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Best bets: Pat Benatar, Steve Earle and Shakespeare at Glensheen

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo play Sundya at Symphony Hall. Photo courtesy of Jade Presents.

She belongs: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo play acoustic show

Pat Benatar, the gritty 1980s voice, no-nonsense rocker, and MTV-friendly vibes behind hits like "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Love is a Battlefield," "We Belong" and "Invincible" plays a show with her longtime husband Neil Giraldo.

The duo first worked together on her debut album "In the Heat of the Night" in the late 1970s and in 1982 — a few years after she was the first female and first guitarist to play on MTV — they were married. They've continued to work together since then.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening is at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Symphony Hall. Tickets:,, and the DECC box office.

Steve Earle

Steve Earle & The Dukes play 'Copperhead Road'

Grammy Award-winning musician Steve Earle returns to Duluth for a show that pays homage to the 30th anniversary of "Copperhead Road." Earle and his band The Dukes began touring the album, originally released in October 1998 and described by Rolling Stone magazine as "bluegrass-meets-metal" this past March. The band is expected to play the album in its entirety, in addition to songs from the 2017 album "So You Want to Be An Outlaw." Also playing: The Mastersons, a tour-heavy "cosmic country" husband-wife duo whose most recent album "Transient Lullaby" was released on Red House Records.

Steve Earle with The Mastersons play at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: Available at The Duluth Playhouse NorShor Box Office or by calling (218) 733-7555 ext. 1, or at

Jeremy Messersmith

Messersmith brings his 'Purple Hearts' to Luce

Jeremy Messersmith, last seen touring to destinations highlighted in "Atlas Obscura" for quick-hit and happy ukulele concerts, returns to Duluth with a full band for a show Friday at Pizza Luce. Superior Siren, the local deep sea, eerie folk band that released a self-titled album earlier this year, opens.

Messersmith recently released "Late Stage Capitalism," self-described as a decadent orchestra pop record, which includes "Purple Hearts," the catchy ode to a terrible mismatched pair.

Jeremy Messersmith with Superior Siren plays Friday, June 8, at Pizza Luce, 11 E. Superior St. Tickets:

Wise Fool presents 'Edward Tulane'

Edward is a well-treated porcelain rabbit who thinks highly of himself. Then he gets separated from his owner, Abilene, and ends up on a tour that teaches him a life lesson or two. This play, adapted by Dwayne Hartford, is based on "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" the award-winning children's book by Minnesota-based writer Kate DiCamillo.

Wise Fool Theatre's production, directed by guest director Leah Cooper, opens Friday, June 8, at Harbor City International School. It stars Christine Winkler Johnson, Mike Pederson, Chani Ninneman and Jennie Ross.

This is part of Wise Fool Theater's Stage and Page program, and all children who attend a performance will receive a free copy of the book to take home.

Wise Fool Theater's "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through June 24. There is a 7:30 p.m. performance on June 14 and no performances June 16-17. Special Sensory Friendly performance is at 2 p.m. June 23. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 for children 12 and younger. Matinees are pay what you can at the door. Box office is (218) 269-4953 or

NorShor Theatre likes it 'Hot'

It's prohibition era Chicago, and a jazz saxophonist (Tony Curtis) and his buddy, a double-bass player (Jack Lemmon), witness a grim mob-style revenge. Their only option: don female attire and hop a train with a Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators — an all-girl band that is on its way out of town.

Newly named Josephine and Daphne, both musicians get gaga for vocalist-uke player Sugar Kane, played by Marilyn Monroe.

Next up for the NorShor Classic Film Series: "Some Like it Hot," the 1959 black-and-white film by Billy Wilder. Monthly screenings are hosted and introduced by Jody Kujawa, Jason Scorich and Justin Peck.

"Some Like it Hot" screening is 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: $12 at

Shakespeare on the move at Glensheen

Get a glimpse of Glensheen with a Shakespearean twist: Theater students from the University of Minnesota Duluth are presenting a roving version of "Much Ado About Nothing" — seemingly with a modern touch. (It's billed as: "Three bros come to Messina looking to party and maybe find love, but one estranged brother is ready to orchestrate some sinister sabotage.)

The 90-minute production travels to three locations on the grounds of the historic estate.

Stage 2's "Much Ado About Nothing" is at 7 p.m. June 12, 14, 19, 21, 28 at Glensheen Historic Estate, 3300 London Rd. Tickets: Free, open to the public.

Got a story?

Once a month, a group of very friendly and supportive people gather at Teatro Zuccone to listen to other people tell stories. A few people are pre-selected, some approach the open mic. It can get funny, it can get profound, it can get weepy and it might end with hugging — or at least a strong desire to. "Gag Me With a Spoon" is a little like Moth, it's a little like a bonfire.

This go-round features storytellers like Kathleen Edwards, a writer who returned to her native Duluth six years ago, and musical guest Nat Harvey.

"Gag Me With a Spoon" is at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St.