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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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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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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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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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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.

2016 Homegrown Steering Committee Openings

Homegrown Steering Committee Openings

This Week: trains, plays and automobiles

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The Chamber Golf Classic is teeing off bright and early on Monday morning, the Duluth Huskies are in the final games of their regular season, there’s dancing on the Lakewalk, the Great Lakes Aquarium is celebrating its sweet fifteen, the Kidney Walk is taking place and puppets will talk dirty at the Underground.

Kids can play musical instruments at the Library, it’s a board-game avalanche at Studio 15, the Howling Moon festival goes pop-country (yee-hawoooo!), Movies in the Park is showing the Pixar film Cars, Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town, the 29th Brewhouse Triathlon is being held at Island Lake Park and the Scenic Train on the St. Louis River is chugging right along.

Socks for Survivors

The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse is holding its fourth annual golf scramble — “Socks for Survivors” — on July 31 at Nemadji Golf Course. If golf isn’t your thing, that’s okay! You can still help support CASDA’s essential services.

Many individuals come into crisis shelters with nothing but the clothing on their backs. Socks are the least donated, but one of the most needed items in shelters. As the kids say, “you can be a hero too!”

This Week: lions and Temperance and brews, oh my

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The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League brings its Prohibition swing to Chester Bowl, kids can make a racket at the West Duluth Branch Library, Tippi Hedren shows us why having lions for roommates is a bad idea in Roar, Take it With You does their 12th show (complete with tailgate party) and a heat-beating opportunity presents itself in the form of a free open-skate.

The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra joins forces with Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe and Lake Superior Youth Chorus to present a Persian fable, farmers peddle their wares in West Duluth, the Minneapolis radio station The Current comes to Duluth to show Duluth some Duluth bands at a couple of events, the Free Range Film Festival fills a Wrenshall barn with indie films, the Duluth Huskies play the St. Cloud Rox and the All Points North Summer Brew Fest hits Bayfront Park.

This Week: festivals aplenty and more

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It’s a big week for art in the Northland, with the Plein Air Art Festival getting underway. Also taking place: an ARAC grant-writing workshop, a night of board games for grownups at Studio 15, the 48th annual Tour of Homes, the activity-packed Hermantown Summerfest and the Fractals play Fairlawn Mansion.

There’s a community bike ride on Wednesday, Guys & Dolls opens at the Duluth Playhouse, the Northern Hammer Fest swings into action in Lake Nebagamon (a heavy-metal town if there ever was one), there’s party-polka in Superior, Titanic: the Musical is, uh, going down at Fitger’s, the Bayfront Reggae Festival is happening on Saturday and Shannan Paul is bringing the funny to Dubh Linn.

This Week: Movies in the Park, Rick Springfield, Trampled by Turtles and more

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It’s a busy week of summertastic events large and small. Make a clay animal at Duluth Makerspace, watch the Huskies battle the MoonDogs, Lawrence Lee defends a favorite film of his at the Zinema, there’s comedic magic for kids at the Library, the South St. Louis County Fair kicks off in Proctor and downtown Duluth’s Sidewalk Days get underway.

At Teatro Zuccone, the New Works Festival brings the freshness, the heat can be beaten at the Heritage Center’s weekly open-skate, the still-envious-of-Jesse Rick Springfield hits Bayfront Park (as do Trampled by Turtles with several guests) and Emilio Estevez’ enduring classic The Mighty Ducks ushers in the Movies in the Park season.

This Week: it’s PDD’s birthday and America’s, too

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Like birthday parties? Come to ours. Perfect Duluth Day turns 12, today. Free donuts, y’all!

Other stuff going on that may or may not include totally awesome free donuts: there’s a new Nerd Nite going down at Teatro Zuccone, the Tom Cruise classic Top Gun gets riffed in the Zinema by Renegade at the Movies, Southwire’s playing Glensheen, Tim and Eric company player David Liebe Hart brings his spacey puppetry and music to the Red Herring, there are Magic: the Gathering tourneys all over town, Hairball coughs up another performance, a 20-person Japanese delegation arrives to celebrate 25 years of sister-cityhood and the 4th of July is already here, which means Bayfront’s annual Fourth Fest is, too.

Iron Pour Scratch Tiles at Park Point Art Fair

On Saturday Common Language will be firing up the artisanal foundry at the 45th annual Park Point Art Fair. Watch the little furnace spit out 100 pounds of iron every 12 minutes or so, and make an iron tile to take home. Instruction and tools will be provided. 10 a.m. until they last. $20.

Nerd Culture: Games at Rogue Robot, Comics at the DAI, Nerd Nite at the Zuccone

Exhausted. Weeks of nerdery behind and ahead.

Last Thursday, I went out to dinner with authors who grew up on the range — Roy C. Booth and Cynthia Booth. Roy will be at CONvergence in a few weeks celebrating his new book, Orphans.

Tim 8bit

Sunday, I went out to dinner with Tim, a central fixture in Minnesota comics life, at the Buffet at the Bear. OMG, I love that buffet — and on Sunday, Lutefisk.

Monday night was game night — we met first for dinner at 7 West Taphouse. It’s a diverse, fun crowd, including one of the back stage masterminds from Game Show at the Underground and the owner of 8 Bit Classic Collection. See this play. Shop this shop.