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Women rapped to a march, wrote art history and created a fem-friendly local festival in 2017 — a loud and proud year for the ladies. The year was also marked with artists in front of larger audiences, anniversaries and reunions, and the continuation of a celebrated local events. Here are some of the big events of 2017 from the A&E scene.
Get dazzled by Liberace+Liza David Saffert, a pianist who has found his niche channeling the late Liberace, returns to Duluth for a show with the Liza-like Jillian Snow Harris. "A Liberace & Liza Christmas," a variety show including special guests — some real, some characters — is billed as a "a dazzling display of sequins and song."
Swedish TV wants Swedish-Americans The producers of a Swedish reality show are looking for Americans of Swedish descent to appear on an upcoming season of "Allt For Sverige," — also known as "Great Swedish Adventure." The award winning show features Americans who want to know more about their heritage. Apply at greatswedishadventure.com. The deadline is Feb. 7, 2018. The show films this summer in Sweden. Daniel O'Donnell to play the DECC
Kathy McTavish walked into a blank canvas about five months ago — the Sax Gallery at the Tweed Museum of Art. The most recent installation, Sharon Louden's "Windows," had been taken down. The reflective aluminum sculptures that had hung bent and curved were gone, the walls were white. McTavish, a multimedia artist, had 900 square feet — with 22-foot ceilings — to consider for her site-specific installation, not including an upper level with an additional 200 square feet.
Luke Moravec knows a bit about the Santa-scene. The local actor has had a hand in the Christmas City Express, both as a writer and character at the annual event that combines a short train ride, a seasonal story, and a visit from Mr. Claus. So it's no surprise he feels a kinship with an elf named Crumpet.
Dancing fairies, cookies and international flare Clara gets a special gift in the Minnesota Ballet's "Nutcracker," one that is promptly put to use in a war against the in-house rodents. The annual production — set in Manhattan during the Edwardian period — includes fairies, waltzing flowers, dances with international flare and a larger-than-life Mother Ginger and her crew of cookies-gone-wild.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Grandma Lawler's funeral was an eight turkey-rollup affair. I ate the first one while hiding out in the designated family space at the funeral home; I smooshed the last one into my mouth — I'd said it was "for the road" — while simultaneously stuffing my foot into a shoe in my uncle's entryway about 26 hours later. We had to get back to Duluth. The rollups weren't great, but they weren't terrible either: A soft tortilla wrapped around turkey, havarti, diced tomatoes. Every other one, seemingly, had a welcome touch of zip. Like the
What to do when you can't find the perfect adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," one that isn't a musical per se, but has a musical element: Write your own. Jeffrey Madison, director of the Duluth Playhouse's production of the traditional tale, has spent the past seven months creating a theatrical piece he described as a hybrid. The story rings true to Dickens, but has carollers caroling, family sing-alongs, classic holiday tunes between scenes, and ethereal mood-music to introduce the ghostly figures.
Playhouse presents original Scrooge tale You know the scene: Old crank Ebeneezer Scrooge is a greedy guy who will barely let his employees have a brief family holiday. But he gets his: On Christmas Eve he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and things get uncomf. The Duluth Playhouse's production of "A Christmas Carol" is based on the novel by Charles Dickens, but has an original touch — including music — by Jeffrey Madison, Shad Olsen, David Packa and Andy Kust.
For the past few years, the finale of Marcia Hales’ Holiday Spirit in the Lights has been the beach show: laser lights that make seemingly thousands of green points in the sand. It’s like towering over a galaxy of green stars.