Could 7 Central/East Contra Costa arts, leisure briefs – East Bay Occasions


El Campanil Theater presents ‘Young Frankenstein’

An all-star comedic actor in Young Frankenstein, a classic Mel Brooks film that will be screened on May 15th at the El Campanil Theater, 602 W. Second St. The theater opens at 1:30 p.m. for the film at 2:00 p.m. The committee on Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson consists of Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman and Medeline Kahn. Tickets are $ 10 for adults and $ 8 for seniors and teenagers. For more information, see

The sword fighting class is held in the Drama Factory

A workshop on sword fighting will take place in the Drama Factory on the weekend. Many theatrical productions may require stage sword fighting skills during audition and cast acceptance, especially classical or Shakespearean theater.

The workshop, which is offered on two Saturdays – June 5th and 12th from 11 am to 2 pm – covers all the initial fighting techniques used for fighting with stage swords. Instructor Richard Palaziol has been in the industry for more than 30 years and has trained stage and film actors across the region and around the world through his book. Drama Factory has been using its expertise for many years and for handling its armaments.

The sessions take place outdoors and masks are mandatory. Beginners are welcome as well as returning intermediate level combatants. The troop spokesman said it “takes security very seriously” and stated that real swords are being used. When it comes to abuse or security protocols, the force breaks off the session. There are only 20 places available.

To register, send an email with your name, age, address and contact phone number. Please tell us whether you have already attended theater lessons and whether you have received sword training. If accepted, a $ 20 donation is recommended.


Kinsella Theater Group Offers Auditioning Tips on May 15th

Steve Kinsella of the Kinsella Theater Group will be offering a free audition clinic through Zoom on May 15th at 11am. The director is offering the clinic pending the return of live theater soon. He said that he believes that if people get the “big picture” auditions will be less scary.

The clinic will cover topics such as securing an agent, auditioning for camera, commercials, musicals, dramas, comedies, and more. To get the zoom link, write to and write down if you’d like to work on your pieces as he will help as many as possible. For more information, please call 925-516-9009.


The international film series is continued with “Riders of Justice”.

The International Film Showcase returns to the Orinda Theater in May with limited seating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The storefront opens on May 14th at the Orinda Theater with the US premiere of “Riders of Justice” from Denmark. To comply with Covid-19 restrictions, the theater limits attendance to 50 people for each performance. There are three screenings per day from May 14th to 16th at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. No demonstrations during the week.

The film has received multiple awards, many nominations, and high marks from around 5,000 people on IMDB. It is played by Mads Mikkelsen. The cost is $ 10 plus a $ 1.26 processing fee per ticket. For ticket reservations go to

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Leisure Briefs — March 24

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert will be a virtual production for players and audience due to COVID-19 restrictions and health reasons.

Ryan Webber, HSO Music Director, is hosting a compilation of previous concerts that will premiere on Saturday, March 27th at 2:00 pm. The program includes recordings from previous winners of the HSO youth concert and the composer’s competition.

The spring concert entitled “Music from the (virtual) new world” can be viewed at any time on the HSO website and YouTube channel.

These concerts are made possible by Minnesota voters through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to legislative funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. In Little Falls, the Laura Jane Musser Fund offers additional support.

2003 Brainerd High School graduate Adrienne Larsen will sign her newly published book, Twists & Twines, with The Bountiful Ewe, a knitting company they jointly own. in Fargo, North Dakota. Submitted photo

FARGO, North Dakota – A 2003 Brainerd High School graduate will be signing copies of her third knitting book at a yarn store in Fargo, North Dakota, from 10 am-3pm on April 10th.

Adrienne Larsen will be signing her newly published book, Twists & Twines, at The Bountiful Ewe, a knitting shop they jointly own. Larsen is the daughter of Lynda (stepfather Michael) Erickson from Brainerd and Lyndon (stepmother Sue) Larsen from International Falls.

After graduating from BHS, Larsen attended North Dakota State University in Fargo and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in theater with a focus on costuming. She then attended Philadelphia University, where she did her Masters in Textile Engineering.

As a 9-year-old who grew up in the Brainerd Lakes region, Larsen learned to knit from her grandmother Audrey in order to fidget productively, according to a press release. Years later, after sewing costumes in a barn in New York State and graduating from Philadelphia University with a degree in textile engineering, Larsen’s third book is available on Amazon at

The book cover of Adrienne Larsen's book

The book cover of Adrienne Larsen’s book “Twists & Twines”. Larsen graduated from Brainerd High School in 2003. Photo submitted

The Kickstarter crowd-funded book teaches intermediate to advanced knitters how to make 16 cable stitch designs, including sweaters and hats.

