Thursday, November 3, 2011

Culturology Calendar 11-3

by Travis Ryder

Thursday, November 3
Range musician Cheryl Niemi will perform Thursday, November 3, from 6-8 p.m. at Minnesota Discovery Center’s Acoustic Café. Admission is free Thursdays after 5 p.m. Acoustic Café features regional musicians along with homemade soups, appetizers, desserts and drinks.

Vox Lumiere brings a new take on Phantom of the Opera, blending rock opera with silent film.  It’s at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids tonight.

Two sessions at the Lyric Center for the Arts will help artists advance their careers. Staff from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will guide a session on how to apply for the Council’s individual grants.  This session is tonight at 6 p.m.  Tuesday, there’s a workshop that explains how to get your work into shops!  It’s called How to Sell Your Artwork through Art Galleries & Gift Shops.  Contact us to learn more. 

(NFA: Thu session free; Mon session $10; scholarships available.  Register: or 741-5577. location: The First Stage Gallery, Lyric Center for the Arts, 514 Chestnut St., downtown Virginia, MN)

Friday, November 4
First Friday events in Grand Rapids: painters Sarah Wieben and Rick Love have work at MacRostie Art Center this month.  An opening reception for these artists is Friday from 5 to 7 in Grand Rapids.

First Friday in Bemidji includes the opening reception for the 9th annual It’s Only Clay Juried Exhibit.  The details of this and all the other events are at

The Holiday Gift Show and Sale opens Friday night from 5 to 7 at the Edge Center Gallery in Bigfork.

Friday night in Brainerd: The play "Deer Camp the Musical" will be at the Franklin Auditorium for one show at 7:30 p.m. on the eve of the firearms deer opener. 
The vocal group The Rose Ensemble performs on the Central Lakes College campus in Brainerd.  Their show Songs of Temperance and Temptation: 100 Years of Restraint and Revelry in Minnesota is a musical exploration of the humor and history behind Prohibition and Minnesota's long-standing love/hate relationship with the pub. The show starts at 7 on Friday night.  The Rose Ensemble also has a presentation at the Brainerd Library at 11 Saturday morning.

Saturday, November 5
Holy cats, are there a lot of craft shows on Saturday!  I suppose there’s an assumption that a lot of women are free this Saturday, with their men off chasing whitetails.  Mary Augustyn and Joan Beech will show their pottery and other work from 9 to 5 at Dr. Lynda Griffith’s  office across from L & M in Grand Rapids.
The Reif Center brings Paula Poundstone to the stage in Grand Rapids for standup comedy.  It’s a 7:30 show.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Ensemble is at CLC in Brainerd Saturday night at 7:30.

Monday, Nov. 7
Duluth poet laureate Sheila Packa has edited a compilation of poetry from the Lake Superior area.  It’s called Migrations.  Packa hosts a reading from several of the contributors at the Words and Lyrics event, 6:30 Monday night at the Lyric Center in downtown Virginia.

Tuesday, Nov. 8
Central Lakes College has a band concert Tuesday at 8:01 p.m.  Why 8:01?  As a public institution, the College can’t hold a public event until polls close on an election day.

Wednesday, Nov. 9
Hibbing Community college art instructor Daryn Lowman leads another art lecture and demonstration related to the new exhibition at MacRostie Art Center, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s Jazz night at the VFW in Grand Rapids with Sam Miltich and friends, 7 to 9 p.m.

Minnesota History Datebook
Nov. 2, 1948: Hubert H. Humphrey wins Minnesota's race for U.S. Senate. During three consecutive terms he supports a medicare bill, a nuclear test ban treaty, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Oct. 31, 1991: The "Halloween Blizzard" begins. A record snowfall blankets the area from Duluth to the Twin Cities, the state's largest recorded snowfall in a single storm.  On the three days following the “Storm of the Century,” Duluth receives 36.9 inches of snow, the largest single-storm total in state history at the time. Another “Storm of the Century” record happens in Cook, where 29 inches of snow accumulate in 24 hours, the largest such total in state history.

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