This week’s Wave

A larger-than-life Paul Bunyan goes on a rampage in “Axe Giant,” a creature feature that opens Friday at Zinema 2. (Photo courtesy of Cinema Purgatorio)

Here’s what you will find in this week’s Wave:

An independent creature feature gives beloved lumberjack Paul Bunyan a character makeover — and a deadly weapon — in “Axe Giant,” which opens Friday for a week run at Zinema 2. Here’s the story.

Big Top Chautauqua has shows ranging from longtime outlaw country legends to original musical theater to Duluth’s bluegrass export for this summer. Here is the full schedule.

This week’s Best Bets include the Playhouse’s performance of “God of Carnage,” “Duluth is Horrible” gets its premiere, a talk show-sketch comedy hybrid graduates to a local stage, Anne Labovitz has an exhibition at the Tweed, a female impersonator takes on Judy Garland and her 1961 performance at Carnegie Hall and the 35th annual International Polka Fest kicks off Friday at Black Bear.

Tony Bennett reviews Christoph Bruhn’s “Weekends on the Frontier.”