Sedaris returns for reading, signing

Wit-master David Sedaris returns to Duluth for a reading-signing at Zenith Bookstore. The humor writer famously takes cues from his own life to create sometimes squirmy tales that offer a new and comically cynical look at a same-old, same-old scenes or uniquely Sedaris-ian moments. He’s currently touring his book “Calypso,” which considers the latter, pretty gross years of the human life cycle. A reviewer for National Public Radio called Sedaris one of the best American humorists writing today and said he has “a remarkable ability to combine the personal with the political, the mundane with the profane, slime with the sublime and the hilarity with heart.”

All indoor seating and standing room for the event is sold out, but: 1. If you buy a copy of any Sedaris book, you can get a reserved spot in the book signing line. Sedaris will sign for everyone — and expect more than just a signature. Sedaris has his own special artistic take on this kind of thing; 2. The reading will be broadcast into the bookstore’s parking lot. Bring a lawn chair and close your eyes. It’ll just like being there-there.

David Sedaris reading-book signing is at 7 p.m. June 6 at Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave. Tickets: Parking lot broadcast is free, open to the public

DiFranco brings DIY folk

Ani DiFranco, a DIY folk singer who has been in the scene since the 1990s, plays a show Monday at the NorShor Theatre. DiFranco is known for her unique guitar playing, her activism, her spoken word style. She recently released a memoir, “No Walls and the Recurring Dream” that covers her early, independent years, her emergence into the music scene, and years of listening to her guts. Diane Patterson opens.

Ani DiFranco plays at 8 p.m. June 10 at the NorShor Theatre. Tickets; $49.50 at, the NorShor box office or by calling (218) 733-7555.

For the love of a pup

In A.R. Gurney’s play “Sylvia,” a suburbs-gone-city, middle-aged couple adopts a dog — him enthusiastically, her not so. Sylvia, who in the case of the play is played by a human, wedges a divide between Greg and Kate. The former enjoys taking her for long walks and talking about what’s-what, the latter wages a battle against the not-so-furry foe.

Renegade Theater Company’s production of “Sylvia” is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays June 7-9, June 14-16 and June 20-22 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets:

Red Herring hosts last bash

The Red Herring Lounge is throwing one last mega bash with two nights of stacked lineups including Minneapolis-based funk musician Megan Hamilton, who recently released the EP “Feed the Animals” and Mark Mallman, a Minneapolis musician whose new memoir “The Happiness Playlist” chronicles a few months in his life as he grieved his mother’s death and used upbeat music as a “map to safe harbor.” Also playing: Fearless Moral Inventory, Ingeborg von Agassiz, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Solomon, Actual Wolf, Fenestra Funk, Sam Cassidy and the Nokturnal North.

The Red Herring’s Grand Closing Party is June 7-8 at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: $10 a night or $15 for both nights at

P.O.S. to play Spurs

P.O.S., rapper and co-founder of Doomtree, spent the winter on the “Never Better” 10 year anniversary tour, in which he performed his third album in its entirety — in addition to reissuing it on vinyl. Now he returns to Duluth for a show at Spurs alongside Sean Anonymous and The Crunchy Bunch.

P.O.S. plays at 9 p.m. June 9 at Spurs on First, 109 W. First St. Tickets: $15 in advance at, $20 at the door

Whiskey Trail opens Chester Creek Concert Series

Whiskey Trail, a country duo featuring Heidi Pack and Jake Birdseye, opens up the Chester Creek Concert Series with a free show Tuesday in the bowl. They play original tunes, and have been known to cover the likes of Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Whiskey Trail has opened for Parmalee, Alabama, and Nelly.

The Chester Creek Concert Series features regional bands on Tuesdays through August at Chester Bowl.

Whiskey Trail plays at 7 p.m. June 11 at Chester Bowl. Free, open to the public.