'Beans:' Coming of age in conflict

In 1990, when proposed golf course-condo expansion in Oka, Quebec, spilled over on to sacred land, there was a standoff between the Canadian Army and local police and members of the Mohawk community.

Mohawk activists protested by setting up camp near the site and blocking roads. Officials responded with thousands of police officers and soldiers and a three-month-long event called Oka Crisis. There was violence and neighbor versus neighbor conflict in a town torn.

"Beans," a 2020 movie by Tracey Deer (who uses actual footage), is a coming-of-age story set against this conflict. The title character, whose real name is Tekehentahkhwa, is a Mohawk pre-teen who learns about her strength in the midst of it all. (Also in the cast: Paulina Alexis of "Reservation Dogs.")

"Beans" opens Friday and runs through Dec. 4 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St., Duluth. Info available at zeitgeistarts.com.

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Finally, Social Animals

Social Animals play Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at The Rex in Duluth.
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Social Animals play Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at The Rex in Duluth. Contributed photo

In mid-March 2020, the Cloquet-raised Social Animals were playing in Stavanger, Norway, while around them the world was shutting down because of COVID-19. They left their gear behind and traveled to Amsterdam, London, then Atlanta, according to an interview with singer-songwriter Dedric Clark a month later.

The band plays together for the first time in nearly two years at 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Rex, 600 E. Superior St., Duluth. Lyla Abukhodair is also on the bill.

Social Animals released the wild-youth-nostalgia song "Adults," an early-2000s tinged tune, in October and will be recording a music video for it during the show. Learn the lyrics, the band says on its Facebook page: "We were barely 17 / they could have tried us as adults / So could we try to be adults right now."

If there are still tickets, they are $20 and available at tickettailor.com/events/socialanimals/603420.

Mahon featured artist in songwriter series

Jacob Mahon is the next singer-songwriter featured in Sacred Heart Music Center's streaming series. 
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Jacob Mahon is the next singer-songwriter featured in Sacred Heart Music Center's streaming series. Contributed / Aaron Reichow

Jacob Mahon of New Salty Dog is the featured artist for Sacred Heart Music Center's "Live from the Heart," a project that mixes tunes and interviews and streams on the venue's YouTube channel. (Past musicians have included artists like Colleen Myhre, who incidentally plays alongside Mahon when Boss Mama & The Jebberhooch perform, Rachael Kilgour, Cory Coffman, Superior Siren and Alan Sparhawk).

Mahon's band New Salty Dog released the album "Pecan, Pecon" in 2020, an eclectic mix of clever lyrics set to bluesy sounds and doused in good humor. "This song is getting long and a little exciting and I know that's not fai-ai-ai-air to you," he sings in "Dear Do You Love Me."

Mahon will be interviewed on stage between songs by Malachy Koons of KUMD-FM 103.3. There are a limited number of audience tickets available at eventbrite.com.

Snakes in a taproom

Alan Sparhawk leans into the microphone while performing with the Black-eyed Snakes. The blues-rock band plays its annual post Thanksgiving show Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Superior. 
Clint Austin / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune
Alan Sparhawk leans into the microphone while performing with the Black-eyed Snakes. The blues-rock band plays its annual post Thanksgiving show Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Superior. Clint Austin / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune

Duluth staple Black-eyed Snakes return for the band's annual post-Thanksgiving Day show Friday at Cedar Lounge in Superior. Theyself, described as playing bluesy Americana, opens.

Black-eyed Snakes are a slightly feral, trance-inducing blues band fronted by Alan Sparhawk's alter ego, Chicken Bone George. It's always great, it's always unpredictable, and you should never leave early.

The brewery is also releasing a seasonal beer, Blackbecrush Tart Wheat Ale, which will probably mark the end of the cranberry season.

Tickets are $7 at eventbrite.com and $10 at the door.

Trees, elves and Congdon stuff

Glensheen's holiday tour started in mid-November. 
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Glensheen's holiday tour started in mid-November. Contributed photo

Glensheen kicked off its Christmas Tour earlier this month, a showcase that was named No. 2 Best Holiday Historic Home Tour in USA Today's reader-choice awards in 2018. (It lost to Graceland, but beat the Ashland, North Carolina, Biltmore — a Chateauesque home created for George Washington Vanderbilt.)

Glensheen has 25 Christmas trees, and the tallest is in the Main Hall, and more than two dozen hidden nice elves and a similar amount of naughty elves for kiddos to look for.

As of Friday, the historic estate will go live with its Christmas lighting, the Spirit of the Lights display that was donated by Marcia Hales from her long-running backyard beach-side tour. Friday also marks the start of the self-guided evening candlelight tours.

For more details, go to glensheen.org.

Old standards by The New Standards

The New Standards.
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The New Standards. Contributed / Nate Ryan

The New Standards, a trio of Twin Cities artists with deep-deep roots in its local music scene, plays its famous holiday show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Papa Charlie's at Lutsen.

The trio of Chan Poling, Steve Roehm and John Munson are a jazz trio that put a new twist and good humor on songs, whether its traditional holiday fare, old-school pop or Britney Spears.

The musicians' backgrounds include Electropolis, Trip Shakespeare, The Suburbs, Semisonic and more.

Tickets available at lutsen.com.