Abby Bischoff, the photographer behind the Abandoned: South Dakota project, is now selling calendars of her photos.
Bischoff started taking pictures old abandoned houses in South Dakota when she was driving back and forth between her parents’ home outside of Huron and Sioux Falls. She started a Facebook page with the photos this fall, intending only to use the page as a way to share her pictures with friends and family. But less than 24 hours later, she had nearly 1,000 fans. Now, close to 26,000 people are fans of her photos.
Check out a gallery of her photos here.
Pie bakers with South Dakota roots have just published a cookbook.
Emily and Melissa Elsen, born and raised in Hecla, opened their Brooklyn bakery and café, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, in April 2010. Since then, they’ve been featured in New York magazine, the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living.
Their new cookbook, “The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book,” features more than 60 recipes, including Brown Butter Pumpkin, Bourbon Pear Crumble, Malted Chocolate Pecan, Back Currant Lemon Chiffon and Salted Honey. There’s also a section on crusts, including recipes for their traditional all-butter version as well as 10 others, including a crust made from pistachios and coconut and another from animal crackers.
The Elsen sisters learned to bake from their grandmother Liz Zastrow. Emily and Melissa grew up watching her bake pies for The Calico Kitchen, the Hecla restaurant their mother, Mary Zastrow, owned with her two sisters for 15 years.
Home Free, a Mankato, Minn., a cappella group, will be on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” before performing in Sioux Falls later this month.
Home Free is not your typical bow-tie barbershop a cappella group. They’re a vocal band, entertaining audiences with their rich blend of genre-crossing harmonies that mix of pop, jazz, classical and country.
“The Sing-Off,” hosted by Nick Lachey, returns for its fourth season at 8 p.m. Monday on KDLT. The groups, who are competing for the prize of $100,000 and a Sony Music recording contract, will perform for celebrity judges Jewel, Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five and Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men.
See Home Free at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of show at all Ticketmaster locations.
Here’s a preview of Home Free’s performance on “The Sing-Off.”
Who’s ready to shop?
I know there are some who bemoan Black Friday creeping into Thanksgiving. I have to admit, I’m not sure if I’m a fan, either. Can’t we just relax and have another slice of pumpkin pie?
But I also hate dragging myself out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to start my shopping before the crack of dawn, leaving the house even before my husband would crawl into his tree stand to wait for Mr. Buck.
(I know I don’t HAVE to go shopping on Black Friday. But it’s family tradition. And you don’t mess with tradition, right?)
So staying up late to shop works for me, and my sister and I have big plans to shop all night. Yes, that’s right. We’re going to start shopping Thursday and keep going until we literally drop on Friday. We are crazy, but we will be fully caffeinated. And I’m going to document it all via Twitter, so follow me there (and share your best deals and crazy shopping stories with us by using the hashtag #argusbf) @jannafarley.
While Black Friday ads have been all over the Internet for a few weeks now, I like to wait until I get my Thanksgiving Day paper to scour the ads and map out my shopping strategy. (This year’s Argus Leader is supposed to be one of the biggest ever, weighing in at 5.8 pounds with 1,200 pages of inserts. Wow!)
But I did check out when stores would be opening. Here’s a look:
6 a.m. Thursday
7 a.m. Thursday
8 a.m. Thursday
4 p.m. Thursday
5 p.m. Thursday
6 p.m. Thursday
Walmart (open 24 hours, like usual, but has deals starting at 6 p.m.)
8 p.m. Thursday
Dick’s Sporting Goods
The Empire MallOld Navy
5 a.m. Friday
6 a.m. Friday
Bed Bath & Beyond
Tractor Supply Company
7 a.m. Friday
8 a.m. Friday
9 a.m. Friday
It looks like Big Lots and Lewis, both open on Thursday, are the only stores that are actually closing before reopening on Friday.
