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Best bets: Black-eyed Snakes, Native heritage and Christmas City

Black-eyed Snakes play Friday at Cedar Lounge. 2018 file/News Tribune

Snakes play Cedar

Black Friday, Black-eyed Snakes. The blues rock band of Alan Sparhawk, Bob Olson, Brad Nelson and Bryan "Lefty" Johnson plays Friday at Cedar Lounge.

The band known for its real, raw, internal-organs-squeezing sound most recently released the album "Seven Horses." Expect music that enters your bloodstream and takes over your limbs, and don't be surprised if you see Sparhawk passing over your head and through the crowd.

Black-eyed Snakes play 8-11 p.m. Nov. 23 at Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. Third St., Superior.

Super lit

Bentleyville opened last week, and it's open for tours through Dec. 26. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.comTurkey carcass picked clean, check. Disco nap achieved, check. Difficult pie-flavor choice made, check. Next up: the family-friendliest of family friendly options, Bentleyville.

The free tour of lights — billed as the biggest of its kind — is open on Thanksgiving night. Expect festive displays, homage to local landmarks, cookies and cocoa, and the op to share a sleigh bench with Christmas' major players.

Bentleyville is open from 5-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 26. Tickets: Free, open to the public.

All aboard

Christmas City Express opens Friday. (2014 file / News Tribune)Christmas City Express is the charming, old-timey mix of trains and storytelling. The family-friendly event starts with a trip on the festively decorated North Shore Scenic Railroad, and ends back at the railroad museum where performers tell a Northland-centric holiday tale — and a cameo from the jolliest of fellows. Also: Live music, hot cocoa, cookies and and a magical souvenir.

Christmas City Express starts Nov. 23 and is Friday-Sunday through Dec. 22. Tickets: $18 adults, $16 for children 3 and older. Available at

Do you hear what I hear?

The New Standards (Photo by Travis Anderson)The New Standards take on holiday tunes with a velvet lounge vibe. It's pretty, it's plunky. The band known for its jazz take on songs like "Hey Ya" and "Toxic" has roots in the Twin Cities alt scene. Pianist Chan Poling is in The Suburbs, bass player John Munson was in Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic, Steve Roehm, vibes, was in the Texas punk band Billygoat.

The New Standards, who are also smart-funny, bring their holiday show — a tradition that tends to sell out in their home market — to Papa Charlie's.

New Standards Holiday Show is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Papa Charlie's, 467 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen. Tickets: Start at $20 at

Heritage day includes Ojibwe art, food, music

Native American Heritage Day at the Depot will include art by Carl Gawboy, the unveiling of Storyteller's Corner at the Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery, and the premier of the Hill of Three Waters mural, which is in the Fesler Gallery.

Also: music by Burntside Lake and children's activities.

Native American Heritage Day is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Depot. Tickets: Free, open to the public.