Duluth Art Institute shares Duluth-reference tip

For locals who crave Duluth references in pop culture — isn’t that all of us? — consider the movie “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” a new film available for streaming on Amazon.

Art critic James Figueras, a not-quite-good-enough artist who pops uppers and smokes in bed, travels to Lake Como with his new love interest (Elizabeth Debicki plays a woman from a small town outside of, ta-da, Duluth) to meet an eccentric collector, played by eccentric rock star Mick Jagger.

"The Burnt Orange Heresy" (Photo by Indiana Production Company, Rumble Films)
"The Burnt Orange Heresy" (Photo by Indiana Production Company, Rumble Films)

The movie has a dark, big money, art-world aesthetic and a reference to a painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec that was once in the collection at the Duluth Art Institute. This much is true.

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The DAI posted about it on its Facebook page in September and wrote that a Jane Avril poster by Toulouse-Lautrec was sold for $28,500 in 1990. It was as part of a larger auction to get rid of pieces they couldn’t care for.

Otherwise, the movie carries a sense of ominousness and has a mansplainy lead character who is almost Pierce Brosnan.

“The Burnt Orange Heresy” is available for rent on Amazon.

Erin Aldridge (photo courtesy of DSSO)
Erin Aldridge (photo courtesy of DSSO)

DSSO returns for scaled-back season

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra opens its season of experimentation with “Strings Attached,” a concert with a smaller scale of musicians and attendees, and the ability for aficionados to stream the concert from home. The program includes Jessie Montgomery, Astor Piazzolla, Samuel Barber and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Erin Aldridge is the featured soloist.

For DSSO Live access, billed as live concerts from your living room, go to dsso.com.

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s “Strings Attached” is at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Symphony Hall. There is limited seating available. Tickets are available at dsso.com.

Jonathan Thunder (News Tribune) and Robb Quisling (Photo by Josh Olson / robbquisling.com)
Jonathan Thunder (News Tribune) and Robb Quisling (Photo by Josh Olson / robbquisling.com)

Thunder, Quisling open 'Aqua Vitae' exhibition

An exhibition at the Kruk Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Superior features works by two of Duluth’s most recognizable artists: Jonathan Thunder and Rob Quisling. With “Aqua Vitae,” both consider their personal experiences with alcohol addiction and recovery, “exploring the substance as both a seductive chemical as well as a force of entrapment.”

Quisling is a printmaker and installation artist in addition to being a teacher. He had a recent show at the Duluth Art Institute. Thunder is a painter and animator.

Kruk Gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

"Creating Apart: Joe Klander" by Mike Scholtz (Screenshot from perfectduluthday.com)
"Creating Apart: Joe Klander" by Mike Scholtz (Screenshot from perfectduluthday.com)

PDD shares shorts on artists

An exhibition of works created during the pandemic originally scheduled for an August opening at the University of Minnesota Duluth has been getting a series of teaser vids on Perfect Duluth Day. Mike Scholtz has quick-hit one-on-ones with artists like Sarah Brokke, Moira Villiard and Joe Klander, who talk about what they are making and why. For Brokke, it’s a series of paintings called “Her Wild Life is Coming Back.” For Villiard it has been large-scale painting projects alongside members of the community. For Klander, it’s a regular series about the fictional being who live on the fictional Ampersand Island.

Scholtz has posted the short vids online at Perfect Duluth Day.

The Haunted Shack is open for haunted tours. (Photo from Facebook)
The Haunted Shack is open for haunted tours. (Photo from Facebook)

All hail the 12-foot skeleton

If 12-foot skeletons are your thing … The Haunted Ridge returns for its seasonal scares, but with some COVID-19 precautions in place.

This spot in Carlton offers an 8-acre corn maze, a haunted house and haunted hayride, in addition to a pumpkin patch and petting zoo. This year, there is also a spooky movie.

The Haunted Ridge is open for the season at 1781 County Rd. 1, Carlton. For more info, go to hauntedshack.com.