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Ibsen in Chicago: A Seattle Repertory Theatre Production
now-March 4, 2 or 7:30 p.m.
In 1882, an unlikely ensemble of scrappy Scandinavian immigrants converges to put on a play in Boomtown Chicago. As this ragtag group of new Americans rehearse a controversial new play written by their fellow countryman Henrik Ibsen, their various enmities and misunderstandings take on vaudevillian proportions. This is the world premiere of this comedy. Tickets available at www.seattlerep.org/Buy/Tickets/Production/6389. Museum members receive 15% off tickets with the promo code “NORDIC” at www.seattlerep.org/promo/NORDIC.
Winter Light: The Films of Ingmar Bergman
The Seattle Art Museum teams up with the Nordic Heritage Museum to celebrate the centennial of master Swedish writer-director Ingmar Bergman’s birth. All nine films in the series are in Swedish with English subtitles. The cost for the entire series is $71 for NHM and SAM members, $78 general admission. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at SAM. A limited number of single-film tickets for $9 may be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show at 7:25 p.m. at the auditorium entrance. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/events/145634.
Persistence of Vision
Minnesota artist Bettye Olson, one of the state’s most influential artists of the 20th century, is featured in a pop-up exhibit that includes works from the recent publication Persistence of Vision: The Art of Bettye Olson by Julie L’Enfant and Jaden Hansen, published by Afton Press. Olson’s work is on display in the lobby and kaffebar at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/exhibits/2018/persistenceofvision.
In Play: Exploring the Active Lifestyle of Norway
Come to Norway House to explore the tradition of Norway’s outdoor lifestyle. Learn about the history and modern spirit of favorite Norwegian pastimes including activities from skiing, hiking, polar exploring, and games. Open daily at 913 E. Franklin Ave. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/exhibits/2018/inplay.
Norway and the United States: Partners in the Polar Region
Visit this rotating exhibit in the Coltvet Room at Norway House celebrating more than a century of collaboration and joint exploration between Norway and the United States. Many of the first discoveries in the Arctic and the Antarctic were made by Norwegian or American expeditions, or by Norwegian and American explorers working together. This is a Fram Museum exhibition courtesy of the Royal Norwegian Embassy. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/exhibits/2018/partnersinthepolarregion.
Raoul Wallenberg: To Me, There’s No Other Choice
Learn the story behind the Swedish diplomat who single-handedly saved thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during World War II in an exhibit from the Swedish Institute in Stockholm. The exhibit is free and open to the public at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. More info:
The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography
New York, N.Y.
The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography brings the photographic work of the master painter to NYC for its first showing in the U.S. The exhibition will coincide with, and complement, the exhibition Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation in partnership with the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. At Scandinavia House. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org.
When days are short and nights grow long, it’s time to celebrate community the Norwegian way—with warm drinks, wool socks, close friends, and an untranslatable word! Come get koselig with Vesterheim and discover the Norwegian secret to surviving winter. Visit this exhibit to experience koselig in a series of immersive “living room” environments and learn about this uniquely Scandinavian way of life and how it permeates every part of Norwegian culture. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibitions/special/koselig.
Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen
Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Join us as we look for answers to that question in this exciting new exhibit that explores emigration through first person accounts, family histories, and the stunning black and white photography of Knud Knudsen. His work vividly shows why the ever-present threat of rock slides and avalanches, lack of arable land, lack of economic opportunity, and savage beauty of life on the fjord led to some of the highest rates of emigration per capita in Norway. This exhibit features 30 large-format photographs. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibitions/special/knudsen.
Spoons: Carving. Community.
