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As town that is constantly praised for its quality of life, it is not a surprise that Duluth offers a variety of homegrown arts. Music and theater are mosty widely available. Visual arts and other artistic disciplines are also regularly exhibited in Duluth.
The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra is a small group of musicians, composers, and vocalists. Their intimate orchestrations permit greater experimentation with musical forms and styles. The 2006 season marked their 20th year of multimedia, Classical, contemporary, and jazz music.
There is a surprising amount of theater for a community this size. The Duluth Playhouse is one of the oldest community theaters in the country, and has opened a second venue, The Playground, to stage more intimate and edgier works. Renegade Comedy Theater (and its children's offshoot, Tugboat) offer a variety of original works and plays by established playwrights. Further afield, the County Seat Theater offers family-friendly productions in Carlton. Two dinner theaters, Bennett's (in Duluth) and the Shack (in Superior) stage roughly three productions each per season. Finally several university theater departments offer performances throughout the year, including summer.
During the summer, several groups including the Chamber Orchestra congregate for annual festivals. The Bayfront Reggae Festival, Duluth Festival Opera, and Sier Du Luth Summer Arts Festival offer entire music series and program subscriptions. This may call for casting a blanket on a lawn or sitting comfortably in an auditorium.
The Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua combines the best of both worlds for the audience. It is a 900-seat venue enclosed with a huge canvas tent. It provides fresh air, food and spectacular entertainment. This includes musical theater, theater, and local musicians who perform live on the main stage. The Big Top is on the way to the Apostle Islands in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Some travelers prefer to simultaneously coordinate both day trips.
The best way to find out what performances are going on is to check the papers. The Duluth News Tribune runs a weekly entertainment section called "The Wave" on Thursdays. The Northland Reader, a free weekly alternative paper which also comes out on Thursdays, also has a thorough entertainment calendar. Finally, The Transistor, a small independent arts publication, features an entertainment calendar as well; it is free and published on Tuesdays.