Community Calendar - Dec. 13-19, 2009

Sunday, Dec. 13 "A Christmas Survival Guide" will be staged at 2 p.m. at the Play Ground. Other performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-19. Cost is $10. Visit Tours of the historic Silberstein home, at 21 N. 21st ...

Sunday, Dec. 13

"A Christmas Survival Guide" will be staged at 2 p.m. at the Play Ground. Other performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-19. Cost is $10. Visit .

Tours of the historic Silberstein home, at 21 N. 21st St., will be given from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12-13, to benefit Fairlawn Mansion in Superior. Cost is $10. Bring slippers, as you will be asked to remove your shoes. Call (715) 394-5712.

The Lakeside-Lester Park Community Club, 106 N. 54th Ave. E., will host the Holiday Treasures Gift Sale Fair from 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13-18 and 21-22 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 19-20. Proceeds assist the club's family programs. Call 525-0845.

Lake Superior Interfaith Community Church is screening holiday films Dec. 11-13: the 1948 Cary Grant vehicle "The Bishop's Wife" will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday; "The Christmas Wish," a '90s TV movie featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Naomi Watts and Debbie Reynolds, at 7 p.m. Saturday; and "Noel," a contemporary film with an all-star cast, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 or a food shelf donation.


Minnesota Ballet will perform "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11-13, at the DECC. Details TBA.

Richard Ojakangas will sign "Roadside Geology of Minnesota" from 1 to 2 p.m. at Northern Lights Books & Gifts in Canal Park.

David Holmes will sign "Secrets" from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Bookstore at Fitger's.

The Bentleyville Tour of Lights at Bayfront Festival Park will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 2, 2010. This is a free event, though parking at the Bayfront lot costs $4. See . Free shuttles run downtown and in Canal Park; visit for a complete schedule. Also: To celebrate its new neighbor, the Great Lakes Aquarium will stay open until 8 p.m. while Bentleyville is at Bayfront Festival Park and offer reduced rates.

Monday, Dec. 14

The Monday Adult Skaters (Ladies Recreational Club) have an open skate in the DECC arena from 11 a.m. to noon. Price is $3 per session and parking passes for the season (which runs through March) are available for $5. Sessions open to all adult skaters. Call 724-2285 for more. Bring your own skates.

Residents living in the Duluth School District are invited to a public meeting, "The Red Plan Plus," to discuss the possibility of modifying the current long-range facilities plan at 6 p.m. in the Duluth Central High School cafeteria. Tom Boman will speak. District officials have been invited.

Tuesday, Dec. 15


A Rat Pack tribute group will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the DECC. Tickets start at $32; visit the Duluth Younkers or to purchase.

Auditions for Rubber Chicken Theater's production of the comic opera "Trial by Jury" will be held at 7 p.m. at United Baptist Christian Church, 830 E. First St. Call 525-6740 or e-mail .

The UWS choirs will present the 12th annual "Celebration of the Season" holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. at Superior's Cathedral of Christ the King (at the corner of Belknap Street and Grand Avenue). Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Call (715) 394-8115.

The Maxi Childs Trio performs at 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Black Water Lounge, 231 E. Superior St.

The Score Bar hosts salsa dancing every Tuesday night. Free dance lessons kick off the night from 7 to 8, followed by open dancing until midnight.

Wednesday, Dec. 16

The Playhouse will present "The Three Musketeers" through Dec. 20. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday shows are at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday shows are at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Cost is $23 for adults, $21 for seniors, $15 for youth and $19 for members of a group with 15 or more people; call 733-7555 for tickets.

La Leche League, a mother-to-mother support group for nursing mothers, will meet at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church. This month's topic is "Starting Solids: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Babies and children welcome. Lending library available. Call 341-8369.


Thursday, Dec. 17

Arrowhead Chorale will perform "Tomte, Trolls and Tales to Tell" at 6:30 p.m. at the Depot. Cost for dessert and the concert is $25. Other performances this year: a four-course catered dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19, will cost $60 (includes price of concert); and a children-oriented edition will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and cost $12 for adults and $10 for children (includes cookies and cider). Make reservations at or by calling 590-8792.