Humans have been carving spoons for millennia, but spoon carving has really exploded in popularity in the last 10 years. Vesterheim’s exhibition Spoons: Carving. Community. captures the spirit of this recent movement, showcasing historic and modern examples of spoons carved in wood and horn. Visit the exhibition for hands-on interactives, recorded interviews, short videos, and a “carving studio.” The exhibition focuses on the form, function, and design of spoons; on the traditions and folklore surrounding Norwegian spoons; and on contemporary and historic artists. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibitions/special/spoons
NRC’s Role in the Global Refugee Crisis
Feb. 19, 8 p.m.
Chevy Chase, Md.
Join the American Scandinavian Association of the National Capital Area at St. John’s Church, Wisconsin Ave. & Bradley Blvd., for a lecture by Joel Charny, Director of the Washington office of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Mr. Charny will talk about the role of NRC, one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world, and describe the global situation for refugees and people displaced within their own countries; the challenges of responding to the situation with the rise of nativist political movements and attitudes; and the life-saving work of the NRC, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa.
Thor Lodge Social
Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Members, please wear your Norwegian sweaters to our monthly social at Minot Sons of Norway Thor Lodge No. 67 at the Scandinavian Heritage Park at 1020 S. Broadway St. The evening’s program will be discussing the history and symbolism of your sweater. The always popular Burning Love with all the fixings will be served, and attendees are asked to bring a small dessert or drink to share. More info: (701) 837-0111.
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Join the Norwegian American Club of Maryland for their Monthly Dinner Meeting at the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore in Chesapeake Room 1-2 at 2004 Greenspring Ave. A server is available to bring your favorite beverage from the Northern Lights Bar at 6:30 p.m., followed by full-course dinner at 7:30 p.m. featuring Tender Oriental Beef with Vegetables over Chef’s Rice. The speaker for the evening is Mr. George Harman from the Family History Center, who will provide you with clues on how to start building your family tree. Please RSVP by Feb. 16 to Einar Skretting at (410) 667-6235.
Fastelavn Mardi Gras
Feb. 22, 2-6 p.m
The Scandinavian East Coast Museum in partnership with the Sons of Norway Brooklyn Lodge invities all Nordics to their Annual Fastelavn Mardi Gras. All are welcome to come and celebrate. Decorate branches for the return of spring, hit the barrel to rid yourself of bad luck, and eat delicious Fastelavn buns for good luck. Games, a prize for the best costume, and music by Ellen Lindstrom. The festivities take place at the Museum at 444 Ovington Ave. All inclusive price: $35 for adults, $20 for those 7-17, and $15. for those 6 and under. For reservations call Victoria at 718-748-5950.
Polar Opposites: Amundsen, Scott, and The Race for The Pole
Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
The Portland Story Theater presents Lawrence Howard, Armchair Adventurer. Polar Opposites recounts the tragic events that played out on the frozen continent over 100 years ago, as Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott vied for primacy at the Pole. Sponsored by Sons of Norway Grieg Lodge, tickets are $15 in advance an $18 at the door. This two-hour production is intended for an audience age 17 and older. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave. The Oslo Lounge will open at 5:30 p.m., where a light supper will be available for $3. To book theater tickets online, visit www.norsehall.org/arctic, and please contact Kristine Crompton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend the supper.
Norwegian Club of San Francisco Anniversary Gala
Feb. 24, 6-11 p.m.
The president and board of directors request the pleasure of your company at a Ladies and Gentlemen’s Banquet and Ball to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Norwegian Club of San Francisco. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the Spinnaker Restaurant, 100 Spinnaker Dr. The evening’s gourmet menu includes three options: petrale sole, ribeye steak, or vegetarian entree. The cost is $120 per person, members and guests welcome, with black tie optional. Reservations with payment must be made by Feb. 19 at www.norwegianclub.org/event-2749758/Registration.
Winter Workship & Concert: Gangspil
Come for a day of music at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. The musicians will be providing a workshop during the day, followed by an evening performance with live music and dancing. The lineup includes Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica) and Kristian Bugge (fiddle), who will take you on a fresh and exciting journey through the traditions of Danish folk music. These lively musicians perform dance-tunes and songs from every corner of Denmark. An unforgettable and award-winning experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road, this year they’ll be performing with Norwegian folk guitarist Vidar Skrede. Tickets and more info: www.scanheritage.org/upcoming-events.
