Best Bets: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet, A Broadway Love Story, and Valentine’s Day at Sacred Heart

By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds to read at CSS

A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for her accessible and humor-fused takes on what it’s like to be human will give a free reading on Friday night at St. Scholastica as part of the college’s Warner Reading Series.

Sharon Olds, who has published 11 volumes of poetry, most recently celebrated all sorts of things not typically celebrated on a printed page: a rarely discussed and temporary part of the female body (which even gets a second ode later in the book), hip replacements, buttermilk, the Donner party, her living friends.

A writer for the New Yorker described “Odes” as: “Perhaps the funniest book I’ve read this year, and also among the most moving and philosophical, charged with the kind of metaphysical self-interrogation that is a central, though often overlooked, aspect of her work.”

Olds’ first book, “Satan Says,” was published in 1980.

Olds has won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the San Francisco Poetry Center Award, among other honors. She teaches at New York University.

There will also be music by Dan Anderson of The Silk Sheiks.

Sharon Olds will read at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. Free, open to the public.

Sharon Olds will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the College of St. Scholastica. Photo by Brett Hall Jones

Haley, Venus play Valentine’s Day show

Two Minnesota artists who came of musical age in Duluth will play a Valentine’s Day show at Sacred Heart Music Center.

It’s the second annual V-Day concert at the venue for Haley, whose album “Impossible Dream” was released in 2016. The swooshing, whirling, driving pop album considers the past, the present, and being the kids who have kids at parties.

Longtime glam-punk musician Venus DeMars opens.

Valentine’s Day with Haley is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $13 at eventbrite.com.

Haley plays Wednesday at Sacred Heart Music Center. Venus DeMars opens for the second-annual Valentine’s Day show. 2014 file/ News Tribune

Local celebs shake it for ballet

The Minnesota Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge pits father versus daughter, restaurateur versus meteorologist, neurosurgeon versus brewery founder. The annual event, which takes a page from “Dancing with the Stars,” features well-known locals paired with pros from the ballet for a 2-3 minute piece of choreography, ranging from tango to waltz.

A panel of dance-minded judges and the audience pick the winners. Proceeds go to the ballet.

Some of the featured dancers include Emily Vikre (Vikre) and Steven Kuross (Essentia Health), Jason Vincent (The Boat Club, Vanilla Bean), Colin Oraskovich (CBS3), Jared Broadway (Essentia), Laura Mullen (Bent Paddle).

The Minnesota Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge is at 7 p.m. today at Marshall School’s Fregeau Auditorium, 1215 Rice Lake Rd. Tickets: $30/$35 adults, $20/$25 students. Available at the Minnesota Ballet, (218) 529-3742 or minnesotaballet.org or cash only at A Touch of Plasch.

Davina and the Vagabonds at SOUND

A Twin Cities-based band known for its big, gorgeous vocals, retro style and live performances will play a show Friday at Sound.

Davina and The Vagabonds is fronted by Davina Lozier, an emotive artist who has drawn comparisons to Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Betty Boop. NPR has described her voice as “a sassy, salty, sweet voice that’s childlike at the top, husky at the bottom.”

Davina and the Vagabonds play at 9 p.m. Friday at Sound, 132 E. Superior St. Tickets: Start at $12 at Ticketfly.com.

Cabaret brings love, Broadway-style

“A Broadway Love Story,” by Zenith City Cabaret, is a love story told through Broadway tunes. Adam Sippola and Ali Littrell Finstrom will be accompanied by David Packa on piano for this month’s event.

They will cover almost 100 years of Broadway — including Stephen Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, Irving Berlin, Jason Robert Brown, Rogers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Pasek & Paul, Leonard Bernstein and more.

Zenith City Cabaret’s “A Broadway Love Story” is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Zeitgeist Arts Atrium, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: Suggested $15 donation.

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Cloud Cult plays at Lutsen

Cloud Cult, fresh from sold-out shows at Lincoln Center — and with upcoming sold-out gigs alongside the Minnesota Symphony at Orchestra Hall — return to the area with a concert Saturday at Papa Charlie’s at Lutsen Mountain.

The band recently released the score for the feature-length film “The Great Alone.” It was composed by frontman Craig Minowa and performed by Cloud Cult. Before that, they completed a multimedia project: “The Seeker” was both a movie and an album for the earth-friendly, spiritual band that won’t rest until you’ve cried twice at their shows. Also: of course, live painting.

Cloud Cult plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Papa Charlie’s at Lutsen Mountain. Tickets: at lutsen.com

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