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This week: tupperware, bear hunting and drag racing

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

A note to all bears who might be reading, today is not a good day to be a bear, but it is a good day for parking.

The YMCA and Yoga North are both having weeklong open houses and free classes and such to kick off their fall seasons.

Michael Perry will be doing readings from his new YA novel, “The Scavengers,” at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday.

Twin Ports Stage opens Sealed for Freshness at the UWS Manion Theater on Thursday and it runs for two weekends.

Renegade is well known for their short form improv. This week you can see some of your favorite improv artists tackle long form improv, building an evening’s worth of entertainment with just a suggestion or two from the audience, at the Teatro Zuccone on Friday and Saturday.

Pride has ended with its drag shows, but there’s going to be drag racing on Garfield Ave. this next weekend. We really should combine the two events, don’t you think?

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

This week: singing vampires, gay pride and football

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

You have your choice of geekery tonight with the Doctor Who Peter Capaldi era debuting at Marcus Cinema and Zinema 2 offering a Joss Whedon Sing Along hosted by the Zenith City Browncoats and some local online calendar editor.

Pride Festival is this weekend, running Thursday through Sunday, and opens with the Mayor’s Reception at the Depot. The celebration includes an art exhibit with a Friday opening at Zeitgeist and a 5K run on Saturday.

School hasn’t started yet, but the Denfeld Hunters have their football season opener on Thursday at Public Schools Stadium as they host the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets.

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

Volunteers wanted for fixit clinic in September

Duluth Technology Co. is organizing a fixit clinic, modeled after one held in Minneapolis this summer. We would like to make the fixit clinics a regular occurrence, but the very first one is also going to be a grand opening event for Duluth Technology Co.

This week: it’s going to be loud

  

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

There is a Freedom of Information workshop at the library tonight, hosted by Public Record Media.

The Head of the Lakes Fair opens on Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds.

Duluth native, De’Lon Grant, is back from touring to do a one-man cabaret at the Teatro Zuccone on Wednesday.

On Thursday the Leap Frogs (the U.S. Navy Seals Parachute Landing Team) will be landing in the parking lot of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.

Tribute Fest, a celebration of cover bands and very loud music, emanates from Bayfront Park Friday and Saturday.

There will also be loud things in the sky this weekend with the Duluth Airshow, running Saturday and Sunday.

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

Doctor Who Fundraising

Doctor Who, which is $2,800 for Series 7, may be still coming to Duluth TV, but your involvement is needed! I would like to form a group of volunteers who are willing to work to make this happen! This group would likely meet every other week.

This week: a rock cabaret, a pop opera and derby-o-rama

  

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

The Found Footage Film Festival is at Zinema 2 tonight, featuring VHS finds from rummage sales and thrift stores.

On Tuesday George Sherman (president of Sherman Associates) and Christine Seitz (director of the Duluth Playhouse) talk about Restoring the NorShor Theater at the Kitchi Gammi Club.

Renegade presents Things to Ruin, a rock cabaret, at the Teatro Zuccone starting Thursday and running three weekends. Also opening on Thursday at The Underground is Bare: A Pop Opera, running two weekends.

Head down to the DECC this weekend to see some world class roller derby as teams from all over the U.S. (and beyond) compete in the WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs hosted by our own Harbor City Roller Dames. Competition starts on Friday and runs through Sunday.

For the festival lovers out there, this weekend is the Bike Duluth Festival and the Hoghead Festival in Proctor.

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

This week: drunken civics, singing swedes and murderous danes

  

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

It’s a town hall meeting with booze! Mayor Don Ness is holding his first “town hall forum” at The Underground tonight with a cash bar because, in the words of our mayor, “serving alcohol will definitely increase the likelihood of complete disaster… It’ll be like nascar, everybody shows up hoping for a huge crash.” Sounds promising.

Tuey Wilson, comic juggler, performs at the Duluth Public Library on Tuesday on the outdoor stage, and, if it’s anything like his show at the Renaissance Festival, it is  not to be missed. Especially if he pulls out his “flaming beanie of death.”™

The Karl Oskar Choir (from our sister city, Växjö, Sweden) will be singing at Lake Place Park on Wednesday. Umlauts for everyone!

