Radio news program considers Northland art in the time of COVID-19

One of the last major arts events was a Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial concert, where attendees bumped elbows, shared brownies and then disappeared into isolation.

Robin Washington (File / News Tribune)

On this week's episode of "Simply Superior," host Robin Washington is joined by guest Christa Lawler of the News Tribune for a conversation about art in the time of a pandemic.

The episode, which airs at 10 a.m. Dec. 18 on 91.3-FM KUWS, considers the sold-out concert at Mitchell Auditorium featuring the premiere of Jean "Rudy" Perrault's "We Three Kings," work commissioned by the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee.

When the world shut down, Charlie Parr played to an empty taproom, and Gaelynn Lea began splitting a YouTube screen with other artists. Virtual Duluth on Facebook emerged as a place to find artists sharing art.

And the shuttering of movie theaters meant that a movie ripe with Duluth mentions was available on Amazon.

"Simply Superior" is a news/public affairs show hosted by Washington, a longtime journalist and former editor of the News Tribune. Find it online at


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