Community Calendar - April 12-18, 2009A weekly listing of community events in and around the Twin Ports.
Sunday, April 12
Happy Easter! (See Church Briefs for area faith events.)
Monday, April 13
A faculty artist recital featuring Gene Koshinski (percussion) will be held at 7:30 p.m. at UMD’s Weber Music Hall. Free.
The North Shore Sounds Ladies Chorus is looking for new members. The group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at Salem Lutheran Church, 4715 Hermantown Road. Come and sit in on a rehearsal or, for more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 722-9585.
Adult-only skating from 11 a.m. to noon every Monday at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, 120 S. 30th Ave. W. Cost is $3. For more information, call Lois Peterson at 727-4993. Skating will continue until June 1.
Tuesday, April 14
The Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. at UMD’s Weber Music Hall. Cost is $32 for adults, $27 for seniors, $17 for students and $15 for UMD students. See www.stpetersburgquartet.com.
New Scenic Cafe chef/owner Scott Graden will teach the class “Making the Most of Leftovers” at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Heron Trading Company in Canal Park. Class fee is $25. To register, call 722-8799.
The “Building a Business… Here’s How” course will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ordean Building. (The second session will be held at the same time April 21.) The course consists of two full-day sessions with an hourlong break for lunch. Course fee is $175, and financial assistance may be available to eligible participants. Pre-registration is required; call (800) 422-0374 or e-mail email@example.com.
A faculty chamber recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. at UWS’s Webb Recital Hall in Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Call (715) 394-8115.
The Duluth Noon Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Incline Station. For details, call 724-3941.
Wednesday, April 15
A Tax Day “Tea Party” (rally for American fiscal responsibility) will be held at 12:15 p.m. behind the DECC on Harbor Drive. Visit http://duluthteaparty.blogspot.com to learn more.
Joyce Zonana, English professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and author of “Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, An Exile’s Journey,” will present a public reading and discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Weber Music Hall at UMD. Free.
Veterans’ Memorial Hall will have a travel show from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Depot’s Zelda Theatre. VMH’s upcoming nine-day trip “Heritage of America” will be discussed. Cost TBA.
There will be a free antique appraisal from noon to 3 p.m. at the Depot. Dan Sershon, of Northland Estate Services, will be on hand in the rotunda (next to the theater).
La Leche League, a mother-to-mother support group for nursing mothers, will meet at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church (Coppertop). This month’s topic is “Starting Solids.” Babies and children welcome. Lending library available. For more information, call 727-6933.
Marinos Glitsos (cello) and Katelyn Olaf (piano) will perform a joint junior recital at 7:30 p.m. at UWS’s Webb Recital Hall. Free.
Thursday, April 16
Renegade Comedy Theatre’s production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through April 25. Cost is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. All performances at Teatro Zuccone. Call 336-1414 or visit www.teatrozuccone.com for tickets.
Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. at the Play Ground (in the Tech Village). Can’t make it? You can also catch it at the same time April 17, 18, 23, 25 and May 1, 2. Cost is $10. Get tickets at the door or online at www.duluthplayground.org.
Minnesota Ballet’s Wine & Cheese fund-raiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Depot. More than 50 wines and select micro-brewed beers will be available for sampling, along with fine hors d’oeuvres from six area restaurants: Black Water at Greysolon, The Boathouse, New Scenic Café, Nokomis, Northland Country Club and 301 Sheraton. The event also features auction items from shopping/dining sprees to fun opportunities, including a spot in the ballet’s 2010 Celebrity Dance Challenge. Tickets are $20 before the event/$25 at the door and are available through the Minnesota Ballet, 529-3742.
Author and judge Mark Munger will be the guest speaker from noon to 1 p.m. at the Depot’s latest “Lunch with the History People” program. He will discuss noted Minnesota politician Willard Munger, subject of his new book, “Mr. Environment.”
