March 28, 2019
Garrison Keillor heads to Steele County for a solo performance to benefit the Historical Society. 7:30 p.m.
February 24, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Crooners. Shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Fergus Falls, MN
February 23, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at A Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Detroit Lakes, MN
February 22, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Historic Holmes Theatre. 7:30 p.m.
St. Cloud, MN
February 21, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Pioneer Place on Fifth. 7:30 p.m.
by Tim Nolan
Making it is an investment in the future
when you can spread the butter
on the warm inner naves of this cathedral
and offer a slice to your daughter
who says Yes!–accepting it
without question, as she plays
the piano. Bread is always
a welcomed interruption from nothing,
but your own life and your own
going on. As you fill your gut,
you think–it’s really a great
puffed up cumulus cloud following
you in the blue sky above. There is
no ulterior motive to bread, other than
growth–from the yeast, to the smile
of your daughter, to the breaking off
of the heel, which you love best,
the rounded end, the way it comes around.
Tim Nolan, “Bread” from And Then. Copyright © 2012 by Tim Nolan. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of New Rivers Press, www.newriverspress.com. All rights reserved. (buy now)
“Snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”
On day in 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) was founded in New York City. The purpose of this organization is to protect the copyright and performance rights of the works of its members: composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers.
It’s the birthday of novelist Georges Simenon (books by this author), born in Liège, Belgium (1903). He’s one of the most prolific writers of all time, best known for his detective novels featuring Inspector Maigret. He wrote spy stories, detective thrillers, and romance novels, churning them out at a rate of at least 10 pages per day.
Today is the birthday of American religious historian Elaine Pagels (books by this author), born Elaine Hiesey in Palo Alto, California (1943). She studied dance with Martha Graham for a while before getting her Ph.D. in religion at Harvard in 1970. Two years later, she joined a team of translators who were working on the Nag Hammadi library: a collection of early Christian texts that had been banned from the Bible. The Gnostic gospels, as they came to be called, had been discovered in an earthenware jar in Egypt in 1945, and they revealed a different interpretation of Christianity than that which we know.
He joined the Air Force as a mechanic, became a fighter pilot during World War II, was shot down by Germans over France, escaped to Spain and then to England, and resumed air combat, flying many successful missions.
After the war, he became a test pilot in the Air Force, flying rocket planes including the rocket-powered airplane “Bell X-1” on a mission to break the sound barrier for the first time. It was on October 14, 1947, that Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, Mach 1. He was at an altitude of 45,000 feet — about eight and a half miles up in the air. Fourteen minutes later, he was back on the ground, and he went home to bed to recuperate.
The role of Chuck Yeager was played by Sam Shepard in the movie The Right Stuff (1983), based on the 1979 Tom Wolfe book.
It’s the birthday of landscape painter Grant Wood, born near Anamosa, Iowa (1891), who is known for the iconic portrait of a farmer and his spinster daughter, American Gothic (1930), which, along with the Mona Lisa, is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world.
Wood grew up in Cedar Rapids, attended art schools in Minneapolis and Chicago, then traveled to Europe to study Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting. There he first encountered the work of Jan Van Eyck, the 15th-century Flemish artist, and he was struck by how the painter achieved great depth and detail in his works by layering thin glazes of color. Wood returned to Iowa, determined to incorporate that kind of clarity into his own work.