For week of Dec. 13-19; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Blue Ox Bar
Babylon (rock) Thur
Xenolith (rock) Fri-Sat
Tommy Rexx (rock) Tue-Wed
Upper South (variety) Fri
Iron Rail Saloon
Killer Hayseeds (country rock) Thur
Keystone (country) Fri-Sat
J. Bobby Hamilton (country) Wed
Ill Gotten Booty (variety) Fri-Sat
Prime Time Charlie's
Stool Pigeons (rock) Fri-Sat
The Blue Goose
Shack Shakers (variety) Fri-Sat
Blue Port Supper Club
Cliff Veronick, pianist, and Cleo Kuelbs, vocalist (jazz/swing) Sat, 6-9 p.m.
Bill Shaw (variety) Thur-Sun, Wed
West Side Bar
Magic Box (rock) Thur-Sat
Doug Allen (variety) Wed
The Nisswa Grille
Lee Bone (variety) Thur-Fri
Diane Saumer & Friends Sat, 6-10 p.m.
Central Lakes College presents "A Christmas Carol," 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, John Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children, 855-8199 or 800-933-0346.
Five Central Lakes College students will give a recital, 7 p.m. today, Fireside Lounge, Brainerd campus, CLC, free.
Pequot Lakes Community Theatre
Auditions for Pequot Lakes Community Theatre's production of "Sylvia," 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, and Friday, Dec. 21, Pequot Lakes School auditorium, cast calls for two men and two women age 20 and older.
Hole in the Day Players and You Betcha! Productions present "Winnie the Pooh: Christmas in the 100 Acre Wood," 8 p.m. Dec. 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22, Charles Martin Auditorium, Little Falls, $5 at the gate.
Cuyuna Range Community Chorus and Great River Strings Orchestra performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah," 7 p.m. Dec. 22, St. Joseph's Church, Crosby.
Brainerd High School holiday choral concert "We Need a Little Christmas," 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, $3 for adults and $1 for students high school age or younger at the door.
Staples Motley High School Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. today and Monday, Centennial Auditorium, Staples.
Aitkin Choral Music Department, "Choirs at Christmas" featuring Madrigal Singers and two bell choirs, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aitkin High School auditorium.
Rippleside Elementary School of Aitkin presents "Searching for the Secret," 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday.
Little Falls High School Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir in concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Charles Martin Auditorium.
Lindbergh Elementary School first-graders present "The First Noels," 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
Mary of Lourdes Elementary School of Little Falls presents Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 20.
Emily Charter School band and choir students' Christmas holiday program, 7 p.m. Monday, Emily Charter School.
Pillager School students' Christmas concerts, junior high at 6:30 p.m. and senior high at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Pillager School performance center, fee for senior high concert.
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.
Morrison County Government Center
"Italian Viewpoint" photo exhibit by Sandy Piano, through December, downtown Little Falls.
Family Medical Center
"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.
NEW YORK MILLS
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
"Quilters Come in from the Cold" quilting exhibit, through Jan. 26, demonstration by quilter Corrine Rivard 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, $15, register by calling (218) 385-3339.
Wild Light Gallery
"Flags for Freedom" photo exhibit by Michael Peterson, 603 Minnesota Ave., Walker.
Out of town
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Family musical "The Prince and the Pauper," through Dec. 30, $29-$60, (651) 224-4222.
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W. Seventh St.
"The Vision of Jim Henson" exhibit, through Jan. 13, including screenings of "A Muppet Family Christmas" Dec. 22 and "Muppets in Space" Dec. 29, (651) 225-6001.
Brave New Workshop's "Flanagan's Wake" runs weekly Thursday-Sunday, (612) 332-6620.
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Several exhibits, Omnitheater films and 3D laser show, (651) 221-9444.
The 10th annual Holidazzle Parade, 6:30 p.m. today-Sunday, Dec. 19-23 and 26, Nicollet Mall between 12th Street and Third Street, free, (612) 673-0927.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave.
"Wood Turning in North America Since 1930" exhibit, through Dec. 30; "Holiday Traditions" exhibit, through Jan. 5, (612) 870-3131.
Historic Orpheum Theatre
Musical "Mamma Mia!" through Dec. 22,; $27-$67, (612) 673-0404.
The Children's Theatre Co.
2400 Third Ave. S.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas," through Jan. 5, (612) 874-0400 for ticket information.
"A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 30 with evening and matinee performances, $21-$47, 877-447-8243.
Lorie Line in concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Fargodome, $26-$40.50, (701) 235-7171.
"A Scottish Christmas" featuring fiddler Bonnie Rideout, 2 p.m. Sunday, Benedicta Arts Center Auditorium, College of St. Benedict, $22 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, (320) 363-5777.
Book World book signings
John Koblas of Burnsville to promote "Jesse James Ate Here: An Outlaw Tour of Minnesota" at book-signing event, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Book World, Westgate Mall, Brainerd-Baxter.
Gregory Park event
13th annual Holiday Celebration, 1-4 Saturday, Gregory Park, Brainerd, sleigh rides, face painting, Santa Claus and a surprise, as well as hot apple cider, hot chocolate and cookies.
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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