Thursday, June 14, 2012

Culturology Calendar 6-14-12

by Travis Ryder

Thursday, June 14
More show dates for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse production of ‘The Spitfire Grill’, tonight through Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2.  Next Wednesday at 8, the Chief Theater hosts the next Playhouse summer production, ‘Sunshine Boys.’

Thursday through Satrurday
The Bemidji Library Book Festival continues today and tomorrow with workshops and reading sessions.  Polar explorer Ann Bancroft gives the keynote Friday night.  Then Saturday in Bemidji, author Wendell Affield reads from his new Vietnam-era memoir Muddy Jungle Rivers at the Headwaters School.  That event starts at 4.

Friday through Sunday
The Judy Garland Festival and a Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival are both happening in Grand Rapids this weekend.
The Clearwater History Center in Shevlin has their first weekend hours of the season.  The center is open Friday until 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 until 2 and Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30.  On Friday night is a special concert event at 7 p.m. with folklorist John Berquist. Through the end of August the museum will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10-4, Saturdays 10-2 and by appointment.

Saturday, June 16
Minnesota folklorist and musician John Berquist performs Saturday at the Beltrami History Center at 2 p.m. in downtown Bemidji.
Charlie Parr, Steve Kaul, and Sneaky Pete Bauer play a Barn Fire Benefit under the Rotary Tent at the KAXE Amphitheater in Grand Rapids.  The show gets started at 4 p.m.
At 5:00, the Great Northern Radio Show goes out live on KAXE/KBXE from the theater at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.  If you’d like to be in the audience in person, call us for free tickets or be there before 4:30 Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday
Summer's not really in full swing on the Range until the Land of the Loon Ethnic Arts & Crafts Festival convenes in Virginia.  Marching bands will still have a rough cadence and sheet music on their lyres as the parade heads down Chestnut Street Saturday morning.  Exhibitors, performers and vendors fill Olcott Park both days, and there's a street dance downtown Saturday night.

Tuesday, June 19
Pianist Emily Rudquist plays the Tuesday noon concert series in Grand Rapids at Community Presbyterian Church.  A lunch will follow after the show at 12:30.

Minnesota History Datebook
June 14, 1868 The first Ojibwe to relocate to the White Earth Reservation arrives. An annual ceremony and reunion is held to commemorate the event.
June 11, 1899 Speeding bicyclists are deemed a threat in the state’s capital city.  This week in ’99, the St. Paul Police establish a squad of twelve bicycle officers to patrol roads and sidewalks, keeping the public safe from so-called "scorchers." The speed limits are set at six miles per hour on sidewalks and eight on streets.

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