Thursday, April 19, 2012

Culturology Calendar 4-19-12

by Travis Ryder

A call for arts lovers and practitioners to give back: The Region 2 Arts Council is currently seeking Board members from Clearwater, Hubbard and Mahnomen Counties to fill a two-year vacancy beginning July 1. Applications are due by May 1st.  To get an application, email

Friday, April 20
Sally Barris, A-list Nashville songwriter, performs Friday night in Nisswa as part of the Grassroots Concerts series.
Central Lakes College offers The Celebration of Nations, with cultural entertainment, arts and crafts, and ethnic foods.  A small admission fee covers entertainment like the Scandinavian Skal Klubb, Nay Ah Shing Tribal School Drum and American Indian Dancers, Tiyumba performing music and dance from Africa, a Latin dance workshop and Latin music performed by Pachanga, and Chinese Lion Dance.  The evening’s activities will culminate with a fireworks display outside.  Vendors from a variety of cultures will be selling their wares.  International cuisine provided by Prairie Bay. It’s all happening Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 21
Danbury, Wisconsin clay artist Marty Pearson digs local clay from a location where Native Americans did the same thing 500 years ago. Then he fires his kiln with slabs of wood from a local sawmill and reduces his raku pots in wild rice hulls. Ripple River Gallery between Aitkin and Deerwood will feature Pearson’s clay tiles and vessels now through May 13. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

Sunday, April 22
Alice’s Excellent Adventure in Wonderland is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic meant for young audiences.  The Central Lakes College troupe will perform it Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. at Chalberg Theatre at the Brainerd campus.   
Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus presents a Spring Concert, Potpourri of Songs, at 2 p.m. at the Reif Center.
Minnesota singer/songwriter Jaspar Lepak performs at the Lyric Center in Virginia at 3 p.m.
Celtic band The Outside Track plays in Bemidji at 7 p.m. Sunday at Headwaters Unitarian Fellowship.  A soup dinner starts at 5.

Wednesday, April 25
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is dispatching their Woodwind Quartet to the Grand Rapids Library for a free 1 p.m. concert.

Minnesota History Datebook
April 20, 1891: Minnesota’s first state park is established. Itasca State Park’s 32,000 acres preserve more than 300 lakes as well as the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
April 16, 1927: The end of streetcar service along the Range: Mesaba Railway Coach Company stops providing streetcar service to the towns between Hibbing and Gilbert.
April 19, 1945: "Hail! Minnesota" becomes the state song. Written by two University of Minnesota students in 1904 and 1905, it is also the university's official song.

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