Entertainment Briefs - Sept. 6

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Author to appear for BWA event

Brainerd Writers Alliance presents Beth Hautala, local author of "Waiting for Unicorns and The Ostrich and Other Lost Things" in an event set from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Sage on Laurel in Brainerd.

Hautala will talk about writing fiction and the power of literature in daily life. Hautala loves encouraging writers of all ages.

The event is free and open to the public and children are welcome. She will have books available for purchase at the event.

Hautala holds a degree in writing and rhetoric from Northwestern College.

Brainerd Writers Alliance meets the third Saturday of each month at the Brainerd Public Library. For member information go to Brainerdwriters.com.

Unlimited Learning event to host Jack Hickerson

CROSBY—Unlimited Learning's next event is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby and will feature Jack Hickerson, professor emeritus in literature from Southwest Minnesota State University, who will lead a discussion after viewing an hour of a longer film on Ernest Hemingway's dynamic, complex, troubled, and rather short life.

Hickerson will discuss Hemingway's film "Big Two-Hearted River," a recurrent autobiographical character Nick Adams, as a suffering soul who has undergone some unnamed trauma, a news release stated. Whether a person calls Adam's affliction "battle fatigue," "shell shock" or "PTSD," the perennial question is how does one cope with such distress.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $5 for non-members.

Brainerd library hosts author event

Minnesota author Jon Lurie of "The Thunder Before the Storm," which was a Minnesota Book Award finalist, will appear at noon Monday, Sept. 12, at the Brainerd Public Library.

"The Thunder Before the Storm" is the autobiography of Clyde Bellecourt as told to Lurie. Bellecourt was the co-founder of the American Indian Movement. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society, the book covers Bellecourt's childhood on the White Earth Reservation, his experiences with the prison system and his "embodiment of 'confrontation politics' in waging war against entrenched racism," a news release stated

Lurie has worked as a wilderness guide, as a teen adviser at a Native American journalism program, and as an editor at the "Anchorage Press" and "The Rake." His journalism has been published in a wide range of publications including Metro magazine. A graduate of the master's of fine arts program in creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Lurie has taught creative writing at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, where he currently teaches experiential learning. He serves as director of the Mother of Waters Project, a cultural outreach program combining experiential learning with arts education, focusing on the health of Minnesota's fresh water resources. Lurie was also a Brown Bag author earlier this year, discussing his memoir "Canoeing with José."

People may bring a packed lunch or may just enjoy the light refreshments provided.

These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts, and are free of charge to the public. The friends bring acclaimed authors to the library the first Monday of every month to speak about their latest work and the craft of writing. These events give local book lovers a chance to connect with up-and-coming and award-winning authors from around the Midwest.

For more information on any of the events, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, a local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the small room at the Brainerd Public Library. Poets will read their poems or other's favorites aloud. There will be a short business meeting to discuss the upcoming events including the 2018 Fall League of Minnesota Poets Meeting at the Hopkins Arts Center and to talk about "Poetry in the Park."

Poets also will distribute and read their poems-in-progress for review by group members. This meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Harvest Moon Brew Fest set in Aitkin

AITKIN—The annual Harvest Moon Brew Fest is set Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Butler building parking lot in Aitkin. The event will host many of northern Minnesota's commercial craft beers and locally brewed beers from the Glacial Lakes Brewers.

Tickets are $40 per person for the VIP tasting event from 2-3 p.m.; or $50 on the day of the event. There also is a designated driver ticket for $7.50 which gives the person a Brandl coffee mug and tickets for purchase of food and coffee from the Paulbeck's County Market booth. Tickets are on sale at Paulbeck's County Market, Aitkin Independent Age, Security State Bank and online through EventBrite ow.ly/bZH530kYJXU. Tickets can be purchased from Sylvia at the Butler building office.

Net proceeds will benefit Sylvia's Children, a nonprofit supporting a school in Mbiriizi, Uganda, Africa.

Many of last year's beer companies will return, including Surly Brewing Company, Big Axe Brewing, Jack Pine Brewery, Roundhouse Brewery, Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly Ciders and Cuyuna Brewing. New this year are Klockow Brewing Co. from Grand Rapids, Moose Lake Brewing and Beaver Island Brewing Company in St. Cloud.

