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A double dose of the Little Black Books

Former Duluth rawk and/or roller Mark Lindquist has released two new videos — “They’re Never Wrong” and “Fading Captain” — to promote his band the Little Black Books‘ midnight gig on May 5 at Rex Bar during the Homegrown Music Festival. In recent years Lindquist has lived in Crow Wing County, near the geographical center of Minnesota, so Duluth gigs have been rare. He plans to reunite with drummer Jim Hagstrom and guitarist Bob Olson for this year’s Homegrown show.

Selective Focus: Dann Matthews

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Dann Matthews is a designer and illustrator who blends pop-culture knowledge, humor and sharp skills into a mashed-up style for print, product design and more.

D.M.: Most of my work is digital. I’ll sketch and scan an illustration and finish the piece in either Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. I have done a ton of designs prepped for screen printing, so I’m most at home in Illustrator. I started designing tees for Threadless.com’s ongoing T-shirt design competition back in 2005. It became my hobby, then my obsession, then my side-hustle. I would usually create 4-6 designs a week and never use two of them for anything.

PDD Calendar Index: The Journey Continues

LeahYellowbirdPosterFriday: Leah Yellowbird Art Opening
Friday: The Art of Ubuntu
Friday: Dance Attic CD Release
Friday: A Homegrown Poster Show
Saturday: DSSO Chamber Music Series
Saturday: Tender Ness 007 Party
Saturday: Brantley Gilbert
Sunday: Homegrown begins
Sunday: Dance Day at the Depot
Wednesday: Northern Minnesota Track Club Trail Series

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

New short film shot in Duluth with a local cast, crew and musicians. Casting more films soon!

Creamy Stouts on the Brule

Clint Massey plunges down the Brule River in this short video by Brian Robin and Jesse Credille, shot April 22.

Duluth Band Profile: Dance Attic

Dance Attic PDDDance Attic dusts off the antiques from your grandparents’ house. Jimi Cooper and Suzi Ludwig explain how Cabin Fever creates its own type of magic. Click on the image above to hear the podcast.

Upcoming gigs:

April 28 Dance Attic CD Release at Beaner’s Central

May 2 at Vikre Distillery during Homegrown Music Festival

Where in Superior?

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Duluth Workforce Center Call for Artists

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The Duluth Workforce Center has put out a call for art.

Paul McCartney booked to play Duluth … Georgia

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Paul McCartney announced a set of U.S. summer tour dates yesterday. According to a City Pages story and comments on paulmccartney.com the press materials for the tour originally stated it “takes Paul to three cities and venues he’s never played before” including a July 13 show “at the Infinity Energy Arena in Duluth MN.” McCartney’s website has since fixed the error, clarifying that the Infinity Energy Arena is in Duluth, Ga.

In Duluth, it helps to have clothing that is “bigger than weather.”

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Welty hints at seeking another term with “this shaky video”

Welty Thank YousAt-large Duluth School Board member Harry Welty wrote on his Lincoln Democrat blog about digging into a box of thank yous last night and spreading them on his office floor “to make a little campaign video for a campaign webpage.” And then he posted “this shaky video.”

Welty’s term ends Jan. 8; Duluth candidates officially file to seek school board positions between July 5 and July 18.

“Years ago I attended some session during which a presenter made a good suggestion,” Welty wrote. “She warned her listeners that it was easy to get discouraged and she suggested that we all collect thank yous and such. She thought that when we got down we could look in the old thank yous and remind ourselves that we weren’t such bad folks.

“Until I got on the School Board in 1996 my little sunshine folder wasn’t very big. Then I started reading to classrooms.”

Where in Duluth?

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Now/Here: Poetry and Music

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A few snapshots from Sunday’s event at Peace United Church. Jim Perlman of Holy Cow Press organized the poetry reading, which featured Crystal Gibbins, author of Now/Here, and Gary Boelhower, author of Naming Rites. The event included musical interludes by Sara Thomsen.

Old Central chimes will return in a few weeks

Central-Clocktower-BellThe chimes of the 125-year-old Central High School clock tower fell silent last week when one of the clock’s gears failed. A new gear is being made and should be in place within about six weeks, according to Dave Spooner, manager of facilities for Duluth Public Schools.

“We’ve got the clock apart and we’re in the process of having another gear made,” Spooner said. “It’s not something you can buy, you have to have them made. … It’s just a failure of an old part.”

Central High School opened in 1892, built with a clock tower that rises 230 feet. A new Central High School opened in 1971, and the original building was converted into the school district’s administrative offices. The building has since been known as the Central Administration Building or “Historic Old Central.”

Duluth Band Profile: Reflectivore

Reflectivore PDDAllen Cragin and Ryan Rusch of Reflectivore walk the line between life and death. After the loss of Cragin’s wife, their self-titled album doesn’t shy away from the joy and desperation of the healing process. Click on the image above to hear the podcast.

Upcoming gig:
May 6 at the Red Herring Lounge during Homegrown Music Festival