Music is at the top of the list of things to do this week, with lots of variety and styles.
First up is the Heck Yeah Holler String Band, which made its debut at WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival this year. Apparently the band liked playing together so much that they’ve decided to continue performing — good news all around. The Heck Yeah Holler String Band includes Andy & Amy Schmidt, Tim Dennison, Pat Flack and Bob LaMettry. They’ll play at the Cascade Lodge Pub from 7:30 -9:30 on Friday night.
On Saturday night, there are two great musical choices, which, truth be told, probably require time-travel suits to see both.
Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold play Papa Charlie’s at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Olson is a founding member of The Jayhawks, which are widely recognized as developing Americana, a fusion of rock, pop and country. Olson performs with his wife, Norwegian singer/multi-instrumentalist Ingunn Ringvold. The duo are wrapping up their North American tour with some of Olson’s favorite places in Minnesota before setting out to tour Europe. Click here to see videos of their music.
Also on Saturday night, Brulé, founded by South Dakota Native American Paul LaRoche, performs a Native American stage production of “Sight, Sound & Soul” at the William Kelly High School Auditorium in Silver Bay. The colorful, energetic and powerful performance is a fusion of rock, traditional music and theatrical and traditional dance. Brulé has performed to accolades across the country. The event is sponsored by the Northern Lake County Arts Board. Tickets are available here.
Then on Monday, Oct. 26, Arna Rennan, an accomplished musician and painter, will present “Music of the Immigrants: What They Left, What They Found, Norwegian Traditions They Keep” at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3 p.m. Rennan spent a year in Norway studying and learning the traditional songs and music as well as studied the music of the immigrants who arrived here. The event is free and open to the public.
Other fun things to do:
• Make the deadline! and sign up for some (or all) of the fantastic workshops and seminars to be offered during the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival: A Minnesota Voice, presented by the Grand Marais Art Colony, Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library Nov. 5-8. Today, Oct. 22, is the last day to register. Call 218-387-2737.
This is a high-octane event, with major Minnesota authors represented, including Lorna Landvik, Heid Erdich, Marlais Brand, Bart Sutter, Peter Geye, Cathy Wurzer, Erin Hart, Judith Guest, Faith Sullivan, Ken McCullough as well as local authors Beryl Singleton Bissell, Kay Grindland, Jennifer Shoals and Chel Anderson.
They will offer a variety of seminars, craft seminars and panel discussions covering such topics as poetry, memoir, fiction writing, travel stories and more. There are a number of public presentations as well. To find out more and see a schedule, click here. Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks, too.
• Betty Carlson will demonstrate Navaho Weaving at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.
• The Plein Air 2015 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post is always worth another look, or a first look, for that matter. Works by 70 plein air artists are on view. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.
• Explore Sivertson Gallery, which has just received new work by raku
artists Pat and Ken Larson. The couple, who both attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth, work from their studio in rural Sturgeon Lake, and focus on a variety of raku techniques including saggar fired, horse hair, reduced/blackened, and naked raku.
• Thunder Bay writer Alex Kosoris will talk about his first book “Lucifer” and what it’s like to be a new author at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.
• In Thunder Bay, Shayne Ehman’s “Hand to Eye to Land to Sky” continues on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Nov. 15. Still are a few openings in Ehman’s Stop Motion Animation Workshop Oct. 25 from 11am – 4 pm. Check out the animation In this video created for “Destroyer” by Shayne. Some of these elements will be covered in the workshop. Call 807-577 6427 to register.
• Definitely Superior Art Gallery will celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Hunger, a Halloween Cabaret featuring 58 performance acts including 44 Bands + DJ’s, totaling 235 musicians/performers in nine bar venues in downtown Thunder Bay. For details, click here.
• Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Sunday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. until noon. All welcome. Suggested $5 donation to cover materials costs.
Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:
Friday, Oct. 23:
- Heck Yeah Holler String Band, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30p.m.
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- The Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24:
- Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
- The Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25:
- Steve Blexrud, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 26:
- The Sivertones, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28
- Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Once again, we’ve found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection:
Michael Furtman said that Eastern Bluebirds are migrating through…here’s a photo of one.
Jessica Barr was in the woods the other day and happened upon this beauty: a Snowy Owl.
David Johnson caught this great shot of an eagle the other day.
And we found two wonderful shots of moose.
And here’s something you don’t see every day. A waterspout on Lake Superior.
Here’s another intriguing shot. This one is by Christian Dalbec taken at Stoney Point.
How about this one?
The dawn did come, and David caught this wonderful photo.
At the other end of the time spectrum …
And later still …
Here’s another fantastic water shot… this one is by Travis Novitsky.
Fall is pretty much gone, but there are still pockets of color.
Paul Sundberg is traveling the Smokies. He sent back this photo of fall in that part of the world.
And here’s a photo of fall perfection.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!