Best bets: Film fest, Irish song and Swardson humor
Duluth-Superior Film Fest continues
Duluth-Superior Film Fest continues with a mix that includes regionally-themed movies, Q&As with filmmakers, Minnesota premieres, shorts, music, a script reading and a grand finale at the Comet Theater in Cook.
Among the highlights: "Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry," by local filmmaker Sam Weston, "Damsel," by Nathan and David Zellner, who were behind "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," "In Winter," by Alexander Gutterman and Aboubacar M. Camera, which has a northern Minnesota backdrop, and regional shorts with a who's who of local filmmakers including Mike Scholtz, Matthew Dressel, Keith Hopkins and more.
Duluth-Superior Film Festival runs through Sundays at venues in Duluth and Cook. Free, open to the public. Full schedule: www.ds-ff.com.
Nick Swardson brings 'Smells' to Symphony Hall
The Minnesota-raised comedian behind the shortest of shorts — think: "Reno 911" — brings his "Too Many Smells Tour" to Symphony Hall.
Nick Swardson, friend and frequent collaborator of Adam Sandler, premiered "Taste It!" a special on Comedy Central about a year ago, co-starred in the animated film "Hell and Back" with TJ Miller, Bob Odenkirk and Mila Kunis and was also in "The Ridiculous Six" — billed as the most-watched Netflix movie to date — alongside Sandler and Will Forte. He's also in "The Do-Over" with Sandler and David Spade.
Nick Swardson performs at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at Symphony Hall. Tickets start at $39 at Ticketmaster outlets, including ticketmaster.com and the DECC box office.
Particles Collide at Blush
When Particles Collide (Sasha Alcott and Chris Viner) is at the beginning of a more-than-year-long tour that started on the East Coast earlier this month. The duo (the former sings and plays guitar; the latter is the drummer) met when they were both part of the band in a production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." In 2014, they were one of Paste magazine's 9 Maine Bands to Listen to Right Now and also New Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards. The duo's most recent album, "Ecotone," which as a sort of '70s art-punk aesthetic. Also playing: Secret Badass and Jack Wynn & The Elder Pets.
When Particles Collide play at 9 p.m. June 2 at Blush, 18 N. First Ave. W.
Irish musician Daniel O'Donnell plays Symphony Hall
A lotta bit Irish, a little bit country musician plus television star Daniel O'Donnell brings his fan-friendly, super charms to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
O'Donnell, an award-winning singer, has been performing since the mid-1980s — specifically attracting fans in Ireland and Great Britain, and captured U.S. audiences in the early 2000s. In recent years, he has become a reality television star alongside his wife. "Daniel and Majella's B&B Road Trip" was described by fans in the Irish Sun as "the best, squeamish, funniest TV" on a popular channel in Ireland.
Daniel O'Donnell performs at 7:30 p.m. June 1 at Symphony Hall. Tickets start at $55 and are available at Ticketmaster outlets, including the DECC box office.
Twin Ports Wind Orchestra celebrates celebrations
Twin Ports Wind Orchestra's spring concert "Our Celebrations," will feature music for life's stories and milestones, including "A Movement for Rosa," "Niagara Falls" and "La Fiesta Mexicana." Mark Whitlock directs the group of community wind and percussion musicians.
Twin Ports Wind Orchestra's "Our Celebrations" is at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at First Lutheran Church,
Tickets: $15 adults, $13 seniors, $8 students, free for children 12 and younger. Available at www.tpwo.org or at the door.
The Social Animals are off
Cloquet-raised pop rockers The Social Animals are kicking off a national headlining tour with a show Friday at The Red Herring Lounge. The band of Dedric Clark, Tony Petersen, Boyd Smith and Roger Whittet spent last summer playing alongside All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional. Full disclosure: This show is sold out, but who knows. You're resourceful. Worst case: Nose pressed up against the garage door. Speaking of cases, Nate Case opens.
The Social Animals play at 8 p.m. June 1 at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: Sold out.