Larsen’s designs have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Creative Knitting, I Like Knitting and Cast On and distributed nationwide through Urban Outfitters.

Their yarn line Yarnslayer Fibers is available from The Bountiful Ewe.

Her other books include “Welts & Waves” and “Flutter & Flow”.

Vertical Leisure Acquires ‘The Resort’ & ‘Killer Amongst Us’- Movie Briefs – Deadline

Vertical entertainment has received worldwide distribution rights for indie horror, The resort, by writer-director Taylor Chien and the executive produced by rapper Quavious “Quavo” Marshall of the Migos. With Bianca Haase (Whirlpool Time Machine 2), Brock O’Hurn (Tyler Perrys Boo! A Madea Halloween), Michael Vlamis (Roswell, New Mexico) and Michelle Randolph (5 years apart), the plot revolves around four friends, the Begib you to Hawaii to investigate reports of a haunted resort at an abandoned resort. It’s beautiful there, but they soon learn that you have to be careful about what you want. The image, which will be released in cinemas and on-demand April 30, was produced by Will Meldman, Sam Mobley, Justin Chien, Gary Goldman, Joe Homokay, James Penland and Sarai Rollins.

“Four Good Days” starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis, acquired by Vertical for US release

“The place itself was extremely creepy and essentially acts as the fifth character in the entire film,” said the writer-director. “With that eerie attitude as a starting point, I was determined to capture this cool atmosphere in front of the camera. I am confident that we succeeded and that we have something special for horror lovers of all kinds. “

“I’m very excited to be part of this project as I’ve always been a huge fan of horror films,” commented Quavo. “It was a great honor to be on set with the cast in LA, and after seeing a screening, all I can say is that we are definitely causing some horror in this film.”

Peter Jarowey and Josh Spector negotiated the deal for Vertical with Will Meldman, founder and CEO of Double Down Pictures, on behalf of the filmmakers.


Vertical entertainment

Vertical has also secured the rights to Murderers among us, an indie crime thriller from first-time screenwriter and director Charles Scharfman. Set for April 16, the picture follows a young police officer who works with a veteran detective to save the life of a student from a radicalized serial killer.

Starring Yasha Jackson (The Flight Attendant), Andrew Richardson (Martin Eden), Bruce MacVittie (When They See Us) and Imani Lewis (The Forty Year Old Version). The film, co-written by Daniel Lichtenberg, was produced by Dan Clifton and Bernard Hunt.

Scharfman said, “I made this film as a crime-genreed reflection of the polarized and complicated political climate we currently live in, and that is even more relevant today than it was when we made it.”

Spector negotiated the deal for Vertical with Dan Clifton of Top Right Corner on behalf of the filmmakers.


Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures secured the North American distribution rights The man in the hat, an indie comedy starring Ciaran Hinds (Justice League), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Maïwenn (Polisse). The film, written and directed by John-Paul Davidson and Stephen Warbeck, travels through France in a Fiat 500, accompanied by a framed photo of an unknown woman. He is followed by five angry men in a Citroen Dyane. Why are they chasing him and how can he shake them off? Gravitas will release the film in theaters and on demand on May 14th.

“The man in the hat is a hopeful caper who values ​​the joy of the mundane and extraordinary little things in life. Our adventure revels in the friendliness of strangers and the music and poetry of chance encounters,” said Davidson.

“Working on The Man in the Hat gave me the opportunity to explore all sorts of musical worlds that I hope will provide audiences with a joyful escape from all of the challenges of the past year. It is really an honor to be able to share this film with an international audience now, ”remarked Warbeck.

Brett Rogalsky, Gravitas Manager of Acquisitions, negotiated the deal with Spencer Pollard and Daniel Cooper of Kaleidoscope

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The St. Joseph Performing Arts Association is hosting two shows in March

The St. Joseph Performing Arts Association will bring a mix of virtual and live theater shows to the region in March.

There will be a virtual performance of “Ireland with Michael” on Friday March 12th at 8pm. The show will feature popular singer Michael Londra at the National Opera House in Wexford, Ireland. Recorded in front of a live audience of 750 people, this never-before-seen show features the Irish Concert Orchestra, two choirs, singers and musicians from all over Ireland.