Hamlet and Thoroughly Modern Millie open at the Duluth Playhouse on Thursday and Friday. These two plays are being done in rep with the cast of one show operating as the crew for the other show. This is the product of the Playhouse Summer Teen Intensive Program. Last year they produced Metamorphoses which many people on this blog, you may remember, voted as the best play produced in Duluth all year.

The Bayfront Blues Festival runs this weekend, Friday through Sunday. You can see it at Bayfront Park or hear it from practically anywhere within 5 miles of downtown.

You may or may not be able to hear the Blues Fest at the first annual Lake Superior Art Festival at Brighton Beach on Saturday. Someone will just have to try it out.

Sunday is the last game of the regular season for the Duluth Huskies at Wade Stadium. They face off against the St. Cloud Rox.

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

This week: going viral, making a bed and crying doves

  

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

I’m back from my three week sojourn. Thanks to Hallie and Paul for holding down the fort while I was gone!

What’s it like to go viral? Hannah Hudson discusses the ups and downs at the Duluth Photography Institute tonight.

You know how your mom always told you to make your bed? Now you can make beds for other folks at the Steve O’Neil Apartments. There’s a bed build session in a shop in Hermantown on Tuesday.

Spirit Valley Days kicks off on Wednesday and runs through Sunday. The first day features Bill Bastian, a Miss West Duluth Pageant and a Classic Car Show.

Red Herring marks the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain with a viewing, “unpretentious film analysis” and a dance party afterwards on Thursday.

The Two Harbors Kayak Festival runs Friday through Sunday with events operating out of Burlington Bay in Two Harbors.

And, in case you aren’t getting outdoors enough, the 28th annual Brewhouse Triathlon is 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: Festival season in full force

Pretty much everything happening this time of year is part of a festival or concert series, so as we highlight items this week from the PDD Calendar, we’ll just pretend everything is part of a festival, even if it isn’t.

The Bayside Sounds concert series continues on Wednesday with
North Shore Sounds and Superior Singers performing at Billings Park in Superior. Earlier in the day, the Brothers Burn Mountain play a lunchtime gig as part of Lake Place Summer Sounds in Duluth. The Wednesday Night at the Races events for the kiddos begin on Wednesday as well.

On Friday there’s the Free Range Film Festival, Movies in the Park, the Current broadcasting live from the opening of Endion Station Public House and hosting a concert featuring Low at the Red Herring Lounge as part of CurrentFest, and the bars on North Tower Avenue host a Grand Reopening Celebration as part of the Superior’s Downtown Strip Isn’t Under Construction Anymore Festival.

Saturday events include the All Pints North Summer Brew Fest, the Board Across the Bay Race and Festival, Carlton Daze and the Mudman Race as part of Extreme Obstacle Course Daze.

And calendar editor Lawrence Lee should be back on the job at any moment, beginning PDD’s Back to Normal Fest.

This week: TBT on TV, Fractals on a soccer field and Todd Eckart in a parking lot

A system of unseasonably cool air is expected to roll in today, but the various summer festivals will be every bit as fun while you are wearing jackets and long pants. Here come the highlights from the PDD Calendar.

The week starts as every week should — with a hardcore heavy metal concert at a Christian indoor skate park. Colossus, Conveyer, Strengthen What Remains, Lessons and Heart’s Bane all perform at the Encounter on Monday. You can choose instead to hang out in a wood shop and make beds for the needy, so there are at least two places to wear a sleeveless shirt this week.

Tuesday night the Chester Creek Concert Series continues with a performance by the Formal Age. Later in the evening, at Tycoons Alehouse, the Adam Booker Group will be playing jazz versions of Trampled by Turtles songs. Why? For fun, that’s why. But also because the hometown heroes are releasing a new album and appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman again.

This week: street parties, Greek food and Bob’s Burgers

  

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

Comic Andy Kindler comes to the Teatro Zuccone stage tonight followed by a Q&A and screening of two episodes of “Bob’s Burgers” downstairs at Zinema 2.

I can’t make her love me if she don’t, but Bonnie Raitt plays the Big Top on Tuesday.

The musical Pippin, presented by Lundeen Productions, opens on Wednesday at Harbor City and runs three weekends.

Sidewalk Days are going on downtown starting on Wednesday and closing with a big street dance on Saturday. And if you haven’t been walking on closed off streets enough for one week, you can Meet in the Streets in Lincoln Park on Sunday.

Movies in the Park starts its new season Friday night with Brave at Leif Erikson Park. (Note: This event has been postponed.)

