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This week: smelt queens, well dressed vikings and a really big chicken »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Let’s start at the end of the week and address the 800 pound chicken in the room. Homegrown starts Sunday with over 200 bands playing in dozens of venues. A special edition of the Pub Quiz at Carmody (written by yours truly) kicks off the festival. I’ll give you an inside tip, dear reader: Homegrown Field Guides will not be permitted to be open during the quiz.

The Run Smelt Run Parade is also this Sunday and there are three workshops this week for volunteers to help get the smelt queen ready.

Learn about “The Well Dressed Viking” from Dr. Stefan Guttormsson on Wednesday at the Nordic Center. Where else?

Damn Yankees opens at UMD this Thursday and runs two weekends.

Zinema 2 continues their series of silent films with a live soundtrack with Fugitive scoring Fritz Lang’s Metropolis on Friday and Saturday.

The Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop is Saturday with a free bus shuttling participants all over the Twin Ports.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: Dessa and the Marx Brothers »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Tonight at UMD, Rachel Lloyd, author of “Girls Like Us,” talks about sex trafficking in America. This was rescheduled from an earlier date due to weather. Imagine that.

Live radio broadcasts are becoming quite the thing lately. Have you noticed? Take it With You premiers locally with a live show at The Underground on Tuesday.

Do you have junk in your trunk? Get it appraised at The Depot on Wednesday.

Trivia Mafia on Thursdays at Pizza Lucé joins the throng of live trivia games around the area, including Geeks Who Drink on Wednesdays at Red Star, Battle of the Sexes Trivia (also on Wednesdays) at Dubh Linn and the Pub Quiz at Carmody on Sundays.

Dessa graces the stage at the Rex on Friday.

Rubber Chicken continues its periodic series of live reads of movie scripts with a Live Read of A Night at the Opera featuring LOON‘s Sarah Lawrence and Cal Metts at The Underground on Saturday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: Don Ness vs. Jim Carlson »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

The public schools are on “spring break” this week and there’s open ice skating, kickball, lacrosse and more at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center and movies (including Catching Fire and 47 Ronin) at the Public Library this week.

Eat Downtown Week, with its prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at participating restaurants, ends this Friday.

Hero/Villain/Savior/Scoundrel is an exhibition of portraits featuring Don Ness and Jim Carlson by various local artists. It opens at the Zeitgeist on Thursday.

Think of it as a catered yoga sing-along. There will be a Kirtan at Beaner’s Central on Friday.

Inuksuit” is an environmental musical piece in which 66 musicians will be spread over the grounds of Glensheen Mansion and the audience wanders through the piece. This happens on Saturday.

Daniel Tobin performs “An Iliad: A One-Man Odyssey” at Mitchell Auditorium on Sunday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: mystery, absurdism and eating »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Eat Downtown Week (which actually goes for 12 days) starts today with $10 and $20 prix fixe meals at participating restaurants.

You still have time to get your car ready for the Pinewood Derby at Carmody Irish Pub on Tuesday.

Sam Cook is the keynote speaker at the Duluth Parks and Recreation Annual Meeting at Spirit Mountain on Wednesday.

The Hounds of Baskerville is a staged reading of a Sherlock Holmes mystery at Glensheen Mansion Thursday through Saturday.

Endgame, an absurdist play by Samuel Becket, opens at CSS on Friday and runs two weekends.

Drink beer and support the Jaycees at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest this Saturday at UWS.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: emergencies, dioramas and nordic tongues »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

What happens when you dial 911? Find out today at the 911 Citizens Academy at the Public Safety Building.

The chattering class is in full force this week. Nerd Nite is back Tuesday at the Teatro Zuccone with presentations on the lack of female leads in video games, British panel shows, and steampunk audio. Chester Chat has a presentation on Women in Leadership at Glensheen Mansion on Wednesday.

Starting this week the Nordic Center has several classes on Scandinavian languages, including Norwegian, Danish and Swedish.

The Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes, opens this Thursday at the Playhouse and runs three weekends. The other musicals running in town, Hairspray at The Underground and Next to Normal at Teatro Zuccone, are playing to sold out houses and getting great reviews.

Dog Sees God is an unauthorized parody of the Peanuts gang in high school and it opens at UWS Experimental Theater on Friday and runs two weekends.

March is Food Shelf Month and you can support your local food bank at Taste at Fitgers on Friday.

The Minnesota Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the DECC on Saturday.

Diorama-rama, the biennial celebration of dioramas minuscule and huge, quaint and odd, is back Saturday night at Sacred Heart.

Think what church needs is more beer? Beer & Hymns, a monthly gathering for beer drinking and hymn singing, returns to Sir Ben’s on Sunday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

People of “Doolith,” you’ve ben warned. »

This week: green beer, green art and bluegrass »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and to celebrate there’s a Ceili Irish Dance at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a family friendly party at Clyde Iron, a not family friendly party at Dubh Linn and other events. What are you doing today to celebrate? Let everyone know in the comments.

UMD is hosting a free three-part seminar this week on Teaching the Holocaust. This is designed for K-12 teachers and runs Tuesday through Thursday.

