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Best bets: Local covers, DSSO and E.T. on the big screen

Adam Herman plays as part of the Ides of March. Photo by Wolfskull Creative courtesy of Adam Herman.

Local bands take on not-so-local bands

Local musicians will channel not-so-local musicians for a set of, for instance, No Doubt covers. Ides of March is a multi-night, multi-venue event that, this go-round, includes songs by Marcy Playground, Dead Kennedys, Against Me!, Waylon Jennings and Disney tunes.

The festival starts Thursday at Spurs on First, with Adam Herman and the Psycho Killers playing the Talking Heads and ends with Room on Fire playing The Strokes. The fest continues next week, but we'll address that later.

Ides of March, Week 1 schedule

March 14

Spurs on First

9 p.m., $5

Adam Herman plays as part of the Ides of March. Photo by Wolfskull Creative courtesy of Adam Herman.Adam Herman and the Psycho Killers performs The Talking Heads

Pear Amore performs Paramore

Israel Malachi and Friends performs The Alan Parsons Project

March 15

Blacklist Artisan Ales

10 p.m., $5

Typical Prototype performs No Doubt

You Oughtta Know performs Alanis Morissette

Disco Lemonade performs Marcy Playground

March 16

Pizza Luce

10 p.m., $5

Super Secret Headliner performs danceable songs

Elsa and the Ice Queens performs Disney hits

Room on Fire performs The Strokes

Finnish pianist to play with DSSO

Juho Pohjonen is the featured soloist during the DSSO concert on Saturday, Photo by Lisa-Marie MazzuccoThe Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's "Across Germany" concert will include one of Finland's best pianists, Juho Pohjonen, on Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2. The musician has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. The New York Times said of him: "Pearly touch, singing tone and sensitivity ... (he) demonstrated his elegant musicianship throughout the program." The program also includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, which will be recorded as a collaboration with Minnesota Public Radio.

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. March 15 at Symphony Hall. Tickets: Available at (218) 623-3776 and Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office.

TV gets Yankovic treatment

Zinema 2 is never one to miss an anniversary screening. In this case, it's the 30th year since the movie "UHF," starring Weird Al Yankovic, was released.

The one-star-from-Ebert movie is about Yankovic's character, George, who has been hired to program shows for a UHF station. All sorts of hijinks ensue — and the ratings get a boost.

"It's routine, predictable and dumb — real dumb," the late reviewer said of the movie.

"UHF" screening is at 7 p.m. March 19 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St.

Big sound, cozy space

Laura Sellner plays Wednesday at Glensheen. 2017 file/ News TribuneGlensheen Unplugged is a music-in-the-mansion series that runs through March. This week, get cozy with Laura Sellner of Superior Siren, who will play in the newly-restored Amusement Room. The hour-long shows, with room for just 75, are all-ages.

Sellner is known for her rich songwriting and her deep-dark sound. Her foursome released a self-titled album in 2018.

Laura Sellner plays at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Glensheen. Free, open to the public. Limited space.

'E.T.' plays at Zinema 2

A long, long time ago, a little boy named Elliott discovered a big-eyed, long-necked Yoda-esque cutie patootie that has been mistakenly left behind by his planet-mates. E.T., as he and his siblings call him, learns a bit about Planet Earth and its communication devices and sweet treats. Meanwhile, scientists are hot on his trail and the little guy just wants to phone home. Zinema 2's screening of the 1982 movie "E.T." is a kid-centric event: all adults must be accompanied by a kiddo.

"E.T." screens at 10 a.m. March 16 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: Free.