Also Good Bets: Today-Dec. 16

Greetings, friends. This week we were rich in Best Bets for the Wave, which makes us also rich in Also Good Bets. I’m not going to lie, some weeks when I do this column its like "Sweet. Some guy is going to be juggling driftwood down in Canal Park. Wanted: One photo; Size: XL." Not this week. It is all quality, all the time.


Photo from here.Daniels is the one in the back seat when the duo rolls into Aspen, Colo.

JEFF DANIELS AT IRONWOOD
One way to pay homage to the snot-mustached star of "Dumb and Dumber" would be to hop onto a scooter with a best friend and take an icy road trip to Ironwood, Mich., slip into a baby blue tuxedo, and go see Jeff Daniels perform at 8 p.m. Monday at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. (Daniels played Harry Dunn in the oft-quoted movie from 1994 that co-starred Jim Carrey). Daniels is also a singer/songwriter, turns out, with more than 400 songs to his credit. For real: He even has a bit of MySpace space. He’s calling his sound acoustic/folk/blues. For more info on the show, call (906) 932-0618.


Chris Duarte’s tour lands at Bev’s Jook Joint on Sunday. Photo from MySpace.

ON TOUR
Chris Duarte, a rock/blues/psychodelic musician based in Atlanta, performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at Bev’s Jook Joint in Superior. According to his MySpace site, he has performed an average of 300 shows a year for the past 15 years. This is a believable stat: He’s sandwiched this show in between shows in Middleton, Wis., and Appleton, Wis.


Minneapolis-based musician Dan Israel returns to Duluth for a show at Fitger’s Brewhouse on Saturday. Photo credit: Steven Cohen.

HE’S BACK
Indie folk musician Dan Israel returns for his first show in Duluth since 2007. Or maybe its his first show at the Brewhouse, 600 E. Superior St., since 2007. Either way, he’s got exclamation points on his Web site. His show is at 10 p.m. Saturday. His album "See the Morning Light" was released in early 2009. His Web site has a bunch of great links to live performances, podcasts, and interviews with him.

GET FUNNY
Spark Mann and Carlos Valencia are the comedians on tap this weekend at Dubh Linn Irish Pub, 109 W. Superior St. Food & Funny starts at 8 p.m. Friday. Tix are $15 with dinner, $10 for just the comedy. Both will perform at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday. Spark Mann has performed with Sinbad, ("I LOVE SINBAD! I HAVE ALL HIS TAPES!"(1)) Damon Wayans, and Jamie Foxx. Carlos Valencia is billed as going from silly and absurd to the darker edges of comedy.

If that isn’t enough, BT Rox — who bills himself as an "Okie from Muskogee" — Tommy Thompson of Minneapolis area and Verne Wagner are performing at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Laff Shack, 3301 Belknap St.

MORE WATER WORKS
"Water Works: An Exhibition of Artists’ Expressions Concerning Water" — a collaborative collection that has been displayed at the Lake Supeiror Maritime Museum and the Unitarian Universalist Church — is moving to the Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Dr. This will be on display during regular Aquarium hours from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Jan. 3. The opening reception is from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and is open to the public. Included in the exhibition: Kristen Anderson (fiber artist); Michael K. Anderson (photographer); Jean DeRider (photographer and water colorist); Jamie Harvie (clay mural); Joan Henrik (graphic artist); Jill Jacoby (clay mural, poet); Ann Kelfstad (multi-media artist); JOan LInski (multi-media artist); Sean MacManus (stone sculptor); Krista Matison (graphic artist); Liz Minette (poet); Lorraine Norrgard (filmmaker, multi-media artist); Mary Plaster (Puppet maker, multi-media artist); Kristen Pless (photographer) and Roberta Tigerfuentes (exhibit curator).


Sydney Zweig plays Tiny Tim and Nels Beckman plays Scrooge in the radio theater version of "A Christmas Carol." Submitted photo. 

TINY TIM-BER
Community actors are putting a different spin on a classic holiday tale. Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" will be staged ala "A Prairie Home Companion," including scripts and live sound effects at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Hayward’s Park Theater, 15845 W. 2nd St, Hayward. The Serendipity Productions show features actors ranging in age from 8-years-old (Tiny Tim) to 80. Tickets are $12 for adults; $5 for students younger than 18. They can be purchased at the door or online. The performance will be broadcast on WOJB, time and date TBA.

BUY LOCAL
Beaner’s Central, 324 N. Central Ave., is hosting a holiday art sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Locally-made arts and crafts.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TOUR
"A Country Christmas on the North Shore," a tour of three Knife River homes decked out for the holiday season, is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Start at the Knife River Recreation Center Hall, where artisan crafts will be for sale. Transportation is provided to the homes, and tix are $10. Proceeds benefit the Knife River Recreation Council, which organizes programs to serve local children.

FOOTNOTES
(1) Not necessarily a direct quote from Charlie Day, as Charlie on "It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia," but the idea is there.

NOTES
I do not always prescreen the MySpace comedy videos, and hold myself not responsible if you watch them and think they are offensive. I think this is okay for me to say since I’m just linking to the site, and you took the extra step to click on a video.

Also Good Bets, a companion to the Wave’s Best Bets section, is a weekly feature that includes additional ways to fill your entertainment schedule for the next week.

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