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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

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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.

Project Homeless Connect seeking volunteer barbers/stylists

Four-hundred people are expected to participate in Project Homeless Connect on Oct. 15, and we are really short on volunteer barbers/stylists. PHC provides a range of free services, but the haircuts are one of the most popular. A clean cut means a world of difference to a person’s dignity and job prospects.

If you can help, please contact me at duluthcatholicworker @ gmail.com or 218-340-4356.

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This week: a park plan, a sex change and a spooky ship

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

Love Chester Park? Want to see the city’s “mini-master plan” for the park? Check it out and give your two cents on Tuesday at Myers-Wilkins.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical about glam rock and a botched sex change. It opens at the Undeground on Thursday and runs two weekends.

On the other end of the theater spectrum, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House opens at UMD on Friday and also runs two weekends.

The William A. Irvin once again becomes the Haunted Ship for the month of October starting on Friday. You can check out all of the Halloween related events on the calendar.

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

Adam Sippola launches Kickstarter for live looping album

Adam Sippola will be live looping it up at the Red Herring Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. There will be food, drinks at the bar, of course, and sounds provided by Sippola.

The purpose of the Kickstarter is to gather support and raise funding to record a live looping album at Sacred Heart Music Center during the fall and winter, and to create an album release concert event, also at Sacred Heart.

This week: making fun of Twilight and Bone Appetit returns

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

The place you recently chose as the best coffee house in Duluth will be celebrating our music scene all week by recording local musicians playing live. This is the 13th year of Beaner’s doing One Week Live, celebrating the shop’s 15 years in business. Festivities run tonight through Saturday.

Also celebrating 15 years is the Lester River Rendezvous at Lester Park on Saturday.

The folks from Renegade Improv heckle the movie Twilight at Zinema 2 for your amusement on Thursday.

In the theater scene, The Elephant Man opens at the Encore in Cloquet on Friday and runs two weekends and Wise Fool’s production of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at the Teatro Zuccone and the Playhouse’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors are both in their final weekend.

Bone Appetit is back for one night only in a reunion show at R. T. Quinlan’s on Saturday.

And if, after reading this, you think you can do this better, then please, take my job. No, really.

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

Upset Firefly Fans

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Lawrence Lee, Duane Rieck and Kay Rieck join the Upset Duluth ranks. (Photo by Clint Austin)

‘Firefly’ fans unite: Shindig for Joss Whedon show on tap this weekend

Job Opening: PDD Calendar Editor Version 3.0

Mr. Lawrence Lee, superhero editor of the PDD Calendar since April 2012, has announced his desire for fewer responsibilities. He is resigning his position, and will step down in October, when a qualified intrepid soul will be anointed to continue the mission. We promise not to turn the job interview process into a reality TV show, but we can’t say it won’t be competitive.

Follow this link to the PDD Employment page to read the job description.

During what will end up being a two-and-a-half-year stint, Lawrence will have presided over the publishing of more than 20,000 events in the calendar — and he didn’t even start getting bug eyed until a couple months ago. He plans to stay on as a contributor to the calendar, so the next person to join the ranks of PDD’s sterling staff will benefit from his wisdom and his ongoing efforts. That said, we will not accept a mere mortal taking over the reins. The bar has been set too high.

PAVSA Art Auction seeking donations

The Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault is seeking artwork for its annual Art Auction. PAVSA serves victims/survivors of sexual violence throughout southern St. Louis County, offering free services like advocacy, medical-forensic exams, therapy and support groups. The art auction, held every fall, is PAVSA’s largest fundraiser of the year. A wide variety of local art is auctioned off, with proceeds going toward PAVSA programs, which provide crucial services to the people the organization serves.

Painters, potters, jewelers, knitters, or those who would like to donate a gift certificate for a gift basket are encouraged to call the PAVSA office at 218-726-1442 during office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for more information. The deadline for art to be collected is the end of October.

Folks interested in attending the auction should mark their calendars for Friday, Nov. 14, for an elegant evening of art, dinner, live entertainment, community ally awards and more. All proceeds benefit PAVSA’s programs and the healing services they provide for survivors of sexual violence.

This week: bamboo blasting, browncoats and balloons (maybe)

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

Summer isn’t over yet! Know how I know? Road construction is still going on! There are bridges out and roads closed. And while I’m on the subject, does anyone else who sees these construction signs marked “ITS” start humming Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March“? No? Just me?

On Tuesday you can join the Parks and Rec folks for Invasive Bamboo Blasting, which needs to be a band name or a game I can play on my iPhone. Someone get on that now.

Always wanted to learn to speak Norwegian? You can get your start at the Nordic Center this Wednesday.

Wise Fool Shakespeare opens its season with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing on Friday at the Teatro Zuccone. The show runs for two weekends.

And there is plenty of festing to be done this weekend with the Chester Bowl Fall Fest, Oktoberfest, Hawk Weekend Festival at Hawk Ridge and Le Festival des Montgolfières à Duluth (otherwise known as the “Where are the damn balloons?” festival).

And, for all you Browncoats out there, there’s gonna be a gorram Shindig at Glensheen mansion on Sunday with dancing and the world premier of a Firefly-themed spaceship bridge simulator. Shiny.

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

Getting to Fall Fest

Saturday, September 20th is the date for the 30th annual Fall Fest in Chester Park. Rain Date is Sunday the 21st. With construction happening right outside the park entrance, getting to Fall Fest will be a little different this year.

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If you’re not walking to Chester Bowl that day, everyone is strongly encouraged to park and take the free shuttle buses from UMD’s Lot B, next to the Administration building, at College & University. (See map) Road and bridge repairs continue immediately west of the Chester Bowl Park entrance thereby limiting access to just the eastern entrance. Pedestrians can enter from the east side, but Skyline Parkway will also be closed to cars from the east starting at Kent Road on the day of the event. Parking is prohibited along Skyline Parkway after Kent Road.

PDD will be at Fall Fest again this year in our luxurious canopy, giving away stickers, selling t-shirts, and whatever other shenanigans we devise between now and next Saturday. Look for us next to the playground.

What is “In the Park After Dark” and why is it held before dark?

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