Best Bets: ‘Treasure Island,’ DSSO Concert, and the Grand Minnesota Taste Together

By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Travel to a family-friendly ‘Treasure Island’

Jim Hawkins is the son of English innkeepers in Wise Fool Theater’s adaptation of “Treasure Island.” When an old sea captain dies at the inn, he finds a treasure map within the guest’s belongings. A merry band takes off to find the buried treasure — but not everyone aboard is on board with the plan. See also: mutiny.

This is a family-friendly children’s show, and all of the kids in the audience get a free copy of the book. Performance on Sunday, March 11, is sensory-friendly.

Wise Fool Theater’s “Treasure Island” is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays March 2-March 18 (no performance on March 9) at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. Third St. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children. Sundays are pay-what-you-can at the door. Visit

Kids get a free copy of the book at Wise Fool Theater’s family-friendly production of “Treasure Island,” which opens Friday. Submitted photo

‘Shining Lives’ features work by Duluth-bred playwright

A play about the legal battle that led to reforms in labor safety standards — written by a Duluth-bred playwright — opens today at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Sarah Dickson and Addison Sim. Photo by Brett Groehler

“These Shining Lives,” by Melanie Marnich, is based on the true story of women working in a watch factory in the 1920s and ’30s. The women painted the hours onto watches using radium, and they ultimately get radium poisoning.

University of Minnesota Duluth’s production of “These Shining Lives” is 7:30 p.m. March 1-3, March 13-17 and 2 p.m. March 18 at Dudley Experimental Theatre at Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $21 adults, $16 senior/veterans/UMD faculty and staff, $10 students, $8 UMD students.

Edvard Grieg

DSSO takes on works inspired by the past

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert features three works — Grieg’s Symphonic Dances, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Ravel’s Daphnis & Chloe, Suite No. 2 — that reach back in time to old folk, the Old Testament and Greek mythology, respectively, for inspiration.

The concert also features the DSSO Chorus.

DSSO’s “Roots” concert is at 7 p.m. March 3 at Symphony Hall at the DECC. Tickets: Start at $20, available at and Ticketmaster outlets, including the DECC box office.

Taste Together with Old 97’s, Jayhawks

This year’s Grand Minnesota Taste Together is a brewfest-concert that features 225 different beers and wines — and music by Old 97’s and The Jayhawks.

The brewfest starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and the concert follows at 7:30 p.m. at Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. There is a bus that goes from Duluth to the venue.

Old 97’s is a ’90s alt-country band from Texas fronted by Rhett Miller. The Jayhawks are a Twin Cities-based band that came of age in the 1980s.

Grand Minnesota Taste Together is at 4 p.m. Saturday at Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. Tickets: Start at $45 and available at Proceeds go to The 14 Foundation.

Check out the NorShor (if you already have a ticket)

Low, Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles, and Gaelynn Lea, among others, will play the first live music event at the newly restore NorShor Theatre. The event, hosted by Don Ness, will also feature local writers Anna Tennis and Paul Lundgren and the crew from the popular locally-made podcast “Take it With You.”

Low plays as part of the NorShor Music Showcase. News Tribune File

Ness, the former mayor, said his father once hosted a variety show in Duluth — including one edition set at the NorShor Theatre. No word on whether this will become a thing-thing, but it’s got legs. The event quickly sold out.

NorShore Music Showcase is at 6:30 p.m. March 3 at the NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: Sold out.