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Ted Kooser is coming to Duluth

Mark your calendars for April 30. Ted Kooser, the former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner will read from his work on Saturday, April 30, at Somers Lounge, CSS. 7:30 pm. FREE! Check out his website at www.tedkooser.net. He’s the author of many books of poems, several children’s books, and a terrific book to help aspiring poets called the Poetry Home Repair Manual. You won’t want to miss this reading! It’s co-sponsored by Spirit Lake Poetry Series and the Arrowhead Library System, with funds from ARAC and the Heritage Amendment. Please come!


Priorities in order for shutdown

From our U.S. Rep’s office:

Cravaack: A Shutdown Should Not Affect Our Troops

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack (MN-8) made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a one-week continuing resolution that funds the Department of Defense for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and the rest of the federal government until April 15:

“I supported this latest continuing resolution because it will fund the Department of Defense through the end of the fiscal year. That means our war fighters – especially those in conflict zones – will not see their pay interrupted. I cannot in good conscience allow that to happen.

“Having served for 24 years in the United States Navy, I know firsthand the sacrifices our service members and their families make to ensure we can live peacefully and in a free society. A government shutdown should never negatively affect them.”

The bill also makes a further $12 billion in cuts to discretionary spending, bringing the total for the last six weeks to $22 billion.


Spring at Hartley!

Heard the song sparrows this morning-SPRING is HERE! Young people (ages 2-5) and their parents are invited to join us at Hartley this Saturday, April 9, from 10am-noon for the Saturday Sprites Spring Sing Along. Duluth folk musician Robi Meyerson will lead this singing, dancing, and playing party. Cost is $10 per family. Call 724-6735 to sign up.


Geek Prom is Saturday? Oh my goodness, whatever shall I wear?

If you’re all out of skin-tight superhero outfits and Star Wars paraphernalia, the folks at Geek Prom always say “whatever your mom lays out for you will be fine.”

But if you’re looking for a snappy new dress or a stylish Cardigan sweater, the fine folks at Ragstock are ready to sort you out.

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Duluth Photographers Guild Photo Exhibit

Emily Rose photo
(photo by Emily Rose)

Saturday, 5-8pm, come one down and enjoy the more than 40 works from this local photography group as you enjoy refreshments and good company. Exhibit runs through April at the DPI, 405 E Superior St. in Duluth. For more information on the Guild, go to flickr.com/groups/duluthphotographersguild. For more info on the exhibit and the DPI, go to duluthphotographyinstitute.com or call Brian at 393-2468.


1893 Duluth

Duluth Birdseye

Not only cool that it’s there, but damn if it isn’t interactive (after the jump)!

If someone has shared this before, I apologize… I’m kinda geeked up about it right now.


Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

Sunday, April 17, 2011 • 3 pm
Weber Music Hall

Symphonic Wind Ensemble • Mark Whitlock, director
Concert Band • Daniel W. Eaton, director
Adult $8 • Senior $7 • Student $5 • UMD Student $3
Tickets:  218-726-8877 or tickets.umn.edu (online tickets incur an additional $1 fee.)


Psst! Corporations Are Not People!


This Friday, my dad (and uncle, I think) will accompany 2004 presidential candidate, David Cobb, on the Twin Ports leg of his national speaking tour for Move to Amend. Mr. Cobb will speak about the perils (i.e. 2010 WI governor’s race) of corporate personhood and what is happening, nationally, to abolish it. For those who don’t remember or weren’t aware, “The Monahan brothers” walked across the U.S. last May-October to raise awareness about this issue. So, come have a pint and/or some noms and get informed about an issue that is sure to foul up our lives for generations to come!


To motorcycle or not to motorcycle

I am thinking seriously about picking up an older, used motorcycle in the interest of saving myself some money on these higher fuel prices. I am wondering if it is worth having a motorcycle for commuting in Duluth with our limited days of warmth. I am not averse to riding in cold weather if it is above freezing but would like to avoid snow, ice or any heavy rain. With that being said, are there any current riders out there have any knowledge on how many days a year you can actually ride your motorcycle in Duluth and if you feel like it is worth owning one in this climate?


