Thursday, May 24, 2012

Culturology 5-24: Memorial Weekend Action

by Travis Ryder
Thursday through Sunday
Dylan Days in Hibbing celebrates that city’s most famous musical son.  The weekend-long event begins with a welcome reception and music from The Adjustments on Thursday night.  Events to follow include the literary showcase, singer-songwriter contest, bus tour, and headline concert Saturday night from Twin Cities folk band Murzik.
Duluth’s Dylan Fest includes a “Blood On the Tracks” train excursion to Two Harbors tonight, with bands like the Black-Eyed Snakes, Dirty Horse, and the Bitter Spills on board, and at the Legion in Two Harbors.  The train boards at 5:30 at the Fitger’s complex.

Friday, May 25
The Chmielewski Fun Time Band provides the polka and old-time music at a fundraiser dance at the Jacobson Community Center Friday night starting at 7.

Saturday, May 26
There’s a Veterans’ Memorial Pow-wow Saturday and Sunday at the grounds near Palace Casino in Cass Lake.
Itasca State Park is gearing up for the start of the tourist season with a slew of naturalist, historical, and musical events at the park to entertain the big Memorial weekend crowds.
An Open Jug Band Jam is happening at Amazing Grace Café in Duluth’s Central Park starting at 7:30.  That’s a prelude for the sixteenth annual Battle of the Jug Bands happening there Sunday starting at 1.

Sunday, May 27
Garrison is the site for an invitational art fair on Sunday beginning at 9:30.  It’s a juried event sponsored by the Mille Lacs Art Council.

Monday, May 28
Grateful citizens will pay tribute to the nation’s war dead at remembrances in cemeteries, community centers, and VFW halls around the region.

Tuesday, May 29
Dr. Anton Treuer is the author of eight books.  Many of them focus on Ojibwe history and culture.  Treuer will speak at the Bemidji Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, and at 6 on Thursday at the Brainerd library.

Tuesday and Wednesday
Open auditions for the Central Lakes College summer production are happening Tuesday and Wednesday night.  Show up at 7:30 either night.  Readings from the scripts being considered will be provided.  Neither is a musical, so don’t worry about bringing a song.  Production dates are July 12 through 15 and 19 through the 22.

Minnesota History Datebook
May 22, 1888: Minneapolis architect LeRoy S. Buffington, the "Father of the Skyscraper," patents a construction method involving a steel skeleton that allows structures to be built to any height.
It’s the 85th anniversary of the first nonstop solo  Transatlantic flight. This week, in 1927, Little Falls native Charles Lindbergh, Jr. takes off from New York and lands in Paris 33 1/2 hours later.
Violence erupts during the 1934 Minneapolis teamsters’ strike.  Picketers and hired thugs clash, and dozens of police and goons end up in the hospital.
May 24, 1941 Robert Zimmerman is born in Duluth. He grows up in Hibbing and becomes folk, roots, gospel and rock artist Bob Dylan.  After achieving fame, he did not perform in Duluth until October 22, 1998.

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