"The Elixir of Love" set sketch from LOON Facebook page.
"The Elixir of Love" set sketch from LOON Facebook page.


Potion commotion

In “The Elixir of Love,” a comic opera by Donizetti, Nemorino is in love with Adina — but she’s more of a free spirit. He takes a cue from “Tristan and Isolde” and spends the last of his cash on what he believes is a love potion (see also: wine). Meanwhile, there is a new rival on the scene and, after experiencing Nemorino’s love potion-altered indifference, maybe Adina does love him a little. Next stop: thwarted wedding. Lyric Opera of the North’s production, sung in Italian with English supertitles, is directed by Bradley Greenwald (stage) and Dirk Meyer (music) and features Sarah Lawrence, Jennifer LeDoux, Gennard Lombardozzi, Lee Gregory and Rod Nelman.

“The Elixir of Love” is at 7:30 p.m. June 14 and 3 p.m. June 16 at Marshall Performing Arts Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Tickets: Start at $37, available at (218) 464-0922.

David Bowie is Jareth, the Goblin King in "Labyrinth," which gets a special screening Friday at Zinema 2. Photo from Rotten Tomatoes
David Bowie is Jareth, the Goblin King in "Labyrinth," which gets a special screening Friday at Zinema 2. Photo from Rotten Tomatoes


‘Labyrinth’ to screen at Zinema 2

All hail the Goblin King, stealer of babies. Zinema 2 is offering a special screening of the Bedhead Bowie vehicle, “Labyrinth.” The 1986 fantasy-adventure film stars young Jennifer Connolly who wishes away her baby brother — but immediately regrets it when he is whisked away by the Goblin King, played by David Bowie. She befriends all sorts of talking creatures and, under a strict time limit, winds her way through a maze to solve a riddle and retrieve her brother. This has long been an audience pick, according to the keepers of the theater.

“Labyrinth” plays at 7 p.m. June 14 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St.

Husdesign is an exhibition of Scandinavian-themed functional art that opens June 14 at the Nordic Center. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Aune
Husdesign is an exhibition of Scandinavian-themed functional art that opens June 14 at the Nordic Center. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Aune

Functional art at Nordic Center

Scandinavian-inspired furniture and other houseware, created by artists Kirsten Aune, Sue French, Gordon Manary and Scott Scheirbeck, will be shown at “Husdesign” — a showcase that opens Friday and runs through June 29 at the Nordic Center.

The pieces, which include textiles, woodwork and more, are functional art.

“Husdesign” opening reception is 5-8 p.m. June 14 at the Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave. Exhibit is also open from 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

"Take it With You" plays Tuesday at Teatro Zuccone. Photo courtesy of Blake Thomas
"Take it With You" plays Tuesday at Teatro Zuccone. Photo courtesy of Blake Thomas

‘Take it’ out West

“Take It With You” has gone sequential. The live radio show-like experience, which seconds as a fiction podcast, is set this season in the Wild West. The eight-episode story arc includes Duluth-bred characters and scenes, musical interludes and interviews with local business-keepers. If you can’t hit up this episode, created by some of the top humorists you’ve met, you can also listen by earbud via your favorite podcast app.

“Take It With You” is at 7:30 p.m. June 18 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $24 at takeitwithyou.org.

Harbor City Roller Derby has a home bout on Saturday at Wessman Arena. Photo from Facebook
Harbor City Roller Derby has a home bout on Saturday at Wessman Arena. Photo from Facebook

S8ers gonna s8

The crew from Harbor City Roller Derby hosts the Garda Belts from Minnesota Roller Girls at its second home bout of the season. According to the local squad’s Facebook page, derby-doers have been skating on the trails and cross-training with a Frisbee. The sport is a mix of flash and dash — the names on the jerseys are part of the fun. Watch blockers block and jammers jam.

Harbor City Roller Derby bout is at 6 p.m. June 15 at Wessman Arena in Superior. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 with a student/military ID. Kids 10 and younger are free with an adult.