By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Fresh takes on the Greeks

Brothers die in a battle and, according to new Thebes-head Creon, Eteocles will be celebrated and Polyneices, shamed, will be animal food. This doesn’t sit with their sister, who wants to bury the latter — which will result in a death sentence from Creon.

The University of Minnesota Duluth’s theater department opens the season with a modern translation of “Antigone,” a Greek tragedy by Sophocles. In her director’s note, Jenna Soleo-Shanks gives the play contemporary context and asks, “Who is right? Who is wrong? Who’s selfish? Who’s stupid? What if both sides have merit? While Creon and Antigone debated their separate and immovable position — neither listening or willing to compromise — both sides suffered more than they ever imagined possible.”

UMD’s production of “Antigone” is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 3-7, 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Dudley Experimental Theatre at Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $21 adults, $16 senior/UMD faculty/staff/veterans, $10 students, $8 UMD students at z.umn.edu/1718antigone or (218) 726-8561.

Tolu Ekisola is Antigone and Ryan Richardson is Creon in UMD’s modern translation of “Antigone,” which opens today. Photo by Brett Groehler.

Recreated art space

For years, seven artists have shared a studio space on Michigan Street. For the length of their exhibition, they will meet every Wednesday in a recreated space at the Duluth Art Institute — easels, a rug — to do live painting in an atelier environment. The exhibition runs through Oct. 27.

In the meantime, the artists will also be showing their own work. Featured: Dorothea Diver, Lee Englund, Goran Hellekant, Constance Johnson, Cot LaFond, Dale Lucas and Larry Turbes.

The show, “In Situ,” gets an opening reception alongside “Forever Home,” a collection of photographs by Lisa Johnson, in partnership with Animal Allies, about the before-and-after stories of adopted pets.

“In Situ” and “Forever Home” have an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Duluth Art Institute. Free, open to the public.

A handful of artists who share a studio space on Michigan Street have recreated that space as part of “In Situ,” an exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute. Photo courtesy of the DAI.

Coyote celebrates a decade

Coyote, an old-timey sounding folk band, celebrates its 10th anniversary — and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for a new album — with a show Friday at Sacred Heart Music Center.

The band is composed of three biggies in the local music scene: Marc Gartman (vocals, banjo), Jerree Small (vocals, guitar) and Matt Mobley (bass). Expect to hear a mix of old faves and to-be released material.

Also in the lineup: Tender Ness has a loungey, jazz sound.

Coyote, Tender Ness play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $10.

Double dose of bluegrass

Local bluegrass band Black River Revue is playing a weekend-long CD release show for its latest, “Just Can’t Win.”

The band of Adam Stariha (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Ian Kvale (bass, vocals), Nate Hynum (mandolin, vocals) and Tim Leutgeb (banjo) opened for the Big Wu at Big Top Chautauqua earlier this year.

Friday’s lineup includes Kind Country and Feeding LeRoy and on Saturday they will be joined by Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and Kyle Ollah.

Black River Revue plays at 9 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 at Pizza Luce, 11 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10 at the door; $15 for weekend pass.

Natty Nation plays Red Herring

A longtime, award-winning, festival-friendly Madison-based roots reggae band plays a show Saturday at the Red Herring Lounge.

Natty Nation, fronted by Demetrius Wainwright, landed on the Billboard reggae chart with “Divine Spark” in 2016. The group, with its fluid lineup, is known internationally for its positive message and live shows.

Also playing: Duluth funk-soul-blues-rock band Boku Frequency and DJ I Roach.

Natty Nation plays at 9 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Ticket: $10 at the door.

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