Yoga North is starting a bunch of new five and ten week classes this week, including Beginning Yoga starting today and The Chemistry of Joy starting on Wednesday.

Renegade opens its new rock musical, Next to Normal, at the Teatro Zuccone this Thursday and it runs three weekends.

The Cabin Fever Bluegrass Festival is back at the Inn on Lake Superior and runs Friday through Sunday.

Local artists are displaying their earth-friendly wares at the Treasures of the Earth – Green Art Fair at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: derby, bock and ides »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Browncoat Mondays continue tonight at Zinema 2 with two episodes and Prof. Lisa Horton presenting on feminist and anti-feminist themes in Joss Whedon‘s Firefly.

Art for Ed’s Sake is a fundraiser at the Depot on Wednesday for Visual and Media Arts Education in the Duluth Public Schools and you know it’s cool because Chris Monroe did the poster art.

Lots of plays and musicals happening this weekend:

It’s Bockfest weekend at Fitger’s with beer tents in the courtyard Thursday through Saturday.

Saturday is the Ides of March and that means local musicians pay homage to their influences with special concerts at Beaner’s Central on Friday and R. T. Quinlan’s on Saturday.

Your Harbor City Roller Dames host a roller derby double header on Saturday at Pioneer Hall in the DECC.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

Sasha Howell Fashion Show Kickstarter »

Sasha is an amazing local talent. Support her dream fashion show and score yourself some VIP tickets.

This week: pancakes, snow angels and a Scottish king »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Hey, Duluth. How ya doing? Find out today at the mayor’s State of the City Address at Spirit Mountain.

Tuesday is Mardi Gras and if you are looking for a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner head on over to Duluth Congregational Church.

On Wednesdays the Duluth XC Ski Club is holding night ski races. This week’s race is going to be at Lester Park.

Something wicked this way comes on Friday with Wise Fool Shakespeare‘s production of Macbeth at Lincoln Park Middle School. It runs two weekends.

Something funny this way comes on Friday when the Upright Citizen’s Brigade lands at the Teatro Zuccone. On Saturday they will be leading a workshop on long form improvisation.

Make a snow angel on Sunday with 3,999 of your friends at UMD. Because fun.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: hockey, sailing and poetry »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Dug out yet?

Everything’s going to be shiny at Zinema 2 tonight with the launch of Browncoat Mondays. See all of Joss Whedon’s Firefly for free with related presentations by local scholars and enthusiasts.

Duluth Pack continues its Outdoor Adventure Series on Tuesday with Katya and Mark Gordon talking about sailing with their small daughters for months at a time on the ocean.

It’s championship high school hockey time with Hermantown vs. Marshall on Wednesday and Duluth East vs. Elk River on Thursday at Amsoil Arena.

Nerd Nite is back after months in mothballs with a return to its original venue, Teatro Zuccone, on Wednesday with nerdy presentations on 007, Sherlock Holmes and Star Wars collectibles.

Need to get away from winter in Duluth? Go celebrate winter in Bayfield! The Bayfield Winter Festival runs Friday through Sunday.

Spirit Lake Poetry presents its annual St. David’s Day Open Reading at The Underground this Saturday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: winter break, winter sports and a winter dance party »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

For Duluth Public Schools it’s winter break. Looking for stuff to do with the young people in your lives this week? Duluth Parks and Rec is opening Pioneer Hall in the DECC Wednesday and Thursday for Turf Time, where kids can play on indoor turf, and there’s open ice skating at the Heritage Sports Center Monday through Friday.

February’s not a great time to go to the Boundary Waters, but it’s a great time to drink beer and learn about the history of the Boundary Waters. You can do both at Bent Paddle Brewery this Wednesday.

February is a great time for the Birkebeiner, however, and related events for that run Thursday through Sunday.

Next Fall, a play produced by the all new Son of Peter Company, opens at the Teatro Zuccone this Thursday and runs two weekends.

Winter Dance Party is a fundraiser for the Armory at Greysolon Plaza that harkens back to a concert back in 1959 where a young Robert Zimmerman heard Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. You can get all nostalgic and support the Armory on Friday.

On Saturday you can get all raucous and rowdy with the Dropkick Murphys at Black Bear Casino as part of Twin Ports Brewfest or you can get all mellow and bluesy with Greg Brown at Sacred Heart. Your call.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: hiking, anime and boats, boats, boats! »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Sara Mowchan hiked the Appalachian Trail, if you know what I mean! No, she actually literally hiked it. You can hear all about it on Tuesday as part of Duluth Pack‘s Outdoor Adventure Series.

It’s midwinter, so why not stroll around the DECC and look at boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles? You can do just that Wednesday through Sunday.

Private Eyes opens at The Underground on Thursday, a play with a fantastic cast, and afterwards you can head down to Pizza Lucé for the Transistor’s 10th Anniversary/Anti-Valentines celebration.

For Valentine’s Day proper, Friday, there are a wealth of activities to attend, including a fundraiser for LOON at the Northland Country Club, a spaghetti dinner at Amazing Grace, and dinner and comedy at Dubh Linn.

