Now on VHS: exercise vids, cats in sweaters, crafting
This all started with a copy of “Inside and Outside Custodial Videos,” a training vid found in the breakroom of a McDonald’s in Wisconsin.
From there, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher discovered a world of exercise videos, aggressive crafting and animals fashions among the VHS tapes at thrift stores and estate sales. “The Found Footage Festival” returns with a collection of greatest hits, commentary and updates on the subjects. This festival first played Duluth in 2012 and has also gained an international audience.
“Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems” is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $11 at foundfootagefest.com.
Charlie Parr with “Charlie Parr”
Charlie Parr, who has just released his self-titled album, will play the Cedar Lounge every Wednesday in November — a record-release residency.
The story of the album: Parr, who broke his shoulder in multiple places more than a year ago, returned to music with solidified intentions. He’s not interested in careerism, he says on Facebook, he’s learned that he just wants to make music. “That’s what counts the most — Pure motives and loving intention,” he wrote. “Charlie Parr” the album is a collection that includes a new look to old songs.
Charlie Parr record release residency is at 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 at Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. Third St., Superior.
Church of Cash to walk the line
Church of Cash is a tribute to the "man in black" that bills itself as having a “loyalty to the message that Johnny left to us all.” The band is fronted by Minnesota artist Jay Kalk, who told the City Pages in 2015 that his repertoire is 140 songs deep. Among the songs on the band’s website: “Mean Eyed Cat,” “Tennessee Flattop Box,” “Walk The Line” and “Get Rhythm.”
Church of Cash featuring the Music of Johnny Cash is at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: $25 at jadepresents.com/event/2019-church-of-cash-duluth.
All Souls Night has fire spinners, parade, giant marionette
Duluth’s All Souls Night, an interactive art show that speaks to the seasons change and honoring ancestors, is Saturday in the Depot’s Great Hall. Among the events: short tarot readings, the annual Funeral March for Rotten Ideas, which winds around the Duluth Public Library blocks and includes stilt walkers and a brass band. There will also be a performance by Spin collective and the raising of Mary Plaster and Chris Lutter’s Maximus — a larger-than-life skeleton marionette. The night is scheduled to start somber and end festive.
Duluth’s All Souls Night is 5-9 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: Donations.
Open up (the Tired Eyes)
From the annals of must-see side projects: Tired Eyes, a Neil Young Tribute by Rich Mattson, Alan Sparhawk, Glen Mattson and Dale Kallman.
The band covers Neil Young songs from the 1970s and ‘80s, including picks from the albums “Harvest,” “Everybody Knows this is Nowhere” and “Rust Never Sleeps.” Expect surprises and deep cuts, according to the band.
Tired Eyes plays at 7-10 p.m. Nov. 8 at Wussow’s Concert Cafe, 324 N. Central Ave. Tickets: $5 at the door
In defense of water
The University of Minnesota Duluth’s theater department is giving fresh eyes to Henrik Ibsen’s 137-year-old play “An Enemy of the People.” The original is the story of a man who does what he believes to be the right thing regarding a tainted water supply and the town’s baths, but faces repercussions from his community. According to a director’s note by Tom Isbell, the university’s production eliminates certain characters and changes the roles that women play.
The University of Minnesota Duluth’s “An Enemy of the People,” new adaptation by Tom Isbell, is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9 and Nov. 12-16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Marshall Performing Arts Center’s Dudley Experimental Theatre. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors, UMD faculty, staff, veterans, $15 students, $10 UMD students