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 / email@example.com)
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.
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.
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.”
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Locally-grown comedian Maria Bamford is featured in a profile in the New York Times magazine (“The Weird Scary Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford”) – a story that is wicked long and includes hang time with the mental health advocate-”Arrested Development” scene stealer.
Bamford has a song that she sometimes performs onstage called “My Anxiety Song.” It has no melody. Instead, it sounds more like an incantation, a desperate verbal hum. “If I keep the ice-cube trays filled,” she chants, “no one will diiiiieeee.” She continues, in a monotone, “As long as I clench my fists at odd intervals, then the darkness within me won’t force me to do anything inappropriate or sexual” — here, she drops her voice a couple of notes — “at dinner partieeeees. . . . “
Bamford, whose grew up in Duluth and still has family in this area, said on Twitter:
“I’m in the NY Times! W my family!”
and “I’m in the @nytimes magazine section this Sunday! An expose, I hope.”
Dr. Lloyd Backus has developed his painting skills since he retired from Raiter Clinic more than 20 years ago. His watercolor paintings, such as the one shown above, are featured at a gallery showing in Duluth this month.
Pine Journal reporter Dylan Marvel has a story about a doc who traded in his stethoscope for a paintbrush.
Tony Bennett has a review of Trampled By Turtles’ “Wild Animals.”
Best Bets include: Reggae & World Music Festival, The Zeitgeist Experiment, “Take it With You,” Movies in the Park, Northwoods Music Festival and Dances on the Lakewalk.