Wilco, practically a Duluth band, returns

Wilco, an honorary Duluth band — seriously, former Mayor Don Ness made it official, though its meaning was never really fully formed — returns to Symphony Hall for Tuesday as part of its Ode to Joy Tour.

The Chicago-based band has long been a friend of the city, maybe starting with a foggy and memorable concert at Bayfront Festival Park, maybe because of its connections to Low and Trampled By Turtles, maybe because Ness delivered a key to the city to frontman Jeff Tweedy once before a show.

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (2010 file / News Tribune)
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (2010 file / News Tribune)

Wilco’s 11th studio album was released this past fall — a collection Vulture described as attempting “for folk what doom achieves with metal, breaking the thing down to its building blocks: foreboding noise and truth. It’s stripped down but not empty, though, full of gorgeous sonics that light its unrelenting dark.”

Wilco plays at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at Symphony Hall. Tickets: Start at $49.50 available at Ticketmaster outlets including ticketmaster.com and the DECC box office.


Down with patriarchy! at UMD

In Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play, an office worker does what is expected of her: marries her gross boss, has a baby. This doesn’t do it for her, though, and she changes her circumstances in a dramatic way. The University of Minnesota Duluth’s production of “Machinal,” directed by William Payne, connects the expressionistic play to #metoo.

University of Minnesota Duluth’s production of “Machinal” plays at 7:30 p.m. March 5-7, March 17-21 and 2 p.m. March 22 at the Dudley Experimental Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center, UMD. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors/UMD faculty, staff, veterans; $15 students; $10 UMD students at tickets.umn.edu.

St. Scholastica hosts CJM memorial concert

The College of St. Scholastica’s “… And They Lynched Him on a Tree” is among of series of events with ties to the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Duluth lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie. The concert includes a world premiere of “We Three Kings,” composed by Rudy Perrault and performed by the Gichigami Piano Trio, a piece commissioned by the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial.

Also on the program: works by composer William Grant Still conducted by Perrault and Josh Aerie.

College of St. Scholastica’s “… And They Lynched Him on a Tree” concert is at 2 p.m. March 8 at Mitchell Auditorium, 1200 Kenwood Ave. The concert is free and open to the public. A donation will be accepted.

Manuel Ruelas' "Fases" is part of the "WTF!" exhibition at Prove Gallery (submitted photo)
Manuel Ruelas' "Fases" is part of the "WTF!" exhibition at Prove Gallery (submitted photo)

‘WTF!’ show returns for fourth year

The fourth annual “WTF! What the Feminist” community art exhibition has a paintings, printmaking, drawings, quilts, sculptures, embroidery and more from regional artists.

The show is described as having started as a response to current events and “is a testament to the social engagement of individuals from the Twin Ports region and beyond, those who have been galvanized by participating in the reawakening of civil society in our current political climate.”

Opening reception for “WTF!” is 7-10 p.m. March 6 at Prove Gallery, 21 N. Lake Ave. Free, open to the public. The exhibition is available for viewing 4-7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday through April 3.

Vern Northrup's "Asiniiwaakon" (Submitted photo)
Vern Northrup's "Asiniiwaakon" (Submitted photo)

Northrup's lessons from the land

Vern Northrup’s “Akinomaage: Teaching from the Earth” is a collection of photographs taken on the artist’s phone, that show where he grew up. Northrup, a Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe tribal member, is described as using photography as a way to teach himself and others about the “rhythms of nature, the preservation of tradition and the relationship between resilience and sustainability.” This is his first solo exhibition since 2015, and it’s available for viewing through March 29.

Vern Northrup art opening and book signing is at 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center Gallery, 202 W. Second St. Free, open to the public. Suggested $10 donation.

"The Jesus Rolls" (Photo from Screen Media Films)
"The Jesus Rolls" (Photo from Screen Media Films)

Jesus returns Turturro movie

The high-rolling bowl-enaire from the Coen brothers’ late 1990s film “The Big Lebowski” returns in a project written, directed and starring John Turturro. In “The Jesus Rolls,” he’s back in his signature purple tones for a re-imagining of the French film “Going Places” by Bertrand Blier.

This is a road-trippy sexcapades story about Jesus, fresh from prison, and his bestie, played by Bobby Cannavale. It has no official ties to “The Big Lebowski,” though.

The Los Angeles Times calls it a “gutter ball of sophomoric, white middle-age male sex farce fantasy that wears out an already teunuous welcome.”

It gets a single screening at Zinema 2 — with a rerun of “The Big Lebowski" the night before.

“The Big Lebowski” plays at 7 p.m. March 5 and “The Jesus Rolls” plays at 7 p.m. March 6 at Zinema 2. Tickets: Available at zeitgeistarts.com.

Motionpoems are poetry+film

Motionpoems, a Twin Cities-based group in its tenth season, matches poetry with filmmakers who create a hybrid artform. Prepare to get sucked in to the visuals, which are sometimes abstract globs that bounce and break, sometimes more literal representations that play like short stories.

Blackbird Revolt will host a screening of a collection of pieces Saturday at Zinema 2.

Motionpoems screening is at 7 p.m. March 7 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St.