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2:25 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

New Website Promotes Arts in Rapid City

The Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project at Rapid City's Main Street Square
Credit Jim Kent

Getting the word out about events and activities is a challenge for every artist and group. But now there’s a new website that’ll help make that easier in the Black Hills area. After several months of planning and testing, ArtsRapidCity.org is now on-line. The website lists upcoming events in the area and serves as an arts and culture directory.

On Friday evening at Main Street Square in Rapid City, Arts Rapid City celebrates the launch of the new website. The event begins at 8 pm following the final Art Night Downtown of the season.

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Arts - Music - Putnam
3:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Putnam Shares Musical Vocabulary With Fiddle

Kenny Putnam
Credit Courtesy Kenny Putnam

It’s always nice for a musician to receive recognition for their work, whether by applause, a standing ovation or an award. Reaching the point where your ability is so acclaimed you’re chosen to be in a Hall of Fame, however, is a rare honor indeed. But as we discover, the induction of one musician into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame came as no surprise to someone who worked with the man from the U.S. to Moscow. 

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Arts
5:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Google to Create Virtual Tour of National Music Museum

Harpsichord by José Calisto, Portugal, 1780
Credit National Music Museum

Google is coming to Vermillion to create a virtual tour of the National Music Museum. A crew will use  a seven- foot trolley to capture 360-degree imagery that will allow visitors from around the world to explore the museum’s collection of historical instruments online at the Google Cultural Institute.

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Arts
2:50 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

'White Wall Sessions' Begins Second Season

The White Wall Sessions behind the scenes
Credit The White Wall Sessions

Since its television debut in 2013, the White Wall Sessions has provided a unique showcase for local, regional and national musicians. The show's producers capture performances in a documentary style, creating an intimate feel for viewers. Their goal is to preserve a musical moment in time.

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Arts
9:07 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Allan Sherman's Song Parodies Still Relevant 50 Years Later

Allan Sherman
Credit Robert Sherman

In the summer of 1963, radio stations across the country were playing Allan Sherman's novelty song about a kid's miserable experience at camp, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah.” The song came from Sherman's album My Son, the Nut which was the last comedy album to hit the top of the charts before "Weird Al" Yankovic's Mandatory Fun hit number one this summer.

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Arts
3:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Challenging Perceptions of Disabilities through Theater

A scene from Flutter Productions' "Ascent"
Credit Flutter Productions

The goal of Flutter Productions is to challenge the perception of people with disabilities through theater and contemporary dance. The company works with organizations to create original works for people of mixed abilities and ages.

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Arts
7:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Jenny Braig Paintings Celebrate East And West River

A Jenny Braig oil painting of a scene on a Black Hills back road.

South Dakota is celebrating 125 years of statehood. SDPB honors that milestone with stories that explore the state’s identity and heritage through unique ideas, people, and places.

In this edition of our series “Landscapes of South Dakota"  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray Speaks with Spearfish Artist Jenny Braig about her oil paintings that depict both the East and West sides of the state.

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Arts
2:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Dancing for World Peace

Olga Aru
Credit Moscow Ballet

Moscow Ballet ballerina Olga Aru has danced around the world, including France, Sweden and Egypt. She was in Cairo during the Tahrir Square protests. She’s in Rapid City this week at Prima School of Dancing, auditioning student dancers for Moscow Ballet’s November 25 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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Arts
2:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

No Cover, No Minumum Radio: Hank Harris

This week's concert features South Dakota-based musician Hank Harris. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental, and sometimes even silly, Harris combines heartfelt lyrics with his clear vocals and intricate guitar playing. This show was recorded on May 3rd, 2014, in celebration of his new album: Peace.

Harris first came to South Dakota in 1973. He soon became part of the Red Willow Band—one of the most popular national acts to ever hail from South Dakota. Since the group disbanded in the 80s, Harris has released nearly 20 albums of solo and collaborative work.

