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Tim Kaiser Inferior Planets Double 7″ EP Crowdfunding

Tim Kaiser is releasing a Double seven-inch EP on vinyl this Spring and is doing an Indiegogo fundraiser. Why a double seven-inch and not a full-length LP? Because the music is done in such a way that you can play more than one of the four sides at the same time! Crazy! Big thank you to Lakefront Films for shooting the video.

Selective Focus: Capers

Kip Praslowicz

Kip Praslowicz, untitled

Maybe I slant toward the unorthodox, but I know that images exist of regrettable tattoos, cow-tipping episodes, and numerous other lapses in sense. Not that I’m remotely disappointed with this week’s submissions; stunts, escapades, etc. were very well-represented (ask Richard sometime for the story behind those axes and puckish grins).

ARAC seeking new board members

I have been a board member at the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for, like, four years now. It has enriched my life immensely. Immensely. Consider joining as an Duluth member, at-large.

ARAC is currently accepting applications for the upcoming term starting in June. Positions that will be available include a board representative from Koochiching County and at-large members from any of the seven Arrowhead region counties.

For more information on becoming an ARAC board member and how to apply, click here.

ARAC Organizational Grants Awarded

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council awarded a total of $93,840 in two-year operating support grants in January. There were eight organizations awarded out of 11 applicants. The program awards up to $12,000 over a two-year period to established nonprofit regional arts organizations to maintain their ongoing operating needs and services. The following is a list of organizations granted:

  • County Seat Theatre, Cloquet
  • Lake Superior Community Theatre, Silvery Bay
  • Matinee Musicale, Duluth
  • Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Virginia
  • Nordic Center, Duluth
  • North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais
  • Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc., Aurora
  • Twin Ports Wind Ensemble, Duluth

ARAC also awarded a total of $39,090 in rural and community art project grants. There were nine organizations awarded out of 10 applicants. The program provides grants up to $5,000 to nonprofit, regional arts groups to support community- or artist-initiated arts activities that will affect the group and/or the community it serves. The following is a list of organizations granted:

  • Chalk.a.Lot, Two Harbors
  • Cook Area Chamber of Commerce, Cook
  • Friends of B’nai Abraham, Virginia
  • Good Harbor Hill Players, Grand Marais
  • Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus, Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids Players, Grand Rapids
  • Great River String Ensemble, Aitkin
  • Itasca Choral Society/Itasca Community Chorus, Grand Rapids
  • Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships, Virginia

Perfect Play or Musical of 2014: Renegade’s Red

PDDPerfectPlay-MusicalLogo2014It was close, and it has to be considered an upset. Renegade Theater Company’s two-character biographical play, Red, staged in the roughly 100-seat Teatro Zuccone theater, was the winner in Perfect Duluth Day’s poll to name the best play or musical of 2014. It edged out the Duluth Playhouse’s centennial-marking, big-budget musical production of Les Misérables, which was staged in the 2,200-seat Symphony Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Renegade Comedy Theater - Red - 2014

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.

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.

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?

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.

Selective Focus: Perilous

Richard Narum

Richard Narum, untitled

Mother Superior seems to have held a prominent place in the psyche of many of you who considered our “perilous” theme. It conforms to a theory of mine regarding what makes this area so unique; when you’re daily reminded that life is tenuous, highs and lows are more pronounced, and halcyon days are more precious.

What’s in your beard?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k0WaxHMLkg

If you heard MPR Arthounds where I said Minneapolis poet Brian Beatty (doing a reading tonight and free workshop tomorrow) will fit into Duluth’s Lumbersexual landscape, you might enjoy this YouTube gem, What’s in Your Beard? It features Mr. Beatty himself.

Where in Duluth?

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Saw this one this morning. It’s tiny, but it stood out, so maybe someone else will remember seeing it.

2014: The Year in Duluth Gig Posters

2014 Duluth Gig Posters

This is by no means a comprehensive collection of the past year’s gig posters, just 126 of them that caught my eye.