There’s lots going in Cook County this weekend, especially music.
And WTIP Community Radio’s winter membership drive will feature lots of live music as well. (See the schedule below.) And cellist Yvonne Caruthers will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The arts and entertainment weekend begins at noon on Thursday with a Community Conversation at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Artist Lynn Speaker will be featured, giving a talk about ” The Critical Response Critique Model.” The event is free, and folks are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
On Friday, the music starts at Voyageur Brewing with Timmy Haus at 4 p.m., Pete Kavanaugh at 6 p.m. and Eric Frost & Friends at 8 p.m.
The Friday film series at the Grand Marais Public Library continues with the screening of “Where Do You We Go Now?” Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, Where Do We Go Now? follows the antics of the town’s women to keep their blowhard men from starting religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troupe of Ukrainian dancers. The film starts at 6 p.m. and is free.
On Saturday, cellist Yvonne Caruthers will present “My Life by Half-Steps” at 2 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library. The program will be both a performance and a discussion of what it takes to succeed as a performing artist. One topic, “Lessons, practicing, more lessons, more practicing … That’s how you get to Carnegie Hall” will be the key piece around which the rest of the afternoon will be framed, resulting in an hour-long celebration of stories and music from Caruther’s classical music career.
Local musicians will perform at Voyageur Brewing Co. from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday as well, with Gene La Fond & Amy Grillo at 2 p.m., Heck Yeah Holler String Band at 4 p.m., Jim & Michele Miller at6 p.m. and the Plucked Up String Band at 8 p.m.
There are a couple of opportunities to paint landscapes this weekend, too.
Award-winning watercolorist, Catherine Hearding will teach a 2-day workshop at the Grand Marais Art Colony entitled “The Colors of Winter” on Saturday and Sunday. There are still openings in the class. To find out more and to register, click here or call 218-387-2737.
For a quick painting experience, Voyageur Brewing Co. will host a Beer & Paint Day from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday. Participants can sign up ($35) and receive instruction from an artist and have time to paint a few birch trees. Click here to sign up. Art supplies provided.
And, to cap off the week, Kent Nerburn, author of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder,” will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. He is the author of 13 books on spirituality and Native American themes, including “Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce,” which was featured on the History Channel. “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” is currently being made into a film. He will discuss this project as well as his latest book, “The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo.”
The Internet Cat Video Festival, a project of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which was developed to celebrate online cat videos, will be featured in a special screening at Zinema 2 in Duluth Wednesday, March 2. The screenings will be at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Duluth Art Institute. The audience is encouraged to dress catly. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for students and $6.50 for senior citizens.
The Spirit of the Wilderness Art Show 2016, “Sense of Wonder: Expressing This Place” opens with a reception at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 4. Chel Anderson will speak. Artwork can be brought to the Heritage Center from 1-4 p.m. March 1 & 2. Artists of all ages are invited to participate in the show. For more info, contact Ellen Stubbs at 663-7298.
The Grand Marais Art Colony is hosting four professional development classes for artists @ $15 each, March 5-6. The Work of Art series with Springboard for the Arts will include Career Planning & Time Management, Recordkeeping, Pricing, and Social Media Basics. Click here for more details.
In other art news, the Instructors Exhibit for the Northern Fibers Retreat continues at the Grand Marais Art Colony through Feb. 28. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Sivertson Gallery is exhibiting its latest acquisitions of Inuit and Alaskan ivory carvings. Ivory work is very scarce right now, and the gallery is pleased to offer the pieces they’ve found. The art gallery is also featuring original illustrations by Kari Vick, framed and unframed, as well as Alaskan lip balms and lotions and perfumes, including a beard balm crafted by Silverbear Sundries.
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery announced this week that thanks to a grant from the John Andrews Foundation, every Wednesday throughout the year is free from noon to 8 p.m. Current exhibitions include “Garments of Everyday Life: From the Collection;” “For Better or Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston” and “Unconstrained: Comic Art by Five Emerging Artists.”
The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay also has ongoing exhibits: “Odeum” with works by boyRoland, “Artists’ Proof: A Selection of Prints from the Lakehead University Collection” and “Isolation/Insulation” with works by Scott Poluyko, Katie LeMieux and Susan Kachor Conlon. The exhibits continue through March 5.
Join the Cook County Creatives! The Grand Marais Art Colony and its many partners are working to create a comprehensive list of creative people in the community who are working in all mediums — art, music, craft, theater and writing, to name a few. Cook County residents, seasonal residents and all those who consider Grand Marais their creative home, are invited to complete a brief survey to help generate this list. For the survey, click here.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, Feb. 18:
- Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
- Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Lake Effect, WTIP, 8 p.m.
- Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19:
- Rendezbrew 2016, Voyageur Brewing Co, 4-10 p.m., Timmy Haus, 4-6 p.m., Pete Kavanaugh, 6-8 p.m., Eric Frost & Friends, 8-10 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, WTIP, 5 p.m.
- Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20:
- Rendezbrew 2016, Voyageur Brewing Co., Gene La Fond & Amy Grillo, 2-4 p.m., Heck Yeah Holler String Band, 4-6 p.m., Jim & Michele Miller, 6-8 p.m., Plucked Up String Band, 8-10 p.m.
- SplinterTones, WTIP, 2 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, WTIP, 3 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
- Frozen Britches, WTIP, 4 p.m.
- Dat Dere Jazz, WTIP, 5 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, WTIP, 6 p.m.
- Blue Moon, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Thea Ennen & Dave Ja Vue, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
- Viva Knievel, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 21:
- Chris Silver and the Good Intentions, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
- Sam Black, Kerry Van Dusen and Kathy Stinnet, Classical Music, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 22:
- Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
- Chris Holm, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 23:
- Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Open Mic Night with Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 24:
- Superior Siren, Spotlight North, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Here are some of the wonderful photos we found this week:
First up is a moose calf running through snow by Nace Hagemann.
The chill of winter is here, and Paul Sundberg captured the essence in this photo of a window in his garage.
Thomas Spence caught these patterns in wind-blown snow the other day.
Cold temps with moisture in the air create beautiful halos. Here’s a sun halo.
And here’s a moon halo.
The northern lights have been popping.
Sunsets and sunrises have been intriguing, too.
And here’s an incredible shot. David Johnson caught this skater on the Grand Marais Harbor the other day when the ice was sort of thick. He asked the skater his name so he could send him the photo. “Carter Stritch,” the fellow said. Turns out that Stritch is an international ice climbing competitor from Minneapolis. He looks like he feels very comfortable skating on the fractured ice. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend, everyone!