BEST BETS: 'Rumors,' 'Revolution' and 'psychedelic strangeness'
A Neil Simon farce set around Charley and Maya's 10th anniversary party will include a missing hostess and a host with a fresh bullet wound. Chris and Ken, the first guests to arrive, try to cover up what they believe has happened as the party grows.
The original production of "Rumors" opened in 1988 to an audience eager to see Neil Simon (and, well, Woody Allen) return to humor, according to a New York Times review. To that end: "Maybe I've led a charmed life," reviewer Frank Rich wrote. "But I can't recall hearing this many toilet jokes since ninth grade."
The Duluth Playhouse's production of "Rumors" is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 21-Oct. 1. Tickets: $30 adults, $25 youth at duluthplayhouse.org or (218) 733-7555.
You say you want a 'Revolution'
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's season opens with "Revolution," a concert with pieces inspired by rebellions.
The program includes Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12; Miguel del Aguila's "The Giant Guitar"; and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with soloist Erin Aldridge, the DSSO's concertmaster.
DSSO's "Revolution" is at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Symphony Hall. Tickets start at $20 and are available at (218) 623-3776 and DSSO.com.
Tweed hosts double opening
The Tweed Museum of Art is hosting a double opening, which includes works of industrial blight alongside photographs of people in dynamic situations.
The former is a show of works by the Plein Air Painters of America, a world-class group of painters who, earlier in the week, considered local vistas. The show of 28 pieces explores the effect of industry on the environment.
The latter includes photographs by local and regional artists, including Wing Young Huie, Ivy Vainio, Kip Praslowicz and more.
Opening receptions for "Plein Air: America's Industrial Landscape" and "A Thousand Words" is 5-7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Free, open to the public.
Beaner's goes live
Beaner's Central's 16th annual One Week Live is a music festival featuring local players — some whose songs will later appear on the One Week Live disc.
The lineup includes hip-hop artist Kat Fox, the big soulful band The Latelys, ska band Woodblind and singer-songwriter Jacob Mahon. There is also a midweek songwriting competition hosted by Jeffrey James O'Loughlin.
One Week Live is Sept. 25-30 at Beaner's Central. Tickets: $7/night or $20/week. Saturday and Wednesday's shows are free.
'Psychedelic strangeness' on a screen near you
Schoolgirls take a trip to an aunt's spooky home in this 1977 cult classic, comedy-horror film directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. "Hausu" is filled with evil spirits, disembodied heads and attack mattresses and is the pick for this go-round of Zinema 2 and the Duluth Film Collective's Midnight Movies at 7. The Minneapolis Star Tribune said it moves beyond scariness to "pure psychedelic strangeness. But it's strange in the best way possible."
"Hausu" plays at 7 p.m.
'Blood Stripe,' 'Solatium' get another look
Two films that played during the Duluth Superior Film Festival will get a second local look this weekend. "Blood Stripe," a film about a U.S. marine who returns to her hometown with psychological scars and is triggered by a homecoming party, gets a screening and Q&A with its award-winning director Remy Auberjonois ("Mad Men," "Weeds," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") on Friday at Zinema 2. It was filmed mostly in Minneapolis and on the Iron Range.
The film, billed as "polished" and "ambitious" by Variety, played during the Duluth Superior Film Festival.
"Solatium" is a feature-length psychological thriller about a man experiencing a messiah complex. He witnesses a crime, which sparks a chain reaction. "Solatium," by Nick Hansen, was shot in the Twin Ports with local actors.
"Blood Stripe" plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Zinema 2. Tickets: $10 at zinema2.com.
"Solatium" plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Teatro Zuccone.