Friday, April 28, 2017

Imagination and the May Twin Ports Arts Scene

How does imagination work? How is it that our mind can picture something and see it in our mind's eye, scenes and characters we've never actually experienced? How does our brain create the vivid images and storylines that make up our dreams? How do musicians creates new tunes and sounds out of nothing?

Let's begin by noting that Homegrown Music Festival is officially underway this weekend, beginning April 30 and winding up May 7. Obviously this is a town in which music happens year-round, but for one 8-day week the chickens come home to roost... (No cackles, please. We have plenty of talent in our corner of the global henhouse.)

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The two shows currently at the Duluth Art Institute feature very different themes. Wrestler Joe Klander's Strongman show is an imaginative Palooka Joe "Pop" exhibit that many will find fun to experience. Simultaneously, in the Morrison Gallery you will find a very serious exhibit titled Lest We Forget, combining images by Sandra Brick that correspond with excerpts (text) from Fred Abram's book detailing his experiences growing up a Jew in Hitler's Germany during the 30's and 40's.

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What follows are a selection of arts activities, mostly assembled by Esther P., in chronological order.

Tonight: Friday, April 28, 5 p.m. Reception; 5:30 p.m. Program, The ART of Ubuntu Art Opening, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street Echoes of Peace and Zeitgeist present a weekend of art, music, poetry, spoken word and dance centered on the theme “The Art of Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are.”

Also Tonight, at AICHO's Dr. Robert Powless Culutural Center, Leah Yellowbird--The Journey Continues 5-8 p.m.
Otters (detail) by Leah Yellowbird

Tonight is the soft opening of "Indigenous First" gift shop located in Gimaajii-Mino=Bimaadizimin. While our display cases are on order - and some waiting to be made by our friend Russ Abel - we are opening the shop to showcase all of Leah Yellowbirds great merchandise. This includes: blankets, bags, rugs, canvas prints, suitcases and much more. Thanks to Moira Villiard we have a fabulous sign just in time....thanks to Cheryl Stone and Joe Morales for setting up the gallery as well as hanging all the artwork in the Powless Center. I hope everyone will make it to Leah's show tomorrow night. In the future we hope you will come often to shop for wonderful artwork by local and regional Indigenous and Diverse Artists.

Saturday, April 29, 2-4 p.m. Afternoon Stage, Zeitgeist, 222 E. Superior Street Poetry, Spoken Word & more in the Teatro; Children's art activities in the atrium lobby.

Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. An Evening Concert with the Echoes of Peace Choir and Guest Artists, One Community - One Song, Mitchell Auditorium, The College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Avenue.  Details:

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Thursday, May 4, 6-8 p.m., Chelstina Rosara Art Opening, Beaner's Central Concert Coffeehouse, 324 N. Central Avenue
6:00 p.m. Bruce Rosara, acoustic guitar
6:30 p.m. Jade Wong, piano
7: 00 p.m. Mike Guello, it will be a surprise
All day: Half price bottles of wine.

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Saturday, May 6, 10:30-12 p.m., Zentangle® Pattern Drawing, Vaughn Public Library, 502 W. Main Street, Ashland, WI
This class is a FREE introduction to the Zentangle (R) Pattern drawing method. Come relax as we create beautiful artwork using simple repetitive line patterns on a 3.5" square paper tile with pen and ink. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Class size limited to 15 students. Call 715-682-7060 to register for this free class. Zentangle (R) kits will be available for sale, $10.

Wednesday, May 10, 6-8:30 p.m., Zentangle® Pattern Drawing, McGregor Public Library, 111 E. Center Avenue, McGregor, MN. This is a free, public class for ages 14 and up with a 15 student class limit. Call 763-392-0762 to register. (see previous blurb for class description)

Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nice Girls of the North 2nd Saturday Marketplace, "Free coffee, cookies, and a friendly atmosphere await while you browse a collection of handcrafted clothing and bags, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, photography, personal care products, baby items and much more. One central checkout, most major credit cards accepted."

