This week’s A&E roundup

Illustration by Gary Meader

This week’s A&E section includes a story about the ticket-buying trends of local audiences. Meanwhile, here’s some stuff to check out at Howling Moon Music Festival.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett reviewed Jeremy Messersmith’s “Heart Murmurs.”

Best Bets include: Howling Moon, Jason Isbell, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, “Venus in Fur,” Movies in the Park and booze and symphony and booze and opera.

I wrote a column about Prince, Kevin Bacon’s butt and sugar cereals.

Weekend A&E roundup

Alan Sparhawk (left) and Mimi Parker of the Duluth band Low perform on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current during a live broadcast from Endion Station Public House in Canal Park on Friday afternoon. (Clint Austin /

The Current played live from Endion Station on Friday, a broadcast that included interviews with Mayor Don Ness, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low and Sarah Krueger. This also marked the opening of the new beachfront spot created by Team Raymond-Nelson.

Sunday’s Pursuits section included a story about photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson two years after one of her photos went viral. (You know the one: Schoep the dog).

Also on the internet:

The Pioneer Press had raves for “Die Fledermaus,” which included local soprano Sarah Lawrence in the role of Adele. Reviewer Ron Hubbard calls her a “charmer with a robust soprano voice.”

This week’s A&E roundup

More than 70 teams competed in the 2011 jigsaw puzzle competition at the Landmark Center during the 2011 St. Paul Winter Carnival. (Photo courtesy of Mike Scholtz)

This week’s A&E section has a story about the latest doc by Wrenshall filmmaker Mike Scholtz. The followup to “Wild Bill’s Run” is a look at the world of competitive jigsaw puzzling.

“Wicker Kittens” plays Friday at Free Range Film Festival. Here are some other picks for things to see.

Here’s another jigsaw puzzle themed piece by Scholtz, which was created for a 48-hour film festival in Minneapolis in 2008.


The headliner for this year’s Twin Ports Bridge Festival is KIDZ Bop.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett says Ween fans should like “Freeman” by Freeman. 

Best Bets include: Free Range Film Festival, The Current at Endion Station, All Pints North, Zenith City Tales, Comedy at Dubh Linn and a brewery tourin’ bluesman.


Bamford featured in New York Times magazine

Locally-grown comedian Maria Bamford is featured in a profile in the New York Times magazine (“The Weird Scary Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford”)  – a story that is wicked long and includes hang time with the mental health advocate-”Arrested Development” scene stealer.

Bamford has a song that she sometimes performs onstage called “My Anxiety Song.” It has no melody. Instead, it sounds more like an incantation, a desperate verbal hum. “If I keep the ice-cube trays filled,” she chants, “no one will diiiiieeee.” She continues, in a monotone, “As long as I clench my fists at odd intervals, then the darkness within me won’t force me to do anything inappropriate or sexual” — here, she drops her voice a couple of notes — “at dinner partieeeees. . . . “

Bamford, whose grew up in Duluth and still has family in this area, said on Twitter:

“I’m in the NY Times! W my family!” 
“I’m in the @nytimes magazine section this Sunday! An expose, I hope.” 


Today’s A&E roundup

Dr. Lloyd Backus has developed his painting skills since he retired from Raiter Clinic more than 20 years ago. His watercolor paintings, such as the one shown above, are featured at a gallery showing in Duluth this month.

Pine Journal reporter Dylan Marvel has a story about a doc who traded in his stethoscope for a paintbrush.

Tony Bennett has a review of Trampled By Turtles’ “Wild Animals.”

Best Bets include: Reggae & World Music Festival, The Zeitgeist Experiment, “Take it With You,” Movies in the Park, Northwoods Music Festival and Dances on the Lakewalk.

Here’s my column, an impersonation of Andy Rooney.

There’s a whole bunch of other stuff, including a concert announcement and a new concert in the park series, etc. Check it, direct it here.

Lawrance Bernabo reviewed the Duluth Playhouse’s much buzzed about production of “Les Miserables.” Spoiler alert: He’s nuts about it.

Today’s A&E news

Anna McRae Simpson (from top left), Mike Pederson, Beth Anderson, Andrew Kimball and Kayla Mudget perform during a July 8 rehearsal of the Duluth Playhouse production of “Les Miserables” at the Marshall Performing Arts Center on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The production moves to the DECC for its performances. (Clint Austin /

Today’s DNT included a story on the Duluth Playhouse’s mega-show celebrating its 100th season. “Les Miserables” opens Wednesday for a shorter than normal run.

Also: Tune in to “Late Show with David Letterman” tonight to catch Trampled By Turtles. (And Jason Segel and Liv Tyler).

Thursday’s A&E roundup

Whiskey River was featured in Nightlife magazine, a local publication created by Tracy Lundeen and Jeff Jarvinen that featured the arts and entertainment scene. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Jarvinen)

This week’s (new, improved, super-sized, no longer called Wave) A&E section included a story about Whiskey River. The Moose Lake band has been playing reunion shows after a 30 year hiatus and opens for Dierks Bentley tonight at Bayfront Festival Park.

Tony Bennett reviewed Range-based Slamming Doors and had a ton of super nice things to say about the band.

Best Bets include: “Les Miserables,” Dierks Bentley, TV, Movies in the Park, Sidewalk Dayz and Types.

Here’s a column about the time I rented a movie from a video store.

Meanwhile, “Pippin” opened on a Wednesday, so that review was in today’s paper, too.

There were other things: The Current is coming to town (for a visit, not to stay) and the LSCO is performing a concert that includes “Crouching Tiger Concerto.”

And here are some picks for A&E-themed road trips.


Weekend A&E roundup

Well the big news, obvi, was the super-soaked Trampled show on Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park. Here’s the story of the show that, as one fan said, “WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY!”

From the review:

Bodies packed close together like old friends in front of the stage. The crowd bounced along on “Wait So Long.” And during “Wild Animals,” steam puffed from the singers’ mouths.

Someone presented the band with plastic glasses with a shot’s worth of amber liquid and the guys smiled, made the universal sign for “cheers,” and drank.

“It’s a War” included strobe lights.

In between songs, a seemingly earnest Simonett repeatedly thanked the crowd — which felt about as unnecessary as responding, “You’re welcome for letting you continue to play a wet guitar when you could be snug at the Red Herring Lounge, making cameos in an Actual Wolf set.”