For week of Nov. 8-14; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Blue Ox Bar
Itis (rock) Thur-Sat
Magic Box (rock) Tue-Wed
Deuces Wild (variety) Fri
Iron Rail Saloon
Bear Creek (country) Thur
Upper South (variety) Fri-Sat
Killer Hayseeds (country rock) Wed
Young Country Fri-Sat
Boom Candle (rock) Fri
Controversy (rock) Sat
Prime Time Charlie's
24/7 (variety) Fri-Sat
The Blue Goose
Bear Creek (variety) Fri-Sat
West Side Bar
To Be Announced Thur-Sat
The Nisswa Grille
Diane Saumer & Friends (variety) Sat, 6-10 p.m.
Central Lakes College presents "Oleanna," 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Bob Dryden Theatre, Brainerd campus, 855-8199 or 800-933-0346.
High school play
Staples Motley High School presents "Evil Doings at Queen Toots' Tomb," 8 p.m. today-Saturday, Centennial Auditorium, $4 for adults, $3 for students, (218) 894-5416 or 800-231-6877.
Northern Lights Productions presents comedy "Naked Thriller," 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, National Guard Armory, Brainerd, $10 at the gate.
Nutcracker on stage
Stroia Ballet Co. presents annual performance of "The Nutcracker Ballet," 7 p.m. Friday, Charles Martin Auditorium, Little Falls High School, and Nov. 16, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for children, (320) 632-5531.
Pequot Lakes theater
Pequot Lakes Community Theatre presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Nov. 16-17, 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 18, Pequot Lakes High School auditorium, $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children, Lakes State Bank in Pequot Lakes and Crosslake, Wells Fargo Bank in Pequot Lakes, or (218) 568-9200.
Lonesome Tradition in Brainerd Community Concerts series, 7 p.m. Saturday, Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center, 7187 Wise Road, Brainerd, $9 for adults, $5 for children at the gate only.
Singer-songwriter Jack Pearson in concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School auditorium and 10 a.m. Sunday, Living Water Lakes Area Church service in the high school's gymnasium, free.
Great River Strings Ensemble presents "If It Ain't Baroque, Don't Fix It!" concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Cascade United Methodist Church, Deerwood, and 2 p.m. Sunday, St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin, free.
Brainerd High School orchestras in concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, proceeds benefit Brainerd Soup Kitchen.
The Central Lakes College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers in concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Dryden Theatre, Brainerd campus of CLC, free.
Sugar Kings featuring Cam Waters, Clint Hoover and Steve in Grassroots Concerts series, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Nisswa Community Center, $10 for adults, $5 for children at the gate only.
Christian school drama
Lake Region Christian School presents "The Best Laid Plans" dinner play, 6 p.m. Nov. 16-17, 2110 Fairview Road, Baxter, $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors, less for play only, 828-1226.
On stage in Staples
Jazz Arts Band of Fargo-Moorhead in Centennial Auditorium performing arts season, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, $8 in advance, $7 at the gate, (218) 894-5416 or 800-213-6877.
Lakes Area Concert Association
Washington Sax Quartet in Lakes Area Concert Association season, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, season ticket holders only, available at gate, 829-3379.
Catfish Keith in House Concerts series, 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Jason's Casual Dining, Little Falls, $10 for adults, $5 for children at the gate.
Miss Little Falls
Hole in the Day Players present "Razzle Dazzle: The Miss Little Falls Pageant," 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Charles Martin Auditorium, Little Falls High School, proceeds benefit arts programs in Little Falls Schools.
Staples Area Men's and Women's choruses and Staples-Motley High School music department present Handel's "Messiah," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Centennial Auditorium, Staples, (218) 894-5416 or 800-213-6877.
Brainerd City Hall
Oil and print exhibit by Pat Heinen, through December.
Evelyn Matthies' Porthole Gallery
"Savoring the Seasons: Botanical Art" exhibit by Carla Benjamin, through Dec. 27, with artist reception 2-4 p.m. Nov. 17, 712 Washington St., Brainerd.
Blue Ribbon Art Club sponsors "Nature Prints" workshop with Sonya Larson, Nov. 15, Downtown Art and Frame Store, class limited to 10, (320) 594-2456 or (218) 678-2017.
Morrison County Government Center
"Italian Viewpoint" photo exhibit by Sandy Piano, through December, downtown Little Falls.
Family Medical Center Gallery
"China in Change" photo exhibit by Ren Holland, through December, 811 Second St. S.E., Little Falls.
Little Falls workshop
"Drawing with the Masters" workshop with Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner, Jan. 11-13, Initiative Foundation in Little Falls, registration deadline Dec. 30, $125, (320) 632-0960.
Art as Business
"Taking Care of Business" workshops for artists, Saturday and Dec. 8, Initiative Foundation, Little Falls, $150, (320) 632-0960.
Out of town
Ordway Center for
the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Comedic musical "Bingo," through Dec. 9, $35-$45; Minnesota Opera performs "Lucia di Lammermoor," Nov. 10-18 with evening and matinee performances, $27-$86; (651) 224-4222.
Brave New Workshop's "Flanagan's Wake" runs weekly Thursday-Sunday, (612) 332-6620.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave.
"Authentic Japanese Rooms" exhibit, through November; "Holiday Traditions," through Jan. 5, (612) 870-3131.
Historic Orpheum Theatre
Musical "Mamma Mia!" Friday-Dec. 22, $27-$67, (612) 673-0404.
The Children's Theatre Co.
2400 Third Ave. S.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Nov. 16-Jan. 5, (612) 874-0400 for ticket information.
"A Christmas Carol," Nov. 23-Dec. 30 with evening and matinee performances, $21-$47, 877-447-8243.
Lorie Line & her Pop Chamber Orchestra in concert, Nov. 18-20 with evening and matinee performances, Benedicta Arts Center, St. Joseph, $33.50 and $39.50, (320) 363-5777.
Lorie Line in concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, Fargodome, $26-$40.50, (701) 235-7171.
Leif Enger will sign copies of his book, "Peace Like A River," 1-3 p.m. Nov. 23, Book World, Westgate Mall.
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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