Well, here it is, nearly an hour’s worth of amateur video from Nov. 25, 1998, when Mötley Crüe played the DECC Auditorium on its Greatest Hits Tour. Local metal band Nobody opened this show.
It was the Crüe’s third performance in Duluth — the band played a sold-out Duluth Arena show in 1985, before the DECC was the DECC, and returned in 1990 to play for over 8,000. By 1998, things were on the downswing for the band. Tommy Lee had been out of jail for two months when this show came to town. His sex tape with Pamela Anderson hit the Internet about a year earlier.]]>
Some highlights for me:
In “It’s a Witch, May We Burn her? Puritan Doctrine & Secular Community in the 17th Century,” Elizabeth Hunter reminded me of my own whitewashed history of witch trials. I had always thought of the Salem trials as a problem of distorted politics of gender and Christianity in a strange and deadly confluence. Elizabeth reminded me: there was another influence that I had not remembered, the “pagan” “others” of the first nations communities that surrounded the early settlers of New England.
Dara Filmore presented her work building a website about the history of the Superior region in the WWI (Great War) period. She’s excavating some amazing archives, archives that would make Tony Dierckins jealous.
Xaun Chen shared what is for me an exemplary first step toward critical social inquiry — a willingness to work hard at introspection. In the end, her paper on “Objectifying the Nature of Death: A Defense of Lucretius’ Symmetry Argument” is meditative, and in being meditative, it opens up space for rethinking my personal and my social life. It asked me to consider what, really, is valuable about the life I lead. Well-done.
The model of engaged research motivated “Towards a Virtue Ethics of Child Labor” (Scott Wallace), “Gendered Roles in the Workplace: What Can Be Done?” (Stacey Rootes), and “Is There Utility in Inequity? A Utilitarian Analysis of Global Poverty” (Kevin Knaus). While I have some deep questions about some of the issues explored (“Can a child make a moral choice to engage in child labor, whether in a factory or in a family farm?”), the whole of the panel encouraged me to see labor as a vibrant space for social and philosophical reflection.
There were other highlights — I heard the phrase “beauty-industrial complex” for the first time; I heard Joel Sipress reflect on the continuing value of seeing the personal as political. But mostly, I was impressed by the students, so clearly wanting their intellectual work resonate both as scholars and as citizens.
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I also attended the Lake Superior Summit on Writing, more than 75 teachers of writing from within 150 miles of Duluth coming together to talk about the teaching of writing.
Most vibrant to me was the session chaired by Seth Langreck, on Civic Engagement and the writing classroom. The room, filled with teachers of high school writing, of the university and community college composition courses, showed me that educators in this region really want to connect our work to their students as members of the community and to the community in a larger sense.
I’d like to thank the Planning Committee: CSS: Pat Hagen, Tom Zelman, Heather Bastian; LSC: Amy Jo Swing, Sheila Packa, Kelli Hallsten, Steve Dalager, Gretchen Flaherty, Katie Berg; UMD: Liz Wright, Avesa Rockwell, Susan Perala Dewey, Patrick Eidsmo; UWS: Deborah Schlacks, Jamie White-Farnham
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When I started teaching, my colleague Rex said that the problem with the university was that it saw the community as a collection of internship sites.
This week makes me think that that might be changing.]]>
Troy Rogers ventures into the future with music-playing robots. In this interview, he talks about the current state of musical robotics and his work with Expressive Machines. He is currently building his musical robotics workshop. Click on the image above to listen.]]>
Duluth band Actual Wolf performs “You Can’t Leave” and “Honey Honey” at First Avenue in Minneapolis as part of the Current’s ninth birthday celebration.]]>
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.]]>
The Mustache March Run took place on March 1. The mustache-themed event, put on by Momentum Racing Events, is a fun event for anyone! You can grow your best mustache, wear a fake mustache, or just run mustache free.
The run consists of a 2.65-mile course along the Lakewalk near Fitger’s, followed by awards being given out at the Rex Bar (located in the lower level of the Fitger’s complex). This was the third annual Mustache March Run and next year promises to be even better! Be sure to check out the Momentum Racing Events website to keep up to date on more fun events in the area.
Video by Higher Base Media]]>
This photo is for sale on eBay under the title “Vintage Photo Girl Child Tricycle Antique Cars Duluth Mn Houses Picture #166.”
