Best Bets for Feb. 22, 2018

By the Duluth News Tribune

Dessa plays album release show at Sound

Dessa’s new album, “Chime,” drops Friday, and the Doomtree rapper-essayist-Forbes subject-“Hamilton Mixtape” contributor will be here when it happens. Dessa performs Friday night at Sound.

“Chime” is the busy artist’s first album in five years. So far, she has released “Good Grief,” which includes a video about a too-quiet car trip to a far-flung place, and “Fire Drills.”

In the past year, Dessa has played sold-out shows with the Minnesota Orchestra, landed a spot on “The Hamilton Mixtape,” wrote a travel piece for the New York Times magazine and has a book of essays scheduled for release in September.

Also playing: MONAKR.

Dessa performs at 9 p.m. Friday at Sound, 132 E. Superior St. Tickets start at $20.

Dessa performs Friday at Sound. Photo from Facebook.

The New Standards bring new twists

The New Standards is a trio of Minneapolis musicians with rock ‘n’ roll roots who take pop tunes and twist them into jazz. Chan Poling (Suburbs), John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic) and Steve Roehm (Billygoat, Electropolis) leave no genre unconsidered. The group is known for its holiday takes on the classic, but can also make “Love Will Tear Us Apart” into lounge music, turn “I Want You To Want Me” into the love theme from a 1970s romantic-drama, give a touch musical theater to “Starman.”

The New Standards play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: Start at $20 at

The New Standards play Friday at Sacred Heart Music Center.

‘Sex with Strangers’ opens at Renegade

She’s a reformed novelist who, in the wake of some not-so great reviews, has turned to teaching. He’s a blogger, whose chronicles of his sexcapades have made him a most-loathed person on the internet. He doesn’t care.

Ethan (played by Cade Kowalczak), a fan of Olivia’s (played by Carolyn LePine), tracks down the writer and has a proposition. Julie Ahasay directs.

Renegade Theater Company’s production of “Sex with Strangers” is at 7:30 p.m. Thur.-Sat. Feb. 22-March 10, 2 p.m. March 4 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $20 adults, $17 students at


The travels and travails of Willy Loman

Willy Loman is, or was, a traveling salesman who is struggling with the demands of his job, his mental health and his relationship with his son in Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play “Death of a Salesman.”

This look at the quote-unquote “American Dream” stars John Pokrzywinski, Ellie Martin and Rob Larson and is directed by Robert Lee.

“Death of a Salesman” is at 7:30 p.m. Thur.-Sat. Feb. 22-March 3 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 students at

‘Context’ premieres

A short film by Jason Page takes one script and gives it three different scenarios. “Context” is a bad date at a restaurant, women stranded on a boat in open water, a man visiting a prisoner. During its world premiere, viewers will be able to watch the director’s cut — an overlapping edit of the stories, a simulcast of all three stories playing at once, a virtual reality cut that allows the viewer to change scenes with a turn of the head and the viewer’s cut, which allows the filmgoer to create a unique edit.


“Context” premiere is at 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23 at 315 Gallery at 315 N. Lake Ave. Free, open to the public.