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The Black Water Lounge isn't technically Maxi Childs' living room, but it sure feels like it. She's quick to slide off her stool and away from the microphone to greet and mingle. When guests leave, the singer and sometimes stand-in percussionist — she can play the cymbal with her watch band — waves and grasps their hands between hers. It wouldn't be off-brand to see her performing host duties: passing a tray, fetching a coat from a back bedroom, telling a crowd-pleasing tale about that one time.
Clara's winter vacation It's Christmas Eve, and Clara gets a gift that keeps on giving: a small wooden nutcracker doll with a secret princely identity. In the middle of the night, she finds herself pairing with the toy in a battle against the Mouse King — then setting off on an adventure that includes the Ice and Dew Drop Fairies, gingerbread cookies and a globe full of dances.
A sandwich shop that bills itself as serving “a sub-above” is scheduled to open on Central Entrance later this month. Jersey Mike’s is known for its juice — a blend of red wine vinegar and olive oil — and prides itself on fresh veggies, daily-made bread, meat and cheese that is sliced on demand. It opens Dec. 12 at 905 W. Central Entrance in the strip mall near Shopko.
Maria Bamford, a comedian whose family, mental health and hometown are a strong part of her work, returns for to Duluth for a show this winter. Bamford, star of the semi-autobiographical Netflix series "Lady Dynamite," will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the NorShor Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at jadepresents.com, at (800) 300-8300 and in person, cash only, at the NorShor box office.
Rachael Kilgour's new song has snagged national attention on a best-of list that also includes Dolly Parton. Kilgour's song "Holy Are We," a slow acoustic love song with Sara Pajunen on violin, is on Rolling Stone's 10 Best Country Songs to Hear This Week. In a blurb, it's referred to as a "stunning defense of same-sex love." The refrain: "If my greatest sin is to love her well, you can send me to hell."
A Minnesotan whose nationally televised breakup almost resulted in legislation banning her ex from the state brought her new fiance to Bentleyville on Thursday, according to the star's Instagram page.
Doomtree's Shredders play Spurs Shredders, another project for a foursome of Doomtree-ers, returns to Duluth for a show today at Spurs on First. The group includes rappers P.O.S., Sims, Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger on the beats released "Dangerous Jumps" in late 2017. This is one of a bunch of projects for the collective that is currently on hiatus — including Dessa's memoir and UK tour, Paper Tiger's "Cloquet" collaboration with J Gunderson and the other artists' solo shows. C-Silence and Dwynell Roland open.
Emily Ahrens keeps two photographs on her dressing room mirror in the lower level of the NorShor Theatre, a prep space away from home for her three-month stint rehearsing for and playing Belle in the Duluth Playhouse's production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." To the left is Laura Osnes, a Twin Cities' actor, Ahrens' favorite, who won a reality competition in 2007 to land the role of Sandy in "Grease" on Broadway — and then stayed there. Most recently, she was the title princess in "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella."
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
Burrito Union's Thanksgiving Burrito is exactly the kind of ingenuity one would expect from young people with access to leftover turkey and a heckload of tortilla shells. The shop's most popular pick — they sell about one every 4.5 minutes when it's available, according to a longtime employee — combines traditional T-day savory foods in burrito form. And instead of a side of salsa: gravy, of course.