Don’t want to shop? Go to a movie. From midnight on Thursday to noon on Friday, see a movie at West Mall 7 (plus get a pop and popcorn) for $3. Or get inked. Permanent Addictions will be doing tattoos from midnight Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday for $40 (black and gray only and there are size restrictions). First come, first served. They’ll reopen at 10 a.m. Friday to do more tattoos for $60 each (black and gray only, same size restrictions).
And then there’s Christmas at the Western Mall. The annual light show kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the center court area of the Western Mall. Freewill donations benefit Make-A-Wish South Dakota.
It’s been 12 years since children’s musician Phil Baker released his last studio recording. He’s wanted to do a new album for quite some time, and he’s currently working on 15 new songs about children having fun in the snow for a CD called “It’s a Snow Day.”
But creating high-quality music takes some serious investment. That’s why Baker’s trying to raise $25,000 via the online funding platform Kickstarter.
The money Baker hopes to raise through Kickstarter donations will go toward producer fees, engineer fees, musician fees, studio and gear rental, travel costs, mixing and mastering. In addition, there are costs for cover design, manufacturing, distribution, publicity, promotion, music video production, editing and tour support.
But the money can’t be used unless Baker reaches his goal. He’s raised a little more than $1,200 so far, and has until Dec. 31 to get to the full amount.
If you donate, incentives include a copy of the album, an autographed postcard of Baker and his red guitar, a personalized singing telegram posted on YouTube and a private summer concert in Baker’s backyard or at your house.
New York jazz singer LaVerne Butler will be performing at the Orpheum Theater tonight as part of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues concert series. I spoke with her earlier this week for an article in Link.
One thing we talked about didn’t make it into what I wrote was many of the artists who influenced Butler over the years – artists who, she says, all jazz fans should have in their collections.
As someone who’s studied jazz nearly her whole life, Butler categorized the artists by their strongest attributes. Here’s her list:
• Harmony: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and the Andrew Sisters
• Scat singing: Jon Hendricks and Betty Carter
• Control and articulation: Nancy Wilson and Carla Cook
• Style: Vanessa Rubin
• Timing and rhythm: Frank Sinatra
• Natural delivery: Chris Connor and Dean Martin
“Rock Garden Tour” makes its television debut at 9 p.m. Saturday on South Dakota Public TV.
“High, Wide and Handsome: Stories of Some South Dakotans that Made it Big” was filmed in August at the Orpheum Theater.
Like the radio show, “High, Wide and Handsome” is hosted by Flowerman (producer Ted Heeren), with help from his sidekick, Oil Can (Tom Hurlbert). The show celebrates the things that make South Dakota a great state and also features music and a little talk about gardening.
The radio show airs on South Dakota Public Radio at 8 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month.
I know there are some REO Speedwagon fans in Sioux Falls. The rock band performed to a sold-out audience at Grand Falls Casino Resort in July – one of the busiest shows of the summer out there, I’m told.
Today, the rock band released “Live at Moondance Jam,” its first high-definition concert on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. The concert captures the rock band performing 13 of its greatest hits, including “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Take it on the Run.”
Formed in 1967 and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.
More than a week after one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded tore through the Philippines, international and national humanitarian agencies are trying to get help to those who need it most.
Ten Thousand Villages will be donating to the relief efforts. On Wednesday, 10 percent of the day’s sales made online and in store (in Sioux Falls, the store is located on Phillips Avenue downtown) will go to the Mennonite Central Committee’s Typhoon Haiyan Response effort, which is funding urgent food and non-food items and planning long-term assistance as communities recover and rebuild.
Ten Thousand Villages features unique, handmade gifts from around the world including fair trade baskets, jewelry, crafts and other items from international artisans.
If you don’t like listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, stop reading. But if you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit, download some free music from People magazine.
People’s free country music playlist features these songs:
• “Run Run Rudolph” by Kelly Clarkson
• “Silent Night” by Trace Adkins
• “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” by Jewel
• “Joy to the World” by JT Hodges
• “If You See Rudolf” by Gretchen Wilson
• “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Restless Heart
• “Away in a Manger” by High Valley
• “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Rachele Lynae with Jamie O’Neal