Basic tickets are $ 25 per streaming device. A $ 35 ticket includes a souvenir DVD. A $ 50 ticket includes a souvenir DVD and a private Zoom meet and greet event.

The show runs through Sunday, March 14th. Tickets can be purchased online at

On Saturday, March 27th at 1:30 pm, live performances with “The Cat Came Back” from the Mesner Puppet Theater at First Christian Church, 927 Faraon St., will return. Based on the folk song popularized by Fred Penner, this hour-long performance tells the story of Mister Johnson and a mysterious cat that keeps coming back to his front door.

Due to social distancing, participation is limited to 30 children, with one parent per group of children allowed. Masks are required for all participants. Both adult and child tickets are $ 6 each. After the performance, each child receives a take-away package that they can use to make their own doll.

Tickets for the performance can be purchased by calling the Performing Arts Association at 816-279-1225, at the office at 719 Edmond St., or online at

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas files for bankruptcy, looking for buyers

AUSTIN, Texas | Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Holdings, a Texas-based dine-in theater chain, announced Wednesday that it has filed for bankruptcy and will enter into a restructuring agreement due to financial problems during the pandemic.

The company plans to sell most of its assets to affiliates of Altamont Capital and Fortress Investment Group as part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which will allow Alamo Drafthouse to continue operations while its managers and advisors work to repay creditors.

“The transaction will provide the company with much-needed additional funding to stabilize business during the pandemic, which has had an unprecedented and oversized impact on the cinema and hospitality industries,” the company said in a statement. “More importantly, Alamo Drafthouse will be able to return to growth and continue to deliver on its long-term strategic vision.”

In its bankruptcy filing, Alamo Drafthouse listed assets and liabilities of up to $ 500 million each. Court records show that private equity firm Altamont Capital Management owns 40% of the company.

Alamo Drafthouse, like many others in the entertainment industry, has had a difficult year since the pandemic forced many companies to close temporarily and permanently.

The cinema franchise is known for its excellent picture and sound quality as well as the menu and beer menu. Tim League and his wife Karrie founded the chain in Austin in 1997.

The Austin-based company has more than 40 theaters across the country, including some in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Kansas City, Missouri. Most of the company’s theaters closed last March but reopened in late summer 2020 with a detailed plan for the pandemic log.

As part of the restructuring agreement, the Ritz Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Austin and the theaters in New Braunfels and Kansas City, Missouri, will be permanently closed. All other currently open theaters will continue to operate according to local pandemic guidelines.

Leisure Briefs – Jan. 27

The Brainerd and Little Falls High School One Act teams will move to sections for the One Act Play competition.

The Little Falls Flyers One Act team took first place in the 8AA subdivision and Brainerd Warriors took second place.

The Brainerd High School One Act team poses for a picture. The team advances to sections. Submitted photo

The BHS One Act team played the drama “Tracks” by Peter Tarsi. The show is about a group of people in a subway station who discover that they are all in different places because they are all dead. That year, all One Acts were recorded and sent electronically to the judges. All actors and tech crew members must wear face masks throughout the performance to protect all cast and crew members, according to a press release.

Brainerd will record her piece by section on Friday at the Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd and it will be submitted by February 2nd. As part of state competition, there are several rules that every school must follow, such as: B. 20 students or less involved in the production and staying under 35 minutes for the performance. Rehearsals began on January 4th.

“This year we haven’t been able to see the other high school’s One Act performances live, which is difficult because it is always a great experience to see what other schools are doing,” said Karla Johnson, director of the BHS theater. in an email press release. “We also had no verbal criticism from a judge immediately after the performance. Another difference this year due to COVID-19 is that the set was not timed and dismantled. Typically schools need 10 minutes to set up and 10 minutes down, so this year it will take some stress off. We also had a very shortened rehearsal schedule as the governor allowed rehearsals and extracurricular activities to continue on January 4th and we had to submit our record by January 21st. “

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the natives of the lakes, Wendy DeGeest and Gary Hirsch, present their new book “Perpetual Courtship: A Guide to the Perfect Relationship”.

The book cover by local authors Wendy DeGeest and Gary Hirsch, new book

The book cover by local authors Wendy DeGeest and Gary Hirsch, new book “Perpetual Courtship: A Guide to the Perfect Relationship”. Submitted photo

DeGeest and Hirsch, an unmarried couple, have been very happy together for more than 30 years. The couple shares their story about what worked for them, highlighting factors that keep their relationship loving and fun. The book offers insights to all couples, married or not, together or separated, according to a press release.

