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This week: smelt queens, well dressed vikings and a really big chicken »

  

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

Let’s start at the end of the week and address the 800 pound chicken in the room. Homegrown starts Sunday with over 200 bands playing in dozens of venues. A special edition of the Pub Quiz at Carmody (written by yours truly) kicks off the festival. I’ll give you an inside tip, dear reader: Homegrown Field Guides will not be permitted to be open during the quiz.

The Run Smelt Run Parade is also this Sunday and there are three workshops this week for volunteers to help get the smelt queen ready.

Learn about “The Well Dressed Viking” from Dr. Stefan Guttormsson on Wednesday at the Nordic Center. Where else?

Damn Yankees opens at UMD this Thursday and runs two weekends.

Zinema 2 continues their series of silent films with a live soundtrack with Fugitive scoring Fritz Lang’s Metropolis on Friday and Saturday.

The Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop is Saturday with a free bus shuttling participants all over the Twin Ports.

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

This week: Dessa and the Marx Brothers »

  

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

Tonight at UMD, Rachel Lloyd, author of “Girls Like Us,” talks about sex trafficking in America. This was rescheduled from an earlier date due to weather. Imagine that.

Live radio broadcasts are becoming quite the thing lately. Have you noticed? Take it With You premiers locally with a live show at The Underground on Tuesday.

Do you have junk in your trunk? Get it appraised at The Depot on Wednesday.

Trivia Mafia on Thursdays at Pizza Lucé joins the throng of live trivia games around the area, including Geeks Who Drink on Wednesdays at Red Star, Battle of the Sexes Trivia (also on Wednesdays) at Dubh Linn and the Pub Quiz at Carmody on Sundays.

Dessa graces the stage at the Rex on Friday.

Rubber Chicken continues its periodic series of live reads of movie scripts with a Live Read of A Night at the Opera featuring LOON‘s Sarah Lawrence and Cal Metts at The Underground 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: Don Ness vs. Jim Carlson »

  

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

The public schools are on “spring break” this week and there’s open ice skating, kickball, lacrosse and more at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center and movies (including Catching Fire and 47 Ronin) at the Public Library this week.

Eat Downtown Week, with its prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at participating restaurants, ends this Friday.

Hero/Villain/Savior/Scoundrel is an exhibition of portraits featuring Don Ness and Jim Carlson by various local artists. It opens at the Zeitgeist on Thursday.

Think of it as a catered yoga sing-along. There will be a Kirtan at Beaner’s Central on Friday.

Inuksuit” is an environmental musical piece in which 66 musicians will be spread over the grounds of Glensheen Mansion and the audience wanders through the piece. This happens on Saturday.

Daniel Tobin performs “An Iliad: A One-Man Odyssey” at Mitchell Auditorium on Sunday.

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

2014 Duluth Homegrown Field Guide »

Read the 2014 Duluth Homegrown Field Guide online as a flip-through magazine. Band profiles, full schedule and lots of choice Homegrown deets.

Duluth Homegrown Music Fest Field Guide

2014 Duluth Homegrown Field Guide

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Homegrown Field Guide 2014 is out! »

The Homegrown Music Festival Field Guide 2014 is lukewarm off the presses. Most of them are in stacks of boxes at the Chicken Shack, 207 E. Superior St., and will be distributed around town in the coming days. As of 2:30 p.m. Friday there was one box at the Electric Fetus, so you might be able to grab a copy there at this very moment.

Helmet Cam: Shark Pilot, Diorama-rama »

What the Shark Pilot Helmet Cam saw.

This week: mystery, absurdism and eating »

  

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

Eat Downtown Week (which actually goes for 12 days) starts today with $10 and $20 prix fixe meals at participating restaurants.

You still have time to get your car ready for the Pinewood Derby at Carmody Irish Pub on Tuesday.

Sam Cook is the keynote speaker at the Duluth Parks and Recreation Annual Meeting at Spirit Mountain on Wednesday.

The Hounds of Baskerville is a staged reading of a Sherlock Holmes mystery at Glensheen Mansion Thursday through Saturday.

Endgame, an absurdist play by Samuel Becket, opens at CSS on Friday and runs two weekends.

Drink beer and support the Jaycees at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest this Saturday at UWS.

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

Images from Diorama-rama 6 »

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Images from Diorama-rama 5 (2012)
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Diorama-rama (2008)

Duluth Superior Film Festival seeks volunteers »

This is a very exciting year for the Duluth Superior Film Festival, as it is our fifth anniversary. We have some excellent films lined up (as usual), and some exciting guests. You might have read about Patty Duke’s planned attendance for our screening of You’ll Like My Mother, which was filmed in Duluth in 1972, as well as a return of Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will and Patty Duke’s son), who is attending this year as a juror. If not, here is the report from the Northland’s NewsCenter: Patty Duke expected at fifth annual Duluth Superior Film Festival

This is a big year for us, and because we value our volunteers tremendously and will be needing all hands on deck, we are excited to be able to provide lifetime film festival passes (and sweet access to special events) as a thank you to this year’s volunteers. We’ll also provide you with a T-shirt. What we ask in return is some of your time, and to pass along our request for volunteers.
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This week: emergencies, dioramas and nordic tongues »

  

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

What happens when you dial 911? Find out today at the 911 Citizens Academy at the Public Safety Building.

The chattering class is in full force this week. Nerd Nite is back Tuesday at the Teatro Zuccone with presentations on the lack of female leads in video games, British panel shows, and steampunk audio. Chester Chat has a presentation on Women in Leadership at Glensheen Mansion on Wednesday.

Starting this week the Nordic Center has several classes on Scandinavian languages, including Norwegian, Danish and Swedish.

The Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes, opens this Thursday at the Playhouse and runs three weekends. The other musicals running in town, Hairspray at The Underground and Next to Normal at Teatro Zuccone, are playing to sold out houses and getting great reviews.

Dog Sees God is an unauthorized parody of the Peanuts gang in high school and it opens at UWS Experimental Theater on Friday and runs two weekends.

March is Food Shelf Month and you can support your local food bank at Taste at Fitgers on Friday.

The Minnesota Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the DECC on Saturday.

Diorama-rama, the biennial celebration of dioramas minuscule and huge, quaint and odd, is back Saturday night at Sacred Heart.

Think what church needs is more beer? Beer & Hymns, a monthly gathering for beer drinking and hymn singing, returns to Sir Ben’s on Sunday.

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

Homegrown 2014 schedule released »

The schedule for the 2014 Homegrown Music Festival, April 27 to May 4, is now available on the Homegrown website. PDD’s Homegrown Chick App also has the schedule formatted for easy viewing on smartphones. There are 200 acts in this year’s festival. Plot your future bar hopping, and rest up for now.

This week: green beer, green art and bluegrass »

  

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

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and to celebrate there’s a Ceili Irish Dance at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a family friendly party at Clyde Iron, a not family friendly party at Dubh Linn and other events. What are you doing today to celebrate? Let everyone know in the comments.

UMD is hosting a free three-part seminar this week on Teaching the Holocaust. This is designed for K-12 teachers and runs Tuesday through Thursday.

Yoga North is starting a bunch of new five and ten week classes this week, including Beginning Yoga starting today and The Chemistry of Joy starting on Wednesday.

Renegade opens its new rock musical, Next to Normal, at the Teatro Zuccone this Thursday and it runs three weekends.

The Cabin Fever Bluegrass Festival is back at the Inn on Lake Superior and runs Friday through Sunday.

Local artists are displaying their earth-friendly wares at the Treasures of the Earth – Green Art Fair at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday.

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

Pre-sale Homegrown T-Shirts! »

Pre-sale T-shirts for the 2014 Homegrown Music Festival are now available. Artwork is by the wonderful Heidi Blunt. Be aware: unless you are a volunteer for the festival, this is the only way you can get a shirt this year. Pre-sale closes at the end of March.

This week: derby, bock and ides »

  

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

Browncoat Mondays continue tonight at Zinema 2 with two episodes and Prof. Lisa Horton presenting on feminist and anti-feminist themes in Joss Whedon‘s Firefly.

Art for Ed’s Sake is a fundraiser at the Depot on Wednesday for Visual and Media Arts Education in the Duluth Public Schools and you know it’s cool because Chris Monroe did the poster art.

Lots of plays and musicals happening this weekend:

It’s Bockfest weekend at Fitger’s with beer tents in the courtyard Thursday through Saturday.

Saturday is the Ides of March and that means local musicians pay homage to their influences with special concerts at Beaner’s Central on Friday and R. T. Quinlan’s on Saturday.

Your Harbor City Roller Dames host a roller derby double header on Saturday at Pioneer Hall in the DECC.

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

Seeking: Homegrown 2013 Photos »

It’s that time of year again. If you have Homegrown 2013 photos you’d like to have considered for inclusion in this year’s Homegrown Field Guide, send me an email: adam [at] transistormag [dot] com.

Thank you, fans!

Homegrown Field Guide Last Call »

This week: pancakes, snow angels and a Scottish king »

  

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

Hey, Duluth. How ya doing? Find out today at the mayor’s State of the City Address at Spirit Mountain.

Tuesday is Mardi Gras and if you are looking for a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner head on over to Duluth Congregational Church.

On Wednesdays the Duluth XC Ski Club is holding night ski races. This week’s race is going to be at Lester Park.

Something wicked this way comes on Friday with Wise Fool Shakespeare‘s production of Macbeth at Lincoln Park Middle School. It runs two weekends.

Something funny this way comes on Friday when the Upright Citizen’s Brigade lands at the Teatro Zuccone. On Saturday they will be leading a workshop on long form improvisation.

Make a snow angel on Sunday with 3,999 of your friends at UMD. Because fun.

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

Minerva Party »

(Pictures from Minerva social media)

Minerva celebrated its second anniversary last night, and it was a blast.
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This week: hockey, sailing and poetry »

  

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

Dug out yet?

Everything’s going to be shiny at Zinema 2 tonight with the launch of Browncoat Mondays. See all of Joss Whedon’s Firefly for free with related presentations by local scholars and enthusiasts.

Duluth Pack continues its Outdoor Adventure Series on Tuesday with Katya and Mark Gordon talking about sailing with their small daughters for months at a time on the ocean.

It’s championship high school hockey time with Hermantown vs. Marshall on Wednesday and Duluth East vs. Elk River on Thursday at Amsoil Arena.

Nerd Nite is back after months in mothballs with a return to its original venue, Teatro Zuccone, on Wednesday with nerdy presentations on 007, Sherlock Holmes and Star Wars collectibles.

Need to get away from winter in Duluth? Go celebrate winter in Bayfield! The Bayfield Winter Festival runs Friday through Sunday.

Spirit Lake Poetry presents its annual St. David’s Day Open Reading at The Underground this Saturday.

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

Diorama-rama – March 29 »

Sarah Heimer says: “Hello all! Getting the word out that the Diorama-rama is happening this year on March 29 at Sacred Heart! This a call out to anyone/everyone interested in making a diorama for a super fun one night show. (For those of you who don’t know … a diorama is a box with a scene inside it.) Anyone is welcome to make and show one, the more the merrier! They can be any shape, size, theme that you want. It will be a night of music and art and fun and it only happens once every two years. Feel free to contact me for more info. Tell your friends!”