Arts and culture

Poor Ophelia.

Torn between the conflicting demands and definitions of her father, brother and Hamlet (or perhaps their habit of speaking for her instead of letting her speak for herself), she is driven mad.

Radio Gallery: First Folio

Oct 5, 2016

Radio Gallery joins the celebration of the long awaited arrival of The First Folio of Shakespeare.  

Folger Shakespeare Library

Northlanders don't get this excited about something unless there's a puck involved.

In this instance, it's a Puck.

Shakespeare isn't just for English classes and acting students any more.

©Brett Groehler

Tom Isbell is a bit of an overachiever.

The UMD Theatre professor/director is also a novelist  and playwright .

So when he heard about the One River, Many Stories project,  a year-long community journalism collaboration about the St. Louis River, Isbell says he realized "we tell stories with theatre, too."  And he figured it was "time to get out of our little corner of UMD and play nice with others."

Ava Finch is a character in her own right.

She's forty-something with red, curly hair.  She's been described as "bodacious" and "in your face," which may or may not conflict with your sense of what a Canadian is like.

And she's written a book called "Fishing with RayAnne," the story of a thirty-something former pro angler who's launching an all-woman fishing/talk show on public television from the deck of her salmon-colored vintage AquaCraft, Penelope.

Brent Kustermann

The Duluth Art Institute opened 3 new shows this month in the Morrison and Steffl Galleries.

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Is it true?  Are there stupid questions?

Annie Dugan says no, and encourages folks to ask theirs this week when the three artists with solo shows currently on view at the Duluth Art Institute host - not an artist talk, exactly - more of an art "meandering conversation" on Wednesday.

Gary Norman

Classically trained pianist and performer David Saffert glitters as the titular character in a la Liberace at UWS this week.

Information about showtimes and tickets can be found here:

Linda Hatinen sets a gripping historical romance in the Esko of one hundred years ago.  

It's a work of fiction ... with its roots in the facts of a family history.

There is an annual event in Duluth dedicated specifically to funding the visual arts in Duluth Public Schools "Because Visual Literacy is CORE."  Art for Ed(ucation)'s Sake is this Friday, September 23 at 6:30 pm with art, music, and a big silent auction.  It all happens at Zeitgeist Arts, 222 East Superior St. in downtown Duluth.  Organizer and art teacher Chrissy Valento joins us on Radio Gallery this week to talk about the event and share the importance of art education in the lives of all people.


Three solo shows/one reception this Thursday, September 22, from 5 – 7 PM at the Duluth Art Institute. From the Basement: Brent Kustermann, Rust & Flow: David Asher Everett, and Fragments/Memory: Adam McCauley display new work by three Northland artists.

Courtesy Douglas County Historical Society

Faith Helen Rogers of Superior is just one of the people the Douglas County Historical Society will bring back to life this weekend during their Living History Walk ...

Not only will attendees see notables from the city's past brought back to life ... they're attending a performance that's been a year of interviews and research in the making.

The internet age means almost anyone can be a genealogist  but memoirist Cathy LaForge Tonkin says stories are more than names and dates.

Stories, she says, keep people who are gone close to you and at the same time, illuminate why you are the way you are.

Robert Young [via Flickr, modified]

Merry Renn Vaughan talks with KUMD host Chris Harwood about historical plays – not those that have made history, but rather those that represent historical events.  Whether the narrative is reworded creatively, like the popular musical Hamilton, or tied more explicitly to the actual words of the historical figures, like the 1959 play The Diary of Anne Frank, these histories remain relevant to modern times.