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January 2005 in Review

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  • Low releases The Great Destroyer.
  • The Twin Ports Music and Arts Collective closes.
  • Nutty Meg’s closes.
  • Eric Ringsred and his son Miles plan to open a drinking establishment called the Cider House at the old Snyder’s Superstop. (It never happens, and instead Dubh Linn Irish Pub opens there in 2006.)
  • The Red Star Lounge is under construction at the Fitger’s Brewery Complex.
  • Mike Neal opens Splash Beach Club in the former Western Tavern. It briefly serves as Duluth’s only alcohol-free weekend dance club.
  • Management of the NorShor Theatre transfers from Chip Stewart and Craig Samborski to J.P. Rennquist.

Duluth Grants Available

The Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund is issuing more grants this year. The endowment has already donated almost $34,000 over the years. Go to the website for information and application information. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

The DLEF supports valued Duluth community programs. Anyone from a group involved in these areas should consider applying:

  • Arts and culture
  • Beautification
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human service
  • Parks and recreation

Wood Blind – “Big Voice”

http://vimeo.com/117513547

Some Wood Blind for your weekend.

Selective Focus: Vintage

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Ava Francesca Battocchio, “Nopeming”

Not an oenophile or single-malter in the house, eh? Not to worry, lots of other great takes on “vintage” this week. I even took some liberties to pair my Grandma Mohrbacher, on what looks like the Duluth pier (anyone?), with myself and my Grandpa’s Electrolux- a company he sold door-to-door for while living here in the ’20s. Fun facts.

Pixel Farmer Yields Big Harvest for Locally Laid

Friend and local pixel farmer Lucie Amundsen yielded a big harvest when she wrote a reply to a letter complaining that her actual farming operation (“Locally Laid”) was too spicy for the grocery aisle.

She’ll be on the Daily Circuit (MPR) today; the story has been picked up regionally here and here and here.

Duluth creativity (and Duluth passion for sustainability) on the map!

Perfect Day Duluth

Is it just me or do you notice that a lot of people refer to this blog as “Perfect Day Duluth?”

1) What’s up with that? Why do people make that mistake?

2) When they do, do you correct them? How do you correct them without sounding like pretentious know-it-all? I am a pretentious know-it-all, so that’s why I ask.

Poll: Best Play or Musical of 2014 (Elimination Round)

The nominations are in and it’s time to vote. Which Duluth-area theater production made your little Greek mask laugh or weep last year?

What was the best play or musical of 2014?

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Reel North film and video call for entries

Reel North is a new film and video series at Zinema 2 that asks people to bring in any film/video they’ve made for a screening in front of an audience of their peers. It’s open to absolutely everyone and anyone who wants to see their work up on the big screen. The first event will be Tuesday, March 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Ken Marunowski @Zeitgeist

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My friend, colleague and local artist Ken Marunowski has art on display at the Zeitgeist.

It’s a new body of work, and it’s worth a look.

Duluth Matchbook Collection

Duluth Matchbook Collection

Inspired by the Duluth Button Collection, Perfect Duluth Day now presents the Duluth Matchbook Collection — a gallery of small cardboard folders with a striking surface on one side, featuring images promoting select enterprises of the Arrowhead region.

Best Play or Musical of 2014 Nominations

Kate Horvath - Duluth Playhouse - CatsIt’s time again to look back at the previous year of locally produced theater and choose the nominees for Best Play or Musical. In 2013, the Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theatre’s production of Cats took top honors. What was your favorite play of 2014?

Wood Blind featuring Teague Alexy — “Working Man’s Song”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSWS6JzkSIY

“Working Man’s Song” is the B-side to Wood Blind‘s recent 7-inch single release, “Big Voice.” Teague Alexy composed “Working Man’s Song” roughly 15 years ago; it appeared on the Teague Alexy with Medication album Sun, Moon and Heaven. Alexy provides lead vocals on the Wood Blind version, with Jason Wussow on guitar and Veikko Lepisto on upright bass.

This Week: candy, didgeridoo, comedy legends and more

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

Lots going on, in this third full week of January 2015. There’s the MLK March and Rally on Monday morning, a Library Luau for kids, an opportunity to find out if you own valuable antiques, a big photography show and a chilly Nerd Nite.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr. opens this week, Cheech and Chong and War bring the funk and the cannabis humor to the DECC, pond hockey is happening all weekend and Adam Sippola releases an album with a Sacred Heart show.

Certainly, there’s plenty of trouble to get into, this week.

Robert Adams on Display

I stopped by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, on College Street, to see the art on display by Robert Adams.

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The exhibit includes didactic panels that really opened up Rob’s art to me. It made clear the conscious efforts to blend the formalism of Josef Albers and the playfulness of Rosenquist (or at least of pop art like Rosenquist’s) with a public commitment to the environment and a personal exploration of identity.

Walking to Duluth

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

We have no idea if Julian Holenstein is really walking from Thunder Bay to Duluth via frozen Lake Superior or if the title of his video is a joke, but either way he’s worth a few awesomeness points.