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Tom Hanson has leased a vacant space in Lincoln Park with plans to open a taco-bar-arcade hybrid. Taco Barcade, as he's calling it, will go into the corner spot on 19th Ave. West and West Superior St. Tentative date for completion: "Cinco de Mayo," the owner of Duluth Grill, OMC Smokehouse and Corktown Deli said during a recent visit to the former Little Caesar's Pizza space.
A portrait by Chuck Close was already hanging as part of the Tweed Museum of Art's exhibition this year when the photorealist was accused of sexual harassment. In response: a solo exhibition of his work at the National Gallery in Washington was indefinitely postponed. And at Seattle University, another self-portrait was removed. At the Tweed, "Lucas/Rug" stayed up until the end of the gallery's exhibition "Treasures from Home: An Anthology of Gifts from Collectors," which was in the main gallery from mid-January to mid-August. But it included an essay for context.
Ballet's fall show: 'Rite of Spring' The Minnesota Ballet opens its season with "Rite of Spring and Other Dances," a mix of choreography by both established artists and relative newbies. The title piece, by ballet director Robert Gardner, is set to Igor Stravinsky and described as "pulsing with ritual, renewal, fear and hope." "Senza Fretta," which was set by Jerri Kumery of the Salvatore Aiello Trust this past summer, has touches of athleticism and comedy with Kronos Quartet's "Pieces of Africa" and "Mai Nozipo."
An awkward exchange from a recent Fox 21 news cast landed in Jimmy Fallon's monologue during Wednesday night's episode of "The Tonight Show." Sam Ali segued out of his sports coverage by saying of two local teams: "So hopefully they don't tie again, because no one likes ties. "I mean, I like bowties," added Ali, who was wearing a bowtie at the time. News anchor Dan Hanger asked if it was new and told his colleague that he looked like a birthday present. "So you wanna ... open me? Find out what's in?" Ali asked.
Young Ron Campbell, at the movies, didn't understand what he was seeing on the screen before the main features played. The cat was chasing the mouse; the mouse was getting away. When he asked his grandmother about it, she told him they were just drawings. "You mean, I can make drawings that come alive?" Campbell recalled thinking during a recent phone interview from his home in Arizona. Not only — he could also make a career of it.
It has been 20 years since University of Minnesota Duluth theater professor Tom Isbell and a team of student researchers and actors premiered what would become an award-winning play about the Holocaust. He's still not sure he is comfortable with it.
They and love and you, probably An oh-so-earnest, folk-Americana band of brothers (and others) returns to the area for a concert Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The award-winning Avett Brothers broke through with the 2009 album "I and Love and You."
Gettin' down the Nitty Gritty If it feels like the song "Fishin' in the Dark" has always existed in your life soundtrack, that's because it probably has. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the artists behind one of the Top 5 ways to spend a summer night, are fresh from a 50th anniversary tour and now coming to the NorShor Theatre. The country-ish band has won a few Grammy and CMA Awards and top tunes were mostly born in the 1980s — including "Long Hard Road," "Modern Day Romance," "I've Been Lookin," and "Baby's Got a Hold On Me."
A Depression-era musical based on Bob Dylan's lyrics — which previously played in London — opened earlier this week in New York City to mega-kudos. "Girl from the North Country," written by Tony Award-winning Irish playwright Conor McPherson, seemingly Bob-approved, is about downtrodden souls living in a rooming house in Duluth. It opened on Oct. 1 off-Broadway at Joseph Papp Public Theater and runs through Dec. 23.
Going into its fourth weekend, Hotel Pikku still has that new hotel smell. The three-suite boutique opened quietly in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and last week hosted an open house and cake party for friends and neighbors.