Events Posts

This Week: turkey time, Small Business Saturday, rooms that need escaping and more

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

It’s Thanksgiving week, so of course there’s a lot of turkey business going on in addition to the usual tomfoolery. Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan comes to town on Monday for a forum, tap dancers, mayors and musicians come together in what’s being called a “lavish feast of local talent,” a locally-made Christmas coffee-table book is released, a man who spent two decades in prison speaks and comedian Josh Blue performs in Canal Park.

The Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet takes place, there’s a Thanksgiving Day Walk/Run in Lake Nebagamon, self-guided Christmas tours get underway at Glensheen Mansion, there’s a Funked-Up Dance Party at R.T. Quinlan’s, UMD Women’s Hockey gets discounted, Small Business Saturday is in effect with a multi-entrepreneur pop-up shop and the Northland’s first live-action-adventure escape room opens.

Painting Charlie Parr’s guitar, and who the heck is Dave Hundrieser?

Charlie Parr's Guitar

My wife, Shawna Gilmore, has an interesting job. Today, for example, she painted the back of Charlie Parr’s amazing guitar. The instrument is a phenomenal work of art, both front and back. Next Tuesday is a great opportunity to come out and hear Charlie make music with it alongside his good buddy, Dave Hundrieser. Read more about Charlie and Dave, and see the garage they recorded in together previously, at Ed’s Big Adventure.

By the way, Teague Alexy, Tin Can Gin, Don Ness, Emily Larson, a stunning tap dancer, and I, will also be participating in Cornucopia at the Red Herring Lounge. Check out this amazing event on Facebook/a> and the PDD Calendar.

This Week: Santa, denim, undergarment-centered theater and more

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Take it With You comes back to the Underground for their latest shenanigans, a denim-centric party goes down at the Red Herring, the one-act comic opera Trial By Jury is performed at UWS, the Heritage Center holds a skating event called the Gobbler Glide, country-rapper Big Smo plays the Sports Garden and a bunch of people named Watson become one at the Dudley Experimental Theatre.

The Christmas season truly gets underway with the arrival of Santa during the Christmas City of the North Parade, the Duluth Gingerbread City opens at the Nordic Center, the play The Underpants opens at UWS, Bentleyville is officially a-twinklin’ and it’s the Festival of the Season at the Duluth Farmers’ Market.

Duluth All Souls Night 2015


Video by Frank Sander.

This Week: the Edmund Fitzgerald at 40, Veterans Day, Orson Welles and more

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Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald and there are several events to mark the occasion, a painter is remembered through a show of his work, the DSSO begins their Chamber Music Series, the last Union soldier to die (Albert Woolson, a Duluthian) is remembered, the crazy goofs in Putnam County are putting on their Spelling Bee and it’s time to Give to the Max.

Comedian Justin Caesar returns to Duluth to do some stand-up and show some films, Sage Francis lands at the Red Herring, the Social Disaster releases its first album with a Rex blowout, the latest contender for “best worst movie” opens at the Zinema, godlike genius Orson Welles is celebrated, skateboard decks are sold to raise money for skateboard parks and Gramma’s Boyfriend is in town.

Duluth’s first escape room to open Nov. 28

Duluth Escape Room Group Adventure Game

Solve EntertainmentThree Duluthians have formed a business partnership to open a downtown storefront during the holiday season for a physical adventure game in which participants use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues and escape.

Silent Night: A Live-Action Adventure will open Nov. 28 in the Stanley Center, 408 W. Superior St. It’s the work of a new immersive event company, Solve Entertainment, aka SolveEnt. The partnership is comprised of Andy Bennett, Richard Hansen and Matthew Wagner.

This Week: Election Day, Jackson Browne, Martin Sexton and more

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

Learn about your roots with the Twin Ports Genealogical Society, a new Duluth mayor (and more) is selected on Election Day, UMD is holding a lecture about the effects of mass incarceration on black men, the story of a famous ship that went down on a November not that long ago is told, Gaelynn Lea releases an album and the Duluth Explorers Club has its first meeting.

Learn to Curl, the dinner-theater show The Kitchen Witches goes up, a famous blockhead named Chuck stars in a musical, the DSSO meets local original songwriters and musicians, Jackson Browne brings his brand of Swedish black metal (j/k) to the DECC, a guy named Martin brings a ton of sex to St. Scholastica and the Chicken Hat Plays happen once again.

