The Playlist Presents: Cory Coffman

WDSE-TV‘s The PlayList Presents is a series of 5-minute segments featuring emerging musicians, including interview clips and a live performance. This episode focuses on Cory Coffman, with a performance of the song “Canvas and Color,” shot at Duluth Cider.

The PlayList Presents airs Thursday nights at around 8:20 p.m., after Making it Up North.

Iceberg Ride one year ago today *Do Not Attempt*

Do Not Attempt

Daily Menu: Va Bene Caffe

The “Daily Menu” showcases local take-out options and Covid-19 related food specials. Get ready to put this next social-distancing dining option on your radar:

Va Bene Caffe is open daily from noon until 8 p.m. with curbside take-out and delivery options. Orders can be made by calling 218-722-1518 or placed online.

Dave Mehling – “The Catfish Song”

Duluth native Dave Mehling covers Townes Van Zandt’s “The Catfish Song” in this video with images based on Tina Higgins Wussow’s short story “Wilting Point.”

Daily Menu: Wussow’s Concert Cafe

Don’t “pandemic panic” because Perfect Duluth Day is back again with its “Daily Menu.” Here’s the latest social-distancing dining option:

Wussow’s Concert Cafe is open today from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a special weekend curbside menu. Call 218-624-5957 to order, and pickup at their drive-through window. Gluten-free and vegan options are available. To continue finding their new updated menu after this weekend, check out their Facebook page.

PDD Quiz: March 2020

Well … it sure has been a month. Take a brief reprieve from everything else going on by testing your knowledge of local headlines.

The next PDD quiz, on Superior parks, will be published on April 12. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by April 9.

Daily Menu: Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake

The “Daily Menu” returns on this perfect Duluth weekend to showcase another local take-out option. Tune in each day to find the latest COVID-19 specials and dining-hour alternations.

Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake offers curbside pickup and delivery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Orders can be made by calling 218-728-1192 or online.

The Duluth Psychedelic Sermon – UPDATE with Video

Sentient Duluth awakens! Praise it!

When did I come to consciousness? Its bars and venues the wombs I gestated in, the booths and stages framed my embryogenesis. Birthing me to myself, I walk between trees. Light and water conspire mysteriously. My shadow stretches to the lake and covers it in the setting sun. Praise it!

I am bridges staring down into darkness and depth. I am mirrored streams carving the hillside like molten silver from a furnace pour, the lake a great ingot. More than anything, I am the lake. Gleaming as if the sun has transferred its powers to Lake Superior in guardianship, Lucifer abandoning hell to an angel of water. The lake is a tectonic plate of fire subducting at the shoreline, trapping the light in water like amber, a bowl of liquid light. Golden honeyed light, silver light like photographic emulsion, sepia light. Ore boats sailing the surface of white stars, red giants, blue neutron stars. Ore boats sailing out of faded, flaking photographs. The lake like Io, blinding bright, sea planet of perpetual ice cover, Jupiter blots out the sky rising over Superior. The lake a reflecting mirror like a planetary laser defense system, peering into every south-facing window on the hillside, light pouring into every home as the lake searches them with its blazing eye. Praise it!

Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Community Archive Project

Hello, PDD Community!

Imagine that 100 years from now you are researching the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in Northeastern Minnesota. It’s easy to find dry statistics and numbers, but you want more. What were people thinking and feeling during this time? What informational materials and public art did they create? How were they helping each other? What did the day-to-day experience of this time look like in Duluth?

What if there were an archive of those experiences for you to explore?

The 2005 Duluth Art Institute Riot

Academic and Critical Excerpts, collated and footnoted by the Richardson brothers (Jim and Allen Richardson)

Pak’s Green Corner closing March 29

Pak Williams - Photo by Lissa MakiPak’s Green Corner, a Thai-fusion restaurant in Superior, has announced it will close on March 29. The restaurant’s lease ends at the end of May, but COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders in Wisconsin and Minnesota pushed forward plans to shut down.

“What will we do next?” a letter to customers from the Pak’s team asked. “We will keep you posted by our Facebook page.”

The restaurant opened June 1, 2018 at 1901 Tower Ave. in Superior, the former location of Kenny Wong’s Oriental Express. Pak’s previously operated for two years in West Duluth, where it found instant acclaim. It was voted Perfect Duluth Day’s best new restaurant in 2013 and was featured on the national television show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in 2014.

Daily Menu: Northern Waters Smokehaus

While we are cooped up inside, there are still great take-out dining options available to satisfy the taste buds. Next up on Perfect Duluth Day’s daily take-out menu is Northern Waters Smokehaus. Orders can be picked up from the DeWitt–Seitz Marketplace or delivered to a Duluth or Superior address. Platters can also be ordered, but must be requested 24 hours in advance. Patricia’s featured baked goods are currently carrot cake cookies and coconut macaroons, which can be ordered by the dozen or half dozen 48 hours in advance.

Iconic Jade Fountain will see new life in West Duluth

Kai Soderberg stands outside the Jade Fountain restaurant at 305 N. Central Ave. in West Duluth. Soderberg is leasing the space where he will open a tiki bar this summer. (Photo by Mark Nicklawske)

A long-running and largely unchanged Chinese restaurant — which closed for almost five years — will be reborn under new ownership as a tiki lounge when nightlife returns to normal in Duluth.

Who (or what) was Sonny?

This 1910 Duluth postcard raises at least one large looming question.

Robot Rickshaw Emergence at the Embassy

Some footage for those who missed the Church Bazaar on March 7.

Robot Rickshaw | The Embassy