Here is what has happened in the A&E community since we last connected:
Lawrance Bernabo reviewed the Duluth Playhouse production of “God of Carnage” and dug it.
What immediately impressed me was how little time it takes for this stellar cast to take the script into the hallowed land where everything is funny. These are marvelously measured performances, understating the absurdity one moment and going for the jugular the next.
I went to the 35th Annual International Polka Fest at Black Bear, which seems to have an unspoken “No Mean People” rule. Okay, one woman got mad at me — but only when I confessed that I’m not a dancer. Here is what the event was like.
Bernabo reviewed a re-creation of Judy Garland’s 1961 performance at Carnegie Hall, as played by female impersonator Quincey Roisum and called it “ambitious, heartfelt, daunting, exciting and long.”
The Budgeteer went on a walk through at the Tweed with artist Anne Labovitz, who has an exhibition of portraits at the UMD gallery.
The editorial pages were filled with A&E content including: Our View considers the online campaign to name a street for Telly Sevalas, (“No,” says Our View) which turns into a nice 101 on the former Kojak star’s connection to the city. Kat Mandeville asked readers, in her Local View column, whether Crispin Glover’s contribution to the Duluth Superior Film Festival romanticized the rape and torture of women. Robin Washington looked at ticket sales for the Dylan-Wilco-MMJ-Richard Thompson concert at Bayfront Festival Park — including $200-something being charged by secondary sources.