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'Leaves of Glass' at Duluth Play Ground Consider this one a DIY: University of Minnesota Duluth senior Geoffrey Conklin, who hopes to go on to a directing career, took matters into his own hands. He found a play, he found a venue and he makes his...

'Leaves of Glass' at Duluth Play Ground

Consider this one a DIY: University of Minnesota Duluth senior Geoffrey Conklin, who hopes to go on to a directing career, took matters into his own hands. He found a play, he found a venue and he makes his directorial debut with "Leaves of Glass" by Philip Ridley at 7:30 p.m. today at the Play Ground.

Conklin has a cast of UMD students and a recent St. Scholastica grad for this story set in London

of a family still reeling from the death of their father. There is Steven: married, a successful businessman, a brand-new home; then there is Barry, an alcoholic art school dropout.

"The characters are so complex, and I wanted something that would be a little more challenging," he said. "And this one is very challenging. ... Every line is so deliberate and has so much subtext to it."


Fun fact: Conklin solicited

artwork from the university's art students to go along with the themes of the play.

Go see it

What: "Leaves of Glass" by Philip Ridley, directed by Geoffrey Conklin

When: 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday

Where: Duluth Playground, 11 E. Superior St.

Tix: $10, call (218) 733-7555

Note: Mature themes


Annual Live2Play Memorial at Mr. D's

The annual Live2Play Memorial has a lineup like a greatest hits compilation: the Acceleratii, the Alrights, Cars & Trucks, Coal Car Caboose, International Espionage, "Love" Knights, MC/VL, Corwin Pederson, the Silk Sheiks, Hastings 3000, Dead Electric ... and dueling drums by Todd Gremmels, Ryan Jazdzewdski, Sammy Maida and Brian Maruska.

The event is a memorial to Chad Liebaert -- a West Duluth born-and-raised athlete and musician who died in a car accident in 2007 -- with proceeds going to Liebaert's passions: local sports, music and youth organizations.

The music starts at 5 p.m. and goes until close on Saturday at Mr. D's. Tix are $8 at the door. For more info, go to .

'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'

Rubber Chicken is returning to Armadillo Acres with a three-week encore of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," a piece of Jerry Springer dinner theater that was first staged by this group this past fall.

If you missed it the first time, this musical includes a stripper named Pippi, her permanent marker-sniffing ex-boyfriend, Duke, the trailer park clique of Betty, Linoleum and Pickles, an agoraphobic addicted to QVC, and her husband, Norbert, who works in a toll booth.

The cast is a who's who of local theater, including Tammy Ostrander, Sharon Dixon Obst, Chani Ninneman, Elizabeth Nelson, Jerry Bacon, Amanda Imberg and Luke Moravec.


Go see it

What: Rubber Chicken Theater's "The Great American Trailer Park Musical"

When: 6:30 p.m. dinner seating Friday-Saturday; April 16-17; April 23-24; noon dinner seating Sunday; April 18; April 25

Where: Shack Smokehouse and Grill, 3301 Belknap St., Superior

Tix: $35 dinner seating; $30 Sunday matinee. Call the Shack at (715) 392-3463

Note: Mature themes

Cellist Amit Peled and pianist Eli Kalman perform at St. Scholastica

Matinee Musicale presents cellist Amit Peled and pianist Eli Kalman, who will perform variations on a theme from Mozart's "Magic Flute," Magnard's sonata for cello and piano, a sonata by Shostakovich and the "Hassidic Suite" for cello and piano by contemporary Israeli composer Stutschewski.

This performance marks a return for Peled, who was a guest artist with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Reviewer Sam Black said of Peled's take on the ballad "Schelomo" by Ernst Bloch:

"Peled poured his heart into this luscious ballad. Sometimes the darkness of Jewish music is interpreted as depressing by American audiences. One must understand the drama of the history and the joy of the deep emotion, and Peled seems to boost this music to larger than life. At times passionate, forthright, reflective, with a soaring sense of triumph, the cello reflects the diverse world of the biblical Solomon. ... The house requested three curtain calls and offered a standing ovation."

He has performed at Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival and more.

Kalman has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, the U.S. and Canada.

Go see it

What: Cellist Amit Peled and pianist Eli Kalman

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica

Tix: $18 adults; $6 students

Also: Peled and Kalman will lead a master class for pianists and cellists at 2 p.m. Monday at Webb Recital Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The class is free and open to the public.

'Are We There Yet?' at Duluth Play Ground

If you liked "A Christmas Survival Guide," which played at the Duluth Play Ground over the holidays, check out another show by the same writers. Midi Change of Pace Dinner Theater presents "Are We There Yet? A Family Survival Guide" by James Hindman, Ray Roderick and Cheryl Stern.

This small-cast revue features Tim White, Peggy White, Katie Hawkes and Nathan St. Germain and tackles universal topics that crop up in the chronology of life: marriage, career, family, retirement. This one is being billed as a cross between "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!"

Go see it

What: Midi Change of Pace Theater's production of "Are We There Yet?"

When: 6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show Friday-Saturday; 12:30 p.m. brunch, 2 p.m. show Sunday through May 8.

Where: Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St.

Tix: $41 Friday-Saturday; $31 Sun.; $17 show only. Call (218) 727-4880.

Family friendly / free

Instead of trying to explain to your kids the sights and sounds of what happens at Friday night's Symphony Soiree, the fundraiser for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra that includes this year MASS Ensemble, here is your chance to show them. How do you describe an earth harp, anyway?

There will be two free concerts for kids -- one at 2:30 p.m., another at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Clyde Iron Works, 120 S. 30th Ave. W. Pre-concert activities start at 1:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. respectively. Adult tickets are $10.

The show will feature MASS Ensemble, with DSSO concertmaster Erin Aldridge and friends.

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