Superior Voices features two internationally known opera singers, UWS faculty and students performing a celebration of vocal music from grand opera to musical theater at 7:30 p.m. at UWS’s Thorpe Langley Auditorium in Old Main. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for college students with ID. Proceeds benefit music scholarships and music performance at UWS. For information, call (715) 394-8115.
Relay for Life will be holding a “spring kickoff” at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Anyone interested in joining or forming a team should attend. Call 348-3432.
Solway Seniors will meet at 1 p.m. at Solway Town Hall.
The weekly “counter-recruitment” vigil, sponsored by Loaves and Fishes Catholic Worker Community, will be held at noon at Fourth Avenue West and Superior Street in front of the Army’s recruitment center. Call 728-0269 for info.
The Senior Stage TV Show Volunteer Committee meets every Thursday in the Public Access TV studio at 4 p.m. in City Hall (Room 328). They need program ideas about talented seniors to interview or topics of interest to seniors for future shows. For more information, call 727-0201.
Friday, April 17
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Proof” will be staged at St. Scholastica Theatre. Details TBA.
Progressive Action will have a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. The keynote speaker will be Minneapolis’ mayor, RT Rybak. Cost is $15 per person/free for ages 10 and younger. Tickets at door or in advance at Green Mercantile. For more information, call Barb Olsen at 349-6681.
The Limns (reggae) will perform at 10 p.m. at the Rex Bar in the Fitger’s Brewery Complex. Cost TBA.
The class “The Nuts and Bolts of Timber Sales” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road. Cost is $20. Call 721-3731 or visit www.boulderlake.org for details.
Julian Lennon’s “Whaledreamers” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 17-19, at Lake Superior Interfaith Community Church, 1414 E. Ninth St. Cost is $5.
Lake Superior Singles Fellowship, a non-denominational singles group supported by the United Presbyterian Church, will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Buffalo House for dinner. Call 940-2248 to register.
Saturday, April 18
The eighth Geek Prom will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight at Great Lakes Aquarium. This year’s performers include Tim Kaiser, Paul Broman and Minneapolis’ Best Friends Forever. Cost is $15 at the door (advance admission will be sold online at www.geekprom.com for the reduced price of $12). Ages 18 and up are welcome.
To celebrate Earth Day (April 22), several Twin Ports galleries will be hosting free receptions from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Duluth’s Public Arts Commission is sponsoring “Public Art in Public Places,” trolley greeters and buskers performing at each gallery hop location. For specific events, check with your favorite art spaces.
“Defending the Caveman,” a solo comedy starring Raymond McAnally, will be staged at 8 p.m. at the DECC. Tickets range from $32 to $47 and can be picked up at the DECC, online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Duluth Younkers or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Mark Munger will sign copies of his new book, “Mr. Environment: The Willard Munger Story,” from noon to 2 p.m. at The Bookstore at Fitger’s. Can’t make it? Reserve a signed copy by calling 727-9077.
The Circle of Native Nations at UWS will hold its 20th annual traditional pow wow at Superior Middle School, 3626 Hammond Ave. Host drum is Pipestone. Grand entry begins at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The feast begins at 5 p.m. The pow wow is open to the public; cost is $3 at the door. For more information, contact Sam Maday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UWS will have its spring preview day for high school students from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students can register by calling (715) 394-8502 or by going online to www.uwsuper.edu/admissions.
Fat Maw Rooney with Sol Sponge (funk-rock) will perform at 10 p.m. at the Rex Bar in the Fitger’s Brewery Complex. Cost TBA.
The Humane Society of Douglas County is hosting Paws for Love, a fund-raiser to help the homeless animals under their care, at Barker’s Island Inn in Superior. A silent auction begins at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7, a live auction at 8:15 and a dance at 9:30. Tickets are $45 per person. Call Michelle at 393-8969 for more information.
Greg Tiburzi will play a CD release show for “Black-Eyed Susan” at Sir Benedict’s from 7 to 10 p.m. Free.
Hermantown Volunteer Fire Department will host its 58th annual benefit dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. The entire community is invited to the event, which helps raise money for fire-fighting equipment, firefighter recruitment and training. Call 310-3243 for details.
