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Ready or not, the holiday season is coming for you — right down Superior Street, in fact. Regardless (probably) of rain-snow-sleet-or-hail, the local marching bands will play, batons will be tossed and floats will all float on during the annual Christmas City of the North Parade, which starts at 6:20 p.m. Friday in downtown Duluth. As long as we're already whistling the city's holiday anthem "Christmas City," made popular by Merv Griffin, here are 10 arty and entertaining ways to lean into this holiday season. YOU WANT FROZEN NOSTRILS
Virgil Wander was born in a small, independent movie theater in Florida. Leif and Robin Enger had popped into the spot on Main Street — it might have been called the Tropic — for a screening of "White Men Can't Jump." "It was a down-in-the-heels, slumped shoulder theater," Leif Enger recalled. It smelled moldy; there was police tape around bad flooring. Before the movie started, the owner introduced himself to the small audience, told the story of the venue, and explained that profits went to replacing the seats, four at a time.
A Top 40-dominating band known for horns and earnest vocals, returns to Duluth for a concert in mid-May. Chicago, which emerged in the late 1960s but really hit its flow in the '70s and '80s, plays at 7:30 p.m. May 15 at Amsoil Arena. Tickets start at $40.50 and go on sale at noon Nov. 16 at Jadepresents.com, Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office and ticketmaster.com. Some of the band's biggest hits include: "If You Leave Me Now," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," "You're the Inspiration" and "25 or 6 to 4."
Dierks Bentley, who played the summer of 2014's largest concert at Bayfront Festival Park, returns to Duluth for winter show at Amsoil Arena, according to his tour schedule. Bentley plays at 7 p.m. March 8 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The "Burning Man Tour" includes the return of Jon Pardi, his '90s cover band Hot Country Knights and Tenille Townes, according to Taste of Country. Ticket info is TBA, but Bentley's website has a sign-up for notifications.
All Souls Night Meet Maximus, one of puppet artist Mary Plaster's grandest creations. The taller-than-tall, loomingest of all puppets is a skeleton marionette that will be a focal point at Duluth's All Souls Night on Saturday at the Depot. The 10th annual event celebrates the dead, considers the present and hopes for the future. It will include a public altar, art, music, dance and poetry. Dress for a funeral or as a skeleton. Per usual, there will be a burning of rotten ideas. Take the past year's negatives, toss it into a fire, feel lighter.
For the most part, Saturday's All Souls Night event at the Depot will be what has drawn hundreds of attendees to the event for the past decade: the one-square block procession with a soundtrack by a Twin Cities brass band, the burning of bad ideas, and the larger-than-life puppets that organizer Mary Plaster keeps in her company. While the event was originally inspired by Dia de los Muertos — Plaster spent four years living in Mexico — this year, she said she is hoping attendees will research their own heritage.
We wanted to try an otherwise financially inaccessible restaurant. We wanted one of our favorite spots to kill a simple soup, simple sandwich combo. We wanted seafood with a view.
With that, it's cider season. Valerie and Jake Scott of Duluth Cider announced via Facebook that their cidery will have its grand opening on Nov. 14 at its taproom at 2308 W. Superior St. "It's been a long time coming and a lot of hard work," Jake Scott says in the quick-hit video that includes footage of the couple's more than 3-year route to opening day.
Duluthian Leif Enger's new novel gets a big nod in this weekend's New York Times Book Review — and reviewer Nickolas Butler calls the title character "one of the most engaging protagonists I've encountered in years."