Pajunen’s Multimedia “Laatikko/Box” on Saturday

Violinist, vocalist, and performance artist Sara Pajunen drew inspiration for her current program while researching in the archives at the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center. “There are boxes and boxes of forgotten stories,” she says. Growing up in a Finnish-American family, Pajunen says she began asking herself questions such as, “How many generations does change take?” and “What happens in the space between leaving the familiar and finding the familiar?”

She found answers to those questions as she researched, as well as the theme for the music performance she was planning. Letters, documents, and old photographs form an interactive aspect of “Laatikko/Box”, the title of her current show (laatikko is the Finnish word for “box”) . Electronic components mix with violin and vocal compositions, and visual images explore the relationship of past to present, and generational change to individual growth.

Ms. Pajunen is the recipient of a 2014 Jerome Foundation grant and was commissioned to create “Laatikko/Box” by Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.

“Laatikko/Box” will be presented at the library this Saturday at 11 a.m. The program is sponsored by the library in association with the Arrowhead Library System and is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Genealogy Classes with Vickie Chapurdia

Cloquet Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Carlton County are sponsoring two genealogy classes with professional genealogist Vickie Chapurdia. A one-hour introductory class on beginning your genealogical research will be held at the library on Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. This program is free.

Ms. Chapurdia will also teach a six-week class on memoir writing, “Writing Your Life Story,” on Tuesday nights beginning September 23, at 6 p.m. Each session is two hours long and involves writing for each class. The cost is $119, which includes materials. Registration and pre-payment are required (checks should be made out to the Cloquet Shaw Memorial Library Foundation).

Please see the posters below for further details.

Sara Pajunen Performance: Laatikko/Box

Minnesota violinist, vocalist and performance artist Sara Pajunen will present her “Laatikko/Box” production at the library on Saturday, September 20, at 11 a.m. Ms. Pajunen’s music relates to her Finnish-American cultural heritage, and her current show addresses the immigrant experience in an innovative way with experimental music. Using violin and voice, she
weaves Finnish folk songs with archival audio recordings. Audience members can view photos, letters,and other artifacts that speak to the way of life of Finnish immigrants to Minnesota.

FALL STORY TIMES AT THE LIBRARY
Fall Story Times at the Cloquet Public Library will begin in September and continue through the first week in December.
Preschool Story Times (ages 3-5) will be at 10 a.m., Wednesdays, September 10 through December 3.
LapSit Story Times (ages 0-2) will be at 10 a.m., Thursdays, September 11 through December 4.
Join us for stories, songs, play and good times. As part of our story times we will include Story Time Plus. Families are welcome to stay in the Story Time Room until noon each day for extra play and socialization. Parents are also welcome to bring their own snacks or lunch for this time.

For more information, call 879-1531 and ask for Lissie.

FALL STORY TIMES AT THE LIBRARY

Fall Story Times at the Cloquet Public Library will begin in September and continue through the first week in December.

Preschool Story Times (ages 3-5) will be at 10 a.m., Wednesdays, September 10 through December 3.

LapSit Story Times (ages 0-2) will be at 10 a.m., Thursdays, September 11 through December 4.

Join us for stories, songs, play and good times. As part of our story times we will include Story Time Plus. Families are welcome to stay in the Story Time Room until noon each day for extra play and socialization. Parents are also welcome to bring their own snacks or lunch for this time.

For more information, call 879-1531 and ask for Lissie.

Film Series Resumes with Huston’s Irish Masterpiece “The Dead”

For his last film, director John Huston chose a subject close to his heart—a story of Ireland, from the remarkable short story by James Joyce (from his ground-breaking “Dubliners”), adapted by Huston’s son Tony, and starring Anjelica Huston. “The Dead” (1987), relates the poignant story of two unmarried musician sisters who host a formal dinner attended by their nephew and his wife. Melancholy memories surface, resurrecting a long-since dead past and bringing an epiphany to those present. An evocative, artistic gem of a film. The film resumes our monthly film series on Tuesday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m.—MK

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The Sutter Brothers in “Greet the Folks at Home”

Barton Sutter, three-time Minnesota Book Award winner and former poet laureate of Duluth, will perform a Scandinavian/folk-flavored variety show with his brother, Ross Sutter, on Saturday, September 6, at 11 a.m. “Greet the Folks at Home” is a blend of song, story, and poetry reflecting the immigrant experience and Scandinavian heritage in northern Minnesota. Barton Sutter has won the Minnesota Book Award three times—the only person to have done so—in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. He has written for Minnesota Public Radio, among his many writing credits. Ross Sutter plays guitar, button accordion, dulcimer, and Irish drum. He has collaborated with Laura MacKenzie on a CD of the music and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns and has performed on “A Prairie Home Companion.” The Sutters perform at music festivals across the Upper Midwest and beyond. Their shows evoke small-town landscapes and quirky characters, touching on subjects both humorous and tragic. Film director Bill Beyer has called their performances “honest writing and heartfelt song.” The duo’s appearance at the library has been made possible by grants from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Saint Paul Public Libraries, who sponsor the Minnesota Book Awards, and the Sons of Norway Foundation. Sons of Norway’s Heimsyn Lodge will provide refreshments. –MK

"The Sound of Science" at Noon on Thursday (Aug. 28)

The flute and violin will be featured in a noon performance on Thursday, August 28. The program, called “The Sound of Science,” is from the DSSO’s “Music to You” community outreach. Sponsored by Cloquet Public Library and the Arrowhead Library System, with funding provided by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Sound of Science

We don’t know if flutist Betty Braunstein and violinist Steve Highland from the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra will be performing Simon and Garfunkle’s “The Sound of Silence,” but their performance at the library next Thursday at noon examines the theme “The Sound of Science.” Between performance pieces, the duo will explore the relationship between sound and science as demonstrated with a tuning fork, a slinky, and a beaker of water. It’s sure to be a lively, entertaining, and enlightening session of classical and contemporary music and the science behind what makes beautiful music. Music to You series. Thursday, August 28, noon.

"Of Mice and Menopause"

Local author Karen Witkowski will sign copies of her recently published book, “Of Mice and Menopause,” on Monday, August 25, at Noon.

The book is a light-hearted, sometimes quirky collection of short stories that focus on finding humor and gratitude in everyday situations.

 

Jazz Guitarist Briand Morrison on August 18

Jazz Guitarist Briand Morrison performs at the library on Monday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. A native of Grand Portage, Morrison was a rock guitarist teaching at the West Bank School of Music before moving into Jazz improvisation. He will remind you of Wes Montgomery - smooth, warm, innovative – appealing to both jazz aficionados and anyone who loves good guitar. The program is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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