Weekend A&E roundup

Here is the A&E stuff that ran this past weekend.

Wise Fool Shakespeare’s production of “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” caused lots of kiddie giggles on opening night — but Gen Xers will also find the stage adaptation of Judy Blume’s famous novel worth visiting. Here’s the review.

Lawrance Bernabo reviewed the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s season opener.

Lest you were Duluth-bound during the inaugural Festival Palomino, here is the scene as seen by the Star Tribune.

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Louisa Scorich is Pauline Clench (left) and Luke Moravec is Alan Dangle in the Duluth Playhouse production of “One Man, Two Guvnors.” (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

This week’s A&E section includes a story about the happy couples behind the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

Tony Bennett reviewed The Resonance’s album.

Here are all the Best Bets.

Then, today, we had a story about a “Firefly” uprising. (The local chapter of Browncoats is hosting a shindig on Sunday).

And LB reviewed the Playhouse’s production of “One Man, Two Guvs” and had lots of good things to say about Jody Kujawa.

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Renegade Improv players Cory Anderson (left) and Mary Fox, both of Duluth, gesture while talking at Teatro Zuccone in Duluth on Tuesday afternoon. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

This week’s A&E section includes the annual Back to School content. So hold on to your hats, this list is gonna get longish.

It all starts with this story about Renegade Improv.
Here are some picks for hitting the trails.
There are a lot of local bands. Here are a few to watch.
The upperclassmen had a few words of wisdom.
Here’s the list of cheap eats.

Then we had some regular A&E content like Best Bets, which includes a country show at Grandma’s, an album release show for Charlie Parr, a live read of “Ghostbusters,” etc.

Country singer Jon Pardi talks about his move from California to Nashville.

Tony Bennett reviews Black River Revue’s “Spring Thaw.”


Review roundup


“Bare: A Pop Opera” opens today at The Underground. Photo by Andrew Benusa

Reviewer Paul Brissett called Renegade Theater Company’s “Things to Ruin” a“varied and energetic show.” 

Lawrance Bernabo says “Bare: A Pop Opera,” which opened Thursday at The Underground, is gut-wrenching.

Features editor Melinda Lavine lists 10 Robin Williams movies that are now available for streaming in her Indie Watch column.

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Sara Wabrowetz performs during the dress rehearsal of the Renegade Theater Company production of “Things to Ruin,” a pop musical revue-style show about what it is like to be young and alive in modern times. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

This week’s A&E section features a story about the two pop musicals opening today: “Things to Ruin” in this corner; “Bare: A Pop Opera” over here.

Here is where I deconstruct the song “Stay with Me.” 

Tony Bennett reviewed Ire Wolves’ album “The Ascetic” and had big ups for its fresh sound.

Best Bets include: “Bare,” “Things to Ruin,” Art in Bayfront Park, Red Rock Grill Wars, live radio theater and The Zeitgeist Experiments.


Weekend A&E roundup (now with more blues)

Sonny Knight of Sonny Knight & The Lakers performs at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth Saturday afternoon. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Is everyone properly Blues’ed out? If not, here is a retrospective of blues-themed stories that ran during Bayfront Blues Festival in this weekend’s DNT.

On Friday, we had tips for how to have a happy bluesfest.

On Saturday, we captured the sights and sounds of the 26th annual event.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett said headliner Los Lonely Boys spent too much time dinging around and then dished out a ton of cliches.

Sunday’s paper included a story revisiting everyone’s favorite tie-dyed dance man Erwin “Boogie Cat” Laitala.

Bennett reviewed Robert Randolph and the Family Band and said the titular player turns his guitar into a psyche-gospel weapon.

Bennett reviewed Guitar Shorty’s midday set and had kudos for his “guitar wizardry.”



Bayfront Blues Festival playlist

Hey Bluesfesters: Here’s a playlist compilation of as many acts that I could find that are performing at Bayfront Blues Festival. Take it for a spin if you’re looking to do some pre-game homework. Or save it for later when you want to reminisce about what unfolded. Your choice.


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This week’s A&E section is heavy in Bayfront Blues Festival coverage. The cover story is about a hometown band, Deja vu Drifters, which plays its first bluesfest gig to open the show in the acoustic tent Friday.

Here are some picks for bands to see during the three-day event.

Tony Bennett reviewed the Holy Hootenanners.

Best Bets include a buncha fests: Bluesfest, Found Footage Fest, Sprout Film Fest, and Willie Nelson at Big Top, Goo Goo Dolls in Tower and the Playhouse’s education program tackles “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Hamlet.”

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Illustration by Gary Meader

This week’s A&E section includes a story about the ticket-buying trends of local audiences. Meanwhile, here’s some stuff to check out at Howling Moon Music Festival.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett reviewed Jeremy Messersmith’s “Heart Murmurs.”

Best Bets include: Howling Moon, Jason Isbell, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, “Venus in Fur,” Movies in the Park and booze and symphony and booze and opera.

I wrote a column about Prince, Kevin Bacon’s butt and sugar cereals.

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Alan Sparhawk (left) and Mimi Parker of the Duluth band Low perform on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current during a live broadcast from Endion Station Public House in Canal Park on Friday afternoon. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

The Current played live from Endion Station on Friday, a broadcast that included interviews with Mayor Don Ness, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low and Sarah Krueger. This also marked the opening of the new beachfront spot created by Team Raymond-Nelson.

Sunday’s Pursuits section included a story about photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson two years after one of her photos went viral. (You know the one: Schoep the dog).

Also on the internet:

The Pioneer Press had raves for “Die Fledermaus,” which included local soprano Sarah Lawrence in the role of Adele. Reviewer Ron Hubbard calls her a “charmer with a robust soprano voice.”