NTAA’s Nathan Margoni stands in silhouette during a previous PechaKucha night outside The Livery as part of Artoberfest.

Weekend Worthy is a weekly roundup of visual & performing arts highlights in Southwest Michigan written by Jeremy D. Bonfiglio in conjunction with the weekly entertainment podcast, Breaking Character, which he co-hosts with Paul Mow. Read on for details about events happening the weekend of Sept. 13-15, 2019.

Artoberfest with PechaKucha in Benton Harbor Arts district

New Territory Arts Association’s Artoberfest is once again joining forces with PechaKucha St. Joseph/Benton Harbor for an all-day extravaganza of food, art, music and more in the Benton Harbor Arts District.

Beginning at noon Saturday, the 13th annual Artoberfest kicks off with local artists booths featuring work from Smykman Primitives; Mia Maria Candles; Water Street Glassworks; Purely Funk; Just Plain Calina; Thomas Freier; and more.

The musical lineup also begins at noon with the NTAA Open Stage All-Stars kicking things off. They will be followed by the Twin City String Band of Wes Shuck, Aiden Schnell, and Caleb Kibby, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Benton Harbor’s own Sankofa from 4-5:30 p.m.; and Al Scorch, a Chicago-based musician, making his area debut from 6-8 p.m.

Beer, wine, cider, and pizza from The Livery will be for sale. Other food vendors include Werk It, Nosh Village, Lake & Farmer, Dialo’s Cafe Soulfood and BBQ, and Hearth & Market.

Then at 8:30 p.m. in The Livery parking lot, join host RJ Williams and eight presenters for PechaKucha SJBH Vo. 18, a simple format where presenters share stories and passion projects based on 20 images that appear for 20 seconds each, advancing automatically.

The Vol. 18 presenters are Dierdre Guthrie; Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers; Princella Stringer; Karen Joy B.; Traci Burton; Angie Renfro; Terry Kucera Choate; and Barb Chartier Raudonis.

This is the fourth year that Artoberfest and PechaKucha have teamed up for the same weekend. In 2016, PechaKucha was held the night before Artoberfest, but since 2017 they have joined forces for a combined event.

Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation for PechaKucha. For more details, call 888-3830 or visit newterritoryarts.org, or 925-8760 and www.pechakucha.com/cities/st-joseph.

‘Mamma Mia!’ at Twin City Players

"Mamma Mia"

Photo by Lauren Mow
“Twin City Players” presents “Mamma Mia!”

If you missed opening weekend of the Twin City Players season-opening production of “Mamma Mia!” you might want to reach for your “Money, Money, Money” before these tickets are snatched up.

The jukebox musical, written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band, continues at 7:30 p.m. this Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday as well as Sept. 20-22 and 27-29 at the TCP Playhouse, 600 W. Glenlord Road, St. Joseph.

The story centers on Sophie (Aly Richards), a young woman who is ready to get married to her fiancée Sky (Josh Bennett), except for one thing – she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She invites three men (Jim Richards, David La Fleur, John Taylor) she learns about from her mother’s diary believed to be the candidates, but when they all arrive, Sophie’s mother Donna becomes distressed. As Sophie, Sky, Donna, her friends, and the three potential fathers prepare for the big day, emotions run high and surprises abound. Sarah and Laura Simmons direct.

Tickets are $15, and all seats are reserved. To buy tickets or for more details call TCP at 429-0400 or visit twincityplayers.org.

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Michael Glabicki, left, and Dirk Miller play The Acorn Theater.

Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki, Dirk Miller at Acorn

Michael Glabicki, singer-songwriter, and guitarist for Rusted Root, and band member and guitarist Dirk Miller will play a duo show at 8 p.m. Friday at The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks.

The Pittsburgh-based worldbeat roots-rock band is best known for the single “Send Me On My Way,” off the 1994 platinum-selling album “When I Woke,” their major label debut that peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

While Rusted Root, which last released new music in 2014 with the album “The Movement,” seems to be on a potentially permanent hiatus, Glabicki and Miller are touring as a duo and are working on the debut album for their new band, Uprooted, set for a 2020 release.

On Friday, Glabicki and Miller will play songs from both Rusted Root’s repertoire as well as new material. Both play acoustic and electric guitars with Glabicki often adding rhythm with a kick drum.

Tickets are $25. Ben Benedict will open the show.

For more information, call 756-3879 or visit www.acornlive.org.

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Jeremy D. Bonfiglio