Annual Rørospols Dance Party
Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m.
Participate in an evening of dancing to a band recorded live at the Rørosmart-nan week in Røros, Norway, at the home of Ross Schipper and Linda Brooks, 3600 T Street NW, Washington DC 20007. A potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance at 7:30 p.m. Info: Call Linda Brooks or Ross Schipper at (202) 333-2826, email Linda@ScandiaDC.org, or visit www.ScandiaDC.org.
All Grieg Concert
Feb. 25, 3:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Join conductor Per Brevig and his musicians at the the Viktor Borge Hall at Scandinavian House at Park Ave. at 38th Street for a special program featuring the music of Edvard Grieg. They will perform the String Quartet in G-minor, Op. 27, the Cello Sonata in A-minor, and the Funeral March for Richard Nordraak, a Tone Poem for Orchestra transcribed for trombone choir. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door with cash or check.
March 2, 7 p.m.
Join the Sons of Norway Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge at Nordic Hall, 63 Jacobs Rd., for their spring concert with the Oak Harbor High School Jazz Band. More info: email@example.com.
Trolls: Reality, Myth, or Cultural Icons?
March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Join storyteller Barbara Fankhauser at Room 171 Cramer Hall at Portland State University, 1825 S.W. Broadway, for a lighthearted look at a very dark topic: Trolls. Are they ALL as evil as the stories would have us believe? Are they all tall and stupid, or is there perhaps another side to them we’ve overlooked? Join Barbara as she explores a bit of the lore of trolls in Scandinavian myths and culture and sharing some of the more engaging stories of Trolls. This event is free and open to the public. More info: www.scanheritage.org/friday-night-lecture-series.
March 9, 5 p.m.
Fort Myers, Fla.
The Gulf Coast Vikings present guest speaker Jon Satrum with his presentation on Thea Christiansen Foss, also known as “Tugboat Annie” at The Plantation at Somerset, 10401 Dartington Drive. Guests may bring their own refreshments, and coffee and soda will be supplied. The cost is $15, with advance reservations required. To RSVP, contact Maxime Batrawi at (239) 405-4026.
Knut Hamsun Film & Lecture Series
March 9, 14, 16, 23, & 30
Join the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association at the Swedish Club at 1920 Dexter Ave. N. for a film and lecture series that will explore the life and authorship of Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun. Films include Jan Troell’s Hamsun, Hunger, and Victoria. All films will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. University of Washington Assistant Professor Olivia Gunn will lecture on reassessing Hamsun in history for the Swedish Club Member’s and Friends Dinner, starting with drinks at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., Mar. 14. More info: call the Swedish Club at (206) 283-1090.
Nordic Heritage Day
March 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join the Bothell Sons of Norway Lodge 2-106 at 23909 Bothell Everett Hwy for their annual Nordic Heritage Day. There will be information and demonstrations for all the Nordic countries, with cooking demos throughout the day as well as a lunch table to purchase food. The culinary offerings will include pea soup, meatball sundaes, and pølse med lompe. And don’t forget to come see the Hrafngardr Viking Reenactment group. Admission and parking is free. More info: www.bothellsonsofnorway.org.
Scandinavian Worship Services
Mar. 11, & Apr. 8, 5 p.m.
Come and enjoy a Scandinavian worship service in both Norwegian and Swedish with English mixed in at Christus Victor Lutheran Church at 15600 N. Tamiami Trail (US41). Meet your friends afterwards in the coffee rooms for a cozy chat. Extra goodies to share at Kirkekaffen are always welcome. More information: call (239) 597-1043.
