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Summer Theater, A Backyard Concert & Chalk Art

Moose calves!! Travis Novitsky caught these two in the woods the other day.

Moose calves!! Travis Novitsky caught these two watching him in the woods the other day.

There’s plenty to watch this weekend: two summer theater productions, a backyard concert, booksignings, art exhibits and a chalk art festival are just a few of things we can look forward to.

First up is the debut of the  Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Summer Theater Festival featuring a comedy and a musical in repertory Thursday through Sunday to Aug. 9.

The theater festival opens with the comedy,  “Moon over Buffalo,” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday. The cast includes some of our favorite comedic actors:  Bob Carter, Marcia Hyatt, Sarah Stover, Jan Healy, Kevin Kager, Saraphine Metis, Braidy Powers and Tom Christiansen. The play was directed and designed by Sue Hennessy. Tickets can be purchased at www.tix.com or purchased at the door.

The cast for "I Love You, You're Perfect! Now Change!"

The cast for “I Love You, You’re Perfect! Now Change!”

On Friday night, the musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect! Now Change!” hits the boards at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts for its debut performance. The vocal ensemble includes Mark Abrahamson, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Jackson Nickolay and Karina Roth, accompanied by Kay Costello (piano), Erika Ternes (violin) and Mike Roth (bass.) Directed by Sue Hennessy. Karina Roth is the musical director.

For the complete schedule of plays during the theater festival, click here.

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Ann Arbor sidewalk chalk artist David Zinn is nationally known for his flying pigs chalk images.

If you’re traveling to Duluth over the weekend, consider stopping off in Two Harbors to take in the Chalk.a.Lot Sidewalk Festival to held at Thomas Owens Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Nationally known sidewalk chalk artist, David Zinn, from Ann Arbor, Mich., will be one of the featured artists this year. For a fee, artists can reserve a sidewalk space and receive chalk and other supplies. Awards will be given, For more information and a link to register, check out the Chalk.a.Lot Facebook page here.

Plein air painting by Stephan Wysocki.

Plein air painting by Stephan Wysocki.

In Duluth, Plein Air Duluth: Art du Nord opens at the Duluth Art Institute with a reception from 5-6 p.m. on Friday.

For the past week, 35 artists have been painting all over the city and their work will be on exhibit at the Art Institute through Sept. 2.

There are some great exhibits to see in Cook County as well.

Through Our Hands IV is just finishing up a successful run at the Johnson Heritage Post. This is the last weekend to see this spectacular show, featuring the work by members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Noah Prinsen illustrated Marlais Brand's "The Hungry Coast."

Noah Prinsen illustrated Marlais Brand’s new book, “The Hungry Coast.”

The Ugandan Woodcut Print Show at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries continues through Sunday and features  multicolor woodcuts by noted artists Fred Mutebi and Hassan Mukiibi, as well as Ugandan student work.

On Saturday,  Marlais Brand will read from her new book, “The Hungry Coast” from 4-5 p.m. at the gallery. Illustrations for the book were crafted by Noah Prinsen and an exhibit of his woodblock prints will accompany the reading.

Brand will be interviewed about her book on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Potters Bob Briscoe and Jason Trebs are the Spotlight Artists of the Month at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s gallery shop. The shop also features a variety of work by members of the Art Colony as well as participants in the recent Grand Marais Arts Festival. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

"Tettegouche" by Charlotte Durie is on exhibit at the Cross River Heritage Center..

“Tettegouche” by Charlotte Durie is on exhibit at the Cross River Heritage Center..

The Cross River Heritage Center’s new exhibit, “Lost Resorts” continues through the summer and on Saturday at 11 a.m., Barb Livdahl will give a presentation about the exhibit. All invited.

The Heritage Center has a new artist exhibit this month as well featuring work by painters Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens and Charlotte Durie,  watercolorist David Hahn, mixed media artist Kim Knutson and ceramist Rose Kadera Vastila.

“Tree Frog” by Dale Knaffla.

And not to forget the Art in the Park series at Tettegouche State Park. This month painter Dale Knaffla is exhibiting his work, which includes watercolors and airbrush works as well as paintings on moose antlers and slabs of wood.

Artists interested in showing their Northwoods-themed art at Tettegouche should send a portfolio of representative image jpegs via email to kurt.mead@state.mn.us. All submitted art will be treated as private property and will not be used or distributed in any way without the artist’s permission.

