Brews for yous
The return of All Pints North, the annual mega-brewfest at Bayfront Festival Park, will feature unlimited sampling from more than 100 breweries, including some regional faves, Blacklist Brewing Co.'s axe-throwing trailer, music by Laura Velvet, food trucks, vendors and N/A options like cream soda, hop seltzer and cold brew.
The event, put together by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, is 3:30-7 p.m. July 31 and tickets are available at mncraftbrew.org. The fest always sells out, and 2020 ticket holders were reissued tickets this year.
Among the local bev brewers: Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Canal Park Brewing Company, Castle Danger Brewery, Fitger's Brewhouse, Ursa Minor Brewing, Warrior Brewing Company, Duluth Cider, and Wild State Cider. Download the app to find flavors and rate your favorites.
Two-step near the pier
Sugar on the Roof, an old-timey band that sounds like a hot nights with a boxy radio, is next up for Glensheen's Concerts on the Pier series. The band most likely to make you two-step is Megan Reynolds on rhythm guitar and vocals, Jefferson Reynolds on banjo and trombone, and Clancy Ward playing fiddle and background vocals. The trio mixes tried and true tunes with charming originals. They released the album "Hat Drop" earlier this year.
Shows on the pier behind the Congdon mansion have food and drink vendors on site and offer the opportunity to arrive in style. Bring your favorite floaty. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. The Wednesday night concerts are free.
‘Carmen,’ two ways
A production of "Carmen on the Lake" takes Bizet's opera and sets it on the floating stage in Bregenz, Austria. This take by CineLife Entertainment, CinemaLive and C Major Entertainment will play at 8 p.m. July 28 at Ely State Theater in Ely. Tickets are $15 at elystatetheter.org.
Meanwhile, an encore of the Met Opera's "Carmen," sans floating stage, plays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. July 28 at Duluth Cinema. Tickets are $16.33 and available at marcustheatres.com. This production premiered on New Year's Eve in 2009 with Robert Alagna as Don Jose and Elina Garanca as Carmen.
It's the story of Carmen, a man-slayer, and Don Jose, a soldier who can't quit her. Enter the toreador.
Range boy makes good
H/T to News Tribune columnist Jim Heffernan, who discovered a product of the Iron Range during a recent viewing of "The Tomorrow War," a sci-fi adventure film now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
The movie directed by Chris McKay is a tale of time travelers from 2051 with bad news: Alien war. Chris Pratt, henceforth to be referred to as a Virginia, Minnesota, native because that's what we do in Northern Minnesota, plays a high school teacher who is recruited into the future to help slay the bad things.
"The Tomorrow War" isn't setting records on the Tomatometer, but here's the deal on Pratt: He was born in Virginia to Daniel and Kathleen Pratt, but left soonafter, according to Iron Range writer-teacher-author-podcaster-entertainer Aaron Brown, who can be trusted to know these things.
Grand Rapids girl makes good, too
Meanwhile, in Leif Erikson Park, a well-known film featuring a young woman with roots in Grand Rapids, (and a lion, a tin man, a scarecrow, witch(es)) is the next pick for this week's Movies in the Park series.
"The Wizard of Oz" plays at 8:40 p.m. July 30 in the park's amphitheater-shaped green space. It's free and open to the public.
Of course, it's the story of a woman and her pesky dog and a wild ride to new land filled with characters who all look a tiny bit familiar. It stars Judy Garland, who was born June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids. There is, in her birth town, a museum with her things and pieces from "The Wizard of Oz."
Ring in 2021, again
Boku Frequency and Fenestra Funk will play 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 30 at R.T. Quinlan's for its New Year's in July night.
Boku Frequency is a longtime local soul-funk-blues band that has really relaunched this summer with a zillion shows, and Fenestra Funk says on its Facebook page, "Who says a funk band can't play rock music?"