All Month

 We Are All Criminals in the MacRostie Gallery and Inside Voices in the Minnesota Gallery with artwork by men from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, David Dobbs, Patti Ferrell, and butterfly mobiles by Dan Root. 3rd floor Historic Central School.

Pop Up Park. Cut outs and works by Dan Root. Corner Highway 2 and 1st Ave. NW.

Photography by Ed Zabinski. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

First They Cut Your Hair: Remembering the Indian Boarding Schools. Thursdays – Fridays. 10 am – 4 pm. Edge Center for the Arts Gallery. 102 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

Monday, September 11

1 – 2 pm

We Are All Criminals. This presentation is part of MacRostie Art Center’s September exhibit. Join WAAC founder Emily Baxter and Otis Zanders and Richard McLemore II of Ujamaa Place for a discussion of the criminal justice system, re-thinking criminals’ records, and how to support justice-impacted individuals to encourage a successful future. Free and open to the public. The program will run from 1 – 1: 50 pm with speakers available for questions following. More information: Chucker Auditorium. Itasca Community College. 1851 US Hwy 169.

Tuesday, September 12

6 pm

Sustainable. Documentary film offered in collaboration with Free Range Food Co-op. An investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system. Free. Grand Rapids Area Library.140 NE 2nd. St.

6 – 8:30 pm

Open Pottery. Instructor: Bruce Bartos, $15 each/ $10 student. Join area potters and students of all skill levels in this informal, on-going weekly class. The instructor will be on hand to give one-on-one guidance and tips about techniques, glazes, and firings. Call by noon on Tuesday to register for that day’s session 218-326-2697. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Wednesday, September 13

7 – 9 pm

Sam Miltich and friends. Jazz.   VFW. 14 NW 3rd St.

6:30 -10 pm

Open figure drawing. This group meets weekly to draw from a live model. No instruction is provided and participants must provide their own materials. Poses usually range from 15 minute to 30 minutes. Serious artists of all levels are welcome to join this group. Please note that models are sometimes nude.  10 sessions. $40 a month.  MacRostie Art Center 405 NW 1st Ave.

7 pm

Music Meets Minnesota Lit. Authors Melanie Hoffert, Margi Preus and Matt Rasmussen with music by Ipsifendus Collective. Minnesota Book Awards presents an exciting mash-up of literature and music with readings by award-winning authors. Free. Grand Rapids Area Library.140 NE 2nd. St.


Thursday, September 14

6 – 8 pm

How Perceptions and Policies of the Past and Present Affect American Indians Today: Panel Discussion. This presentation is part of MacRostie Art Center’s September exhibit. Join Emily Baxter of We Are All Criminals for a panel discussion featuring Alicia Smith, Indian Policy Specialist at the DHS; Grace Smith, an Alaska Native and boarding school survivor; and John Poupart, former head of the Indian Policy Center. The panel will examine America’s history of privilege and punishment, including a discussion on Indian Boarding Schools, juvenile detention’s precursor. More information:

7 pm

Open mic night hosted by Mike Miller. VFW.14 NW 3rd St.

7 – 9 pm

Dueling Pianos and Deuces Wild. Tickets: $20 (available at Grand Rapids Area Chamber and Bottles and Brew Liquor Store). Also by calling Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce: 218-326-6619. Part of the proceeds goes towards Grand Rapids Greenway LaCrosse. Timberlake Lodge Hotel. 144 SE 17th St.

Friday, September 15

7:30 pm

Takin’ It to The Limit: An Eagles Tribute with Collective Unconscious and the Fabulous Armadillos. Two bands combine talents to present a remarkable tribute concert to The Eagles – the quintessential band of the ’70s and ’80s. $32. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Saturday, September 16

10 am – 12 pm

The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Presentation. This presentation is part of MacRostie Art Center’s September exhibit. Professor Nancy Heitzeg’s session will explore how the school-to- prison pipeline criminalizes youth at younger and younger ages. With an increase in zero tolerance policies and police in the schools, children are being criminalized for typical youthful behavior, and pushed on a pathway to incarceration.  This session will also explore efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline, locally and nationally. This session is open to the public. MacRostie Art Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

6:30 pm

African Menagerie. Internationally renowned, wildlife artist, and Grand Rapids resident, Brian Jarvi is poised to complete a massive, 7-panel diorama that will be the centerpiece of a major traveling museum exhibition, embarking on a national tour in September. The tour will also feature over 50 additional artworks which the artist created especially for the exhibition. Before it is crated up for its cross-country journey, the artist wanted to share the entire project with friends, collectors, and residents from his home town and the surrounding area. An unveiling, followed by comments from the artist will be the highlight of this event, which also includes an hors d’oeuvres reception. 6:00 Gallery Viewing. 6:30 Unveiling Presentation. 6:45 Unveiling An African Menagerie. $20 adults. $10 students. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.