Join Milkweed Editions for the virtual launch of poet torrin a. greathouse’s debut collection, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 7. Winner of the 2020 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry, greathouse will be joined in the free hour-long program by author and Ballard Spahr judge Aimee Nezhukumatathil. To register, visit tinyurl.com/y4xz6waz. The first 500 RSVPs will receive access to the Zoom link via email. The event will also be live-streamed to Milkweed Edition’s YouTube page.
Why We Revolt: A Patient Revolution for Careful and Kind Care, a book by Dr. Victor Montori on the politics of the health care industry, will be discussed by Montori and a panel of experts in an online program presented live by the East Side Freedom Library from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 14. In a series of brief and personal essays, Dr. Montori describes what is wrong with industrial health care and how it has corrupted its mission. David Unowsky will moderate the discussion. He will be joined by state Senator John Marty, Nurses Association director Rose Roach and SEIU health care executive vice president Jigme Ugen. To receive the link for the Zoom program, visit tinyurl.com/y2t4wyfh.
Subtext Books, 6 W. Fifth St., will host free online readings and discussions with authors Peg Guilfoyle and her essay collection, Singing All the Verses, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 13; Charles Baxter and his novel, The Sun Collective, and Matthew Duffus and his book, Dunbar’s Folly and Other Stories, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 20. To register for the link, visit subtextbooks.com.
Five poets will recite their verse in a virtual reading at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21. The program is part of the monthly Bridges series hosted by Stan Kusonoki. The wordsmiths, who hail from both coasts as well as the Twin Cities, include Alan Walowitz, Betsy Mars, Brett Elizabeth Jenkins, Mikaela Pavlicek and Morgan Kerber-Folstrom. To register to receive a link for the Zoom program, visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.
The music of Libby Larsen will be featured in a free Courtroom Concert presented by the Schubert Club from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, January 7, on Landmark Center’s website. Visit landmarkcenter.org.
The Minnesota Orchestra will open a series of four free concerts this winter at 8 p.m. Friday, January 15, with a performance of Saint-Georges’ Symphony No. 1 and Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto on television (TPT MN), radio (99.5 FM) and internet (classicalmpr.org and minnesotaorchestra.org). Music director Osmo Vänskä will conduct the concert, and principal bassoon Fei Xie is the featured soloist. The series continues with principal oboe John Snow and principal second violin Peter McGuire as soloists in a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, January 29, over those same stations and web sites. Vanska will conduct the program, which includes Bach’s Concerto in C minor and Herbert’s Elegy: In Memoriam.
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., is displaying the works of master ceramicists Bianka Groves, Jeff Ostreich and Doug Peltzman through January 31 in the Sales Gallery. The ceramic projects of 2020 Jerome grant recipients Casey Beck, Ritan Panton and Ginny Sims-Burchard will be featured from January 15 through February 21 in the Main and Emily Galusha galleries. Admission to the galleries is free and open to two patrons at a time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Facemasks are required. The Jerome grant recipients will discuss their art from 4-6 p.m. Friday, January 15. For reservations, visit northernclaycenter.org or call 612-339-8007 ext. 301.
“Sending Hope for 2021,” a project of the Friends of Highland Arts, is seeking original art to be hung in the windows of participating Highland Park businesses. The artworks should measure 4 by 6 inches or slightly larger and be mailed by January 31 to the Highland Business Association, 790 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 219, Saint Paul, MN 55116. The works will be displayed from January 17 through the end of February or maybe longer. A virtual opening reception is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, January 22. For more information, visit friendsofhighlandarts.org.
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