■ Minnesota Poet Laureate
to be featured guest
Minnesota’s Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, will be the featured guest for a reading and reception event hosted by the League of Minnesota Poets and Heartland Poets at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Central Lakes College commons. Sutphen also will be the keynote speaker earlier in the day as she addresses conference participants at the League of Minnesota Poets’ Fall “Poet Laureate Octoberfest” Conference held at Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter.
Sutphen was named Minnesota’s Poet Laureate in August 2011 by Governor Dayton. As Minnesota Poet Laureate, Sutphen serves as the state’s primary spokesperson, supporter and promoter of poetry. In her role as state Poet Laureate, Sutphen works with the Minnesota Humanities Center to organize future poetry events and to preside over various poetry and literary events.
Sutphen grew up on a farm near St. Joseph. She earned a doctorate’s in Renaissance drama from the University of Minnesota and teaches British literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter.
Her first collection of poems, “Straight Out of View,” 1995, won the Barnard Women’s Poets Prize. Her second book, “Coming Back to the Body,” 2000, was a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Sutphen won the Minnesota Book Award for Naming the Stars in 2004. In 2006, she co-edited the award-winning anthology “To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from the Territorial Days to the Present.” A letter-press edition of “Fourteen Sonnets” was published by Dragonfly Press in 2005. Her latest publication, “First Words,” was released in 2010.
Sutphen’s poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Minnesota Monthly, North Dakota Review and many other journals. She has been a guest on A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor.
Books may be purchased before and after the reading. Sutphen will sign books after the reading. A reception sponsored by Bang Printing and Close Converse will follow the performance/reading. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door and available at The Center for Lifelong Learning, The Crossing Arts Alliance Sales and Gift Gallery or by calling 828-4717 or by visiting www.bluecottageagency.com. Sutphen’s books may also be obtained in advance by contacting Bookin’ It in Little Falls at 800-809-1848 or at www.bookinitnow.com.
This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
■ HSO to present fall concerts
Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s (HSO) fall concerts, entitled “Ebullience and Light,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Charles Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Scott Lykins will be the guest performer.
Experience the sun’s rise and set in Nielsen’s “Helios Overture” and marvel at the pure virtuosity of guest artist Scott Lykin’s performance of the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto. To round out the program, the HSO presents Hovahness’ “City of Light” Symphony. Rarely heard, it sonically describes Hovahness’ favorite city, New York, with beautiful, ever-changing layers of glimmering sound.
HSO concert tickets are available at Bookin’ It and Great River Arts Center in Little Falls and at Brainerd Daily Dispatch and Bridge of Harmony in Brainerd. Tickets are always available at the door for all HSO concerts as well. Concert ticket prices are adults are $10, seniors are $8 and youth through high school are free.
For more information call the HSO office at 1-800-826-1997. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. Also in part, the Five Wings Arts Council, and the Laura Jane Musser Fund.
■ Grassroots Concerts presents Teague Alexy
NISSWA — Teague Alexy, a young trailblazer in the current roots music revival in Minnesota, is the next musical artist scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa in the Grassroots Concerts series.
Alexy is also half of the popular roots band Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. He explores his individual musical muse with a new solo release, “This Dance.”
Alexy’s laid-back groove has been sharpened by years of touring. Although he is a product of vast influences it’s his subtle philosophy and poetic word play that continue to paint a clearer picture of an original artist.
He won four nominations for his song writing at the 2009 Just Plain Folks Awards in Nashville.
His three albums with brother Ian Alexy in the national touring, two-man foot-stomping roots music outfit called Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank inspired one writer to call them “the new kings of Highway 61.”
The remainder of the Grassroots Concerts season: Michael Johnson, Oct. 19; Jonathan Byrd, Nov. 9 and The Bitter Spills, Nov. 30.
Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through the Minnesota State Legislature. The series is a 501c(3) non-profit under the Internal Revenue Code.
