Today’s Arts and Entertainment roundup

Today’s main A&E story is a story about My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, an 80s-born band that plays The Red Herring Lounge tonight.

Tony Bennett reviewed The Social Disaster’s “Dark Side of the Roller Rink” and called it “post-rock with a sensible pop touch.” One of the best of the year, he says.

Best Bets include: 32 Below at Spurs on First, The Social Disaster’s CD release show, “The Underpants” at UWS, The Pines at Sacred Heart, TKK at Red Herring and the DSSO’s Nordic-themed show.

I wrote a column about getting a Visa gift card that I just can’t spend.

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A local production company is hoping to raise enough money to film the pilot of "Old Lifty," a Duluth-based web series. Photo courtesy of Story Front.

A local production company is hoping to raise enough money to film the pilot of “Old Lifty,” a Duluth-based web series. Photo courtesy of Story Front.

This week’s A&E section includes a story about a bunch of local creatives who are hoping to raise enough money to film “Old Lifty,” a Duluth-based web series.

Four local bands have advanced to the final round of the Bridge Sessions, which pairs rock ‘n’ rollers with musicians from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. There will be a big old concert on Friday night in which audience members and judges will decide on the winning act — which gets a cash prize and the chance to appear on stage with the DSSO.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett said of Gaelynn Lea’s debut album “All the Roads that Lead Us Home”: “Lea smartly, tastefully builds her loops bit by bit, block by block, each step leading to the next. They’re little evolving symphonies.”

Best Bets include: “Ten November,” Chicken Hat Plays, All Souls Night, Jackson Browne, Zenith City Cabaret, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and Martin Sexton.

This week’s column topic: My First Singing Mammogram.

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This week’s A&E section has a story on the unique “Magic Flute” production that the Minnesota Opera is bringing to Duluth on Saturday.

Best Bets include: “The Magic Flute,” a bunch of rock ‘n’ roll shows for Halloween, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and Gabriel String Quartet.

Tony Bennett reviewed “Suffer It,” new music by Dan Dresser.

 

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Artist Flo Matamoros is giving her old neighborhood a new place to shine with an exhibition next door to her mentor’s at the Duluth Art Institute.

Catherine Meier’s exhibition at the MIA shows her need for wide open spaces.

Tony Bennett reviewed The Weathered Heads’ album “The Sinner.”┬áHe’s not feeling it and likens the world to DMB and Blues Traveler.

Here is my column about how I am terrible at making friends, and how I get a little wild-eyed and googly about everything.

Best Bets include: The Long Island Medium, “Kirov By Night,” the DSSO, Bach pro Angela Hewitt, “Ole & Lena,” and “Aladdin Jr.”

A&E notes include the new Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery and Renegade Theater Company’s 2016 lineup.

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Renegade Theater Company's production of "The Birds" opens today at Teatro Zuccone. Photo by Andy Miller

Renegade Theater Company’s production of “The Birds” opens today at Teatro Zuccone. Photo by Andy Miller

Renegade Theater Company is going to try to freak you out with its soundtrack during the production of “The Birds,” which opens today. Here’s the story of the guy behind it all.

Here is a column I wrote about the time our 2-year-old prematurely lost a tooth in a yowch way.

Best Bets include: Nerd Nite, Roller Derby, Zenith City Cabaret, David Huntsberger, Lyric Opera of the North, “The Birds” and more.

A&E notes include a call for artists, programs added to KUMD-FM, Homegrown on the road and shape-note singing.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett looks at Glen’s Neighbor, a band that rises above the banjo-acoustic guitars-Southern-meets-Northern vocal twang pack.

But, more importantly, on Tuesday night Bennett reviewed the MGK show at the DECC. Here is his review, which is generating plenty o’buzz on Facebook.

Some thoughts:

  1. Reviews like this do not change who plays the DECC. If you think that Tay-Tay considers Amsoil Arena and then reads the Duluth News Tribune and says “No way am I playing Duluth. This Bennett dude is gonna skewer me like he skewered Machine Gun Kelly,” you’re wrong.
  2. Some people seem inflamed that Bennett inserted his opinion in the piece. Well, uh, yeah. That’s customary in reviews.
  3. Does Tony Bennett hate hip-hop? Shrug. Do you think you would get a better assessment of the concert from someone who has MGK’s entire discography, has screened bootleg footage and has a MGK Trapper Keeper? A: No. It would be riddled with exclamation points.
  4. Reviewers are under no obligation to be nice.
  5. I have more thoughts. (These are my opinions.)

