James Giddes’ eagle got that right — ice is forming everywhere, including on Lake Superior– but there’s still lots going on “underneath” it.
First up is the monthly Community Conversations at the Grand Marais Art Colony Founders Hall. This Thursday, plein air painter Neil Sherman will discuss Art Inventory Software at the Art Colony at noon. Bring a bag lunch and join in the conversation. All invited. Free.
If you’re planning to be in Duluth on Thursday, the Duluth Art Institute‘s Membership Exhibition opens on Thursday night at the Depot in downtown Duluth with a reception from 5:30-8 p.m.
Then on Friday, check out the exhibit “Music from the Tip O’ the Arrowhead” at the Cook County Historical Society. The exhibit highlights 100 years of music with photographs, memorabilia, record collections and more. As part of this “growing” exhibit, community members are encouraged to add their own memories and memorabilia to the community music scrapbook, as well as to play a tune on the exhibit’s electric piano. The Historical Society is open from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
On Friday night, slip into the Grand Marais Library at 6 p.m. for a movie. This week’s edition of Friday Night Reels is “Secrets of War,” a powerful story of two boys living in Germany during during World War II. Check out the trailer here. The screening is free. Refreshments will be served.
On the other hand, if you’re a jazz fan, the Cascade Lodge Pub is featuring a new jazz group on Friday night from 6-8 p.m. Called Dat Dere Jazz (inspired by a famous piece by jazzman Art Blakey), this is the debut performance for the group. Dat Dere Jazz includes Fred Anderson (guitar), Martha Marnocha ( keyboard), John Praxmarer (bass), Dave MacClean (drum kit), Don Grant (trumpet), Bob LaMettry (percussion).
On Saturday, the SplinterTones play for a family dance in the Log Building at the Cook County Community Center from 7-10 p.m. Band members include: Rick Brandenburg (drums), Jeff DeShaw (bass), John Gruber (guitar, vocals), Leah Thomas (accordion, vocals), Liz Sivertson, (saxophone, clarinet, vocals), Max Bichel (violin, vocals).
This is also the weekend for Direlicte 8: A Fashion Odyssey where art seems to jump off the wall and decorate bodies. Organized by the Definitely Superior Art
Gallery in Thunder Bay, Direlicte is a wild montage of fashion, one-of-a-kind wearable art, live music and performance art. Direlicte is a fundraiser for DefSup as well as LU Radio (both charitable non-profits) and is held at the Black Pirates Pub, 215 Red River Road starting at 8 p.m. (EST) There is a $10 cover charge.
In Duluth, this is the last weekend for the Duluth Playhouse production of “James and the Giant Peach.” It closes on Sunday. Next Thursday, “The Last Five Years,” a modern musical by Jason Robert Brown, opens at The Underground in the Depot.
Explore the paranormal on Wednesday, Jan. 27 when the Grand Marais Public Library hosts Chad Lewis who will present “Paranormal Minnesota: Ghosts, UFOs & Weird Creatures” at 6 p.m. Lewis investigates a variety of paranormal activities in the Midwest. For more info on Lewis and his research, click here.
Photographer John Gregor (Coldsnap Photography) has opened an exhibit of his work at Tettegouche State Park’s Visitor Center and will give a talk at the opening reception, 7 – 9 p.m. Jan. 29. The exhibit will be up through March 31.
Sam Miltich (Clearwater Hot Club) and Briand Morrison will perform at Beaner’s Central in Duluth from 7-10 p.m. Jan. 30.
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is Jan. 31-Feb. 3 and a special performance of the song cycle “Crazy, Cold, Beautiful” written by California composer Robin Escher about the sled dog race, will be performed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais at 7 p.m. Feb. 5. The Borealis Chorale & Orchestra will perform, as will Escher’s band.
The Northern Fibers Retreat, a collaboration between North House Folk School, the Grand Marais Art Colony and the Northwoods Fiber Guild will be Feb. 10-14. A wide range of classes and workshops will be held throughout the 4-day event. Click here for more information and stay tuned.
In other art news, Kurt Mead, the interpretative naturalist at Tettegouche State Park and the curator of the art exhibits there, has put out a call for artists to submit work for consideration for shows in the Visitor Center space this year. For more information, call 218-353-8809 or email email@example.com.
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has moved its offices to a suite in the Fitger’s Complex in Duluth.
Wise Fool Shakespeare, which will perform “Romeo and Juliet” March 11-20 at the Lincoln Park Middle School, has put out a call for letters to Juliet’s nurse. They write: “Unlucky in love? Having a problem you don’t know how to solve? Need some counsel and you’re not sure where to turn? We want to hear from YOU!” Supplicants are invited to write to firstname.lastname@example.org and the letters and responses will be posted on the theatre company’s Facebook page starting Feb. 1.
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is offering Pay What You Can Admissions through March 6. Current exhibits include “For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston,” “Unconstrained: Comic Art by Five Local Emerging Artists,” and “Garments of Everyday Life: From the Collection.” Suggest admission: $5.
Don Davison‘s photo of a sunset over the Grand Marais harbor, first featured on WDIO-TV in Duluth, has been selected as the banner photo for a Bangladesh-centered photography site dedicated to sunrises and sunsets around the world.
And for the book-lovers, readers and thinkers among us, we offer this site for your consideration.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, Jan. 21:
- Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille & Tap Room, 3:30 p.m.
- Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 22:
- Jim Miller, Moguls Grille & tap Room, 3:30 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Dat Dere Jazz, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Bug Lite, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23:
- Bug Lite, Papa Charlie’s, 3:45 p.m.
- Family Dance with the SplinterTones, Cook County Community Center, 7 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Frozen Britches Irish Music, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- Bug Lite, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- The 4onthefloor, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 24:
- Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 25:
- Gabriel Douglas, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille & Tap Room, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26:
- Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 27:
- Jean-Paul de Roover, Spotlight North, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
And, finally, to the photos.
We are so lucky that our local and regional photographers are willing to share their work with us on their Facebook pages. Thank you!
Here is a selection of what we found this week:
Let’s start with wildlife.
The ice season has begun.
Some people are really taking the ice-making in hand. Check these out!
Cathy Quinn started it with these great sculptures. There are many more around the her house. Diversity welcomes you!
Quinn, in turn, inspired Betsy Bowen, who made these:
And some just shrug off the cold — to play.
Have a great weekend, everyone!