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Classical Concerts & A Doomtree Feast

Paul Sundberg took this wonderful photo of a Grand Marais Moonrise.

Paul Sundberg took this wonderful photo of a Grand Marais Moonrise.

This is the weekend for classical treats and a Doomtree blowout. There’s a concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts with the internationally acclaimed Minetti Quartet on Saturday night, two nights of music with Doomtree at Papa Charlie’s and then a classical duet with piano and cello at the Bluefin Grille on Sunday night.

First up is the concert with the Minetti Quartet, which has probably won every prize in music competitions in Europe in the past few years.

The Minetti Quartet performs at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Minetti Quartet performs at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hailed as a music sensation from Austria, these talented young musicians founded the group in 2003, and have won first prize at the international Rimbotti String Quartet competition in Florence, the Haydn Prize at the International Haydn Competition in Vienna, the top award at the International Schubert Competition in Graz, and the Grosser Gradus ad Parnassum Prize.

They’ve toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and China and come to Grand Marais and Minnesota from a triumphant concert at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Their music is so exciting. Check out this video to get a taste of the treat awaiting you at the ACA on Saturday night.  They will perform pieces by Joseph Haydn, Alban Berg and Ludwig Beethoven. Tickets are $22 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) and are available in advance at www.tix.com. They can also be purchased at the door.

Papa Charlie’s hosts all the Doomtree artists for two nights of music on Friday and Saturday, starting at 9:30 p.m.

All the Doomtree artists will perform at Papa Charlie's over the weekend.

All the Doomtree artists will perform at Papa Charlie’s over the weekend.

Doomtree started as a mess of friends, fooling around after school, trying to make music without reading the manual. The group had varied tastes – rap, punk, indie rock, pop – so the music they made together bore the toolmarks of several styles. When they had enough songs, they booked some shows and recorded some CDs. A decade and 50 releases later, Doomtree’s seven members (Cecil Otter, Dessa, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, P.O.S, Paper Tiger and Sims) have built an international fan base one city, one show, one song at a time. Each has a career as a solo artist, but every so often the whole crew convenes to make a collaborative record or tour, busting razor-sharp cadences, hard-hitting punchlines and monstrous choruses with the spotlight passing back and forth until the house lights come up.

There are two shows – Friday and Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $15 advance; $18 at the door; $28 for 2-day pass. To hear their music and learn more, click here.

michelle Gribbon & Christina Roytz

Classical duets with piano and cello will be featured at Bluefin Grille on Sunday at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, pianist Michelle Gribbon and cellist Christina Roytz perform classical duets at the Bluefin Grille at 6 p.m. All invited. There is no cover charge.

There are some interesting upcoming musical events as well. Fingerstyle virtuoso Gordon Thorne will be a guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night where he might play a few tunes and will talk about the upcoming Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Bluefin Grille April 8-9.  The weekend features concerts and music workshops open to all ages and skill levels. Guests this year are St. Paul fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue and Twin Cities fiddler Tom SchaeferTo learn more, click here.

In the visual arts, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will hold a Painting & Wine event with oil pastel artist Katherine Skibbe from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday at the gallery. $35 per person includes instruction, wine, snacks and all supplies. For more info and to register, call 218-387-2585.

And this is the last weekend to see the art installation by Charles Matson Lume at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

gmartcolony installation

Installation in Founders Hall by Charles Matson Lume at the Grand Marais Art Colony. This photograph was taken on Saturday. The installation has changed considerably since then. Check it out.

Lume was an artist in residence for a week at the Art Colony and created the work in the Founders Hall inspired by a poem by William Bronk entitled “The Limits of Knowledge.”  The installation will be up through Sunday.

The second round of invited artists-in-residence at the Art Colony are coming in a couple of weeks. Mary Bergs and Lisa Hochstein will work together to create an impermanent, site-specific installation. The installation will occur over the 10-day period preceding Earth Day, April 22. Stayed tuned.

Next week, the Art Colony will host “Open Studio: Creative Playtime,” a chance for the community to come in and work on an existing project or get their creative juices flowing. All are invited, regardless of artistic background, to come and try their hand at using a variety of art materials. Participants are also encouraged to bring works in progress and their own materials and take advantage of the cooperative space and time. Artist volunteers will be on hand to guide participants as needed, but this is a very informal opportunity to simply get creative and have fun. Tuition is $12. For more info and to register, call 387-2737.

