Best Bets: Lea at Sacred Heart, New ‘Gag Me with a Spoon’ and More

By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Gaelynn Lea plays Sacred Heart

Gaelynn Lea, the local fiddle player who earned an international audience after winning National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, has a couple new songs ready for release this week. “Dark to Light to Dark Again” and “Bound By a Thread” — from “All Changing Tides” — will be self-released digitally and on 7-inch vinyl, according to NPR. She’s also mid-GoFundMe for her third album, scheduled for release in 2018.

Meanwhile, the heavy-touring musician known for her haunting sound is back in town and will play a show Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center. She will be joined by Dave Mehling, Martin Dosh, Andrew Foreman and special guest Alan Sparhawk of Low. Emily Haavik & Friends are also on the bill.

Gaelynn Lea plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $12 at eventbrite.com.

Gaelynn Lea plays Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center. Photo courtesy of Gaelynn Lea.

Drink beer, tell stories

Gag Me With a Spoon is a monthly caring and sharing storytelling event that pairs local writers with a live microphone to read old journal entries, fresh pieces — ranging from heart-wrenching to hilarious — poems, songs, any other style of combining words.

This month’s featured storytellers are Sarah Bamford Seidelmann, hot off the release of her memoir “Swimming with Elephants” and Paul Lundgren of Perfect Duluth Day and author of “The Spowl Ribbon,” and Jonathan Otis.

Bring words to read or don’t — you can always just listen and/or emote. Music by Tender Ness.

Gag Me With a Spoon is at 7 p.m. Sunday at Blacklist Beer, 120 E. Superior St. Tickets: Free, open to the public

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann is one of the featured storytellers at Sunday’s Gag Me With a Spoon. 2017 file/ News Tribune

Russian pianist performs at Mitchell Auditorium

An award-winning Russian pianist who made her orchestral debut when she was elementary-school aged, will perform as part of Matinee Musicale on Tuesday at Mitchell Auditorium.

Zlata Chochieva has been described by international press as “the possessor of comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar.”

She’s won the top prize at 14 international piano competitions. Tuesday’s program includes Chopin, Schumann and Rachmaninoff.

Zlata Chochieva performs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors,

There will be blood

Samurai Manji is immortal, we’re talking body parts that magically fuse back together, a curse he can only change by killing enough evil men, in the new Japanese movie “Blade of the Immortal.” A young girl whose family was brutally murdered hires him as her bodyguard and the two go after those who have wronged them.

“Blade of the Immortal,” action-adventure directed by Takashi Miike, is this month’s pick for Midnight Movies at 7, a collaboration between the Duluth Film Collective and Zinema 2.

A reviewer for the Los Angeles Times said of it “Miike retains his twisted sense of humor with mangling and disemboweling deployed for comic effect.”

In other words, expect blood.

“Blade of the Immortal” plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10.

Fitzgerald tour

The Duluth Experience, known for its beer and history tours, is offering a one-off tour: a trip up the shore to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The bus will take Fitzgerald-ophiles to Split Rock Lighthouse, which will include Lake Superior history and ceremonial read of the names of the 29 crew members who died on November 10, 1975. The lighthouse’s beacon will be lit and the tower will be available for a rare after-dark tour.

Dinner is at Vanilla Bean, with drinks from Castle Danger on the return trip to Duluth.

Scenic North Shore Bus Tour to Split Rock Lighthouse is at 2 p.m. Friday with pickup at Dewitt-Seitz building in Canal Park. Tickets: $80 at theduluthexperience.com. Go to theduluthexperience.com for more info.

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