Arts

Arts - Square - Native
3:39 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Native Artists Gather At Main Street Square

Pura’ Fe and Jennifer Kreisberg of “Ulali” perform during “A Gathering of People, Wind and Water”.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

Rapid City’s Main Street Square celebrated the second annual “Gathering of People, Wind and Water”. The Native American art market and cultural celebration is designed to use the Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project as an inspiration for cross-cultural awareness and appreciation.

One of Masayuki Nagase’s goals in creating the “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture in the heart of Rapid City is to offer an environment where people of all races and cultures can gather to share their stories.

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Arts
12:59 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Unveiling of Governor Statues Set For November

Statues of three former governors are set for unveiling Nov. 1 in Pierre. The event is a part of the state's 125th Anniversary celebration.

Bronze statues of George S. Mickelson, Peter Norbeck and Robert Vessey are set for the November unveiling. Under supervision of the Trail of Governors Foundation, likenesses of three governors from different time periods are cast in bronze each year.

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Arts
3:17 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Master Trombonist Inspired by Louis Armstrong

Wycliffe Gordon

Wycliffe Gordon is one of today’s finest trombonists . He has an expressive approach to the instrument involving a wide variety of sounds and effects. In the latest issue of DownBeat magazine, critics named him Best Trombone for the third consecutive year. But he also plays trumpet, tuba and other instruments and sings. And he’s also a bandleader, composer and educator.

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Arts
3:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Australian Guitar Virtuoso Plays Two South Dakota Venues

Tommy Emmanuel
Credit Allan Clarke

Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel says he's not in the music business, but the happiness business. He's a master finger picker and essentially a one-man band. He plays bass, rhythm and melodic lines along with percussion all on a single acoustic guitar.

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Arts
2:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers Play JazzFest

Josh Hoyer

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers' music is straight out of Memphis, Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans, but the musicians come from Lincoln, Nebraska. Hoyer grew up in Lincoln, but lived in the Pacific Northwest and New Orleans before returning home.

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Arts
1:31 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Lynn & James / Schaefer, Peterson, Smith & Tallakson

Tom Schaefer (left), Charley Smith and Tom Peterson perform at the 2013 Sioux River Folk Festival.
Credit World News Network

Two sets from the 2013 Sioux River Folk Festival make up this week's program.  First, Jami Lynn and Dylan James perform a few tunes from their April, 2013 release, "Cluck and Croon," along with other favorites.  Lynn's classically trained voice is equally suited for jazz, blues, indie and folk/roots music.  James has become an adept flatpicker in the 60's style of Doc Watson.  Then, "Doctor" Tom Schaefer joins the guitar and mandolin duo of Tom Peterson and Charley Smith along with vocalist Gayle Tallakson.  Schaefer won the South Dakota State Fiddle Championship three years in a row (1978-

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Arts - Film - Native
1:13 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Chadron Library Holds First Native Film Festival

Actor Scott Means discusses “Istinma”, during Chadron Public Library's first Native American Film Festival.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

A film festival called “Trading Stories: A Native American Film Festival” is designed to acknowledge the contributions of the Lakota people. It was held over the weekend at the Chadron Public Library.  The goal of the festival is also to highlight contemporary Native issues through the use of film.

Librarian Annette Peter says the idea for an annual Native American Film Festival has its roots in the relationship Chadron has with its neighboring community of Pine Ridge.

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Arts - Main St Square - Sculptor
2:31 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Sculptor Returns To Main Street Square

Masayuki Nagase has returned to Rapid City's Main Street Square to continue work on his sculpture "Passage of Wind and Water:"
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

The country’s largest privately-funded public art project - “Passage of Wind and Water” - has resumed at Rapid City’s Main Street Square. We  spent some time with the artist to discuss his plans for the second year of work on a sculpture that’s scheduled for completion in 2017.

It’s a lot cooler in Rapid City than its been and it’s a perfect day for the gathering planned to welcome back Masayuki Nagase for his second year of work on the “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture project.

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Arts
3:29 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The Black Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Orlando Chamber Soloists
Credit Orlando Chamber Soloists

The Orlando Chamber Soloists are back for the 7th annual Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills. The group first came together in 2004 with professional musicians from the Boston Pops, New Jersey Symphony, Curtis Institute, Louisiana Philharmonic and orchestras throughout Florida.

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Arts
3:04 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

"A Day in South Dakota" Photo Contest

The Badlands of South Dakota
Credit South Dakota Public Broadcasting

As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB is asking people to document the state's unique identity. On August 19th, 2014 everyone is invited to photograph a scene capturing what South Dakota means to them. It could be a photo of home, work or a favorite place. The theme of the contest is "A Day in South Dakota." SDPB will accept submissions on August 19th and select photographs for a gallery of images available via Flickr, and published in a 2015 SDPB Landscapes Calendar.

