Best Bets: 6 nights of live music at Wussow's and more

Find something to do this week in the Northland.

Man sits at coffee shop counter with latte. Patrons sitting around a small table are visible in the background; man is wearing fedora, glasses, and black t-shirt.
Jason Wussow, photographed in his West Duluth coffee shop in 2019.
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DULUTH — As spooky season continues, there are lots of terrifying things to do in the Northland. Check out our features on Halloween happenings and the Haunted Ship for more information; here are six more events to keep in mind this week.

One Week Live at Wussow's

On Monday, Wussow's Concert Cafe in Spirit Valley kicks off its 20th edition of One Week Live, an annual celebration of original music. There will be live music for six nights straight, with each show livestreamed on video if you can't make it out. The lineup includes local favorites like Feeding Leroy (Monday), Teague Alexy (Tuesday), Judas Rose (Friday) and Fenestra Funk (Saturday). The series will also feature out-of-state artists like Jason Dea West (Thursday) and a new local project called Babie Eyes, led by songwriters Heidi Feroe and Ian Alexy. On Wednesday, Ryan Lane hosts a songwriter competition. For the complete lineup, see

Stories of 'dis-ease' at Zeitgeist

Promotional illustration for "RARE: Stories of Dis-Ease" featuring an archer with bleeding tendon, holding a staff of intertwined snakes.
"RARE" examines the incidence of rare disease.
Contributed / Sod House Theater

On Wednesday night, Zeitgeist is hosting a production by Minneapolis company Sod House Theater. "RARE: Stories of Dis-Ease" was created after the University of Minnesota's Center for Orphan Drug Research contacted the university's Department of Theatre Arts & Dance about the possibility of using the performing arts to raise awareness of the prevalence of rare disease. That may sound like a contradiction in terms, but given that there are over 7,000 rare diseases, more people than you might realize are afflicted. Some of the Twin Cities' top theater artists are involved with the touring show, which was written by beloved storyteller Kevin Kling. Plus, it's free! To reserve seats, see

Duluth goes large

Hand holding book, "Duluth's Grand Old Architecture 1870-1940: Buildings, Houses, Bridges, Landmarks" in front of a tall neoclassical stone building.
"Duluth's Grand Old Architecture," photographed in front of one of the buildings that appears in its pages. The St. Louis County Courthouse was built in 1909 as part of Daniel Burnham's Duluth Civic Center, part of a movement that "promoted beauty not only for its own sake, but also to create moral and civic virtue among urban populations."
Jay Gabler / Duluth News Tribune

Local history guru Tony Dierckins has a grand new book on "Duluth's Grand Old Architecture." Co-authored with the late Maryanne C. Norton, the 336-page tome chronicles the staggering number of monumental buildings created in the city during the glory years from 1870-1940, when Duluth was a booming industrial city bursting with an influx of money and civic pride. While the money's come and gone, many of the buildings remain, and the book will give you a renewed appreciation of structures from the Medical Arts Building to the Duluth Civic Center ("the nation's best surviving example of the City Beautiful movement") to Glensheen. That's where Dierckins will celebrate the book's publication, with a Thursday presentation and book signing. For information, see

DSSO for the birds

Woman reclines against low table in portrait studio setting, smiling and casting her gaze up and to the right. Her left arm cradles a violin; she is wearing a silver strapless dress.
Violinist Bella Hristova will appear with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.
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Are those birds singing in Symphony Hall? No, it’s the recorded sounds of Arctic birds, part of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s “Cantus Arcticus.” The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is presenting that piece along with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Symphony No. 36," Jacques Ibert’s “Homage a Mozart” and Florence Price’s "Violin Concerto No. 1." Bulgarian American violinist Bella Hristova, praised by the New York Times for “impeccable sound and technique,” will solo. For tickets and information on Saturday’s performance at the DECC (and a Sunday encore in Superior), see


Lincoln Park is popping

Red flowers are displayed on a barrel in front of garage door bearing Duluth Cider name and logo, slightly out of focus in the background.
Flowers in fall colors were on display at Duluth Cider on Thursday.
Jay Gabler / Duluth News Tribune

There's a bountiful harvest of fun fall events happening Saturday in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Choose your own adventure! From 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Duluth Cider is throwing its annual Big Bad Apple Bash with live music, community apple pressing, a dog costume contest, special snacks and of course, cider — with four special releases, including one brewed with the outcome of last year's community press. (See From 1-4 p.m., the Duluth Art Institute is having its first in-person Free ArtDAI in years, with the public encouraged to drop in for projects including paper flowers and paper puppets. (See Then, from 7-10 p.m., the Duluth Children's Museum is hosting a "Night at the Brewseum" fundraiser: a mini craft beverage festival with 10 local companies contributing samples of beer, cider, spirits and kombucha. (See

2 top concerts

Rock band performing live on a dark stage. A guitarist and bassist flank a singer with long hair wearing a dark blouse and patterned skirt, putting her head back as she sings into a microphone.
Maria and the Coins, seen here performing at the 7th St Entry in Minneapolis, will be making their Twin Ports debut Friday at Superior's Earth Rider Brewery.
Contributed / Maria and the Coins

Ready to rock out this weekend — or find space to contemplate? We've got you covered. On Friday, rising Minneapolis pop rockers Maria and the Coins are making their Twin Ports debut with a show at Earth Rider's Festival Field; the stacked lineup also includes the Slamming Doors and AfroGeode & the Gemstones. (See Then, on Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center, David Huckfelt and Annie Humphrey are bringing their practiced songcraft to one of Duluth's most beloved venues. If you caught them at the recent Water Is Life event at Bayfront Festival Park, this is a chance to change it up. (See

Over 4,000 people gathered at Bayfront Festival Park to celebrate efforts — many unseen — that advocate for clean-water access.

Arts and entertainment reporter Jay Gabler joined the Duluth News Tribune in February 2022. His previous experience includes eight years as a digital producer at The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), four years as theater critic at Minneapolis alt-weekly City Pages, and six years as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He's a co-founder of pop culture and creative writing blog The Tangential; and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can reach him at or 218-279-5536.
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