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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUJF4_Bx2Gg

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.

This Week: baseball, breastfeeding, Blitzen Trapper and more

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Painter Moira Villard’s work gets a show and an opening reception at the Zeitgeist Arts Building, the Duluth Huskies baseball club faces off against St. Cloud at Wade Stadium, La Leche League International holds its monthly evening discussion about breastfeeding, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and City Councilor Em Westerlund invite the public to a community listening session, Pete Fest 2016 kicks off five nights of music with an open mic and roast and Blitzen Trapper returns to Duluth with a show at the Red Herring.

The Tweed Museum of Art holds a grand reopening celebration, the fifth-annual Bash for Boobies softball tournament takes place, a film in which Colin Farrell tries to avoid becoming a crustacean opens at the Zinema, guitarist Darin Bergsven performs, the Red Herring Lounge celebrates two years in operation with two nights stuffed full of music, people are encouraged to Take a Kid Fishing this weekend and Big Top Chautauqua celebrates 30 years of existence.

Duluth-based trilogy on Kindle

zwonk book cover littleMy brother Allen and I are releasing three interrelated novellas set in Duluth, on Kindle. The first one is available now, Menno Zwonk: Amish Outlaw. Here’s the blurb we wrote for it: “A savage dystopian satire featuring Menno Zwonk, a larger-than-life Amish outlaw and big game hunter. Zwonk is locked in perpetual struggle with a closet-zoophiliac vegan animal rights activist, and an underground lesbian separatist organic farm. Meanwhile biotech has run amok and the fate of the world might be decided in Zwonk’s roadhouse restaurant outside Duluth, Minnesota. Ultraviolent, dirty, and hilarious, this book is as much a diabolical foodie novel as it is outrageous action tale.” Not for the faint of heart. Yes this work has been excerpted in the Transistor over many years. Stay tuned for pt 2 “Novelty Theater,” and pt 3 “The Guys Who Never Stop Fighting.” These books are action/adventure-science/fantasy with literary pretensions. But more than anything they may be seen as love letters to Duluth MN, where these ideas and characters gestated. Social Media: Menno Zwonk Facebook page, The Richardson Bros Facebook page.

This Week: fishing, farmers, funny business and more

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It’s Memorial Day, and the annual West Duluth parade is happening (as is the Gary-New Duluth Veterans’ Memorial Ceremony), James Taylor comes to town on Wednesday to do his chilled-out thing, the five-day Duluth-Superior Film Festival gets underway, former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak stops at Fitger’s to discuss and sign his new book, the play Annapurna opens at the Duluth Playhouse and Neil Young tribute act Tired Eyes is out there jamming the classics.

The 18th annual Arrowhead Arts Awards take place in Grand Marais, Renegade Improv is the place for on-the-spot laffs, local anglers are raising money for ALS, the Duluth and Barker’s Island farmer’s markets are in full effect, Animal Allies holds its Walk for Animals 2016 event and the Underground is the place for Music for All.

This Week: Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and more

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It’s Dylan Fest all week long, and there is no shortage of daily Bob-centric stuff to see and hear. There’s an art opening at Red Mug Coffeehouse in Superior, a new volume of the Duluth Does Dylan series of albums is released during a big ole blowout concert and the Blood on the Tracks express is again ready to rock and roll. And that’s just a few of the things that are going down.

In other, non-Dylan news, people can attend an open house on Superior Street reconstruction plans, Zenith City Cabaret is back in action with its monthly show, the Maxi Childs Trio is out there doing its jazzy-pop thing, comedy titan Louie Anderson stops in town to dispense some hilarity, the public is invited to tour a UMD research vessel, Club Saratoga is the place for Saturday jazz and polka juggernaut Chmielewski Funtime Band swings by Cloquet to school fools in how it’s done.

Volunteers needed for local film festival

Duluth Superior Film Festival 2016 PosterThe seventh annual Duluth Superior Film Festival delivers film, music and art to the Twin Ports region June 1-5. In its short history, the festival has presented a distinctively imaginative and diverse lineup of international, American independent and regional films.

To help maintain the merriment, volunteers are needed.

This Week: bikes, books, whiskey and wind

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People can get a bit of watercolor instruction at Duluth MakerSpace, Take it With You returns for its monthly go-round, there’s a free drop-in clinic for veterans at the Depot, young-adult author Ann Treacy discusses and signs her new book at Fitger’s, former Duluth Mayor Don Ness speaks at the latest TED at the Teatro event, the Duluth Art Institute is looking for volunteers to help with various projects and Bob Matson is the latest history person that folks can lunch with.

Life House holds its third “Night to Shine” event at Greysolon Ballroom, Minneapolis indie darlings the Honeydogs perform at the Red Herring, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson embarks upon her first Mayor’s Bike Ride, it’s Whiskey Galore at Dubh Linn, “Duluth’s best lake party” is happening at Glensheen Mansion, the kids’ production The Wind in the Willows opens at UWS’ Manion Theater and the Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community looks to raise funds with a big party.

This Week: Randy and Lahey, smelt, Homegrown shots and more

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Superior Public Library is the place to learn about how to assist an orphaned or injured wild animal, individual Homegrown Festival journeys are documented in a photography show at the Red Herring, Duluth mayor Emily Larson and councilman Gary Anderson hold the latest in their series of community listening sessions, the John Frankenheimer classic The Manchurian Candidate screens in an all-new 4K restoration at the Zinema, it’s Adult Night at World of Wheels Skate Center and Randy and Mr. Lahey of the cult television comedy Trailer Park Boys bring their greasy hijinks to Clyde Iron.

The Duluth Junk Hunt showcases all things antique, vintage and repurposed, the cartooning of Chris Monroe comes to life at the Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theater, Bent Paddle Brewing Co. celebrates three years in operation with lotsa bands and lotsa food, kids can learn the ins and outs of Ultimate Frisbee at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, it’s time for the costumes and puppets of the annual smelt parade and the roaring of the engines has once again commenced in Proctor.

This Week: some music festival or something is happening

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Also, the Homegrown Festival kicks off the month of May with an entire week of music madness that is sure to shock, titillate and delight.

The third annual Veterans’ Expo takes place at UWS, Tucker the Turtle makes a stop at the Superior Public Library to help kids learn to cope with life’s frustrations, the annual Taste of the North fundraiser happens at Superior Shores, the scientist who coined the term “dark energy” gives a virtual presentation at Alworth Planetarium, the Denfeld Alumni Association holds its 4th annual beer and wine tasting, a Community Baby Shower takes place at WITC, there’s stand-up comedy at Dubh Linn Irish Pub and Fairlawn Mansion is offering half-price tours for Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Thirsty Pagan opens new beer garden

Kelsey Picek and Allyson Rolph at the Thirsty Pagan beer garden

Kelsey Picek and Allyson Rolph in the Thirsty Pagan beer garden

Beginning this weekend, Twin Ports beer lovers have another option for outdoor imbibing. Thirsty Pagan Brewing’s new beer garden held its soft opening on Friday. The brewpub at 1623 Broadway in Superior is known for its tasty brews and delectable deep-dish pizzas.

The beer garden occupies a space behind the building that is fully fenced and can be accessed via the parking lot. It features several oversized picnic tables and can seat about 25 people with standing room for about 25 more.