Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Guido's Guide to the Arts

March 12, 2009

Brainerd area: “The Doctor In Spite Of Himself” tonight (3/12) through 3/14 at Central Lakes College Chalberg Theatre, 7:30. March 28 at the Pequot Lakes High School Theatre it’s the Gaudete Brass Quintet, time TBD, check with them. April 5 @ 2 it’s the Heartland Symphony in “A Taste of France” at Little Falls High School, Charles D. Martin Auditorium. April 7 @ 7:30, Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” at Central Lakes College. www.

Ripple River Gallery near Deerwood: “Seasons” by Dan Mondloch through 3/29: watercolors, mostly landscapes, familiar Minnesota scenes, very well done, and Dan’s doing things with negative space & transparent acrylics & other media that are pretty unique. He’ll be at the closing reception on Sunday, 3/29, 2-4.

Jaques Art Center/Aitkin: they still have Scott Duffney’s private collection up, fine art from around the world, through 3/21. Next: student art from Aitkin County schools, grades 7-12. Annual spring tea parties & tastings are starting to happen, various dates & times & places. Bring your own brown bag lunch 3/19: a framing demonstration by Midge Johnson.

Ironworld/Chisholm: “Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections” through 4/30. This Saturday (3/14) Sheila Packa’s doing a memoir writing workshop, 10:30-3:30. Friday 3/20 @ 6, dinner theater, “Hephzibeth, Woman Of Iron” in Ironworld’s restaurant. Saturday 3/21 @ 2 Frank Ongaro, Executive Director of MiningMinnesota, talks about the next generation of mining in northeast Minnesota.

Range Art Center/Hibbing: ongoing woodcarving & children’s classes, plus upcoming photography, stained glass, fused glass, drawing classes, & more.

The Edge Center/Bigfork: "Back Road" rocks the stage this Saturday night 3/14.“The Odd Couple”/The Female Version 3/26-3/28 @ 7 & 3/29 @ 2, reverse spin on Neil Simon’s play, directed by Patty Feld. The call for entries is out for the 5th Annual Art on the Edge Juried Show---apply by 5/11---exhibit is in July.

Bemidji: at BCAC “The Palette: Exploring the Media of Painting”, work by Natalia Himmirska & her students in the encaustic & other media of canvas & panel. Wild Hare: drawings by Nina Lubarski. Dunn Brothers: photography by Brandon Bjerknes. Gallery North: Maureen O’Brian & Ashlee Morton. And so on. It’s Bemidji; the art’s everywhere.

MacRostie Art Center/Grand Rapids wrapped up Empty Bowls last Friday, and this Friday (3/13) it’s more clay art, a group show, opening in both galleries, reception 5-7, sponsored by Miskovich Dental Clinic.

Brewed Awakenings
features paintings by Andrew Downing this month. Jazz next Thursday (3/19).

Reif Center: tomorrow (3/13) @ 7:30 Reif Dance Company/Dancing With Our Stars, sponsored by Dr. Mike Hagley/Grand Rapids Dental Care & White Wolf Computing Solutions & Computer Enterprises. This Saturday (3/14) @ 7:30 it’s Afro-Cuban All Stars, sponsored by Hawkinson Construction. Monday 3/23 @ 7:30: “Footloose”, sponsored by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Tuesday 3/31 @ 7:30: Grand Derangement, sponsored by White Ivy Design. Thursday 4/2 @ 7:30: Turtle Island String Quartet, sponsored by Grand Rapids State Bank. St. Patrick’s Day (3/17): Itasca Youth Chamber Orchestra @ 7:30 and Thursday 3/19 Itasca Symphony Orchestra Student concert @ 7:00. Grand Rapids Players, “Once Upon A Mattress”, 3/27-4/4.

Elsewhere: Miami Art Museum, through 5/24, “NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith”---a group show of sculptors & other 3-D artists exploring ritual in the artistic process & spirituality in contemporary art. With help from the Menil Collection in Houston.

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