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November happenings at Holmes Theatre to include live music, a new youth acting club and 18th Holmes Art Show

Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is a busy place this month, with music, art and theater events all on the schedule. First up is a return visit by the Minnesota Music Coalition's Caravan du Nord tour of up-and-coming artists, which is set to stop in Detroit Lakes this Saturday, Nov. 13. Also on the schedule is the launch of a new Youth Acting Club, featuring the instruction of Minnesota-born actress Lorraine Bahr, and the 18th Annual Holmes Art show on Nov. 18-20.

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The 18th Annual Holmes Art Show will be presented in the ballroom of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Nov. 18-20. More than 25 artists have already signed up for this year's show, which is open to the public. (Submitted Photo)
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Music, art and theater — Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will be hosting all three this month, starting with a return visit from the Minnesota Music Coalition's Caravan du Nord musician showcase this Saturday, Nov. 13.

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Blues singer-songwriter Annie Mack will headline this year's Caravan du Nord stop in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Nov. 13. Hip-hop artist EL.i.Be and indie pop band d'Lakes are also slated to perform during the concert, which starts at 7 p.m. The concert is hosted by the Minnesota Music Coalition, which will also be offering some free music workshops at Hub 41 in Detroit Lakes prior to the show. (Submitted photo)

Blues singer-songwriter Annie Mack will be the featured artist, though she will not be alone: Minnesota hip-hop artist EL.i.Be and indie pop band d'Lakes are also scheduled to take the stage prior to Mack's headlining set. It's a chance for music lovers to experience some of the best up-and-coming talent Minnesota has to offer, in an informal environment.

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Minnesota hip hop artist EL.i.Be is also slated to perform at this Saturday's Caravan du Nord concert, which starts at 7 p.m. inside Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. (Submitted photo)

"This is the first time the Caravan has been on tour in a couple of years," said Rachel Hofstrand, the theater's marketing director — and it's a welcome return that has the theater's staff "very excited," she added, because of the wide range of talent that's included.

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Indie pop band d'Lakes will also be performing at the Caravan du Nord concert this Saturday, Nov. 13 at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. The concert starts at 7 p.m. (Submitted photo)

Though she is billed as a blues artist, Annie Mack says her work is really more of a fusion of styles.

"I started off in blues, but over the years I've kind of gone into all the music that inspired me," said Mack in a Monday interview. "It's a little blues, soul, country, rock, jazz, R & B."

She added that she will be performing with a full band — including Mary Cutrufello , whom many in the lakes area might remember from her performances at Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina as part of the annual Boats & Bars fundraiser for the Lakes Area Parrot Heads.

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"It's really great to work with her (Cutrufello)," said Mack. "It means a lot to have an established artist with 30-plus years of experience, to be a mentor as well as musical support ... it's been really fun, and it offers a great presentation on stage too."

She added that her four-piece band produces "a really beautiful, full sound, with great harmonies. They're all really great players who know how to use dynamics. They really support my music as well as bringing their own artistic interpretation and integrity to the performance."

Mack said the Minnesota Music Coalition's Caravan du Nord offers a wonderful opportunity for Minnesota artists to reach audiences in areas of the state which otherwise may not be exposed to their music.

The Caravan stop in Detroit Lakes will also mark the launch of the theater's new Club 806 music series, which replaces the Backstage series that was so successful back in 2019.

"All seats will be general admission, and there will be tables and bar service set up inside the theater," Hofstrand said, noting that the lack of assigned seating will enable people to move around the theater as they please, much as they could for the Backstage series.

The venue was changed to make the shows more COVID-friendly, explained Holmes Theatre Executive Director Amy Stoller Stearns. One more change is that student tickets for the Nov. 13 show are being offered for free, Stearns added, while tickets for adults are a very affordable $15 each.

Free workshops offered

Mack said that she and her fellow musicians will be spending much of the day in Detroit Lakes, because MMC is not just sponsoring the evening's 7 p.m. performance — they'll be offering a couple of free music workshops during the day as well.

