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To list your event on this page and in the print edition of  The Norwegian American, send it to naw@na-weekly.com. Be sure to include the event location, time, cost, a brief description, and a link (website or email address), or a telephone number for more info.

Cutting Edges: Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection
Now-Feb. 15, 2020
New York, N.Y.
A practice that was developed before and after World War II, and devised to avoid ambiguity in the word ‘abstract,’ concrete art is characterized by combinations of simple geometric elements to create autonomous visual realities. Artists in this exhibition include Olle Bærtling, Lars Erik Falk and Lars Englund (Sweden); Richard Mortensen and Robert Jacobsen (Denmark); Kristján Guðmundsson (Iceland); Gunnar S. Gundersen, Arne Malmedal, Kristin Nordhøy, Aase Texmon Rygh and Bjørn Ransve (Norway); and Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Sam Vanni, Paul Osipow and Matti Kujasalo (Finland). Works by these artists are distinguished by their use of bright colors and geometric edges. Cutting Edges will be accompanied by a range of programming, including art workshops for all ages. The gallery, located at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., is open Tues.-Sat. 12-6 p.m., and Wed. 12-7 p.m. Admission is free. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/app/uploads/2019/09/Cutting-Edges-Fact-Sheet.pdf?mc_cid=7e1693496e&mc_eid=39d7602316.

Rocks and Hard Places: Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen
Now-March 14, 2020
Stoughton, Wisc.
Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Join us as we look for answers to that question in a dramatic new exhibit at Livsreise, 277 W. Main St., that explores emigration through first person accounts, family histories, and the stunning black and white photography of Knud Knudsen. Considered one of Norway’s most important photographers, Knudsen (1832-1915) was born in Odda, Hardanger, and he established one of the first photography businesses in Bergen in 1864. In addition to his passion for photography, he also had a special interest in horticulture and the fruit trees grown in his home community. He would often return to the southern branch of the Hardanger Fjord to capture scenes of everyday life on farms and on the fjord. Despite the idyllic landscape, Knudsen’s work vividly shows why life on the fjord led to some of the highest rates of emigration per-capita in Norway with the ever present threat of rockslides and avalanches, lack of arable land, and lack of economic opportunity. More info: www.livsreise.org/news-events/.

Tattoo: Identity Through Ink
Now–April 26, 2020
Decorah, Iowa
Vesterheim Museum, 520 W. Water St., presents Tattoo: Identity Through Ink. The exhibit tells the story of tattoos and the people who have them. It explores the ways individual and group identities are formed, reinforced, and celebrated through tattoos. There is a Scandinavian connection with celebrated artists like Norwegian Johan Frederik Knudsen and Norwegian-American Amund Dietzel, the question of whether or not Vikings had tattoos, and the rise of a whole modern Neo-Nordic style of tattooing. But the exhibition also allows us to explore more deeply the traditions of body ornamentation in other cultures and our connections to them. The exhibit includes large and immersive photos and videos and original art and artifacts from around the world. You’ll have the opportunity to design and draw your own tattoos on silicone arms. There will be a working tattoo studio and at a few certain times during the run, tattoo artists will demonstrate their art live. Temporary tattoos inspired by objects in the collection will be for sale in the Museum Store. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-18, and $8 for seniors 65 and older. Free for museum members. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibits.

Lutefisk Dinner
Feb. 1, 4 p.m.
Bellingham, Wash.
Wergeland Lodge will have their Lutefisk dinner at Windows on the Bay, 2625 Harbor Loop Dr. (the old Yacht
Club). Lutefisk, meatballs, green beans, lefsa and more will be available. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. More info and tickets: call Vaughn Hagen (360) 739-5950 or email Info@vaughnhagencpa.com.

