Area arts December 11- 17

Works by Becca Mulenburg at MacRostie Art Center.

All Month

For the month of December, the MacRostie Gallery is transformed into a holiday marketplace featuring a variety of handmade gifts from local artists. Also Birds: Duluth artist Becca Mulenburg showcases some of the birds drawn to her attention over the past few years in oil paintings.  MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

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

Ed Zabinski’s 365-day photography project. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

Monday, December 11

6 pm

Legends of the Wilderness. Homeward Bound Theater. Experience the wilderness through reenactment of the 1800s with French Canadian Voyageur Jacques La Christian. See Indian beadwork, flintlock rifles and pistols, along with furs of various types used in the fur trade in the U.S. and Canada. David Popilek, as Jacques, has been entertaining diverse groups of people with his educational and compelling series of historical stories, exhibits and CDs for over 30 years. Appropriate for everybody ages 8 – adult. Free. Grand Rapids Area Library. 140 NE 2nd St.

Tuesday, December 12

10 am – 4 pm

Mac Open Studio. Free to MAC members or $5/session for non-members, this informal group is open to artists of all skill levels working in any 2-dimensional medium. Bring your latest project and create your art in a supportive community! No instruction is provided, but plenty of advice, critique, and feedback is available from the group. MacRostie Art Center. 405 1st Ave NW.

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, December13

7 – 9 pm

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

Thursday, December 14

6 – 8 pm

Food for Change. Hosted by Free Range Food Co-op, an 82-minute documentary film focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. This is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. Additionally, the film shows how cooperatives today strengthen local economies and build food security. The goal is to educate a wide audience about the principles of cooperation with a focus on healthy food and a healthy economy. More at: MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

6:30 pm

Gigi. Edge Center Classic Film Series. By many, this 1958 movie was the last great MGM musical, and has all the music and romantic suspense to make it a modern day “Cinderella” story.  Set in turn of the 20th century Paris with an outstanding cast, and music that is still well known, “Gigi” should leave you smiling and happy you made the time in Bigfork to see it. It won a record-breaking nine Oscars, won three Golden Globe awards, and many other honors including being selected for preservation in the U. S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Staring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan, it had the star power to bring in audiences and provide a nice profit for MGM.  This December Movie Classic will be shown on the big screen of the Edge Theatre in Bigfork by Jack Nachbar. It will be accompanied by Jack’s presentation providing a better understanding of the time period of the movie. Free. Edge Center for the Arts. 102 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

7 – 9 pm

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

Friday, December 15

6:30 pm

True Hope Ministries welcomes nationally-known Christian recording artist John Tibbs.  Local talent Jed Laplant will open the show!  John will present an acoustic set, mixing Christmas favorites with some of his well know songs including “Dead Man Walking,” “Anchor,” and “Everything I Need.” Doors will open at 6 for general seating, with Jed taking stage at 6:30. Tickets available at:, at Community Bible Chapel in Cohasset, Inspirations Bookstore, Grand Organic Food Market, and Grace Bible Chapel. Adult tickets will be $20 at the door (save $5 by purchasing in advance!) Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Saturday, December 16

7:30 pm

Rock and Roll Christmas Show. AVegas-caliber, multimedia performance that mixes music, comedy, parodies, and even a game show! Join an all-star cast of musicians as they rock their way through timeless holiday classics and deliver new takes on holiday hit songs. You’ll hear Christmas standards like Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree, The Little Drummer Boy and many more like you’ve never heard them performed before! $32. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Sunday, December 17


Itasca Community Chorus Christmas concert at the Reif Center.