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Best bets: Actual Wolf, 'Smoke Signals' and Alabama makeup date

Alabama plays a makeup concert at Amsoil Arena. (

Well, Actual(ly)

Actual Wolf (Photo by Jack Torrey)Actual Wolf, the smooth-voiced Range-bred nostalgic, brings its open-road 1970s aesthetic back to the area for a month-long residency at Cedar Lounge. The band plays on Wednesdays through November at the Superior-based taproom.

Actual Wolf, fronted by Eric Pollard, who recently moved back to Minnesota, released the album "Faded Days" just more than a year ago. The band will be playing with Trampled By Turtles early next year.

Actual Wolf plays at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 (and every Wednesday in November) at Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. Third St., Superior.

The closer they get

Alabama, arguably one of the world's biggest country bands, plays its makeup date on Wednesday at Amsoil Arena. The band, a trio of cousins known for songs like "If You're Gonna Play in Texas," "Dixieland Delight," "Born Country," "The Closer You Get" and more, was scheduled to play in September but had to postpone the concert because lead singer Randy Owen reportedly had a severe case of bronchitis.

Alabama plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Amsoil Arena. Tickets start at $27 at Ticketmaster outlets including and the DECC box office.

'Smoke Signals' star to make two stops in Duluth

"Smoke Signals" (Miramax)The 1998 movie "Smoke Signals" told the tale of Victor and Thomas, brought together because the former's father Arnold saved the latter from a fire when he was an infant. The now-20-year-old movie, described by the Los Angeles Times as both "poignant" and "funny," gets a screening Tuesday as part of a local two-stop tour by actor Gary Farmer, who played the ill-fated Arnold in the film. The actor will attend the screening, and a Q&A will follow.

Gary FarmerFarmer, who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, is from Ohsweken, Ontario's Cayuga Nation. While in town, the American Indian Studies Program and the College of Liberal Arts are hosting him for a talk at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the library rotunda at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Free admission, but space is limited.

Anniversary screening of "Smoke Signals" with actor Gary Farmer is at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St.

Your grandma might rock 'n' roll

"Flashback" is a rock 'n' roll tribute to late-great artists who died too soon — performed by an ensemble of the 34 senior citizens who perform with the Twin Cities' group Alive & Kickin'.

The show, directed by Michael Matthew Ferrell, is billed as having an array of personal stories and musical tributes to artists like Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Hank Williams, Kurt Cobain, Patsy Cline and Amy Winehouse.

"Flashback" is at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: $40 adults, $38 seniors.

All strings, all the time

Delpia Cello Quartet (Photo by Zoe Prinds-Flash)A Minneapolis-based quartet of cellists who play original arrangements of pieces by artists ranging from Bach to Broadway to Beyonce bring their strings to Duluth for a show Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center.

Delphia Cello Quartet is a relatively new group, featuring Rachelle LaNae Smith, Rosa Thompson-Vieira, Katherine Canon and Julia Floberg. Superior Siren opens.

Delphia Cello Quartet plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Sacred Heart Music Center. Tickets: $20 at the door.