Best Bets: Gallery hop, 'Sister Act,' music and tricks on ice
Take the Cirque, add ice
Cirque du Soleil returns — with an added level of difficulty. With "Crystal," all that aerial work, balancing and trapeze tricks are done on ice. This production is the company's first ice show, and it also includes extreme skating. As for the storyline: "Crystal" is billed as a "misfit heroine" who does a deep-dive into her own imagination. Expect colorful visuals and a Cirque soundtrack at the kid-friendly show.
Cirque du Soleil's "Crystal" plays at 7:30 p.m. April 19, 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 20 and 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 21. Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office.
Har Mar and Hempen Ale
Har Mar Superstar will help launch a new arts space with ties to an old brewery and a festival-friendly beer. Har Mar is the wickedly versatile, no-shirt (or pants) required singer-songwriter-performer who, lately, has been performing as Heart Bones — a high-fun duo that does things like, whatsay, cover the songs from "Dirty Dancing" for Valentine's Day. This is a solo show for Sean Tillman, the mustachioed Minneapolis pop artist who made his mark as a soloist (and a roller derby coach in the movie "Whip It!").
Hemp Fest is the release of Homegrown Hempen Ale, which is always released around the start of Homegrown Music Festival. Also performing: NorShore Summit and Mallards.
Hemp Fest is 6-12 p.m. April 20 at Brewer's Garage, 205 E. Michigan St. Tickets: $20 at store.fitgersbrewhouse.com
Mental Health Awareness concert features Them Coulee Boys, Dead Horses
Two Wisconsin-bred bands with a touch of twang will headline the second annual Mental Health Awareness Concert. Dead Horses is Sarah Vos and Daniel Wolff, the former a strong and unique vocalist with a background in hymns and the latter a bass player. The duo's most recent album is "My Mother the Moon." Them Coulee Boys are an Americana band from Eau Claire, Wis., that recently have landed alongside Pert Near Sandstone. Earlier this year, they spent a bit on tour with Trampled by Turtles.
Also on the bill: Three Altos and Elsa Lee. Proceeds go to CHUM.
Mental Health Awareness Concert starts at 6 p.m. in the mezzanine, 7 p.m. in the theater April 20 at NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: Start at $26, available at tickets.vendini.com
A nun on the run
The University of Minnesota Duluth channels the power of Whoopi with its take on "Sister Act," a musical based on the 1992 movie about a Nevada lounge singer who witnesses a mob murder and is sent to a convent for witness protection. This, incidentally, does tons for the in-house choir. "Sister Act" opened on stage in the 2000s — music by Alan Menken — and was nominated for five Tony Awards.
University of Minnesota Duluth's production of "Sister Act" is at 7:30 p.m. April 18-20 and 24-27, 2 p.m. April 28 at Marshall Performing Arts Center's Mainstage Theatre. Tickets: Available at z.umn.edu/sisteract.
Hop to it
The annual Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop is a spring fling through about a dozen art spaces — mostly downtown. The DIY tour includes stops at AICHO, Lake Superior Art Glass, Tischer Photographic Gallery and more and includes exhibitions, sales, demonstrations and visiting artists.
Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at mostly downtown venues. Free, open to the public
Gallery Hop stops
• AICHO, 202 W. Second Street: "Through our Eyes," photo exhibit by youth from Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizimin
• Art Dock Inc, 394 S. Lake Ave: "In Honor of the Earth XXVI," earth-centric mixed media show
• Duluth Art Institute, Lincoln Park Building, 2229 W. Second St.: Pottery, live music, art activities
• Duluth Pottery, 1924 W. Superior St.: "Spring Pots," pottery for spring
• Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 W. First St.: "Sirpa Sarkijarvi — Transcriptions" and "Generative Textile Drawings" by Kathy McTavish
• Lake Superior Art Glass, 357 Canal Park Dr.: "Recycled Glass Paperweights"
• Lizzards Art Gallery and Framing, 11 W. Superior St.: "Edges" by Karen Owsley Nease, "Water Vessels: Water is Life" by Gail Rosenquist
• Siiviis of Sivertson Gallery, 361 Canal Park Dr.: "Celebrating the Northern Sky," multiple artists
• Tischer Photographic Gallery, 5 W. Superior St.: clearance sale
• Tweed Museum of Art and UMD Department of Art and Design, 1201 Ordean Ct.: "2019 Annual Student Exhibition," "Intersections," work by 19 based Native American artists, "Space: Time and Place," photographs, " family activities 1-3 p.m.
Congolese musician plays Sacred Heart
Siama Matuzungidi is a Congolese musician now based in Minneapolis who is known for his acoustic guitar and traditional African instruments. Expect traditional Bas Congo, Central African blues, folk music and dance music. He will be joined by master drummer Tim O'Keefe of Duluth and singer/narrator Dallas Johnson.
Siama plays at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $10 at eventbrite.com.