Also Good Bets: Today-Feb. 17

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Guitarist Michael Johnson performs at 3 p.m. Sunday at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Johnson, who has been performing for more than 40 years, has toured with Clint Black,  Wynonna Judd, Alison Krausse and Union Station. He will perform with the UMD Chamber Orchestra, and director Jean R. Perrault. Tickets for the UMD Chamber Orchestra’s Fundraiser are $25. Michael Johnson is the voice behind "Bluer than Blue," "Give me Wings," and "That’s That."

"Frigid Frolics," the next concert on the Lake Superior Ragtime Society’s docket, is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at First Covenant Church, 2101 W. 2nd St. There will be cake to celebrate 25 years of TP ragtime. They are hinting at a special out-of-town guest who will make a cameo, weather permitting.

The theme of St. Scholastica and UMD piano instructor’s Kate Lanzer’s solo recital is "love with all its passion, pathos, drama and ecstacy. She will perform works by Schumann, Brahms, and Debussy. Dr. Lanzer is an active recitalist who has performed in the United States and Australia. Recently, she has collaborated with the Mesabi Community Orchestra, and a percussion ensemble led by Jeremy Craycraft, an instructor at CSS. Lanzer also has a private piano studeio, and presents workshops throughout the midwest. This show is at 3 p.m. Saturday in Mitchell Auditorium at St. Scholastica, and it is free and open to the public.


Here Nathan Carroll, an assistant professor in the department of communications, talks about "Obsessed Cinema."

"Obsessed Cinema," is a free film festival featuring four films with legendary directors and one uncommon obsession. "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe," was filmed by Les Blank and fits in with Blank’s documentaries about cultural obsessions; "Gates of Heaven," is about obsessed people in the midst of public conflicts; "Burden of Dreams" by Les Blank is about the making of "Fitzcarraldo"; and "Fitzcarraldo is loosely based on a true story and is about a capitalist obsessed with exploiting the landscape of the South American jungles for rubber, so that he can build an opera house in the jungle. These will be screeend in the Burns Wellness Center Auditorium, room 249 at CSS. It starts at 7 p.m. Friday with "Werner Herzog," followed by "Gates," and continues at 2 p.m. Saturday with "Burden of Dreams," and at 7 p.m. with "Fitzcarraldo." This is free and open to the public.

Here’s a big fat night of music: Anti-Valentines/Transistor 6-year anniversary party on Saturday night includes 10 bands or DJs at three venues. Go to the Brewhouse to catch Coyote at 9:30  p.m. followed by Ian Alexy at 10:30 p.m.; Move on down to Rex Bar, where the music starts at 9 p.m. with Aurora Baer, followed by The Boom Chucks, Nice Bears, Batteries, Teague Alexy and DJ Binghi; and completing the trifecta at Red Star: Dan Anderson’s Humongous Organ & His Silk Sheet Quartet, 9:30 p.m. followed by DJ Path Annu. These are all free.

I wrote about this last week in the Wave, but here is a reminder: The Minnesota Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Marshall School, and includes lotsa familiar names — including News Tribune higher education reporter and the taste buds behind The Current Jana Hollingsworth. Tix are $20 for adults.

Don’t forget that Paul Lundgren kicks off his series of Wednesday Happy Hours at 6 p.m. today at Teatro Zuccone. Tonight his special guest is Rachael Kilgour; Next Wednesday, catch local actor Christa Schultz.

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.