Arts

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The Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program Thursday answers who, what, where, when, why and how questions about public art;  Sinew opens that evening at the Tweed Museum of Art and the Lakeside Art Gallery showcases the

The incomparable Dudley Riggs on the international incident he created that changed the face of a nation, how Ringling Bros. "killed the brand," and why he still dreams of flying. 

Last year the Tweed held an incredible exhibit of paintings by Jeffrey T. Larson and this week marks a year of students attending the new Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art in Observation Hill founded by Larson.  A classically trained painter, Larson and his son Brock renovated the Old St. Peter's Church at 810 W. 3rd Street in Duluth into a fine arts academy; and along with their current students, are putting together their first public show. 

©Ellen Sandbeck (used with permission)

This Is A Real Job: Insights Into Arts Work presentation today at the Holden Fine Arts Experimental Theater on the UWS campus ... WATER, featuring artist Kimberlee Roth and ecologist Tom Hollenhorst is the final installment in Maria Brown's Earth: Clay + Science series ... and Ellen Sandbeck brings cutting-edge work to the Powless Cultural Center this week.

Crimson Clear Productions/The Duluth Playhouse

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is onstage at The Underground ... and it all goes to show that 122 years after its debut in London, it's still making audiences laugh.

Susan Price is tired of plants being just ... wallpaper for our lives.

She wants us to think about them: to recognize their importance, to set aside land for them, and to think about the people whose lives revolve around them

Kristi Abbott

With Bob Dylan being an avid artist, it's nice to see the week long celebration of the man and his music, Duluth Dylan Fest, will also include an art exhibit. Dylan has been painting and welding metal sculpture for much of his adult life and his work  shares a slice of the many places in the world his career has taken him. 

Adu Gindy

The community celebrates patron of the arts and retiring CEO of the North Shore Bank of Commerce, Larry Johnson, with a star-studded exhibit opening Wednesday night at the bank ...

The NEMBA Awards will be handed out Thursday night ... in addition to guest speaker Larry Weber, three books by local artist/photographers are nominated for awards

We speak with Kate Horvath, the Children's Theater & Education Program Director of the Duluth Playhouse, about how bringing children to the theater can educate while it entertains.

Author Nora Murphy had a lot of questions about the land her family settled when they came to America, fleeing the potato famine in Ireland.

In a series of essays dedicated to trees in Minnesota, Murphy walks the line, as Heid Erdrich put it, between writing "what she has learned of people, not about them."

Although Homegrown is over, we are looking forward to a festival like atmosphere for the month of May. Here on the cusp of summer music festival and art fair season, why waste time?  This week Radio Gallery shares a round up of May events to gear up for a summer artsy fun.

Paul Lundgren

The Tweed Museum of Art's book club meets tomorrow night (plenty of time to skim the book before then) ...

The actual film is actually being developed for the opening of the Photo Stupor exhibit opening at the Duluth Art Institute Wednesday evening ...

©Nichole Modeen/The Duluth Playhouse

La Cage aux Folles (The Birdcage) raised a few eyebrows when it premiered on Broadway back in the '80s.  At that time, two men singing a love song to one another was unheard of on stage. 

Now, in the Northland?  Audiences are embracing this singable, danceable love story that asks, can I be myself and still be loveable?

Author Sarah Stonich published Shelter in 2011, when she was a single mother looking for connections to home and family for herself and her son.

Now Shelter is out in paperback, and Stonich has written an epilogue, dated this year, that reveals much about journeys, priorities, dreams that come true but no longer fit ... and the often underestimated importance of indoor plumbing.

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Homegrown isn't just about the music any more.  Over the years it's grown to encompass some cool art, too, not the least of which is the Homegrown Photo Show, and the crowd-sourced Photo Stupor Show.  The Duluth Art Institute combines disposable cameras with music-crazed, party-all-night Homegrown fans and then sits back to watch the magic happen.

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