Best bets: 'American Movie,' Dolly Parton skating party, Gaelynn Lea at Duluth Cider
Here you come again
Dolly Parton turns 73 this week, which — per usual — won't go unnoticed by local fans, who like to celebrate with wheels and flair. The annual Dolly Parton Roller Skating Birthday Party, which is at World of Wheels but not organized by the Superior rink, is Friday.
Expect blonde wigs, rhinestones, some Dolly tunes, perhaps a "Coat of Many Colors."
Organizer Erin O'Daniel started celebrating Parton's birthday while attending a small college near the Smoky Mountains. Back then it was Appalachian food and music. O'Daniel and friends have Dolly'ed hard on the costumes: pantsuit Dolly, big-blonde-wig Dolly, half-Dolly-half Burt Reynolds, and babies with wigs and cowboy boots.
(Also: You don't have to wear a costume.)
Dolly Parton Roller Skating Birthday Party is 6-9 p.m. Jan. 18 at World of Wheels, 1218 Oakes Ave., Superior.
'Life is cool sometimes'
Mark Borchardt is himself in this cult-classic comedy doc about a Milwaukee filmmaker who just wants to make his movie. Before he can make "Northwester," he has to finish "Coven" — a horror movie that will hopefully help him earn money to pursue the former.
Zinema 2 is hosting a 20th anniversary screening of "American Movie." Back in the day, Entertainment Weekly called it "uneasily amusing" and said it turns a "real, unpolished person, along with his family and friends, into colorful movie characters."
These Zinema 2 throwbacks tend to sell out, so.
"American Movie" screening is at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10.
New Orleans on ice
Deltaphonic is a blues-funk-rock duo from New Orleans, and it's making a stop at Blush as part of its "Deltaphonic On Ice Tour." Singer-songwriter Andrew Weekes sings things like "your cigarette is heavy as the weight of your lies, each drink is a tear you can't cry, each kiss is a disguise for the nothingness behind your eyes." This promises to be big sound in a small space.
Deltaphonic plays at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at Blush, 18 N. First Ave. W.
The Getarounds revisit old tunes
You live in a city where, if you just happened into Duluth Cider, you might see the winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest on stage with an old friend, just kicking around some coffee shop-style folk.
Gaelynn Lea and Dan Dresser — they went by the Getarounds back in the day — play Saturday night at the local cidery. Lea is fresh from the release of a new album, "Learning How to Stay." Also: the Cuckoo Bees, a duo of Mikayla Haynes and Cory Coffman.
The Getarounds and the Cuckoo Bees play at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Duluth Cider, 2307 W. Superior St. Tickets: Free, open to the public
Parr plays Cedar Lounge
Speaking on stumbling upon a musician ... Charlie Parr finishes up his month-long residency at The Cedar this week. The guitar-picking, world-traveling, wordsmith plays at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Superior. And if the words "Charlie Parr" and "residency" strike your fancy, he's also playing Sundays in January at the Turf Club in St. Paul.
Charlie Parr plays at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. Third Ave., Superior. Free.