Dylan Days: Thursday in Bob Dylan’s hometown

In reminding the world that this is a strange blog, that covers what I damn well please, let me remind all of you that today brings the first day of Dylan Days in Hibbing, Minnesota, an arts event celebrating not just the legend of Hibbing’s own Bobby Zimmerman, but also the hope spurred by the arts in blue collar places. Thursday is the day we welcome the early visitors who want to get settled in for all the fun. Tonight brings the opening celebrations.

  • Historical Room Dedication at Hibbing High School – a brand new exhibit that catalogs and traces the artwork and artifacts of this historic building 4-5:30 pm.
  • B.J. Rolfzen Tribute at Zimmy’s 6-8 p.m. An informal event where everyone is invited to bring with them a poem or song they would like to recite or sing to honor this man, teacher and Dylan Days ambassador.
  • Grunt Monkeys with lead singer, Jim Foster at Zimmy’s 8 p.m.-midnight, return to Hibbing from Anchorage, Alaska to perform their music.

In addition to these “scheduled” events, there will be a special preview of the Dylan Days One Act Playwright competition winning play “Armigideon” by accomplished Canadian playwright Sandra Dempsey at the HCC Theater at 7:30 ($5 requested admission). Friday brings the Literary Showcase featuring the official performance of this provocative play and the winners of the B.J. Rolfzen fiction and poetry contest (free with Dylan Days button, seen at above right). The annual highlight, the singer/songwriter contest, is on deck Friday night, along with much more.

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