First up is a 3 p.m. workshop led by MMC's Joanna Schnedler, titled "Minnesota Music Toolkit: Resources for Musicians in Minnesota."

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Schnedler will be on hand to provide an overview of all the programs that MMC has to offer for aspiring musicians, as well as some other ways to connect and learn, and what funding opportunities are available for up-and-coming artists.

Next will be a 4 p.m. songwriting workshop led by Mack herself.

"I’ll be teaching a workshop for writers in all different places on their journey in songwriting," Mack said. "l don’t focus too much on the logistics; it’s about finding inspiration and capturing the creativity and taking all those things and putting them together in a way that makes sense for the artist."

She noted that the intent of the workshop is "to get people inspired to think a little differently and challenge themselves to step out from what’s comfortable."

Both workshops will take place on the upper level of Hub 41 in Detroit Lakes, and will be followed by a free "Industry Social Hour" at 5 p.m. which is open to the public as well.

"The workshops are free, but MMC is asking that people pre-register," Stearns said. To sign up, go to dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html and click on the link for Annie Mack's show. You can also order tickets for the performance while you're there.

Acting club for kids

A few days after Mack's concert, a new performing arts opportunity for kids in grades 1-12 is slated to begin.

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Professional actress and teacher Lorraine Bahr will facilitate the new Youth Acting Club at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, which runs Nov. 16-Dec. 12, culminating in a Dec. 19 live performance at the theater. Though most of her acting experience is in the Portland, Ore., area, Bahr is a native of Minnesota who currently lives in the Vergas area. (Submitted photo)

The Holmes Theatre's Youth Acting Club will be facilitated by Minnesota-born actress Lorraine Bahr . She will lead two sessions every Tuesday and Saturday at the Holmes Theatre, with club members from grades 1-5 meeting between 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, while grades 6-12 will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. All sessions will take place at the theater.

"I’ve been an actress for years and years, and I have been teaching at the university in Portland (Ore.) for almost 30 years," said Bahr in a Saturday interview.

A native of Minnesota, Bahr said she grew up in the Bagley area, before attending the College of St. Benedict in Collegeville for her undergraduate education. She then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

After getting her start in acting on the Twin Cities theater scene, Bahr headed to Portland, Ore., which is where most of her professional experience as an actress has been.

In recent years, Bahr says, she has returned to her Minnesota roots, settling in the Vergas area, and has had the idea of doing some acting classes and theater camps in the lakes area "for quite some time."

"I got together with Amy at the Holmes Theatre, and we talked it through," Bahr said. "She (Amy) was all for the idea. I'm very excited to be doing this."

Though Bahr has experience in all types of theater, from live stage performance to acting in films and on television, she says this acting club will be focused on live performance.

"The plan is for each group to put together a performance piece, which is really fun to do," Bahr said, though putting it all together in just five weeks will be a challenge for the young actors as well.

Sessions will take place between Nov. 16-Dec. 12, culminating with a live performance on the Historic Holmes Theatre stage on Saturday, Dec. 18. Cost to participate is $130 per student. To sign up, visit dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html and click on the Acting Club link, or call 218-844-7469.

Holmes Art Show

New Holmes Theatre Visual Arts Coordinator Courtney Stanley is busy putting the finishing touches on the 18th Annual Holmes Art Show, which will be presented from Thursday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 20 in the Holmes Theatre Ballroom.

"We've got about 25 artists signed up," said Stanley, adding that the lineup will include a mix of new and familiar faces.

"It's a good Christmas shopping opportunity," she added, noting that items range from very affordable, stocking-stuffer things like jewelry and candles to larger items like woodwork, paintings, pottery and glass works.

Costs will vary, but most of the items are "very affordable," Stanley added.

Hours will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18; 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20.

Though there will not be live performances in the main theater following Thursday or Friday's shows, as there have been in years past — a planned "Wings Over America" show on Nov. 19 had to be postponed due to health issues for one of the performers — the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will once again be closing out the art show with its fall concert on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.

There is no cost to attend, either the art show or the community band performance, but donations to help support the artists are always appreciated, Stearns said.

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