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Arts and culture

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,

One clover and a bee.

And revery.

The revery alone will do

if bees are few.

~ Emily Dickinson

For more information on the work of Dr. Marla Spivak and the University of Minnesota's Bee Lab and Bee Squad, click here.

Gina Tuzzi

What are Plys?  Skateboard decks; made from multiple thin plys of wood.  This week on Radio Gallery the show's organizer Taylor Kline of Prove Gallery explains the exciting and innovative annual art event Plys with Purpose.  Artists from Duluth and around the world participate each year to support local efforts to build a skate park for Duluth youth.  Over 30 different piece of original graphic and fine art will be up for grabs this Friday.

Joellyn Rock

Maybe your imagination was piqued at an early age by the adventures of Mr Bill or Gumby.  If that's the case, we wanted to give you the heads-up that UMD Art Education students are offering a free stop-motion animation workshop tomorrow (Tuesday, November 15) at the Tweed Museum of Art.  The event is free, open to the public, inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's First Folio and the Tweed's current show, but you could probably work in Pokey if you really tried.

Alyson Enderle

Stage 2 director Sarah Hinz talks about the student-run theater program and her first turn as director at the helm of Almost, Maine.

The story of Canada's most decorated Native soldier for bravery (and the most accomplished sniper in North American military history) is all at once an adventure story, a book about language and culture,  missing pieces of words and stories that disappeared from his "Nishnaabeg" nation for a time, and a love letter from his great-great grandson.

Maria Cristina Tavera

The Tweed Museum of Art at UMD opened a new exhibit of prints this week Un-Typing Casta, an exploration of Latinx (Latina/Latino) identity.  Minneapolis artist, curator, and activist Maria Cristina Tavera brings this show to Duluth in collaboration with UMD Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Jamie Ratliff. Listen to Radio Gallery for our conversation with Tavera about the uncovering, understanding and deconstructing of stereotypes and racism of Mexican-American culture. 

Annie Dugan says the "fall back" as we return to Standard Time says we have an extra hour to enjoy art this week.

Merry Renn Vaughan/The College of St. Scholastica

Note: in celebration of National College Radio Day on KUMD,  we're pleased to welcome Northland Morning Assistant Producer Abrielle Vizenor as our interviewer for Radio Theatre this week.

In theater, the "house" is either the audience ("how does the house look? Pretty full?") or the place where the audience sits ("dim the house lights and cue curtain!").

Linda LeGarde Grover's new collection of poetry, The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, is not a collection of "pretty poems."

They're there, of course, but more often the words are are a slap in the face, delivered with a muted ferocity that leaves the reader first shocked,  then speechless.  

Frank Palmer

Saturday November 12 is the opening reception for St1tch: Red, a quilt and textile arts show at the Red Herring Lounge.  These are not your grandmother's quilts.  The show holds its own in the art world, sharing ideas, social commentary and a passion within the ever expanding world of machine quilting, using mixed media and recycled materials.  Spearheaded by local artist Scott Lunt and Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio, participating  artists include:

Mary Plaster

UMD's Visual Culture Lecture Series kicks off our week in art with a presentation from Rima Girnius, the Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.

Then it's what Annie Dugan calls "the biggest fall art celebration in town:" Mary Plaster's All Soul's Night celebration Friday night.

It's the other part of the Halloween Freakout at The Underground: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

It's the 1975 film that attained cult classic status with its outrageous characters, unknown actors who went on to become big name stars, utterly danceable music and its evolution from a film you watch to an event, complete with audience partici................................................................................................................pation.

Eve and Gary Wallinga share their guide to the best waterfalls of Minnesota's North Shore, including ratings on hike difficulty, trail quality, the length of the round trip and the experience of the waterfall itself.

Grand Marias Art Colony

This week  I thought we might take a road trip up the North Shore to see what’s happening at the Grand Marais Art Colony. On Friday Oct 28 it's the the Annual Member show and on November 10 the Art Colony co-sponsors the Annual Empty Bowl fundraiser to combat hunger in Cook County. Also up through November 13th is the exhibit from the September Grand Marais Plein Air Painting Festival.  We share stories from this years judge and Minnesota plein air painter Dan Weimer.  Check out the Grand Marais Art Colony if you are up the shore, there is always something worth checking out.

©Lisa Johnson

The Duluth Art Institute's Make Your Mark event at Duluth Timber Company was not only rich in ambiance ... held in the warehouse of the antique reclaimed wood business, it was one of the best-smelling fund raisers in recent memory.

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