Best Bets: Scrooge, Classics and More

By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Playhouse presents original Scrooge tale

You know the scene: Old crank Ebeneezer Scrooge is a greedy guy who will barely let his employees have a brief family holiday. But he gets his: On Christmas Eve he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and things get uncomf.

The Duluth Playhouse’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is based on the novel by Charles Dickens, but has an original touch — including music — by Jeffrey Madison, Shad Olsen, David Packa and Andy Kust.

Duluth Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol” is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December 17 at the Duluth Playhouse, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $40 adults, $25 youth at duluthplayhouse.org.

The Ghost of Christmas Present (Gabe Mayfield) and Ebeneezer Scrooge (Michael Kraklio) watch the Christmas merriment at Scrooge’s nephew Fred’s (Jody Kujawa) home in the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

DSSO, LOON perform holiday classics

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming pops concert — “White Christmas” — features performers from Lyric Opera of the North, who will consider holiday classics.

The matinee concert will include set design by Ann Gumper and costumes by Ora Jewell-Busche.

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s “White Christmas” is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Symphony Hall. Tickets start at $20 and are available by calling (218) 623-3776 or at Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office and ticketmaster.com.

Noble returns for holiday show

A singer-songwriter turned Twin Cities morning show host returns to Duluth for her regular holiday gig. Keri Noble will perform her show, “A Very Special Christmas” on Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center.

The Washington Post has compared Noble to another longtime singer-songwriter, known for having a unique sound: “Her intensity, along with her vocal hoarseness, evokes the personable style of Melissa Etheridge. Even at quiet volumes, Noble still sings from her gut.”

Noble released the album “Find My Way Home” in 2016.

Dames, Farsights play for Women’s Health Center

A rock trio with a place in local rock ‘n’ roll lore reunited after more than a decade hiatus this part year and played a handful of shows between here and Minneapolis. They’re firing it up again — alongside The Farsights — for a show where 100 percent of ticket sales will go to the Women’s Health Center of Duluth.

Earlier this year, old school musicheads described the Dames as “raw awesome rock ‘n’ roll,” and “long sleeves, hair over their eyes.” The band is Tony Bennett, Rusty Johnson and Mat Milinkovich.

The Farsights are the punk-pop-folk band — with a base of humor — that features Phil Jents, Brynn Sias and Ryan Nelson.

The Dames and The Farsights play at 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: $10 at ticketfly.com

The Dames, Mat Milinkovich (left), Tony Bennett, Rusty Johnson, play Saturday at The Red Herring Lounge. Photo courtesy of The Dames.

Alamode and Prone play Red Herring Lounge

A band that has opened for Aaron Carter and received a cease and desist, from, seemingly, fashion royalty (and, well, royalty-royalty), plays today at The Red Herring Lounge. Alamode (formerly known as Playdate — the same name as a band fronted by Tatiana Von Furstenberg) is a fashion-forward disco-pop band. Prone is an electronic, hip-hop, R&B, funk, house band.

Alamode and Prone play at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: $5.

Venus DeMars plays Blush

A Minneapolis glam rocker returns to Duluth for a solo acoustic show at Blush. Venus DeMars plays with The Florists and Dear Rosette on Friday.

Duluth-raised DeMars, of All the Pretty Horses, has been known to perform original songs — in addition to dark retro covers.

The Florists are a Minneapolis threesome that describes itself as playing “noisy pop songs about kitchens, seraphim, and the way you comb your hair.” Dear Rosetta is Brynn Sias and Rachel Phoenix’s jazz project.

Venus DeMars, The Florists, Dear Rosetta play at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Blush, 18 N. First Ave. W. Tickets: $7.

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