Area arts July 16 – 22

Luke Winslow performs a blend of Delta Blues, folk, traditional
and vintage jazz, and roots rock and roll at the Mississippi River Festival.


All Month

Paintings by Joshua Wilichowski in the MacRostie Gallery and mixed media memorabilia by Marlene Wisuri in the Minnesota Gallery. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, David Dobbs, and Leah Yellowbird. Butterfly mobiles by Dan Root. 3rd floor Historic Central School.

14th Annual Juried Exhibition Show. Wednesdays – Fridays. 10 am – 1 pm. Edge Center for the Arts. 101 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

Tuesday, July 17

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.

12 pm

Tuesday Summer Concert Series. Sing It Sista’ American Songbook Favorites by Kathy Goodwin, Katie Ventrucci, and Mary Jo Jess. Accompanied by Jim Mason. Optional lunch at 12:45 is $6. Community Presbyterian Church. 703 N. Pokegama Ave.

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.

7:30 pm

Indies at the Reif. The Teacher. In a middle school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, a new teacher, Maria Drazdechova (Maurery), asks each student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that perhaps the pupils’ grades are related to how willing their guardians are open to helping her out with her errands, her housecleaning, and other random services. After one of the students attempts suicide, however, the director of the school has no choice but to call for an emergency parents’ meeting to remove the teacher, but because Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, parents are hesitant to sign a petition to transfer her out. In a classroom behind the Iron Curtain, the future of all the families are at stake, as the film examines how each family must wrestle with standing up for what they believe in or silently keep the status quo. Free. Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Wednesday, July 18

5 – 7 pm

Writing Group. Riverview Room. Grand Rapids Area Library. 140 NE 2nd St.

6 – 7 pm Artist Talk. Michelle Carlson on Rosemaling. Free. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

6:30 pm

Stories by the River. Come to the KAXE/Rotary Tent to watch books come alive on the big screen. Popcorn provided, but you bring blankets or chairs. Bedtime Stories is the featured film. 260 NE 2nd St.

7 – 9 pm

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

Thursday, July 19

7 – 9 pm

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

Friday, July 20

6 – 10 pm

Mississippi River Festival. Humbird. Them Coulee Boys. Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders. NCR Members $20. General Admission $25. Student $10. Children free. 2-Day: Members $50. General Admission $65. Student $15. Children free. KAXE/Rotary Tent. 260 NE 2nd St.

7 – 9 pm

Mel Annala. Klockow Brewery. 36 SE 10th St.

Saturday, July 21

2 pm

Mississippi River Festival. Roots and blues, Kerri Powers. Y La Bamba, psychedelic Latin. Luke Winslow-King, Mississippi Delta Blues. Minnesota/Oakland Country All-Stars. Bring chairs or blankets. NCR Members $35. General Admission $45. Student $10. Children free. 2-Day: Members $50. General Admission $65. Student $15. Children free. KAXE/Rotary Tent. 260 NE 2nd St.

7 pm

John Perkins. Join us for a great musical performance by John Perkins as he celebrates the life and people of the Northwoods of Minnesota. He will be joined by his wife Sandy and Effie’s own Jerry Hagen. John’s music is about our Northwoods, his beloved Sand Lake, and a little bit of the Smoky Mountains thrown in for good measure. He writes and sings about a long-ago time, a simpler time, and a very difficult time. His songs are about the tough people who settled this wild woodsy, swampy area, about majestic trees, magnificent Showy Lady’s-slippers, lakes, and of course mosquitoes…

Most of all, John sings about the people: Native Americans, loggers, farmers, and ladies of the evening are all woven into his songs. Adults $10. Students $5. Edge Center for the Arts. 101 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

7 – 10 pm

Hobo Revival. Klockow Brewery. 36 SE 10th St.