For week of Dec. 27-Jan. 2; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Blue Ox Bar
Magic Box (rock) Thur-Mon
Tommy Rex Tue-Wed
Cliff Veronick, pianist, and Cleo Kuelbs, vocalist (jazz/swing), Fri-Sat, 7-10 p.m.
Muddy Water (country) Fri, Mon-Tue
Iron Rail Saloon
Wayne Renn (country) Thur-Fri
Silent Partner (rock) Sat-Mon
The Bottom Feeders (variety) Tues 4-8
West Bound (country) Wed
Breezy Point Resort Convention Center
SKATYRS (rock), $99 per couple with dinner
Marina Bar, Breezy Point Resort
Bob & the Beachcombers (variety) Sun-Mon
Big John Dickerson (blues) Fri
High Noon (country) Sat
Shaw Bros. (variety) Sun
The Palmers (variety) Mon
Prime Time Charlie's
To Be Announced Fri-Sat, Mon
The Blue Goose
Troubleshooter (variety) Fri-Sat
Wayne Renn (country) Sun-Mon
Cliff Veronick, pianist, and Cleo Kuelbs, vocalist (jazz/swing), Mon, 6-10 p.m.
Bill Shaw (variety) Thur-Sun, Wed
West Side Bar
Free Ride (variety) Thur-Mon
To Be Announced Wed
Whiskey Logic (country rock) Sat
The Nisswa Grille
Lee Bone (variety) Thur-Fri
Diane Saumer & Friends Sat, 6-10 p.m.
Grand Casino Mille Lacs
The White Sidewalls (rock) Mon
American Legion Post
Deuces Wild (variety) Mon
Brainerd Community Concerts series resumes with Curtis & Loretta folk bluegrass duo, 7 p.m. Jan. 5, Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center, 7187 Wise Road, Brainerd, $9 for adults, $5 for children.
Staples Centennial Auditorium performing arts season resumes with pop singer-songwriter Steve Cloutier, 2 p.m. Jan. 6, $7 at gate, $6 in advance by calling (218) 894-5416 or 800-213-6877.
Little Falls performing arts season
Great River Arts Association's performing arts season resumes at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 with Twin Cities Gospel Choir featuring Lorie Line's lead singer Eddie Robinson, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, (320) 632-0960.
Hey, Hey It's the Monkees!
1960s rockers The Monkees, with original members Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, in concert at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, $25 and $32 at the gate or call (651) 989-5151.
Brainerd City Hall
Oil and print exhibit by Pat Heinen, through Monday.
Brainerd Public Library
Exhibit by Jan Northway, through Monday.
Morrison County Government Center
"Italian Viewpoint" photo exhibit by Sandy Piano, through Monday, downtown Little Falls.
"China in Change" photo exhibit by Ren Holland, through Monday, 811 Second St. S.E., Little Falls.
Little Falls workshop
"Drawing with the Masters" workshop with Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner, Jan. 11-13 at Initiative Foundation in Little Falls, registration deadline Sunday, $125, (320) 632-0960.
Jaques Art Center
Japanese block print exhibit assembled by collector Barden Heft, Jan. 9 through February, with reception 7-9 p.m. Jan. 11, downtown Aitkin.
NEW YORK MILLS
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
"Quilters Come in from the Cold" quilting exhibit, through Jan. 26, with artists reception 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 5 and fee-based workshops Jan. 5, register by calling (218) 385-3339.
Wild Light Gallery
"Flags for Freedom" photo exhibit by Michael Peterson, 603 Minnesota Ave., Walker.
Out of town
Firstar Capital New Year
Wide variety of New Year's Eve entertainment with 125 acts on 25 indoor and heated outdoor stages in and around Rice Park, $10 at the gate, (952) 920-9054.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Family musical "The Prince and the Pauper," through Sunday, $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" Saturday and "Muppets in Space" Saturday, (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.
Features several exhibits, Omnitheater films and 3D laser show, (651) 221-9444.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave.
"Wood Turning in North America Since 1930" exhibit, through Sunday; "Holiday Traditions" exhibit, through Jan. 5, (612) 870-3131.
Historic Orpheum Theatre
Musical "Swing" opens Jan. 15, (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 Sunday, $21-$47, 877-447-8243.
Oak Ridge Boys in concert, 7 and 9 p.m. Jan. 17, Grand Casino Hinckley, (651) 989-5151.
Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra presents "Pops Live!" New Year's Eve concert, 7 p.m. Monday, DECC Auditorium featuring all-Gershwin music, $17-$38, (218) 733-7579.
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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