Best Bets: What's happening this week in local music, theater and art
'Streetlamp' digs way back
Former cast members from Broadway shows like "Jersey Boys," "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Billy Elliott" will give a one-night-only performance at the NorShor Theatre.
Under the Streetlamp is a group of sleekly dressed retro musicians who sing the songs from the American Radio Songbook — Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and more. Also: stories from behind-the-scenes. This group — which includes Eric Gutman, David Larsen, Brandon Wardell and Shonn Wiley — has had its own pledge special on PBS, "Rockin' Round the Clock."
Under the Streetlamp plays at 8 p.m. March 7 at the NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: Start at $67 at www.norshortheatre.com.
Dierks Bentley brings 'Burning Man' tour to Amsoil
The last time Dierks Bentley played in Duluth, he took to the stage to the sound of helicopters and search-light strobes. Then he threw up some devil horns and, hat backward, skipped down the steps before ripping into "5-1-5-0" — which coincidentally synched up to the Duluth Police Department mounted patrol walking the perimeter of Bayfront Festival Park. At the time, 2014, it was among the biggest concerts of the season.
Bentley is back — two records later. His most recent, "The Mountain," was recorded in Colorado and a sort of ode to the west. It was released this past summer.
Also playing: Tenille Townes, a Canadian country singer who this week landed her single "White Horse" on Rolling Stone magazine's Best Country Songs to Hear Now. Also: Jon Pardi and Hot Country Knights, a country cover band featuring a family face incognito.
Dierks Bentley's "Burning Man" tour plays at 7 p.m. March 8 at Amsoil Arena. Tickets: Start at $37, available at Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office.
Black River Revue to record live album
Black River Revue is celebrating the second anniversary of its album "Just Can't Win" by recording a live album during its show Saturday at Sacred Music Center.Joining them: Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles, Sonja Bjordal and Adam Staupe of Feeding Leroy and John Lamar of Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners. The show will be hosted by Karen Sunderman and Jillian Rae and Emily Haavik & the 35s open.
Black River Revue show starts at 6:45 p.m. March 9 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $10 advance at www.eventbrite.com, Globe News and Electric Fetus; $15 at the door.
'What the' art show
The third annual "WTF! Art Exhibition" — in this case the three letters stand for "what the feminist" — highlights feminist issues and returns as part of the Feminist Action Collective's Womxn's Week. Artists have submitted work in a mix of media — graphic design, protest materials, photography, installation and more — as a response to the current political climate, according to a news release.
The exhibition, curated by Stacie Renne and Jamie Ratliff, runs through April 5.
"WTF! Art Exhibition" opening reception is 7-10 p.m. March 8 at Prove Collective, 21 N. Lake Ave.
New take on old, old story
The University of Minnesota Duluth's theater department has created a story that combines #metoo, musical theater and Medieval drama. "Time's Up" is a take on the 10th century play "The Conversion of the Harlot Thais" by Hrostsvit of Gandersheim, adapted and directed by Jenna Soleo-Shanks. It's billed as putting a spin on pop culture, sex and politics.
University of Minnesota Duluth's production of "Time's Up" is at 7:30 p.m. March 7-9, March 19-23 and 2 p.m. March 24 at the Dudley Experimental Theatre in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $21 adults, $16 seniors, veterans, UMD faculty, staff, $10 students, $8 UMD students
Marah in the Mainsail, a Twin Cities band with a very distinct style — think alt rock opera with epic moments of brass, organ — returns for a show at the Red Herring Lounge. They released "Bone Crown" in 2017 and said to be working on something new. Jacob Mahon, young and engaging and a heckuva storyteller, opens.
Marah in the Mainsail plays at 8 p.m. March 8 at The Red Herring Lounge. Tickets: $7.