Jeff Richter will sign "Pure Superior: Lake Superior Photography" from 2 to 3 p.m. at Northern Lights Books & Gifts in Canal Park.

Friday, Dec. 18

Staccato in Blue, a contemporary jazz outfit, will perform at 8 p.m. at Beaner's Central. Pancake Breakfast and Poorus are also on the bill. Cost is $5.

Rubber Chicken Theater's second holiday comedy revue, "Have Yourself an H1N1 Christmas, or: Snufflin' in a Swine Flu Wonderland," will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 18-19, 26 and 31 at The Venue at Mohaupt Block, 2024 W. Superior St. Cost is $15.

Dink Tank's holiday special will be staged at 8 p.m. Dec. 18-19 at Teatro Zuccone. Cost is $10. Then Friday night improv sets start at 10:30. Cost for that is $5 or free with a Dink Tank holiday special ticket.

Lake Superior Singles Fellowship, a non-denominational singles group supported by the United Presbyterian Church, will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickwick for dinner. Call 940-2248 to register.


Opening at local theaters: "Avatar" and "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

Food & Funny, a dinner show featuring entertainment from comedians Mike Smith and Bill Dykes, will be held at 8 p.m. at Dubh Linn Irish Pub. Cost is $18 ($10 for just the show). Reservations recommended; call 727-1559.

Saturday, Dec. 19

The Harbor City Roller Dames, a women's roller derby team, will play against the Mississippi Valley Mayhem at 10:30 p.m. at World of Wheels in Superior. Cost is $7.

A release party for the new "Christmas Jam" disc, a compilation which benefits Second Harvest, will be held at 9 p.m. at the Rex Liquor Emporium. Old Knifey and the Cutthroats and other artists will perform. Full details TBA.

Lois Duffey will sign "Zillah's Gift" from noon to 1 p.m. at Northern Lights Books & Gifts in Canal Park; following her will be John Koblas, who will sign "The Phantom of the North Shore" from 1 to 2 p.m.

Tamarack Dance Association will host a "barn dance" at 7 p.m. at Peace Church, 1111 11th Ave. E. Merry Little Band will perform. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for low-income, members, students and seniors and $2 for children. New dancers welcome. There will be a "white elephant" raffle. See .

UWS will hold its winter commencement at 2 p.m. in its Health & Wellness Center.


Comedy Pro Tour, featuring Mike Smith and Bill Dykes, will be held at 6:30 and 9 p.m. at Dubh Linn Irish Pub. Cost is $10. Reservations recommended; call 727-1559.


"Natural World Observed 2009," which documents every region of the country, will be on display through Dec. 20 at UMD's Tweed Museum of Art. Free and open to the public.

An exhibit featuring work from UMD faculty will be on display through Jan. 10, 2010, at the university's Tweed Museum of Art.

Nancy Stone is showing original oil paintings through Sept. 30 at Moxie Hollow, 323 E. Superior St.

The annual winter exhibit at Lizzard's Art Gallery & Framing, 11 W. Superior St., will feature the work of Lee Englund (plein air oils) and Terry Anderson (lapidary) and will be held through Jan. 9, 2010.

Cecilia Lieder's annual solo exhibit at Northern Prints Gallery, 318 N. 14th Ave. E., will be on display through Jan. 9, 2010. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Tweed Museum of Art will be showcasing artwork by UMD art and design faculty through Jan. 10, 2010.


The exhibit "A View from Space" will be on display through Jan. 10, 2010, at the Duluth Children's Museum. Also there: "Moneyville," which will be on display through Jan. 17, 2010.

"A Silent Unity of Gazes: The Photographic Vision of Luis Gonzalez Palma" will be on display through Jan. 17, 2010, at UMD's Tweed Museum of Art.

"Form & Surface: Selections from the Glenn C. Nelson Collection" will be on display through Nov. 7, 2010, at UMD's Tweed Museum of Art.

The free Veterans' Memorial Hall exhibit "Generations of Service," which spans roughly 150 years of military service and includes locally donated artifacts, is now open at the Depot. See .

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