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Best bets: Art-art and Art Garfunkel art

This week's top picks in local arts and entertainment.

"The Simon and Garfunkel Story," which includes the music of the famous duo, is scheduled to play the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Nov. 10. Contributed /

Bridge that troubled water

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel get dramatic treatment with a touring production described as an "immersive concert-style theater show" that plays Wednesday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Symphony Hall.

"The Simon & Garfunkel Story" doesn't include either, but rather stars Taylor Bloom and Benjamin Cooley as the title players in a production that takes the duo from its early days as the band Tom & Jerry, through its rise and eventual split, and back to Central Park for a reunion concert.

Expect videos, music, photographs, and more in this show that includes a full band and hits like "Mrs. Robinson," "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and more.

"The Simon & Garfunkel Story" plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Symphony Hall. Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets, including the DECC box office.

'Black Survival Guide' now at Tweed


Hank Willis Thomas's "Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot" features screen prints on retroreflective vinyl with aluminum backing. The project was commissioned by the Delaware Art Museum and has photographs of the 1968 Wilmington Riots and National Guard occupation of the city by then-News Journal photographer Godfrey C. Potts. The text, which overlays the photos, is from the Northeast Conservation Association's 19606 "Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot," which was made available from the Delaware Historical Society.

The Delaware Art Museum, in 2018, commissioned artist Hank Willis Thomas to create new work that responded to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the after effects in Wilmington.

"Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot" is now available for viewing at the University of Minnesota Duluth's Tweed Museum of Art.

The exhibition is a series of large-scale, large-screen prints with documents from the Delaware Historical Society and photographs from the local newspaper's staff photographers. It's an interactive exhibition that calls for a flashlight to find the images behind the manual-style text.

Thomas is a conceptual artist based out of Brooklyn and his themes include perspective, identity, commodity, media and pop culture.

This exhibition opened Nov. 2 and included a virtual Q&A with the artist and will be available through Jan. 25.

A T-Day roast

Eric Elefson, Alyson Enderle, Cheryl Skafte and Phillip Hoelscher star in a production of "The Thanksgiving Play," directed by Robert Lee. Contributed / Duluth Playhouse


A holiday known for its historical inaccuracies is poked and prodded in Larissa FastHorse's satire "The Thanksgiving Play." The contemporary story centers on an elementary school teacher and a small group of humans who are not Native American who try to make a culturally-sensitive holiday production with squirm-inducing results.

A production at The Underground, freshly back in service after a seasonal run of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," features a crew of local comedy actors. It's billed as "good intentions" colliding with "absurd assumptions."

A Washington Post reviewer described one of its local productions as "a comedy that more often deliberately operates in smart, effective satirical-blast mode."

"The Thanksgiving Play" is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-20 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth. Tickets available at .

A boy, an album, a former church

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Jeremy Messersmith performs at Bayfront Festival Park during the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters Wild Waters Music Fest in 2019. He returns to Duluth on Nov. 12, 2021, for a concert at Sacred Heart Music Center. Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

Jeremy Messersmith plays where he's never before played, Sacred Heart Music Center, with an album that has been almost everywhere, "The Reluctant Graveyard," in the 10-plus years since it was released.

The Twin Cities musician plays an anniversary show, delayed a bit by COVID-19, for the album alongside members of string players from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. He will cruise through the album in its entirety and throw in some other tunes, too.


Jeremy Messersmith plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth. Tickets at .

Revisiting 'The Wreck'

The Split Rock Lighthouse beacon glows at dusk during the beacon lighting and service in 2019 recognizing the 44th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Clint Austin / 2019 file / Duluth News Tribune

Split Rock Lighthouse near Two Harbors will host its annual commemoration of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and its 29 crew members with a reading of the names of the dead alongside the tolling of the ship's bell and the lighting of the beacon.

Tours will be briefly halted during the ceremony, but will resume afterward.

Bring a flashlight or headlamp to better navigate the trails.

There is a virtual option available on Facebook Live and YouTube .

The freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald was lost during a storm Nov. 10, 1975.

The Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting is at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Split Rock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road in Two Harbors. More info: .

Return to Sacred Heart

Storyhill plays Nov. 14 at Sacred Heart Music Center. Contributed /

Montana duo Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson return to Duluth in support of their band's first Christmas album.

Storyhill's "Bethlehem" will be released Nov. 27, but the twosome will show off its signature harmonies and acoustic guitar sounds during a show at Sacred Heart Music Center.

"We wanted to make a record that added something new to the conversation about the Christmas story, a vision that flips the narrative of this world and makes the first last, the last first and lifts up the lowly among us," Hermanson said in a news release.

Storyhill plays at 7 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Music Center. Tickets at .

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