Best Bets: REO Speedwagon, Womxn Take the Stage, and Glensheen Unplugged

By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Styx, REO Speedwagon return to the DECC

Retro rockers, unite. Two bands from the sawdust-on-the-gym floor era return to Duluth for a concert that will probably include more songs than you remember you remember. REO Speedwagon, the smooth-vocalled romantics behind “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight this Feeling” and “Time for Me To Fly,” share a stage with Styx, the dramatics behind “Mr. Roboto,” “Come Sail Away” and “Don’t Let It End.” Fun fact: these bands last played here together about 16 years ago. (At the time, the News Tribune referred to them as “retro rockers,” too). Before that, both bands had landed in Duluth in 1978 β€” back when they were considered rival bands.

Styx and REO Speedwagon play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Amsoil Arena. Tickets: Start at $29.50, available at Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office and

REO Speedwagon (pictured) and Styx play Amsoil Arena on Tuesday.

AICHO opens ‘Phenomenal,” celebrates women of color

AICHO is hosting “Phenomenal,” an exhibition of works by more than 30 women of color β€” in addition to honoring 10 women who have played a major role in the development of the organization. The call for art asked for individuals who identify as female are are indigenous, black, Latinx or Asian to submit works that represent womanhood as it relates to culture or equity in feminism within communities of color.

Zamara Cuyun is among the featured artists at “Phenomenal”

The opening reception will also include spoken word by Diona Johnson.

Honorees for the Phenomenal Woman Awards include Karen Diver, Marlene Diver, Victoria Ybanez, Mary Ann Walt, Laurel Sanders, Wendy Savage, Karen Savage, Tawny Smith-Savage, Sarah Curtiss and Jara McLarren.

“Phenomenal” opening reception is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at AICHO, 202 W. Second St. Tickets: Suggested $10 donation

Back-to-back art receptions

In this context, WTF doesn’t mean what you think. WTF, or “What the Feminist,” is annual art exhibition with a feminist theme. Last year’s submissions ranges from jewelry to portraits to photography and mixed media. This year, the event is at 315 Gallery.

Meanwhile, the Duluth Art Institute is opening two shows: “Terraria Gigantica: The World Under Glass: Dana Fritz,” and “The Cut Worm Forgives the Plow: Russell Prather.” The former is described as a series of photographs that frame the world’s largest enclosed landscapes “as possible impossibilities.” The latter is work by the winner of the 2016 Arrowhead Biennial. Prather’s work takes ordinary objects that change radically depending on the viewer’s line of sight.

“WTF” is 6-9 p.m. today at 315 Gallery, 315 N. Lake Ave.

“Terraria Gigantica” and “The Cut Worm Forgives the Plow” open at 5:30 p.m. today at the Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: Free, open to the public.

Krueger plays Glensheen

Sarah Krueger plays a show at a historic mansion next week as part of Glensheen Unplugged. The four-show series features Minnesota musicians playing acoustic sets in front of a small audience in what was the Congdon’s Amusement Room. Krueger is a folk-rock singer-songwriter whose influences range from Stevie Nicks to Lauryn Hill to Sharon Van Etten, according to an interview in 2014 β€” around the time she released her second record, “Lustrous” on Chaperone Records.

That album, she said, was about “finding the light in yourself,” she said at the time. “It’s about having an artifact that is your life at this time.”

Glensheen Unplugged is on Wednesdays throughout March. Upcoming artists include Ben Weaver (March 21) and Dusty Heart (March 28).

Glensheen Unplugged with Sarah Krueger is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Glensheen, 3300 London Rd. Tickets: Free.

Sarah Krueger. 2014 file / News Tribune

Womxn made

Womxn Take the Stage, held during the International Women’s Week, features four musicians and two poets performing at Beaner’s Central.

The lineup includes NPR-approved singer-songwriter-violin player Gaelynn Lea, folk singer-songwriter Jerree Small, folk-rock musician Emily Haavik, and folk-indie-uke player Jen West. Poetry by Sandra Gbeintor and Deanna Erickson.

Womxn Take the Stage is 7-10 p.m. Friday at Beaner’s Central, 324 N. Central Ave. Tickets: Start at $7 at

Gaelynn Lea. Photo by Shelly Swanger

Celebrate Webber with, of course, his music

Amelia Barr, Ali Litrell Finstrom, Shad Olsen and Adam Sippola will perform as part of a 70th birthday celebration for Andrew Lloyd Webber this weekend at the NorShor Theatre.

The concert will include a live orchestra, conducted by Andy Kust, playing selections from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” “Evita,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “Love Never Dies.” This is also the 50th anniversary of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and the 30th year of “Phantom” playing on Broadway.

“An Evening Celebrating the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” is at 7:30 p.m. March 9-10 at NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: $35 at (218) 733-7555 or