The Thank-You Bar, Chris Gillis & Friends

by Joan on October 22, 2014

travis night sky

Night Sky by Travis Novitsky. Travis said he likes this time of year when the leaves fall off the trees and you can see the beauties of the night sky.

There are lots of interesting things going on this weekend.

the Thank You BarFirst off is the dance installation, “The Thank-You Bar,” with Emily Johnson and Catalyst at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Oct. 24-25.

There are four shows:  7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. They are all limited-audience shows — only 20 per performance, which will be held on the stage at the ACA.

This Bessie-award winning performance includes dance, live music, storytelling and visual images, connecting ideas of displacement, longing, and language to history, pre-conceived notions, architecture, and igloo-myth.

“The Thank-You Bar” was created and is performed by choreographer Emily Johnson with composers and musicians James Everest and Joel Pickard and features beadwork by celebrated artist Karen Beaver, costumes by Angie Vo and Kari Multz , lighting design by Heidi Eckwall and paper sculptures by Krista Kelley Walsh. The performances includes a companion concert by experimental music duo BLACKFISH (James Everest + Joel Pickard) at 9 p.m. Saturday night. There will also an art exhibit in the lobby of the ACA.
“The Thank-you Bar” first premiered in 2009 in Anchorage, and has toured across the USA to wide acclaim, propelling choreographer Emily Johnson into the national and international spotlight as a visionary contemporary dance maker.

In 2014, Emily Johnson/Catalyst received a Minnesota State Arts Board “Arts Touring” Grant to bring a series of performances and workshops to Grand Marais in 2014 -15.

There are some seats left for the performances. Tickets are available online at www.tix.com or, possibly, at the door.

chris gillis band people artThere are two great music shows this weekend, too.  Chris Gillis & Friends will play at What’s Upstairs? above Betsy’s Bowen’s Studio at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in what’s being called the Frank Gillis Fall Festival Reunion. The concert will feature blues, jazz & boogie woogie. This should be a fun night of music (and dancing) featuring Chris Gillis, Mike DeBevec, Carah Thomas, Max Bichel, Eric Hahn and Liz Sivertson. Bob and Tom Andrews, the drummer and bassist who played with Gillis’ father, Frank Gillis, will perform as well. Tickets are $10.

And the Clearwater Hot Club will play at the Gunflint Tavern on Friday and Saturday nights. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.

Members from both bands will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night talk about their music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

There are also two wonderful art shows open this weekend, too.

Five Generations of Art & Craft, an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, continues this weekend. Exhbitors include Ralph W. Smith, Glenn S. Smith, Nancy Daley, Jody Ouradnik, Amy Ouradnik and Madeline Burton. The exhibit continues through Nov. 2. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Liz Sivertson is one of the artists exhibiting in the Legacy Exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Liz Sivertson is one of the artists exhibiting in the Legacy Exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Tour d’Art Home Legacy Exhibit continues this week, too, featuring the home tour artists: Birney Quick, Byron Bradley, Hazel Belvo, Marcia Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman, Liz Sivertson, and select students influenced by these legacy artists. The exhibit continues through Oct. 26. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Also this weekend, the Octoberfest Brewmaster Dinner featuring the Bent Paddle Brewing Company and a five-course dinner by Chef Judi Barsness will be at Waves of Superior Cafe at Surfside Resort on Saturday. To learn more and see the menu, click here.

There’s lots of music this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 23:

  • Billy Johnson, Gunflint Tavern, Oct. 23

Friday, Oct. 23:

  • .Portage Band, American Legion Post, 6 p.m.
  • Frank Gillis Fall Festival Reunion, Blues, Jazz & Boogie Woogie, What’s Upstairs?, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 a.m.
  • Gordon Thorne and Jim Ohlschmidt, West Branch Bar in Finland, 8 p.m.
  • Clearwater Hot Club, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23:

  • Portage Band, North Shore Care Center, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Ohlschmidt, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Frank Gillis Fall Festival Reunion, Blues, Jazz & Boogie Woogie, What’s Upstairs, 7:30 p.m.
  • Clearwater Hot Club, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 27:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Here is a selection of the great photos we found this week.

Kathy Gray-Anderson took this wonderful photo of Devil Track Lake.

Kathy Gray-Anderson took this wonderful photo of Devil Track Lake.

 

Here's a great photo of Devil Track Lake at a completely different time of day.

Bryan Hansel took this beautiful photo of Devil Track Lake at a completely different time of day.

 

Here's a peaceful fall shot by Ken Hupila.

Here’s a peaceful fall shot by Ken Hupila.

 

Linda Ryma said these are her favorite fall on the Pigeon River.

Linda Ryma said these are her favorite falls on the Pigeon River.

 

Paul Sundberg took this iconic shot of fall leaves and blue sky.

Paul Sundberg took this iconic shot of fall leaves and blue sky.

 

Linda Slining captured the charm and beauty of fall on Lake Superior in this shot.

Linda Slining captured the charm and beauty of fall on Lake Superior in this shot.

 

And here's a great capture of pillars of northern lights. It's by Laurie Kragseth,

And here’s a great capture of pillars of northern lights. It’s by Laurie Kragseth.

 

For wildlife, here’s Nace Hagemann‘s moose munching on a twig. It is featured on the cover of the latest Northern Wilds. But, in case you missed it ….

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

 

And last, but not least, here are some  fat and happy geese.

Photo by Steve Gernonazzo.

Photo by Steve Gernonazzo.

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

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