"Last year we attracted folks from 157 zip codes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa," Sylvia Allen, the event coordinator, stated in a news release. "The annual event brings people into Aitkin which allows us to showcase our wonderful community. This year, in addition to tasting 65 plus beers, folks can register to win a bucket of beer from each of the breweries and eight event passes to Ruttgers Blues BBQ Beer Festival on ... Aug. 10."

Ross Otto will be there with Hammerschlagen, a German game dating back to 1940, in which several contestants take turns hammering nails into a tree stump. Proceeds from the game will go to Sylvia's Children. There will also be a selection of food options available for purchase. Paulbeck's County Market will feature their various homemade bratwursts.

Entertainment this year will be Aitkin favorites the French Hillbillies from 2-4 p.m. and Larry Fontaine from 4-6 p.m.

Sponsors for the festival include Security State Bank, the Aitkin Independent Age, Culligan Water, Brandl Motors, Allen Consulting and Paulbeck's County Market and partial funding provided by the Aitkin County Tourism Grant Program.

For more information on the Harvest Moon Brew Fest, contact Allen at 218-678-2441, www.glaciallakesbrewers.org/hmbf.html or visit www.thebutlerbuilding.org.

Ruttgers' cancels Yoga Expo

DEERWOOD—The Lakes Area Fall Yoga Expo scheduled Sept. 15 at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge has been cancelled due to low attendance. The Farm-2-Fork Feast associated with the event has also been cancelled.

The Ruttger's Farmer's Market Harvest Festival will take place as planned from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 15. The festival is a farmer's and crafts market with hayrides, games, live music from J-Pack and activities for the kids.

Cultural Center features New York musician

NEW YORK MILLS—The Cultural Center in New York Mills presents its first "Visiting Artist Pop-Up Concert" with Noa Fort at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

Fort is a musician from New York who is spending two weeks at the Arts Retreat House in New York Mills as part of the Cultural Center's artist residency program. She has offered to play a solo concert for community members during her residency as a way to express her appreciation of the program and connect with local residents.

Israeli-born vocalist, pianist, songwriter, improviser, painter of sounds Fort was recently regarded as "one of New York's more interesting and original artists," according to the New York Music Daily.

She draws inspiration from different musical worlds, integrating her background of classical and jazz piano, jazz singing and free improvisation into her original music.

Fort has sang and played the piano from an early age; she started taking classical piano classes at age 5 and cannot remember a time when she did not sing. However, her life journey took her to other places. She earned her first bachelor degree in biology, yet she knew music was her true passion.

It wasn't until she travelled to India for a year, taking private lessons in tabla and playing with traveling musicians like herself when she decided to pursue music. Upon her return to Israel she started her studies in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, both as a vocalist and a pianist. She started performing with various bands and projects in Israel and quickly gained a name as a versatile pianist/keyboardist/vocalist. She also led the Noa Fort Quintet, which played her original compositions, written in her last year in the academy. She graduated in 2012 and moved to New York in 2013.

Since her arrival in New York, she has played in numerous venues and has collaborated and played with greats such as William Parker, Okkyung Lee, Rene Hart and Anat Fort. She recently participated in the Banff Jazz and Creative music workshop under the leadership of Vijay Iyer.

Fort also holds a master's in music therapy from New York University; she uses music in her work with youth at risk, adults with developmental disabilities and people who suffer from mental illnesses and believes in the power of music to heal, a news release stated.

When the Cultural Center was founded, its name was "The New York Mills Arts Retreat." The artist retreat and residency program remains central to the mission, purpose, values, and vision of the center today. The "Visiting Artist Pop-Up Series" will feature visiting artists of all disciplines offering various outreach opportunities such as concerts, workshops, readings and more, often on rather short notice, as residencies typically last two to six weeks.

All are welcome to this free live music event. A freewill donation will be collected to help support the Cultural Center's Arts Retreat residency program.

