Today’s Arts and Entertainment roundup

Here’s a bunch of A&E-friendly stuff (that I didn’t write at all):

Folk singer Ben Weaver is riding his bike around Lake Superior — and making stops to play along the way. Here’s the story.

Lawrance Bernabo reviewed the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra concert — and there were puppets.

Here’s the deets on All Pints North, a Bayfront-based brewfest.

Doods. Are you doing this? It’s a good way to get a curated batch of local headlines in your inbox Monday through Friday. It’s a good time.

Today’s Arts and Entertainment roudup

Today’s A&E section includes:

A look at some of the top picks from the Free Range Film Festival.

The previously mentioned column on Pyrex.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett is into the surprise new Wilco.

Best Bets include: a film fest, Garrison Keillor at Big Top, a chamber orchestra, free rock ‘n’ roll and more.

Also: Brady Slater wrote about the premiere of a piece of music by an Iranian composer that was commissioned by the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.

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We have a date: The First Folio will be in Duluth Oct. 3-26 2016, the University of Minnesota Duluth announced on Thursday. This month-long Shakespeare fest is expected to include all sorts of events with themed art and historical context.

Here is Lawrance Bernabo’s review of “Guys & Dolls,” which opened at the Playhouse on Thursday.

(Those looking for a “Titanic” review will have to wait until Saturday’s News Tribune.)

Today’s Arts and Entertainment roundup

Carolyn LePine (left) is good girl Sarah Brown, and Calland Metts is a less morally strong Sky Masterson in the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” which opens tonight. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Carolyn LePine (left) is good girl Sarah Brown, and Calland Metts is a less morally strong Sky Masterson in the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” which opens tonight. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

This week’s A&E roundup includes local theater companies dishing on what makes for a good summer show. (Spoiler alert: Musicals.)

Fun story about this one: About a half hour before my interview with Tessanne Chin, winner of “The Voice” Season 5, she posted a photo of herself sitting next to a pool in Jamaica  and enjoying a Red Stripe. These kind of breaks are rare these days, she said in the interview (she called me when she came inside to get snacks.)

Music reviewer Tony Bennett looks at (listens to) Mutoid Man’s “Bleeder.”

A&E Notes include: a call for film fest judges, an award for a theater volunteer, a fundraiser for Twin Ports Stage, ‘Last Comic Standing’ tour swinging through D-Town, and Bar-B-Queer.

Best Bets have: two musicals, a live radio program, Low, the aforementioned winner of “The Voice and a Mississippi bluesman.

I didn’t write a column, but if I did, it would probably have been about how I bought some Pyrex and now everything is great. Maybe next week!

PS: Lisa Kaczke wrote about the Duluth Art Institute’s week of plein air.

Today’s Arts and Entertainment roundup

Today’s A&E section includes, very briefly:

Rick Springfield dishing on “Jessie’s Girl.”

Me whining about what I thought was an “unfriending.”

Reviewer Tony Bennett says Phillip of Nazareth has tons of potential.

Best Bets include: the aforementioned Springfield, who plays today at Bayfront, Trampled By Turtles, who play Bayfront on Saturday, the Downtown Street Dance on Saturday, a kid-friendly show at The Underground, Movies in the Park, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and Renegade’s New Works Festival.

 

Today’s Arts and Entertainment roundup

Ruthe Kay is a teenaged blues phenom who is just starting to perform locally — though she has played stages in Minneapolis and Chicago. She is pictured at Leif Erikson Park in Duluth, a place where she likes to write. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Ruthe Kay is a teenaged blues phenom who is just starting to perform locally — though she has played stages in Minneapolis and Chicago. She is pictured at Leif Erikson Park in Duluth, a place where she likes to write. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

This week’s A&E story is about Ruthe Kay, a 15-year-old making her way in the Minnesota blues scene.

Best Bets include: “Take It With You,” Harmony in the Park, Nerd Nite, Melissa Etheridge, Rhubarb Fest and the Park Point Art Fair.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett considers FFS’s “FFS.”

Today’s Arts and Entertainment roundup

Brent Muscat (far right) performed with Faster Pussycat when the band played the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in 1990.

Brent Muscat (far right) performed with Faster Pussycat when the band played the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in 1990.

This week’s A&E section includes a story about how an ex-member of Faster Pussycat is making his way from Vegas to Superior for a show with Rock Brigade.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett reviews Jonathan Rundman’s new album.

Best Bets include: Rock the Big Top, Lake Ave Live, Wood Blind at Chester Bowl, “[Title of Show]” at Teatro Zuccone, Jonathan Rundman at the Brewhouse and an exhibition of work by comic book artists and web comics and illustrators at the Duluth Art Institute.

Here’s my column about how I ran a marathon one time. Kind of.

Twin Ports Bridge Festival announced its focus (anti-bullying) and its headliner (Cloud Cult.)

This week’s Arts and Entertainment roundup

Amazing Grace owners Marcie Stoyke and her son Connor Riley in the bakery, cafe and music venue. Amazing Grace is celebrating is 20th year. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

Amazing Grace owners Marcie Stoyke and her son Connor Riley in the bakery, cafe and music venue. Amazing Grace is celebrating is 20th year. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

This week’s A&E section has a story about Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe, which celebrates its 20th year on Friday with a day full of music.

Here’s an update on the play Louis Jenkins co-wrote with Mark Rylance.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett considers Christopher David Hanson Band.

Best Bets include: “[Title of Show],” at Renegade, a reading of “Clue” at The Underground, Michael Franti at Big Top Chautauqua, Norwegian folk music, a chamber music festival and a country band at Black Bear.

A&E Notes: Jonny Lang is coming and so is Martin Sexton. Here is UMD’s theater season for 2015-16.

I wrote a column about driving his car, comparably a hot rod.

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Nicholas Sunsdahl’s film “Adam Swanson’s Spirit Mountain Mural” plays today during the Duluth Superior Film Festival. Photo courtesy of the DSFF.

This week’s A&E section includes a guide to some of the films that will be playing (for free) during the Duluth Superior Film Festival, which started on Wednesday and runs through Sunday’s 10th anniversary screening of “North Country.” Go here.

I wrote a column about the dangers of trusting Pinterest.

Best Bets include: “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike” at the Playhouse, “Behind the Shining Star” at The Underground, an arty tour of the city, Shakespeare in the park and the DSFF.

Tony Bennett reviewed Rich Mattson and the Northstars’ self-titled album.

This week’s Arts and Entertainment roundup

People clap as Florian Chmielewski plays at the Cloquet VFW on Sunday, performing “The Auctioneer.” (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

People clap as Florian Chmielewski plays at the Cloquet VFW on Sunday, performing “The Auctioneer.” (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

This week’s A&E section has a story about longtime polka man Florian Chmielewski, whose annual Polka Fest starts Friday in Hinckley, Minn.

Best Bets include: Goody Night’s tribute to Eric Swanson, Duluth Superior Film Festival kickoff, Chicken Hat plays, The Defenders series and The Band Perry.