Antoinette offers artist talk for ‘Tignon’

Chesley Antoinette is a Texas-based artist with a background in sculpture and wearable art. About five years ago, she developed an interest in tignon laws, according to Paper City magazine, and began researching the history of turbans in North America and the law that forced Black women to wear them. She recreated historic paintings of Black women, both living in the United States' Deep South and in Europe, to create portraits of women and their artful headwraps. The wraps and essays about tignon law are also available for viewing. This exhibition was originally scheduled for last year, but was postponed because of COVID-19. Now Antoinette, who was also the guest speaker at the art institute's gala in September, will give an artist talk at 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Duluth Art Institute. The event is free. Register at duluthartinstitute.org. "Heart of the Headwrap with Chesley Antoinette" is 6-7 p.m. Aug. 5, and it's open to all ages.

War Bonnet (Photo from Facebook)
War Bonnet (Photo from Facebook)

It’s for the bees

Honey Bee Festival, billed as a "pollinator positive fest," celebrates all things bee: whether it's honey-infused drinks, the buzzy mascot or the crew of bicyclists who will get to the Oldenburg House in Carlton from pedal to pedal. (The Swarm Bike Ride is a 17-mile trek to the festival from the Munger Trail.) Honey Bee Festival is Aug. 6-7 at the historic B&B bordering Jay Cook State Park.

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Among the acts performing: Four Mile Portage, Paul Metsa, War Bonnet, Terrance Smith and Hive Jive, Woodblind, Lesser Planets and New Salty Dog.

For more information go to facebook.com/oldenburghouse.

For King & Country (Photo courtesy of CMA Promotions)
For King & Country (Photo courtesy of CMA Promotions)

Brothers on the bay

For King & Country is a four-time Grammy Award-winning twosome featuring brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. The duo returns for the show that was postponed nearly a year ago at Bayfront Festival Park. They have regularly played summer shows at the park, both as part of City on the Hill Festival and sometimes just around the same time as the two-day Christian music festival. For King & Country plays at 7 p.m. Aug. 5. Tickets start at $35 and are available at twinportsnightlife.com.

Holy Hootenanners (Photo from Facebook)
Holy Hootenanners (Photo from Facebook)

Speaking of City on the Hill

The annual two-day festival of music by Christian artists features about a dozen acts, including local faves Holy Hootenanners, and national acts like TobyMac, a hip-hop artist who got his start with DC Talk, and Newsboys United, perhaps one of the biggest, longest-standing bands in the genre. Other artists include: Derek Charles Johnson, originally from Duluth but now based in Tennessee; Matthew West, a four-time Grammy Award nominee and Billboard's Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year in 2016; Eagle Brook Music, the worship ministry of the Minnesota-based church. Gates open at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 and noon Aug. 7 at Bayfront Festival Park. Info and tickets available at cityonthehillmusicfest.com.

A Band Called Truman (Photo from Facebook)
A Band Called Truman (Photo from Facebook)

It’s true, man

One of Duluth's great fun-time rock acts, A Band Called Truman, is next up for the Chester Park Concert Series — one of the top events for blanket plopping and sandwich popping. The group, which has some punk roots but doesn't claim a specific sound (although in reference to this event they are described as "uptempo rock"), has had a rolling cast of musicians, including a horn section. Expect original tunes and the occasional cover. A Band Called Truman plays at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Chester Bowl, 1801 E. Skyline Pkwy. Free.