North Dakota retired engineer George Loegering has found a rare spinning disk of ice in the Sheyenne River, a weather phenomenon experts say likely was caused by cold, dense air, and an eddy in the river. (Nov. 26)
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The Western Folklife Center and its 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering has launched a spoken word poetry competition, “Expressing the Rural West: Poetry of the Next Generation,” on YouTube.com.Poets between ages 18 and 35 are invited to submit videos which include an artist introduction and do not exceed 4 minutes in length. Submissions must be original compositions, content should have a rural focus, and poems should be performed and not read. Poets must be currently living in one of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.Poems will be judged by the public as well as by a committee of two professional poets and two staff members of the Western Folklife Center. There will be a winner of the public vote and a winner of the juried competition. The winner of the public vote will receive two free three-day Deluxe passes to the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and a free Gathering poster. The winner of the juried competition will be given a performance slot at the event and must be able to travel Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. Travel and lodging will be paid by the Western Folklife Center.Videos should be uploaded on the “Expressing the Rural West: Poetry of the Next Generation” competition YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/2014poetrycontest. Public judging will end on Dec. 19, and contest judges will select a winner by Dec. 21. For more information and to see tagged video submissions, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/2014poetrycontest, or call Darcy Minter, communications director, Western Folklife Center, 775-340-4240 or email email@example.com.The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering turns 30 years old in 2014, and the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions, will turn its focus to the future of the region. From Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, in Elko, Nev., the gathering will present poetry, music, fine western gear, films, workshops, dances and discussions with a clear focus on encouraging the next generation and working together to ensure the sustainability of the occupational and artistic traditions of the rural West.The theme of the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is “Expressing the Rural West—Into the Future!” Through performances of poetry and music, thought-provoking films and fruitful discourse, artists and audiences of all ages will share their art and their opinions on meeting the challenges of rural life in the modern West. In particular, the next generation of cowboy artists will present their work and discuss their brand of ranch life—with one hand on the reins and the other on the cell phone.
The Friends of Music presents Ang Li in concert 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Community Center in Wickenburg.The program will include works by Bach, Rachmaninoff and Benjamin Britten, among others.“Aside from her stellar performance at the piano, Ang Li’s connection with the audience is what gets people really involved with classical music,” said Louis K. Meisel, Soho gallery owner and patron of rising young artists. At the prodigious age of 6, pianist Li made her performance debut in Beijing. Now in her 20s, Li has earned far-reaching acclaim as a piano virtuoso, who has been ranked among the top 30 classical pianists in the world by the 2009 Cliburn Competition.Li has performed across North America at all the hallowed venues including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Similarly, she has appeared throughout Europe, Asia and Australia as a featured soloist and with major orchestras.The Coyote Chorus children’s choir directed by Denise Douthat will entertain at the pre-concert local showcase. Howard Carlson, superintendent of schools, will be the guest emcee. The post-concert Artists Reception will feature the work of Davene Nelson of the Wickenburg Art Club.
WHAM is having a special Holiday Artwalk show and sale Dec. 14.Because of the holiday, WHAM will not have its usual “last Saturday of the month” artwalk. Extended hours for the Dec. 14 artwalk are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accommodate holiday shoppers, local artists and crafters.Clay, glass, wood, ceramic, oil, acrylic, watercolor, metal and more will be on display.WHAM will be selling raffle tickets for an original oil seascape painting by local artist Jim McGrath. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Winner need not be present to win.WHAM is at 16560 N. Dysart Road, one block south of Bell Road in Surprise.
It seems quite apt that “The Best Man Holiday,” a film about a reunion of old friends, feels just like going to an actual reunion. In ways both bad and good.
The Western Folklife Center and its 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering has launched a spoken word poetry competition, “Expressing the Rural West: Poetry of the Next Generation,” on YouTube.com.