We have had the opportunity to experience countless incredible adventures this past year. We hope you take advantage of our area and all of its unique offerings. No matter what your passion, this beautiful city has something for everyone to enjoy. 2013 was a great year for us and we hope it was for you too! Can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring for Higher Base Media.
What Four Mile Portage did with the snow day.
Here’s a little ditty from this year’s Rubber Chicken Theater holiday comedy revue — How the Grinch Shut Down Christmas, or, I Saw Rudolph Twerking Santa Claus — featuring Greg J. Anderson, Sharon Dixon Obst and Anders Hultstrom.
All outdoor scenes were actually shot outdoors.
Video by Daniel McCord, shot live at the Georgia Theatre on Nov. 14. Next local TBT gig: Dec. 21 at Papa Charlies in Lutsen.
August 23-25 of 2013 marked the weekend of the American Motorcyclist Association NATC Motorcycle Trials Rounds 9 and 10, which were held at Spirit Mountain. This is a short video recap of some of the riding that took place that weekend. The event was quite amazing to watch. These riders have unbelievable skill and balance and have definitely honed their craft. If you ever have the chance to see this type of competition in person I highly recommend it!
As further illustration of PDD’s ridiculous fascination with any reference to Duluth in popular American culture, here’s a clip from last night’s David Letterman monologue on The Late Show.
New music video, directed by Dan Huiting, featuring former Duluthian Haley Bonar. “Last War” is the title track from her next album, coming out in spring 2014.
It can’t be embedded on PDD, because it’s a crazy interactive weirdo thing. Go to bobdylan.com to check it out. If you have slow internet, don’t bother.
As you watch the video, you can use the up-and-down arrows on your keyboard to switch between 16 different “channels” to see 16 different versions. None of the versions are particularly great, but collectively … well … it’s something different anyway.
The Northshore streams are starting to ice over. The sunshine of the past few days have made them even more magical. In this short time lapse video taken Thursday afternoon, 10 minutes are reduced to 15 seconds. Enjoy some serenity on Amity Creek.
The call went out a week ago, and now, here it is, the opening theme to The Louie Show.
There isn’t really any Duluth footage in the opening, other than the big “Duluth” sweatshirt Louie sports. When I get a chance to go through the rest of the tape, I’ll pull out some of the establishing shots of Duluth and Duluth references.
Thanks to Waferdog for passing along this essential archival VHS treasure from 1996.
Minnesota-born comedian Louie Anderson starred in a CBS sitcom in 1996 that was set in Duluth. It didn’t last long. Six episodes were produced; five were aired. None of the episodes were shot in Duluth, but the opening theme featured Louie in a sweatshirt with “Duluth” across the chest and some transition footage was shot in Duluth. Obviously it is not available on DVD or streaming on Netflix, but thanks to old VHS copies floating around town we’ve been able to pull together excerpts from two episodes (see below).
Bryan Cranston, the actor famous for his roles in Breaking Bad and Malcom in the Middle, along with a number of hit movies, played a character in the show. Kimmy Robertson of Twin Peaks fame also had a role, as did Paul Feig, who created Freaks and Geeks and directed episodes of The Office, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men.
In The Louie Show, Louie Anderson played Louie Lundgren, a psychotherapist who deals with the problems of his friends and family. Wikipedia has a page for the show now that includes synopsis of the plots gleaned from TV Guide.
Knock yourself out:
Episode 1: “Take Two Donuts and Call Me in the Morning”
Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Matt Goldman and Louie Anderson
Air date: Jan. 31, 1996
A roof repair leads Louie to believe he’ll need roommate to help defer costs, and his first prospect is a breathy Californian. Meanwhile, he encounters a hostile patient at work.
Episode 2: “Louie Gets Suspended”
Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Don Foster
Air date: Feb. 7, 1996
Louie is late for his first meeting with a new supervisor, and she suspends him for a week.
Episode 3: “Under The Rug”
Air date: Feb. 14, 1996
On Louie’s advice, Eddie removes his toupee, and feels so liberated he decides to reveal something else about himself: his love of cross-dressing.
Episode 4: “Scratcher”
Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Matt Goldman
Air date: Feb. 21, 1996
After counseling a compulsive gambler, Louie finds the man’s Lotto ticket — worth $5,000 — in the trash.
Episode 5: “Louie’s Little Trip”
Directed by Joanne Gleason
Written by Don Foster and Jhoni Marchinko
Air date: March 6, 1996
Louie goes to the hospital, but a tiff between Curt and Gretchen sends him, zonked on morphine, back out in search of them.
Episode 6: “A Brush with Bob”
Air date: Unaired
One of Louie’s patients — an admitted embezzler — asks Gretchen for a date, and Louie tries his best to discourage it.
Former Minnesota Wild forward Pascal Dupuis, now with the Pittsburgh Penguins, catches a high stick from his teammate Kris Letang, then pulls out two teeth on the bench without missing a shift.
Former Duluthian Solomon Witherspoon has released three videos in the past three months. He has a show coming up at Clyde Iron Works on Nov. 8 in support of his new album Starlight.
I got to sit down in the new Kirby Student Lounge with the Duluth Demon early Halloween morning. He showed up in full costume, including his usual mask, a body suit, gloves and boots. He was polite, at ease, and very easy to talk to.