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Arts
3:24 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Band Pays Tribute to South Dakota's First Poet Laureate

The Badger Sett Band
Credit The Badger Sett Band

Guitarist and singer Pegie Douglas says the poetry of Badger Clark fits naturally to music. She's the leader of the Badger Sett Band which wants to keep the poetry of Clark alive.

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Arts
3:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Remembering Acclaimed Young Adult Author Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers
Credit Malin Fezehai

Best-selling young adult author and literacy ambassador Walter Dean Myers died last Tuesday at the age of 76. His books often told the stories of young African-Americans who dealt with troubles in the streets, in school and at home.

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Arts
5:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Guitar Masters 2014 - Part Two

Guitar Master Johnny Hastings.

This week's program is a return to the John T. Vucurevich Center at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City for the second night of Guitar Masters 2014.  Enjoy the varied styles of Guitar Masters Cary Morin, Johnny Hastings, Lawren Erickson and Josh Marquis.  Morin, a former member of The Atoll, is from Ft.

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Arts
2:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Original Historical Musical Staged in Spearfish

Randy Bender as Deadeye Dan in the Matthews Opera House production of "Deadeye's Wild West - or Subterfuge in Spearfish"
Credit Matthews Opera House

Throughout July in Spearfish, the Matthews Opera House in staging the original musical, Deadeye’s Wild West – or Subterfuge in Spearfish. It takes place around 1903 and tells the story of a young singer from the Black Hills who wants to join a traveling Wild West show that comes through town.

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Arts
1:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Sioux Falls Approves New Cultural Plan

About a year ago, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether appointed a 26-member steering committee to examine the role the arts play in the city and craft a new plan for raising their profile and importance in the cultural, educational and economic life of Sioux Falls.

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Arts
2:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Air Force Band Celebrates Fourth of July in Black Hills

United States Air Force Academy Band
Credit USAF Acedemy Band

Along with colorful fireworks, the Fourth of July is also celebrated with music. Audiences in the Black Hills have the opportunity to hear a variety of sounds with concerts by performing units from the United States Air Force Academy Band.

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Arts - Sculpture - Theater
12:53 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Theater Production Celebrates Sculpture Project

Graham Thatcher, Emily Weber and Michael Lytle (l to r) reading "A Passage of Wind and Water: The Badlands" - by Christine Stewart with the Rapid City Community.
Credit Photo by Joleen Zoller

The “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture project at Rapid City’s Main Street Square is having an impact on diverse sections of the Black Hills community – from local students to area and regional artists. We visited the Rapid City Performing Arts Center recently for a cross-artistic theater presentation featuring modern dance, film, poetry, and music inspired by the largest privately-funded art project in the country.

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Arts
5:30 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Guitar Masters 2014 - Part One

Guitar Master Cary Morin performs at the Dahl Arts Center.

Backroom Productions presented Guitar Masters 2014 over two nights (February 21-22) at the John T.

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Arts
3:37 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Celebrating Two Hundred Years of Sax

Instruments from the National Music Museum's "Celebrating the Saxes" exhibition.
Credit Troy Jones / National Music Museum

The man who invented the saxophone, Antoine-Jospeh "Adolphe" Sax was born 200 years ago this year in Belgium. The National Music Museum in Vermillion is marking his birth anniversary with the exhibition, “Celebrating the Saxes.”

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Arts
3:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Lost Letters Reveal Personal Story of Mount Rushmore

"Love Letters from Mount Rushmore"
Credit South Dakota State Historical Society Press

Arthur Cerasani was a struggling artist in Rochester, New York trying to support a young family during the Great Depression when he heard a knock on his door. The visitor was Gutzon Borglum who wanted Cerasani to finish a bust of media mogul Frank Gannett. When the project was done, Borglum invited  Cerasani to work on Mount Rushmore.

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Arts
3:28 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Casey Tibbs Documentary in the Works

Casey Tibbs in action

Denver-based filmmaker Justin Koehler was raised on a ranch near Midland. He says he's a South Dakota kid who wants to tell South Dakota stories. His first documentary, 'The Buffalo King," told the story of James "Scotty" Philip, who helped save the bison from extinction. Koehler is now working on a documentary about another South Dakota legend: bronc rider Casey Tibbs.

