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Take a selfie at First Friday

Nearly four years ago now, the monthly First Friday art walk was born in Grand Rapids. It started as a lasting legacy to commemorate the Minnesota Orchestra’s week-long Common Chords residency in Grand Rapids, and it has since become a force all of its own. It’s questionable whether or not most people even remember the connection the art walk has to the Minnesota Orchestra anymore. But throughout all this time, Grand Rapids Arts!, a collaborative of area arts organizations, has been at the helm of First Friday, ensuring that the art walk returns month after month.

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Friday 05/29/2015
Consider the Mississippi at the MAC
Posted: May 29, 2015

MacRostie Art Center is pleased to announce its June exhibitions. The MacRostie Gallery will host The River Project, and the Minnesota Gallery will showcase Carey Dean. The public is invited to attend the First Friday opening reception on Friday, June 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. The June exhibitions at MacRostie Art Center are sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications.

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Welcome to the Jungle!
Posted: May 29, 2015

“The major question each year is what story can we identify that has enough characters. Because we’ve got seven levels of ballet, six levels of tap, jazz, and four levels of modern,” said Reif Marketing Director Katie Benes about how the dance program picks a story or theme for the annual Spring Dance Show. “We’ve got 27 classes, and they all need a character to dance to, not to mention solo roles.”

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Saturday 05/23/2015
Arrowhead Arts Awards celebration in Grand Marais
Posted: May 23, 2015

The 17th Annual Arts and Cultural Heritage Arrowhead Arts Awards celebration will take place in Grand Marais, Minnesota, at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event will recognize two individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts in the Arrowhead Region. These awards are presented by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the largest funder of the arts in the seven counties of northeastern Minnesota.

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Friday 05/22/2015
Informing the youngest about the work of the bravest
Updated: May 22, 2015 - 3:17 pm

It seems like there’s a children’s book for just about any occasion. The “Berenstain Bears” alone have covered most of those occasions. But when Deer River-native Julia Maki wanted to explain to her daughter about what she did in the Navy, she realized there was a real dearth of children’s books that talk about what moms and dads do when they’re in the armed services... particularly about moms.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
My experiences in Japan
Posted: May 20, 2015

Hi my name is Emi Schrock and I am 16 years old. This spring, my mom and dad took me back to see Japan where I was born. My parents adopted me when I was 6 months old. I have been living in Grand Rapids ever since. I enjoyed Japan so much that I wanted to stay there forever, but instead maybe I can go back and visit for a couple of months. My mom worked in Japan for several months and maybe I could do it too.

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Friday 05/15/2015
Chmielewski recognized for 70 years of music
Posted: May 15, 2015

The Grand Casino Hinckley will host the Chmielewski 37th International Polka Festival May 29-31, 2015. This entire event will be dedicated to Florian Chmielewski, who at the age of 88, will be celebrating his 70th year playing the accordion at the festival.

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Judy Garland Museum announces upcoming Youth Singing Contest
Posted: May 15, 2015

The Judy Garland Museum will host a Singing Contest for young people from age six thru 18 on Friday, June 13, at 5 p.m. in the Judy Garland Museum. This event will take place as part of the annual Wizard of Oz Festival (June 10 – 14).

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10 years of northwoods performance art
Posted: May 15, 2015

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Edge Center. The building opened in 2005 as an addition to the area’s K-12 Bigfork School. In May this year there is a special commemoration, “The Best of the Players: The 10-Year Reunion Show” will be on stage. It brings together 21 songs or scenes from 11 different shows done by the EdgeWild Players since the building’s opening. That means lots of actors, singers, musicians, and backstage stage help. Many of the participants are from the original shows but older. So the reunion will be of both the plays and the people. It will be a taste of diversity in the Bigfork arts and entertainment scene since the beginning. Performances are Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children.

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
Posted: May 13, 2015

Stephanie Gibeau and Benjamin Boyum announce their engagement.

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