The Arrowhead Center for the Arts will be hopping this weekend as the Grand Marais Playhouse brings in Monroe Crossing for a concert on Thursday night, and then on Friday and Saturday nights, Michael and Julie Bateson perform “Ole and Lena at the State Fair.”
This is not the first time Monroe Crossing has performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts with its electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. The concert sold out last time they were here. The band has performed for enthusiastic audiences across the U.S., Canada and Europe. For more information about Monroe Crossing and to hear their music, click here. Tickets are $20 adult, $10 for students 18 and under. For tickets, click here, or they can purchased at the door.
Mike & Julie Bateson have been performing skits and plays as the Scandinavian couple, Ole & Lena, for more than 10 years across the upper Midwest. In their latest, “Ole and Lena at the State Fair,” we’ll see more crazy jokes and hilarious situations as they get ready for the State Fair and then turn it upside down.
Tickets are $15 adults, $5 for students 18 and under and are available at the door.
There are a number of great art exhibits and openings this weekend, too.
Susan Frame’s “Sumi-e Painting Exhibit” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 13. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
A new exhibit, Paintings and Hand-Painted Woodcuts by Betsy Bowen will open with a reception at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit features a selection of Bowen’s archived paintings and hand-painted woodcuts, including original illustrations from books Betsy has written, illustrated and/or collaborated on. Elfin’s Bakery will be stoking the wood-fired oven in the backyard and will be offering samples of delicious bread starting around 5 p.m. All the galleries in the building, including the Betsy Bowen Studio Gallery, Stephan Hoglund Jewelry & Photography, Wickwire Clay Works and Ron’s World Rocks will be open. All invited.
Meanwhile, at the Tettegouche State Park Visitor Center, an exhibit featuring more than 22 paintings by plein air painter David Gilsvik opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday. The exhibit features a wide variety of North Shore scenes. Gilsvik will give a presentation about art and painting at the opening. The exhibit continues through September.
The Cross River Heritage Center opened a spectacular exhibit of watercolors by the Lake Superior Watercolor Society this week. This is the fall exhibit of the Lake Superior Watercolor Society, comprised of more than 30 artists who live in or around the Twin Ports (Duluth and Superior, Wis.). The show features a wide variety of work by member artists. The opening reception for the exhibit is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13. The exhibit continues through Oct. 15.
The debut exhibit of local visual artist, Stefanie Mitchell, will open with a reception at Joy & Co. from 4-8 p.m. on Friday. Mitchell works with various mediums, frequently pulling vintage images into a modern context. Subtly spiritual, sometimes humorous, her work is designed to make a quiet nod to the often ironic mystery that is existence. All invited. Refreshments will be served.
Bonnie Gay Hedstrom will give a demonstration of felt painting at Kah-Nee-Tah Galleries in Lutsen from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.
Anna Hess will demonstrate painting on glass at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
- Radio Waves Music Festival, Sweetheart’s Bluff, Grand Marais Rec Park, Sept. 11-13
- Plein Air Grand Marais, Grand Marais Art Colony. Competition Sept. 11-18, Opening Reception, Johnson Heritage Post, Sept. 18, Exhibit runs through Nov. 15.
- Unplugged XIV, North House Folk School, Sept. 17-19
Cellist Yvonne Caruthers, who will play at Sivertson Gallery this Friday for First Fridays, was invited by plein air painter Neil Sherman to come down to the harbor and play for him while he painted … which she did. Check it out.
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has extended the exhibits “Sonny Assu: Continuum” and “Janna Brown: Still Echoes Resound” to Sept. 13.
And here’s something interesting to explore. A new app designed to give visitors quick access to places to eat, stay and play in Cook County is now available. It also includes an events directory that is synced automatically each day with the event calendar on the Visit Cook County website. Android users can find the app by clicking here. Apple users can find the app by clicking here.
Here’s the music schedule for the weekend:
Thursday, Sept. 3:
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
- Red Dog Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
- Monroe Crossing, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4:
- Yvonne Caruthers, Sivertson Gallery, 4 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Thomas Owens Park, Two Harbors, 7 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grile, 8 p.m.
- Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5:
- J Squared and The Makers, On the Deck at Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
- Don Juan, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Bay, 7 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, reservations @ 387-2919
- Thea Ennen, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
- Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 6:
- Yvonne Caruthers, Bach for Breakfast, Sydney’s, 7:30 p.m.
- SplinterTones MacArthur House Fest, (520 W. 2nd St.), 3 p.m.
- Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 7:
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 8:
- Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
Here are some of the gorgeous photographs we found this week:
First, a stormy night:
Then, a peaceful afternoon:
An intriguing sunset:
And blue reflections:
Wind & the Big Lake.
And the loon:
Have a great weekend, everyone!