Happy Thursday!

Also: If you have a haunted house, send me an email at clawler@duluthnews.com.

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Ryan Tischer's 6-plus foot printer is located in the couple's dining room. Bob King/rking@duluthnews.com

Ryan Tischer’s 6-plus foot printer is located in the couple’s dining room. Bob King/rking@duluthnews.com

Saturday’s Home section featured Ryan and Aimee Tischer, photographer and singer-songwriter, respectively, who have turned their home in Smithville into a place where they can live and work. This means a giant printer in the dining room and a makeshift music venue in the living room.

Lawrence Bernabo reviewed the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s concert+”Wizard of Oz.” He gives it cheeky treatment.

John Myers covered the organ fundraiser at Sacred Heart Music Center. Spoiler alert: The walls shook.

Here’s Creger’s story about Cheryl Diaz Meyer, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who will speak as part of a fundraiser for victims of the Nepal earthquake at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Coppertop Church.

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Sheryl Jensen takes a looksee at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s production of “Spoon River,” which she described as “crisp” and said it “flies by with a mix of comedy, pathos, music and dance.”

Lawrance Bernabo reviews “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” digs the performers in the two-actor show and said it is a story in which Nirvana’s “Lithium” is a love song.

“Enough said,” according to Bernabo.

Bonus footage:

Sam Cook’s column on a wedding reception will magically make water fall from your face.

And here’s the word for those hoping to make super-great photos of fall leaves from the Weekend section. Tips from the pros.

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Nirvana

Dang. This is a pretty good edition if I do say so myself. It’s just … meaty.

This week’s A&E section includes an interview with Krist Novoselic, former Nirvana bass player and current political reformer. He will be in town Friday for a ranked choice voting event at Greysolon Ballroom.

Tony Bennett reviewed Golden Void’s “Berkana,” and says it’s more about Isaiah Mitchell’s songs than shreds — and “he acquits himself well in this department.”

The Duluth Art Institute kicks off a yearlong series on design in Duluth. First up: Defeating Duluth’s Inferiority Complex at 5:30 p.m. today at Cirrus Aircraft.

Best Bets include: Machine Gun Kelly, “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” the DSSO, Matinee Musicale, “Spoon River” and a horror movie film festival.

Here is my column about *finally* paying off the last $14 of my student loan.

A&E notes include: Local rockers playing alongside the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, a benefit for the organ at Sacred Heart Music Center and a visit from the Guthrie’s new theater director.

Jeffrey Hatcher’s musical “Glensheen” opens Saturday at the History Theatre in St. Paul. “Marjorie and Roger are real people, but they are super, ridiculously bad people, bigger in real life,” according to the playwright.

 

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Today’s A&E section features Andy Erikson, a Ham Lake, Minn.-native who made it into the finals of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is now part of the tour that plays Sunday at the DECC. In it, she talks about the time Roseanne Barr told her she had an annoying voice.

Also, a related #tbt, one time Erikson won a comedy contest at Dubh Linn Irish Pub.

Best Bets include: “Last Comic Standing Live,” Rose Ensemble, Hippo Campus, an art show at Lizzards, William Bastian, and theater in Cloquet.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett looks at the new Fontanelles’ album and says it’s awesome.

A&E Notes include: Big Smo, Thunder Film Fest and a barbershop variety show.

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The 27th annual Bayfront Blues Festival closed Sunday with a few young musicians in the mid-afternoon mix. On Friday, Minneapolis musician Daina De Prez had the understatement of the day: “They liked it, I think.”

Tony Bennett reviewed three days of Bayfront Blues Festival. On harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite (“He made it cry like he was running it through a wah pedal …”), NRBQ (“small-for-Bluesfest-crowd … proceeded to bewilder a good chunk of them.”), Fattenin’ Frogs, Robert “One Man” Johnson, The Kinsey Report (“feast-or-famine as ever with its lineup on Saturday afternoon.”) and Friday’s Mud Morganfield show (“it was hard not to get wrapped up in just how much Mud was channeling Muddy.”)

And in non-Bluesfest news: Duluth-raised actor Daniel Durant is headed to Broadway. Sunday’s Pursuits section included a story about sculptor Boyd Christensen’s latest project.

 

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