November: A month to be Thankful for at The Underground


You know it’s going to be an exciting month when it starts out with a sold-out live reading of “The Princess Bride.” And the play Frozen opened on November 7th to a captive and receptive audience. Also, Gary Boelhower’s book release party on November 10th “Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions” packed the house on a Sunday afternoon, and enlightening us all with a reading from his book including a unique presentation that included music by Sara Thompson. And there are so many more great things to be thankful for coming up this month!


Thankful for the wit and humor of Andrew Kirov who will once again bring his live talk show to the Underground on Wednesday, November 20th at 8pmKirov by Night is an original talk show/sketch comedy show hosted by Andrew Kirov, a UWS graduate. Along with live sketches and performances, a live house band performs tunes before the show. Live interviews with, new Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Music Director Dirk Meyer, and  KBJR newscaster Kevin Jacobsen. The show is hilarious and only $5 at the door. Don’t miss it!


Thankful for the monthly event “A Goody Night” that showcases diversity in music and arts, while creating a platform for local artists/talents to connect with a conscious community. The next installment of “A Goody Night” is Thursday, November 21st, at 6:30pm. Tickets are only $5.00 and a portion of the proceeds go back into the community. This month’s headliner is Ryan Lane. A native Duluthian, Ryan served 6 years as a Hospital Corpsman and traveled to many places around the world before returning to Duluth, where he is now a student at UMD studying French and Anthropology. His songwriting has evolved into a conglomeration of real and fictional experiences, imagination, and dark stories filled with subtle humor, sarcasm, and hope.


Thankful for a collision of performing arts and visual arts in Zenith City Lines, November 22, 23, reception at 6:30pm (show at 7:30pm), November 24 reception at 2pm (show at 3pm). Combining visual and performing arts, Zenith City Lines is a dance and photography show celebrating Duluth and its vibrant arts scene.

Produced through the collaborative efforts of Choreographer Megan Abel Schmitt, Photographer John Heino and the dancers of Phoenix Productions, the three performances at the Underground will feature live dance to a montage of photographs of the dancers shot at scenic locations around the area over the last 18 months. Dancers Nicole Sippola, Lindsey Wittkop, Jesse Davis and Sze Leung will perform to music written and performed by Heino.



An original production written and performed by Woodland Hills students, under the direction of Angie Frank, explore the experiences of young people feeling pushed into situations, to make decisions, to break the cycle of violence and to do their best. These students are amazing and brave and have performed the last two years to sold-out audiences.Thankful for brave students who take the stage in a bold and courageous way. Woodland Hills Youth perform “PUSHED: Discover Decisions to Change your Mind” November 25, 26  at 7:00pm, $5.00 suggested donation.


Am I allowed to be thankful in December as well? In that case I’m soooo thankful for a show coming up in December that you don’t want to miss: Song Interrupted featuring Rich Mattson Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00pm. Song Interrupted is a chance for singer/songwriters to connect with their audience by telling the stories behind their songs, and any other story that comes to mind. Audience members have a chance to ask the musician questions.

Rich Mattson is best known locally for his work with Ol’ Yeller and the Tisdales. He’s recognized as one of the area’s most talented singer/songwriters and he has his own studio Sparta Sound, and works with many artists to record/produce their work.

So much to be thankful for in November! And December! Plus an exciting 2014 on the horizon. We hope to see you very soon at The Underground! We are most grateful for all of you that have helped to make our first six months so fantastic.

By Crystal Pelkey


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