Thursday, March 1, 2012

Culturology 3-1: First Friday

by Travis Ryder
Both Grand Rapids and Bemidji are hosting First Friday art events this week.  Katie Marshall of MacRostie Art Center ran through the offerings in the Rapids with us, and brought printmaking/installation artist Dana Sikkila (and her U-Haul full of art) to the station for a chat.  Sikkila's work "depicts the overly obsessive relationship between and woman and her best friends. Animals and objects begin to take on human characteristics and interact in an unconventional domestic situation. Through printmaking and installation the viewer is confronted with the obsessive nature of the woman in question, turning her abnormal tendencies into a humorous, almost adorable mental mess."  Sikkila is completing her MA at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

The First Friday events in Bemidji include the ACLU-MN-sponsored "Art from Within" exhibition at Bemidji Community Arts Center.  This show features work depicting the Bill of Rights from the perspective of artists who have been on the business end of the criminal justice system. Wesley May has work in the show.  He said his artistic practice took a leap forward while he was enrolled in an alternative-sentencing boot camp program.  Hear Scott Hall's chat with artist Wesley May here.  The exhibition runs through the month of March at the BCAC.

Culture Calendar
Thursday, Mar. 1
Joe Wivoda plays at the Acoustic Café event inside Minnesota Discovery Center.  The event starts at 6.  Free admission to the whole place in Chisholm starts at 5, including the current quilting exhibition.

Friday, Mar. 2
The Grassroots Concerts series in Nisswa continues with guitarist Dean Magraw.  The show starts at 7:30 at the Journey Church next to the school.
Bemidji’s First Friday includes the ACLU-sponsored Art from Within show at the Community Art Center in the Carnegie building. Ten other visual and performing art venues are also participating.  The Bemidji Community Art Center site has details.
Grand Rapids’ First Friday includes openings at MacRostie Art Center and attractions at nine other venues.  Call us to learn more.
Nautilus Music Theater’s show, I am Anne Frank, Friday at 7 and Sunday at 2, at Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork.

Saturday, Mar. 3
Opening reception for paintings and sketches by Alvin Zaberl and Bob Maki, longtime Range residents and commercial artists.  Noon to 2:30.
Aitkin Friends of the Arts fundraiser dinner and dance happens at the 40 Club.
The house band from Lake Superior Big Top Chatauqua, the Blue Canvas Orchestra, and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra play together at the Kelly High School auditorium in Silver Bay.  The show is at 7 p.m.
Japanese taiko drumming will reverberate through the Reif Center in Grand Rapids Saturday.  The ensemble Mu Daiko with Hanayui performs at 7:30.

Sunday, Mar. 4
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents a concert entitled "American Kids" at the high school auditorium starting at 3. Guest artist Dr. Nicholas Hardie is on cello, and area strings students will join the BSO for a selection. A post-concert Q & A session will be offered right after the performance.

Monday, Mar. 5
Words and Lyrics is a monthly literary event at the Lyric Center for the Arts in downtown Virginia.

Tuesday, Mar. 6
The Region 2 Arts Council has six opportunities for artists coming up in March.  Classes on Rigid Heddle Weaving, Painting, oak bench building, creative writing, and puppet building have registration deadlines coming right up.  All the classes meet in the Bemidji area.  Contact us to learn more.
The deadline for the photography exhibit at Brainerd’s Q Gallery is coming up Tuesday.  Call us to learn how to get in.

Minnesota History Datebook
March 3, 1849 Minnesota Territory is signed into existence by President James K. Polk. The territory has a population of about 10,000 Indians and 5,000 white settlers and includes present-day North and South Dakota east of the Missouri River. The U.S. Postal Service would release a three-cent centennial stamp on this date in 1949.
March 3, 1855 St. Louis County, the state's largest (6,611 square miles), is established, named for the St. Louis River.
February 28, 1866 Beltrami County is formed.  Permanent white settlement would not occur in the area until the 1880s. It honors Italian adventurer Giacomo Beltrami, who had explored the region in 1823.
March 3, 1990 A team led by Will Steger of Ely completes the 3,800-mile International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, the first dog-sled traverse of the continent by its widest distance.

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