Low’s “Things We Lost in the Fire” on film

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Just stumbled across this dark little film on Netflix and our pals Low provide some of the soundtrack.

Selective Focus: Loss

Karen Owsley Nease

Karen Owsley Nease, “Selling Mom’s Car”

There is a perverse fullness in loss. Loss propelled me here. It informs my need to make art. It makes space for the unexpected to grow. Atul Gawande’s recent book “Being Mortal” describes “the chasm of perspective between those who have to contend with life’s fragility and those who don’t.” Loss widens our apertures to see farther down narrow, well-worn paths. It opens us to risk, and to more keenly-felt joys.

New Radisson Hotel coming to Duluth Gateway!

They’re going to spend $3.6 million. Isn’t that a lot of money?

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(From the Minneapolis Tribune, April 22, 1967.)

Painting Charlie Parr’s guitar, and who the heck is Dave Hundrieser?

Charlie Parr's Guitar

My wife, Shawna Gilmore, has an interesting job. Today, for example, she painted the back of Charlie Parr’s amazing guitar. The instrument is a phenomenal work of art, both front and back. Next Tuesday is a great opportunity to come out and hear Charlie make music with it alongside his good buddy, Dave Hundrieser. Read more about Charlie and Dave, and see the garage they recorded in together previously, at Ed’s Big Adventure.

By the way, Teague Alexy, Tin Can Gin, Don Ness, Emily Larson, a stunning tap dancer, and I, will also be participating in Cornucopia at the Red Herring Lounge. Check out this amazing event on Facebook/a> and the PDD Calendar.

Jim Hall – “Beast in the Yard”


When Jim Hall was at my house I asked him if I could record his song “Beast in the Yard.” It’s sort of a meditation on consumerism with some great imagery in the lyrics. Hall plays at Tycoons Supper Club this Saturday at 9 p.m.

Sports on Traditional Duluth Radio

Where can one get a regular and accurate list of the location “on the dial” of live sports on radio? I have found the Duluth News Tribune sports page wanting.

PDD Gift Guide 2015


’Tis the season for the seventh annual PDD Gift Guide — a list of holiday gift ideas with a local connection. We present 15 ideas to get things started, and invite everyone to add their own suggestions and links in the comments below.

Training with Silent Sam


“Silent” Sam Olson rides quickly and silently through Duluth. Video by Max Fierek.

This Week: Santa, denim, undergarment-centered theater and more

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Here’s a bit of what you’ll find on this week’s PDD Calendar:

Take it With You comes back to the Underground for their latest shenanigans, a denim-centric party goes down at the Red Herring, the one-act comic opera Trial By Jury is performed at UWS, the Heritage Center holds a skating event called the Gobbler Glide, country-rapper Big Smo plays the Sports Garden and a bunch of people named Watson become one at the Dudley Experimental Theatre.

The Christmas season truly gets underway with the arrival of Santa during the Christmas City of the North Parade, the Duluth Gingerbread City opens at the Nordic Center, the play The Underpants opens at UWS, Bentleyville is officially a-twinklin’ and it’s the Festival of the Season at the Duluth Farmers’ Market.

Images of Spirit Mountain piping project on St. Louis River


More videos and images below and in the Google gallery linked here

Spirit Mountain’s piping project will draw water from the St. Louis River and pipe it to the lower chalet area where another pumping station will send it into the snow gun system. There are two pumping stations: one at the lower chalet area, the other right next to Tallas Island Bay on the Western Waterfront Trail in the Riverside neighborhood. That is the area these photos were taken.

R.I.P. Nick Bockwinkel

Nick Bockwinkel 1987

Professional wrestling great Nick Bockwinkel died Saturday night at age 80. The image above is from what was probably his last appearance in Duluth, as special referee during a World Wrestling Federation card at the Duluth Arena in 1987. (WWF is now World Wrestling Entertainment; Duluth Arena is now the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena.)

Duluth All Souls Night 2015


Video by Frank Sander.

The Next Bite: Lake Superior Walleyes


Gary Parsons of The Next Bite, along with Josh Teigen and Chris Meyer, troll Lake Superior’s South Shore for walleyes.

Video Archive: Christopher Halverson – “Yakety Yak”


Yet another clip captured by UWS Studio II at R.T. Quinlan’s Saloon during an open mic on Sept. 16, 1995.

Lost cat in Chester Park area

Moses the CatMoses is a white cat with a grey patch on the top of his head. He is missing the tips of his ears.

He was last seen on Oct. 31 in the area of 20th Avenue East and Eighth Street, across from the Central Little League baseball fields. Moses is unfamiliar with this area and is likely hiding under a deck, shed, low-hanging hedge, wood pile or something similar.

If you find Moses, contact the owner at 763-458-3388 or email helpfindmosescat@gmail.com. Do not attempt to catch him. He is shy and terrified of new people.

Reward: $500.