This week’s Wave

The Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Hair” landed on the list of top A&E events from 2012 as picked by the local artists and entertainers. 2012 file/News Tribune

It wouldn’t be the final Wave of 2012 without a bit of reflection on the past year. Here’s what you’ll find in this edition:

Last week we gave you the top moments on local stage as picked by reviewer Lawrance Bernabo (with a little help from his friends). This week we asked the local artists and entertainers to weigh in on a faves from the past year and they came up with a pretty good mix.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett considers Jamestown Story and finds it too polished. He says:

The music on Show Me Tomorrow, as perfect as it is, is like a piece of art glass with all the imperfections smoothed out. This collection of songs has been steam-cleaned, pressed, ironed, fussed with, tinkered with, considered, reconsidered and then considered again. Or at least it seems that way. Even if all these songs were hammered out in no time, it feels fussy. It’s a tuxedo when it should be jeans and a T-shirt.


Speaking of music: This is happening tonight on a radio near you. Walt Dizzo, with co-host Tony Bennett, consider the best of 2012 in a 5-hour special on KUWS-FM.

Best Bets include the return of the gigantic earth harp, bar hopping on New Year’s Eve — or just hanging out at one all day and all night, a burlesque show and the return of a locally-raised musician.

And Charles Durning, the great character actor, died Monday. Here’s what happened when he spent a few weeks filming “Far North” in Duluth.

Also on the internet:

The Current has a sneak peek at the first track off Low’s 2013 release “The Invisible Way.” Here’s where to find “Plastic Cup.”

The Duluth Playhouse looks back at the year on both its stage and the Play Ground space. Slide show.

Life in 2013: Last week MPR reported that the Guthrie was offering Tweet Seats for audience members who want to Tweet the theater experience. I’ve heard this come up occasionally with arts folks. Good idea? Bad idea? Weird idea?

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