Events Posts

This Week: fishing, farmers, funny business and more

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It’s Memorial Day, and the annual West Duluth parade is happening (as is the Gary-New Duluth Veterans’ Memorial Ceremony), James Taylor comes to town on Wednesday to do his chilled-out thing, the five-day Duluth-Superior Film Festival gets underway, former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak stops at Fitger’s to discuss and sign his new book, the play Annapurna opens at the Duluth Playhouse and Neil Young tribute act Tired Eyes is out there jamming the classics.

The 18th annual Arrowhead Arts Awards take place in Grand Marais, Renegade Improv is the place for on-the-spot laffs, local anglers are raising money for ALS, the Duluth and Barker’s Island farmer’s markets are in full effect, Animal Allies holds its Walk for Animals 2016 event and the Underground is the place for Music for All.

This Week: Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and more

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It’s Dylan Fest all week long, and there is no shortage of daily Bob-centric stuff to see and hear. There’s an art opening at Red Mug Coffeehouse in Superior, a new volume of the Duluth Does Dylan series of albums is released during a big ole blowout concert and the Blood on the Tracks express is again ready to rock and roll. And that’s just a few of the things that are going down.

In other, non-Dylan news, people can attend an open house on Superior Street reconstruction plans, Zenith City Cabaret is back in action with its monthly show, the Maxi Childs Trio is out there doing its jazzy-pop thing, comedy titan Louie Anderson stops in town to dispense some hilarity, the public is invited to tour a UMD research vessel, Club Saratoga is the place for Saturday jazz and polka juggernaut Chmielewski Funtime Band swings by Cloquet to school fools in how it’s done.

Volunteers needed for local film festival

Duluth Superior Film Festival 2016 PosterThe seventh annual Duluth Superior Film Festival delivers film, music and art to the Twin Ports region June 1-5. In its short history, the festival has presented a distinctively imaginative and diverse lineup of international, American independent and regional films.

To help maintain the merriment, volunteers are needed.

This Week: bikes, books, whiskey and wind

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People can get a bit of watercolor instruction at Duluth MakerSpace, Take it With You returns for its monthly go-round, there’s a free drop-in clinic for veterans at the Depot, young-adult author Ann Treacy discusses and signs her new book at Fitger’s, former Duluth Mayor Don Ness speaks at the latest TED at the Teatro event, the Duluth Art Institute is looking for volunteers to help with various projects and Bob Matson is the latest history person that folks can lunch with.

Life House holds its third “Night to Shine” event at Greysolon Ballroom, Minneapolis indie darlings the Honeydogs perform at the Red Herring, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson embarks upon her first Mayor’s Bike Ride, it’s Whiskey Galore at Dubh Linn, “Duluth’s best lake party” is happening at Glensheen Mansion, the kids’ production The Wind in the Willows opens at UWS’ Manion Theater and the Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community looks to raise funds with a big party.

This Week: Randy and Lahey, smelt, Homegrown shots and more

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Superior Public Library is the place to learn about how to assist an orphaned or injured wild animal, individual Homegrown Festival journeys are documented in a photography show at the Red Herring, Duluth mayor Emily Larson and councilman Gary Anderson hold the latest in their series of community listening sessions, the John Frankenheimer classic The Manchurian Candidate screens in an all-new 4K restoration at the Zinema, it’s Adult Night at World of Wheels Skate Center and Randy and Mr. Lahey of the cult television comedy Trailer Park Boys bring their greasy hijinks to Clyde Iron.

The Duluth Junk Hunt showcases all things antique, vintage and repurposed, the cartooning of Chris Monroe comes to life at the Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theater, Bent Paddle Brewing Co. celebrates three years in operation with lotsa bands and lotsa food, kids can learn the ins and outs of Ultimate Frisbee at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, it’s time for the costumes and puppets of the annual smelt parade and the roaring of the engines has once again commenced in Proctor.

This Week: some music festival or something is happening

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Also, the Homegrown Festival kicks off the month of May with an entire week of music madness that is sure to shock, titillate and delight.

