Thursday, December 8, 2011

Culturology Calendar 12-8

by Travis Ryder

Thursday, Dec. 8
Acoustic Café series features the duo Bittersweet: Jay Hoiland and Mary Jo Grizzard play at 6 at the Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm.
Area producers of original theater, take note: Minnesota Fringe Festival director Robin Gillette coming to Duluth.  The Fringe Festival is an 11-day performing arts festival that presents nearly 900 performances of 165 theater and dance shows in professional-grade Minneapolis-St. Paul venues. They select participants by random lottery, so it doesn't matter how much or little experience you have.  Dates are August 2-12, 2012.  Fringe staff members will be at the Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E. Superior St, Duluth between 8 and 9:30 pm tonight.  Meet and learn more about how the festival works, and how to prepare an application.

Thursday through Sunday
You can take in the Sertoma Winter Wonderland display from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight through Sunday, with Sunday night including horsedrawn carriage rides.  Paul Bunyan Land has their enchanted pioneer village 6 to 9 Friday and Saturday.

Friday, Dec. 9
Actual Wolf (the solo act of Grand Rapids native Eric Pollard, who performs with Low, Retribution Gospel Choir, and Sun Kil Moon); 5 – 6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, Grand Rapids.
KBXE Northern Community Radio Auction: drinks, appetizers and silent auction at 6 p.m., live auction 7 p.m., dance to Good Noise at 9, Bemidji Town & Country Club
Away In The Basement, a Church Basement Ladies holiday production, at the Tornstrom Auditorium in the Washington Building in Brainerd, 7 p.m.
Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp perform acoustic country and bluegrass at the Warehouse in Pine River starting at 7.

Friday and Saturday
The Nutcracker, presented by The Reif Dancers, 7 p.m. at the Reif Center, Grand Rapids.
BSU Madrigal Dinners, 7 p.m., Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus.
Gospel, soul, and jazz from The Steele Family Christmas Show.  2 shows, Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 2 at the Central Lakes College Theatre in Brainerd.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Local production of “A Christmas Carol”, 7:30 Friday and Saturday,  2:00 Sunday, Chief Theater, Bemidji.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Family Fun Day: Holiday Card Ornaments, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MacRostie Art Center; learn more at  Then it's the Ho-Ho-Ho Down Country Christmas, 3 to 6 p.m. at Children's Discovery Museum; country hometown Christmas theme, games, food, crafts, entertainment, & hayrides. To learn more, call 218-259-9509 or visit
Pine River has horse-drawn sleigh rides starting at 2:30 and a Parade of Lights downtown starting at 5.
The gypsy jazz of Clearwater Hot Club starts at 7 p.m. at Brigid’s Cross, Bemidji.

Sunday, Dec. 11
Elegant Historical Holiday Feast will be served at 1 p.m. at the White Oak Society in Deer River; reservations are required. Call 218-328-5728 or email
Handel's "Messiah" performed by the Itasca Community Chorus combined with several area choirs, 3 to 5 p.m. at Greenway Auditorium in Coleraine.
The West Range Country Show follows at Greenway High School Auditorium at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 13
The Santa Lucia Festival celebrates the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season, including the festival of lights, which includes a young maiden wearing a chandelier.  Also, breakfast will be served.  6 to 8 a.m., Beaux Arts Ballroom on the BSU campus.  Get your tickets by Friday at Kelsey’s Jewelry or Ken Thompson Jewelry.

Minnesota History Datebook
Dec. 8, 1886: Citizens of Browns Valley brawl in the streets of their town with farmers from Wheaton.  What started this fight?  Wheaton was the new county seat, and they were in town to pick up the Traverse County official records. The outnumbered "invaders" flee with only one load.  Eventually, all the records are moved to Wheaton without further battle.  There are accounts of these kinds of bitter and even violent county-seat disputes from a number of locations around the state.

Dec. 9, 1890: The University Avenue streetcar line from Minneapolis to St. Paul begins operation.  By 1954, it was out of service, replaced by buses.  But what’s old is new again: The Central Corridor light rail line will open to passengers along a similar route in 2014.

Dec. 7, 1941: Outside of Pearl Harbor, a crew primarily made up of reservists from St. Paul manned the destroyer Ward. That ship attacks and sinks a Japanese midget submarine, the first shots fired on the date of infamy.  Inside the harbor, Minneapolis-born Captain Franklin van Valkenburgh is killed on the bridge of his ship, the USS Arizona. He would be awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress.

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