Events Posts

This Week: famous bass players, organs, boat-ghosts and more

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

Lake-themed artwork is up for viewing this evening in the Zeitgeist atrium, Duluthians can hear from their City Council candidates, there’s an 80’s Dance Party at the Red Herring, UW-Superior is looking to help address bullying, UMD Theatre begins its 2015 season with Spoon River and Gruesome Playground Injuries can be seen by the public at the Underground.

The Halloween season is officially upon us with the opening of the Haunted Ship, pop-music wizards speak at UMD, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (!) comes to town to talk about ranked-choice voting, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra scores The Wizard of Oz, that industrial band from The Crow plays R.T. Quinlan’s, it’s BradToberFest time, again and Sacred Heart is tending to its organ.

Community Connect seeking volunteer stylists

Community Connect is seeking volunteer hair stylists and massage therapists. We are especially in need of stylists experienced with African heritage hair. If you are able to help, please email duluthcommunityconnect@gmail.com or call Loaves and Fishes at 218-724-2054.

Community Connect is a twice yearly event that connects people experiencing poverty and homelessness with housing, hygiene, IDs, employment, drug/alcohol treatment, voter registration, outdoor survival gear, child care and other vital services. Between 300 and 400 people are expected to attend the fall Community Connect on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gimaajii Building, 202 W. Second St.

Free Train Rides


There are two opportunities to enjoy free train rides on the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad on Sept. 23. Departures are at 2 and 6 p.m. The century-old coaches have capacity for 130 riders each trip, so arrive early! More info on the PDD Calendar and Facebook.

This Week: Zoo boozin’, bench buildin’, Minecraftin’ and more

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

Beaner’s Central kicks off another week of live music that leads to an annual compilation album, Spike Carlsen chats about writing while he builds a bench, Choice, Unlimited is throwing an arts showcase at Clyde Iron, people can drink wine at the Zoo, kids can Minecraft with their peers at the Library and the Minnesota Ballet is having a ball.

The new Tobey Maguire flick opens at the Zinema, the ninth-annual Grand Traverse hike/run event takes place, the 16th annual Lester River Rendezvous recreates the fur-trading days, Artcetera 2015 lands at the DECC, Legacy Glassworks celebrates half a decade in operation with a big concert and Twin Cities “it” band Hippo Campus comes to the Red Herring.

2015-2016 Duluth-area Theater Primer

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Theater season is upon us, and the Duluth/Superior area has you covered. There are a variety of shows happening every month, ranging from comedy to drama and something for the kiddos.

This Week: voting, rocking, ballooning and more

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

It’s primary time, Take it With You returns to the Underground with a Chaperone Records-heavy ep, John Mark Nelson and Mary Bue play the Red Herring, the show The Foreigner opens at the Playhouse, Unplugged XIV gets underway in Grand Marais and John Prine plays the DECC.

Le Festival des Montgolfières à Duluth 2015 — that’s a hot-air balloon festival for the non-French, out there — hits Bayfront Festival Park, R.T. Quinlan’s bar celebrates 25 years in action with a two-day music slate, kids can sleep amongst the animals at the Zoo, Dancing at Lughnasa continues at Teatro Zuccone, the 2015 Chester Bowl Fall Fest happens and so does the NorthShore Inline Marathon.

Jason Wussow cuts a promo for One Week Live 2015


This Week: chili, lotsa music, fresh produce and more

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

The 2015 United Way Chili Cook-Off is heating up the DECC, the Duluth Art Institute is opening three new exhibitions, a man named Achilles will play his trombone at Weber Music Hall, Tony Dierckins presents his book on the famed Congdon estate, the Twin Ports Bridge Festival hits Bayfront Park and George Thorogood will bring his message of bad-to-the-boneness to Black Bear Casino.

Instrumental post-rockers Portrait of a Drowned Man and three other bands will rock R.T. Quinlan’s, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra kicks off its latest season, the Engwalls Corn Maze opens to the public, the 2015 Lake Superior Harvest Festival is happening at Bayfront, 5k runners get stuff thrown at them during the UV Splash Color Dash and Big Top Chautauqua folds up their tent for the season.



