Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Culturology Calendar 11-17

by Travis Ryder

Thursday, November 17
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is in Grand Rapids this morning to talk about their Minnesota Main Street program.  This is a framework for revitalizing traditional business districts with an eye on retaining unique local character.  The session is on the third floor of Old Central School and runs from 8 to 10 a.m., everybody’s invited.

Jaques Art Center Christmas Marketplace opens Thursday.  The Jaques Main Gallery in Aitkin is transformed into a holiday shop overflowing with one-of- a-kind gifts for all ages.  The Jaques is also looking for artists for their juried exhibition, “Heads or Tails.”  Make sure the works you submit include a head or a tail!  Submissions are due November 30.  Learn more at

Pecha Kucha Night is an evening of short presentations accompanied by images. Expect nearly anything from the presenters.  Once you know the format, maybe you’ll be a presenter!  It’s at the New City Ballroom, a.k.a. the Hungry Bear, in Bemidji, starting at 6:30.

Local poets Susan Hawkinson, Loree Miltich, Jane Barrick, Teresa Alto, and Stephanie Kessler will read selections from the book Migrations.  It’s edited by Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa.  Cellist Kathy McTavish will also play, Thursday at 7 at MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids.
The Greater Minnesota Legacy Chorale celebrates its tenth season starting this weekend. Performances will be at Crosslake Lutheran Church on Thursday at 7:30, and at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter on Sunday at 3.  Repertoire for the show consists entirely of choral and solo arrangements of African-American spirituals. The concert on Sunday will feature the Brainerd High School A Capella Choir.

Friday, November 18
Pequot Lakes Community Theatre turns back the clock with a 1940s Radio Hour, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 at the high school auditorium.

20 of the best chefs in the Brainerd Lakes area will showcase their craft Friday night.  It’s the Taste of the Lakes event at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, and the event benefits Kinship Partners, starting at 5:30.

The award winning play Proof will be staged this weekend at Bemidji State.  Shows are at 7:30 Friday and Sturday and 2 o’clock Sunday.

The Mesabi Community Orchestra and Virginia High School Varsity Choir present two concerts featuring Thanksgiving and Christmas selections.  See them Friday at 7 at the Chisholm High School auditorium or Sunday at 2:30 at the Lutheran church in Eveleth.

Saturday, November 19
Lake Bemidji State Park hosts a winter tree identification session.  Master Naturalist Russ Bennett will show you how to tell deciduous trees apart WITHOUT the aid of their leaves.  The session starts at 10 Saturday.

The BSU Jazz Band will be in concert Saturday at 3.  They’ll feature trumpeter Kiku Collins, who has played with BeyoncĂ© and Michael Bolton.  The concert is in the Fine Arts Complex on the campus in Bemidji.

Monday, November 21
Bemidji State art major Eli Balbach will have an exhibition of abstract compositions entitled “Abformalities” with an opening reception Monday from 1 to 4.  The show will feature a personal assessment of nationality and civilization.  Balbach’s work will focus primarily on oil paintings and other 2D mediums.  Balbach is originally from Bemidji. The show is at the University’s Talley Gallery running through Dec. 14.

Minnesota History Datebook
November 14, 1860 An early milestone in Minnesota telecommunications: Telegraph service reaches Minneapolis.  Now, the telegraph seems ridiculously old-fashioned today, but imagine the quantum leap this represented: instead of waiting days to hear of important events, news could reach the city in just minutes!

This week in 1984, Jackpot Junction Casino opens for business as a bingo parlor.  the first Indian casino in Minnesota, By 1988 it had become a fully operational casino.

November 18, 1993 The Weisman Art Museum opens at the University of Minnesota. Sculptor and architect Frank Gehry won an award from Progressive Architecture magazine for his design of the building.

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