The class “Measuring and Reading Your Forest” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road. Cost is $20. Call 721-3731 or visit www.boulderlake.org for details.
Healthy Kids Day will be held at the YMCA from 1 to 4 p.m. This free event includes canoeing and kayaking in the pool, mock campfires (complete with campfires and s’mores), archery and arts and crafts. See www.duluthymca.org for details.
UMD will host the YMCA Youth Lacrosse Clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Open to students in grades 3-8. Cost is $30. Call 722-4745, ext. 161, with questions.
Comedy Pro Tour, featuring David Landau and Chris Hegedus, will be held at 6:30 and 9 p.m. at Dubh Linn Irish Pub. Cost is $10. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 727-1559.
Interested in joining the North Country RIDE (therapeutic horseback riding) team? Additional volunteers are needed for the 2009 season, including leaders, side walkers, office assistants, people interested in helping with horse care and evaluation and fund-raising and volunteer recruitment. Volunteer applications available at www.ncride.com. A training event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at 180 Hatinen Road in Esko. Call 879-7608 with any questions.
“Portraits of Home II,” an exhibit that documents the lives of “precariously housed” veterans and their families in Minnesota, will be on display through April 23 at the Depot.
“Crossing Hemispheres,” featuring paintings by David Gross and photographs by Travis Melin, will run through April 26 at Washington Studios, 315 N. Lake Ave. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A closing reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18.
UWS’s American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit runs through April 29 at the school’s Kruk Gallery (in the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center). Free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call in advance, (715) 394-8391. Art sale from 3 to 5 p.m. April 29 outside the gallery, followed by an artists’ reception at 6 p.m. in the gallery.
“Clasp,” new and selected works by painter Sarah Brokke, will run through April 30 at Red Mug, 916 Hammond Ave. in Superior. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 17.
“In Honor of the Earth XVI,” a mixed-media group show, will be on display through May 3 at Art Dock, in the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace (394 S. Lake Ave.). Call 722-1451 for details.
Sarah Chokyi Bauer and Robin Assner will have the exhibit “Acts of Hope & Futility” on display through May 3 at the Duluth Art Institute. It’s an ongoing multi-disciplinary collaborative project rooted in the Buddhist philosophy and includes performance, photography, video and installation.
UMD’s annual student exhibition will run through May 10 at the school’s Tweed Museum of Art. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18. The public is invited, and most of the students’ artwork is for sale.
The Earth Day exhibit “Paradise Lost & Regained” will be held through May 16 at Northern Prints Gallery, 318 N. 14th Ave. E. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday or by appointment (724-5212).
“Flora and Fauna,” a group exhibit by 50 members of the Lake Superior Watercolor Society, will be on display Friday, April 17, to May 16 at Lizzard’s, 11 W. Superior St. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The exhibit “Draw to Live and Live to Draw: Prints and Illustrations by Wanda Gag” will be on display through May 17 at UMD’s Tweed Museum of Art. She is recognized as a pioneering female illustrator and printmaker from the 1920s and ’30s. The exhibit presents her lithographs and book illustrations, along with a selection of her drawings, letters and sketchbooks. For more information, visit www.d.umn.edu/tma.
“Refined Feathered Friends,” new and familiar works by Jan Hartley Wise and Penny Perry, will be on display April 17 to May 30 at Perry Framing, 216 E. Superior St.
“Very Nearly True Tales of the North,” relief prints by Rick Allen, will be on display April 18 to May 31 at Sivertson Gallery, 361 Canal Park Drive.
New work by Rob Quisling, a printmaker, photographer and installation artist, will be on display through May 31 at the Duluth Art Institute’s George Morrison Gallery at the Depot. (Admission to DAI required.)
“Earth and Sky: Connecting the Spirit,” featuring photographs of the Northern Lights by John and Sallie Carlson, will run through June 1 at Blue Lake Gallery, 395 S. Lake Ave.