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Nominees for Perfect New Restaurant Poll – 2019

OMC Smokehouse has enjoyed the “Perfect New Restaurant” title since winning Perfect Duluth Day’s poll in July of 2017 with an impressive 82 percent of the vote.

Since a flurry of restaurant activity has happened in the Twin Ports over the past year and a half, it’s time to launch another poll and give new establishments a chance to prove their worth.

PDD Calendar Index: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday: MLK March and Rally
Tuesday: A Nerd Nite Youth Takeover
Wednesday: Moonlight Snowshoe
Thursday: Arrowhead Regional Biennial Exhibition
Friday: Lake Superior Ice Festival
Friday: UMD Bulldogs Men’s Hockey vs. Omaha
Friday: The Brothers Burn Mountain
Saturday: Jamie Ness Medical Relief Party
Saturday: Duluth Does Joni Mitchell
Sunday: John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

For a complete look at what’s happening today, tomorrow and on into infinity, visit perfectduluthday.com/calendar.

A Tributary

I’ve been working on a medical humanities project. Some Duluthians are part of it, including local author Avesa Rockwell.

“As I child I could run out the backdoor and leap over tumbleweeds and sagebrush like a jackrabbit. By the time I reached tenth grade my body lost its buoyancy, and the open spaces around my house and in my mind were being leveled, fenced off, and cul-de-saced. I felt trapped by the prefabricated structures of school and its social hierarchies.”

Read the article at repository.stcloudstate.edu.

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Mystery Photo #84: Building near Duluth Arena

Sitting awkwardly between the Duluth Arena and the Radisson Hotel in this photo by Perry Gallagher is a seven-story building that can’t be far from demolition. What was it?

Rivers

I’ve been working on a medical humanities project. Some Duluthians are part of it, including local artist Rob Adams.

Read the article at repository.stcloudstate.edu.

The Name and the Person

Growing up, I disliked my name. It’s a 1970’s-era “J name” — like Jennifer, Jessica, Julie, and Jason. It was partly inspired by the Scream Queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in Halloween in 1978, the year I was born.

Since Jamie is often a boy’s name, I got Boys’ Life magazine ads and Boy Scout fliers in the mail. On the first day of 7th grade, my homeroom teacher met me with an “oh!,” and said he was surprised I was a girl. These things greatly offended younger me.

My mother chose a cute, trendy name for a critical, contrarian child. I could only see the contradictions in Jamie the name: an androgynous name for a feminine girl; a plain name that has four or more different spellings; a common name that people misread as Janice and mishear as Janie.

My middle name was no better in my opinion. It is my mother’s maiden name, a last name. I would have liked a “real” middle name like Jamie Lynn or Jamie Lee, like Ms. Curtis.

Selective Focus: Esther Piszczek

This week, Esther Piszczek talks about her journey from attorney and doodler to artist and teacher. Be sure to check out the beautiful documentary produced by Lola Visuals toward the end of the post to see in real-time how she makes her intricate artwork.

EP: I am a pattern artist specializing in the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing. The Zentangle method, created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts in Massachusetts, uses a .01 Sakura micron pen and pencil shading on a 3.5 x 3.5 inch paper tile to create intricate, beautiful, non-representational art. The method is contemplative and founded on the principle that there are no mistakes, only opportunities to create something unexpected.

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Sketchbooks at Brooklyn Art Library: Steven Rodriques

I’m digging deeper into the online collection of Duluth-related Sketchbooks at the Brooklyn Art Library.

Dementia: Shifting Mystery to Meaning and Management

I’ve been working on a medical humanities project. Some Duluthians are part of it, including communication instructor Daniel Egley and his partner Beverly Egley.

A Coaching Party on Boulevard Drive, Duluth, Minn.

Copyright 1904, Detroit Publishing Co.

After the Endoscopy …

I’ve been working on a medical humanities project. Some Duluthians are part of it, including poet Zomi Bloom.

“After the endoscopy … while living in limbo, every attempt to eat led to unbearable burning and the inevitable blowing up of the balloon on my right side. I drifted in and out of waking dream‐state such that dreams became nightmares and shifted back into dreams of fantastic sweetness.”

Read the poem at repository.stcloudstate.edu.

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Video Archive: Duluth’s Chinese Lantern Restaurant

It was 25 years ago today — January 16, 1994 — when Duluth’s iconic Chinese Lantern restaurant was destroyed by fire. The video clip above is from the Asian Flavors documentary co-produced by the Minnesota Historical Society Press and Twin Cities Public Television in 2013. The full 28-minute documentary is below.

Sisyphus on a Skateboard: A Review of “To Keep Him Hidden”

I reviewed Ryan Vine’s book of poetry. It’s good! Check the review out here.

Weird Waves Season 1: Great Lakes

Shoe company Vans brings its branded content team to Duluth, and the locals show them some of the winter surf “hot” spots.

Sketchbooks at Brooklyn Art Library: Samantha Nielsen

About a year ago, Samantha Nielsen was subject of a Selective Focus on Perfect Duluth Day. She’s one of the Duluth artists in the Brooklyn Art Library.

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