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Eighth Birthday Party Announcement and Other PDD-related Matters

Next Wednesday, June 29, is Perfect Duluth Day’s eighth birthday. As usual, we are having a little get-together, and as usual we are inviting you all, as frightening as that might seem.

So swing on by the Burrito Union next Wednesday in the vague window of 8:30 to 10 p.m. or so. There will be no program or live music or plan to get people drunk and sell them condos; it’s just our annual opportunity to meet in person and shoot the breeze with the folks who put the P in our double-D.

In addition, yours truly will be a guest on “The Local” with Christine Dean next week, celebrating PDD’s birthday by playing songs with “Duluth” in the lyrics or title. That’s Wednesday, June 29, 5 p.m., on 103.3 FM KUMD.

By the way, we should probably let you all know what’s up with some of the technical weirdness PDD intermittently experienced in recent weeks. Here are the boring details:

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Aurora Baer @ Lake Ave 6/22/11

Aurora Baer

Join us at Lake Ave Wednesday for a free show, June 22 at 10pm as we present Aurora Baer.

Duluth Hillside Plan Review Forums

On June 9, NHS Duluth, Duluth LISC, and City of Duluth Community Development staff held a revitalization plan review meeting.  At this meeting, we addressed what had happened since the plans in 2007 and 2008 were created, and we started gathering neighborhood priorities for the next three to five years.

The next meeting will focus on the input from the first meeting and go a bit deeper into the specifics and details about neighborhood priorities.  Your input does matter!  The meetings will be held at the Central Hillside Community Center on Thursday, June 30, at 6 PM. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Other neighborhood meetings will be held as follows:
Morgan Park, Tuesday, June 28, Good Fellowship Center, 6 PM
West Duluth, Thursday, June 23, City Center West, 6 PM
Lincoln Park, Both meetings have been held, more info to follow.

If interested in meeting summaries, contact Dan at NHS Duluth at (218) 727-8604 x. 207, or by email, dollhoff @

4th Street Arts

NHS Duluth will be starting to get the ball rolling with arts-based streetscape improvements, starting with the placement of hanging flower baskets through a stretch of 8 blocks.  Followed by new Hillside Banners to be placed on the street lights from Mesaba Avenue to 14th Avenue East.  

The new designs were created by two local artists, who are proud new parents, and live at Washington Studios Artists Cooperative. Their names are Elizabeth Wilcox and Jack Kindt, and were paid $250 for each of their designs.  Each banner will have a different theme, one “Hillside” theme, one “Central Hillside” theme and another “East Hillside” theme.  

The winning designs were selected out of a pool of over 15 contestants, by a panel of judges made up of representatives of the Hillside neighborhoods, and local arts agencies and organizations.

NHS has released 3 new calls to artists, for (2) bike racks, (2) public benches, and (2) trash cans.  Payment of the selected designs will be $750, $750 and $250 respectively.  NHS will also be responsible for the payment of the fabrication of each item.  More information can be found by clicking here, or by calling Dan at (218)727-8604 extension 207.

Job opening at the Duluth Art Institute

The Duluth Art Institute is accepting applications for an operations-development manager.

To apply: email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Samantha Gibb Roff, executive director, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth, MN 55802 — getart @

Please no phone calls.

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Bayfront Reggae – Save on tickets

If you’re going to both days of the Bayfront Reggae Festival, you can save some dough buying tickets online and using this discount code:


Just go to the Buy Tickets Now page and click on “Buy Tickets Now.” Select the number of tickets you want, enter the promotion code, and the price per two-day ticket will drop from $78.50 to $58.50.

(The only catch is you can’t choose the less expensive “advance” tickets and get the discount, even though you are buying in advance; so technically you’re saving $10, even though the discount is $20. Rastafarian math.)

A Winter Downpour w/ Southwire, Lion or Gazelle and Kyle Ollah

Great local show coming up this Friday (June 24th) at Lake Ave. Cafe. Come down and check out Southwire, Lion or Gazelle, A Winter Downpour and Kyle Ollah (the singer/guitarist of Yester). Things get rolling at 10pm, $5 cover, 21+ show.

