It's a dance off

A news anchor, a carpenter and an outreach director for Senator Amy Klobuchar are among the well-known locals who will compete alongside a professional dancer in the Minnesota Ballet’s annual Celebrity Dance Challenge — which is at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Marshall School’s Fregeau Auditorium, 1215 Rice Lake Road. The annual fundraiser, which takes its cues from “Dancing with the Stars,” is a chance for nonprofit directors and pizza-brewery keepers to tango, sashay and swing dance in front of an audience — the same people who will later vote for a winner.

This year’s lineup includes Bonney Bowman of KBJR-TV; Wes Drummond of the Duluth Playhouse; Jebeh Edmunds of Congdon Elementary School and Jebeh Cultural Consulting; Philip Gilpin of Catalyst Story Institute; Steve Knauss of Thirsty Pagan Brewery; Rachel Loeffler-Kemp, northeast regional outreach director for Sen. Klobuchar; Jordan McMillian, a drag entertainer; Josh Miller of North Shore Scenic Railroad; Mickey Pearson of Salmela; Adam Wellgren of Johnson Wilson Constructors; and Amber Whiney of Maurices.

Audience members must show a proof of full-course COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from the past 72 hours. Everyone must wear a mask except when eating or drinking in the lobby.

Tickets start at $35 at minnesotaballet.org/performances or A Touch of Plasch.

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In makeup and costume portraying a torture victim Brody Fleming of Duluth scares other actors during a training session for volunteers for the Haunted Ship on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, on the William A Irvin museum ship in Duluth. 
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
In makeup and costume portraying a torture victim Brody Fleming of Duluth scares other actors during a training session for volunteers for the Haunted Ship on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, on the William A Irvin museum ship in Duluth. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Seasonal scares

It’s October now, so it’s cool if we start talking about zombie attacks, loose eyeballs and cobweb-covered clown bats or whatever. This region has plenty of ways to get your fright on, whether its an already scary Great Lakes vessel that gets a ghoulish seasonal makeover or a spooky hayride that leads to a trail of scares.

Among the options: Hellwig Hollow Haunted Attraction, which is relatively new, involves a 30 minute “walk of terror” in the woods at 7480 Harris Road, Canyon. It’s open at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October.

Haunted Forest: The 8th annual Alex and Zachary Tackett Family Haunted Trail and Hayride is a fundraiser for local charities and runs 7-110 p.m. Oct. 8-10, Oct. 15-17, Oct. 22-24, Oct. 29-31 at 7187 Saginaw Road, Saginaw.

“Come get your pants scared off or bring the scaredy-cats you know, to get a good laugh,” according to a hand-written sign.

Haunted Ship: Terror in the Twin Ports: The William A. Irvin is back in action as a fear destination with a ship’s worth of creepy rooms, cob-webby halls, moans and groans and creepy dolls. The Haunted Ship runs from 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 7-8, Oct. 14-15, Oct. 20-22, Oct. 28-29 and 4-10:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30-31.

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Symphony Hall. 
Clint Austin / 2014 File / Duluth News Tribune)
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Symphony Hall. Clint Austin / 2014 File / Duluth News Tribune)

DSSO opens with a 'Rush'

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra opens its season — aptly named “Come Together” — with the DSSO’s premiere performance of “Rush” by Jonathan Leshnoff. The short contemporary piece with bursts of frantic energy. Also on the program, Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 with soloist Claudia White, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 10, arranged by Barry Cooper and Poulenc’s “Sinfonietta.

The DSSO concert is at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Symphony Hall. Tickets available at DSSO.org.

Florian Chmielewski has played the accordion for more than 70 years. 
Steve Kuchera / 2015 file / Duluth News Tribune
Florian Chmielewski has played the accordion for more than 70 years. Steve Kuchera / 2015 file / Duluth News Tribune

Weekend morning polka parties

The Chmielewskis are returning to a screen near you with the "Chmielewski Funtime Revisited Show," which includes old footage of the family band from the 1970s to the 1990s. According to a news release, these long-lost episodes have been stowed away for more than 40 years. They have not been seen since they first aired.

The Chmielewski family is known for generations upon generations of polka players, including Florian Chmielewski the now 90-plus year old award winning, Hall of Fame accordion player whose TV show lasted 35 years and was broadcast nationwide.

With these episodes, which air at 11 a.m. Saturday mornings and 8 a.m. on Sundays on Fox 21 Antenna TV, the crew is promising a blast from the past.

Rachael Kilgour returns to Sacred Heart. 
Contributed / Rachael Kilgour
Rachael Kilgour returns to Sacred Heart. Contributed / Rachael Kilgour

Kilgour plays Sacred Heart

Rachael Kilgour, a Duluth-bred singer-songwriter fresh from a Midwest tour, plays a show Oct. 9 at Sacred Heart Music Center. Kilgour's music comes from down deep, whether it's about family or the issues she is passionate about. She's played the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center in New York City and Sundance Film Festival. Rolling Stone magazine said her "unapologetic lyrics are a real treat."

Kilgour plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Sacred Heart Music Center. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Concert-goers must have a proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test from the past 72 hours.

The Electric Fetus's Duluth story is having an online auction. 
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The Electric Fetus's Duluth story is having an online auction. (File / News Tribune)

Get your vintage lamps, metal tier carts and Electric Fetus shirts

Looking for assorted soy candles, a (now) vintage Electric Fetus T-shirt, mugs, key chains or mannequins? The Duluth branch of Electric Fetus, which won't be reopening, is having an online auction that includes merch, retail displays, salt lamps and diffusers. There's a three-way mirror, fake trees, Zippo lighters, neon signs, folding tables, shawls, record player and boxes of assorted records and DVDS.

Bidding, at auctionmasters.com, has been live since Sept. 29 and the auction ends at 6 p.m. Oct. 11.

Electric Fetus marketing manager Dawn Novak said in a news release "We've had a fiercely loyal following since day one, and wanted to offer our amazing customers the chance to give a second life to some of the items that have made our Duluth store such a great place to hang out over the years."

'Matilda' now playing at Playhouse's Family Theatre

The Duluth Playhouse Family Theatre's performance of "Matilda," long delayed because of COVID-19, finally gets its opening at the Depot Stage. It's the story of a smart, mischievous and magical young girl who uses her wits to change her story. The musical, which won five Tony Awards, is based on the novel by Roald Dahl.

"Matilda" plays at 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 17 at the Depot Stage. Tickets available at duluthplayhouse.org.