This Week: scares and chills and frights and all that

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

They’re coming to get you, Barbara, UMD tackles zombies and hands out candy to kids, writer Wendy Webb talks ghosts in the Rathskellar, pleasure-skating gets a Halloween makeover, the William A. Irvin is still haunted, there’s a scary bus tour going on and Samhain (not the Glenn Danzig vehicle) is at Teatro Zuccone.

Beaner’s Central is throwing a costume party, Frank N. Furter and the gang are at the Underground, there’s a Masquerade Ball at the DECC, Studio 15 is having a Halloween party, R.T. Quinlan’s is putting on a Spookshow, the fifth annual Corn-i-ville is underway at Engwall’s Corn Maze and both the Red Herring and Pizza Luce have bills full of bands for Halloween, too.

Looking for local authors

The Duluth Public Library is looking for local authors for Author Day on Nov. 21. In order to participate, an author must have published at least one book and have copies of the book(s) available for sale. (Self-publishing qualifies.) Preference is given to Minnesota authors or to authors with books set in northeastern Minnesota, especially Duluth.

The library will provide table space: each 2.5′ x 6′ table will be shared by two authors. Tables will be located throughout the library, in the nonfiction/reference area, in the fiction area, and in Youth Services. The transport and arrangement of book promotional materials, displays, books to sell and payment options are the responsibility of the author.

If you are interested in participating please fill out an application on the Duluth Public Library website. Please submit this application form by Nov. 13 in order to participate. Space is limited so tables will be assigned on a first-come basis. Once all tables are reserved, applications will be placed on a waiting list.

This Week: pumpkins, curling, Bach and more

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Glensheen Mansion needs pumpkin carvers, Duluth Curling Club is giving a free lesson to curling newbs, the new Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery is dedicated, the Twin Ports live radio soap opera continues, candidates for Duluth city offices discuss poverty and Bachmaster Angela Hewitt performs.

Duluth extreme metallers Vitamin Death release an album, DanceWorks hits Marshall Performing Arts Center, Glensheen’s pumpkin-carvers (see above) display their work, One Roof Community Housing throws a fundraiser, the Minnesota Ballet celebrates a half-century in operation and a fundraiser for violence victim Matthew Rewald is happening at Mr. D’s in West Duluth.

This Week: ranked-choice voting, mayoral debates and a bunch of spooky things

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Get informed about ranked-choice voting, spit in Columbus’ eye and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, take in a Halloween-themed Nerd Nite at Teatro Zuccone, take in a mayoral debate between Emily Larson and Chuck Horton and laff it up with podcaster and noted comic David Huntsberger.

Sarah Brokke opens two art shows at once, UMD Women’s Hockey starts off their season with a game against Mankato, the Buffalo House’s Haunted Shack opens for spooky business, Bethany Crisis Center holds their 7th annual Music & Dance Party, Disney’s Aladdin Jr. opens at the Duluth Playhouse, Boo at the Zoo 2015 continues at the Zoo and the Superior Spooktacular is a full day of Halloween activities.

RoofTop Fable featuring the Spin Collective – “Fighting the Current”


Duluth rockers RoofTop Fable team up the Spin Collective fire dancers to create this unique visual experience. “Fighting the Current” is off the band’s debut album, Chapter One, which will be released Nov. 21 at R.T. Quinlan’s, where the band holds a monthly residency rocking the downtown stage every third Saturday of the month.

This Week: barbers, birds, Barnard and more

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

The Zinema kicks off their October slate of Jody Kujawa-hosted horror flick offerings with the original Evil Dead, Amber Rose arm candy Machine Gun Kelly plays the DECC, at-large City Council candidates square off, Gaelynn Lea opens her music studio, The Barber of Seville opens in Superior, The Birds come squawking and scratching into Teatro Zuccone and Billy Barnard brings the jazz.

The Bottle Jockeys headline the Red Herring, there’s a corn-maze hootenanny, Oktoberfest is happening on Friday and Saturday, there’s a spooky art opening, Boo at the Zoo is back again and so are the Harbor City Roller Dames.

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.