Events Posts

This Week: films, Fiascos, Fever Dream and more

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

WDSE’s The Playlist is taping musical performances at Lutsen (where The Pines and Dead Man Winter will also play later in the week), Go, Dog. Go! is at the Mount Royal Library, short films about water are being screened at UWS and The Turn of the Screw opens at the Duluth Playhouse.

The Homegrown Festival’s Winter Fiasco goes down at three local venues, the 1959 Winter Dance Party tour is celebrated at Sacred Heart (while the 1980s and ’90s get a tribute at the Red Star), Hippo Campus and Fever Dream kick it at the Red Herring and there’s stand-up comedy at Dubh Linn.

Any way you slice it, there’s plenty afoot in this last week of January.

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.

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.

This Week: a double dose of Dessa, the good Thicke, MLK and more

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There’s no need to be bored, when you can board — check out Board Game Night at Rogue Robot. Go see TV’s beloved Alan Thicke, father of disgraced singer Robin Thicke, host a live dancing competition at the DECC. Jody Kujawa’s Ladies Night Karaoke is going down Wednesday, as per usual.

Dessa’s back in town on Friday, and she’s also at Lutsen on Saturday. Mayor Ness kicks off a weekend of Martin Luther King-centric events. Dwight Yoakam is doing his thing at Black Bear, and the Minnesota Fringe Fest is still fringing along.

This Week: chakras, snowballs, ha-ha’s and more

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The holidays are in the rear-view mirror, and so things are back to something resembling normal in the Twin Ports. For those looking to hit the ground running in 2015, there’s a lot out there to do. Take in an art opening at the Zeitgeist Arts Building, learn about MNsure and ARAC, see a locally-made film and head up to Lutsen for the Snowball Festival.

Over the weekend, check out some punk rock at the Red Star, learn about your Chakras, get a jazz fix from Maxi Childs and company, have a few ha-ha’s at Dubh Linn and celebrate those on the outskirts of things at the Fringe Festival.

Plenty to do, and, best of all, your chances of hearing a tinny version of “Jingle Bells” coming out of a speaker somewhere are virtually nil.

This Week: Old Man 2014 meets Baby 2015 and more

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

We’re in the home stretch of the holiday season. This week, there’s New Year’s Eve, and there’s everything else. First, the everything else — lots of concerts taking place: Dedric Clark and the Social Animals, Aurora Baer, Wolf Blood and Mary Cutrufello are all treading the boards at local venues.

Learn about the food you eat at the Zinema, see some Legos and play some Legos at the Library, skate on some open ice at the Heritage Center, get Fringe-y at Teatro Zuccone and enjoy some Ethiopian coffee and food at Jefferson People’s House.

Next, New Year’s Eve. Click right HERE to see the entire night’s menu of entertainment choices. Still growing at press time, there’s bound to be something for any reveler of any reveling style. From “subdued gathering” to “drunken blowout,” it’s all there.

This Week: Christmas, Christmas, Christmas and more

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

It’s Christmas week, so it’s basically your final chance to get out and get a cheer infusion. The lights are still up at Bentleyville, Glensheen and Fairlawn, and Rubber Chicken’s holiday revue is still kicking.

Post-holiday, there’s lots to do. Check out Teague Alexy and Low Forms at the Red Star on different evenings, and see stand-up and improv comedy to laugh away the post-holiday blues.

But the real news of the week, of course, is that you can park for free downtown on Christmas Day. So why not ditch your family, drive downtown, and just aimlessly park your car in various places over and over? It’s gotta be better than listening to Uncle Jim talk about his political views, surely. Surely.

This Week: lights, flicks, tunes and more

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

As Christmas is only ten days away, now’s the time to get out and gawk at the lights. Bentleyville, Glensheen, and Fairlawn are all up to full twinkle right about now, so peep the calendar to see when to schedule your visits.

Plenty of music on tap, this week — Sarah Krueger is releasing her latest album at the Red Herring, former Duluthian Haley Bonar is in town, and the Music Resource Center is holding an open-mic night for its students.

Add to this list a good amount of notable film events — there’s the Star Wars Holiday Special, an Iranian Vampire Western and a film where J.K. Simmons yells at a drummer until he cries — and you’ve got the makings of a pretty full pre-Christmas week.

Horses and Nerds

Tonight, I am home from the opening of the new art by Patricia Canelake at the Red Herring. This follows a great Nerd Nite last night.

The Canelake opening was awesome.

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The One Who Watches


The One Who Watches movie premiere tonight at Zinema 2 is sold out. The movie is available to stream or download at nicholassunsdahl.com. It will also show again Jan. 6 at the Zinema 2 Explorer’s Club and on Jan. 8 at the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis.

Duluth News Tribune: Duluth filmmakers hope audiences enjoy their first feature-length film

This Week: trains, brains, automobiles and more

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

On Monday, MnDOT is holding a public meeting on the Minnesota State Rail Plan. Get all the trains your brains can take.

