Best bets: Video festivals, from music to kittens
This week's top picks in local arts and entertainment.
DanSan Creatives offers video showcase
DanSan Creatives is hosting a three-day film festival showcasing its music and poetry vids, short films, behind-the-scenes footage and artist biographies — works curated by Daniel Oyinloye, whose work will also be featured, and artists Dev Chanyara and Jeremy Gardner.
Oyinloye, a musician, storyteller, organizer and activist, has created pieces like “I Can’t Breathe,” a project alongside the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee that tied to the murder of George Floyd and diversity within this community — in addition to mix tapes and promoting and recording concerts by artists ranging from singer-songwriter Afrogeode to flutist Paula Gudmundson. The project is a fundraiser for a feature written by Oyinloye.
DanSan Creatives Film(s) screening is at 6 p.m. July 27-29 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $25 at dansancreatives.org .
AICHO and DSFF bring ‘Power Lines’
In "Power Lines," a 2015 award-winning micro-budget feature by Klee Benally, Halee is a Dine Nation relocation refugee with an abusive father who, along with help from her best friend, runs back to her homeland. Along the way, she learns her father's secret. AICHO, Duluth Superior Film Festival and Zeitgeist are hosting a virtual screening that will include a Q&A with Benally by host Khayman Goodsky and three short made films from Outside the Box, a local nonprofit program for kids.
"Power Lines" is available for streaming at 6:30 p.m. July 21. Register at AICHO.org .
Parr-ty at the pier
A true sign of summer: Duluth's most storied blues-folk singer-songwriter plays the pier at one of Duluth's most storied estates. This is all just to say that Charlie Parr is next up for Glensheen's Concerts on the Pier series. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in August and July. The tunes start at 7 p.m., and vendors are available, though admission is free. Come by foot, by kayak, by SCUBA gear.
Parr has been sharing singles from "Last of Better Days," the album scheduled for release at the end of July.
Sparhawk says …
Alan Sparhawk is this go-round's featured artist for "Live from the Heart," a livestream singer-songwriter series that goes beyond the music to the behind-the-scenes. Sparhawk — of Low, Black-eyed Snakes, Retribution Gospel Choir, Murder of Crows and more — will be interviewed during the series by longtime music-head-slash-former-mayor Don Ness. The episode will be available for streaming on Sacred Heart Music Center's YouTube page , where past segments with Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling and Superior Siren are also available.
Time for more Bedlam
Minneapolis folk band Good Morning Bedlam, which was last scheduled to play in chillier days at Earth Rider Festival Grounds, returns for a show that starts at 5 p.m. July 23 under the tent in Superior.
Harrison Olk & Folks, also in the lineup, is a Duluth collaboration between a banjo player and random friends.
Good Morning Bedlam spent the past year writing and arranging songs for an upcoming album, "Lulu."
Tickets start at $5 at eventbrite.com .
Tiny kittens, big screen
CatVideoFest, a curated collection of cats being cats on vid, wrecking stuff, making hilarious faces, making adorable faces, wrecking more stuff, will play at 4 p.m. July 25 at Duluth Cinema.
In addition to cat content, the screening is a fundraiser for local cat charities, animal welfare organizations and shelters, according to a news release.
Tickets are available at ticking.marcustheatres.com .