  • Upcoming:
  • July 23: “Kalileh,” the world premiere performance of a Persian fable by Iranian composer Hooshyar Khayam, featuring the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe and the Lake Superior Youth Chorus, Marshall Performing Arts Center, UMD, 7:30 p.m.
  • July 24: Belvo/Cushmore Exhibit, Johnson Heritage Post, opening reception, 5-7 p.m.
  • July 25: Writer’s Salon with Caroline Giles Banks, “Picture a Poem,” Drury Lane Books, 5 p.m.
  • July 30-Aug. 2, Fisherman’s Picnic, Grand Marais
  • Aug. 15:In Search of the Perfect G String,” Yvonne Caruthers & Cello, Arrowhead Center for the Arts,  7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 29 A Conversation with William Kent Krueger, a fundraiser for Cook County Higher Education, sponsored by Birchbark Books, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 3 p.m.

In other art news, author Thomas Maltman reads from his new book, “Little Wolves” at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Singleton Street plays at Art House B& B on Saturday.

Singleton Street plays at Art House B& B on Saturday.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, the band Singleton Street will be play for a backyard concert at Art House B&B, 8 7th Ave. W. It’s a kid-friendly event with s’mores and a campfire. Admission is $10.


The 120th anniversary of the Chippewa City Church will be celebrated at the church just east of Grand Marais on Hwy. 61 from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Chippewa City historian Staci Drouillard will give a presentation and slide show at 1 p.m. and the SplinterTones will play from 2-4 p.m. The event is also a fundraiser for renovations at the church. There will be a silent auction and refreshments. All invited.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival was a great success this year. Preliminary figures indicate that attendance was up by 3,000, said Carolyn Fritz, events coordinator for the Art Colony, which sponsors the event. A special edition of pint glasses with logos of  both the Art Colony and Voyageur Brewing Co. are now available. Purchasers will receive a free beer from the brewery with the purchase of the glass.

The Die Active graffitti/art mural at 42 Court St. S. is about half completed.

The Die Active graffiti/street art mural at 42 Court St. S. in  Thunder Bay is about half completed.

In Thunder Bay, the 27th annual DefSup Members Show continues at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery through July 25. It features multi-media art by more than 60 emerging and established professional regional artists and Black Night: Die Active Show: A spectacular multidisciplinary black light, glow-in-the-dark graffiti art installation by new generation artists. Members of the Die Active Collective are working on a new  Graffiti/Street Art *Mural* n at the corner of Court and Pearl Streets in Thunder Bay.

Flowered Basket by Charlotte Deformier is in the "Woven from Wood" exhibit.

Flowered Basket by Charlotte Deformier is in the “Woven from Wood” exhibit.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s exhibitions this month include “Recast;”  Sonny Assu: Continuum; Jan Brown: Still Echoes Resound and Woven from Wood: Baskets from the Collection.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, July 16:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 17:

  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 8 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Wild Berry Jam, Gun Flint Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 18:

  • Maria Nickolay, Voyageur Brewing Co., 3 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Harbor Park, 4 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Music on the Deck at Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Singleton Street, Backyard Concert at Art House B&B,  7 p.m. 
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Bay Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost & Bill Hansen, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Voyageur Brewing Co., 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 19:

  • SplinterTones, Chippewa City Church, Highway 61 just East of Grand Marais, 1-4 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson Band, Sunday Music on the Mountain, Caribou Highlands Lodge, 5 p.m.

Monday, July 20:

  • Eric Frost & Bill Hansen, Bluefin Bay Resort, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21:

  • Briand Morrison, Pie Place Cafe, 6 p.m.

We found some strange and wonderful photographs this week. Here’s a sampling:

Layne Kennedy was in Iceland recently and shared some of the photos he took while there.

Here’s one of a blue-eyed horse, a breed found in Iceland.

Blue-eyed Icelandic Horse by Layne Kennedy.

Blue-eyed Icelandic Horse by Layne Kennedy.


And here’s an incredible photo of a huge iceberg Kennedy took in Greenland. Here’s what he wrote about it: “This image (was) snapped around midnight last Saturday evening in Baffin Bay of a Illulissat iceberg, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenland. It could take three to four years for this iceberg to crack and break apart and drift off.”

Layne Kennedy-Illilussat Iceberg-Greenland

Greenland glacier by Layne Kennedy.


A little closer to home… here’s another amazing phenomenon.

Hooded Merganser with her brood.. 11 or 12 chicks?

Merganser with her brood.. 11 or 12 chicks? Photo by Debbie Swanson.


Debbie Benedict took this wonderful shot of Lake Superior recently.

Debbie Benedict took this wonderful shot of Lake Superior.

Photo by Debbie Benedict..


Here’s a water shot, up close and personal.

Photo by Christian Dalbec.

“Stoney Point in a Curl” by Christian Dalbec.


Here’s another unusual but intriguing photo: Northern lights in black and white.

First Attempt at B&W Aurora by Kirk Schliefe.

First Attempt at B&W Aurora by Kirk Schleife.


And last, but not least, the daddy of them all.

Bull Moose by David Johnson.

Bull Moose by David Johnson.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!









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