Best bets: Readers, writers, a musician with a cymbal helmet

The Duluth Public Library has, on its YouTube page, a collection of local authors reading works aloud. It’s a good way to put faces and voices to words, and check in with the local writing scene.

Felicia Schneiderhan (Submitted photo)

Linda LeGarde Grover reads “In Her Dream, Margie,” from her novel “The Road Back to Sweetgrass”; poet Ellie Schoenfeld reads “The Morning Calls Us”; Barton Sutter reads “March Marigolds” and Felicia Schneiderhan reads short-short fiction that, as she explains in the video, she started a long time ago — but doubled back to and finished. “Simon Faces Due East” was in a 2019 edition of the Thunderbird Review.

Steven Sokela (Submitted photo)

Steven Sokela (Submitted photo)


Steven Sokela’s Overpopulated One Man Band offers drive-in concert

Iron Range musician Steven Sokela — self-described as an “overpopulated one man band” — will play a drive-in concert on Monday in Eveleth. The concert, subtitled “Socially Distanced Silliness” includes an outdoor stage and a radio transmitter, according to his Facebook post. What you’re in for: Solkela posted a cover of the song “Love is Alright” by Cliff Nobles and in it he sang, played drums and accordion, and was able to work a cymbal with the use of a tricked-out helmet.

Steven Sokela’s Overpopulated One Man Band plays at 4 p.m. June 1 at United in Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Station 44 Rd., Eveleth. Donations accepted.

William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Go online with William Kent Krueger

Zenith Bookstore is hosting “Virtual Cocktails with William Kent Krueger” to go along with the paperback release of his most recent novel, “This Tender Land.” It’s the story of a foursome of orphans that escapes from a Minnesota-based Native American boarding school in the 1930s, then travels along the Mississippi for the summer in search of a new home. Parade magazine recommended it to fans of “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

Virtual Cocktails with William Kent Krueger is at 7 p.m. June 1 on Zenith Bookstore’s Facebook page.

Rachael Kilgour (Photo by Kelly Davidson)

Rachael Kilgour (Photo by Kelly Davidson)

Kilgour, Iwen on ‘Simply Superior’

This week’s episode of “Simply Superior,” which airs at 10 a.m. Fridays on WPR stations including KUMD-FM, includes interviews with folk musician Rachael Kilgour, including songs from her 2019 album “Game Changer,” and poet Jayson Iwen, a University of Wisconsin-Superior professor who won the 2020 Miller Williams Poetry Prize for his collection “Roze & Blud.” The current-events show is hosted by Robin Washington. Archived episodes are available on the show’s website.

Greg Tiburzi (2017 file / News Tribune)

Greg Tiburzi (2017 file / News Tribune)

Tiburzi drops rock album

Greg Tiburzi has released “Last Place Left on Earth,” his first collection of rock ‘n’ roll tunes — which he says were written while out during the 2019 Homegrown Music Festival. He literally toured around with a pen and pencil, came home and tuned up his telecaster. The album is available as a free download on his Bandcamp page.

Art, art everywhere

Students from Many Rivers Montessori issued a call out: make art, show it off. The City-Wide Art Show turns the city into a walkable gallery. The middle school students are looking for yard displays, sidewalk work, or window art. They will create a map of where you can drive, bike or walk past the pieces. The art show is Saturday and Sunday in Duluth. Go to Many Rivers Montessori’s Facebook page for more details.

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