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A 22-year-old man was hospitalized Saturday afternoon after reportedly being stabbed multiple times. The Duluth Police Department responded to a call at Tri-Towers, 222 N. Second Ave. E. and found the victim, who was taken to the hospital. As of Saturday evening, he was still being treated. Police said it was unknown whether the injuries are life-threatening. The police department is investigating, but reported in a news release that it appears the suspect and victim knew each other.
One way to win over a bluesfest crowd: Physically leave the stage during a guitar solo. Play the periphery of the Big Top Tent. Move toward the people in the back row — the "cheap seats" as you say. Zig and zag through the audience. Stop to dance with the Bayfront Blues Festival-famous tye-dyed dancer Boogiecat.
Mike Ledbetter ended his set at the edge of the stage, held a single note for eons and raised his arms triumphantly. The Chicago-based musician who has a background in opera (and gospel, soul, jazz, etc.) had earned a victorious stance. At one point during the Welch Ledbetter Connection's contribution to Bayfront Blues Festival, the singer asked someone in the front row if they were sleeping. At that moment — it was dinner time — attendance was spotty and most of the music fans were seated.
It was a dark and stormy day of music. Nine bluesy acts gathered at Bayfront Festival Park about this time 30 years ago — and the show went on, despite doom and gloomy weather, according to a review that ran in the News Tribune. About 4,000 fans came and went throughout the day. When it weathered, music fans huddled under quickly cobbled festival tents and leaky tarps.
Har Mar sings Sam Cooke Minnesota treasure Har Mar Superstar tested his Sam Cooke tribute earlier this year at a few shows at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis and played for sold-out crowds. He toured the show, and is now re-touring the show. According to the Pioneer Press, the concert leans more pop than religious — think "You Send Me" and "Wonderful World." The Star Tribune called him a "born again soul man," and added that his delivery is closer to Van Morrison.
A little bit country, a little bit hip hop
Would-be director Jody Kujawa found the script for "The Toxic Avenger: The Musical" in the same place one might find a VHS copy of the 1984 cult classic that inspired it: at the bottom of a box, seemingly ignored in favor of other material. That was a few years ago. Kujawa was on the season selection committee at the Duluth Playhouse, and he wasn't finding much that interested him in the stacks upon stacks of scripts, he said. Then, this:
A friend and I were recently eating one of those amazing, fresh lunches that play so well on Instagram when a slug inched its way across the table. It seemingly rode in on our shared salad and was now making a break for the drink menu. What do you do, man. You want fresh eats, it might come with a slug or two. My lunch date, the sort of animal whisperer who has tried to pet a deer, scooped it up and set it free. Hopefully, it found its way back to a field of green (and hopefully, I didn't eat its sister slugs).
A few things within walking distance on Friday night: Multimedia work about social discrepancies — which includes a cloaked figure; a folk singer at the Nordic Center; an exhibition of landscape photography, images taken in Iceland.
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 has also falling in love with her neighbor, Alice.