Sunday, May 14, Run Smelt Run Parade and Party 2017 
3:30 p.m. Presentation of the Smelt Queen, Maritime Visitor Center, beside the Aerial Lift Bridge "Second line parade on the Lakewalk • A stilt walking Royal Guard • An energetic school of silver smelt puppet and mask dancers • A musical procession featuring a delegation from the Kingdom of Smelt! • Music by the Brass Messengers • Everyone encouraged to wear silver!"
5:00 p.m. Smelt Fry and Party, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E. Superior Street

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Zentangle (R)! with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road. Come experience the fun and relaxation of drawing simple, repetitive line patterns with pen and ink and pencil shading. No previous drawing experience necessary. Class Cost: $35; Supplies: $10 (or use supplies provided without additional cost).

Saturday, May 20, Spirit of the Times Fundraiser Party, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street
"6:30 p.m. - Doors open, Welcome to the party. We'll have cocktail, beer, wine and appetizer stations throughout the building (all included, of course) in addition to live music & art & our stellar silent auction
8:15 p.m. - Programming starts in the Teatro and Zinema movie theaters.
9:30 p.m. - Let the dance party begin!
All proceeds from this event will go directly to support Zeitgeist's artistic programming and community development work - help us put the FUN in Fundraising!" Purchase tickets HERE.

May 20-28, Duluth Dylan Fest 2017 
There's something every day beginning with the Robby Vee concert at Karpeles. Here's the agenda:

Saturday, May 20, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Armory Arts & Music Center Benefit, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 902 E. 1st Street. The 2017 Duluth Dylan Fest will kick-off with Robby Vee and His Rock-N-Roll Caravan. Tickets at

Sunday May 21, Dylan Trivia @ Carmody's. Being one who enjoys games and trivial pursuits, I've been leaned on to again assemble the questions. People beg for me to make the answers easier. I somehow find it needful to simultaneously make it a learning experience. You will discover more about Dylan that you didn't know, if you choose to join us and play. Feel free to just listen and sip some brew.

Monday, May 22, 5-7 p.m., Dylan Themed Art Show Opening Reception, Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street

Tuesday May 23,
Dylan music performed by Greg Tiburzi 6-8 PM and Dylan-themed Open Mic with Marc Gartman from 9 to 11 PM at Sir Ben’s Tavern. Free

Wednesday May 24 (Bob's Birthday Bash

Thursday May 25, the famed Blood on the Tracks Express. Tickets here.

Friday May 26, the grand tradition continues, our Singer/Songwriter Contest. We have a great panel of judges lined up this year including Christa Lawler of the DNT, Karen Sunderman of The Playlist, Christine Dean of KUMD and musician Gene LaFond.

Saturday May 27
Presentation at Karpele’s Manuscript Library Museum by Dylanologist Phil Fitzpatrick from 3-4 PM and live music with Cowboy Angel Blue beginning at 8 PM at Carmody Irish Pub. Free

Sunday May 28 is our Farewell Brunch at Zeitgeist with live music by Jim Hall.

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Learn a Tangle! Watch this adorable and engaging 7 minute video, Kitchen Table Tangles, with guest artists Indy (7 yrs) and Mazzy (5 yrs), to learn how to draw their newest tangle: ZINGO.

Read this blogpost by Molly Hollibaugh, Kitchen Table Tangles with Indy and Mazzy, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to learn how this video came to be.

Book & Film! Patterned Peace, by Esther Piszczek, CZT, published by Whole Person Associates, Duluth. Available on, at The Bookstore at Fitgers, and Duluth Fine Pianos. Original, hand-drawn artwork ready to color. Includes full pattern index.

Life & Art Entangled, a 17 minute art documentary created by Lola Visuals featuring Zentangle (R) inspired artwork on a piano created by fine-line pattern artist Esther Piszczek, CZT, and the improvisational jazz piano music of Peter Brown. Watch on

MUCH MORE TO SAY ABOUT ALL THESE THINGS, But I have to get dressed and start my day!

Stretch yourself and see something you haven't seen or experienced before. You only live once.

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