Steve Martin, Martin Short coming to Bluestem

MOORHEAD - It's no joke - Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their mix of stand-up comedy and music to Bluestem Amphitheater on June 7, 2019.

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Martin and Short first paired up in the 1986 comedy "The Three Amigos," and appeared together five years later in "Father of the Bride" and the 1995 sequel.

A recording of their first tour, "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," was released on Netflix.

A longtime banjo player, Martin has devoted more time to playing than acting and has frequently performed with bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and singer Edie Brickell. Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers played WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., in 2012.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, ranging from $75 to $250. Tickets are available at the Tickets300 box office, or by calling 866-300-8300.

The amphitheater south of Moorhead is near the Red River on the Minnesota-North Dakota state line.

Cultural Center to host music-rich presentation

NEW YORK MILLS - The New York Mills Cultural Center will host a presentation by Laurie Kallevig, founder of Survivor Girl Ukulele Band (SGUB), at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

Preceding the presentation, Kallevig will teach a 45-minute beginner's ukulele class at 6 p.m.

Attendance is free and open to all.

SGUB supports a mission of "bringing restoration and hope to survivors of human trafficking through the healing power of music and love." Kallevig will share her journey in India working with survivors of human trafficking through pictures and music from her CD. Kallevig's plan is to return to India in the fall of 2018. $13,069 has already been raised of a $17,500 goal. This budget includes wages for survivor girls employed in expanding the SGUB Project in Kolkata to other shelter homes.

If you don't have your own ukulele, one will be provided. Spots are limited by the number of ukuleles (24), so call ahead to hold your spot. Walk-ins are also welcome as space allows.

For more information, visit or, or call 218-385-3339.

Fall Lifelong Learning series concludes Oct. 23

PARK RAPIDS - Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) concludes its fall series on Tuesday, Oct. 23 with "The Lost Forty."

Brian Miller, a musician, music teacher, researcher, librarian, and dad, brings his duo to perform revived and refreshed traditional folk songs collected from Minnesota during the white pine boom era.

The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Park Theatre.

"We intersperse the performance with stories and local history, incorporating projected historical photos as well," Miller said. "We do several songs from a set of 100-year-old recordings I discovered through my research that are of the Phillips family of Chamberlain, Minnesota."

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. It is open to the public, free of charge and handicap accessible. Seating is limited, so plan to arrive early.

HCLL will resume programs with its spring series, beginning in late February.

Watermark Art Center to share Hauser's writing

BEMIDJI - The Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center will present the writing of the late Susan Carol Hauser on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

This event will include a reading of excerpts from Hauser's book, "My Kind of River Journey: Seeking Passage on the Mississippi," as well as some personal remarks by her friends. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the reading beginning at 7 p.m.

The presentation is part of a recent series at Watermark Art Center focusing on the Mississippi River. It is held in conjunction with Watermark's current exhibit, "America's River Re-Explored: Paintings by Thomas Paquette of the Mississippi from Source to Gulf."

"The Mississippi River is an integral part of the culture and daily life of our region," said Watermark Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay. "Through readings, exhibits and art classes, Watermark has helped people explore this important river from new angles. Susan Hauser was an important voice in our community, especially in relation to our local environment, and we are excited to reprise her work during this series."

"My Kind of River Journey" is a book of poetry, essays and field notes that chronicles Hauser's journey down the Mississippi from St. Paul to the Gulf of Mexico, a passage she took with her husband on a repurposed ocean trawler.

Hauser was the author of more than a dozen books, including poetry, memoirs and field guides. She was an English professor at Bemidji State University from 1998 to 2010. In 2004, she co-founded the university's creative writing and professional writing bachelor's program. She was awarded multiple awards and fellowships for writing and spent over 10 years as a commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's "Living on Earth" program. She passed away in 2015 at the age of 72.