Bringing Joy … to a screen near you

Joy Harjo, in her third term as poet laureate for the United States, will be featured virtually as part of the event "Bringing Joy: Minanaawigwendamowin Biijigaadeg" hosted by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the American Indian Community Housing Organization.

Local writers were solicited to submit writing or art inspired by Harjo, which has been collected into a free collection that will be available via Amazon after her visit. According to a news release, the project was "founded on an understanding of Joy Harjo's belief that poems are carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom that connect us to the earth and spiritual world."

Harjo, a member of the Muscogee/Creek Nation, has written nine books of poetry, plays, memoirs and children's books. She is also a musician who has created award-winning albums.

"Bringing Joy: Minanaawigwendamowin Biijigaadeg" is at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. To register, go to fdltcc.edu/bringing-joy. Free, open to the public.

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Laura Carlson is older Paula, Mikayla Payne is younger Paula and Jake Mathey is Camille in UMD's world premiere of "Maxa, The Maddest Woman in the World." 
Contributed / Derek Montgomery via University of Minnesota Duluth
Laura Carlson is older Paula, Mikayla Payne is younger Paula and Jake Mathey is Camille in UMD's world premiere of "Maxa, The Maddest Woman in the World." Contributed / Derek Montgomery via University of Minnesota Duluth

World, meet 'Maxa'

The University of Minnesota Duluth theater department gets the world premiere of "Maxa, The Maddest Woman in the World," a musical created by assistant professor Thomas Jacobsen and writing partner Mika Kauffman. It's a horror story about Paula Maxa, a French actress who "died thousands of deaths for patrons of the horror theater known as the Grand Guignol."

Content advisory: There is graphic violence and gore and discussions of rape and suicide in this play that is written by a survivor "with extreme care," according to a news release. Recommended for audiences older than 16.

University of Minnesota Duluth's production of "Maxa, The Maddest Woman in the World," is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-16, 20-23 and 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Marshall Performing Arts Center at UMD. Tickets at tickets.umn.edu.

Glensheen's "Obscura" exhibition now includes Vaseline Glass through Oct. 31. 
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Glensheen's "Obscura" exhibition now includes Vaseline Glass through Oct. 31. Contributed / Glensheen

The 'Sheen glows up

This past summer Glensheen unveiled its Obscura exhibition, which is filled with creepy dolls, the kind of musical instruments you will later Google, and a skull wrapped in a snake that has served as an inkwell. Now it gets some glow.

The estate's keepers have added the Congdon's collection of Vaseline Glass, which will be on display through Oct. 31. This glass has unique shades of yellowish green achieved by using uranium dioxide to create it. (It's radioactive). It's authenticity is verifiable with the help of a UV light.

For hours and ticket information, go to glensheen.org.

Linda LeGarde Grover
Clint Austin / 2014 file / News Tribune
Linda LeGarde Grover Clint Austin / 2014 file / News Tribune

'Gichigami Hearts' released

Award-winning and Oprah-approved writer Linda LeGarde Grover's latest collection is a mix of family history, essay and the retelling of familiar old stories. "Gichigami Hearts," gets its book launch at 7 p.m. Thursday at West Theatre, an event hosted by Zenith Bookstore.

LeGarde Grover, who taught in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Minnesota Duluth is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. Her previous books include "The Dance Boots," which won the Flannery O'Connor Award, and most recently "Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year."

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hosting "Spooky Star Stories to Tell in the Dark," a virtual event Oct. 13. 
Bob King / 2017 File / News Tribune
The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hosting "Spooky Star Stories to Tell in the Dark," a virtual event Oct. 13. Bob King / 2017 File / News Tribune

Spooky sky stories

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium's "Spooky Star Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a livestream for the early days of the Halloween season. This virtual event is billed as "our skies are full of stories and some of them are perfect for this spooky season … find a safe, cozy space" The sky-centric staff will offer its tales at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Facebook Live. Free.