Arts & Culture

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Chicago-based The Bricklayers mask theatre performs, conducts workshops in Grand Portage

The Bricklayers (Matt Trucano, founding artistic director; Kyle Cadotte, co-founding artistic director, and Jonathan Greene, international theater artist) joined Dave Seaton in Studio A Sept. 27. Conversation ranged from what mask theatre is to why theater and improv are important, and more. They performed Sept. 28 in Grand Portage, and are conducting workshops for students at Oshki Ogimaag Charter School the week of Sept. 30.


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Delightful new book assembles stories from the Boundary Waters--plus trivia to boot

Boundary Waters lover Barry Johnson has put together a book of essays about his favorite place, the "BWCA Reader." Several dozen stories from different writers run the gamut from fish tales to honeymoons to canoes gone missing. Barry shares how and why he decided to publish this book, why it's important to him, and more, in this conversation with Ann Possis Sept. 20.


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Songwriter Jon Vezner, folk legend Tom Paxton, and guitarist Jonathan Brown, all on The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed Tom Paxton, Jon Vezner, and Jonathan Brown to Studio A Sept. 13 for talk and music. The three were in Grand Marais to perform on NPR's Mountain Stage, Friday evening, and Unplugged XII, Saturday evening, both at North House Folk School.


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"Sole Survivor" explores the lives of lone survivors of commercial plane crashes

Ky Dickens has made a powerful new film, "Sole Survivor," which documents the struggles of people who were the only ones to survive deadly plane crashes. Though these people are seen as 'lucky', special challenges come with being a sole survivor. Buck spoke with her Sept. 13.


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Moments in Time: Sudbury Meteorite

On March 9, 2013, the Cook County Historical Society held a storytelling event at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.


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Al Hedstrom, Don Bauer & Bruce Dean play The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed Al, Don & Bruce to Studio A Sept. 6 for a little preview of their Radio Waves performance. Beautiful guitar!


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Cook County native Tim McDonnell's new memoir about growing up on the Gunflint Trail

Buck welcomed retired teacher Tim McDonnell to Studio A Sept. 6 to chat about his recent memoir, "The Whole Forest for a Backyard: A Gunflint Trail Wilderness Memoir." Tim grew up in a family that ran a resort on the Trail, and has many delightful stories and memories to share.


Cook County Anishinaabe language and culture teacher Tom Jack

Anishinaabe Way: Tom Jack

Cook County Anishinaabe language and culture teacher Tom Jack is from Lake of the Woods in Ontario.


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Singer-songwriter Eric Frost stops by The Roadhouse

Buck and Dick welcomed Eric Frost to Studio A Aug. 23 for great conversation and beautiful music.


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L.A.-based Almighty Dog Entertainment shooting movie on the Range---we talk with the director

Dick Swanson chatted Aug. 23 with L.A. film director Tino Struckmann, who will be shooting an action film (working title: "Sdanka's War") on the Iron Range, North Shore and in Duluth, starting this fall. He visited Minnesota last week scouting locations and doing casting as well. Learn how it all works, and why he thinks northern Minnesota is the perfect place to make a movie.