Sharon Needles at Bayfront Park during the Duluth Superior Pride Festival.

This Week: festival madness, bears, senators and more

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

Senator Amy Klobuchar comes to Barnes & Noble for a book-signing and reading, Yoga North celebrates their 20th anniversary with a week of free classes, bear-hunting season gets underway, the Superior Telegram turns 125 and Hedwig comes back to the Duluth stage, Angry Inch in tow.

UMD’s RSOP program is having an open house to show off all the gear they rent out and more, the new Noah Baumbach film opens at the Zinema 2, the annual Duluth Superior Pride Festival is taking place all day on Saturday (and so is the Super Big Block Party) and the Duluth Armory Music Festival is the big event on Sunday.

Tribute Fest Weekend Review

I’m sure many Duluthians overheard the vibrating sounds that echoed from Bayfront Park this weekend, considering Mayor Don Ness received a handful of tweets regarding how loud the music was. Yes, the music was a little loud, but the bands that played brought a lot of energy, and it was all for a good cause.

This Week: bands galore, kids and cops, centennials and more

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

The Head of the Lakes Fair gets underway in Superior, the DPD meets with families in West Duluth, Access Music Therapy is having a grand opening, Blue Canvas Orchestra plays Big Top Chautauqua and the last River Rovers Nature Playgroup takes place in Billings Park.

John Gorka plays Amazing Grace, Movies in the Park is showing Disney’s Planes, the Northern Isolation festival is putting a ton of punk and hardcore bands up over three days, a man by the name of Jerome plays Teatro Zuccone, Kurtfest brings 40 bands to Eveleth and Lower Chester is having a centennial celebration.

This Week: mini-golf, nerds, dragon boats and a Celebration of Life

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

Play a round of putt-putt to support Superior’s Old Firehouse, Vivielle releases their new album at the Red Herring, kids can make foil art at the Duluth Public Library, the latest episode of Take It With You is going down at the Underground, the Nerds are having another Nite at Teatro Zuccone and people with antiques can get them appraised at the Depot.

Kids 7 to 17 can get involved in sports activities at the Heritage Center, the comedy Over the River and Through the Woods opens at StageNorth in Washburn, the dragon boats are back at Barker’s Island in Superior and local DJ Edgewood Smith is remembered in a concert that will feature Low and more.

This Week: fruits, veggies, pies, meat and more

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

Farmers’ market season chugs along, with markets in Hermantown, Superior and downtown Duluth, Duluth MakerSpace is having a kids’ clothesmaking class, Randy Lee’s Big Time Jazz Orchestra plays the last of Superior’s Bayside Sounds concert series, Martin Zellar hits the Red Herring and Lord Stanley’s Cup is on display at Amsoil Arena.

William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and the similarly pie-concerned Sweeney Todd are both going up at the Duluth Playhouse, the Grill Wars of 2015 will be fought at Bayfront Park, the art fair Art in Bayfront Park will hit the same location and the Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival gets underway at Spirit Mountain.

This Week: blues, boomboxes, baseball, brews and more

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

A cheery celebration of the music of misery lands at Bayfront Festival Park for the 27th time: the three-day Bayfront Blues Festival takes place, this weekend.

Also happening: John Cusack hoists his boombox of love, Brandi Carlile hits the Big Top, the National Night Out is city-wide on Tuesday, Spirit Valley Days are afoot in West Duluth on Wednesday through Sunday, there’s a talk about baseball at Karpeles Manuscript Museum to go with their current exhibit and Eastland: A New Musical sets sail at Teatro Zuccone.

Beers and the symphony orchestra meld together at Great Lakes Aquarium, the Two Harbors Kayak Festival is happening up northways, the Superior Downtown Summerfest is taking over Tower Avenue, the St. Louis River Alliance is holding their annual canoe and kayak tour and you don’t have to be an animal to run like one at the Lake Superior Zoo.