Brian Matuszak, right, as Macbeth, rehearses a scene from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” with John Pokrzywinski as Banquo at Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium last Sunday. The play opens Friday. (Bob King / firstname.lastname@example.org)
An actor known for his comedic side channels a dark-dark place as the title character in the Wise Fool Shakespeare production that opens Friday. Brian Matuszak is Macbeth.
Vincent Gargiulo, the San Francisco filmmaker behind “Duluth is Horrible” directs Clara Spencer (from left) of Duluth, Kelly Kaye Hickler, of Duluth, and Becky Farris of Duluth during the filming of the Carmen Miranda scene at the Duluth News Tribune Wednesday. (Clint Austin / email@example.com)
This story never gets old. The title for a San Francisco filmmaker’s next project comes to him in a dream. When Vincent Gargiulo announces his intent to make something called “Duluth is Horrible,” though he is not quite sure what a “Duluth” actually is, the locals get huffy. For a bit.
He packs up his newly purchased winter-wear and spends a few cold-cold February weeks in D-Town, mixing it up with members of a local cast. His film premiere at Zinema 2 and the verdict seemed to be: Okay, Vincent. We’re not mad anymore.
This is all just a lot of words to say that “Duluth is Horrible” recently won a monetary prize at the SF Independent Film Festival. Gargiulo won the Woodcock Jury Prize for Short Film and pocketed $500, according to the festival’s website.
“I literally just did a spit take,” he said on Facebook.
As a studio audience listens to Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners perform in a studio at WDSE/WRPT TV on Monday, camera operators record the local group for later broadcast on “The PlayList.” A local arts and entertainment show that began five years ago, the program celebrates its 100th episode this week. (Steve Kuchera / firstname.lastname@example.org)
This week’s Wave is the milestone edition. The regional PBS A&E program “The PlayList” airs its 100th episode today with a show featuring the Minnesota Ballet. (In honor of this, host Karen Sunderman shared some of her favorite moments from the past 99 episodes).
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra musicians donated money to underwrite a performance. Members of the orchestra presented the money to the board of directors before a rehearsal on Saturday at Symphony Hall.
Jody Kujawa (left), who plays Oscar and Felix in “The Odd Couple” and Jason Skorich, who also plays Oscar and Felix, rehearse scenes from the play at the Duluth Playhouse on Tuesday night. On this particular night, Kujawa played Oscar and Skorich played Felix. (Bob King / email@example.com)
You can stream Jeremy Messersmith’s new album “Heart Murmurs” here. It doesn’t look like he has a Duluth show in the near future, but he tends to land here frequently. Expect to hear interesting sentences.
Alex Gutterman said his movie “In Winter” should be ready for festival consideration in six months to a year. 2013 file/ News Tribune
Happy Wave day, friends. This week’s A&E guide gives readers a look ahead at some of the projects local artists are working on. We’ve got a coupla filmmakers, a coupla musicians and a visual artist. Read all about it here.
Tony Bennett reviews Preston Gunderson’s “Getting Good at Starting Over” and says: “There’s no way around this. This sort of John Mayer/Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz soft-rock radio stuff just seems like a Hallmark card stuffed with glitter — way too safe, way too boring, but also way too over-the-top with annoying effort.”