The description notes it is “a great vintage snapshot picture of darling blond girl riding a tricycle on a street in Duluth Minnesota. Picture is from the 1920. In the background are old cars and houses. Found in a photo album of pictures of a family living in Duluth.”
Can anyone identify the house? Pin down the neighborhood? Identify the darling blond?]]>
Congratulations to Wyatt Aamodt of Hermantown for placing #9 on this year’s team!
2013 All Hockey Hair Team
2012 All Hockey Hair Team
The “Homeless is my address, not my name” exhibit was powerful. It included 50 portraits, half of which were accompanied by phone numbers enabling viewers to dial in using a cell phone to hear the subject’s story. (I will admit, my phone is fairly cheap and Grand Rapids is one of those places I feel lucky to get service on Virgin, so I’m not surprised that the audio on some was hard for me to make out.) The stories were almost painful, though — they made me wince not because they were traumatic and sad, but because the storytellers always managed to claim that, despite the clear victim narratives that were possible, instead, these were learning experiences, experiences that made them stronger, experiences that had to happen to help them become all they could be. I don’t know that I have that strength in me.
And I wonder whether I would have the strength to see my face sent around the state as a marker for helping people understand homelessness.
The photos slide between art and documentary, between capturing the unique power of the individual’s experience and the generalizable message: these folks are shaped by their time as homeless, but they are not defined by it.
The exhibit is hung in an innovative style. (I am more and more impressed by the curatorial power at work at the MacRostie, who seem committed to not just displaying art, but making it an experience.) Not a single piece was hung on the walls of the gallery. Instead, the images are suspended from stanchions, spaced about 3′ apart (less than the distance of an aisle in a grocery store or Target shop), at about eye level (I’m 5’6″). As a result, you don’t see these faces; you encounter them. If you are standing in front of the work, there is no “safe” distance from which to watch, impassively, or to pretend to be looking at something else — You must recognize them or consciously look away.
Which may be true of the general problem of homelessness.
(The last traveling exhibition I saw at the MacRostie ended up at the Zeitgeist two months later. Perhaps this exhibit may find a future in Duluth. If not, make the trip to Grand Rapids.)
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Also on exhibit, a watercolor show that offers a lot for the eyes. The Mac has been host to watercolor artists for years.
When artists work together to explore a medium as they do under the wing of the MacRostie, a lot more is possible than at least I had imagined — from color effects and texture and even a kind of sparkle, at the level of technique, to uses of watercolor in abstraction that danced before my eyes.
If you happen to get on a highway behind a paper truck, just follow it all the way to the mill and see this art.]]>
I went for a stroll on my lunch break and found PDD t-shirts for sale. Do you know where?]]>
The Social Disaster takes the chaos of noise and mixes it with the vocal flavor of jazz. In this interview, the band opens up about how a collaborative songwriting process produced the song “Foolproof.” The Social Disaster is currently recording its debut EP. Click on the image above to listen.]]>
Here’s the basic info on the job: Hourly wage of $10 per hour and with some ability to be flexible on work schedule. Previous experience working in an office (you know, with computers), some background in the arts, and interest in outdoors preferred.
For more info, call Dave at 740-2769 or drop me an e-mail at dave @ goravengo.com. We are now located in a creepy old theater at 319 N. Central Ave.]]>
Sasha is an amazing local talent. Support her dream fashion show and score yourself some VIP tickets.]]>
Thank you, fans!]]>
Sarah Krueger mixes the vocal power of soul with the earnest songwriting of folk. In this interview she opens up about how her song “Ships and Trees” connects listeners to themes of loss and abandonment. She is currently recording the follow up to her 2011 album Dancing with Phantoms. Click on the image above to listen.]]>
I’ve submitted to a contest at a recording studio in Nashville called Welcome to 1979. The contest is called “Live to Lathe” — essentially five bands will have the opportunity to record a live album straight to vinyl. Welcome to 1979 Studio will print 500 copies for us to do with what we will — capturing a 26-to-32-minute moment in time. No edits, no auto-tune, if you fuck up it’s on the record. So, super daunting and super exciting!
If you are on Facebook, please vote for me! You can vote every single day and I will sing like a bird with gratitude! Of course, vote for whomever you want, but either way, it’s a super cool contest and you’ll learn about some sweet bands from around the country. Thank you for your time!]]>