Also Good Bets: June 18-24

AL FRESCO
Movies in the Park starts Friday with "Leatherheads," the story of the Duluth Bulldogs is set, although not filmed, in Duluth. Remember when George Clooney and Renee Zellweger came here? Grab a blanket and friends and head to Leif Erickson Park at dusk. For the full charming effect, hit the Speedie Weenie cart for dinner. 

ART AND TECH FUSION
Adam Cady, an artist from Ashland, has an all-ages friendly exhibit at the Cultural Center and Museum in Washburn, which runs through the end of the June.

Cady’s show includes five years of art-tech fusion, featuring mixed-media paintings, and sculptures with electronics. Bring headphones — the ones in your iPod will do — to experience two interactive pieces. The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. For a sneak preview, go here.

SONGWRITING COMPETITION DEADLINE FRIDAY
Did you finish your song yet for the Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting contest? Deadline for the second-annual competition is Friday. Submit two original songs of any style online. (It’s probably too late to mail it). Up to 12 finalists will be selected to perform in the finals on the Big Top stage on Aug. 27 with the Blue Canvas Orchestra and host Bill Isles.

Two winners will be selected by a panel of judges and the winners will be invited to perform during the opening set of the Suzanne Vega concert. Not to mention being named Big Top  Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year."

POLKA PARTY
Check out Doctor Kielbasa at the 31st International Polka Festival at the Lost Isle Ballroom in Carlton. The festival runs Friday-Sunday and includes 20 bands. For more information, call (218) 372-3616 or (218) 384-4755.

BANDANA-RAMA
Itching for the chance to meet Bret Michaels, the bandana’d star of VH1′s "Rock of Love" and the magic voice behind late 80s slow-dance classic, Poison’s "Every Rose Has It’s Thorn"? Michaels’ Rock of Love Tour Bus will be making a stop at Taste of Minnesota, which runs July 2-July 5 on Harriet Island in downtown St. Paul, and two fans will get Meet-n-Greet passes. (Michaels makes his stop on July 5).

To enter: 1. Post a video on YouTube and the Facebook Taste of Minnesota fan page. You can get there from here. 2. Video can be no longer than 30 seconds. 3. Provide your name, e-mail address and phone number. 4. No profanity, or (more surprisingly) no nudity. 5. Send a message to tasteofminnesota@gmail.com with the subject line "Bret Michaels Contest" with a link to the video.

The top two will get to meet Michaels, and the top three will win a pair of Gold Circle reserved seat tickets, closest to the stage. Go to www.tasteofminnesota.com for more details. Videos are due by Sunday.

Also Good Bets, a companion to the Wave’s Best Bets section, is a weekly feature that includes additional ways to fill your entertainment schedule for the next week.

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