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Minnesota Ballet

  For many in Duluth, the July 21st storm significantly altered the landscape of their homes and neighborhoods.  Conversations have been primarily about trees and residential structures. Yet the damage in the Twin Ports also affected some downtown businesses, notably those in the historic Board of Trade Building on West 1st Street in Downtown Duluth. 

Brian Ring & Flo Matamoros

On Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Duluth Art Institute, Susannah Magers will give a presentation about artist opportunities through the 2017 Emerging Artist Series at Rochester Art Center.  Ms. Magers is the Deputy Director and Curator of Contemporary Art at RAC.

Richard Gardner [via Flickr, modified]

  Chris Harwood talks with Tom Isbell, UMD Professor of Theatre, about character-building.  There is a broad palette of techniques an actor can use to portray the roles they play, from the intensity of Method or Meisner to the approach suggested by Mamet, who Tom paraphrases: "Figure out what you want from the other character in the scene and just memorize your lines." 

Though many available methods are worthy tools, not all will work for every character or style of play.  Listen to see if Chris and Tom can condense what should take years of study into a six-minute master class.

The Duluth Experience

  We talk with Dave Grandmaison from The Duluth Experience, whose Dark History Bus Tour and Dark History Walking Tour suggest that the darker side of Duluth's history (the not-so­‐rosy stories of Duluth’s past that folks around town don’t necessarily like to talk about) needs no dressing up – it's "creepy enough on its own."

The Master Key Press

This summer, we're bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) were  established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle." Our guest is Tera Freese.  Her book of poetry, Remind Me That I'm Wild [The Master Key Press], with illustrations by Lindy Kehoe, was nominated for a NEMBA award in the Children's Literature category.

 

Abstract painter AJ Atwater splits her creative time between life on Lake Superior's  North Shore and the "canyons of Manhattan" she says.  The result is a vibrant and sustained inspiration in her inviting abstract paintings. 

Kathy McTavish

 At Lizards Art Gallery on Thursday, August 11 from 5-7 p.m. is the opening reception for Collusion, an exhibit by two pairs of artists working collaboratively in their respective mediums: Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti  (Raku) and Jeffrey Schmidt & Kristen Wasyliszyn (oils and acrylics).

Author Elliot Foster on the challenge of making the ubiquitous Minnesota "cabin" experience both recognizable ... and unique.

Kathy McTavish

Duluth composer and media artist Kathy McTavish has partnered with the Duluth Art Institute to offer an "eight-week experience" free and open to the public called Duluth Quantum Computing Project: Storytelling in a Digital Age.

©Joe Olivieri/Lola Visuals

Art, life, choices, film ... it's all Zentangled® together this evening at Zeitgeist Arts.  It's not only the artist reception for Esther Piszczek's new show, it's a screening of the art documentary, Life & Art Entangled made about her life and work by local filmmakers Joe Olivieri and David Cowardin.

Tim Jollymore's dad worked for the railroad when he was growing up in Proctor.

This Friday and Saturday, folks will be gathering in a barn in Wrenshall for the Annual Free Range Film Festival, happening every year since 2004.   Over 35 films, long and short, local and from far away will be shown in a delightfully funky barn over two days.  The films are not all shorts but there are a lot in the mix.

The 2016 Free Range Film Festival is this weekend (July 29 and 30) ... an annual event drawing "thousands of film buffs and curiosity seekers, eager to watch independent cinema in a barn."

It takes all kinds of people to make a world, as my grandma used to say .....

D. R. Martin

Local photographer Kip Prazlowicz has curated a new show, in cooperation with the Duluth Art Institute, of the street photography from Duluth native, writer and photographer D. R. Martin.  

The show includes select images from a large project from his youth with images captured 1967-1973 in Duluth.  The show is up through August 17 and offers a window into Duluth's past.  The artists and curator will be on hand at the opening reception Thursday, July 21 from 5 to 7pm at the Red Herring Lounge at 208 East 1st Street in Duluth.  

 

Martin DeWitt

  There are many interesting openings, talks, and exhibits to discover this week in the region.

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