Some new work this week, and favorites from seven months of moderating this virtual agora. Next week’s theme will be “whadya’ do last week” because I’ve heard there’s some sort of festival hereabout; “homespun,” “homeslice…” something like that.
Congratulations to Rick Kollath and Dean Einerson who topped out this morning on the mythic North Face of the Eiger, one of the most sought-after plumbs in alpine climbing (even Clint Eastwood failed spectacularly here in The Eiger Sanction)! The Eiger has claimed more than its share in terms of sensational mountain tragedies, but you can’t keep a good team from the Great Plains down. This ascent is testimony to the physical and mental grit of these two paragons of Duluth climbing, not to mention the world-class local training facilities at Superior Kettlebell Gym and Casket Quarry. Well done, lads!
It’s been nine years since Sarah Krueger first auditioned for American Idol. Since then, she has been the lead singer of a funk band, become a solo singer/songwriter and captured the attention of music lovers all over the Midwest. More importantly, she has learned that making music is about honesty.
“It takes time to hone in on your craft and to focus on the aesthetics of your art,” Krueger said. “I feel like I wanted something authentic, and I didn’t want to be breaking any extreme boundaries or try to be different or stand out. I think sometimes art gets lost in that idea that you need to be different than everyone else. It’s not about being different, it’s about being honest.”
Krueger is a teacher at the Montessori School by day and also works as a waitress at Grandma’s Saloon and Grill. A normal day means waking up early, opening the blinds in her home, preparing coffee and reading and writing before she teaches.
Here’s a bit of what you’ll find on this week’s PDD Calendar:
Twelve hours of music and live glassblowing are happening at Legacy Glassworks’ Spring Blowout, the latest episode of Take it With You is being taped live, Charlie Parr’s raising money for Harbor City International School (where Flora, the Red Menace is opening on Friday) and St. Scholastica’s Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble is playing great movie music.
The 23rd annual Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards are on Wednesday, the beloved musical Annie is opening at Fregeau Auditorium, comedians are coming together to fight Alzheimer’s, loud rock is in the offing at the Red Herring, Wise Fool Shakespeare is throwing a benefit at Northland Country Club and the Hubble Space Telescope is 25.
And, oh, yeah: a little thing called the Homegrown Music Festival kicks off on Sunday.