Thursday, September 15, 2011

Culturology 9-15: Leaf Town

by Travis Ryder

Thursday, Sept. 15
Roster McCabe is a well-known Twin Cities-based jam band.  They perform tonight at the Blue Ox in Bemidji.
Pink Floyd tribute act “The Machine” is part of the performing arts series at Central Lakes College Tornstrom Auditorium tonight at 7:30.

Friday, Sept. 16
Cellist Evan Drachmann and pianist Mary Au continue their tour of our region with a classical music performance at St. Mary’s Church in Cook.

The Icebox Radio Theater of International Falls will complete its 2011 Tour with a live show and broadcast from the Ranier Community Building, Friday, September 16th at 7pm. On tap is a series of original skits and songs, and a half-hour radio play based on the true Koochiching County bank robber W.W. Butler. The show will be broadcast live at

Saturday, Sept. 17
It’s the Taste of Pequot arts and crafts event in Trailside Park from 9 to 4 Saturday.

9th Annual Goods From the Woods event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IRA Civic Center. 70 high-quality, regional exhibitors including Don and Patti Erven; one-of-a-kind forest products, demonstrations by master artisans, hands-on learning, northwoods foods; info:  888.223.5629 /

The Viva Musica Fall Arts Festival will be from 3 to 11 p.m. September 17 at Zorbaz on Gull Lake. The festival will feature live music by One Night Stand, which will be recording a live CD.  Viva Musica is dedicated to saving music and art education in schools.

Minnesota Music Coalition’s Caravan du Nord rolls into Grand Rapids. At 2, there’s panel discussions aimed at people trying to gain a foothold in the music business.  Then there’s an evening concert with Chris Koza and Rogue Valley, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles featuring John Munson, and the Jig Rockin’ Ore Dogs.  The concert starts at 7:30 at the Reif Center.

Latin jazz pianist Nachito Herrera is in concert at Pequot Lakes High School Saturday at 7:30.

A good weekend for jam bands in Bemidji: Kazyak is on stage Saturday night at Brigid’s Cross.

Sunday, Sept. 18
Lake Bemidji State Park offers a narrated pontoon boat tour of the Upper Mississippi River.  They’ll pay special attention to the historical highlights of the waterway, and identify the birds that migrate using this natural landmark. Advance signup is required due to limited seating.  (218-308-2300)

Tuesday, Sept. 20
North Carolina-based abstractionist Dick Roberts will open a show of his paintings, ‘Forays into Abstraction,’ at Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.  Roberts’ show opens Tuesday, Sept. 20, and will run through Oct. 14.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are the dates for the 36th annual North Country arts and crafts workshop.  Instruction, demonstrations, entertainment, food, and a crafter’s bazaar.  45 classes to choose from.  Held at the Concordia Language Villages.  (218-586-2884;

Wednesday, Sept. 21
Writers are invited to bring their work to the open stage, 3rd Wednesdays at Brigid’s Cross in Bemidji starting at 6:30.

The Brothers Burn Mountain play a show at 5:30 p.m., See them at Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse in downtown Grand Rapids.

Minnesota History Datebook
Sept. 13, 1955: Commercial production of taconite begins at the Reserve Mining Company's plant in Silver Bay.  Taconite processing had been done experimentally in 1919. Large-scale production wasn't begun until the richer ore was becoming scarce and the U of M’s Edward W. Davis perfected a method to process it.  That operation in Silver Bay?  It continues today as Cliffs Northshore Mining.

Sept. 17, 1961: The Minnesota Vikings football team plays its first game, beating the Chicago Bears 37-13 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.

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