Axe whacks at Teatro Zuccone
Lizzie Borden took an axe and ... the rest is true-ish crime lore. Renegade Theater Company's production of the punk musical "Lizzie" is a campy look at what could've happened in 1892 when a young woman from Massachusetts offed her parents and was later acquitted. This show, the Minnesota premiere, features a six-piece band and an all-female cast.
Lizzie's father is sexually abusive. For respite, she's taken to keeping pigeons. She is also falling in love with her neighbor, Alice.
It's not a spoiler — you've heard the rhyme — to say that neither her father nor her stepmother (or, actually, the birds) make it beyond the first act.
Renegade Theater Company's production of "Lizzie" is 7:30 p.m. today (July 26)-28, Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 9-11 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $20 adults, $17 students at www.renegadetheatercompany.org.
The Sea The Sea to play at Red Herring
The Sea The Sea is a folk group defined by its pretty harmonies, whether it's a moody, swelling song or a more poppy pick. The upstate New York-based band returns for a show at The Red Herring Lounge. The group released its short-n-satisfying album "From the Light" in June.
The Sea The Sea's first album caught the attention of a reviewer for National Public Radio who described the band's song "Watertreader" as having "feather-light production which includes the obscure glass harmonica. I love the central image of 'Watertreader.'"
The Sea The Sea plays at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: $12.92 at www.eventbrite.com. Bonus: They play at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen on July 30.
Walk and gawk
More than two dozen spaces ranging from art galleries to cultural centers to studios and bars are part of the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective's second go-round of the monthly Downtown Arts Walk. The casual walk-around includes the likes of emotive folkie Rachael Kilgour playing at the Nordic Center and Billy Shipley's sailboat paintings at The Red Herring Lounge. Photographer Ryan Tischer of Tischer Photographic Gallery is closing his Ten Days in Iceland exhibit, and Eric Dubnicka's sculpture is part of the Arola Architecture Art Parklet.
Downtown Duluth Arts Walk is 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 27, at venues in Downtown Duluth. Find Downtown Duluth Arts Walk on Facebook for a list of stops.
Cellists featured in LSCO finale
Local cellists Peter Swanson and Aleksander Tengesdal will play, respectively, Haydn's Concerto in C Major and Cello Concerto No. 2 (subtitled "Daylight, Twilight") by Iranian composer Hooshyar Khayam during Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra's final concert of the season. They will perform together Giovanni Sollima's Violoncelles, Vibrez. Also on the program: "From Darkness to Light" by British composer Anne Dudley and "Lyric for Strings" by George Walker.
Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra's final concert is at 7:30 p.m. today (July 26) at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. Tickets: www.lakesuperiorchamberorchestra.org.
Beer + The Current
All Pints North is seemingly more than a buncha beer vendors slinging suds at Bayfront Festival Park. The annual gathering of beer-friendly folk features more than 150 breweries, a handful of food vendors, beer education and entertainment by Viva Knievel and High on Stress.
But, also: This is also when The Current crew comes to town, broadcasts live and interviews the local tunes-makers, then hosts a multi-band bill. This year: Feeding Leroy, Bent Paddle people, Ingeborg von Agassiz and Alamode will be on-air starting at 2 p.m. Friday (with Jade and Duluth Local Current host Mike Novitzki) during a live show from Bent Paddle's taproom. Later, Feeding Leroy, Al Church, Thomas Abban, Alamode and Transmission with DJ Jake Rudh will perform starting at 7 p.m. at The Red Herring Lounge.
The Current will go live from All Pints North on Saturday and follow up with 4onthefloor and Jaw Knee Vee at Red Herring.
All Pints North is 3-7 p.m. July 28 at Bayfront Festival Park. Tickets: $45 at www.mncraftbrew.org.