Suncoast Scandinavian Club Meeting and Lunch
Feb. 7, 11:45 a.m.
Clearwater, Fla.
Suncoast Scandinavian Club will meet at Banquet Masters, located at 13355 49th St. Meeting with sit-down lunch ($17.00 per visitor) starts promptly at 12:15 pm. February’s meeting welcomes Stephanie Moffett, who will give a Viking Demonstration. Also taking place is the crowning of the Club’s King & Queen. RSVP required to Cherstin Peterson, 732-546-7756.

Magic, Creatures, and Legends: A Journey into Nordic Folklore
Feb. 7-8
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Come to a program of talks and storytelling about Nordic Magic, Folk Legends and Creatures by scholars and a folksinger from Iceland, Sweden and the United States on the campus of California Lutheran University. The 21st annual Nordic Spirit Symposium is sponsored by the Scandinavian American Cultural & Historical Foundation and California Lutheran University with generous grants from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the Norway House Foundation in San Francisco. More info: scandinaviancenter.org/nordic-spirit-symposium/ or email Howard Rockstad at hrockstad@gmail.com.

A Blast from the Past: An Immigrant Snapshot
Feb. 8
Moorhead, Minn.
Daughters of Norway, Rosanna Gutterud Johnsrud Lodge, of Fargo N.D. will host Barb Schlichting’s presentation about her Norwegian family history as written in a box of family postcards she inherited from her grandmother. Barb, who is author of nine books, will also discuss how her heritage has played into her career as a writer. This free program will take place at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 401 40th Ave. South. More info: call Norma at (701) 293-7230.

Norse Afternoon of Fun
Feb. 9, 1:30-4 p.m.
Stoughton, Wisc.
The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers endeavor to entertain, culturally enlighten and instruct audiences with respect to traditional Scandinavian folk dance and authentic Norwegian bunads (costumes). The group is made up of Stoughton High School School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors and every Spring goes on tour, bringing their authentic dance, humor and fun to audiences across the United States. They will perform at Stoughton High School, 600 Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. More info: www.stoughtonwi.com/events/details/norse-afternoon-of-fun-4503.

Torsk Dinner
March 7, 4 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
The Daughters of Norway in Portland will hold their Torsk Dinner at Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave. The five course dinner will include pickled herring, Norwegian pea soup w/flat bread, cucumber salad, Torsk served with shrimp in cream sauce, and rice cream with krumkaka. Wine is available for purchase. Tickets are $35.00. More info: call Kay Nakao (503) 348-6951.

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc in Concert
April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Seattle Folklore Society and Skandia Folkdance Society are excited to welcome back The Nordic Fiddler Bloc! This trio is well-known and loved by many in the Pacific Northwest. From the moment Kevin Henderson, Olav Luksengård Mjelva and Anders Hall of The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc first played together in 2009 they felt chemistry in the sound they created. Some seven hundred gigs later, playing across Scandinavia, mainland Europe, the U.S. and the UK, that chemistry continues. Join us at Phinney Center Concert Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the lower brick building, for what is to be sure a divine evening of music from these masterful musicians. Tickets are $20/$18/$10 in advance on Brown Paper Tickets and with no service charge at previous SFS concerts. SFS, Skandia and Phinney members receive the member rate. Tickets are $2 additional at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. More info and tickets: nordicfiddlersblocseattle.bpt.me.

The 2nd Annual Crow Wing Viking Festival
Aug. 29
Brainerd, Minn.
This family-friendly Viking Festival, to be held at Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, 2000 S.E. 13th St., features Viking-age crafts, costumes, weapons, mock battles, music, and games. The event strives to be authentic to the Viking age with the slogan, “Real Vikings. No Horns.” The popular conception of horned helmets originated with artists and an opera costume designer during the 19th century. Festival-goers will be able to see and try on replicas of actual Viking helmets. The Crow Wing Viking Festival is family-friendly! Admission is capped at $35 for a family. Battle reenactments are historically realistic but still appropriate for all. You will be able to buy tickets online. More info: www.crowwingvikingfestival.com/ .