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One minute, Vicki Fingalson was part of an audience of about 40 artists, directors and patrons gathered in the Zeitgeist Arts Atrium for a shared media-VIP event to announce the upcoming season schedules for three local classical arts organizations. Next, she was a plenty peeved Donna Elvira with choice words for her husband. Fingalson was fierce, finger-pointed, eyes fiery, as she performed "Ah, fuggi il traditor," an aria from Mozart's "Don Giovanni" accompanied by Alexander Sandor.
Minnesota Ballet fans the flames All hail the Firebird, a magical flame-feathered forest creature the Minnesota Ballet is billing as a "superhero in a tutu." The company's season finale is a Russian fairy tale about Prince Ivan, whose three brothers bully him into hunting the titular bird. She buys her freedom with a magical feather that he can use to summon her when he needs her — and he will. See also: princesses, an evil sorcerer and brothers who are barely recognizable. "Firebird" is set to a score by Igor Stravinsky.
Ava Battocchio likes old things: shuttered towns, abandoned buildings, faded signs, machines with replaceable parts rather than computerized innards. She's got an early-1990s Range Rover parked in her driveway. And, inside her apartment, there is the enamel tabletop from the 1930s that her mother gave her butting up against the matching one she found. "I already collect weird (things), I can't start collecting enamel tables," Battocchio said, eyeing the focal point of her living room.
The iconic scene associated with Newfoundland is family and friends gathered in the kitchen near a woodstove. Out goes the table, out come the musical instruments. From there, hours of traditional music and dancing. "That will go on until about an hour before church on Sunday," said Chuck Butler, whose band draws on the spirit of the kitchen or cabin party, also known as a ceilidh.
From morning, noon and night, here are some of the St. Patrick's Day happenings in the Twin Ports. DUBH LINN IRISH BREW PUB 109 W. Superior St. 10 a.m. This Superior Street spot really shines during St. Pat's — and has been billed one of the top spots in the state to go green. (Right after the St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Paul, says bestthingsmn.com.) Expect a day of live music, including bagpipers, Irish food and green beer. THE SUNSET BAR & GRILL 4483 Martin Rd. 11:30 a.m.
Among the costume suggestions that came along with the scripts for "The Lion King Jr." was a tip about using a paper plate to make the face of a lion. Um. That's not quite the vision director Kate Horvath had for the Duluth Playhouse's Children's Theatre production of Disney's popular coming-of-animal-age musical. She had a bigger idea — something that more closely matched the long-running Broadway show. Now, almost four months after brainstorming began with a crew of volunteer DIYers, the children's theater is about to stage, costume-wise, it's biggest production.
Gaelynn Lea posts new vid on way to SXSW Gaelynn Lea is on deck for a SXSW set — but first the Duluth-bred fiddler who won NPR's Tiny Desk Contest in 2016 has a new video. "Watch the World Unfold" is from her EP "The Songs We Sing Along the Way" and features art by Melanie Schantz, a visual artist who used stop motion animation to string together 940 photos of her art.
Psychostick headlines hardcore show A longtime comedy metal-hardcore band that isn't above a Christmas tune or two plays a show March 16 at The Red Herring Lounge.
Ken Kratz doesn't live here anymore. The prosecuting attorney from the popular Netflix docuseries "Making a Murderer" had a private practice in Superior when he first streamed the show. Then came the death threats; the Yelp hate; the man who drove halfway across the country to confront Kratz at his now-shuttered law office on Tower Ave., then posted the video on YouTube. While Kratz didn't participate in the series — though he was asked to, he said — filmmakers included news footage of a mid-2000s conviction he took pride in.
Old-timey music mixes with Cajun flavors An old-timey, string-based Pacific Northwest quartet that harmonizes and dang-near yodels its way through traditional tunes — and a few originals — will team up with a couple of Cajun musicians for a festival-friendly show. The Foghorn Stringband, Joel Savoy and Jesse Lege and the Cajun Country Revival play today at The Red Herring Lounge.