‘All dressed up in snow and mistletoe’
Consider this a rite of true-Duluth passage: Must bundle body, crouch on cold curb, emit appreciative whoops toward regional marching bands. It’s the annual Christmas City of the North Parade, more than 50 years old and among the wacky things that make Duluth the Duluthiest Duluth of them all. (Sorry, Georgia.) There is also an element of sport involved: Make sure to vote for your favorite float at kbjr6.com.
Not so outdoorsy, no big. The parade airs on KBJR-TV. All the floats, plus commentary. You can also give it a rewatch on the NBC affiliate's website.
Fun fact: There’s a song that was performed by Merv Griffin and recorded, and it’s all about us and how we’re a wonderful city.
Christmas City of the North Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and runs from N. 10th Ave. E. to Fifth Ave. W. Free, open to the public.
Get into that light display
Bentleyville Tour of Lights is already doing its shimmer, shine and glow thing on the bay, but it officially opens at 5 p.m. Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park. The tour of lights includes pockets of displays in the likeness of Duluth’s best photo ops (Enger Tower, Aerial Lift Bridge, a mega-ship) and various holiday-themed characters. There are also cookies, s’mores, Santa and Mrs. Claus, bonfires and much cheer. Also, get up close and personal to that huge, eye-catching centerpiece — that tree. Bentleyville hack for locals: go mid-week and/or near closing time for the chillest possible experience.
Bentleyville Tour of Lights is 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park. Free, open to the public. Donations accepted.
‘A Night’ with DSSO, LOON
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of the North team up for “A Night at the Opera: Opera’s Greatest Hits,” billed as a night for the opera curious and opera lovers. The repertoire includes pieces from “The Magic Flute,” “La Boheme” “The Merry Widow,” “Tosca,” “Die Fledermaus” and more. Soloists include: Vicky Fingalson, Sarah Lawrence, Alice Pierce, Georgia Jacobson, David Greenberg, John Pierce, Calland Metts and Cory Renbarger. This marks the start of the LOON’s season
DSSO and LOON’s “A Night at the Opera: Greatest Opera Hits” is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Tickets: Available at loonopera.org and dsso.com in addition to Ticketmaster outlets.
The Social Disaster plays send-off
Hot lineup alert: The Social Disaster, War Bonnet, Burnt Mountain and Mint Vintage play a send-off show at 8 p.m. Friday at The Rex. Jacob Swanson, The Social Disaster’s guitar player, is moving to Nashville, according to Facebook. The rarely seen band has a poppy doom-and-gloom-and-Moog sound and is fronted by Rachel Phoenix. War Bonnet is a rock band that takes its cues from ancestral music of indigenous people. Burnt Mountain is based out of Charlottesville, Va., and Mint Vintage is an alt-rock band with a new EP, “Basement Ballads.”
The Social Disaster, War Bonnet, Burnt Mountain and Mint Vintage p[lay at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at Rex Bar, 600 E. Superior St. Ticket: $5 at the door.
Frankie Lee brings multimedia show to Sacred Heart
Frankie Lee, who released the album "Stillwater" earlier this year, will perform Saturday at Sacred Heart Music Center. The concert will include the entire album alongside images of Stillwater, Minn., made by photographer John Runk, a project that Lee collaborated on with filmmaker Paul Creager. Sarah Krueger opens.
Frankie Lee, Sarah Krueger play at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Superior St. Tickets: $15 at eventbrite, Electric Fetus and Globe News in Superior.
New troupe presents ‘Little Women’ reading
Grow Theatre, a new collective, makes its debut with “Little Women Radio Show,” a staged retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale. The story of family, with Marmee, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy is the first for a group that is dedicated to roles for women in theater, running the gamut of styles. The who’s-who-of-theater cast includes Carrie Boberg, Carolyn LePine, Sarah Zastrow, Maria Lockwood, Liz Larson and more.
“Little Women Radio Show” is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Teatro Zuccone. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 students and seniors.
Zinema 2 has turtle power
The sewer-dwelling heroes in a half-shell return to the theater on Monday. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," released in 1990, plays at Zinema 2 with plenty of opportunities for themed prizes. For the uninitiated: A crew of turtles with big personalities live in the underbelly of NYC: Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo. They face off against a ninja-gone-bad in this classic from the hokey cannon.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" screens at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $12 at zeitgeistarts.com.