Arts

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April's first half is running about six degrees warmer than usual ... the greening has begun ... and you can hear the early spring trio (chorus frogs, spring peepers and wood frogs) around the Northland.

©Andy Miller

Director Julie Ahasay talks about The Pavilion, her current show for Renegade Theater Company.

It's a story about do-overs: the ones you want, the ones you think you want ... and the ones you actually get.

The fun and funny Lorna Landvik joins us to talk about why she never reads her books again once she writes them, the characters who yammer in her head and why she believes "quirkiness will prevail."

Lake Superior Art Glass

People around the world will be celebrating the 47th Earth Day on April 22, 2017 and here in Duluth this mantel is shared through the arts.  The Annual Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop is a self guided tour through local galleries where you can meet local artists, take classes, watch demonstrations and buy art.

Baylee Reinert, Tweed Museum of Art, Alan Light/Flickt

When 2013 College of St. Scholastica grad Shane May was tapped to direct a play for his alma mater, he only knew a few things: it had to be Greek or Roman in origin, he wanted a tragedy, and he still wasn't sure what to make of the whole "Greek chorus" thing.

Minnesota Historical Society

Orders given, orders recieved, courts-martial ...

An almost 200 year old order book, compiled by Colonel Josiah Snelling's adjutant between 1826 and 1827, recorded details of the U.S. Army's 5th Infantry Regiment beginning a year after the frontier outpost Fort St. Anthony was renamed after its commander.

This week a unique intersection of art and science is on display in the Duluth community. Catch"Black Gold: Lake Sturgeon Zine Release and Art Exhibit," at Prøve Gallery with a gathering and panel discussion about the most ancient fish around - the sturgeon.

You can see over 40 sturgeon works of art on display in large format at Prøve Gallery plus pick up the zine, a printing off all the images. All proceeds from the sale of the zine go toward traveling this exhibit to communities on the Great Lakes including this Duluth show.

Artist Anna Metcalfe and native pollinator and native plant enthusiast Dan Schutte explore the intersections between art, plants, pollinators and food in the second part of a three part series called Earth: Clay + Science.  This installment does actually include a pop-up picnic.  You can find more information here:

A chance viewing of the Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland's The Man Who Planted Trees five years ago  resulted in a performance of the show at UWS ... plus community partnerships to give tickets to the show and copies of the book to area schoolchildren.  

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Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld hosts the Readings from Seven Nations open mic event, featuring poetry from the seven nations blocked by excecutive order from travel or immigration to the US: Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria.

When canoe enthusiasts Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims set out to write the first book on the history of canoes in the entire North American continent, their goal was to find the best illustrations they could.

To that end, they commissioned two oil paintings and a series of maps from a Minnesota cartographer to create a book that, more than anything, seems to be about memories.

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It's a common enough trope in romantic comedies: one partner's fondness for foreign films with subtitles is often the dealbreaker.

Far from being elitist or boring, the criteria for the 2nd annual international film series, Building Bridges, was to find movies to show the audience "a piece of the world that would fascinate them."

Radio Gallery: Ritual

Mar 28, 2017
Molly Streiff

Next week ceramic artists Molly Streiff and Andrew Rivera open their senior art exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.  Seniors in the UMD School of Fine Arts, Streiff and Rivera are showing their work together after many years of sharing studio space and throwing pots side by side.  Inspired by ceremonial vessels used in burial and the daily rituals surrounding food and drink, their exhibit  spotlights ritual in life and in death.

Their exhibit "Ritual" is on display Tuesday April 4 - April 9 at the Tweed with an opening  reception, Tuesday April 4, 4-6pm.

Tweed Museum of Art

Annie Dugan, curator and executive director of the Duluth Art Institute, says the Tweed Museum of Arts weekly senior exhibitions are more than final projects: they're a look at what new young artists are thinking and creating about.

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