Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

John Akre

The Duluth Art Institute's executive director will be an art instructor come the start of the school year ... but in the meantime, Annie Dugan is still our host for Where's Art.

In other news, John Akre's Demolition Dreaming will be showcased at this weekend's Free Range Film Festival ...

Tomorrow, the Duluth Art Institute hosts Polaroids! ...

Open Books

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Lorin R. Robinson, the author of Tales From The Warming published in 2017 by Open Books.

Combining scientific fact with narrative fiction, the book is a collection of 10 short stories set in the near future at different locations around the globe.  Robinson's characters struggle to manage, mitigate, or at least come to grips with inevitable change due to the effects of global warming in their environments.

A rare screening of local animation is showing 7pm on Thursday July, 20 at Teatro Zuccone.  A collection of films by local artist Jonathan Thunder is an exciting part of his new exhibit “Peripheral Vignettes” at the Duluth Art Institute.  

No, it is neither "mosquito season" nor "road construction season."  It is actually mural season here in the northland, with large-scale artworks being unveiled around town this week, including:

Yesterday a new mural was unveiled in Lincoln Park on the side of the Frost River building (1910 West Superior Street) by artist Paul LeJeunesse, a Duluth Art Institute artist-in-residence.

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we welcome back Nancy Jones, a respected elder from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation near Fort Frances, Ontario. 

Originally aired 9/15/2016

Many Minnesotans have fond memories of traveling for a weekend at the lake. Along with that trip to the lake came unique stories that have been passed on year after year.

Tim Jollymore takes his readers to the lake in his book, "Lake Stories and Other Tales" where he recreates some of those memories people have held onto. 

Matt Kania

This week you may see folks around town creating art in public with easels set up in front of vistas of ever-changing light. "Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord" returns to the Twin Ports July 9-14, 2017.  

This is a live painting festival drawing artists from near and far to enjoy time on Lake Superior, painting alone and in groups.  By Friday, the work will be ready for showing with an opening reception at Blacklist Ales in downtown Duluth.  The celebration is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday July 14, with live music and prizes awarded by the festival juror Matt Kania.  Matt is a plein air painter and he joins us on Radio Gallery.


Duluth Art Institute

A "quick paint" at the zoo this week, Wednesday at Glensheen and all kinds of swirling social media regarding the Duluth Art Institute's Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord week ...  a mural installation all this week at Frost River in West Duluth

Not what they've got on offer now, that's for sure.

Dr John Pastor has been at UMD 32 years, and in that time, has seen moose populations go from healthy to depleted.

But the quality of their habitat is only part of the picture - and the research - into what keeps moose populations healthy and able to bounce back from hard years.

Pastor's book does more than answer the question "what should a clever moose eat?"

It helps explain why we should care.

Think Water

This week on Radio Gallery we spotlight a unique collaboration between artists and scientists and workshop open to all.  Disciplines overlap in many ways and the systems thinking brought forward by the national project Think Water is applicable to so many ares including the arts.  This week we hear from Kathy Neff of the UMD Fine Arts Academy and from Jeremy Solin of "Think Water."

At the core is the idea that change depends on thinking differently about research and education today. Held at the EPA in Duluth, The Twin Ports Systems Thinkers Workshop happens July 12-13

©Wise Fool Shakespeare

Henry James' 1880 novel Washington Square was adapted into a play, The Heiress, in 1949.

But the book v. play conversation is just one debate you can enjoy after seeing this latest production from Duluth's Wise Fool Shakespeare.

Jay McAnally/Flickr

Part artistic endeavor, part social experiment, part intercultural icebreaker ... Lake Superior Community Theatre announces plans to produce Fences, August Wilson's  Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play about the black cultural experience in America.

Director Paul Deaner on why "somebody has to start the ball rolling somewhere here," informational drop-in sessions rather than auditions, how he expects to learn and be taught along the way by his cast and his hopes to begin discussions about getting more shows by and for people of color here in the Northland.

Anthony Adams

©Christopher Selleck

Exhibits by Christopher Selleck, Jonathan Thunder, Robert Dewitt Adams and Elizabeth LaPensee open this week at the Duluth Art Institute.

©Anne Victoria Photography

  Radio Theatre: Western Romantic Comes of Age as Spy; Behind the Scenes of Sci Fi Horror at Thanksgiving!*

(*We ran out of characters to include the full made-up title in the headline)

Co-creator of Take It With You live radio theatre, Blake Thomas, joins us for a preview of the show that's

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