Best bets: Park Point Art Fair, Rhubarb Festival and more – Duluth News Tribune

It was one of the fanciest ventures in Duluth’s history, which says it all: the founders of the Park Point Art Fair created the event in hopes of selling art to foundries. Half a century later, the art exceeds the smelt, with more than 10,000 people expected to cross the aerial lift on Saturday and Sunday for a selection of works by painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and more. Live music, food trucks and family activities will also be available during the event.

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The cast of “Footloose” is ready to shake off the dust at the NorShor Theater.

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It wasn’t until December that the Duluth City Council officially repealed a Prohibition-era law requiring venues to apply for a dance license if they also serve alcohol. Councilman Roz Randorf called it “the ‘Footloose’ prescription,” and now a musical based on that 1984 hit film is coming to the NorShor Theater, Friday through July 17. The musical, which landed four Tony nominations when it debuted on Broadway in 1998, turns the film’s soundtrack into a songbook, and “rehearsals were a joyous, nonstop party,” according to the director. artist of the Duluth Playhouse production, Phillip Fazio. If the spirit prompts you to launch your own Sunday shoes, go for it: the NorShor doesn’t even need a license.

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If you filter it they will come

The 2022 Free Range Film Festival runs Friday and Saturday.

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You have to give it to the organizers of the Free Range Film Festival: they know what makes their event unique. “We show films in a barn.” How is the barn? “It’s super pretty,” says the festival website. Some screenings even take place in the hayloft. The Wrenshall event, now celebrating 18 years since its founding, takes place over two nights – Friday and Saturday – with several shorts preceding a feature each night. “How can you tell the whole story of bees in one minute? asks the description of the 60-second film “Hive Mind”.

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AICHO Food and Art Markets

At a fresh produce vendor's stand, a woman receives payment from a man carrying an armful of sunflowers.  In the foreground are boxes with carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes among other freshly grown foods.
Freshly grown food and flowers were on offer at this AICHO food and art market in 2021.

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There’s plenty to do at the American Indian Community Housing Organization’s Food and Arts Markets, which will be held bi-weekly until October 1 starting Saturday. According to organizers, each market includes 20 to 25 “established and emerging American Indian and BIPOC producers and artists,” with products ranging from wild rice to maple syrup to beadwork. The Saturday market, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the One Roof parking lot at 12 E. Fourth St., will feature a drumming band to open the season and a signing session by Sam Zimmerman, a direct descendant of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe and author of “Following My Spirit Home”.

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While you’re on their site, you can also learn about an ongoing exhibit.

Paintings by Shaun Chosa

at AICHO’s Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizimin community center.

Bronze sculpture in an outdoor setting, with a stylized representation of two bears leaning over a tulip.  A vertical sculpture with shiny gold metal is visible in the background.
Public sculptures at Duluth’s Gichi-Ode’ Akiing (Lake Place Park), where the Trans Joy Fest will take place, include “Green Bear” and, in the background, “Water and Friendship.”

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Trans Northland co-founder Sean Hayes was thinking about “everything the trans community has had to go through” recently, he told the News Tribune. “We really need to have some joy here, just to lift people’s spirits to remind people that there is a community of people who love and care for each other and take care of each other. .” This has led to planning for Duluth’s first Trans Joy Festival, which will take place at Gichi-Ode’ Akiing (Lake Place Park) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free event will feature 25 vendors, as well as music, poetry, yoga, art activities, a children’s play area and a raffle. “All of these things are going to be led by transgender nonconforming, two-spirited people,” Hayes explained. There will also be education and training opportunities; the festival welcomes “anyone who has goodness in their heart”.

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A print made from a dried rhubarb leaf on a clothesline during the 2019 Rhubarb Festival.

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“COVID has put a damper on almost everything,” Beatrice Ojakangas wrote in her latest News Tribune column. “Except the rhubarb.” As Ojakangas noted, the return of the rhubarb festival isn’t just a way to use up all those stalks — it’s a fundraiser for United Churches in Duluth Ministry, an organization serving the people in need. Founder Steve O’Neil “likened the profusion of rhubarb to the profusion of people in need,” explained Ojakangas, who admitted that this year’s event is a bit scaled down. Instead of 500 pies, there will be “only” 250 at Stella Maris Academy on the Holy Rosary campus this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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