Weekend Arts and Entertainment roundup

The 27th annual Bayfront Blues Festival closed Sunday with a few young musicians in the mid-afternoon mix. On Friday, Minneapolis musician Daina De Prez had the understatement of the day: “They liked it, I think.”

Tony Bennett reviewed three days of Bayfront Blues Festival. On harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite (“He made it cry like he was running it through a wah pedal …”), NRBQ (“small-for-Bluesfest-crowd … proceeded to bewilder a good chunk of them.”), Fattenin’ Frogs, Robert “One Man” Johnson, The Kinsey Report (“feast-or-famine as ever with its lineup on Saturday afternoon.”) and Friday’s Mud Morganfield show (“it was hard not to get wrapped up in just how much Mud was channeling Muddy.”)

And in non-Bluesfest news: Duluth-raised actor Daniel Durant is headed to Broadway. Sunday’s Pursuits section included a story about sculptor Boyd Christensen’s latest project.

 

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This week’s A&E section is hyper-Bluesfest. We have a story on a super colorful fiddle player, whose band Lisa Haley & the Zydekats plays Sunday on the main stage.

Also: The Fattenin’ Frogs built a band around their influences’ influences.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett looks at remastered Zeppelin.

In Violet Days, Chris Monroe considers her song: “Christine’s Tune.”

Best Bets include Bluesfest, “Eastland,” an art show, a movie and beer-sipping, music listenin’ and otter watchin’.

A&E Notes include a tryout for the Duluth  Playhouse’s Theater for Young Audiences and extras wanted  for a movie near Bayfield.

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This week’s A&E section includes a story on one of the headliners for this week’s Howling Moon Festival at Bayfront Festival Park. Drew Baldridge is an up-n-comer in the country music scene. This also includes brief bios on the other players, and the lineup for Saturday’s City on the Hill Music Festival.

 Best Bets include: Avenue Q, two music festivals, the finale for Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and more.

Here is a v. silly column about buying a birthday cake — AND MORE!

Music reviewer Tony Bennett gives two EPs a looksee: Rob Nelson’s “Crystal System” and Lay Low and Bender’s “Ender.”

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Here’s a bunch of A&E-friendly stuff (that I didn’t write at all):

Folk singer Ben Weaver is riding his bike around Lake Superior — and making stops to play along the way. Here’s the story.

Lawrance Bernabo reviewed the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra concert — and there were puppets.

Here’s the deets on All Pints North, a Bayfront-based brewfest.

Doods. Are you doing this? It’s a good way to get a curated batch of local headlines in your inbox Monday through Friday. It’s a good time.

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Today’s A&E section includes:

A look at some of the top picks from the Free Range Film Festival.

The previously mentioned column on Pyrex.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett is into the surprise new Wilco.

Best Bets include: a film fest, Garrison Keillor at Big Top, a chamber orchestra, free rock ‘n’ roll and more.

Also: Brady Slater wrote about the premiere of a piece of music by an Iranian composer that was commissioned by the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.

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We have a date: The First Folio will be in Duluth Oct. 3-26 2016, the University of Minnesota Duluth announced on Thursday. This month-long Shakespeare fest is expected to include all sorts of events with themed art and historical context.

Here is Lawrance Bernabo’s review of “Guys & Dolls,” which opened at the Playhouse on Thursday.

(Those looking for a “Titanic” review will have to wait until Saturday’s News Tribune.)

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Carolyn LePine (left) is good girl Sarah Brown, and Calland Metts is a less morally strong Sky Masterson in the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” which opens tonight. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Carolyn LePine (left) is good girl Sarah Brown, and Calland Metts is a less morally strong Sky Masterson in the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” which opens tonight. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

This week’s A&E roundup includes local theater companies dishing on what makes for a good summer show. (Spoiler alert: Musicals.)

Fun story about this one: About a half hour before my interview with Tessanne Chin, winner of “The Voice” Season 5, she posted a photo of herself sitting next to a pool in Jamaica  and enjoying a Red Stripe. These kind of breaks are rare these days, she said in the interview (she called me when she came inside to get snacks.)

Music reviewer Tony Bennett looks at (listens to) Mutoid Man’s “Bleeder.”

A&E Notes include: a call for film fest judges, an award for a theater volunteer, a fundraiser for Twin Ports Stage, ‘Last Comic Standing’ tour swinging through D-Town, and Bar-B-Queer.

Best Bets have: two musicals, a live radio program, Low, the aforementioned winner of “The Voice and a Mississippi bluesman.

I didn’t write a column, but if I did, it would probably have been about how I bought some Pyrex and now everything is great. Maybe next week!

PS: Lisa Kaczke wrote about the Duluth Art Institute’s week of plein air.

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Today’s A&E section includes, very briefly:

Rick Springfield dishing on “Jessie’s Girl.”

Me whining about what I thought was an “unfriending.”

Reviewer Tony Bennett says Phillip of Nazareth has tons of potential.

Best Bets include: the aforementioned Springfield, who plays today at Bayfront, Trampled By Turtles, who play Bayfront on Saturday, the Downtown Street Dance on Saturday, a kid-friendly show at The Underground, Movies in the Park, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and Renegade’s New Works Festival.

 

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Ruthe Kay is a teenaged blues phenom who is just starting to perform locally — though she has played stages in Minneapolis and Chicago. She is pictured at Leif Erikson Park in Duluth, a place where she likes to write. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Ruthe Kay is a teenaged blues phenom who is just starting to perform locally — though she has played stages in Minneapolis and Chicago. She is pictured at Leif Erikson Park in Duluth, a place where she likes to write. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

This week’s A&E story is about Ruthe Kay, a 15-year-old making her way in the Minnesota blues scene.

Best Bets include: “Take It With You,” Harmony in the Park, Nerd Nite, Melissa Etheridge, Rhubarb Fest and the Park Point Art Fair.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett considers FFS’s “FFS.”

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Brent Muscat (far right) performed with Faster Pussycat when the band played the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in 1990.

Brent Muscat (far right) performed with Faster Pussycat when the band played the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in 1990.

This week’s A&E section includes a story about how an ex-member of Faster Pussycat is making his way from Vegas to Superior for a show with Rock Brigade.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett reviews Jonathan Rundman’s new album.

Best Bets include: Rock the Big Top, Lake Ave Live, Wood Blind at Chester Bowl, “[Title of Show]” at Teatro Zuccone, Jonathan Rundman at the Brewhouse and an exhibition of work by comic book artists and web comics and illustrators at the Duluth Art Institute.

Here’s my column about how I ran a marathon one time. Kind of.

Twin Ports Bridge Festival announced its focus (anti-bullying) and its headliner (Cloud Cult.)