Events Posts

Itasca Conversations: Tall Timber Days Festival


Dr. Lee Jess cuts a promo for Tall Timber Days, the 35-year-old festival he helped start in Grand Rapids. Video produced by A Plus B Productions.

This Week: Bonar, BBQ, baseball and more

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

There’s a seminar about voter engagement taking place at the Ordean Building, folks can get a hand in uncovering the roots of their family trees at the Duluth Public Library, veterans can receive assistance with looking for employment at the Minnesota Work Force Center, Haley Bonar comes to town to play the pier at Glensheen, rapper P.O.S. plays a micro show, PAVSA is selling BBQ and cupcakes to support their services and Anthony Bush talks baseball at the Depot.

A contemporary take on the original spoiled rich girl plays at Teatro Zuccone, famed comic Jerry Seinfeld stops at the DECC, The All Pints Eve Hootenanny is transpiring at Bent Paddle Brewing, Dem Atlas and Reflectivore play Pizza Luce, the Lake Superior Classic & Custom Boat Show lands at Barker’s Island, the 2016 All Pints North Summer Brew Fest is at Bayfront Park and the Rolling Thunder Reunion brings together musicians with Bob Dylan ties at Weber Music Hall.

Two Harbors Chalk.a.Lot


Amongst these magnificent works of sidewalk art from the Two Harbors Chalk.a.Lot this weekend is a tribute to Cloud Cult. Visit Sunday if you can. The art will still be awesome.

Sidewalk Days: Parklets, Pies, Pops; Meatless Meatballs and Mermaids


View of Sidewalk Days after dinner time, looking toward Lake Avenue from Superior Street.

So my friends and I wandered down to Sidewalk Days, a project of the Greater Downtown Council. For most of the day, Superior Street is closed from Lake Avenue to Fifth Avenue West. At night, like last night, the closure can extend all the way to Fond-du-Luth Casino and Greysolon Plaza.

We stopped at the parklet in front of Lake Superior BakehouseParklets take a few parking spots on the main drag and turn them into plywood green spaces. We (a group of nerds including Duluth’s own Nifty Nerd) were hunting for refreshment, and the Bakehouse had beverages and a blueberry cinnamon roll that was amazing. The woman staffing the table was kind enough to mention reading and liking an earlier essay I wrote. I blush to think that people read my work, but it was the tastiness of the treats that won our hearts.

This Week: baked goods, brews, Boku and more

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

Local vendors sell produce, baked goods and other items at the Hermantown Farmers Market, the Backpacker Magazine Get Out More Tour visits Trailfitters, Kenny Ahern brings his Kaleidoscope show back to the Duluth Public Library, folks can learn about whitetailed deer at Gooseberry Falls, brews and literature are paired up at the Red Herring Lounge, Boku Frequency plays as part of the Chester Creek Concert Series and an adaptation of one of the most beloved action films ever comes to the Zinema.

Downtown Duluth’s Sidewalk Days are happening once again, Red Mountain plays on the pier at Glensheen Mansion, Hermantown is the place to catch live music and grab some suds and grub, glam metal meets Broadway at the Duluth Playhouse, forty artists are featured in the Duluth Art Institute’s outdoor-painting festival, Lake Place Park is the site for two evenings of dance, the Hilltop Obstacle Fun Run goes down at Marshall School and the Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival returns.

This Week: the Fourth, fairs, farmers and more

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

It’s Independence Day, so that means there’s plenty to do, out there: the Mighty Thomas Carnival is offering midway thrills in the DECC parking lot, the Great American Picnic is taking place at Fitger’s, the Duluth Huskies baseball team is battling Willmar at Wade Stadium and the 2016 Fourth Fest offers up a full slate of music and tops it off with the region’s signature fireworks display.

Non-Fourth fun: the 2016 South St. Louis Country Fair, the Duluth Farmer’s Market, a marble-making class at Lake Superior Art Glass, Duluth MakerSpace’s Intro to Hand Plane class, the 2016 Spooner Rodeo, 21 poets reading 21-second-long poems at Duluth Art Institute, the Madeline Island Summer Film Series takes place all weekend, Glitteratti releases a CD, it’s plane-mania at the Duluth Airshow 2016, Trampled by Turtles play another big fat gig at Bayfront Park and it’s Mad Science at the Duluth Playhouse.

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How to support CASDA’s 2016 Golf Scramble


The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse‘s annual “Socks for Survivors” Golf Scramble is just over a month away. Even if you’re not a golfer, you can help ensure its success.

Happy Thirteenth Birthday to Us

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Perfect Duluth Day is thirteen years old today — Wednesday, June 29, 2016. The official celebration is at Vikre Distillery in Canal Park. Here’s a link to the Facebook invite. Come on down.

