Little Women’ now with a big name

It’s Louisa May Alcott: Now with a celebrity cameo.

The Douglas County Historical Society’s History Theatre’s production of “Little Women” will include state Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, in Act II.

The play, based on Alcott’s 1869 novel, tells the story of four sisters growing up during the Civil War. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through March 30 at the Douglas County Historical Society, 1101 John Ave., Superior.

No word on whether Reinert will be able to save poor Beth.

Tickets are available at douglashistory.org.

Dust off your detective cap

Benedict Cumberbach might not be there, but a local iteration of the legendary London sleuth Sherlock Holmes will face Glensheen Mansion in “The Hounds of Baskerville.” Glensheen takes the lead role as a house plagued by a diabolical hound of supernatural origins. Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson, are on the case. The mystery is being directed by Rob Larson and features local college students filling in the actual acting roles. The event is part of Living Literature, part of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s School of Fine Arts, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in April. The evening includes the performance, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, a post-viewing presentation on the Sherlock Holmes genre and an abbreviated flashlight tour of the Congdon mansion. The performance runs April 3-5 with shows starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available at glensheen.org.

DECC of hot models

Time to break out those hot rods and models for this year’s Peerless Motorhead Madness car show and accompanying Modelmania North model car show and competition. This year’s theme for the model contest is “Cars of the Past — 1960-1980” with the subtheme: Racing — All Forms. Steve Kitowski, organizer of the model show, said there are several categories for the model judging and there is even a “make it and take it” where kids can snap a model together and take it home with them. “I want a generation of kids to do something with their hands and their minds,” Kitowski said. The show will include more than 150 life size, or 1:1 ratio, cars in addition to the model show. The event runs from March 21-23, with doors opening Friday at 3 p.m. The gate charge is $11, which allows guest access to all aspects of the show. For  more information, email modelmani afour@yahoo.com.

Speech, speech!

What’re the kids talking about? Find out when more than 50 members of the Duluth Speech Team present their dramatic or humorous monologues, persuasive or current event speeches. The event is at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Duluth East High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 and proceeds go toward the team’s trip to the National Speech Tournament in June in Kansas.

It’s NOT a dress

It’s threatening to get melty outside and the state high school hockey tourney is on the tube. This can only mean one thing, fashion-wise.

It’s kilt season.

The Duluth Scottish Heritage Association is hosting its fourth annual spring concert, a sort of early St. Patrick’s Day event.

There will be bagpipes and jigs during the event at 7 p.m. Friday at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. It is part of the college’s Ireland in the Spring Program.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students and children 10 and younger are free.

 

 

Dance against cancer

Dancing won’t necessarily cure cancer, but it can help raise money for the fight against it. Performers from a handful of local dance companies will perform during the eighth annual Dancing Against Cancer Showcase from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Black Bear Casino’s Otter Creek Event and Convention Center.

Tickets are $5 and all of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In the past seven years, the event has raised more than $15,000 for the hospital.
Performers include Elite Dance Productions, Dream Dance Academy, Desert Caravan Dance Troupe, Shooting Stars Dance, Beledi Middle Eastern Dancers, Duluth Dance Center and artist JP Roquet.

Make some noise

If you’re looking for a day-brightener from this seemingly endless winter, join the Coppertop musicians at the “Make a Joyful Noise” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Selections of vocal and instrumental music groups at First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway, will range from the complex precision of a Bach fugue to a premiere arrangement of “We Are Called” that includes the Strikepoint bell choir, Tapestry band, organ and choir.

An offering will be taken to go toward improving the sanctuary sound system.

Calling artists

The Duluth News Tribune’s “Art Gallery” feature in the Scrapbook section is looking for your original art pieces to showcase.

All an artist needs do is send a photo of his or her artwork with a short description of what type of medium (ink drawing, oil painting, watercolor, screen printing, etc.), name and what town the artist lives in.

Submissions can be emailed to scrapbook@duluthnews.com, or mailed to Art Gallery, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.

 

Get fabulous at UMD

The UMD Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer Ally Commission is sponsoring the Super Gay Cabaret 2014 at the Marshall Performing Arts Center on the UMD campus.

The show’s organizers are calling the musical extravaganza “pee-your-pants funny.” The show will feature a series of contemporary musical theater acts that celebrate sexual identity and gender expression “in all its diversity.”

The show is scheduled for 7:30 tonight and Friday night. Admission is $7 for students and $12 for nonstudents. For tickets, go to tickets.umn.edu/ UMDSFA/online or call (218) 726-8561.

The organizers warn that some of the material is recommended for adult audiences only. Also, they wouldn’t change the name to Super Gay CabarEh?, but it won’t hold Eh? back.

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Inuit art opening

Sivertson Gallery is kicking off its 14th annual Inuit Premiere with events on March 14-15.

This year’s premiere will feature Inuit stone carver Looty Pijamini of Grise Fiord, Nunavut; Tom Chapman, president of Upper Canadian Native Art; and throat-singers Nina Segalowitz and Lydia Etok from the North West Territories and Nunavik.

Sivertson Gallery, 14 W. Wisconsin St. in Grand Marais, is hosting the annual Inuit Premiere, the only one of its kind in the lower 48 United States to feature original Canadian Inuit prints, soapstone carvings and Native Alaskan sculptures formed from walrus tusk, whale bone, baleen and soapstone.

The opening weekend events at Sivertson Gallery are free and open to the public.
Pijamini is an Inuit artist who lives and works in Grise Fiord, Nunavut. He was born in Clyde River on Baffin Island, and he began carving at 12 years old. At 15, Pijamini was carving full time. From that point on, Pijamini took first place in competitions. Gaining inspiration for his work primarily from the stone, Pijamini said he claims the stone suggests a subject or idea to him. Pijamini has created many exquisite commissioned sculptures for private collectors and the Canadian government.