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Matinee Musicale presents the Copper Street Brass Quintet

Copper Street Brass

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7:30 PM
At Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th St.
Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $6

These five brilliant young musicians have nine degrees, dozens of academic recitals, a few hundred jazz gigs, and countless concerts between them. They’ve also got style, substance, and a flair for innovation.


In celebration of Bloomsday, June 16

Various Citizens and Others
will read their favorite pissages from James Joyce’s Ulysses
out loud to their Friends and Others
within the licensed primroses
of the beloved Carmody Irish Pub

Upon the holy day of June 16, that being the day of all events occurring between the covers of aforesaid book by our Jim
(and the event that happened outside the covers between our Jim and Nora his Barnacle)

Commencin around 8 pm and ending up a couple hours later or when we run out of the good stuff
All comers will have their chance to face off with that famous character James Joyce and read at will of their favorite bits.

Carmody is at 308 E Superior St. in Duluth, (218) 740-4747

The Birds, by Aristophanes by way of Van Halen

The 1980s is the updated feathers-and-glitter setting for Aristophanes’ political satire, spoken and sung by Emily Parr’s Harbor City School theater students. It’s Thurs-Sunday, April 29-May 2, 7 pm through Saturday, and 2 pm on Sunday. Don’t miss it–it’s at 322 Michigan St. in the Harbor City School Theater. The entrance is in the skywalk.

Barbarous Hospitality

Ellen Sandbeck’s new book “Green Barbarians” is having its book launch at the Spiritual Deli at 3 W. Superior St. It’s fine, bold foray that turns away from ecological no-saying into ecological yes-saying. It’s also illustrated with Sandbeck’s elegant black and white papercut images, and with her great little “barbarian” glyph–just made for a tattoo.

It’s a costume party: come as a Green Barbarian (or for you Avatar fans, a bluegreen barbarian) and Win Fabulous Prizes. It’s Fri., January 22 at 6 pm.

Eat, drink, and be merry in good barbarian style (you might even find out about “bread napkins”). Northern Lights Books will be there with copies of the book to buy.

Please let me know what you think about the proposed Duluth Art Office

The Duluth Art Office is my proposal to make Duluth artists, musicians, actors, directors, dancers, unicyclists, squirrel trainers, cartoonists, writers, publishers, gallery owners, and etc. rich(er) and happy(ier). I’m proposing to set up shop as an advocate for Duluth’s arts workers here and in the larger world, linking them with potential clients using a database of their work, connecting them with small business assistance to set up business plans and accounting systems, helping them with grants info and writing, and doing a host of other things. Read the proposal on the Duluth Art Office blog, and please comment–I need to know what you need in order to design this thing.

Also, if anyone feels that I would be duplicating what you do– that is not my intention at all! This is meant to be a liaison service, connecting artists and arts orgs, as well. Please help me with constructive criticism.


Ann Klefstad

Peace Cabaret on Tuesday

Please come to the Peace Cabaret at Carmody at 7:30 on Oct. 27– suggested donation a ten-spot. This is meant to benefit Sue Sojourner, who is struggling to assemble the photos, the ephemera, the words, the memories, of her role and those of her friends in the fight for civil rights in the south in the sixties. Hers may be the real “greatest generation”–those who threw their lives into jeopardy for some idea of justice that wasn’t popular at the time.

The entertainment will surprise you–political talk that isn’t boring. I’ve assembled sections of speeches from the likes of Stokely Carmichael, Fanny Lou Hamer, MLK, and more that carry the flavor of those days’ immediacy, the sense that something real could change. They’ll be read by Duluth citizens: David Comer, Portia Johnson, Bart Sutter, Rabbi Amy Bernstein and more.

And hey–for fun, Perfectini plays lounge jazz– another 60s artifact.

come on down and let’s think and feel together about what political change can be.

Alon Goldstein plays Duluth

What: Alon Goldstein, pianist, playing Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata, Brahms’ “Intermezzi,” and Ginastera’s “Argentinian Dances” (and more)
When: October 6, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave.
Tickets and Box Office info: $18 adults / $6 students, call 724-8115; also available at the door at 7 p.m. For shuttle bus to Mitchell, call 525-9413.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Thursday through Saturday, August 6 through 22, 2009 – 7:30pm

Tickets: $15 available at the door beginning at 6:00pm

Or purchase advance tickets online starting July 23, 2009

Sweeney’s waiting. I want you bleeders.


new Mars Volta album


Their new single, “Since We’ve Been Wrong,” sounds so Low-esque. Are the Angelenos acquainted with the Sparhawk family or is it just affinity?

Jack Chick Plays Vol. II

jack-chick Jack is back…

Jack Chick, that is. Colder by the Lake Comedy Theatre presents The Jack Chick Plays, Volume 2. It’s a hilarious, irreverent (yet thoughtful) look at the world of religious tracts, adapted for the stage.
Directed by Jean Sramek, and featuring the talents of Christa Schulz, Chris Nollet, Cheryl Skafte, Cathy Podeszwa, Gary Kruchowski, Tony Keane, and media artists Chris Julin and Rob Wittig, The Jack Chick Plays is something both saints and sinners will enjoy.

June 4-13

Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Communion Wine Post-Church Matinee:
Sunday, June 7th at 2pm

Tickets: $10 at the door starting at 6pm (11am on Sunday) or on-line at

Winners in Play Competition at the Play Ground

Lake Superior Writers Announce Winners in Play Competition

“The Voice of the Turtle” by Teresa Boyle Falsani

“The Voice of the Turtle” explores life’s losses, the unpredicted impact of important decisions, and the challenges of commitment over the long term.

“This Too Shall Pass” by Matt Wall

will also play

See these award winning plays on

Sunday, May 24

2pm at the Play Ground
Both plays will be performed in reader’s theater format
Free to the Public.

Neil LaBute’s (and Julie Ahasay’s) “Fat Pig” opens tonight

The Play Ground hosts this tender, funny and biting look at love by one of America’s hottest playwrights.

directed by Julie Ahasay
Jason Page
Allison Hartl
Zachary Stofer
Priscilla Manisto

Dates have changed!!!!!!!!!

Performances are now:
April 16, 17, 18, 23, 25
May 2
7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10 at the door or online

“Flora the Red Menace” opens at Harbor City tonight

Come see what Emily Parr’s gang of Thespians have been up to: this Kander and Ebb musical served as Liza Minelli’s Broadway debut, and concerns the war between love and politics. Great songs like “Not Every Day of the Week” and “Express Yourself,” sung by the substantial musical talent at Harbor City School, dress up a ’30s-era story of union organizers, Party members, and romance

April 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, at 7 PM; April 26 at 2 PM.

The Tower: A Rapunzel Musical

Free at the Play Ground, this Sunday at 3 p.m.:

“The Tower: A Rapunzel Musical” debuts in a staged reading. This musical comedy updates the story of the girl with very long hair, focusing on the relationship of a couple of imprisoned people who find each other. The production is written and scored by UMD senior Alicia Heckler, whom you’ve seen in “Seussical” as a kangaroo, in “LaTraviata” as Annina, and in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” as Domina.

Come early; seats will fill up fast.

The Duluth Play Ground 11 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

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