And on Friday at Teatro Zuccone Jonathan Manchester is remounting his one man show, Everything You’ve Done That Hurt Me, which was one of the most talked about shows of 2013. It’s a 20 page break up letter found in the street in front of his house.

Zinema 2‘s Saturday Morning Family Series continues with My Neighbor Totoro on Saturday morning.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: Why do we live here? »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

I’ve heard a lot of people asking this past week, “Why, again, do we live here?” Today you can hear Joanne Sher give an historical explanation as to why people immigrated to this area at the library presented by the Twin Ports Genealogical Society.

You can, then, figure out how to get people here at the Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday at the DECC.

Feel like winter never ends? I recently read speculation that in Groundhog’s Day Bill Murray relives the same day 12,395 times (almost 34 years). See if you agree with that count at Zinema 2 on Wednesday for their monthly date night.

The Odd Couple opens on Thursday at the Duluth Playhouse with the actors playing Felix and Oscar switching roles every night, which means I’m going to have to go and see it twice because, frankly, Jason Scorich and Jody Kujawa are amazing actors.

Sara Thomsen releases her 5th solo album, Somewhere to Begin, at Sacred Heart on Saturday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

Presenters wanted for Browncoat Mondays »

I’m lining up short (10 minute) presentations on Joss Whedon’s Firefly for Browncoat Mondays at the Zinema 2 starting at the end of this month. These presentations can be on any topic related to the series or the movie.

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This week: Liars, Cloud Cult and a fest of awesomeness »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Doomtree: Team the Best Team, a music documentary about the Minneapolis hip hop group, plays at Zinema 2 on Tuesday.

The Underground continues its Song Interrupted series with Rich Mattson singing and talking about what he’s singing and why on Wednesday.

Chester Chat is a series of TED talk-like presentations at Glensheen. This Thursday the focus is on regional arts with presentations by Sarah Brokke, Anne Dugan and Jennifer Webb.

Cloud Cult returns to Duluth to play Clyde Iron on Friday.

The Liar, a play by Pierre Corneille and translated by David Ives opens, opens at St. Scholastica on Friday and runs two weekends.

Awesome Fest, a fest of awesomeness, runs Friday through Sunday at Mont du Lac with outdoor winter sports, indoor winter drinking, music, a costume contest and more.

The DECC will be a great place for people watching on Saturday as the refined DSSO crowd going to their concert of Bach, Barber and Brahms at Symphony Hall meets up with the Justin Moore fans going to Amsoil Arena. Post pics.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

So, who thought this was a good idea? »

This week: sled dogs, mermaids and divas »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so it’s likely you aren’t at work. There’s a march that starts at Washington center and ends at the DECC where there’s a rally. Later this afternoon there are films and discussion at Zeitgeist.

Sen. Franken and Rep. Nolan will be at the Radisson on Tuesday for a little chat moderated by Mayor Ness.

On the theater scene there are all sorts of people. Renegade‘s All New People opens at the Teatro Zuccone on Thursday while Good People continues at The Underground. Meanwhile, there are mer-people when the Playhouse Children’s Theater presents Disney’s Little Mermaid at Marshall.

On Saturday the DSSO continues its season with a DECC concert featuring Wicked Divas while Charlie Parr releases his new album, Hollandale, at Sacred Heart with a concert.

The on again, off again John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is set to start on Sunday at East High School. Looks like there’s enough snow and apparently they’ve raised enough money.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: two Parrs, a sleuth and a dude »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

What will this week bring us? We’ve endured snow, frigid cold and ice. What’s next? Well, we all survived so we could see the season three premier of Sherlock tonight with a preview screening at Teatro Zuccone.

Tuesday you can get your civic duty on with a special election in the east and Mayor Ness speaking at the Kitchi Gammi Club on the future of Duluth.

It’s a busy week in the Parr household this week. You can see Charlie Parr at Fitger’s on Wednesday and then you can see his other half, Emily Lanik Parr, star in Good People at The Underground starting on Thursday and running for two weekends.

You also have a chance, only on Thursday, to see an encore performance of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove at UMD before they take the show to Lincoln for a regional competition.

Get yourself a white russian and watch a special midnight screening of The Big Lebowski on Friday night at Zinema 2.

There are several events this weekend related to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, including a talent show at Duluth East on Friday and a worship service at St. Mark AME on Sunday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

This week: a singer talks about singing, a painter talks about painting and two politicians talk »

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

It’s kinda cold out today. Cold enough that some events are being cancelled, so double check your event to make sure it’s happening. Also, if you were planning on going to school today, Gov. Dayton has given you the day off. Because, you know, it’s cold.

Don’t know who to vote for in the upcoming special election for county commissioner? Jim Stauber and Patrick Boyle will be having a forum at Valentini’s on Tuesday sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Murphy, best known as the artist who created the outdoor library mural, will be doing an artist talk at the Duluth Art Institute in the Depot on Thursday.

The Underground continues its Song Interrupted series (highlighting musical artists and the stories behind their songs) with Mark Lindquist on Friday.

Getting married and have at least one bride involved in said wedding? The Duluth Bridal Show hits the DECC this Saturday. They also have a “man cave” where men can drink and watch sports because, apparently, that’s what men do.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.