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Best bets: A marathon, free music and local color

2015 file/ News Tribune The best free entertainment in town: runners running. Check out the parade of athletes Saturday morning between Two Harbors and downtown Duluth.

Watch runners run

Let's be honest: The best free show in town is the parade of runners sprinting, shuffling, bleeding and/or limping to town from near Two Harbors. Grandma's Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon start during primo Bloody Mary hours on Saturday morning. Pop a squat along the route and get festive. Promise you will see extreme athletes, tutu'ed athletes, athletes in weird socks, and non-athletes on personal journeys — not to mention the tuba players, belly dancers, trampoliners with candy, and bacon grillers who line the route. Karma points if you make a sign, extra karma points if you identify a specific athlete and cheer for them. ("Hey, Green Shorts! You've got this!")

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon starts at 6:15 a.m., and Grandma's Marathon starts at 7:45 a.m. along the Scenic Hwy 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors, and continues on London Road and Michigan Street before crossing behind the DECC and ending in Canal Park. Free, open to the public.

Coyote plays the Bowl

Local folkies from Coyote will play a free concert in the park as part of the Chester Creek Concert Series. The banjo-ready, harmonizing band of Marc Gartman, Jerree Small and Matt Mobley is, according to its page on, planning to release its fourth album this year. They released "All I Feel is Night" in 2012, and if you're looking for goosebumps, try the song "When Sorrow was a Pearl."

Coyote plays Chester Park Concert Series at 7 p.m. June 19 at Chester Bowl Park, 1801 E. Skyline Pkwy. Free, open to the public. Bring a blanket, chair.

Take It With You 'on the road'

The upcoming episode of Take It With You, a fictional podcast set in real-live Duluth, will include special guest Serena Brook, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, who has performed Off-Broadway and in addition to Chanhassen Dinner Theater. She's an acting company member with American Public Media's "Live from Here with Chris Thile," the rebranded take on "A Prairie Home Companion." Also: Kendall Anne Thompson, a Minneapolis-based actor, and husband-wife Americana-blues-jazz duo Gaines and Wagoner, who made music for the PBS series "American Epic" and also recently released an album.

Take It With You, created by Blake Thomas, Mary Fox and friends, is like an old timey radio comedy recorded in front of a live audience. This week's episode is called "Girl Road Trip: A Feel-Good-Life-Changing-Story for Girls AND Boys."

Take It With You is at 7:30 p.m. June 19 at The Underground, 506 w. Michigan St. Tickets: $20 at or

Get thunderstruck by Irish tenor

A Irish tenor-gone-solo will perform Saturday in Superior. Emmet Cahill, who is a principal singer with Celtic Thunder, will perform songs from his debut orchestral album "Emmet Cahill's Ireland," which topped Amazon, iTunes and Billboard World Music charts. Expect faves like "Danny Boy," "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and more. He will also dig into Broadway standards such as "Moon River" and "Tennessee Waltz," sacred hymns and an occasional aria.

Emmet Cahill performs at 7:30 p.m. June 16 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 820 Belknap St., Superior. Tickets: $30 at or at the door.

Local artists in color

Chromascope is a group exhibition of works that stay within the basic color wheel billed as both individually distinctive and a whole 'nother thing when considered as a whole — especially in a white cube gallery space. It will feature works by 12 local and regional artists, including Kirsten Aune, Linda Glisson, Tom Moriarty and Sue Rauschenfels.

Exhibition runs through July 13.

Chromascope opening reception is 7-10 p.m. June 15 at Prove Gallery, 21 N. Lake Ave. Tickets: Free, open to the public.