Duluth Does Joni Mitchell is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Sacred Heart Music Center.
You want to see the Duluthies metaphorically burn a hole in a ticket link? Announce that Maria Bamford will be performing. Arguably the favorite of all locally-bred artists got a second show in February to meet the demands of fans who quickly clicked up tickets for her first show. Bamford, for the uninitiated, is the comedian behind the Netflix original series "Lady Dynamite." She has been known to drop a D-Town reference or eight.
Speaking of funny: It hasn't been officially announced, but comedian Brian Posehn has a Duluth date on the tour schedule on his website, but there isn't yet - as of mid-afternoon Wednesday - a ticket link.
Maria Bamford performs Feb. 24-25 at the NorShor Theatre.
Dierks Bentley plays at 7 p.m. March 8 at Amsoil Arena.
Homegrown Music Festival is April 28-May 5 at venues in Duluth and Superior.
Run Smelt Run, Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe's annual parade, is May 12.
Whether you're in it to win it or in it to troll runners by eating bacon on the sidelines, Grandma's Marathon is The June Thing. The race, a mainstay since the mid-1970s, starts near Two Harbors and ends in Canal Park and includes a buncha runners and associated events - including a spaghetti feast and a TBA music lineup at the tents.
Grandma's Marathon weekend is June 21-22 in Duluth.
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" plays Aug. 29-31 at The Underground.
Ah, fresh starts. The college students return. The arts season reboots. Orchestras rehearse, dancers dance, actors take to the stage. Hold on to your hats, fans.
Among Duluth's newest gets: The Independent Television Festival, an event that could bring reps from places like Netflix, HBO, Writers Guild of America and Bravo to town for workshops, networking, panels and talent-seeking purposes. Organizers have said that this has the potential to Sundance-ify Duluth - though "Sundance-ify" is our own word.
You might recall that this past year Duluth landed a spot on the New York Post's list of the 10 Best Christmas towns in America. And it all starts this month: Glensheen, with its trees and elves and white lights - and tacky yard display - was No. 2 on USA Today's Best Holiday Historic Home list, and Bentleyville Tour of Lights was third in the Best Holiday Lights Display category. And let's not forget that Christmas City of the North Parade, which kicks off the season.
An art-filled December is something you can bank on. Traditionally, the Duluth Playhouse throws a show filled with singing, dancing and great swirls of color. The Minnesota Ballet stages its traditional "Nutcracker." A Celtic Christmas might pop up, a Gingerbread City, and at least two Christmas villages. If Rachael Kilgour's in town, she will probably play holiday faves at Amazing Grace. The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra tends to close out the year with a Pops concert.