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Arts
2:54 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Zachary Lucky & John Statz

Zachary Lucky is known for simple, delicate country/folk arrangements that conjure up love and the prairie with a lyrical emphasis on storytelling.  Of the Saskatchewan native, No Depression said, "Lucky's songs have lived lifetimes.  They sit you down, tell you their stories and heighten your senses to the wonders of nature, love and self."  "The Ballad of Losing You" is the sixth release by Lucky, the grandson of Canadian country music legend Smilin' Johnnie Lucky.  It hit shelves last September.

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Arts
2:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Landscapes Photo Contest to Capture Day in State

Badlands of South Dakota
Credit SDPB

As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB wants to help explore the state's unique identity. On Tuesday, August 19th people are invited to photograph what being South Dakotan means to them with images of home, work, favorite places and more.

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Arts
2:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Film Tells Saga of South Dakota's Sue

Peter Larson and Sue Hendrickson with Sue the T-Rex
Credit Black Hills Institute of Geological Research

In the summer of 1990, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute in Hill City unearthed a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in western South Dakota near Faith. It was the largest, most complete T-Rex ever found. They nicknamed the dinosaur Sue, after Sue Hendrickson who first discovered the bones.

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Arts
4:10 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Sena Ehrhardt

Sena Ehrhardt.

Sena Ehrhardt is no stranger to South Dakota.  From the Twin Cities, Ehrhardt continues to perform throughout the area on a regular basis.  She was raised around the blues by her father/guitarist Ed Ehrhardt.  She performed at JazzFest 2012 in Sioux Falls and, a year later, released "All In" on Blind Pig Records.  It was produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines and yielded the song "Dreamin' of Dyin'" which received a 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Song of the Year.  A new CD from Ehrhardt entitled "Live My Life" is due to be released this

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Arts
11:42 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Baby Mountain

Baby Mountain performs at Dakota State University in Madison.
Credit Dakota State University

Chicago-based artist, musician and teacher Tim Lowly and Tucson-based musician and teacher Karima Walker perform under the moniker "Baby Mountain."  Lowly's art exhibitions have been viewed from coast-to-coast, including the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  He creates realistic paintings of people - sometimes questioning priorities of power and prestige.  His art inspires his music while his music inspires his art.  Lowly created a portrait of Walker while she was attending North Park University in Chicago w

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Arts
3:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Red Willow Band Reunites for Sioux River Folk Festival

Red Willow Band
Credit Carol Robertson

From the mid-1970's through the early 80's, the Red Willow Band was one of the most popular groups in South Dakota. They traveled the state and region with their modern style of country swing. The original members are reuniting for performances on Friday and Saturday at the Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park.

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Arts
2:25 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Photographer Hopes Exhibit Changes Tattoo Attitudes

Photo by Alex Eichler

The latest Emerging Artist exhibition at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City features black and white photos by Alex Eichler exploring tattoo culture. His photographs don’t focus on tattoo designs, but the many types of people who wear body art. The exhibit, “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,” runs through August 22nd.  A public reception is on Monday. Eichler is a recent graduate of Black Hills State University in Spearfish.

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Arts
2:54 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Exhibit Celebrates 125 Years of Statehood

The Center for Western Studies, Augustana College
Credit The Center for Western Studies

To help commemorate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood, the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College in Sioux Falls invited artists to submit proposals for works reflecting on the state. More than 80 artists responded and the center’s art committee chose 40 pieces for the juried art exhibit and sale. The show “Observing the State’s 125th Anniversary" is up through September 27th.

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Arts
2:52 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

NSU Coach Don Meyer Subject of Upcoming Film

Coach Don Meyer leads his Northern State Wolves men's basketball team.
Credit Northern State University

Three months after Don Meyer's death, filming begins in Nashville in August on a new movie about the former Northern State University basketball coach. Over the course of a 38-year career spent mostly at Lipscomb University in Nashville and NSU in Aberdeen, Meyer had over 900 wins, making him one of college basketball’s most successful coaches.

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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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