Thursday, February 9, 2012

Culturology Calendar 2-9-12

by Travis Ryder
Thursday, Feb. 9
The Edge Center in Bigfork presents the latest in their Classic Movie Series. It’s the 1976 retelling of the Robin Hood saga, “Robin and Marian,” starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn.  It’s a free show at 6:30.
Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers perform a free show at the Hobson Union Ballroom at Bemidji State University at 7 p.m. Thursday.  There’s also an interactive workshop on campus with the troupe starting at 9 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 10
Steve Kaul and The Brass Kings perform as part of the Grassroots Concerts series at the Live Well Nightclub in Nisswa.  The show starts at 6:30.
Jazz-fusion guitarist Todd Clouser and his outfit A Love Electric perform shows at the Blue Ox Bar in Brainerd Friday at 8, and Brewed Awakenings coffeehouse in Grand Rapids Saturday at 6.

Weizenegger image courtesy: Crossing Arts Alliance
Saturday, Feb. 11
There’s a reception Saturday for the Peter Weizenegger retrospective at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.  It’s from 4 to 7 PM for the exhibition which runs through the end of the month.  Peter died in 2007, and worked primarily as a sculptor with precision, detail and humor as his trademarks. Peter also worked in preparation for the Tweed Museum at UMD.
Northwoods Friends of the Arts have a fundraiser at the Comet Theater in Cook starting at 5:30.  The movie “War Horse” will be shown as part of the fundraiser.
The Mesabi Community Orchestra presents two concerts this weekend featuring pianist Alexander Sandor.  Performances are Saturday at 7 at Virginia High School’s Goodman Auditorium, and Sunday at 2:30 at Washington Auditorium in Ely.  Works from Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff are on the program.
Central Lakes College presents its production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” starting this weekend.  Performances are Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2, then next Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30, and another Sunday matinee at 2.  The show will be presented in-the-round at CLC’s Dryden Theatre in Brainerd.
Jason Petty performs a tribute to Hank Williams and other honky-tonk heroes at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids, starting at 7:30 Saturday.

Sunday, Feb. 12
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents the concert “History Meets Music.”  Historical re-enactor Clay Jenkinson portrays American physicist Robert Oppenheimer.  The Symphony plays chamber music connected to Oppenheimer’s times.  The show begins in the Bemidji High School auditorium at 3.  Jenkinson will be on hand at Book World for a signing at 2:00 Saturday, and a free lecture Saturday night at 7 in the Thompson Recital Hall on the BSU campus.

Monday, Feb. 13
A faculty and staff show at Bemidji State’s Ramsey Gallery opens Monday.  It’s called Midwinter Interlude, and the open house reception runs from 2 to 6.  The show is up until March 9.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Author David Treuer appears at the Bemidji Public Library to talk about his new book “Rez Life.”  The chat starts at noon Tuesday.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Your antique or collectible item can get a free verbal appraisal Wednesday at the Duluth Depot heritage and arts center.  The St. Louis County Historical Society has arranged for appraisers Dan Sershon and Denny Mager to be available from noon until 3 in the rotunda.

February 10, 1763 Minnesota east of the Mississippi becomes British territory as France transfers the land.  It was part of the treaty ending the French and Indian War.
February 7, 1867 Laura Ingalls (Wilder) is born near Pepin, Wisconsin. Her family would settle in Walnut Grove, Redwood County, from 1874 to 1880 (living briefly in Iowa for the year 1876–77). She is remembered for writing the Little House on the Prairie books, which chronicle her family's experiences as pioneers.
February 9, 1895 The University of Minnesota's School of Agriculture defeats Hamline University 9 to 3 in the world's first intercollegiate basketball game, played on the Hamline campus by nine-man teams, who shot the ball into peach baskets without backboards.
February, 1996 Extreme wind chills on the 6th cause Governor Arne Carlson to order all schools closed.  The kids go outside and play anyway.  On the 10th, a blizzard occurs over the entire state. 15 inches of snow fall on Duluth.  Governor Arne Carlson again closes all schools. 

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