Mason brings ‘Songs from when we met’ to Sacred Heart
Most recently, Mason Jennings was spotted singing in unison with Jack Johnson on the track “Buddha, Too” on the 2019 holiday compilation “This Warm December.” The catchy pop tune’s catchiest moment: “Oh, Jesus, I love you. And Buddha, too.”
Before that, Mason Jennings — a Twin Cities’ artist — released “Songs From When We Met,” a collection inspired by animal encounters in the woods and new love, according to his website. Mason Jennings plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $20 in advance at eventbrite.com, Electric Fetus and Globe News.
Lyric Opera of the North’s ‘Amahl’ returns
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” was originally a made-for-TV opera — a one-act with an English libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti and commissioned by NBC. In 2010, it was Lyric Opera of the North’s first production under the new creative leadership of Sarah Lawrence and Calland Metts. It was a nod to the company’s accessible intentions.
“And once the audience trusts us, we’ll spring some Janacek on them,” Lawrence said at the time.
It played again in 2012, and now it’s back — with the couple’s daughter, Giulia Calland, in the title role.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Masonic Temple, 4 W. Second St. Tickets: Start at $32. $12 students and children at loonopera.org.
Renegade Theater opens season with 'Bright Star'
“Bright Star” is an old timey southern love story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Alice Murphy and a young soldier home from World War II have a unique connection — one that sends the former into an exploration of her past. Renegade Theater Co.’s production includes Christina Stroup, Daylen Moore, Zachary Stofer, Tanya Moore and more. The pit band is Four Mile Portage. Tickets: $20 at zeitgeistarts.com
Renegade Theater Co.’s production of “Bright Star” is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24-26, Jan. 30-Feb. 2 and Feb. 6-8 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $20
Duluth players take on Clapton tunes
Duluth will do “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Tears In Heaven,” probably, during a night of full-on Clapton coverage. The oft-produced “Duluth Does” series returns with songs by the longtime musician who, in addition to performing as a soloist, has played with Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos. In the past, Duluth has covered The White Album, Dylan, Low and more.
Duluth Does Eric Clapton is at 7 p.m. January 25 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $10 at eventbrite.com
Zinema 2 screens witchy classic
A dark but funny film inspired by a wonderfully twisted Roald Dahl novel gets a 30th anniversary screening on Saturday at Zinema 2.
“The Witches” is the story of two kiddos who, while vacationing, stumble on a witch convention. The plan, according to the Grand High Witch, is to turn all children into mice — starting with young Luke.
This movie gets a reboot later this year.
“The Witches” plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St.
Life Parade plays Duluth Cider
Life Parade’s debut album “Suburban Life” landed on News Tribune reviewer Tony Bennett’s best-of-the-year list for 2019. “Cameron Mathews — who wrote, recorded and performs every instrument on the album — is a true talent with a knack for catchy pop songwriting. He’s exacting and precise, but he’s also not afraid to get weird when he feels like it,” Bennett wrote in a review of the album.
Life Parade and Trash Cats play at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Duluth Cider, 2307 W. Superior St.