The concert series encourages donations of non-perishable items from those attending.
■ Women’s Expo set in Crosby
CROSBY — The Living Local Women’s Expo will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hallett Center of Crosby.
The art and craft fair will be held both days and is free to the public. Friday there will be wine-tasting from 3-7 p.m., sponsored by Maucieri’s Italian Bistro In Crosby. Saturday there will be a “Beautiful Baby Contest” for ages up to 24 months.
Speakers on Saturday are:
• 9:30 a.m., Planting Fall Bulbs for Spring Color, Fall Accent Plants, Backyard Greenhouse with Louise Johnson, Garden Horticulturalist.
• 10:30 a.m., Designer Hot Flash Meds, GuidePoint Pharmacy, Matt Larson.
• 11 a.m., Breast Cancer Awareness Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
• 11:30 a.m., Imagine the Possibilities, Midsota Plastic Surgeons, Dr. John Houle
• 12:15 p.m., Only 5 Steps to Retirement, Edward Jones, Seth Jackson, financial advisor
• 12:30 p.m., Fashion Show, organized by Arlene’s Bridal, Giada’s, Grace Adele Handbags & Accessories, Party World Costumes and Ruttger’s Country Store.
Blood pressure checks will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The expo is sponsored by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
■ “Soup, Sandwich and a Song” set Oct. 6
“Soup, Sandwich and a Song” will be held 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Staples Alliance Church.
This concert, which serves as a fundraiser for the Staples Area Women’s Chorus, is an annual event where there is a soup and sandwich lunch. During the lunch, the Staples Area Women’s chorus will entertain the audience with a wide variety of favorite music. Director Rob Freelove continues to introduce the chorus to new music and hopes that with an affordable ticket price, early Saturday afternoon concert and a program of lighter music, the audience will fill up the Staples Alliance Church Fellowship Hall.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or from choir members, Markus Hair Design in Motley or from Staples Wireless. Tickets will not be available at the door if the event is sold out.
■ MPR presents “MPR Connects!”
BAXTER — Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) will present “MPR Connects!” a gathering of MPR advocates, members and friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter.
Chris Farrell, economics editor for American [filtered word] Media’s Marketplace Money and author of “The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better,” will discusses the economy. Dave Kansas, chief operating officer of MPR/American Public Media for a discussion about public broadcasting.
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested at mpr.org/brainerd.
■ Art festival to be held at Ruttgers
DEERWOOD — The Minnesota Community College Art Festival will be held Oct. 8-10 at Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood. The annual arts festival, sponsored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is organized around hands-on studio art workshops, including ceramics, glass, kiln firings, jewelry, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and installation art.
Conference information and registration is available at: www.lsc.edu/ccfafest2012/.
Featured presenters include keynote artist/educator Tate Rich. Rich is an artist, teacher, collaborator, business owner and inspirational speaker. As a full-time faculty member, he teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3-D design at Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz. He is recognized for organizing the Southern Arizona Pit Fire Festival, which involves entire communities making pottery together using ancient production methods.
Rich’s presentation, “Build a Community around Creativity and Commitment,” is intended to remind artists their commitment to their community matters in many ways, including their contributions to economic stimulus, tourism, art therapy, history and story telling.
Doug Padilla, a self-taught visionary artist of Norwegian/Mexican/cowboy roots living in the wilds of Minneapolis, also will present at the festival. In his 63 years, he has lived in a tent through a sub-zero winter, farmed soybeans, survived the psychedelic travails of Haight-Ashbury, created and lost a million dollar a year business, trained with an armed underground anti-war cadre during the Vietnam war, meditated and lived with his guru in India, done thousands of drawings and paintings and founded numerous organizations, among them Art Jones Gallery, Grupo Soap del Corazón, Salon Artisimo and Paris Northeast.
The festival program also includes creative flow yoga, labyrinth paths, nature hikes, a high ropes course, kayaking, dancing, music and performance.