On Saturday Greece comes to Marshall and craft beer goes to Lutsen.

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

This week: soccer, brits, fireworks and sad songs

  

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

Sure, the World Cup is going on in Brazil, but it’s Sweden vs. U.S.A. right here in Duluth when a bunch of teenagers from our sister city, Växjö, Sweden, play soccer against some of our kids at Stebner Park today through Wednesday.

It’s the season for outdoor concerts. St. Anyway plays at Chester Bowl on Tuesday as part of the Chester Creek Concert series and Hairball plays Bayfront on Thursday.

You can celebrate the July 4th weekend with a British invasion by watching a special screening of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night at Zinema 2 on Friday and then see American English, a Beatles tribute band, at Big Top Chautauqua on Saturday.

Of course, there’s a big concert and fireworks down at Bayfront on Friday.

How do you deal with a break up? Well, if you’re Rachael Kilgour you sing sad songs and invite people to a concert at the Teatro Zuccone 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: tapas, happy trees and cake

  

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

Today is the grand opening of the Spirit Room, a tapas bar in Superior, so watch your diction when you tell people where you’re going. Say it with me: “TAHP-ahs bar.” Very good.

You can get all civic minded on Tuesday with the Healthy Duluth Ideas Festival at the Zeitgeist or give your input on a proposed dog park in Observation Park at the Washington Center.

You can paint along with Bob Ross at The Underground on Wednesday. Yes, the DAI staff knows Bob Ross is dead, but thanks to the miracle of technology, we can still paint happy little trees with him forever.

Learn about not eating meat one day a week with Intro to Meatless Mondays at the Library on Thursday. (Pro tip: This can be accomplished by not eating meat one day a week.)

The Right to Consciousness exhibit at Trepanier Hall opens on Friday featuring art by Rabbet Before Horses Strickland and a whole lot of music.

It’s like a homecoming! Trampled by Turtles, Haley Bonar, Low and Doomtree play Bayfront Park on Saturday. I’m sure it will be summer by then. Right?

And the-Little-Blog-that-Could turns eleven on Sunday with a party at Carmody. Come for cake, awkward conversations with people you only know by their PDD gravatars, and a PDD themed pub quiz hosted by yours truly.

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

This week: racism, expressionism and marathon-ism

  

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

Pause to reflect on the violence inherent in the system today with a memorial service on the 94th anniversary of the lynching of Clayton, Jackson and McGhie and then go to a presentation by Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle on her book, The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota, at Fitger’s.

Cult, filmed in Duluth last summer, gets its public premier at Zinema 2 on Tuesday.

Renegade Theater‘s Red, a play about the expressionist painter, Mark Rothko, opens on Thursday at the Teatro Zuccone, with improv darling Jody Kujawa playing the lead. It runs two weekends.

Thursday also marks the opening of the 117th season of the Two Harbors City Band playing in the Band Shell at Thomas Owens Park. There’s a Simple Supper before each Thursday evening concert lovingly prepared at the United Church across the street.

Also on Thursday, you can go hear Perfect Duluth Day regular, Heidi Bakk-Hansen, talk about “The Notorious Madam Gain and the Red Light Ladies of St. Croix Avenue” at The Underground.

It’s Grandma’s Marathon weekend, and that means music, music, music, more music and yet more music in and around Canal Park. And, of course, there’s always Jazz at the Toga.

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

This week: books, opera, baseball and roller derby

  

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

There’s a fundraiser today at Lighthouse at Emily’s for Kendall’s Smokehouse which had a bit too much smoke a few weeks ago and needs to make repairs. If you plan on going farther up the shore, though, be mindful of road restrictions on Highway 61.

The Duluth Public Library Book Sale is this week with a presale for Friends of the Library on Tuesday, then the general public gets to see what’s left on Wednesday. It concludes with a bag sale on Friday.

Duluth Huskies baseball is in full swing this week with four home games Tuesday through Friday at Wade Stadium. In other sports action, the Harbor City Roller Dames have a double header this Saturday at the DECC to conclude their 2013-14 season.

Ring of Fire, featuring the music of Johnny Cash, opens at The Underground on Thursday and runs two weekends and LOON‘s Don Pasquale has only two performances at Lincoln Park Middle School on Thursday and Saturday of this week.

The Formal Age release a new album at Red Star on Friday, sharing the bill with Wino, WI and Turbo Rathvon.

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