The third annual Veterans’ Expo takes place at UWS, Tucker the Turtle makes a stop at the Superior Public Library to help kids learn to cope with life’s frustrations, the annual Taste of the North fundraiser happens at Superior Shores, the scientist who coined the term “dark energy” gives a virtual presentation at Alworth Planetarium, the Denfeld Alumni Association holds its 4th annual beer and wine tasting, a Community Baby Shower takes place at WITC, there’s stand-up comedy at Dubh Linn Irish Pub and Fairlawn Mansion is offering half-price tours for Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Thirsty Pagan opens new beer garden

Kelsey Picek and Allyson Rolph at the Thirsty Pagan beer garden

Kelsey Picek and Allyson Rolph in the Thirsty Pagan beer garden

Beginning this weekend, Twin Ports beer lovers have another option for outdoor imbibing. Thirsty Pagan Brewing’s new beer garden held its soft opening on Friday. The brewpub at 1623 Broadway in Superior is known for its tasty brews and delectable deep-dish pizzas.

The beer garden occupies a space behind the building that is fully fenced and can be accessed via the parking lot. It features several oversized picnic tables and can seat about 25 people with standing room for about 25 more.

This Week: Sharks, stories, songwriters and more

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UWS holds a forum on sexual assault that includes a film screening, UMD invites young entrepreneurs into its Shark Tank, the St. Louis County Historical Society welcomes author Megan Marsnik to its 94th annual meeting, the United Way holds its Live United Luncheon, new Duluth mayor Emily Larson gives her first State of the City Address, Wisconsin Public Radio presents a public reading of stories about the St. Louis River and “investigative songwriter” Dave Lippman comes to town.

It’s time for Wine and Chee’s at the Depot, a number of local poets read at Barnes & Noble, the Duluth community is invited to ask questions of the finalists for police chief, the comedy Seminar opens at Teatro Zuccone, the annual Spring Book Sale takes place in Superior, the new Northern Waters location holds its grand opening and Woodblind releases its debut album with two shows.

This Week: awards, antiques, astronomy and more

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Here’s a bit of what you’ll find in this week’s new, improved, revamped, more better PDD Calendar:

Carmody Irish Pub celebrates a decade in business with a weeklong celebration, it’s rose-raising season at Leif Erikson Park, the Big Time Jazz Orchestra storms the Rex Bar, the ongoing live radio theater show Take it With You swings back into action, Legacy Glassworks holds its annual 4/20 Spring Blowout with lots of bands and glassblowing demonstrations, the 24th annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards are held at the DECC and it’s time once again to get your antiques appraised.

UWS holds its annual Evening of Wine and Jazz, the sixth Design DLH event is centered around the concept of “Minnesota Nice,” St. Scholastica Theatre presents the stalking-themed play Boy Gets Girl, the Lake Superior Zoo hosts a Party for the Planet, it’s Astronomy Day at the Marshall Alworth Planetarium and the classic musical 42nd Street is at the Duluth Playhouse.

New PDD Calendar is up and running today

PDD Calendar 2016 Sample EventsThe new design of the PDD Calendar launched today. There are still a few elements to it that we will be cleaning up over the next few weeks, but it’s time to just let it rip and put it into service.

Why did we switch? When we launched the previous version of the PDD Calendar in 2011 there weren’t any good WordPress plugins for the type of event calendar we wanted. So we built our own. As the years went on, WordPress plugins surpassed our ability to innovate — or at least find the time to innovate — and our calendar was also in need of a design change to match the responsive design of our blog, adjusting to various screensizes for optimal viewing on iPhones and tablets. We decided to make this change over a year ago; finally got around to it now.

Feel free to begin complaining or complimenting the new calendar in the comments, or call/email. Mention problems if you see them, and we’ll either fix them or explain why what you think is broken is really just the best we can do.

We anticipate you will think the new calendar can’t do things the old calendar did, but once you get used to the new navigation you will see that it does. Pretty much every feature the old calendar had the new calendar has, except for the one thing we are working on and the one thing we haven’t thought of. Please tell us about that thing we haven’t thought of.

