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Play Irish Music Thursdays at Carmody

Every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 people who like to play traditional Irish and Scottish music gather at Carmody. It’s an open session, which means anyone who plays an acoustic instrument is welcome to come and join in. New people are welcome. If you want to learn some of the tunes the group plays before venturing out with your fiddle or concertina or whistle or whatever, many are on this website. The session is set early to make it possible for musicians to go to the jam at Sir Ben’s too. On Thursdays Sir Ben’s hosts old time and Celtic players, starting around 7:00 or 8:00.

Duluth Movies in the Park 2011 Schedule

Leif Erikson Park – Duluth
Friday nights at sunset

July 15 | 9 p.m.
Independence Day

July 22 | 8:50 p.m.
The Great Outdoors

July 29 | 8:40 p.m.
Edward Scissorhands

Aug. 5 | 8:30 p.m.
Finding Nemo

Aug. 12 | 8:20 p.m.

Aug. 19 | 8:10 pm
Bad News Bears

Aug. 26 | 8 p.m.

Sept. 9 | 7:30 pm
Toy Story 3

Duluth on Boing Boing

Hooray! Duluth got a shout-out on Boing Boing today.

Boo! It was because of the ball-slasher guy.

National leader in social media strategy headlines conference in Duluth

Wednesday, May 25
8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lake Superior College

Information and registration:

The 2011 Northland Social Media Conference is fast approaching, this year featuring nationally known social media strategist Jay Baer. Come learn how to harness the power of the social web to transform your company into a faster, smarter and more social business!

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Carl Sagan’s Cosmos at Zinema 2


Looking for something free to do with your kids this summer? The Zinema 2 will be showing Carl Sagan’s series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage every Saturday at 11 a.m., June 4 to August 27. The show is a wonderful chance to be exposed to grand scientific ideas and celebrate the pursuit of knowledge. Professors from UMD will host each episode, answering any questions and placing the show within a modern context. Admission is free.



WOJB Concert Series – The Idle Hands


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Minneapolis scenesters the Idle Hands, co-led by UK ex-pat brothers Ciaran & Criostoir Daly, are set to kick off their Spring/Summer tour in support of their latest release, Life is Beautiful. A powerhouse live act, the Hands deliver original Brit-rock with nods to 70s glam and 80s post-punk.

The Park Theater, 15791 U.S. Highway 63, Hayward WI … showtime is 7:30pm.

$10 advance – $15 door… or 800-776-3689

Converting from Oil to Natural Gas

My wife and I recently purchased a home in the Chester Park area. It is currently heated with oil, but the previous owner installed a wood burning stove in the living room to cut down on the oil costs. I’m not gonna lie, the fireplace was kind of a deal-maker, but the oil was almost a deal breaker.

We found out there a gas line under our street and heard the city will come and pipe the line to the exterior wall for free. This seems to be fairly common knowledge. A friend of mine also told me that the city and/or Comfort Systems has a program where you can get the gas furnace installed with a loan through the city. Has anyone heard of this program? Has anyone you know done it?

We lived with my dad for a short while, but I still remember the sting of even just splitting the oil bill and this program sounds pretty enticing.


2011 Americorps Party for Good with Charlie Parr

Clyde Iron is teaming up with local musicians to honor the hard work of Americorps members here in Duluth. The party is open to the public and will take place at Clyde Iron Works on Thursday, May 12 from 6-11pm.

Schedule of Events:
6pm – On-site service projects, collect 200 lbs of food for local shelves
7pm – Galynn Lea & Ariane Marene; David Bard & Ryan Jordan; Angela Brannan; Billy Wagness in The Horror
9pm – Charlie Parr

At 7:00pm this becomes an 18+ event. ID and cash necessary for bar. This is a community event. Current AmeriCorps members automatically get a ticket but here are the ways non-members may get into the event:
~ Present your Purple Ribbon from National Volunteer Week
~ Bring a food shelf item (or several)
~ Participate in on-site service projects for displaced youth in Japan
~ All of the above!

Duluth Battle of the Bands 2011!

The Junior Achievement Battle of the Bands competition was held a few weeks back, and although I’ve been busy with other projects, I wanted to share this video I created of the event. The song is “Stay Put or Carry On” by Ultra Day, who won the competition this year.

Where in Duluth?

Rubber Chicken Theater presents “The Awesome 80s Prom”

Friday, May 13, 20 and 27 at 7:30
Great Lakes Ballroom at the downtown Holiday Inn
Tickets: $25 couple, $15 single, $10 per person for tubular groups of 8 or more

It’s like Tony and Tina’s Wedding, if Tony and Tina had been at a high school prom in the 80s.

Dance the night away to Boy George, Michael Jackson, Men at Work, and more. Vote for Prom King and Queen. Play in an Air Band Contest. Party like it’s 1989!

Call (218) 213-2780 for most excellent tickets, dude.

Cloud Cult – “The Exploding People”

Brand new Cloud Cult video, debuting today … right … now.

Video created by the One Light Collective
Directed by Andrew Melby
Visual Effects by John Griese
Colorist Victor Rukavina

Cloud Cult plays Bayfront Park in Duluth on July 9 during the Twin Ports Bridge Festival.

For the hardcore Homegrowners!

Well it’s over … and I’m sure we are all recovering. Let’s take a moment to reflect on what really kicked ass this year! Taking it day by day, let’s list our top two shows we saw on each day!

We will skip Sunday, new band night, cause well…

Toast the Arts ~ Taste the Wine

Choice, Unlimited’s 3rd Annual “Toast the Arts-Taste the Wine” Fundraiser will be held this Friday, May 13 at Clyde Iron Works Restaurant & Bar. The Wine Tasting event will also include live and silent auctions, live music, and hors d’oeuvres. All Proceeds benefit Choice, Unlimited’s Arts Program.

Choice, Unlimited is dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities and persons who are experiencing barriers to employment and community inclusion.

For tickets or more information, call 218.724.5869 or visit Become a fan on Facebook at

Homegrown’s Over … Now What?

Sex Trafficking in Duluth

From WCCO-TV. (Video is preceded by a commercial.)

Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 at Bayfront Festival Park!

International performers: Steel Pulse (England), Gyptian (Jamaica), Dubtonic Kru (Jamaica), Taj Weekes and Adowa (St. Lucia), Nkulee Dube (South Africa), Maria Isa (Puerto Rico), Viviana Pintado (Cuba), Socaholix (Trinidad), Dred I Dread, Uprising, Black Audience and more! Check it out at

Yeltzi – “Get Up and Dance”


Video by Michael Hillmeyer for the 2011 Homegrown Music Video Festival.