Thu., July 12
The Lyric Center gallery in Virginia has their July exhibition opening tonight. Talicia Honkola’s screenprints and Mark K. Meehan’s photography are featured. Meet the artists from 5:30 to 7:30. The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 to 3.
Mississippi Melodie Showboat season begins tonight on the banks of the river in downtown Grand Rapids. Shows run Thursday through Saturday through July 28.
“Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music” is the show at the Chief Theater this weekend, presented by the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.
“Mid-Life Crisis: The Musical” is staged at the Central Lakes College Dryden Theater now through Monday.
Northern Lights Music Festival presents the opera “Pagliacci.” This production is set on the Iron Range in 1915 and is presented tonight and Friday in Aurora, Sunday in Chisholm, and Monday in Ely.
Fri., July 13
“The Ballad of Lucette” tells the tale of Paul Bunyan’s sweetheart. Shows are this weekend at the Hackensack Community Center.
This weekend, the Edge Center Theater in Bigfork is offering three performances of “Seussical,” the Dr. Seuss musical.
Sat., July 14
Bagley’s Art in the Park includes juried exhibitors, music and dance performances overlooking Lake Lomond.
Grand Rapids’ downtown art fair is happening on the Central School grounds.
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra performs. North Dakota singer-songwriter-farmer Chuck Suchy will be featured.
Wed., July 18
For its new exhibit, “The Book As Art,” Ripple River Gallery will feature the work of 11 book artists. The exhibit at the rural Aitkin County (Bay Lake area) gallery opens July 18 and will continue through August 12. A reception is slated from 2 to 4 on Saturday.
Central Lakes College Chalberg Theater in Brainerd is the site for the staging of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” The production starts Wednesday with performance dates up to July 28.
Minnesota History Datebook
July 12, 1829 Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Taylor ends his command at Fort Snelling, which had begun May 24, 1828. He would later lead the U.S Army in the war against Mexico, and "Old Rough and Ready" would take that fame to the White House. Taylor is the only U.S. president to have spent a significant amount of time in Minnesota.
35 years ago, July 13, 1977, the Iron Range city of Kinney seceded from the Union. The move was an attempt to receive foreign aid to repair its water system. The federal government didn’t acknowledge the secession, but businessman Jeno Paulucci did, sending a used police car and a case of pizza.