This week’s A&E section

Phillip Phillips performs Sunday at Symphony Hall.

This week’s A&E section includes mostly stories about people you probably don’t personally know.

Phillip Phillips, who plays Sunday at Symphony Hall, talked about his experience on “American Idol” and his new album. And if I’m being honest, the video from his win makes me cry like an episode of “Parenthood.”

Watch it. Weep.

David Huntsberger, a podcast famous comedian from “Professor Blastoff,” performs Friday at Teatro Zuccone. Here’s a little bit about him and his successful Kickstarter campaign.

Tony Bennett is really not feeling the new Foo Fighters album (and says so in all sorts of colorful ways).

Best Bets include parades, Cirque, comedy, Bentleyville, movies and more.

Features editor Melinda Lavine finds “Rosewater” lacking.

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Here are a few things of an A&E-ish nature that you can read:

Professionals and civilians both contributed to this list of Young Adult books to add to your TBR pile.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett was at Sun Kil Moon and Low on Thursday night at an unlikely venue.

Trampled By Turtles will headline an annual brewfest in February at Grand Casino Hinckley.

Features editor Melinda Lavine totally dug “Snowpiercer,” according to her IndieWatch column.

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Gabriel Preisser (right) as Escamillo sings with the chorus in the Lyric Opera of the North and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra production of “Carmen.” (Clint Austin /

Here is a story about “Carmen,” a collaboration between the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of the North.

The Duluth Art Institute’s Biennial includes a mix of textures and tone.

Tony Bennett reviewed Breanne Marie’s album “The Timothy John EP.”

I wrote a column about being addicted to “Serial.”

Best Bets include: Sun Kil Moon, “Carmen,” live radio theater, the biennial show at the art institute, Little River Band, jazz and a production of “Medea.”


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Maddy Siiter performs at Beaner’s Central in Duluth. The 15-year-old musician spent the summer in Nashville, Tenn., recording her latest album. The CD release party for “Runaway” is Friday at Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe in Duluth. (Clint Austin /

This week’s A&E section includes a story about a 15-year-old Proctor High School student who spent part of her summer recording her second album in Nashville. Maddy Siiter plays an album release show Friday at Amazing Grace.

Best Bets include: “A Prairie Home Companion” returns to Duluth, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” plays at Teatro, Hot Buttered Rum show at The Rex, Newsboys play Symphony Hall, “Kirov By Night” returns Friday and Zinema hosts a silent film with a live score.

Tony Bennett reviewed Toby Thomas Churchill’s album “Rumspringa Darling.”

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Happy Halloween, newspaper readers.

Here’s what was in this week’s pages of the A&E section of the DNT:

Those Annabelle dolls that have been freaking everyone out? Made by a locally-grown special effects pro. Here’s the words.

Here is my column about the annual Halloween makeout party.

Best Bets include: Two plays, All Souls, a meat party, Charlie Parr, “Rosemary’s Baby” and more.

Tony B. compiled a playlist of creepy tunes.


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Here are the A&E-ish things that you will find in the DNT (both today and yesterday):

Here’s a review of Rubber Chicken Theater’s production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.” It’s even more campy and fun than you want it to be.

Features editor Melinda Lavine reviewed “A Long Way Down” and gave it a D.

This week’s Weekend section  has a look at a few of the haunted tours.

Reporter John Lundy reviewed “Such Good Girls” by R.D. Rosen.


And here is the story behind the show. I didn’t link to it yesterday because I made a much-mocked typo and was hating life about it. But I’m better now, thanks for asking. (Typo=fixed)

Tony Bennett reviewed a throw-back album for this week’s A&E section. How about some originals? he asks of Sundae+Mr. Goessl.

Here’s a story about a musician who used recordings of Gaelic music by a late Duluth folk singer as the starting point for her most recent album.

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Peter Passi had an interesting story about the curious case of the A.H. Zeppa Foundation as the arts complex celebrates its fifth birthday — and moves in a different direction.

Here is Lawrance Bernabo’s review of the Minnesota Ballet’s “Who Cares?” a triple bill.

A certain special lady (me) wrote something that prompted a letter to the editor. (Also: I would just like to note that because of the leggings-as-pants column, I no longer feel comfortably wearing jeans in public.)

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Today’s A&E-ish things that appear in the DNT include:

An obituary for favorite University of Minnesota Duluth English professor, Joseph Maiolo.

Here are some horror movies to match your many moods, a compilation in the Weekend section.

And here are some spooky reads as a companion piece. Including a few favorite Stephen King novels by copy editor Tamara Gruhot.

Features Editor Melinda Lavine spent four hours learning about the Freddie franchise. She gives “Never Sleep Again” a D+ in her IndieWatch column.

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The Minnesota Ballet opens its season Friday with “Who Cares?” a triple bill that includes classical, modern and cinematic pieces. “Clowns and Others,” the second performance of the night, opens with the dancers-as-clowns posed comically in a line. (SteveKuchera/

The Minnesota Ballet opens its season with “Who Cares?” a triple bill that includes a modern piece featuring clowns. Here’s the story.

I wrote a column about how the internet can make a person so mad! Some might consider this a preemptive move, considering I’m presenting a list of awesome horror flicks for Friday’s News Tribune and someone will probably hate on it. (All together now: “THIS IS NEWS?!”)

Best Bets include: The aforementioned ballet, Caroline Smith at The Red Herring Lounge, Jason Schommer at The Encounter, UMD’s Homecoming Parade, Nerd Nite and Dalia Basiouny’s one-woman show.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett wasn’t feeling Ash St. John’s “Dreams Made Real.”