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Sunday afternoon events: Finnish poetry or Haitian music

There are two great events going on Sunday, September 28, from 3-5 pm. At Weber Hall, on the UMD campus, Duluth's second poet laureate, Jim Johnson, will be inaugurated, after which he will read from his poems and his family will perform traditional Finnish music to accompany his poetry. Johnson, the author of five books of poems, will be Duluth's poet laureate for two years. He follows in the footsteps of Barton Sutter. THis event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The second event is the Haiti Worthy Cause Concert. It's going to be held at Chester Park United Methodist Church, 819 N. 18th Ave East. There will be a concert of live Haitian music with guest violinist Rudy Perrault and storytelling by Elizabeth Nordell. There's going to be a reception with Haitian food and a silent auction of art, musical instruments, and other very cool items. This event is a fundraiser for the Kako Foundation, which provides funding for underprivileged students to study music. The Kako Foundation was founded by Rudy Perrault in honor of his nephew, Kako, who was brutally murdered in Haiti last spring. He was 16 years old.
For more information about the Jim Johnson reading, contact the Lake Superior Writers, 724-3094.
For more information about the Haiti Worthy Cause Concert, call Chester Park United Methodist Church, 724-4969