Living Downstream Film Event

Monday, May 2, 7–8:30 PM
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth (Room number will be posted)

Join Clean Water Action for a showing of the documentary Living Downstream. The People’s Picture Company describes this film as “an eloquent and cinematic feature-length documentary based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.

This poetic film follows Sandra for one pivotal year as she travels across North America, breaking the silence about cancer and its environmental links. In a powerful interplay between Sandra’s private journey and the scientific evidence she presents to the public, Living Downstream reminds us of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land and water. For more information about this film and to view the trailer, visit livingdownstream.com. Free event.

For more info: Contact Kim LaBo at klabo @ cleanwater.org


In Honor of Week of the Young Child

Ready, Set, Go! Parent and Child night on April 13! 
Week of the Young Child is April 10-16.

Providing children with quality early childhood experiences is one of the best things we can do as a community to stay strong.  That is why United Way of Greater Duluth Success By 6 celebrates anything in honor of young children, literacy, or reading! 

Sue Schumacher, an early literacy librarian from the Duluth Public Library, will be at the Duluth Area Family YMCA on Wednesday, April 13, 6-7pm, for a fun and exciting story time gathering!  Play time for the children in Kid’s Place will follow while parents stay for a few tips on engaging their young children with reading and early literacy activities! 

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He’s coming … probably barefoot. And we’ll be waiting on July 9 at Bayfront

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Bus ridership increase correlated with increasing gas prices?

My name is Laura Prosser. I’m a journalism student working on an article trying to correlate the rise in bus ridership and the increase in gas prices. However, there are obviously other factors to the rise in ridership.

I’m looking for people who have something to say on this topic. I would like to find people who have a car but choose to ride the bus and what their reasons are for doing so. If you are interested in being a source and setting up an interview or have any information in relation to this topic please contact me.

My email address is pross016 @ d.umn.edu. You can also just leave comments here as well. Thank you for your time and consideration.


UMD Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, April 16, 2011 • 7:30 pm
Weber Music Hall

Chamber Orchestra • Jean R. Perrault, director
Adult $8 • Senior $7 • Student $5 • UMD Student $3

Tickets:  218-726-8877 or tickets.umn.edu (online tickets incur an additional $1 fee.)


Birds, ships and Lake Superior’s floating forest

Fascinating story featuring three of Duluth’s grooviest naturalists/contractors/activists/publishers, from Lake Superior Magazine. If you like birds, ships OR Lake Superior, take a read. It’s written by Sparky Stensaas, stars a handsome ship captain and his floating forest, and even pulls in legendary bird watcher Jan Green.


Pizza Luce Friday: Zoo Animal, The Half Hearts, Honey Vein (feat. Ariane Norrgard)

Who: Zoo Animal, The Half Hearts, Ariane Norrgard & Honey Vein
Where: Pizza Luce, Duluth
When: April 8, 9:30P.M., $5

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New Music Festival: Vocal Music Recital

Friday, April 15, 2011 • 7:30 pm
Weber Music Hall

Regina Zona, coordinator
Adult $8 • Senior $7 • Student $5 • UMD Student $3
Tickets:  218-726-8877 or tickets.umn.edu (online tickets incur an additional $1 fee.)


Big Dipper Jazz Band Concert and Dance

Big Dipper Jazz Band Concert and Dance
Saturday April 9, 2011 7:30 PM
Sacred Heart Music Center
Tickets $10 advance/ $15 at the door
available online at sacredheartmusic.org


Where can we watch ultimate fighting in the Twin Ports?

We’ve tried Buffalo Wild Wings, which is a fun place, but it’s always good to have some options. Where else can one partake in the UFC ritual in this area?


New Music Festival

Thursday, April 14, 2011 • 7:30 pm
Weber Music Hall

The New Music Festival features the internationally acclaimed Duo Gaetesi-Bezerra return after their stunning concerts at UMD five years ago, which showcased the best of current piano ensemble music from around the globe.

Justin Rubin, coordinator

Adult $8 • Senior $7 • Student $5 • UMD Student $3                  
Tickets:  218-726-8877 or tickets.umn.edu (online tickets incur an additional $1 fee.)