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Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.

Bad Art Festival (doors at 7 p.m. Friday at Pablo Center at the Confluence’s Jamf Theatre, 128 Graham Ave. $10. Aside from local band and event founder FMDown’s album release taking place at this festival, there’s going to be a ton of local musicians, the debut of new local duo the Gossips and “bad visual art” showcased by Steve Bateman.

This festival, FMDown member Will Wall said, was built to instill pride in the local music scene. With musicians like Jim Pullman, Brian Bethke, Nici Pepper and bands such as Gash and Ghosts of the Sun (featuring members of other local bands), I think they’ve done just that.

After a long day of shopping, end your Black Friday with new music and local favorites, as any Friday night should be.

Dixon’s Deck the Halls (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Dixon’s Apple Orchard, 22404 20th Ave., Cadott.): With Thanksgiving’s end, it’s time to start thinking about the Christmas season.

Ease your way in at this event featuring hayrides, a s’mores bar, apple cider, popcorn, wreaths and live music. And if you’re in the mood to knock some of that shopping off your list, there will be craft vendors selling locally made items.

“Holiday Toy Trains” opening day (1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 E. Half Moon Drive. $2 museum members or $9 adults, $6 ages 5 to 17. Kick off the holidays with this 384-square-foot train layout that includes local buildings, winter scenes, lights and sounds.

In addition to being entranced by the display, there also will be crafts to make and toy trains to play with. Kids and adults alike should find something to enjoy at this exhibit.

“Local Authors Live — Bringing Books to Life” (1:30 p.m. Sunday at Pablo Center at the Confluence’s Jamf Theatre, 128 Graham Ave. $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Self-coined as ”Local Author Sunday,” this event is the perfect way to wind down your weekend and hear from local authors you may or may not be familiar with.

Plus, emerging writers can hear from people just like them about what it’s like to take that next step and get published.

Eleven members of the Chippewa Valley Local Authors will talk about their own publishing process and share excerpts from their books. There will be time to chat with authors, ask questions and purchase their books.

“Miracle on 34th Street” play (7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls. $26 adults, $13.50 ages 5 to 25.): Add this to your list of holiday shows to see this season (and if you can’t catch it this weekend, don’t worry: It runs through Dec. 23).

This time-honored show features Kris Kringle “taking on the skeptics,” and it’s sure to leave you believing in miracles.

Many performances also will include a reception with beverages, wine, beer and cookies an hour before the show in the lobby of the venue, offering a chance to slow down and enjoy the true meaning of the holidays: togetherness.


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