Tuesday brings performances from the Brasil Guitar Duo, a little bit of magic at the West Duluth branch library, and the latest installment of Take it with You (which features the fresh-off-Prairie Home Companion Sarah Krueger, who also plays at the Red Herring, this week).

Charlie Parr’s a busy boy — in addition to appearing on the above Take it with You bill, he’s also doing this, this and this.

But perhaps the biggest event of the week is the revamped Christmas City of the North Parade, which will hit parts of Superior Street it hasn’t hit for the first time in over a decade. Add to this the Lake Superior Magazine 35th anniversary open house, the Northern Explorers gear swap and a long list of other events, and you’ve got plenty to tuck into.

This Week: elections, games, a tree, the Fagbug and more

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

Halloween is over, and it’s time to vote on Tuesday. Just don’t take the Oliver Bridge to get to your local polling place.

The games are afoot in the Twin Ports, with a Firefly-themed night, some Casual Magic happening at Dungeon’s End and Board Game Night and Casual Heroclix at Rogue Robot.

In diversity news, the Fagbug and its creator will be visiting to raise awareness of homophobia, And Baby Makes Seven is at the Dudley and the photography show Diversity opens at the Tweed.

Kick out the jams this week with Mary Bue, the “postmodern string” sounds of Hot Buttered Rum and Eisenstein meets Dosh at the Zinema.

Theater geeks should mark their calendars, as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opens at Teatro Zuccone and The Tempest continues at St. Scholastica.

Finally, now that your paper skeletons and ghosts are packed away, get a glimpse of a White-House-bound tree to get yourself in the mood for Christmas. Yes. It’s that time. Already.

This Week: scares galore, meatballs, lectures, flicks and more

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

Ghosties and ghoulies are in abundance, this week, as the scares get ramped up in anticipation of Halloween. Evil Dead: The Musical is in action at the Underground, Glensheen has a few days worth of chills planned for its Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular, and Gooseberry Falls is offering creepy campfire tales.

Saturday’s the biggest day for frights, with a Terror Train, a Field of Screams, a Corn Maze, and a Haunted Shack, among other terrifying delights. (And don’t forget about the Haunted Ship, of course.)

Not everything this week is of the scary variety, though: get some Swedish meatballs on Tuesday, hear Egyptian scholar Dalia Basiouny perform her one-woman show on Tuesday and lecture on Wednesday, celebrate five years of Zeitgeist Arts with a flick, and see the District 7A State Representative candidates square off on Tuesday.

This Week: ukuleles, fundraisers and some old-fashioned parading, dancing and crawling

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Why should you not throw a ukulele off the top of the Medical Arts Building? Because the Alworth Building is taller. Feel free to share your favorite ukulele joke in the comments. Get that out of your system, then check out Big Mama Lele at Red Mug on Tuesday and Savannah Smith at the Brewhouse on Friday.

There is never a shortage of organizations and individuals in need of a helping hand, and this week offers a tetralogy of options: On Thursday, the St. Louis County Historical Society holds its Culture & Cuisine fundraising event at the Depot while Clyde Iron Works hosts a benefit for Zeidan Zeidan, the former owner of Z’s Deli who has been diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. On Saturday, the Duluth Art Institute’s annual fine art auction will be held at the Kitchi Gammi Club and Mr. D’s hosts a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit Mary Rogers as she battles angiosarcoma.

As for general hoopla, Champ the Bulldog will truly be in his element on Thursday, the Minnesota Ballet begins its season Friday night, and there will be another zombie pub crawl on Saturday.

A bit of PDD shop talk to wrap things up: Lawrence Lee has exited as calendar editor and we’ll be announcing soon the identity of his successor. Cheers once again to Lawrence on two-and-a-half years of keeping us informed about the concerts, plays, lectures and other instances in which four or more people gather in our region.

We should also note that during this transition period we’ve fallen a bit behind in our work. If you’ve submitted an event to the calendar, please be patient. There is a backlog right now of over 300 events. We’ll get them in … eventually.

This week: debates, rivalry and belly dancing

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

As election day approaches here are some opportunities to see candidates discuss their views:

Want to learn Swedish? There are classes for beginners and intermediates at the Nordic Center starting this Tuesday.

Renegade Theater Company presents Grace, a play about an evangelical Christian couple having a crisis of faith, at the Teatro Zuccone on Thursday and it runs three weekends. There will be talk back sessions hosted by yours truly after the show on Thursdays.

Let your colors fly. The Duluth East Greyhounds host the Denfeld Hunters at Ordean Stadium on Friday.

Mystical Nights features area dancers at Weber Hall this Saturday.

There are also a few Halloween themed events this week, including Boo at the Zoo and a Zombie Pub Crawl.

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