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Ingeborg von Agassiz – “Bulletproof Vest”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ7YDZMfhnE

Ingeborg von Agassiz 2016Ingeborg von Agassiz performs in KUMD‘s studio in this video, shot on May 5.

Upcoming gig: Friday, June 24 at Washington Gallery

Selective Focus: Andy Miller

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This week’s Selective Focus subject makes the most of the square format of Instagram with beautifully composed photos of abandoned, forgotten buildings around the area. Andy Miller tells us why he documents them.

Perfect New Restaurant: Northern Waters Restaurant

PDDPerfectNewRestaurant2016It’s no surprise Northern Waters Restaurant crushed Perfect Duluth Day’s best new restaurant poll. The eagerly anticipated eatery just opened in February, but has swiftly won the admiration and bellies of Twin Ports residents, as evidenced by garnering 67 percent of the vote.

Northern Waters

Duluth Graphic Designer Recommendations

We are seeking recommendations and referrals for an individual or small design shop to create a logo and branding for a new business. The logo and branding will be utilized long-term, far and wide, here and there, on many objects, throughout expansion … you get the idea.

We hope to engage a smaller shop or a talented individual in the spirit of collaboration that is intrinsic to our business philosophy. Exciting things are happening, and we hope to find someone with an artistic and entrepreneurial vision that matches are own.

If you have a recommendation, please comment here.

If you are a designer or business, please PM us through facebook.com/borealkitchen or email borealkitchen (at) gmail (dot) com.

Zenith Quartette circa 1908

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The Zenith Quartette was a Dutch vocal group based in Duluth. Members shown in this old flier are Carl Hvaal, first tenor; J. Olsen, second bass; O.A. Gronsette, baritone and O.O. Hovday, second tenor.

Skate the Lake 2016

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Skate the LakeVideo by Ian Lundborg of Mestek Media from last Saturday’s Skate the Lake, an event promoting skateboarding as alternate transportation in Duluth.

Ely’s Peak Drone Tour

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You may have noticed the PDD Drone has come out of hibernation recently. Here is a quick video of Ely’s Peak on the western edge of town. Yes, we did fly the drone through the entire tunnel. It was a bit hairy due to the darkness and the boulders that kept jumping out at our feet. The drone was wearing a small headlamp but it didn’t help much.

The NorShor Experience: A Strip Club Retrospective

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It was ten years ago — May 24, 2006 — that the NorShor Theatre first hosted exotic dancers, with two simple words on the marquee: “Live Girls.” Later, the words “Adult Club” would appear above the theater’s new business name: the NorShor Experience.

Poll: Best New Restaurant in Duluth Area

What local restaurant will be the Spirit Room’s successor as Best New Restaurant? You tell us. Last week we compiled a list of nominees. Vote now for your favorite new eatery. We’ll post results later this week.

As usual, it’s a runoff ballot, so the list of options will shrink as favorites emerge. If the restaurant you vote for gets dropped from the ballot, you can vote again, so check back later. We started with 16 restaurants in the poll; it’s now down to the top four: Beijing Restaurant, Lake Superior Bakehouse, Northern Waters Restaurant
and Sala Thai.
 

What is the best new restaurant in the Duluth area?

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This poll is now closed. The results will be published later today.

The Story of Duluth Homegrown 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqugirgMDUg

Kip Praslowicz‘s latest memory-card dump video is a retrospective of the eight-day Homegrown Music Festival.

Music by the Electric Witch

This Week: Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and more

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Here’s a bit of what you’ll find in this week’s PDD Calendar:

It’s Dylan Fest all week long, and there is no shortage of daily Bob-centric stuff to see and hear. There’s an art opening at Red Mug Coffeehouse in Superior, a new volume of the Duluth Does Dylan series of albums is released during a big ole blowout concert and the Blood on the Tracks express is again ready to rock and roll. And that’s just a few of the things that are going down.

In other, non-Dylan news, people can attend an open house on Superior Street reconstruction plans, Zenith City Cabaret is back in action with its monthly show, the Maxi Childs Trio is out there doing its jazzy-pop thing, comedy titan Louie Anderson stops in town to dispense some hilarity, the public is invited to tour a UMD research vessel, Club Saratoga is the place for Saturday jazz and polka juggernaut Chmielewski Funtime Band swings by Cloquet to school fools in how it’s done.

Volunteers needed for local film festival

Duluth Superior Film Festival 2016 PosterThe seventh annual Duluth Superior Film Festival delivers film, music and art to the Twin Ports region June 1-5. In its short history, the festival has presented a distinctively imaginative and diverse lineup of international, American independent and regional films.

To help maintain the merriment, volunteers are needed.

Maria Bamford: Lady Dynamite of Duluth

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With all the posts on PDD about References to Duluth in TV and Film we shouldn’t neglect to mention the newest and most obvious example. Lady Dynamite, starring Duluth’s Maria Bamford, premiered Friday on Netflix.

Video Archive: Charlie’s Club Fire of 2006

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syz-GSHW00M

Ten years ago — on the evening of May 22 and into the morning of May 23, 2006 — Charlie’s Club in West Duluth was destroyed by fire.

Art and Indigenous Community Health

I spent last Friday at the AICHO Complex, in Trepanier Hall for an event about art, health and indigenous communities.