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Arts
8:19 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Author Kathleen Norris Revisits "Dakota"

The cover of "Dakota: A Spiritual Geography"

In the 1970s, after living as a poet in New York City, Kathleen Norris and her husband moved to the house built by her grandparents in Lemmon, South Dakota, an isolated town on the border with North Dakota. That move provided the inspiration for the first of her non-fiction books, “Dakota: A Spiritual Geography.”  It’s a collection of essays reflecting on what it means to live in the Dakotas and how the landscape shapes the character of the people who love here.

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Arts
2:30 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

The Soul Of John Black

Performing songs from the 2013 cd "A Sunshine State of Mind," The Soul of John Black owned the stage at the Historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls last March - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  With themes like answered prayers, the perpetual California sunshine and the love of family, "A Sunshine State of Mind" proves that the blues can lift one's soul.  The Soul of John Black is essentially the stage name of guitarist/vocalist John Bigham (JB to his friends).  Prior to forming The Soul of John Black with Christopher Thomas in 2002, Bigham played in Fishbone and a

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Arts
2:13 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Firearms And Black Hills History

Colt 1851 Navy percussion revolvers were favored by Wild Bill Hickock.

Kevin Kuchenbecker, Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Deadwood, and Ivan Hovland, a volunteer at the Adams Museum and Deadwood History for almost 20 years, present "Firearms and Black Hills History" during Friday's Picnic on the Lawn at noon Mountain at the Historic Adams House in Deadwood.  Any study of western frontier history would be incomplete without some knowledge of the firearms the pioneers carried and used.  The intention of the presentation is to afford fleeting insights of the types of guns used in the settlement of the Black Hills.

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1:58 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Doane Robinson Collection

Jonah LeRoy "Doane" Robinson.
Credit South Dakota State Historical Society

Historical items of Doane Robinson, the first secretary of the South Dakota State Historical Society, are now available in the South Dakota Digital Archives.  The Doane Robinson collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, poetry, genealogical date, census and related statistics and miscellaneous papers.  Matthew Reitzel, Manuscript and Photo Archivist, and Chelle Somsen, State Archivist, both with the South Dakota State Historical Society, discussed the collection along with the rapid process of digitization, working with changing technology and taking history "outside the four wall

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Arts
2:45 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Dakota Sky International Piano Festival

Paul Sanchez, founder and artistic director of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival
Credit Dakota Sky

The Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, in its eighth season, is a two-week long summer fstival. It consists of a Recital Series featuring six evening performances, a free Community Education Program with a Children's Concert Series and an adult Lecture Series, as well as a Young Artists Program. The festival got underway Saturday with classes and a recital by Jacon Ertl, but it continues through June 28. Featured performers and instructors include Gregory DeTurk, Adam Golka, Angelina Gadeliya, Jon Kimura Parker and Paul Sanchez.

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Arts
2:33 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

USD Hosts Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute

In the 1960's, esteemed local artist Oscar Howe established a summer art institute particularly for Native American high school students to provide them with free art supplies and a chance to learn about Native culture, history and traditions. Though this only lasted a few years, the institute inspired the current form of the Oscar Howe Summer Arts Institute being hosted at the University of South Dakota from June 8-20. Keith Braveheart was a student of the OHSAI more than ten years ago, and he's now returned to the institute as an instructor.

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3:51 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Tinder Box

The Tinder Box.

Two months after releasing "The Attic Sessions: Volume 1," a collection of eight new songs, The Tinder Box played most of the new tunes at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City during their Winter Music Series (March 21, 2014).  Its the third recording for brothers Chad Konrad and Dominic Osterloh and cousin Jon Wallner who formed in 2010 during their scholastic days at South Dakota State University.  Gruff vocals aid to the band's distinctive sound.  Elevated banjo picking, drum kicks, well-timed trumpet fills and rich harmonies enhance the overall concept.

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2:22 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Shakespeare In The Park In Vermillion

Tony Garcia (Left, as Petruchio) and Emily Dorsett (Right, as Kate) star in "The Taming of the Shrew" this weekend in Vermillion's Prentis Park
Credit SD Shakespeare Festival

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is June 13-15 in Vermillion, featuring a performance of "The Taming of the Shrew" in Prentis Park. The production includes nationwide talent, including eight students from the University of South Dakota. Chaya Gordon-Bland is founding artistic director of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival and Assistant Professor in Movement and Shakespeare in the Theatre Department at the University of South Dakota.

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Arts
1:46 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

New High School Events Approved

The South Dakota High School Activities Association now includes new events in fine arts. Board members at the June meeting Wednesday approved additional fields in show choir and visual arts.

Assistant executive director James Weaver says neither of those areas had opportunities for state championship events before this week’s approval.

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