Read this mind
Fan favorite Gordon Lightfoot, who has performed regularly at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center since the mid-1970s — and who is the voice behind the Lake Superior anthem “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” — is the subject of a documentary now available for screening through Minneapolis-based film festival Sound Unseen.
“If You Could Read My Mind” covers the Canadian artist’s life and includes interviews with musicians like Sarah McLachlan, Anne Murray and Steve Earle, in addition to Alec Baldwin. A quote from the trailer is high praise from Bob Dylan: “Every time I hear a song by him, I wish it would last forever.”
"If You Could Read My Mind" is available at soundunseen.com through Aug. 12. Tickets: $9.99.
Fresh from the Mississippi
Americana musician Kyle Ollah pulled an extra Americana-move when faced with a summer of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions: Along with Liz Draper and Clancy Ward, he traveled along the Mississippi River playing socially-distanced pop-up shows. Proceeds from these concerts were dedicated to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund. It was cutely billed as a "Mississippi Pontour."
Ollah is back, and the trio will play a homecoming show at 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at Glensheen. It's free and open to the public.
Stream DSSO's 'Obsession'
Last week the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra made available for streaming its "Obsession" concert from this past season.
The program included music inspired by fixations: Michael Daugherty's "Red Cape Tango," Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique" and Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto."
Concertmaster Erin Aldridge, a violinist, was the featured soloist.
The concert will be available for streaming at dsso.com/athome until mid-September.
Among the local arts organizations to embrace pandemic restrictions is the Joseph Nease Gallery, which is currently showing work by James Woodfill, an interdisciplinary artist from Kansas City.
This online take is described as creating new pieces and animation from older works. Woodfill was originally scheduled to have a exhibition at the downtown gallery. When the exhibition switched to a virtual show, he reconsidered things like space and the barriers that exist in a world where things appear on a screen, according to his artist statement.
He writes: "The camera becomes an engine. The object becomes a pattern. Sound becomes a drawing. The gatherings presented can focus our attention in the foreground, or the entire operation can drift into the ambient. My intent has been to complicate the expected by resisting narrative and presenting the primary conversation between myself, the objects and the technological systems."
Woodfill's work is available on the Joseph Nease Gallery's website.
New Scenic offers new food truck
The New Scenic Cafe is launching its new food truck, or rather food Airstream, from noon-6 p.m. Aug. 12-13, Aug. 15-16 at the restaurant. Scenic 61 Airstream, as they're calling it, will regularly change locations and will offer 4-6 menu items within the categories of tacos, sandwiches, sausages and burgers, depending on the day.
Expect something akin to what is in the restaurant, based on the website. which shows possible picks like Sashimi Tuna Taco, Lamb Barbacoa Taco, Muffuletta Dog, Salmon Sausage, Bahn Mi, Grilled Cheese, and an X-Tudo burger with mozzarella, bacon, sausage, fried egg, corn, lettuce, tomato and mayo — tied with lobster roll for the most expensive menu item, $20. Most others range between $10-$15.
For more info, go to scenic-61.com.