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G. Love

G. Love plays Sound

Long time Philly-repping blues hip hop artist G. Love & Special Sauce will play a small show Tuesday at Sound: Duluth. G. Love, who fronts the Special Sauce, has been active since the mid-1990s. (See also: "Philadelphonic" and the catchy "Rodeo Clowns" alongside then unknown-ish Jack Johnson.) The trio last played at Clyde Iron Works in 2011 after his "Fixin' To Die" album, produced by the Avett Brothers, was released. The show was described as G. Love-gone-country and noted his the must-see-liveness of the bands shows. According to the review: "His lanky legs flapped, he tapped his feet, his head bopped and he had a big old smile on his face." G. Love & Special Sauce released the holiday album "Home for Christmas" in December. Before that, the most recent was "Love Saves the Day" in 2015.

G. Love & Special Sauce plays at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Sound: Duluth, 132 E. Superior St. Tickets: $35 at

'Making It' launches

A new television series by the local PBS affiliate gets its first looks at a launch party from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at Blacklist. "Making It Up North" is the stories of the people of Northern Minnesota who have followed their dreams to coffee roasting, music, hat-making, visual arts and more. There will be music by Christopher David Hanson, Jerree Small and Jillian Rae, appetizers from Martha's Daughter Restaurant and more.

"Making It Up North" launch party is 3-7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Blacklist Beer, 120 E. Superior St. Free, open to the public. Also: Check out the DNT's Pressroom Podcast for an interview with Karen Sunderman and Steve Ash.

Lutsen throws musical ski party

A reason to hit the road, then the slopes: Dead Man Winter, Charlie Parr and Black-Eyed Snakes are part of a two-day snow-sport friendly music festival assembled by GNDWIRE Records at Lutsen Resort. The third-annual event is a ski and snowboard, then listen to a mix of rock, folk, blues, blues-folk and more.

Dead Man Winter, Charlie Parr and Black-Eyed Snakes play on Friday; Roma Di Luna, All Tomorrow's Petty and Invisible Boy play Saturday.

Ski Part is Friday and Saturday at Lutsen. Info:

"Intimate Kiss" by Tom Rauschenfels

Double the art ...

A double-art show at Zeitgeist will feature works by a longtime lake enthusiast and a mixed media artist who specializes in watercolors.

"His and Hers: New Year, Old & New Work" is an exhibition of pieces by Tom and Sue Rauschenfels. The former is a retired art teacher currently working in printmaking, drawing and ceramics. He grew up on Park Point and claims to continue to be influenced by Lake Superior; The latter, a member of the Lake Superior Watercolor Society, says, "I enjoy telling a story when I paint." The exhibition runs Monday through Jan. 31 in the Zeitgeist Artrium Gallery.

Opening reception for "His and Hers: New Year, Old & New Work" featuring artwork by Tom and Sue Rauschenfels is 5-7 p.m. Monday at Zeitgeist Atrium Gallery, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: Free, open to the public.

... Double the music

Lydia Hardesty and Matthew Seipel-Anderson, AKA Mr. MSA, are both playing CD release shows on Friday at Beaners Central.

Hardesty's "Among the Nations" was recorded with Bill & Kate Isles and features local artists such as Tedd Williams, Jonathan Hardesty, and Sarah and David Birkeland of Sarah Mae & the Birkeland Boys. Proceeds from the concert and album sales go to her international ministry with Child Evangelism Fellowship. (She is about to move to Scotland.) Mr. MSA is donating his album sales for the night to the same cause.

Lydia Hardesty and Mr. MSA CD release shows are 7 p.m. Friday at Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave. Tickets: $5 at the door.

'Selfie' author gives gallery talk

Alicia Eler, whose book "The Selfie Generation" was recently published by Skyhorse Publishing, will present a gallery talk about writing and art at the Duluth Art Institute. Eler, a visual arts critic for the Star Tribune, has written for Harper's Bazaar, New York Magazine, LA Weekly, Artforum and more. And, most recently, she's become the go-to for intellectualizing the selfie movement. Wired called her a selfie expert. (See story, Page C1.)

Gallery talk with author Alicia Eler is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Duluth Art Institute, 506 W Michigan St. Free, open to the public.