By Duluth News Tribune

Twin Ports Choral Project gets ‘Complicated’

The choral group takes on the juiciest of relationship statuses with its upcoming concert, “It’s Complicated.” The concert is billed as being about “exploring the ups and downs of complex spiritual and romantic relationships” and will include “A Boy and a Girl,” by Eric Whitacre, “Ich bin das Brot des Lebens” by German composer Wolfram Buchenberg and “Dominus Regnavit” by Hungarian composer Levente Gyongyosi.

Twin Ports Choral Project’s “It’s Complicated” concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. Tickets: $10 at

Twin Ports Choral Project’s “It’s Complicated” concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica.

Get Petty

Duluth is doing Petty. The occasional Duluth Does live series is taking on the late singer-songwriter who started with The Heartbreakers in the mid-1970s and helped form the Traveling Wilburys — alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison in the late 1980s. Tom Petty is best known for “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin'” and more. The lineup for Duluth Does Petty includes Father Hennepin, Woodblind, Nat Mattson, Jesse Luoma, Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners, Kristy NuJehan, Bill Meier, Israel Malachi, Centerville All Stars, Lyz Jaakola and more.

The Duluth Does has done Dylan, the White Album and Low.

Duluth Does Petty is 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $10 at

Tom Petty

Happy Birthday, Bob

Natty Nation, a festival-friendly roots reggae band — self described as “spiritual warriors” — is in the midst of a mini-tour to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. The band is “throwing punky reggae parties” featuring Bob Marley’s music in 15 cities — including a stop at the Red Herring Lounge — with stops in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Michigan.

Bob Marley Birthday Bash with Natty Nation is at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: Start at $5 at

Northrup’s exhibition links fire+environment

Vern Northrup’s photography exhibition, “Ishkode: Using Fire to Manage our Environment,” is a collection of metal prints that illustrate the use of prescribed fires to assist in environmental issues — like the regeneration of blueberries.

Northrup, who is a retired wildland fire operations specialist and Fond du Lac band member, will also give an artist talk on Saturday at the opening of the exhibition at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center. There will be fire fighting equipment available for viewing. The exhibition runs through Feb. 8.

Vern Northrup’s “Ishkode: Using Fire to Manage Our Environment” exhibition has its opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. Second St. Free, open to the public.

Art by DAI members

The Duluth Art Institute’s annual Membership Exhibition is a sort of show-and-tell of works by your friends and neighbors. In the past, member submissions have ranged from photographs to fiberworks to abstract installations, from professional to emerging artists.

The opening reception, a sort of who’s who of art aficionados, is typically a packed affair.

Membership Exhibition opening reception is 5-7 p.m. today at the Depot’s Great Hall, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: Free, open to the public.

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