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Battle for Duluth

I heard this morning about World of Fourcraft which uses Foursquare as an engine for a giant game with teams trying to take over New York City.

So, fellow nerds, why don’t we have this for the Twin Ports? Anyone want to tackle this? Sounds like great fun! Imagine Cakeeaters battling marauding hordes of displaced Trojans. I mean, just the team names would be a hoot!

Charity Huot CD Release Party

Charity Huot CD Release Party, Community Celebration, and Ness Campaign Kick-Off

Pizza Luce
Today, June 30th @ 9:30 PM
$5 / 21+

-Join Charity Huot as she releases her 2nd Album “A New Beginning.” She will be joined by the musicians  on the Album: Summit Hill Band- Denise Guelker, Ryan Kimm, and Justin Korhonen.

-Toast to the success of Mayor Don Ness, his support for the arts, and help him kick off his campaign!

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The Formal Age with Matt Ray and Those Damn Horses

Facebook Event

The Formal Age are a local indie rock band reminiscent of the Cars or the Hold Steady.   They are “new” band, but the members are all veteran players who have been a part of the scene since the late 90s.   They debuted at Homegrown under the name “A Team / B Team”.

Matt Ray and Those Damn Horses is a 6 piece “string band” that specializes in high-energy, modernized versions of old songs taken from Americana and Roots music along with a healthy dose of original music.

It should be a great show with lots of variety.

Lafayette Community Club Beach on Park Point is apparently a superstar

Natural Resources Defense Council Ratings for a Selection of U. S. Popular Beaches

June Pipe Raffle Concert

A night of Hip Hop with Tez, Shatto, Texxas, Loc Da Realist, Rhymes Anonymous and DJ Risky Fingers — Thursday, June 30 at Legacy Glassworks.

Pipe Raffle

Free show at Carmody this Friday

A Winter Downpour and Three Song Sunday are playing a free show this Friday at Carmody Irish Pub to aid in the celebrating of Ryan Dahlberg’s birthday. Ryan is the creator of the local music website The Duluth Scene. Music gets started at 9pm. Stop on by if you’re out.

A Winter Downpour w/ Three Song Sunday | 07.01.11 @ Carmody Irish Pub

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Where in Duluth?

Could be a trick question because of the traveling nature of the Professor’s merchandise. But even though the flames suggest some crazy zooming around town, this has been in the same place each time I saw it.

Vitta Pizza

A couple weeks ago, Vitta Pizza opened in Canal Park. It’s in the spot that Northern Lights Books used to be in, 307 Canal Park Drive. They cook the pizza in a wood-fired oven, and it’s pretty tasty.

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Low on the World Cafe

Low will be the guest this afternoon on the World Cafe, which you can hear on 103.3 KUMD weekdays from 3-5pm. The interview will be in the first hour of the program.

Head’s Up…

The Munger Trail is CLOSED between the Grand Ave./Co. Rd. 23 bridge and the 93rd. Ave. W. bridge.  Figured I’d save somebody the leg work.

Happy Eighth Birthday to Us

Perfect Duluth Day is eight years old today — Wednesday, June 29. We’ll be celebrating tonight at Burrito Union around 8:30ish. Stop on by. There will be a weird cake and an array of door prizes. (We’ll probably be out on the deck — space and weather permitting — so look there first. Find the people with cake on their lips.)

Also, yours truly (Paul Lundgren) will be a guest today on “The Local” with Christine Dean the Radio Queen, celebrating PDD’s birthday by playing songs with “Duluth” in the lyrics or title. That’s at 5 p.m. on 103.3 FM KUMD.

Thanks to Barrett and Starfire for starting this thing and to all you bloggers, cloggers and corn doggers who keep it going. We’re on a pace to hit 10,000 posts before the end of the year. That’s kind of something.

Chester Park Summer Concert Series

Finally a Tuesday evening nice enough, and I can hear the band over in the bowl warming up from my deck.

Chester Bowl Summer Concert Series

City of Duluth Parks and Recreation, KQDS Radio &
the Chester Bowl Improvement Club (CBIC) presents the

29th Annual Chester Creek Concert Series
7-8:30 PM – Tuesdays
Chester Bowl Park
Free Admission

June 28: Pot Bellied Stallions (Variety)
July 5: Circuit Breakers (Rock/Pop)
July 12: Rock a Billy Revue (Country rock)
July 19: Déjà vu Drifters (American roots)
July 26: Bill and Kate Isles (Folk)
Aug 2: Sh-Boom (50s and 60s Show Band)
Aug 9: Sweet Grass (Folk)
Aug. 16: Fish-heads (Bluegrass)

Fresh Filmmakers Production Grant 2011

IFP Media Arts is pleased to announce the call for entries for the Fresh Filmmakers Production Grant for emerging directors. The deadline for application is Sept. 12. Applicants must submit a 7-page screenplay, a reel, a budget, a production plan, a resume, and other supporting documentation. For application and instructions please visit:

Michele Bachmann for President

After making the official announcement today that she’s running for president, Michele Bachmann told Fox News: “Just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa — that’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”

One little problem: The famous star of western films is from Winterset, Iowa — 150 miles from Waterloo. Serial killer John Wayne Gacy lived in Waterloo, though.

And so it begins.

Renting in Duluth (near UMD)

Greetings, people of Duluth. I am not one of you. But I will be soon. My wife and I are moving to Duluth in August, and are in the middle of house/apartment/duplex/hobbit-hole hunting. Reviewing PDD for tips, I have learned that ShipRock should be avoided, and that people really like to argue about the Hillside neighborhood. Any more … constructive advice? Great rental experiences? Recommended companies to go through? Places other than Craigslist to look for listings? Questions to ask before signing the lease? Any and all advice is appreciated!

Ness Campaign Kickoff Events

Help kick off the campaign to re-elect Mayor Don Ness!

Wednesday, June 29
Noon Kickoff Speech and Reception
11:30am – 1 pm @ The Great Lakes Ballroom at the Holiday Inn
Mayor Ness will speak at 12:15pm

After Work Reception
4:30pm – 6pm @ The Zeitgeist Arts Café – 222 E. Superior St.
Meet and Greet with Mayor Ness and friends!

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Putting out my shingle?

My husband and I are returning to our Minnesota roots by moving to Duluth in the next week or so. I’ve been a piano teacher for 16 years now. I’ve got friends and contacts in Duluth that keep assuring me that if I “put out my shingle” I’ll have a full studio in a snap.

What I can’t figure out is how exactly I do that. In my old neighborhood in Chicago I made a pretty flier and put it on people’s doorstep the first year I taught — after that it’s been word of mouth.

Anybody have any ideas for me?

Drew Digby vs. Esther Bubley

Don’t miss the greatest showdown since Ali vs. Foreman.


Tonight (Monday, June 27) at 5:30pm in the Duluth Art Institute Galleries join Drew Digby for a free tour and talk of the Esther Bubley exhibit. Journalism, photojournalism, and the dignity of work: discuss.

PDD Gravatar Poll Championship

Which PDD user has the best Gravatar?

This poll is now closed. The results were:

Don Ness — 49.2 percent

Bev — 19.7 percent

TimK — 16.6 percent

Hot Shot — 14.4

(About Gravatars)