Fore more information call the center at 218-385-3339 or visit online at kulcher.org.

Cultural Center features talk on Finnish log art

NEW YORK MILLS—Frank W. Eld, Finlandia Foundation National Lecturer of the Year, will present "Finnish Log Construction—The Art" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. This lecture/demonstration is free to attend and open to all.

The Finlandia Foundation National, the premier network of Finnish-American organizations in the United States, introduced its Lecturer of the Year program in 2006 for the purpose of sharing the history and culture of Finland and Finnish America with audiences across the U.S.

Since its inception, FFN chapters have hosted LOY on topics ranging from the Winter War to Jean Sibelius, the architecture of the Saarinens, and folk music traditions. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Finland's Declaration of Independence in 2017, five Centenary Lecturers spoke about a variety of topics related to Finland's independence and identity.

Eld, the son of a Finnish immigrant carpenter, shares his passion for the method of building brought to North America from Finland in his presentation, "Finnish Log Construction—The Art." That's also the title of his first book, in which he describes the hewing, scribing and close fitting of the logs eliminating most chinking between the logs. Through visuals and live demonstrations, Eld—dressed in authentic Finnish attire—shares the lost art of this construction method with his LOY audiences.

His mission is to educate and encourage the preservation of these buildings, which are tangible symbols of Finnish culture, especially when built as saunas. Traveling in his "Finnebago," a truck outfitted with a log cabin in back, Eld scours the countryside across the U.S. and Canada, documenting structures to be featured in his second book on the subject.

Lakes Rodeo hits grandstands Saturday

Lakes Rodeo, a professional bull riding and barrel racing event will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the grandstands at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd.

Huff Entertainment Solutions and Green Lantern Bar and Grill teamed up with Rice Bull Riding Company to produce this inaugural event featuring professional and competitive bull riding and barrel racing with competitors coming from all over the Midwest including Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Indiana and Minnesota—including a few right here in the Brainerd/Baxter area. Rice Bull Riding Company prides itself on not only putting on a first-class competitive sporting event but also an entertaining show complete with pyro and special effects plus a third generation professional rodeo funnyman that is sure to please all ages, according to a news release from event organizers.

"Last year Erik and I had started to talk with Carl and Dee Larson, co-owners of Green Lantern, about partnering to produce a rodeo in the Brainerd area and in January we met Dave and Christina Rice at a conference. We immediately liked what they had to offer us so we pitched it to the fair board to utilize their facility and Lakes Rodeo was born," Carolyn Huff, co-owner with Erik Huff of Huff Entertainment Solutions, stated in the news release. "It's a perfect arrangement that includes an exciting and entertaining yet competitive rodeo format, a beautiful site set-up at the fairgrounds to include permanent grandstands, camping options and concert area, excellent food and beverage services from Green Lantern and then our entertainment and event experience of promoting and executing events."

Huff stated the rodeo event will keep the audience at the edge of their seat. Following the event, the champions are awarded custom designed buckles and are available for an autograph signing session to allow spectators, children and families to interact with the cowboys, cowgirls,

Funnyman and bull riders.

"It is our mission that we produce a successful first year event and that our spectators thoroughly enjoy themselves so we can make it an annual event that the community looks forward to, Erick Huff said. "This is a good time to mention how appreciative we are of our generous sponsors who share our vision and came on board to support Lakes Rodeo."

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. at the south end of the fairgrounds, with the rodeo starting at 7 p.m. Autograph session will be from 9-9:30 p.m. in Building No. 3 at the fairgrounds.

There will be free entertainment with Dirt Road Dixie from 9:30-11:30 p.m. on the south end of the fairgrounds. Parking is free on the south end of the fairgrounds.

Advance tickets are $15 and go up to $20 at the gate. Ages 5 years and younger are free; ages 6-12 years old are $15 in advance or at the gate. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.lakesrodeo.com or at Green Lantern, Cub Foods in Brainerd and Baxter, Pine Square and College Square. A camping site pass is $30 per night, available in advance only at Green Lantern or at the gate from 5-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

More information is available at www.lakesrodeo.com and Lakes Rodeo on Facebook.