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By SHANNON GEISEN firstname.lastname@example.org In the heart of ancient Mesopotamia roughly 1,400 years ago, Babylonians placed earthenware bowls upside-down on the thresholds of their homes, each bowl inscribed with a personal prayer for protection against illness or misfortune. Jews, Christians and other Babylonians living between the 6th and 8th century CE believed in the healing power of these incantation bowls. Thousands of the clay vessels have been unearthed – often illegally – in what is now southeastern Iraq, south of Baghdad. Fast-forward to the year 2010. Nevis art teache
The Everett Smithson Band performed a mix of “American music from up and down the Mississippi River,” said lead singer Kathy Smithson. Her husband, Everett (far right) declared her the “Zydeco Queen.” “She does the singin’, I do the growlin’,” he said. “This library tour has been really fun for us.” From left, Phil Schmid plays guitar, Jeremy Johnson on drums, Kathy on the accordion, Bill Black on standup bass and Everett on the vest frottoir. Zydeco is a blend of rhythm and blues indigenous to Louisiana.
By Shannon Geisen / Enterprise The curtains open on “The Craving” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25 at the high school auditorum. Written by Don Zolidis, “The Craving” tells the story of a screenwriter who has just written his first screenplay, a heartwarming, emotional journey. His dreams are answered when a big Hollywood studio decides to produce it, but the dream become a nightmare as Hollywood executives transform his beautiful script into a zombie-slasher flick. Zolidis’ plays for young people have been produced over 2,000 times in all 50 states and 25 countries.
By SHANNON GEISEN email@example.com Fans were treated to a hilarious presentation by best-selling Minnesotan author Lorna Landvik. Because, well, she’s truly a stand-up comedian. Landvik appeared at Beagle Books Sunday, signing books and sharing lunch with admirers. “Pretend you’re eating in my dining room and I prepared everything,” she said of the catered meal. Landvik is promoting her latest novel, “Best to Laugh.” “This is the most autobiographical book I’ve ever written,” she said. In the 1970s, Landvik moved to Hollywood, seeking a career in show biz.
Thursday, oct. 16 Sons of Norway Annual Membership Dinner: 5:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids. Program: Kristen Sundt, Norwegian pastor from Minneapolis. Widowed Friends Fellowship: 11:30 a.m. at...
THURSDAY, OCT. 23 The Everett Smithson Band performs a variety of blues and zydeco-style music Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids. It’s a concert for all ages. For 10 years, the same five band members have been touring the Midwest, sharing their soulful, Creole grooves.
Flamenco is a form of Spanish folk music and dance from the region of Andalucia in southern Spain. “Flamenco reflects the emotions we all share – sometimes despair, sometimes amazement at the joys of life,” said artistic director Susana di Palma, who founded the Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre in Minneapolis in 1982. She also choreographed the 70-minute performance Monday at Armory Square. Three flamenco dancers – Jesus Muñoz, Deborah Elias (shown at right) and Colette Illarde – kept a sold-out audience riveted.
The National Weather Service is warning drivers to use caution. According to a special weather statement issued at 3:39 p.m. Jan. 9, areas of freezing drizzle or mist will be possible for the evening commute and early this evening, creating slick spots on area roadways and a light icing on vehicle windshields which in turn may reduce visibilities and hinder safe travel.