by Travis Ryder
This week, the Culturology program went 'bicoastal', with Katie Marshall of MacRostie Art Center in the KAXE studio representing the First Friday arts events in Grand Rapids and Lori Forshee-Donnay of Bemidji Community Art Center on air from the KBXE studio to talk about the First Friday happenings in Bemidji. They both have opening receptions to envy happening Friday night.
We also heard about the Northern Lights Music Festival, bringing top-notch classical musicians from all over the world to Aurora. NLMF director Vida Zupancic is from Aurora and told us about what the festival holds in store fo rthe region, including operatic performances in Chisholm, Ely, and Duluth as well as plenty of music closer to its home base.
Also, there was a sneak peek at a session with Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling, both of the band Junkboat. They'll be at the Iron Range Original Music Association showcase concert Friday, 10:15, at Y'or Mudder's Place in Gilbert. Mattson plays with The Tisdales Saturday night there as well.
Thursday, July 5
Edge Center Gallery’s 8th annual juried exhibition opens today in Bigfork. Works from 25 artists are on display. The juror for the show is Laura Goliaszewski, Gallery Director at Bemidji State University. The reception is Friday from 5 to 7. Regular gallery hours for July are Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 to 4.
Friday, July 6
First Friday events in Bemidji and Grand Rapids. MN poet laureate Joyce Sutphen is on hand for a sidewalk poetry contest in GR.
Music at the former synagogue in Virginia: Friday, July 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm: Tenor Yevgeni Shapovalov is currently singing the lead role in the “Northern Lights Music Festival” production of the classic opera “Pagliacci”. Born in Belarus, but living now in Israel, he is often referred to as “The Golden Voice of Israel.” He has appeared in leading roles with world-famous opera companies, including the Bastille Opera in Paris and the Metropolitan in New York. He has recorded many gold records, which are sold world-wide. This is at B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center in Virginia.
Wild Rice Festival is ongoing in Deer River.
Saturday, July 7
North Woods Artisans & Authors, 11-4 at the Forest History Center. See traditional & modern wood & metal craftsmen demonstrate their skills; visit local authors; make a memory & family heirloom to take home; normal FHC admission applies.
Brainerd has a juried art and craft show Saturday in Gregory Park.
The Northern Lights Musicians offer their 4th Annual Performance at the B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center at 7:00. Musicians of all ages, and from all over the world, come to Aurora, MN to study and perform yearly. Included in the program is Paul Schoenfield’s Trio of Clarinet, Piano and Violin - filled with jazz and rhythms – even a little Klezmer!
Tuesday, July 10
Summer Noon Concert Series: Big Band Music of the 30's & 40's; Swing Delivery; noon at Assemblies of God Church in Grand Rapids; 12:30 lunch.
Wednesday, July 11
Brainerd Public Library hosts the acoustic musical duo Curtis and Loretta at 2 p.m.
Lakes Area Artists Summer Show and Sale: Wednesday thru Saturday, July 11-14, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Live Well Coffee Bar at Journey Community Church cross from A & W in Nisswa.
MN History Datebook
July 2, 1679 Explorer Daniel Greysolon, the Sieur Du Luth, claims the entire region including modern-day Minnesota, for France. He does the deed by attaching King Louis XIV’s coat of arms to a tree on the shore of Mille Lacs Lake.
July 4, 1868 Dr. Thomas Foster nicknames Duluth "Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas" during a rousing Independence Day speech at Minnesota Point.
July 5, 1928 The Minnesota National Forest is renamed the Chippewa National Forest.
July 4, 1999 A giant windstorm causes heavy damage to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The 100-mile-per-hour winds blow down trees on a ten- to twelve-mile front for a stretch of thirty miles. One person is killed.