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

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

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

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.

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 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.


Milestone for act

In honor of Black History Month, the College of St. Scholastica will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell Auditorium.

The event includes speakers Jill Dupont and James Crain, faculty members from St. Scholastica, dancers from United for Africa, singer Antonia of St. Vincent/the Grenadines and a fashion show.

There will be a soul food buffet served in the Storm’s Den. Tickets are $7 for the show and dinner, free for St. Scholastica students.

What we’re saying about Dylan/Chrysler

Yes, yes. We know. We love to fill the pages of the News Tribune with Dylan this and Dylan that.

But, to be fair, lots of people are still analyzing the Chrysler commercial starring our native son that aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

* A blogger for the Washington Post wondered: “Can a Dylan superfan actually justify this most egregious sellout?”

David Malitz wrote a five-part justification including the fact that Dylan actually sold out in 2004 when he teamed up with Victoria Secret.

And, No. 3, “it was nice to actually hear his voice.”

His voice is shot, he doesn’t fill his sets with banter.

“Sure, I’d rather hear him say things that aren’t straight out of some jingoistic pitchman handbook, but still,” Malitz wrote.

* A blogger for the New Yorker doesn’t mind seeing Dylan shilling for Chrysler. But she does mind the commercial:

“It is a problem that he is in a poorly made ad, one that proves the truth of a line in its script: ‘You can’t fake cool,’” wrote Amy Davidson.

* Maybe it doesn’t really matter. According to Forbes, the third-quarter placement of the extended-length ad could have been great. But with the Seahawks’ blowout already in the books, no one saw the commercial, anyway.

KUMD to air ‘Going Black’ doc

KUMD-FM 103.3 will air “Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio” at 7 p.m. Monday to celebrate Black History Month. The two-hour documentary examines the legacy of black radio — specifically the legendary WDAS in Philadelphia. Starting in the 1950s, black radio stations featured music that wasn’t being played on mainstream radio and kept listeners abreast of the civil rights and black power movements. The documentary includes interviews with disc jockeys, radio personalities, record company execs, musicians, journalists, scholars and a 1964 interview with Malcolm X.