A Winter Downpour w/ Southwire, Lion or Gazelle and Kyle Ollah (of Yester) - 06.24.11 @ Lake Ave. Cafe

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Mary Plaster: Mixed Media Masks

Most of these are still on display at Beaner’s Central. Green Man is gone, though. Must have trekked off into the woods.

Bradfest | Aug. 5 & 6

Call off the Global Drug War

“In a message to Congress in 1977, I said the country should decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, with a full program of treatment for addicts. I also cautioned against filling our prisons with young people who were no threat to society, and summarized by saying: ‘Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself.’”

— Jimmy Carter, New York Times Op-Ed 2011/06/16

Lost Dog at Lakeside Super One

Dog lost or abandoned at Lakeside Super One

This dog was lost or abandoned at the Lakeside Super One. I was told he jumped out of a pickup truck and the truck took off. Not sure if they knew the dog had jumped out or if it was intentional. It’s a youngish fixed male, perhaps chocolate lab or chocolate lab pit bull mix. Very very friendly and sweet dog. This happened Sunday morning, June 19.


File name: Summer Solstice Celebration 2011

Join us at the planetarium to say farewell to the old planetarium.

Stonehenge will be on display
Free ice cream
Summer solstice shows on the half hour.

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Sunday Morning Chester Creek Cafe

Mimosa Bluegrass Brunch


Fathers Day Brunch

Live Music Under the Tents in Canal Park

DeWitt-Seitz Marathon Nights events are in the DeWitt Seitz Marketplace lot, pictured above. Official Grandma’s Marathon live music is in the big parking lot by Grandma’s restaurants.

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Marathon Nights Afterparty w/Dan Anderson & His Silk Sheiks

By the end of the long day and hectic pace of marathon events (or actual marathon running!) there needs to be a nightcap. A little letting your hair down and unwinding. Well, that will happen if you come down late to the Lake Avenue Cafe for a Marathon Nights afterparty featuring Duluth’s own smooth organ genius Dan Anderson & His Silk Sheiks and the stripped down surfy post-punk heat of Minneapolis band the Bombay Sweets. Before the evening ends these bands promise to deliver the right sounds to loosen you up and wind down the days long events in style.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 11pm, 21+
RSVP at the Facebook Event Page
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Check out Dan Anderson & his Silk Sheiks live here.

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Psychedelic Signatures: Rock & Roll Posters at the Tweed Museum of Art

June 21 – Jan. 15
Opening Reception on Tuesday, July 5, 4-6 p.m.

The Tweed Museum of Art is thrilled to present Psychedelic Signatures, an exhibition of classic rock music posters from the collection of Andrew and Victoria Olson. These amazing images were part of an explosion of creative energy, centered in San Francisco, where new music, light shows, and psychedelic art all came together for a few short years between 1966 and 1972.

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Transplant endangered Duluth plants!

Can anyone help this Eagle Scout? He is attempting to move plants out of a gorgeous old growth forest that is to be bulldozed for a building on the corner of Rice Lake Road and Pecan this Sunday. He writes a good description below.

Hello Everyone,

I am in desperate need of volunteers for my Eagle Scout project this Sunday. My project involves taking native plants and trees out Webb Woods, and moving them to new locations so they will be saved from the bulldozer.

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OMG! Near collision in Duluth Ship Canal

Runners and their families milling about foggy Canal Park almost got a big thrill this afternoon. The BBC Orinoco nearly side-swiped the South Pier Lighthouse.

I had the best angle, and I was sure this boat was going to hit. More photos in my blog.

Grandma’s Finish Line

Grandma’s Marathon will have a live video feed from the finish line this year.
Here is the link

Right now it’s pointed at the beer tents.

Friday at Chester Creek Cafe

Happy Hour
June 17, 6-8 PM