mystery dinner comedy.
Maureen Stanton of Pine River, another seasoned actor, portrays Mrs. Lovett, a meat pie shop owner who cavorts with the devilish barber. She has been seen at CLC in shows such as "Pump Boys and Dinettes," "Evita," "Tommy," "Annie," "Brother Truckers" and "The Shadow Box," as well as "The Secret Garden" with Pequot Lakes Community Theatre.
CLC students in the show include Tiffany Morris, Pequot Lakes; Kim Thomas, Pillager; Shalon Wilber, Melrose; Eric Wheeler, Milaca; and Joren LeGoullon, Kyle Hansen and Matt Woolery, all of Little Falls. Susan Peterson of Baxter and Matt Cummings of Deerwood round out the cast.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 855-8199.
Nerburn to speak at library
Minnesota author Kent Nerburn will discuss his books at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the First Thursdays Speaker Series.
Admission is free.
As an author, sculptor and educator, Nerburn has been deeply involved in Native American issues and education. He developed and directed an award-winning oral history project on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota.
Nerburn, who holds a Ph.D. in theology and art, has served as project director for two books of oral history -- "To Walk the Red Road" and "We Choose to Remember." He also has edited three acclaimed books on Native American subjects: "Native American Wisdom," "The Wisdom of the Great Chiefs" and "The Soul of an Indian."
Nerburn is also the author of "Letters To My Son," a book of essays written as a gift to his son; "Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads," which won the Minnesota Book Award for 1995; "Simple Truths: Clear and Gentle Guidance on the Big Issues of Life"; "A Haunting Reverence: Meditations an a Northern Land"; and "Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life."
Nerburn's Web site is www.kentnerburn.com.
Grammer to perform Grassroots Concert
NISSWA -- Folk singer Tracy Grammer will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Nisswa Community Center as part of the Grassroots Concert Series.
Tickets are $10.
Grammer and her late partner, Dave Carter, were called "one of the fastest-rising acts in folk music." In four years they released three internationally-acclaimed albums; toured with Joan Baez; shared stages with Lucinda Williams, Cowboy Junkies and Eddi Reader; and earned a following with their live performances at festivals and venues across North America.
Their final album together, "Drum Hat Buddha," was the No. 2 most-played album on folk radio in 2001, and Carter and Grammer were the No. 1 most-popular artists in the format for the year.
Despite Carter's sudden death in July 2002, Grammer's career as a touring musician continues.
"I have no choice but to go on singing, and to go on telling our story on behalf of my brilliant partner, and on behalf of every dreamer who stumbles, as I did, upon a profound calling," Grammer said.
Grammer just released "The Verdant Mile," a seven-song EP composed of two originals and five covers, including songs by Kieran Kane and Carole King. The title track is a meditation on loss and survival.
Grammer's first full-length studio album will be released on the Signature Sounds label in early 2005. Produced by John Jennings, the album features Mary Chapin Carpenter on backing vocals. It is a collection of previously-unreleased songs written by Carter.
Grammer will be accompanied at the Grassroots show by Jim Henry on mandolin, guitar, dobro and vocals.
CLC alumna opens exhibit
Jen Theisen, an alumna of Central Lakes College, returns with an exhibit through Nov. 4 in the CLC Gallery.
Theisen's acrylic and mixed media paintings are recent works from her "target fixture design" studio in the Twin Cities. She combines acrylic painting with found objects, particularly dress patterns, to create narrative compositions.
Theisen earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting at Bemidji State University after receiving the associate in arts degree from CLC. She lives in Crystal with her husband and sons.
"My work is primarily figurative but not necessarily about the form," Theisen said. "The figure is used to evoke an emotion and narrate a story. The physical process of creating is an integral part of my work -- the painting, sanding, nailing, sewing, collecting, writing -- they are all pieces of the solution. Each piece is about searching, perception of self and/or relationships. My work is a page in my journal, sometimes a struggle, a prayer ... a peep into my heart."
Theisen's Web site is www.artbyred.com.
Singer-storyteller to perform in Aitkin
AITKIN -- Douglas Wood, author of "Old Turtle," will perform "EarthSongs, EarthStories" at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Aitkin High School auditorium.
Tickets are $10 for a family of four, $5 for individuals and free for children under 5.
The singer and storyteller will share tales, including a Native American legend of how mosquitoes came to be and how a rabbit reached the moon, and sing songs such as "Spaceship Earth" and "How to Make the World."
Wood has received many awards, including the Minnesota Book Award. His publications include "Fawn Island," "Breathe the Wind, Drink the Rain," "A Quiet Place," "What Teachers Can't Do," "What Dads Can't Do" and "What Moms Can't Do."
Heartland Poets to meet Friday
Heartland Poets, a chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library.
After a brief business meeting, Joan Wiesner, Brainerd, will present a program highlighting the poetry of Ted Kooser, current U.S. poet laureate.
After refreshments following the program, poets will share poems-in-progress. Bring copies so other poets may more fully appreciate and understand your work.
For information regarding Heartland Poets and LOMP, contact email@example.com or call 829-5402.
Registration is still available for LOMP's fall meeting Oct. 15-16 in Little Falls. Keynote speaker is Bruce Eastman, a CLC instructor with a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and a master's degree in English.
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