Film Screening: Gavagai
March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Nordic Northwest has the opportunity to preview this rarely seen film. Only shown once publicly in the U.S., Gavagai encapsulates the slow-burn aesthetic that has become known in the Scandinavian region. Made by two Norwegian-Americans in 2016, this film has had critical success and been highly reviewed by both The New Yorker and The Norwegian American. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this gorgeous 35mm film, shot in Telemark County, Norway, at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.scanheritage.org/0316181.
Leif to Leif 5K Fun Run/Walk
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. before the race starts at 9:00 a.m. the the Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge at 2245 NW 57th St. Run from the heart of Ballard to the waters of Shilshole Bay. A flag will be handed to you at the finish line, and you may enjoy a free heart waffle with jam. The three runners will be awarded ribbons, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Ballard Northwest Senior Center. The cost to participate is $10 for adults and $5 for children. More info: call (206) 783-1274.
Norwegian Heritage Day
March 17, 10:00 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join the Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge for a day of traditional culture at 2245 NW 57th St. Enjoy a “Taste of Norway” with traditional Norwegian food and entertainment. The menu includes smørbrød (open-faced sandwiches) lefse, krumkaker, vafler (waffles), rømmegrøt, and ertesuppe (yellow pea soup). Experience Norwegian folk songs, Norwegian folk costumes, traditional Norwegian crafts, Scandinavian gifts, genealogy, and children’s activities. Admission is free and open to the public. More info: (206) 783-1274.
Open House in Honor of Jeff Mueller
March 22, 4-6 p.m.
Save the date for a special Open House at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., in honor of Jeff Mueller, who has been appointed Knight First Class in the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald V of Norway for over 40 years of service to Norway and his community. Please call (612) 871-2211 for more information.
Trumpet Meditations: Music and Musicians from the Norwegian Arctic
March 23, 7-9 p.m.
Join the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society at Ballard First Lutheran Church, 2006 N.W. 65th St., to welcome guest artists Ingrid Eliassen on the trumpet and Ekaterina Isayevskaya on the piano, both of Tromsø, Norway. This unique musical offering features a varied program that combines familiar and less well-known works by Norwegian composers, including Alexander Aarøen Pedersen’s Trompetmeditasjon, which was commissioned for the tour.
The program is open and free to the public, with a suggested donation of $10. More info: www.nwegriegsociety.org/upcoming-events/.
63rd Annual Miss Norway of Greater New York Contest
March 24, 2 p.m
The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc.is sponsoring this popular tradition in the Arthur Nilsen Banquet Hall at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center, 1250 67th St. Luncheon reservations are $35 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under. This is also a great opporunity to visit the current exhibit celebrating Norwegians who worked in NYC Harbor related occupations (see niahistory.org). More info: call Odette Larsen at (718) 974-3475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thor Lodge is hosting its pre-Easter Sring Bazaar at 1020 S. Broadway. The day includes a lunch of barbecue sandwiches or knephla soup as well as the popular pie and ice cream social. There will also be a Grandma’s Attic with those interesting slightly used items, a book sale of all kinds of books, and the famous bake sale with lots of items for the Easter dinners. Everyone is welcome. More info: call Martha Elliot at (701) 838-8554 or email email@example.com.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Join us at California Lutheran University Kingsmen Park, 26 Faculty St., for two days filled with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors, and activities for young and old alike. Experience the worlds of the Viking Encampment and Sami Village. Family activities include: head wreathes; Viking kubb game; croquet; festival stage with parade of flags, old world costumes, music, and dancing; food court; craft and food demonstrations. This event is sponsored by the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation with support from California Lutheran University. More info: email Mindy Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Scandinavian Foundation Spring Gala
New York, N.Y.
Save the date for the ASF Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. This year’s guest of honor is H.E. Gu∂ni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland. The LEGO Group will be presented with the ASF Distinguished Public Service Award, and Bård Bunaes will receive the ASF Niels Poulson Award. Additional details and early reservations information to follow. More info: call (212) 779-3587.