What's new on the lakes area entertainment scene

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Comedian Nick Swardson performs live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino this Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. (Submitted photo)
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Summer may be almost over, but you wouldn't know it from taking a glance at the local entertainment calendar. Here's a little look at what's to come...

Comedian Nick Swardson coming to Shooting Star Friday

MAHNOMEN — Comedy legend and Netflix star, Nick Swardson, will perform live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center this coming Friday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at or via the “Buy Tickets” tab on Shooting Star’s Facebook page: .

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Nickl Swardson’s comedy career started at the age of 16 where he performed improv on his high school stage. After graduation, Swardson pursued stand-up comedy in hopes of landing a career in film. His first open mic night took place at the Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis, where he went on to win the club’s award for “Funniest Person in the Twin Cities.” After years of performing at comedy festivals and clubs, Swardson moved to New York City, where his career began to take off. In 2001, Swardson’s stand-up act was featured in a half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” special. In 2003, he co-wrote the screenplay for “Malibu’s Most Wanted” alongside the film’s star, Jamie Kennedy. Following the film’s success, Swardson landed the role of Terry Bernadino in one of Comedy Central’s most iconic series, “Reno 911!”


Known as a jack of all comedy trades, Swardson has continued to make people laugh throughout the years, both onstage and onscreen. His “Too Many Smells 2018” tour visited over 40 cities from April through June, earning high praise from fellow comedians and audiences alike. Most recently, Swardson was selected as one of four comedians to represent the U.S. in a 2019 Netflix special, “Comedians of the World.” — Detroit Lakes Tribune

Museum casting actors for upcoming 'Stories & Stones'

DETROIT LAKES — The Becker County Museum is hosting a "Stories & Stones" cemetery walk at the Holy Rosary Church Cemetery on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., and they are looking for actors, ages 12 and up, to portray a variety of personal history stories about members of the church's congregation who are buried at the cemetery.

"You don't need any acting experience," says museum director Becky Mitchell. "We have roles for up to 21 people."

Some of the names included in "Stories & Stones" are familiar to today's Detroit Lakes area residents, like Eidenschink, McCarthy, Holzgrove, Neuner, Cook, Paskey, Knopf and Thielen, while others come from the church's more distant history, like Bisson, Chalmers, Herda and Perez.

There will be an organizational meeting this Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the museum at 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Call 218-847-2938 for more information. — Detroit Lakes Tribune


New collection by local poet explores hidden places

PARK RAPIDS — With vivid distillations about the trials and victories of life, Tom Stetzler’s poems in “Seeing in the Dark” chime universal chords through his often-haunting images, some of which will take your breath away in poems titled “Unpredictable Weather,” “Before I Die,” “Twilight Crossing,” “Escapee from St. Peter,” “The Hermit” and others.

Stetzler’s poetry draws from his personal experience with mental illness. Eventually, he found therapy and recovery, and then the poems began to come in the night.

His poetry has appeared in literary magazines, including “The Talking Stick,” and in his books, “Lost Fisherman’s Bridge” and “Waiting for the Darkness to Lose Interest.” He lives in Park Rapids.

“Seeing in the Dark” was published this month through Safe Nest Press, St. Paul. — Park Rapids Enterprise

Corn feed, 'Beer & Hymns' set Aug. 24 at St. Peter's Lutheran

AUDUBON — St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 19747 County Highway 6, Audubon will host its first old-fashioned corn feed from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.


The menu will featurefresh corn on the cob, homemade potato salad, brats, veggie brats, hot dogs and ice cream. Admission is a free will offering.

The church will also be hosting the Beer & Hymns event that normally takes place at the nearby Cormorant Pub, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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