Comedy Performance & Writing Workshop with Scott Novotny

Comedian Scott Novotny will present “Sit Down with Stand Up,” a comedy writing workshop on Monday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m.

If you’ve ever been told you’re funny or have thought about being a stand-up comedian, this performance/workshop is for you. Novotny guides participants through stand-up comedy, improvisation, and comedy writing as well as live demonstrations of a comedy routine. Workshop participants be actively engaged using Novotny’s writing formula.

Novotny recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as a full-time professional stand-up comedian. Over that time, he has had people laughing from coast to coast with his clean, non-offensive, very funny observations and humor. He has written for HBO, Dudley Rigg’s Brave New Workshop, “Strange Brew” daily comic strip, and “Saturday Night Live.” The workshop is appropriate for beginning writers from teen to adult.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Easy Listening with “The Downbeats”

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The easy-listening vocal group “The Downbeats” will perform at the
library on Tuesday evening, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. The group consists of
17 members, both men and women, who sing multipart renditions of old
classics, show tunes, and easy-listening contemporary music. The
Downbeats are in their 41st year of singing in the Northland. Join us in
the large meeting room for an enjoyable evening of music featuring
standards like “Ain’t She Sweet” and “Blue Moon.”

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Easy Listening with “The Downbeats”

The easy-listening vocal group “The Downbeats” will perform at the
library on Tuesday evening, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. The group consists of
17 members, both men and women, who sing multipart renditions of old
classics, show tunes, and easy-listening contemporary music. The
Downbeats are in their 41st year of singing in the Northland. Join us in
the large meeting room for an enjoyable evening of music featuring
standards like “Ain’t She Sweet” and “Blue Moon.”

Take a Noontime Retreat …

Duluth Celtic harpist Christina Cotruvo will perform at the library at noon on Monday, July 14. Ms. Cotruvo plays a blend of folk and Scandinavian-inspired songs. The regional theme of her music is reflected in the title of her CD, “A Superior Love: Love Songs From the Shores and Oars of Lake Superior.” Living on the shore of Lake Superior inspires her soothing and relaxing harp music. A certified clinical musician, Ms. Cotruvo believes that music has the power to heal both physically and emotionally. Learn what inspires her and how she researched the stories behind the songs. The program is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Cloquet Poet Greg Opstad

Cloquet poet Greg Opstad will read from his newly published chapbook Lake Country at Cloquet Public Library on Tuesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. The book’s launch is the a first for Opstad, who has published his work in small journals in the Upper Midwest and in New Mexico, where he and his wife, Marcia, spend much of the winter. He is a member of the Lake Superior Writers’ Group. Lake Country has been praised by several writers in the area.

2011 Midwest Book Award winner Gary Boelhower writes, “Greg Opstad’s simplicity of language belies his summative precision. In a single line, he presents a whole cultural era, sometimes a whole childhood or a whole family story. And often out of the comforting blue comes a line like lightning: ‘I am from places I never knew.’ These poems will surely take you to familiar lake country but they may have you visiting internal places you never knew.”

A coffee reception will follow, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

 

"Topkapi" Tonight!

The breathtakingly filmed “Topkapi” screens tonight at Cloquet Public Library at 6:30 p.m. An ingeniously plotted jewel heist at the famed Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, which sees 4 million tourists annually.

Children’s Performer Jack Pearson at Cloquet Library

Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the musical one-man show of Jack Pearson, a program for all ages at 10 a.m., Tues., June 17, 2014. The program, which is part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program for children, is free of charge and open to the public.

A storyteller and musician, Jack Pearson will wow the audience with an experience of imagination, spirit, folklore and history.  He will play songs on all types of instruments including guitar, fiddle, 5-string banjo, mandolin, jaw harp, and an assortment of small percussion instruments including his one-and-only amplified toy box lid.  A great show that’s appropriate for the entire family!

Jack has been blending songs and stories professionally for over thirty years.  His recordings have won multiple Parents’ Choice awards.  Jack brings a fun family experience of music and stories that focuses on books and the love of reading.  Providing good variety and well-paced participation, he will explain how reading opens the twin doors of information and imagination no matter age or interests!  He is known for shows that touch old and young alike.  The sheer joy of settling down with a good book shines through Jack’s very special assembly of tunes and tales.  Please join us for this exciting program!