Another weekend of fun is coming up, including an art exhibit opening, a Mexican music jam and dance class and a concert, and lots of outdoor activities.
First up is a Maple Syruping Skill Share with Marybeth Garmoe at North House Folk School at 7 p.m. Thursday. Garmoe will cover the process of gathering maple sap, how to reduce it, as well as how to use it once completed. The workshop is open to all and free.
Also on Thursday, the nationally known musicians, the Sones de Mexico Ensemble, who are in Grand Marais this week, will lead a music jam and folk dance at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 7-9 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their instruments and plan on having a great time. Tickets are $5. Open to all.
The Sones de Mexico Ensemble is the country’s premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican “son,” including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. The two-time Grammy-nominated group has toured nationally and internationally, including performances at the Getty Museum in L.A., New York’s Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
The Sones de Mexico Ensemble will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 adult, $5 for youth 18 and under. Here’s a video of some of their music.
Sones de Mexico will also teach a 2-day residency at Great Expectations School this week with themes including the musical geography of Mexico, Mexican tragic ballad songwriting, Danza de Los Viejitos mask-making, and Ancient Aztec dance.
Also on Friday night, the Johnson Heritage Post will hold an opening reception for the Art of Healing, an exhibit sponsored by the Violence Prevention Center. The reception is from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibit will contain artwork by Cook County residents whom have used art as a means to respond, explore, express and heal from their personal experiences with domestic & sexual violence. The exhibit will run through March 10. The gallery hours at the Heritage Post are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Also, Poet Michael Bazzett, the son of Maureen and Bob Bazzett, whose book of poetry, “Popol Vuh” was named best poetry book of 2018 by the New York Times, will talk about his work on The Roadhouse on Friday. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. The Plucked Up String band will also play.
Saturday is a great day to explore the outdoors and enjoy the exhibits and the shops in Cook County. The snow is fantastic this year, and all the trails are in great shape.
For fishermen, the Annual Trout Derby hosted by the Cook County Ridge Riders will be on West Bearskin Lake this year. Registration opens at 9 a.m. Saturday. Food and beverages will be available.
Also, Skyport Lodge holds sled dog tours all day on Saturday and Tuesday. Reservations are highly recommended.
Call 387-9414 to learn more.
The North Shore Winery continues its exhibit of George Morrison poster prints.
The Polar Vortex exhibit at Tettegouche State Park continues this week, with a closing reception at 5 p.m. on Friday. The photographs depict Lake Superior during the Polar Vortex by students of John Gregor.
A new exhibit opens at Tettegouche on Tuesday, March 5. Entitled Masterpiece Art, the show features artwork from students at William Kelley Elementary School who were inspired by a variety of artworks by the masters. The exhibit continues through March 30.
In Duluth, this is the last weekend to see the Members Show at the Duluth Art Institute.
The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring photographs in a new exhibit entitled “Space: Time and Place.:
Also at the Tweed:
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has opened a new exhibit of student work entitled “Nibi iwe bimaadiziwin: Water is Life.”
The exhibit features works by Hammerskjold High School, Grade 9 and 10 students in the Indigenous Cultural Program for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students, from across Northern Ontario, illustrating the importance and sacredness of water through art.
The Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay has put out a call for artists to participate in their spring exhibition. Deadline for online submissions is March 15.
For more info about signing up for the show: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Quilters,” a production of the Grand Marais Playhouse, opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Performances are Thursday to Sunday through March 17. Tickets available online or at the door. Stay tuned for details.
Corrie Steckelberg. who will be an artist in residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, will hold an open studio from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8, in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony.
The North Shore Artists League will meet March 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post. Natalie Sobanja and Max Linehan will lead a discussion on how artists are using social media to promote their art. This will be an opportunity to learn from each other what works, what doesn’t, what we know and what we wished we knew. Bring a bag lunch if desired. Free. All artists in any media art invited.
Also on March 12, artists are invited to participate in Arts Advocacy Day at the Capital in St. Paul. Arts Advocacy Day is a day for artists and arts advocates to join together to share with legislators the importance of art to our lives and our economy. Participants will meet at the Minnesota History Center, learn about advocacy class for new attendees, rally, and then meet your legislator at 8 a.m. the capital through 2 p.m. To register, click here.
Here’s the music schedule for the week: (Note: WTIP Community Radio is having a membership drive this week, so look for lots of live music, interviews and more at 90.7 on your dial. The radio station can also be streamed online.
Thursday, Feb. 28:
- Jim McGowan, WTIP, 1 p.m.
- Sonos de Mexico, WTIP, 4 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6-8 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
- Jeff Nemitz Tribute Show, WTIP, 7 p.m.
- DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1:
- “Dog Songs” with Carl Solander, WTIP, 1 p.m.
- Common Ground, WTIP, 4 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, WTIP, 6:15 p.m.
- Sones de Mexico, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2:
- “Wheels of Fire with Will and Annie, WTIP, 3-5 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
- Bug Dope, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15
- AMP-Another Music Program with Sterling & Aaron, WTIP, 5-7 p.m.
- Apres Ski, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
- Roxann Berglund, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- The Big Wu, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3:
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m
- Wu Acoustic Family, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
- Thoresa Aho, Polka Time, WTIP, 5 p.m.
- Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
- Mark Joseph, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
Monday, March 4:
- Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Alan Sparhawk, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5:
- Mukluk Mardi Gras, Gun Flint Tavern, 5:30-9p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Open Mic with Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6
- Charlie Parr, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
We’ve been lucky to find great photographs again this week.
Here’s a beauteous shot.
And a cutie:
And an intense moment for this Snowy:
Here are a few more Snow Moon shots.
And here are some fascinating winter photos I found:
And finally, this crazy video:
And finally, this beauty.
Have a great weekend, everyone!