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Best Bets: What's happening this weekend in local music, theater and art

Christine Brewer

So many album releases

A big night in local music: double album release night. Start at Sacred Music Center for the deep dark sea sounds of Superior Siren — Laura Sellner, Rachel Gobin, Nyssa Krause, Emma Deaner. The band is releasing a self-titled album, which includes the reworking of some old faves. Afterward, trek to Rex Bar for Alamode's album release. "Swell" is a 13-song collection of the kind of dance-pop-funk tracks that require disco balls and sequin accessories. The band, fronted by Nathan Holte, includes Peter Knutson, Alex Piazza, Ned Netzel, Rio Daugherty.

Superior Siren plays 7-10 p.m. Jan. 13 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $10.

Alamode plays at 10 p.m. Jan. 13 at Rex Bar, 600 E. Superior St.

DSSO brings 'Sagas'

A Grammy Award-winning soprano who was named one of the top sopranos of all time by BBC Music is the featured guest artist for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's upcoming concert. Christine Brewer, who was described as "in her prime and sounding glorious" by a New York Times critic, will perform during Sagas — a night of music by Sibelius (Andantes Festivo, En Saga) and Strauss (Four Last Songs and Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks).

Note: The DSSO suggests dressing in Finnish or Swedish-wear for the concert.

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's "Sagas" concert is 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at Symphony Hall. Tickets: Start at $20; Available at Ticketmaster outlets like and the DECC box office or by calling (218) 623-3776.

Every day of the week

When Annie's husband dies, she and her friend Chris develop an idea to raise money for a new couch at the Yorkshire hospital's cancer unit: a nudie calendar. So, they collect a bunch of fellow middle-aged friends from the Women's Institute to create this tastefully-made piece. While they are successful, it strains relationships in "Calendar Girls," a comedy starring Christine Winkler-Johnson and Kathy Laakso and directed by Rob Hathaway that opens today at The Underground.

Note: The official Calendar Girls 2018 edition will be available for purchase at each performance. Proceeds go to the Solvay Hospice House.

"Calendar Girls" opens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and plays at 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Jan. 11-20 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 students at

A time for tales

A local screenwriter and a writer-musician are the featured storytellers at this month's edition of Gag Me With a Spoon, a night of Moth-like storytelling.

Matthew Dressel is an award-winning writer with a screenplay in production and a short film set to tour the festivals this year; Jennifer Lien has been a journalist, music professor and opera singer. There is also time for you, audience member, to read your own short piece of journal writing.

Gag Me With a Spoon is at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Blacklist Beer, 120 E. Superior St. Free, open to the public.

Three new exhibitions at DAI

The Duluth Art Institute has three new exhibitions opening today: "Type13: David Short" is a collection of the daily lettering and typographic work the artist made daily and documented in 2013; "Art & Craft: Penny Perry" is a look at the artist behind Perry Framing & Stained Glass' multi-medium works in ink on paper, acrylic on canvas, stained glass, photography and wood; "100 Days: Tia Keoboungpheng" is a day-by-day account of the artist's metal explorations — a 100-day project.

Opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan St. Free, open to the public.