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KAXE/KBXE Best of the Weekend Ahead, April 15-17, 2022

Annie Mack
Annie Mack performs Thursday, April 14th at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.

Here's our weekly round-up of the best events happening around the region of northern Minnesota. From roots music to home-grown boxing, we'll help you get plugged in. Our mission at KAXE/KBXE is to keep you informed about what's happening in your neck of the woods. So come on out and find some fun!

On Thursday, Blues/Roots musician Annie Mack is coming to Grand Rapids this (almost) weekend, and this is your opportunity to testify to the power and depth of her singing voice up close. Mack’s release from last year Testify is the kind of album you put on whenever you need to feel deeply, and the intimate spaces at the Reif are the perfect venue for such an emotional performer. This is sure to be a highlight of the Center State Minnesota music series, which is saying a lot since there have been a lot of great shows in this series. Tickets available through the Reif Center box office.

For those with more chambered taste in music, the Bemidji String Quartet is going on the road this spring and they stop in Virginia this Friday at the Lyric Center Annex. The ensemble features Eric Olson on violin, Timothy Pinkerton on violin, Pedro Oviedo on viola, and Magdalena Sas on Cello. The fearless foursome will be playing the works of Mozart and Grieg. Free-will donations are encouraged to support Lyric Youth Arts Programs.

For those who still haven’t had their fill of winter activities, you can join the Bemidji Parks and Rec Department for a free open-skating event. If you grew out of your skates this season, don’t worry, there are free skate rentals. True, the ice on the lake hasn’t been skateable for months, but aren’t we about ready for some spring sporting events. Do you play… Croquet? The event is 1-3pm at the Bemidji Community Arena on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Iron Range Boxing is presenting Golden Gloves Boxing at the Hibbing Memorial Building at 2pm. Mouthguards must be worn at all times inside the ring.

Now, homework is not everyone’s idea of a fun thing to do on the weekend. But, when the homework can help you earn some money to support your education, it’s not so bad. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has more than 110 scholarships available to students in NW Minnesota. There are a wide-variety of awards listed on their website, and a wide-variety of students are eligible to apply: high schoolers, non-traditional students, and college-enrolled students all may find something they could apply for. The deadline for most of the awards is Friday, April 15th so get head over to NMF’s website to learn more.

Max Philbrook (he/him) is a Producer at KAXE focused on telling the stories of the people, events, and organizations that make up the fabric of northern Minnesota. Based out of Grand Rapids, Max spends his time reading fiction at the library, seeing sports and live music, and supporting the arts and cultural events in the area. Get in touch with Max if you have a story to tell, an event to publicize, or just want to chat about life in the northland.