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Comedian Aimee Klein will be bringing her Skits and Tomfoolery Company to the Cultural Center in New York Mills this Saturday, March 24 for a 7:30 p.m. show. (Submitted photo)2 / 3
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will bring their touring show, "Monkey Mind Pirates," to the Cultural Center in New York Mills on Wednesday, March 28 for a 7:30 p.m. show. (Submitted photo)3 / 3

Survivor to perform at Shooting Star Friday

MAHNOMEN — Grammy Award-winning rock band, Survivor, will perform live at Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center, located at 777 Casino Road in Mahnomen, on Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at www.StarCasino.com/tickets, or via the "Buy Tickets" tab on Shooting Star's Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/ShootingStarCasino.

Formed in Chicago in 1978, Survivor established itself as a hard rock group before dropping its self-titled debut album in 1980. The next year, they released their sophomore album, "Premonition," which included their first Top 40 single, "Poor Mans Soul."

Survivor caught their big break in 1982 when they were commissioned by Sylvester Stallone to write the theme song to "Rocky III." The resulting single, "Eye of the Tiger," became the band's first No. 1 hit. The single remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks, and won the band a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal," and nominations for "Best Original Song" in the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Later that year, Survivor dropped their third album, of the same name, which earned platinum certifications and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart.

In 1984, Survivor released the platinum-certified album, "Vital Signs," which landed at No.16 on Billboard's "Top 200 Albums" chart and included two top 10 singles, "High on You" and "The Search Is Over." Later that year, the group commissioned another song for the "Rock IV" soundtrack, "Burning Heart," which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The band dropped two more albums, "When Seconds Count" in 1986 and "Too Hot To Sleep" in 1988, before disbanding in 1989. In 1997 the band regrouped and have since continued to tour and release new music.

With five Top 10 hits and two platinum-certified albums, Survivor has entertained audiences for the past 40 years. With 22 year-old Cameron Barton as their new lead vocalist, Survivor is now embarking on their next big chapter in rock 'n' roll.

NYM Cultural Center to host comedy skit show this Saturday

NEW YORK MILLS — Skits, improv and comedy can include accidental pratfalls or witty repartée. Either may or may not be found when Aimee Klein's Skits and Tomfoolery Company comes to New York Mills to perform their special brand of comedy at the Cultural Center on Saturday, March 24.

Produced and directed by stage and screen actor-musician Aimee Klein, the Skits and Tomfoolery troupe brings to life an array of colorful characters which may include hillbilly pop sensation, Jebediah Milkweed; junior high school recorder elitist, Meghan Mavis-Davis; and, of course, the infamous Natasha Vodkavitch, the Russian accordionist and former host of KGB-TV.

The Skits and Tomfoolery Company show was formed in 2014 and has performed throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area. Klein has created a fresh and edgy take on the comedy show format. Always willing to accept a challenge and embark on creative adventures, Klein recently toured throughout the U.S. with Zoppe's Family Circus.

Comedy-lovers can find the Company wresting laughs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at 24 N Main Avenue in New York Mills. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance and $5 for students. Members get a discount. Please note: this show does include adult humor. Light refreshments are served and cash bar is available.

For more information or to buy your tickets, please call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 or visit the Center's website at www.kulcher.org.

Historical presentation on JFK assassination in Park Rapids Tuesday

PARK RAPIDS — Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) presents David Jones and "JFK Assassination: Mystery and Legend" on Tuesday, March 27.

The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Park Theater. The event is free of charge, open to the public and handicap accessible.

In this year of the 55th anniversary of the assassination, controversy over the event endures. With some of the files relating to the assassination recently becoming declassified, Jones will help the audience decipher what is known and unknown about this pivotal event of the 20th Century.

Jones, a historical presenter from Minneapolis, has spoken more than 1,000 times to a total of over 25,000 people. He previously spoke to HCLL about Prohibition, the Statue of Liberty and the life of Charles Lindbergh.

'Monkey Mind Pirates' to be presented in NYM March 28

NEW YORK MILLS — Turning "arghs" into "ohms;" finding the island of calm; fighting off the pirates of the monkey mind — these are just a few experiences in store for audiences in New York Mills! The Cultural Center hosts Monkey Mind Pirates (MMP) by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz in the auditorium at the NYM public school at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.

Daniel Smith, author of Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, says of MMP, "an ingenious and irresistible way to introduce children to the concept of mindfulness." The monkey mind is an ancient term for when a person's brain swings from thought to thought like a monkey through the trees.

It is Z Puppets' quest to help children and adults navigate the stormy seas of stress by tapping into the power of playfulness. MMP, therefore, is a puppet, rock, yoga adventure for families in search of calm. In the show, NYMills 4th graders take the stage alongside professional puppeteers and musicians during this epic tale of overcoming anxiety, stress and distraction.

Monkey Mind Pirates has won critical acclaim from national magazines such as Creative Play and Creative Child. Fox News declared it a "swashbuckling good time." More importantly, children and adults use the characters and ideas from MMP to find calm amidst stress — everything from insomnia and road rage to sibling rivalry. Will it happen to you?

MMP was created collaboratively by playwright Shari Aronson, librettist David DeGennaro and puppet designer Chris Griffith. Students of all ages get into the performance for free; show recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets for adults are only $5 and can be purchased at the door.

MMP is performed in the James W. Mann Center for Performing Arts at the New York Mills Schools. This performance of Monkey Mind Pirates is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information or buy tickets, please call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 or visit the Center's website at www.kulcher.org.

Celebrate National Poetry Month in Wadena April 19

The Wadena County Historical Society invites area poets to submit an original poem to be selected for reading at Minnesota Voices on Thursday, April 19 at noon at the Wadena County Museum as part of National Poetry Month.

Between 10 to 15 poems will be selected by the panel. The guidelines for submission are as follows: Only poems written by the poet will be considered. The poem should be no more than 30 lines. The poem may be in any form: rhymed, free verse, prose, rap, etc. The poem may have been previously published.

Submissions should include your name, address, email, the title of the poem, and the complete text of the poem. Indicate whether you will be present to read the poem on April 19. Submissions must be received by April 1 to be eligible. Selected poets will be notified by April 5.

Submit via email to 603wchs@arvig.net or mail to Wadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena, MN 56482.

Minnesota Voices is a free program featuring Minnesota writers and their work. It is held the third Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m.

Voting now open for Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards

Voting for the 10th annual Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards will be open through Sunday, May 6 at www.everychildareader.net/vote. The awards were launched in 2008 as the only national book awards voted on only by kids and teens, providing young people with an opportunity to cast a vote and "voice their choice." The children's award finalists were chosen in pre-voting by thousands of children from different regions of the U.S., with supervision by the International Literacy Association. Teens nominated their favorite books of the year at TeenReads.com.

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