Concerts, art shows and balmy temps are scheduled for this weekend, as winter appears to be wrapping up on the North Shore. (Note: Please put the emphasis on the word “appears.”)
Meanwhile, this weekend is packed full of things to do.
First up is an extraordinary exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, which opened last week. Entitled “Sense of Wonder: Expressing This Place” and organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church, the show highlights the inspiration artists of every age glean from living on the North Shore. Works range from paintings to fiber art, woodcarving to ceramics, and include an inspiring collection of work from art students at ISD 166. The exhibit continues through March 26.
The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays this month. It re-opens in May with a permanent collection exhibit.
On Friday night, the weekly free movie at the Grand Marais Public Library will be screened at 6 p.m. This week, “Grassland,” features a story about a poor Dublin taxi driver (Jack Reynor) who is forced to take a shady side job to pay for his mother’s (Toni Collette) costly rehab at a private clinic.
On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold open studios with printmaker Beth Dorsey and installation artist Walter Early from 1-3 p.m. The artists-in-residence will be available to talk about their work and their plans for their time at the Art Colony. Next week, Dorsey will hold a printmaking workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on March 19 and Early will give an Artist Talk and host an exhibition of the installation he created at 1 p.m. that afternoon. For more information, click here.
On Saturday night, Minneapolis soul singer Alison Scott will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Working with multi-platinum guitarist/producer Kevin Bowe (Paul Westerberg, Etta James, Jonny Lang), drummer Peter Anderson (Polara, Honeydogs) and bassist Justin Rieken, Scott has become one of the most popular live acts in Minneapolis; she has sold out the Dakota Jazz Club over a dozen shows in a row, and is now filling 500-seat theaters. Tickets for this concert, which is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association are $15 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) and are available at the door or www.tix.com.
For North Shore history and documentary buffs, WDSE will broadcast its new documentary “Steamship America: A North Shore Legend” at 7 p.m. March 14. Before high speed internet, telephones and even Hwy 61, Minnesota’s North Shore was connected by water. The Steamer America was the queen of a fleet of sailing vessels and steamers that hauled mail, fish, freight and passengers to communities along the remote coastline. Her eventual sinking in 1928 was like losing a family member. WDSE’s new historical documentary weaves interviews, new & vintage photographs, newspaper accounts and dramatic underwater images to capture life on the shore in the early days of the 20th Century–a time when the Steamer America became legend. Check out the trailer here.
In Thunder Bay, the annual Lakehead University Annual Juried Student Exhibit opens on Friday at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The exhibit continues through April 10.
The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay has put out a call for local member artists to participate in its annual Urban Infill-Art In The Core event taking place downtown Thunder Bay April 9-12. Two pieces can be submitted. The drop-off dates for artwork is March 29-April 2. For more info, visit www.definitelysuperior.com/
In Duluth, the exhibits “Public Domain: Photographs by Ken Bloom” and “Land of Wonder: New Work” by Shawna Gilmore continue at the Duluth Art Institute through April 2.
The DuLutsen North of North Music & Ski Festival will be March 16-21 this year, with lots of Duluth musicians playing at Papa Charlie’s. Two notable free concerts: Charlie Parr at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, and Alan Sparhawk of Low on Monday, March 21. Click here for the complete schedule.
The Grand Marais Playhouse presents “Dinner With Friends” by Donald Margulies featuring Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Hannah Barker Nickolay and Jackson Nickolay for one weekend only– March 18-20. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. (Note: the production contains adult content and language.)
Scorza Art Glass will hold a Glassblowing Exhibition from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 19-20 in the Armory Annex, 1325 London Road in Duluth.
Betsy Bowen Studio Gallery will present the Mid-Winter Art Quickie featuring new work by Art Colony potters and instructors and hand-printed woodcuts and cards by Betsy Bowen on March 25-26. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 25, followed by a one-day exhibit on Saturday.
The North Shore Music Association will host the internationally award-winning Viennese string ensemble the Minetti Quartett at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts April 2. This event, one of only two Midwestern stops on their tour, comes right on the heels of their “Great Performers” concert at New York’s Lincoln Center. Tickets are available at www.tix.com
Summer repertory auditions for the Grand Marais Playhouse have been scheduled. Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be at 7 p.m. April 4. Auditions for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” will be at 7 p.m. April 5. For more info, call the Playhouse at 387-1284 ext. 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Duluth Art Institute will present the kick-off event for the month-long media focus around the St. Louis River corridor: “One River, Many Stories” from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, April 4. Stay tuned for details.
In other art news, Tettegouche State Park will exhibit the work of painter Doug Ross in the Great Hall at the park in April. Two Harbors photographer John Gregor is exhibiting there through April 6.
Chris Gillis has joined the board of the Grand Marais Music Collaborative. The board is developing a number of projects, including a partnership with the Cook County Historical Society to present live music at historic places in Grand Marais.
Artist Betty Glynn Carlson has new Shibori scarves and Navajo rugs at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen. Carlson is an Alpaca farmer in Lindstom and most of the fiber she uses is from the Alpaca she raises.
Kristin Blomberg has been painting in her studio this winter.
Anne Cervenka is one of the artists exhibiting in the “Women at the Schmidt,” an exhibit by residents at the Schmidt Artist Lofts, 882 7th St. W. in St. Paul. Participants include visual artists, writers, and musicians. The opening reception for the show is from 6-9 p.m. March 11. The space will be open to the public on weekends during the exhibit this month. For more information about the events during the exhibit, click here.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, March 10:
- Billy Johnson, Moguls Grille & Tap Room, 3:30 p..m
- Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4:30 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Friday, March 11:
- Boyd Blomberg, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
- Eric Frost & Friends, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 12:
- Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Cascade Lodge, 7 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Alison Scott, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
- Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- SplinterTones, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 13:
- Plucked Up String Band, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
- Steve Blexrud, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 14:
- Twilight Hours, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15:
- Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Open Mic Night, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16:
- Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
We found an interesting collection of visual images this week. First, here’s a fascinating photo of the moon’s shadow engulfing Indonesia during the solar eclipse earlier this week.
In other aerial news, Shauna McGinley caught this great shot of the three eaglets which have hatched at the DNR Eagle Cam nest in St. Paul. To check out the action on the nest, click here.
Here’s another great wildlife shot — this time by Paul Sundberg.
And this close-up by Christian Dalbec.
And here’s a great Layne Kennedy. He posted this on Thursday.
Here’s a gorgeous Lake Superior shot by Alec Johnson.
Mary Amerman (Ravenswood Imagery) took this great shot at Tettegouche recently.
Thomas Spence took this wonderful time-lapse photo of the northern lights on March 9. It was one of the photographs posted on www.spaceweather.com the next day.
And here’s the reality of this season of the year. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend, everyone!