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Best bets: Avett Brothers, 'Dear Finder' and Oklahoma!

Avett Brothers

They and love and you, probably

An oh-so-earnest, folk-Americana band of brothers (and others) returns to the area for a concert Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The award-winning Avett Brothers broke through with the 2009 album "I and Love and You."

"True Sadness," released in 2016, is the band's most recent. Rolling Stone described it as the band's shift into the pop scene and said of it: "The only surprise is that this move comes on what, by some measures, is their most heart-bearing LP, staring down loss and fingering scars amid the good-time jams."

The Avett Brothers play at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the DECC Arena. Tickets: $47 at Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office and

'Dear Finder': 20 years later

Miranda Neuhaus and Rachel Williams in "Dear Finder" Photo by Brett GroehlerIn 1997, University of Minnesota Duluth theater professor Tom Isbell and more than a handful of students collaborated on an original play about the Holocaust.

Twenty years later, Isbell and friends have updated the "Dear Finder" script and will again stage the award-winning dramatic play. The documentary production has been described as an examination of how we continue to struggle with the legacies of the Holocaust.

"Dear Finder" is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Mainstage Theatre at Marshall Performing Arts Center at UMD. Tickets: $21 adults, $16 students and UMD faculty, staff, veteran, $10 students, $8 UMD students.

O, what a beautiful day

Renegade Theater Company is taking a gigantic classic musical and giving it black box treatment. The company is billing it as a "stripped down, bare knuckle take" on Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!." The musical, celebrating its 75th anniversary, is the story of a rivalry between local cowboys and farmers and the blooming romance between Curly and Laurey.

Renegade Theater Company's production of "Oklahoma!" is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-14, Oct. 19-Oct. 21 and Oct. 25-Oct. 27.


Artist Ron Campbell, who is the animator behind the Beatles' film "Yellow Submarine," will show his Beatles-centric paintings and other pieces tied to his 50 year career in animation, which included cartoons like "Smurfs," "Scooby-Doo," "Rugrats" and "The Jetsons."

Campbell will be on-site at Prove Friday through Sunday, and his work will be available for purchase.

For more on Campbell and his career, see Friday's Variety section.

"Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show" featuring Ron Campbell is 4-9 p.m. Oct. 12, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 13 and noon-4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Prove, 21 N. Lake Ave. Tickets: Free, open to the public.

Get the Greenlight

St. Paul-based Zeitgeist opens the Greenlight New Music Festival. Photo from FacebookGreenlight New Music Festival is a three-day, multi-venue event centered on contemporary classical music, and it kicks off Monday with Zeitgeist and No Exit New Music Ensemble performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Zeitgeist is a St. Paul-based quartet; No Exit is from Ohio and described as "avant-garde and experimental art music."

On Tuesday, Vital Organ Project: a duo that performs modern repertoire on an organ. The program includes recent compositions, including one by UMD faculty member Justin Rubin. They'll perform at First Lutheran Church.

The festival closes with a mix of local musicians, including Wendy Durrwachter and Adam Sippola at Bent Paddle.


Oct. 15: Zeitgeist and No Exit, 7:30 p.m. at Tweed Museum of Art

Oct. 16: Vital Organ Project, 7:30 p.m. First Lutheran Church

Oct. 17: Local musicians at 7:30 p.m. at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

The view from here

This month's pick for the NorShor Theatre's Classic Film Series: "Rear Window." The Hitchcock classic from 1954 is the story of a photojournalist with a broken leg. L.B. Jeffries, played by James Stewart, spends his time at his apartment window watching his neighbors and creating nicknames based on their daily habits.

He seems something a little weird happen involving a salesman and his wife, an invalid and Jeffries creates a story of murder. Turns out it might be true.

The NorShor Classic Film Series includes a screening and post-movie conversation.

"Rear Window" plays at 7 p.m Oct. 14 at the NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: $12.