This Week: a new PDD Calendar looms, Empty Bowl, the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest and more

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Big changes are afoot at Perfect Duluth Day. It’s the final week of the PDD Calendar‘s current look. Starting Sunday, April 17th, we switch over to our new WordPress platform, which will make adding and viewing events easier and more pleasurable for all. For now, though, get your last gander at the soon-to-be-old-school calendar before it’s scuttled, and check out these upcoming events:

Empty Bowl 2016 is upon us, Big Science warms up for Homegrown with a feast of noise at the Red Herring, Renegade Improv brings the funny to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s, Marshall Performing Arts Center is the place to see the rock musical Spring Awakening, the Duluth Art Institute opens two sports-themed exhibitions and the rocking 60’s get sudsy at UW-Superior.

St. Scholastica Theatre presents the stalking-themed Boy Gets Girl, the Cabin Fever Festival brings a weekend of old-time music to town, the Duluth East robotics team is raising money, the 27th annual Fitger’s 5k Run and Walk takes place on Saturday, over 100 different beers from over 25 brewers can be sampled at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest and guitarist Christoph Bruhn plays the Teatro Zuccone.

This Week: sex, sunken ships, Shakespeare and more

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One River, Many Stories gets underway at the DAI with photos and maps and music and more, kids can try a bunch of non-traditional sports at the Heritage Center, the 7th Annual Northland Job Fair returns to help people find work, the Duluth Public Library is the place to learn about Minnesota’s connections to the famously-doomed Titanic (and it’s a swell place for kids to play Minecraft, too) and Shakespeare’s First Folio is celebrated at The Underground.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp brings his bag of hits to the DECC, the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga screens for free in Superior, it’s time for clowning around at the DECC with the AAD Shrine Circus, Caroline Smith returns to Duluth to play a show at the Red Herring, the weekly PDD photo feature “Selective Focus” is celebrated, mad science is being dropped at UWS, it’s once again time to celebrate consensual sex with rock music and several local musicians play to fund a greenhouse in West Duluth.

This Week: Babes, Brian, Peeps and more

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Author Brian Freeman comes to town to sign his latest Duluth-set crime novel, Bent Paddle hosts the One River, Many Stories kickoff, Vietnam veterans are celebrated at the Depot, UMD hosts a panel discussion on the nationwide movement to get a $15 minimum wage, the 50th annual Arrowhead Home & Builder Show lands at the DECC, the BuyDownstream kickoff event happens at the Red Herring with local music and poetry and kids can make art with marshmallow Peeps at the Superior Public Library.

The Duluth Experience is loading up its bus for a tour of local breweries, rock legends Babes in Toyland roll into town to celebrate the Current’s arrival, Solve Entertainment’s second escape room debuts in its downtown location, the Homegrown Festival invades the Iron Range, Twin Cities rap collective Doomtree plays two shows at Papa Charlie’s, Vikre Distillery drops its latest batch of whiskey and Zenith City Cabaret is back in action at Zeitgeist Arts.

Review: Kathy McTavish’s Høle in the Sky


Is there a hole in sky? Art mesmerizes the Food Farm!

Media artist Kathy McTavish and the new-music ensemble Zeitgeist took over two windowless rooms of the Food Farm root cellar in Wrenshall this past Saturday to present the interactive exhibition Høle in the Sky to an audience of about 25 people.

This Week: fresh vinyl, basketball goofballs, rabbits and more

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It’s New Music Festival time at UMD’s Weber Music Hall, the Zinema is screening a documentary about an architect who’s building floating schools, the latest season of WDSE’s local arts show The Playlist is taping an episode with a live audience, basketball goofballs from Harlem trot into town for a bit of sports-comedy, the latest Design DLH gathering aims to address just how Lake Superior affects design in the area, hip hop takes a stand against heroin at the Red Herring and it’s once again Taste at Fitger’s time.

Reflectivore releases a new vinyl LP at a show with the Social Disaster and Chasm of Czar, Monster Mob assembles to rock with the Ball Slashers, Duluth’s first escape room has its final original-recipe room events before it opens a new experience, the Pinewood Derby is back at Carmody, three bands (Ego Death, Swimsuit Area and the Farsights) play an all-ages show at Beaner’s, there’s bound to be bloodshed at the 2016 Puzzle Derby and it’s time once again for a big rabbit to bring people eggs and chocolate for religious reasons.