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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."

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.

Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe

It's Magic Smelt Party Time! Each spring brings the running of the smelt in Lake Superior and although smelting weather is the opposite of summer fun, Duluth has a party and the Run Smelt Run Parade all happening on May 14. 

Despite a gardening career that spans decades, author John Whitman says he thought he knew more than he did when he sat down to produce Fresh From The Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries and Herbs in Cold Climates.

Max McGruder

The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is just around the corner, kicking off Sunday,  April 30th, and Day 2 is dubbed Ancillary Arts Night. Monday's festivities mix art and music with a line-up that feeds the need to talk, talk, and talk some more about Homegrown, the memories of last year, new songs or bands and plans for the week ahead. 

Sandra Brick

The Lest We Forget traveling show opens this evening at the Duluth Art Institute this evening, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

There will be an artist talk at the opening reception beginning at 5pm.

©Karley Schoenberg​

Singer-dancer-actor Ryan Haff on the physical training for acting, handling a crowd who has your show memorized perhaps better than you, why acting is better than soccer and more on Radio Theatre.

©Pat Thomas

Melanie Bonney was determined to keep the focus, artistically speaking, on Earth Day at Siviis Gallery.

And what could be more vital to the Earth - not to mention threatened - than bees?

The result is a program by noted wildlife garden educator and photographer Pat Thomas, and a bee-stiary of apian art from the likes of Aaron Kloss, Adam Swanson, Rick Allen, Karin Kramer and more.

A friend's collection of mystery stories by Minnesota authors sparked this collection of short stories for young readers.  Editors Jay Peterson and Collette Morgan discovered, too, that just because a reader is young doesn't mean they're not thinking about what they read.

Sky Blue Water includes a Q&A between kids and the contributing authors, as well as discussion and writing prompts for classrooms or book groups.

Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop happens this Saturday and the students at UMD will open their studios for demonstrations and activities all afternoon, Saturday April 22.  Campus events also include a reception and awards at the Annual Student Exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art. UMD Art + design students Gannon McDonald and Jenna Casura join us to share the highlights of Saturday's Open Studio celebration.

1pm-4pm: Open Studio
4-6pm: Annual Student Exhibition Reception
5pm: Annual Student Exhibition Awards Ceremony

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