This Week: brewmeisters, books, blog birthdays and more

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

Wildwoods will share how it helps animals in need at the Duluth Public Library, the Duluth Transit Authority challenges people across the Northland to ride the bus to and from work during their annual breakfast, Gooseberry Falls is the place to learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps while hiking, local politicians will talk about what they are doing to help provide solutions to poverty in the area, immortal hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie are back up on the big screen to once again free Rosie LaRose from the evil Brewmeister Smith at the Zinema and the nerds are having a Nerd, Hot American Summer.

The Duluth Chamber of Commerce gives Vikre Distillery an opportunity to talk about their marketing strategies, Yoga North offers a six-week-long series of classes to beginners to yoga, Author Brian Freeman comes to Duluth to talk about why he sets his books here, the history of the soon-to-be-revived NorShor Theatre is discussed during the latest Zenith City on Tap event and the Scenic St. Louis River Railroad is again chugging away.

Oh, and your friendly neighborhood blog is celebrating its lucky thirteenth, too.

Submissions sought for cellphone photo show

Lets see what you see exhibit

The American Indian Community Housing Organization is accepting submissions for its upcoming cellphone photography exhibition titled Let’s See What You See. The only submission requirements are that the photos be taken with a cellphone and shot in Duluth and relate to Duluth.

To submit send a maximum of two images to letsseewhatyousee @ gmail.com. Submission deadline is July 1. The opening reception will be held July 15.

This Week: raptors, rockers, rhubarb and more

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The United Way kicks of its 21st Day of Caring, the Brothers Burn Mountain play as part of the Chester Creek Concert Series, the latest episode of Take it with You takes place at the Underground, the Superior Public Library is the place to learn about and meet a raptor, Moors & McCumber ushers in the 2016 Bayside Concert Series, Charlie Parr and Kyle Ollah raise money for the 310 Film Project and the comic opera Les Uncomfortables opens.

The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton and the Whos at the Duluth Playhouse, the 12th annual Chum Rhubarb Festival is the place for rhubarb burritos, the Far West Fest 2016 turns Gary-New Duluth into party central, the Park Point Art Fair returns with art and music and food, Duluth Celebrity Game Night goes down at the Underground and Andrew Kirov tapes the pilot episodes of his talk show Twin Ports Tonight.

Midnight Movies at 7 – New Film Series at Zinema 2


In August Zeitgeist Arts Cafe and the Duluth Film Collective are launching a new film series: Midnight Movies at 7. The series will focus on cult classics, genre favorites, and films that are so bad they’re great.

First up in the series is Miami Connection, a 1980s tale of ninjas, rock ‘n’ roll, and taekwondo. The film will screen for one night only: Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m.

This Week: worms, wildflowers, whippersnappers and more

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

There’s a public meeting on the Can of Worms reconstruction plans, people can learn how to use a hand plane at Duluth MakerSpace, the folks behind the upcoming WDSE documentary Lost Superior are looking for stories, the Trans+ support group is holding its biweekly meeting on Tuesday, Teague Alexy plays the first show of the 34th Chester Creek Concert Series and it’s again time for the monthly Minecraft event at the Duluth Public Library.

Wednesday is “no kids allowed” night at World of Wheels Skate Center in Superior, the Duluth Art Institute is saying “thank you” to its members via the annual Art Night Out, Bagley Nature Center is the place to be if you like hiking and/or wildflowers, and it’s Grandma’s Marathon Weekend — which is a great time to get your young whippersnapper involved in racing, or to see a bunch of local and national music acts.

Quiet (Singles) Night at the Depot

Duluth Singles Night at the Depot

I spent Wednesday night at the Depot.

It was singles night, a weekly event in June. The event included $1 Castle Danger beers and entertainment from DJ Trivia. The event included free tickets to local events from KQDS and some locally owned restaurants and some tickets to Tribute Fest (I won three — anyone want to go? I feel no desire to pay tribute to any of the bands being covered.). The highlight of the event: a package to Las Vegas.

Perfect Duluth Day Outdoor Summer Concert Primer 2016

Those who prefer the safe confines of walls and a sturdy roof can check out Kiss or the Beach Boys this summer at Amsoil Arena or David Liebe Hart at the Red Herring Lounge, but ’tis the season for music under canopies or wide open to the elements.

Bayfront Festival Park and Big Top Chautauqua are hosting the usual slew of major acts throughout the summer, along with local music being showcased through smaller concert series, such as the Chester Creek Concert Series and Bayside Sounds at Barker’s Island Pavilion. With multiple shows scheduled every week throughout the summer, it’s hard to choose which ones to make time for. Here’s a look at some 2016 outdoor concert highlights.

June 14
Teague Alexy
Chester Bowl Park
The Chester Creek Concert Series launches its 34th season with a performance by poetic rock musician Teague Alexy.

June 17
Grandma’s Marathon Big Top Opening Night
Canal Park
Multi-platinum rock band Smash Mouth headlines this year’s opening night to Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

June 18
Brandi Carlile
Big Top Chautauqua
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile makes her way back for another year at the Big Top stage.