Best bets: Luke Combs, 'American Psycho' and more
Combs brings 'Beer' tour to Amsoil
Luke Combs is best known for his deep-down, gritty country vocals — an instrument he's been honing since he was a kiddo. The born and raised southern singer-songwriter won the Country Music Association's new artist of the year award in 2017 and a Grammy for best new artist in 2019. He's a relative newbie with just one studio album, "This One's For You," which topped country charts along with the first five singles: "Hurricane," "When it Rains it Pours," "One Number Away," "She Got the Best of Me" and "Beautiful Crazy." His "Beer Never Broke My Heart" tour includes LANCO and Jameson Rodgers.
Luke Combs plays at 7 p.m. April 11 at Amsoil Arena. Tickets: go to www.decc.org for details.
Vocalist with UMD ties to perform with DSSO
Christina Christensen is a University of Minnesota Duluth graduate who majored in vocal performance and has gone on to perform with the Minnesota Opera and Opera North. The mezzo-soprano returns as a soloist for this weekend's Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's "Toward the Heavens" concert, which has on the program Mendelssohn's Lobgesang. Other soloists include Rachel Inselman, a professor of voice at UMD and tenor David Blalock whose next gig is Don Ottavio from "Don Giovanni" with Opera Hong Kong.
Also in the program: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2.
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. April 13 at Symphony Hall. Tickets: Start at $20. Call (218) 623-3776 or go to Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office or www.ticketmaster.com.
Cellist with Duluth connection returns with trio
A cellist who, last year, played a concert in Duluth using the same 1733 Matteo Gofriller that Pablo Casals played here more than 100 years ago returns with friends.
Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio will perform as the finale of the Matinee Musicale season, just like Amit Peled did. Other musicians include pianist Alon Goldstein and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein. Erin Aldridge, violinist and concertmaster for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is also on the program.
Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio play at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors and students are free at www.matineemusicale.org.
Vulnerability on display
"Honestly, tho ..." is an exhibition about vulnerability. A mix of regional artists are sharing work that gives a public eye to private moments: relationships, bodies, words.
From the news release: "By visualizing the traditionally private moments ... the artworks offer themes of encouragement transformed into resistance and revolution through public disclosure. They testify to the powerful relationships of trust built between subject and artist, and artist and public."
Included are works by photographers, ceramicists, a letterpress printer, a painter and an illustrator.
"Honestly, tho ..." opens at 7-10 p.m. April 12 at Prove Gallery, 21 N. Lake Ave. Free, open to the public.
'Take it' returns
Take it With You, a podcast set in a fictional corner of Duluth, returns for its sixth season — which is being billed as a whole wild, wild west thing. Episode 1 records in front of a live audience on Tuesday. Expect a funny and chaotic tale with well-timed musical interludes, radio-noises and an interview with a local human of interest.
Take it With You Season 6, Episode 1 "Hired Gun" plays at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $24 at www.squareup.com.
'American Psycho' plays at Zinema
Patrick Bateman is all-biz by day, serial killer by night in Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's novel "American Psycho." The not-hero, played by Christian Bale, has a level of competitiveness and vanity that ranges from the shade of his business card to the best album by Huey Lewis and the News. Zinema 2 is hosting a 20th anniversary screening of the pop culture satire. Beware of the New York Times' Style section.
"American Psycho" plays at 7 p.m. April 12 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St.