Anita Beckstrom Featured Poet in April

Anita Beckstrom

Anita Beckstrom

On April 8, the Dickinson Poetry Series features Anita Beckstrom at 7 pm at UUFDC.

Born in Sister Bay, Beckstrom’s roots are deep in Door County.  She returned to Sister Bay in 1950 after being raised in Milwaukee and studying art at Milwaukee State Teacher’s College, now UWM. She married, raised three daughters, and worked at Gibraltar Area Schools as an audio-visual aide in the library for 21 years.

Beckstrom discovered writing poetry in the fourth grade. Later, she wrote humorous skits for the Sister Bay Woman’s Club to perform. Always active in art through the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association, she also illustrated several children’s books.

After moving with her husband, Lenny, to the Meadows in Sister Bay in 1999, she took a Clearing class in poetry, became a member of The Wallace Group of poets, and participated in many retreats and workshops with noted Wisconsin poets. Her poems were accepted in various publications and she published a chapbook, Rare Yellow Bird, in 2011.

Beckstrom explains “I like to write sparse poetry without punctuation, either humorous with a twist or pensive and reflective, poems about being vulnerable and human.  Some poems seem to drop in place while others need prodding and pushing. It makes me feel so fulfilled when people are touched by my poetry.”

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CCCdc Looks at Carbon Tax

David Gerard, chair of Lawrence University’s Department of Economics, will give a talk titled “The Answer Is a Carbon Tax: What’s the Question?” at the April 1 meeting of the Climate Change Coalition of Door County. The talk, at Bjorklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor, begins at 7 pm. It is free, and the public is welcome.

In his talk, Dr. Gerard will review the considerable consensus about climate policy that the economics profession has reached. He will outline projected impacts of fossil fuel emissions on global temperatures and discuss the economic and political challenges associated with mitigating carbon emissions, drawing in part on his research in electricity generation costs and “clean coal” technologies. He will also present some basic tradeoffs between mitigation, adaptation and economic growth.

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April Movie Looks at Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld

On Tuesday, April 21 at 4:30 pm, Movies That Matter presents The Unknown Known. This film by Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris (The Fog of War) offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts. The Unknown Known is an illumination of the mystery of Donald Rumsfeld, an unknown known. (2013, 103 minutes)

Read the New York Times review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/movies/deciphering-donald-h-rumsfeld-in-the-unknown-known.html

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The Fine Art of Rocks, Trees and Flowing Water

Laszlo Szakala

Laszlo Szakala

The next exhibit in the UU Gallery features landscape photography by Laszlo A. Szakala from March 1 through April 28.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Laszlo came to the United States in 1991.  After learning English, he pursued his lifelong dream by earning a degree in Fine Art Photography, with an emphasis on black and white printing, in 1997. He resides in Baileys Harbor with his wife and three children.

Laszlo specializes in black and white and color landscape photography, with a focus on rock formations, trees and flowing water. He has found his subjects throughout the United States, in California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin. He uses a 4 x 5 large-format film camera and prints by hand. He does not use digital equipment or techniques. Influences on his work include Ansel Adams, John Sexton and Howard Bond, under whom he studied.

Photo by Laszlo Szakala
His work is a part of the permanent collection at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay and is held in many private collections. Although Fine Art Photography is not a career for him, it remains his passion and a joy that draws him back time and time again.

The UU Gallery is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. Gallery hours are 1-3 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11am-12:30 pm Sunday, and by appointment at 854-7559.

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