Two chances to hear internationally known jazz violinists Tim Kliphuis and Evan Price with Sam Miltich this week: Wednesday night at the VFW and Thursday at the Reif Center. Think Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli!
Exquisite Nature. Intricate, graceful, thought-provoking and prolific — these are all words that have been used to describe the elaborate masterwork of Leah Yellowbird. Originally a traditional bead-worker, she identifies strongly with her First Nations Algonquin-Metis and Anishinaabe heritage. Also Human Conditions. Meghan Sullivan combines ceramics with ceramic tiles and wall sculptures. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.
Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, Annie Humphrey, David Dobbs, Chelsey Johnson, Brittany Benson 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.
Matt Maeves, digital mandalas. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.
Every Painting Tells a Story. Paintings by Christine Tierney. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Edge Center for the Arts. 101 2nd Ave. Bigfork.
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Bring Minecraft™ to Life. Work in creative mode alongside an experienced Minecraft™ builder to design buildings, landscapes and interesting structures. After constructing our models, we will export them to a 3D modeling program and order them from a reputable 3D printing company to bring our creations to life! The 3D printed models will take 2-3 weeks after the course is finished for them to be shipped, and the cost of the model is included in the class fee. Ages 9+. Instructor: David Dobbs. $140 member / $150 public. Monday – Friday, June 19 -23, Session 1: 10 am – Noon. Session 2: 2 – 4 pm. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.
Family Paint Together at the MAC. Our painting teacher will walk your family step-by-step through creating a fun painting using acrylic paints. No experience needed! Space and supplies are limited, so please register in advance with everyone who is attending. Appropriate for ages 4+ with a family member. This class is sponsored by Children’s First! Free. Instructor: David Dobbs. Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 – 8 pm. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.
Arts by the day:
Tuesday, June 20
12 – 12:45 pm
Tuesday Summer Series Concert. Piano Duo Richard F. Collman and David K. Miller will be performing. Music for two pianos from Mozart to Gershwin, classical and popular. Optional lunch served at the church at 12:45 pm following the show. $6 per person. First Lutheran Church 735 1st Ave NE
6:00 – 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.
Independent Film Series. MAD TIGER follows bandmates Yellow (Kengo Hioki) and Red (Kotaro Tsukada), who have been best friends and business partners for fifteen years as the primary creative forces behind Peelander-Z. Based in New York City and described as a “Japanese Action Comic Punk Band,” Peelander-Z combines performance-art and audience participation in their shows, which push the boundaries of madcap acrobatic stage antics. As part of the band, each member must adopt a different, anime-like “Crayola rock” persona and fully embrace this assigned identity in every aspect of life. Seeking his own personal fulfillment, Red announces that he will do one final tour with Peelander-Z before quitting the band. In stark contrast to his character’s super-positive facade, Yellow tries his best to keep it together, while dealing with emotions of shock, betrayal and abandonment. Channeling universal stories of friendship and pursuit of happiness, MAD TIGER builds to an unexpectedly moving crescendo, appropriately befitting of Peelander-Z’s cacophonous melody-making. Directed by Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein. United States and Japan | English | 82 min. Free and open to the public. Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.
Wednesday, June 21
7 – 9 pm
Sam Miltich with Tim Kliphuis and Evan Price on violins. Gypsy jazz. VFW. 14 NW 3rd St.
Thursday, June 22
4 – 7 pm
Book launch for Lindsay (Rowell) Bednar’s debut children’s book, Home. Lake & Co. Shop. 403 NW 1st Ave.
6 – 7 pm
Leaves of Grass- Illuminated. Patrick Skully gives you a glimpse of 19th Century poet Walt Whitman and his utopian vision for male/male relationships. Adult Content. For more information visit www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library. 218-326-7640. Community Room. Grand Rapids Area Library. 140 NE 2nd 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. firstname.lastname@example.org MacRostie Art Center 405 NW 1st Ave.
Open mic night hosted by Mike Miller. VFW.14 NW 3rd St.
Sam Miltich, Tim Kliphuis and Evan Price perform with the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program students from the summer jazz camp. Call 218-327-5781 for more information. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.
Saturday, June 24
7 – 8 pm
Church of Cash. Johnny Cash tribute band from Twin Cities led by singer and guitarist Jay Kalk and accompanied by musicians on guitar, bass and drums. Church of Cash performs Johnny Cash’s music with style and energy and channels the spirit of the Man in the Black to delight the audience with mix of classics and lesser-known pieces. $15. Edge Center for the Arts. 102 2nd Ave. Bigfork