Thursday, April 26
Photographer Cal Rice presents his images and story from his trip to Emerging Bhutan, at the Brainerd Library, 6 p.m.
“Pecha kucha” is the Japanese word for “chitchat.” Pecha Kucha Night is a way to meet new people, learn new things, and have a laugh. Speakers share their experiences, hobbies, artwork, and just about anything else in six-minute-forty-second presentations. No theme, no advertising, anyone can present. During intermission, audience members and presenters mingle. It’s hosted at Bemidji’s Hungry Bear Banquet and Conference Center, at 6:30 p.m.
Friendships are stretched to the breaking point - by a painting - in Art: a play by Yasmina Reza. The local production will be staged at Central Lakes College Dryden Theater this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30.
Saturday, April 28
At Aitkin’s Jaques Art Center: Digital photography classes are offered Saturday: Dee Kotaska offers a free lecture at 9 a.m. with additional classes to follow throughout the day.
Poet Sean Hill delves into history through poetry Saturday, 1 p.m., at Beltrami History Center. What was it like to live through the Great Depression, Reconstruction, Prohibition, or the Civil Rights Era? Hill will read and discuss his and other poets’ work and strategies for creating poetry with the materials provided by history. Sean Hill is the author of Blood Ties & Brown Liquor.
Tu Dance, the Twin Cities dance group, is back by popular demand at the Edge Center in Bigfork, at 7:00.
Sunday, April 29
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra closes its season with “American History,” featuring a new Chris Brubeck composition called Roosevelt in Cowboy Land narrated by Clay Jenkinson. The concert starts at 3 at Bemidji High School.
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota is celebrating its tenth anniversary season. The spring concert includes Mozart’s Requiem, with chamber orchestra. Performances are on Thursday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at Franciscan Sisters Convent, Little Falls; 7:30 p.m.; and
Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd at 3:30.
Minnesota History Datebook
April 26, 1896 Edward J. Thye is born in South Dakota. As Minnesota’s 26th governor in the mid-1940s, Thye became the first farmer to hold the office. He would reduce the state debt, increase old-age assistance, expand state institutions, establish a human rights commission, the Iron Range Rehabilitation Commission, and approve a health-care plan for state employees. He was a Republican. As a senator from 1947 to 1958, he would be one of seven to sign a "declaration of conscience" against communist witch-hunter Joseph McCarthy. He died at his farm near Northfield in 1969.