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Har Mar Superstar returns to Duluth for a show of Sam Cooke songs on Friday at Sacred Heart Music Center. Photo by Rickett & Sones

Har Mar sings Sam Cooke

Minnesota treasure Har Mar Superstar tested his Sam Cooke tribute earlier this year at a few shows at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis and played for sold-out crowds. He toured the show, and is now re-touring the show. According to the Pioneer Press, the concert leans more pop than religious — think "You Send Me" and "Wonderful World." The Star Tribune called him a "born again soul man," and added that his delivery is closer to Van Morrison.

Still, it's Har Mar — at one time unafraid of wearing simply tighty whities and a foil in the roller derby movie "Whip It."

For the uninitiated, Sam Cooke was an R&B, soul, gospel singer from the early 1950s until he was shot to death in the mid-1960s. Other hits include "Twistin' the Night Away," "Another Saturday Night" and "Send Me Some Lovin'."

Har Mar Superstar sings Sam Cooke at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: Start at $15 at www.ticketfly.com.

He might still (expletive) hate you

Here's the beauty of a Puddle of Mudd concert: Anything could happen. Wes Scantlin, lead singer, is a known wild card. There have been on-stage tantrums, a feud with Fred Durst, lip-synching scandals, the band hasn't shown up for a headlining gig. Best case scenario — he might just tromp along moodily or fling himself into the audience. Although, to be fair, he has gotten sober in the past year, according to a story at www.blabbermouth.net. So it might be a kinder, gentler version of the grunge rocker.

The band is best known for "Blurry," "Psycho" and "She Hates Me."

Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Soil, Tantric and Shallow Side play at 6:30 p.m. today (Aug. 9) at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan St. Tickets: Start at $32.50 at www.twinportsnightlife.com or Clyde Iron Works, Electric Fetus, Beaner's Central.

At stake

"Endangered" is works by Ellen Sandbeck and Moira Villiard that consider the human impact on the environment in two different ways: paper-cut images of endangered species will be shown alongside illustrations depicting the history of wild ricing and the threat of sulfide mining.

The exhibition runs through Aug. 31.

Sandbeck has written and illustrated books about nontoxic housekeeping and gardening and has recently been focusing on fine arts. Villiard works in portraits and illustrations and is known for live-painting demos. She's currently collaborating on a children's book about wild ricing.

Opening reception for "Endangered" is at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at AICHO. Free, suggested $10 donation.

My baby, he don't talk sweet

Let's hear it for the boy. Kevin Bacon brings his back-handspringing bad-boy ways to Leif Erikson Park for this edition of Movies in the Park. "Footloose," the story of a big city kid stuck in a small town where dancing is illegal and playing chicken with a tractor is the town sport. While the reverend is cracking down on the wild ones, his own daughter is smoking ciggies and climbing out the window of moving cars. The soundtrack to the 1984 movie (which stars Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Penn) is an unparalleled mix of Kenny Loggins, Deniece Williams, Ann Wilson, Bonnie Tyler, Shalamar and Sammy Hagar You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll try to learn the choreography.

"Footloose" plays at 8:35 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Leif Erikson Park. Free, open to the public.

Luke's egg-cellent adventure

Cool Hand Luke, man. The coolest of the cool. Luke Jackson, played by Paul Newman, is on the chain gang after a run-in with some parking meters. But the sure-footed inmate is a mover and shaker and plotter. He finds holes in the prison's work structure. He plays cards like a pro. And, most impressively, he eats 50 hard-boiled eggs in an hour. Just barely. The 1967 movie is next up in the NorShor Classic Film Series. The monthly series is hosted by Jody Kujawa, Justin Peck and Jason Scorich and includes a post-show discussion.

"Cool Hand Luke" plays at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: $12 at www.norshortheatre.com.

Art+Lake Superior

Among the featured artists at the annual Lake Superior Art Festival at Brighton Beach: printmakers, alcohol ink painters, jewelers, copper birdhouse makers, metal and stained glass sculptors and fiber workers.

There will be 42 hand-picked artists at the fest that started five years ago as a way to give regional artists another shot at showing their stuff — and in a super-visually appealing location. Read: on the shore of Lake Superior, yo.

Lake Superior Art Festival at Brighton Beach is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Brighton Beach. Free, open to the public.

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