Best Bets: Honor the Dead and More

By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Honoring the dead

A grief-themed art exhibition, a parade-like funeral march featuring a favorite street band, and a ceremonial burning of bad ideas are part of the 10th annual All Souls Day event Saturday at the Depot. The festival-like affair is a chance to honor the dead — whether it’s someone close, or a personal hero — but also celebrate moving forward.

There will also be memorial displays, poetry, music, fire dancing and more.

10th Annual All Souls Night is 4-9 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: Suggested $10 donation.

SCHEDULE

4 p.m.: “The Art of Grief” exhibition opens; facepainting, multicultural displays

5 p.m.: Spoken word with Ellie Schoenfeld, Sheila Packa, Tina Marie Higgins, Rocky Makes Room, Julie Gard, Michelle Mathees and musician Jim Hall, The Underground

6 p.m.: Indoor Ceremony with Lyz Jaakola, singer; Jillian Forte & Friends welcome ceremony; Ladyslipper and Vespertine American Tribal Style Dance; Alex Loch, aerialist, Great Hall.

7 p.m.: Funeral March for Rotten Ideas around the Duluth Public Library; Open Flame Theatre; Minneapolis Barebones and Magic Smelt puppets/stilt walkers; Brass Messengers street band.

7:30 p.m.: Outdoor Pavilion Ceremony; Community spiral dance for transformation with Terrence Smith; Burning of Rotten Ideas; Spin Collective; Renan Cruz Guatemalan Kite Burning closing;

8 p.m.: Music and dancing with the Brass Messengers

8:30 p.m.: Underground Theater; Witch pop band, Crune with Matthew Ryan Surline and Walken Schweigert

Paid in flesh

Bassanio needs money to woo Portia and goes to Antonio for a loan, but the merchant doesn’t have available funds. Sure Antonio can borrow money from Shylock, but if he defaults on repayment it’s going to cost him a pound of flesh. Done and done.

Bassanio gets the girl, but Antonio — unable to pay back the loan — has his heart on the line in Wise Fool Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s funny, but oh-so-dark “The Merchant of Venice.” Billed as bringing all the tropes: “multiple weddings, the women dress up in boys’ clothing, nobody dies.”

Wise Fool Theater’s production of “The Merchant of Venice” is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays Nov. 3-12 at Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium, 3215 W. Third St. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, $10 children 12 and younger at wisefooltheater.com and (218) 269-4953.

Unplugged

An acappella act that has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and in Newsweek magazine, as well as sharing a stage with Shawn Colvin, Lonestar and Garrison Keillor performs Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center.

Tonic Sol-Fa, which includes Shaun Johnson (lead singer), Greg Bannwarth (tenor, vocal percussion) and Jared Dove (bass), is an indie group that released the album “Original” in 2015.

Tonic Sol-Fa plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $18 adults, $10 for students and seniors in advance at Electric Fetus, Globe News and at sacredheartmusic.org; $23/$15 at the door.

Tonic Sol-Fa plays Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center. Photo from tonicsolfa.com.

Matthew West plays Symphony Hall

Pop singer-songwriter Matthew West, who was named Billboard’s Top Christian Artist of 2014, performs Tuesday at Symphony Hall with special guests Jordan Feliz and newbie Leanna Crawford. West recently released his latest album, “All In,” his seventh studio album. CCM magazine called it an album that is more personal than usual and noted his “signature honest energy and soulful fervor for living.” Jordan Feliz has played in the past as part of the City on the Hill Music Festival and Leanna Crawford is a Washington-based artist with the EP “Crazy Beautiful You.”

Matthew West plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Symphony Hall. Tickets start at $27 and are available at Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office and Ticketmaster.com.

Matthew West plays Tuesday at Symphony Hall. Photo courtesy of the DECC.

UMD opens ‘Noises Off’

The University of Minnesota Duluth’s theater department is taking its audience backstage with a production of “Noises Off,” a farce by Michael Frayn directed by Kate Ufema.

An ill-prepared cast prepares for, opens, and nears the end of a run of a production in this play within a play. Clothes come off, doors slam, lines are dropped, cues are missed and props are left willy nilly.

UMD’s production of “Noises Off” plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4, Nov. 8-11; 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Tickets: $21 adults, $16 seniors/UMD faculty/staff/veterans, $10 students, $8 UMD students at (218) 726-8561 or z.umn.edu/171NoisesOff.

CSS theater makes ‘Sense’

The College of St. Scholastica’s theater department is considering the plight of the Dashwood girls, whose father has just died — knocking them a few notches on the social scale and leaving them ISO husbands.

“Sense and Sensibility,” adapted from Jane Austen’s novel, is directed by Tammy Ostrander.

CSS’s production of “Sense and Sensibility” plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 9-11 and 2 p.m. Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students/seniors at (218) 723-7000 or spotlight.css.edu.

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