And in Thunder Bay, the Lakehead University Visual Art Student Exhibition continues, with works by graduating fourth year students. The exhibit continues through April 24.

One of the works in the Lakehead Exhibition: Stephanie Todd's "Continuous Feeding."

One of the works in the Lakehead Exhibition – Stephanie Todd’s “Continuous Feeding.”  (Porcelain slip-cast, shopping cart, spray paint.)



 Lake Superior Community Theatre will present the musical, “West Side Story” with performances at the William Kelly High School Auditorium in Silver Bay April 7-9 at 7 p.m. and April 10 at 2 p.m. The show moves to the Two Harbors High School the next weekend, with performances April 15-16  at 7 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m.. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tix.com and are available at the door or by calling Roxanne at 218-220-0682.

The gala opening for Urban Infill– Art in the Core 10 created by the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay will be from 7-11 p.m. (EDT) April 9.

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Window performances during the Urban Infill last year.

The event will feature 350 multi-disciplinary artists exhibiting in 24 locations in the downtown Waterfront District. It is one of the largest presentations of visual and arts, unique to Thunder Bay, with over 15,000 sq.ft. of combined exhibition spaces. They include commercial galleries as well as empty retail spaces converted into contemporary art galleries.

Performance artists will perform in shop windows and critically acclaimed international artists will be exhibiting at Definitely Superior Art Gallery as well. It’s an event that engages all the senses, and is a must-see. Stay tuned for details next week.

In other art news,  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” April 4-9.

The week-long exhibition will feature gallery walls “snaking” through the Great Hall of the Depot to echo the loose form of a river. On one side will be a photo exhibition, “The St. Louis River: Diverse Connections by Ivy Vainio.”

"Diverse Connections: The St. Louis River." photographs by Ivy Vaino.

“My father gave me that which sustains me,”  Stephan Witherspoon at Boy Scout Landing on the St. Louis River. Photograph by Ivy Vainio. One of the photographs in her exhibit, “Diverse Connections: The St. Louis River.”

The other side will feature a map of the river by cartographers Matt Kania and Tom Hollenhorst, with the public invited to write or draw stories of their connections and pin it on. In addition, a second interactive, overview map dedicated to place names will be featured in the Great Hall alcove.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 5—7 p.m. on Monday, April 4, with the chance to record stories with PBS producer Karen Sunderman; and to see a live drumming performance. The opportunity to add to the maps will continue throughout the run of the show.

Sivertson Gallery has received a wide variety of new cards from a number of their artists.

sivertson cards

New cards have arrived at Sivertson Gallery.

And finally, auditions for the Grand Marais Playhouse Summer Theatre Festival will be held next week. Auditions for “Arsenic & Old Lace” by Joseph Kesseling will be at 7 p.m. April 4. Auditions for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” a musical by Jeffrey Lane, will be held Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, March 31:

  • Gordon Thorne, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Friday, April 1:

  • Joe Paulik, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Reina del Cid,  Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 2:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Minetti Quartet, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Reina del Cid, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 3:

  • Sunday Afternoon Jazz with Briand Morrison, Gun Flint Tavern, 3 p.m.
  • Lehto & Wright, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Michelle Gribbon & Christina Roytz, classical music, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 5:

Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.

Early spring yields photos of snow, migrations, waterfalls and, this year, a Layne Kennedy video of making maple syrup in Lutsen. Check out his video here. Here’s his photo of a maple tree sap tap:

Maple Sap Tap by Layne Kennedy.

Maple Sap Tap by Layne Kennedy.


Birds are coming back, too.

Keith Crowley caught these pintails in flight the other day.

Keith Crowley caught these pintails in flight the other day.


But snow continues to fall, once in a while.

"Never Underestimate a Good Snooze" by Layne Kennedy.

“Never Underestimate a Good Snooze” by Layne Kennedy.

Courtships are happening.

Spring Break by David Brislance.

Spring Break by David Brislance.

And deer are exploring.

A Spring Swim by Annie Possis.

A Spring Swim by Annie Possis.

Early plants are budding out . . .

Pussy Willow by Andy Clemons.

Pussy Willow by Sandy Clemons.

And waterfalls are flowing.

Gooseberry bu Gary Fielder.

Gooseberry by Gary Fielder.


The big lake is open and talking …

And sometimes, we find images that capture the moods of this changing season.

Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

Enjoy! And have a good weekend!




















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