The book is available for a limited time from Cat Tales Books and Gifts in Brainerd for $ 10.

The Brainerd Community Theater calls on all singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, poets, jugglers, magicians, dog trainers, yodellers and everyone else with a special talent to “Show Off!” Talent Show Series.

This friendship competition gives people the opportunity to show their talents in a positive atmosphere and compete for a prize, according to a press release. Participants record their performances – a maximum of five minutes – either at home or in Brainerd’s theater. An expert jury makes some heartfelt comments and when the show airs people can watch other artists and vote with the rest of the audience on who did the most impressive job.

The theater group plans that the talent show will be a four-part series that will include three competitions in the spring and then a special performance this summer with the winners of each show. Anyone who would like to participate or learn more can go online at or send an email to George Marsolek at

The Brainerd Community Theater is hosting auditions for the upcoming performance title “Talking With” by Jane Martin.

This piece is a series of monologues in which idiosyncratic characters amuse, move and terrify, always speaking from the depths of their souls. That includes a baton roll, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex-rodeo driver, and an actress willing to do anything to get a job. The performances are recorded and streamed to a virtual audience. Depending on the existing COVID-19 protocols, there is the possibility of a live performance in front of an audience of limited size, according to a press release.

The auditions are only carried out by appointment via Zoom and take place from Monday to Tuesday from February 1st to 2nd. Anyone interested in auditioning should email Patrick Spradlin, the director

Author and journalist Maya Dusenbery

Author and journalist Maya Dusenbery

Author and journalist Maya Dusenbery will speak about her award-winning book on Monday February 1st at the Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch Author Visits.

Dusenbery will be showcasing her book Doing Harm: The Truth About Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Discharge, Misdiagnosed, and Sick Women, as a live event on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In the book, Dusenbery weaves together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine is harming women today, a press release said. It examines the deep systemic problems that underlie women’s experiences of feeling discharged from the medical system. Women were discharged from the emergency room for heart attacks with prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs, while others with autoimmune diseases were classified as “chronic complaints” for years before they were properly diagnosed.

The book cover of Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science dismiss, misdiagnose, and make women sick.

The book cover of “Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science dismiss, misdiagnose, and make women sick.” Submitted photo

“Doing Harm,” a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the National Public Radio and Library Journal. It was the 2019 Minnesota Book Award winner for general non-fiction.

Dusenbery is a journalist, editor, and author. She has been interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, Good Morning America and countless radio shows and podcasts about gender bias in medicine. She regularly lectures on the subject to students, healthcare providers, patient advocates, researchers, and biomedical industry workers. Before Dusenbery became a full-time writer, he worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Carleton College in 2008. The Minnesota native currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library as part of their volunteer and fundraising campaigns.

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library group is celebrating season 21 of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series with a number of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota authors.

For more information, visit the library at 218-829-5574 or the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Facebook page.

Mary Aalgaard

Mary Aalgaard

Mary Aalgaard of Baxter received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide creative assistance to individuals.

Aalgaard received the grant to create theater workshops for young people and older adults in the Brainerd region.

Aalgaard is a playwright who works with both children and adults to create original dramas. She teaches writing, leads youth theater workshops and develops intergenerational programs to improve quality of life and build a community in the Brainerd Lakes region, according to a press release.

Aalgaard is also a piano teacher and freelance writer. Her words reach the world through her articles in regional magazines and her blog, Play off the Page, where she discusses local, regional and national theaters and the arts in general.

Through the scholarship, Aalgaard will develop programs through various partnerships, including the theater department of Central Lakes College, to offer in-person or possibly virtual summer theater workshops. Grants also support various audio, visual, and technical devices to enhance the in-person or virtual offering.

“I am grateful for the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board to improve my studio and my own artistic endeavors,” said Aalgaard. “I am grateful for the partnership I have formed with the Theater Department of Central Lakes College that has been a great success in the past and has given students the opportunity to create their own show and develop their theater and work skills together . I am also grateful for the continued opportunities to work with older adults at Northern Lakes Senior Living and their activity director, Sandy Hudak. “

The Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artists Initiative Scholarship Program is designed to encourage and support professional Minnesota artists at various stages of their careers by promoting artistic development, promoting artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the Minnesota state’s creative environment. Aalgaard’s grant was made possible by Minnesota voters through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative allocation from the Arts and Heritage Fund.

Learn more about Aalgaard and their upcoming courses, reviews, workshops and offers below