Best Bets: Lake Superior Jazz Festival, Duluth Junk Hunt and more
Find something to do this week in the Northland.
DULUTH — As spooky season wraps up, remembrance and reflection are themes of this week's events in the Northland. Read on for a variety of ways to connect with art — or, at least, entertainment — as you welcome November.
Lake Superior Jazz Festival
Lutsong Productions, the company behind the North Shore music festival that debuted this past summer, is bringing more sounds to the shores of our unsalted sea. The inaugural Lake Superior Jazz Festival runs from Friday through Sunday in Lutsen. Lutsen Mountains, the Lutsen Resort and Caribou Highlands are all hosting performances by regional and national artists including Adonis Rose and a septet of musicians from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. For information and tickets, see lutsen.com.
Fall for junk
"Hunting season is upon us," reads a news release from the Duluth Junk Hunt, and you know they're not talking deer. Emily and Jay Broman, longtime owners of the Duluth Bridgeman's, have seen their Junk Hunt grow from "a half-dozen antique vendors inside the Encounter building in 2012" to a biannual event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Even if you don't need any more, well, junk, the proprietors encourage you to check it out in search of photo ops and maybe a tasty find at the Junk Hunt Farmers Market. The fall event runs from Thursday through Saturday; see duluthjunkhunt.com for details.
There are a host of revelations that come with raising a child. Today, one of them is that some of YouTube's most massive stars are characters you've never heard of but who your todder is apt to become obsessed with. That includes Blippi and JJ, both of whom appear in videos produced by the London-based kidvid colossus Moonbug. Blippi's already played the DECC, and now "JJ's Journey" lands at Amsoil Arena on Friday. JJ comes from CoComelon, which has more YouTube subscribers than any other English language channel, and his live show comes sold as a "Broadway-style production" that's "everything your kids want it to be." For tickets and information, see decc.org.
All Souls Night
Duluth's All Souls Night, led by artist Mary Plaster, is marking its 15th year with Saturday night's festival on Superior Street. The event begins with a 5 p.m. spoken word event at Zeitgeist, followed by a procession down the street to the Duluth Public Library for fire spinning and an 8 p.m. musical celebration at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. Advertised as an "intergenerational, multicultural, and multidisciplinary, nurturing expression from everyone as we recognize loss and embrace what is life-giving," the eclectic event has previously grappled with questions of cultural appropriation. Now, organizers emphasize the trans-cultural relevance of acknowledging grief and expressing hope. "Duluth's dance of death and honoring of the ancestors" is certainly a spectacle, with a 17-foot skeleton marionette named Max at its center. Learn more at maryplaster.life.
'You can't fight in here! This is the war room!'
With the Duluth Playhouse making more use of the NorShor Theatre, Duluth's Classic Film series is moving across the street to the Zeitgeist Zinema. The relocated series kicks off Sunday with "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." Stanley Kubrick's Cold War comedy has proved harrowingly evergreen over the nearly 60 years since its original release, with its themes of military madness and mutually assured destruction now permanent fixtures of our nuclear era. A pre-film discussion will help contextualize the movie. For tickets and information, see zeitgeistarts.com.
A reflective requiem
For many people, the epitome of a requiem is the chilling composition by W.A. Mozart, so memorably featured in the play and movie "Amadeus." That's a brilliant piece of music, but over the centuries composers have taken a wide range of approaches to the requiem. One of the most moving examples is the requiem written by French composer Gabriel Faure in the late 1800s. It's a reflective, peaceful, shimmering piece that, to its composer, suggested "a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest." Conductor Charles Sundquist will lead a performance at Sacred Heart Music Center in a Concert of Remembrance presented by the Friends of the Felgemaker pipe organ — which will also star in several pieces for solo organ that are sharing the Sunday bill. For information and tickets, see sacredheartmusic.org.