Thursday, October 6, 2011

Culturology Calendar 10-6

by Travis Ryder

Thursday, October 6
This is the opening week of North Street, an exhibition of street art forms at the Lyric Center for the Arts in downtown Virginia.
The Edge Center Gallery has a new show starting Thursday: Gordon Coons: Language of Color From My Inner Voice.  Coons is a member of the Lac Courte Oreillles band of Ojibwe.  He lives in Minneapolis and works in linocut prints, acrylic paint, pen and ink, and wood and stone carving.  His works will be on display until the 29th, with a closing reception on the evening of Friday, the 28th.

Acoustic CafĂ© begins another season at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm. 

It’s not every day that Brainerd hosts an acoustic folk concert by somebody who acted in the movie Robocop.  Today is special.  Ronny Cox plays at the CLC theatre tonight at 7:30.

Country singer Kathy Mattea will be at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.

Friday, October 7
Galleries are planning a big First Friday walkabout tomorrow night in Grand Rapids.  MacRostie Art Center has their October opening reception with work by five artists who have received McKnight fellowships and residencies.  Also, an exhibition of ceramics by local and regional artists.  John Zasada is featured at Whispering Woods Gallery, Liz White is featured at Something Original, Reid Peterson has work at Brewed Awakenings, and work from Tom Page is at Frame Up.  There will be live music performances in the venues, too.  And the Sam Miltich trio will play jazz at the VFW from 7 to 9.  First Friday runs from 4 to 8 p.m., downtown Grand Rapids.

Bemidji’s First Friday events span twelve venues, with new visual and performing arts events starting around noon and running into the evening.  Writer Susan Carol Hauser will read from her latest work at 6 at the Bemidji Community Art Center.  Rail River Folk School has their open mic starting at 7:30.

A big night too at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Brainerd High School alumnus Seth Doud is in concert, and the new Community Exhibition has its opening reception in the Q Gallery.

The play “The Miracle Worker” tells the story of Annie Sullivan, teacher to the blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller.  It opens at Central Lakes College Chalberg Theater Friday and Saturday at 7:30.  More performances follow next Thursday through Sunday.

Saturday, October 8
Native American fancy dancer Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers are at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 9
The Carl Thompson Memorial Concert is at Bemidji State’s Thompson Recital Hall.  It will feature the Wind Ensemble, Jazz I, the Chamber Singers, and Bemidji Choir.  It starts at 3 Sunday in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra performs at 2 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Monday, October 10
Guerrilla orchestra: The Common Chords Project brings the Minnesota Orchestra to Grand Rapids all next week. Personnel from the Orchestra will appear all over town, doing the predictable gigs like school workshops, but also playing at the MDI postal tote factory, crashing a City Council meeting, and sitting in with Sam Miltich at the VFW Wednesday night.  Members of the group will play on KAXE Thursday morning at 8, and the Orchestra’s two conductors will be guest DJs during the 3 o’clock hour Friday.  Public concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 14 & 15. This outreach effort is not a brand-new concept: the fledgling Minnesota Orchestra embarked on its first state-wide journey in 1907, taking the train to Moorhead, Grand Forks and Duluth.  Since then, the ensemble has played 680 concerts in nearly 60 Minnesota cities.

Tuesday, October 11
By The Light of a Wintery Moon:  An Evening of Northwoods Logging Camp Stories with singer/songwriter Brian Miller, happening 6 to 8 p.m. at the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids. Adults and kids are invited to walk the trails and take part in an evening of music & storytelling. Information & registration is at

Wednesday, October 12
MacRostie Art Center teams up with a brass quintet from the Minnesota Orchestra.  They’ll play selections from West Side Story.  MacRostie’s gallery coordinator, Ashley Kolka, will lead a talk about star-crossed lovers in art history.  5 p.m., in the gallery in downtown Grand Rapids.

Minnesota History Datebook
Oct. 5, 1898  It may have been the last armed battle between Native Americans and the US military: the Battle of Sugar Point takes place near the shores of Leech Lake.  Eighty soldiers from the Third Infantry had come at the request of the U.S. Marshal to arrest Bugonaygeshig, but his friends repelled them. Six soldiers are killed in the ensuing battle, while Bugonaygeshig escapes and is never arrested.

Oct. 3, 1997  International passenger ship traffic returns to Minnesota when the Columbus, carrying a load of German passengers, visits the Duluth-Superior harbor.  It had been almost two decades since the last international passengers came to Minnesota by boat.

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