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Best bets: Pride herstory, arts walk and 'Twin Ports Tonight'

Alec Schroeder stars in the solo show "I Am My Own Wife," the story about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, the founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin. The production runs this weekend at The Underground in Duluth. Clint Austin /

Her history

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf was an antique-keeping transgender German woman who was able to hide (in plain sight) from the nazis during WWII and the communist regime. When she was in, playwright Doug Wright begin interviewing Charlotte about her story.

In the solo show "I Am My Own Wife," star Alec Schroeder plays the 36 characters who each contribute to the tale, including von Mahlsforf and Wright. Anika Thompson directs.

The play won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in addition to Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Lead Actor and Best Direction in 2004.

"I Am My Own Wife" is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $20 at

Pride starts with reception, ends with drag show

Duluth-Superior Pride Festival is a weekend full of events ranging from its opening reception to a 5K walk/run, to a party at Bayfront Park and a parade down Tower Ave. in Superior.

Mayor Emily Larson will kick off festivities at the annual Mayor's Reception at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Depot, which includes music, food and aerialist Alex Loch. Afterward, the Duluth Dolls perform burlesque at The Underground.

Pride Festival at Bayfront Park, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., includes music by Venus de Mars, South of Superior, Jerome and MRS and more.

DS Pride closes with the annual drag show fundraiser at The Main.

Duluth-Superior Pride is Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Duluth and Superior.



5 p.m.-8 p.m.: Mayor's Reception, The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St. Free


6 p.m.: Worship service, Temple Israel, 1602 E. Second St.

7-9 p.m.: Art exhibition opening, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E. Superior St. Free

9 p.m.-2 a.m.: Party X, Duluth Flame Nightclub, 28 N. First Ave. W., $5, 21+


10 a.m.: Hummingbird 5K Run/Walk, Bayfront Festival Park, $25 adults, $15 youth

11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Pride Festival, Bayfront Festival Park, Free.

8 p.m.: Youth dance, AICHO, 202 W. Second St. $5 donation; Pride Block Party, Superior Flame Nightclub, 1612 Tower Ave., Superior and Main Club, 1217 Tower Ave., Superior, $10


Noon: Pride parade, Broadway St. & Belknap Ave., Superior

2 p.m.: Family picnic, Billings Park, 15 Billings Dr., Superior

2:30 p.m. Foo Foo Choo Choo, Depot/North Shore Scenic Railroad, 506 W. Superior St.

8 p.m.: Annual drag show fundraiser, Main Club, 1217 Tower Ave., Superior. $5.

Walk about

This month's Downtown Duluth Arts Walk will include art exhibits, gallery talks, art demos, music and more in the tour that spans from the HART District to the Duluth Art Institute.

Among some of the sights: Kirsten Aune and Alison Aune, who have space in the Pineapple Arts Building, will be showing the work they recently brought to Finland and Estonia. Warren Rosser, a Kansas City-based artist who has paintings at Joseph Nease Gallery, will be in the gallery; Studio 101, a new member of the Downtown Arts Collective, will show off pieces by the handful of artists who share the space, including Dorothea Diver, Cot LaFond, Dale Lucas, Goran Hellekant, Constance Johnson and Larry Turbes.

Go to the Downtown Arts Collective's Facebook page for a full list of participating venues.

Downtown Duluth Arts Walk is at 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at participating galleries, studios, shops in downtown Duluth. Free.

Talking the talk

Andrew Kirov, who has a natural talk-show host way about him, is taking a whack at it again with a new series that is scheduled to air on WDSE-TV in September.

But first, Twin Ports Tonight is recording episodes at Teatro Zuccone in front of a studio audience. The first three are today; the next three are Sept. 18.

Guests for this week include: Bea Ojakangas, Lil Stocke, Don Ness, the cast of the Root Beer Radio podcast, Richard Wehmas and his reptiles.

Shows are hosted by Kirov, who started hosting talk shows as a high school student, continued in college, and has performed a few times since. Steve Wyeth co-hosts.

Twin Ports Tonight episodes 1-3 record at 7-9 p.m. Aug. 31 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10 at the door.


This month's pick for the NorShor Classic Film Series is a 1933 movie starring Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo and Chico Marx. "Duck Soup" is the story of a bankrupt country, a wealthy woman's trade-off for financial assistance, the country-next-door's attempts to annex.

The result: maybe war.

It's considered the Marx brothers best movies — now. It's got a 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but it received mixed reviews when it was released.

In short, it "should make practically everybody laugh," according to a review that ran in Variety.

The series includes an old movie followed by a conversation with other movie-heads.

"Duck Soup" plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at NorShor Theater. Tickets: $12.