Best Bets: Sound an Echo, jazz, and comedies at CSS and NorShor
Sound an Echo plays Peace United
Rachael Kilgour is back in Duluth and playing as part of something that is darn close to a band. The emotive and award-winning singer-songwriter-guitar player is joined by Sara Pajunen, a classically-trained violinist who favors Nordic folk and whose most recent project, Mine Songs, involves capturing sounds and images from her home region.
Sound an Echo is billed as "a union of their individual commitments." Kyle Ollah plays the opening set.
Note: This event has had a venue change since it was first announced.
Sound an Echo plays 3-4:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E.
Dark comedy opens at CSS
"Where's My Money," a dark comedy by John Patrick Shanley, starts with a run-in between friends who haven't seen each other in years. Celeste has a boyfriend, in addition to a married boyfriend. Natalie, while self-righteous about her own life, has her own relationship troubles — and not just the ghost of an ex who is haunting her about an old debt.
The College of St. Scholastica's production is directed by Kelly Mullan, a lecturer in the communication, theater and art department, who tied the show to the mythology of Kali, the Hindu goddess of creation and destruction.
"Where's My Money" is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 7-9, 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 at the St. Scholastica Theater. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors.
All that jazz
The Club Saratoga Jazz Combo returns, sans the Club Saratoga stage. Paul Ierino, John Thorene, Jerry Siptroth and Randy Lee will play from 3-6 p.m. on Saturdays at the Train Museum at the Depot. Also available: cocktails and a small selection of hot menu items.
The shows are themed as "Take the 'A' Train," a nod to Duke Ellington.
Enter through the Train Museum doors.
Jazz at the Depot is at 3-6 p.m. Saturdays in February at the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $5 cover includes one free drink.
Nooky Jones plays Blacklist
Minneapolis neo-soul band Nookie Jones has been described as "equal parts Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo and Prince" by National Public Radio.
The six-piece band, fronted by Cameron Kinghorn, has been playing sold-out shows at the Dakota. They released a self-titled album in 2017 and a limited-edition record, "Gimme Some More," in 2018.
Nooky Jones plays from 9 p.m.-midnight Jan. 31 at Blacklist Beer, 120 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10.
Vocals times four
Tonic Sol-fa, a vocal group based in Minneapolis, returns for a concert Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center. The Emmy Award-winning group, which got its start at St. John's University, has been featured on NBC's "The Today Show" and in Newsweek. Tonic Sol-fa has had multiple PBS specials and has sold more than 2,000,000 albums.
Tonic Sol-fa plays at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Sacred Heart Music Center. Tickets start at $12.24 at www.eventbrite.com.
Suz-confusion at NorShor
Bernard is in a tricky spot. He has hired Suzette, a chef, to cater a dinner with his mistress, Suzanne, and his third-wheel decoy, Robert. Unbeknownst to Bernard, the third-wheel decoy is having an affair with his wife — who, turns out, isn't going to visit her mother this weekend.
Suddenly there are too many Suz-somethings in the room and not enough ways to explain away their existences in the Duluth Playhouse's production of "Don't Dress for Dinner," which opens today at the NorShor Theatre. The cast includes Jason Scorich as Bernard, Jody Kujawa as Robert, Christina Stroup as Jacqueline and Jenna Kelly and Jen Maren as Suzanne and Suzette, respectively.
There is a dinner and show option on Feb. 8 with a pre-show Blackwoods' buffet at Greysolon Plaza.
The Duluth Playhouse's "Don't Dress for Dinner" opens at 7:30 p.m. today and plays at 7:30 p.m. Thur.-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 10 at the NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: Start at $30 at Duluth Playhouse box office or www.duluthplayhouse.org.