For week of Oct. 24-30; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Blue Ox Bar
Itis (rock) Thur-Sat
Rags (rock) Mon-Wed
Jack Tango (variety) Fri
Iron Rail Saloon
Bottom Feeders (variety) Thur
To Be Announced Fri-Sat
Free Ride (variety) Wed
11th Hour, Fri-Sat
Prime Time Charlie's
Ice Breaker (classic rock and variety) Fri-Sat
Blues Train (blues) Sun, 8 p.m.-midnight
Shaggin' Wagon, Sat
Power Play, Fri-Sat
The Blue Goose
Shane Allen (country rock) Fri-Sat
Bill Shaw (variety) Thur-Sun, Wed
West Side Bar
Wildcat Creek (country rock) Thur-Sat
Southern Uprising (country rock) Wed
The S.K.A.T.Y.R.S. (rock) Sat
Brainerd High School choirs' fall concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, $3 for adults, $1 for students at the door.
'Macbeth' opens at CLC
Central Lakes College presents "Macbeth," Saturday-Nov. 2, with evening and matinee performances, John Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus, $5, 855-8218 or 800-933-0346.
Gospel music in Staples
Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir in concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Centennial Auditorium, Staples, $10 for adults, $7 for students, (218) 894-5416 or 800-213-6877.
Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota debuts Saturday with a 3 p.m. concert in Wadena Memorial Auditorium and an 8 p.m. concert in Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, and 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Cloud, $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students at the gate.
Little Falls stage season
George Maurer jazz ensemble in concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Little Falls High School, $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students, (320) 632-0960; Latona's Thirst, Nov. 15.
Classic Country Jamboree, featuring Jeannie Riley, John Conlee, Jerry Reed and others, in concert with Little Jimmy Dickens as host, 3 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Grand Casino Mille Lacs convention center, $19 and $26, (651) 989-5151 or at the casino.
Little Falls school choirs
Mixed and Concert choirs in concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Little Falls High School auditorium, free.
Larry Penn in Grassroots Concerts series, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Nisswa Community Center, $10 at the gate, which opens at 6:30 p.m.; Claudia Schmidt, Nov. 15.
Pequot Lakes theater troupe
Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts presents "Lucky Stiff," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-2 and 8-9, 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10, and five other productions through April 4, season tickets $60 for adults, $55 for seniors, call (218) 568-9200 for more information.
Pianist Mary Beth Carlson in dinner concert, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Sherwood Forest restaurant, Nisswa, sponsored by Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center, call (218) 587-4423 for ticket information.
Free jazz concert
U.S. Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors in free concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 4, Brainerd High School gymnasium, tickets available at The Brainerd Dispatch, Echo Publishing in Pequot Lakes and Pine River Journal.
Stroia Ballet Co. presents "The Nutcracker Ballet," 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Little Falls High School auditorium, and 7 p.m. Nov. 15, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, $10 for adults, $7 for children, (320) 632-5531.
Lakes Area Concert Association
Lakes Area Concert Association presents The Abaca String Band, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, followed by 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; also Oldtyme in concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Sauk Centre High School, and Russian State Chorus in concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Park Rapids High School.
Joel Hanson, former front man for contemporary Christian music group PFR, in concert, 3 p.m. Nov. 10, Charles Martin Auditorium, Little Falls, $10, available at area Christian bookstores or by calling 877-834-6999.
On stage at CLC
Central Lakes College presents "Going to See the Elephant," Nov. 19-26, John Chalberg Theater, Brainerd campus, call CLC box office.
Jaques Art Center
"Visions from the Land of the Midnight Sun" Scandinavian exhibit, through Saturday, downtown.
Ripple River Gallery
"The Elements" exhibit by Northern Printmakers Alliance, through mid-November, (218) 678-2575.
The Crossing Fine Arts Center
Private collection paintings by Eric Abbott, through Monday; Brainerd Area Art Club member show, Nov. 1-Dec. 15; children's art workshop, 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 9, 617 Laurel St., 833-0416.
Brainerd City Hall
Watercolor exhibit by Linda Axvig, through December.
Evelyn Matthies Porthole Gallery
Exhibit by painter Oren Thorson, through Monday, 712 Washington St.
Family Medical Center Gallery
"Paint, Pattern and Cloth" exhibit by Judith Visker, through October; "Landscapes" exhibit by Laurie Field Mahling opens Nov. 4, 811 S.E. Second St.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum
Minnesota Historical Society offers workshop on making Ojibwe moccasins, Nov. 9-10, $25 plus supplies, call (320) 532-3632 for more information.
NY Mills Regional Cultural Center
Painting exhibit by Kathleen and Maureen Welter, through mid-November, downtown.
Watercolor workshop with Janice Courtney Fitch, 6-9 p.m. each Monday, Nov. 4-Dec. 9, St. Cloud State University, (320) 255-3081 for registration information.
Out of town
Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors," through Nov. 3, $16-$46, 877-447-8243.
Comedian Bill Cosby in concert, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, St. Cloud State University, $24-$32, (320) 255-2205.
Lorie Line & Her Pop Orchestra in "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and 3 p.m. Nov. 17, Benedicta Arts Center, St. Joseph, (320) 363-5777.
Grand Rapids Players present three one-act comedies, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sawmill Inn, and Monday-Wednesday, MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, (218) 259-9581.
Collin Raye in concert, 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Grand Casino Hinckley, $21.95, (651) 989-5151.
Central Lakes College Spanish Club presents "Super Sabado (Saturday)" Spanish immersion event, featuring crafts, music and dance from Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay, Saturday, Brainerd Ramada Inn, call Jan Kurtz at 855-8183 for more information.
Bookin' It Bookstore, Little Falls, hosting book signing for author William Durbin, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, and for William Kent Krueger and Joyce Sutphen, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 2, and Halloween event featuring Spot the Dog from Eric Hill's children's series, 3-7 p.m. Oct. 31, downtown.
Arts organization training
State Arts Board offers arts organizational training, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Five Wings Arts Council, Staples, call 800-8MN-ARTS for more information.
Art 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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