Doomtree's Shredders play Spurs
Shredders, another project for a foursome of Doomtree-ers, returns to Duluth for a show today at Spurs on First. The group includes rappers P.O.S., Sims, Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger on the beats released "Dangerous Jumps" in late 2017. This is one of a bunch of projects for the collective that is currently on hiatus — including Dessa's memoir and UK tour, Paper Tiger's "Cloquet" collaboration with J Gunderson and the other artists' solo shows.
C-Silence and Dwynell Roland open.
Shredders play at 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at Spurs on First, 109 W. First St. Tickets: $20 at www.eventbrite.com.
A bookish beaut meets a castle's hairy keeper
She's a bookish beaut and he's a bookish brute — or is he? The Duluth Playhouse's production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is the story of a woman in a castle (that has a mega-library and anthropomorphic furniture and table settings). Meanwhile, skulking the perimeter, is the castle's hairy and cursed keeper who, dinner-by-dinner, reveals himself to be not so terrible. What could possibly go wrong? Each show ends with a meet-and-greet with Belle, the Beast and other characters.
Also worth note: scenic design by artist Ann Gumpper.
Duluth Playhouse's "Beauty and the Beast" is at 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. From Nov. 29-Dec. 16 at NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: Start at $35, $10 off youth tickets, depending on seat location. Call (218) 733-7555 or visit www.duluthplayhouse.org.
Birthday party without a face
Among the more random bits of trivia you will learn this week: the blonder-than-blond '80s rocker with a signature sneer turns 63 this weekend. Why not celebrate with a white wedding, er, birthday party? Promotor Ellipsis is throwing a birthday party for Billy Idol on Friday at Carmody Irish Pub, which includes covers by Jesse Hoheisel and curated '80s tunes by Walt Dizzo. Billy Idol — safe to call the original fist pumper? — is the artist behind hits such as "Rebel Yell," "Eyes without a Face" and "Dancing with Myself."
Billy Idol Birthday Party is at 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Carmody Irish Pub, 308 E. Superior St.
Jazz, calendars and camera-talk on tap for arts walk
Among the highlights of this month's Downtown Duluth Arts Walk: Duluth Fine Pianos is kicking off its Jazz @ DFP series, which includes music by Ryan Frane, Sam Miltich and Matt Mobley; AICHO is hosting a calendar release and youth photo exhibition; the Nordic Center has its own gingerbread city; Nik Nerburn, whose exhibition "Nik Nerburn is a Camera" is currently at the Duluth Art Institute, will give an artist's talk.
Once a month, downtown galleries, studios, businesses — places with an arts-lean — stay open a little later on a Friday night to accommodate art walkers, strollers and seekers.
Downtown Duluth Arts Walk is Nov. 30 at downtown venues. For a full list and individual venues hours and events, go to the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk facebook page.
DSSO brings holiday tunes
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of the North and the Twin Ports Tenors join forces for a pops matinee. The DSSO's concert is billed as an afternoon of song, costumes and holiday spirit. The program has traditional tunes and some that are less familiar: "Joy to the World," "Klezmer Nutcracker," "Winter Wonderland" and "Christmas Carol Singalong."
(For a different kind of holiday spirit, hang on for the DSSO's New Year's Eve concert. Spoiler alert: If a Journey shout-along doesn't break out, it'll be a holiday anti-miracle.)
DSSO's Home for the Holidays concert is at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Symphony Hall. Tickets start at $20 and are available at Ticketmaster outlets, including the DECC box office and www.ticketmaster.com.
Boognish Rising, a Ween tribute trio, plays a free show Friday at Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake. The relatively new act, which features super-busy musician Marc Gartman, will channel the eclectic, weirdo-rock of the cult favorite band born in the mid-'80s of Dean and Gene Ween.
Boognish Rising performs at 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake, 805 E. Superior St. Free, open to the public.
Dance Works, which hasn't been produced since 2015 at the University of Minnesota Duluth, returns with 15 new works — three by faculty and 12 by student choreographers.
The result, with direction by Rebecca Katz Harwood, is an eclectic mix of styles: modern, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, tap and more. There will be guest performances by various student dance groups.
UMD's Dance Works is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at Marshall Performing Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, UMD faculty, staff, veteran, $7 students, $5 UMD students at www.z.umn.edu/danceworks or (218) 726-8561.