Manila Luzon, a RuPaul alum, to perform at UMD

Manila Luzon, a drag queen who was on Season 3 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — in addition to a later all-star event — will perform Sunday at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The artist, who has also appeared in ads for Orbitz, Nine West and Absolut, is also behind the brand Fineapple Couture.

Manila Louzon photo by Brett Saari
Manila Louzon photo by Brett Saari

The show, a fundraiser for the school, will feature Luzon’s tongue-in-cheek style and fine, fine fashions. Luzon is Karl Westerberg, a UMD graduate who studied graphic design.

Manila Luzon performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at UMD’s Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $50. There are limited discounted student tickets available. Go to or call 218-726-8561.

"Smokey Joe's Cafe" photo by Jeff Brown
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" photo by Jeff Brown

Smokey Joe’s: less talk, more rock

The Duluth Playhouse’s season starts with “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” a musical revue that features 30 songs by artists like Elvis, The Coasters and the Drifters. It’s billed as having more of a theme — love — than a story line. More singing-dancing, less talk in this show, which was nominated for seven Tony Awards.

The cast includes Jesse Davis, Gabriel Mayfield, Shad Olsen, Nicole Elysian, Christina Stroup and more. It’s directed by Michael Matthew Ferrell.

Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 19-Sept. 29 at the NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets at

Charlie Parr  photo from
Charlie Parr photo from

Parr to play in-store at Fetus

Head’s up, Parr people. The local singer-songwriter-guitar playing-world traveling musician’s new self-titled album from Red House Records is scheduled for release on Friday, but Charlie Parr will do an in-store set and signing at Electric Fetus — and you can take an LP or CD home before the rest of the world. (Except Europe and Australia. They already have it.) The single “Cheap Wine” has already been released, and it’s a story from the perspective of a weary liquor store owner. “I’m leaning on the counter on a gloomy day,” he sings, and he can’t stand the sight of his customers.

Charlie Parr in-store performance, signing is 7-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Electric Fetus, 11 E. Superior St. Free, open to the public.

Catherine Meier is known for her large-scale, site specific installations. Photo submitted by Anne Dugan
Catherine Meier is known for her large-scale, site specific installations. Photo submitted by Anne Dugan

‘Field Trials’ opens in Free Range barn

Catherine Meier and Kristina Estall’s “Field Trials II” is an exhibition-slash-experimentation set in a 100-plus-year-old barn Free Range Film Barn in Wrenshall. Agriculture-wise, a field trial is a chance to try something new and follow the results. In the case of this exhibition, the definition translates to art.

Meier is an artist who considers wide open spaces. She’s known for large-scale work and site-specific installations inspired by the Great Plains and Mongolian Steppe. Estell’s art considers action and reaction. She’s a sculpturist and installation artist.

“Field Trials II” open from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 21 and is open from 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 22 and Sept. 28 at the Free Range Film Barn, 909 County Rd. 4, Wrenshall. Open to the public

Winzige Hosen. (Photo by Ray Mindestrom)
Winzige Hosen. (Photo by Ray Mindestrom)

Live, in concert

Wussow’s Concert Cafe hosts its annual One Week Live, which features an eclectic mix of musicians — some of whom will land on a CD that highlights performances recorded during the week. Among this year’s acts: Charlie Parr, whose self-titled album will be released later in the week, Dan Dresser, Winzige Hosen, Whale House, Woodblind and Polkarobics.

One Week Live runs Sept. 23-Sept. 29 at Wussow’s Concert Cafe, 324 N. Central Ave. Tickets: Available at the door.


shows start at 7 p.m.

Sept. 23: Charlie Parr, One Less Guest, Luke LeBlanc

Sept. 24: Great Unwilling, Busey, Crescent Moon

Sept. 25: One Week Live songwriter’s competition

Sept. 26: The Resonance, Crooked Miles, Cyr

Sept. 27: Dan Dresser, Whale House, Camille & Co.

Sept. 28: BrassZilla, Woodblind, Rigadoo

Sept. 29: Paul Vargason, The Polkarobics, Winzige Hosen

Cactus Blossoms submitted photo
Cactus Blossoms submitted photo

Cactus Blossoms play Sacred Heart

The Cactus Blossoms, oh-so-easy-oh-the-ears, return for a show at Sacred Heart Music Center. The Minneapolis band released “Easy Way” in March, an album that, in the best ways, seems to defy a specific time date. Could be the 1970s. Could be the '50s. Could be next week. Could be yesterday. Expect the oozy-goozy good vibes that come from the signature harmonies of Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, who are fresh from a European tour.

Cactus Blossoms play at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $15 at